Auditions for men and women 18 and older will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Be prepared to sing 20 bars from a Broadway style show, accompanist provided or bring CD. Bring head shots and resume as well as conflicts. No appointments necessary. No roles are precast. Show runs May 17-Jun. 9 Fridays-Saturdays and selected Sundays. Rehearsals one evening a week and Saturdays. Information: 301-452-2557.
Art exhibition and sale
The Maryland Art League will hold an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. The exhibit, "The Art of Conservancy," runs March 11-April 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays. Information: 410-465-8877 marylandartleague.com.
The Arc of Howard County is seeking nominations for its annual Celebration of Excellence Awards, honoring individuals and groups promoting The Arc's mission of achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Six categories of achievement will be recognized at The Arc's annual meeting May 8: employment, schools, professional services, community, public service and self-advocacy. Forms are available by contacting Cathy Hiett at 410-730-0638, ext. 242 or email@example.com. Nominations are due by Friday, March 15.
Mark Scharf's comedy running March 15-16 at Laurel Mill Playhouse is about what do parents do to stop their 18-year-old daughter from marrying a 45-year-old man. Shows at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students 18 and younger and active duty military. Information: 301-617-9906.
Boy Scout Troop 851 sponsors "Building Self Esteem in Our Children and Ourselves," an interactive workshop, conducted by Yisroel Roll at 7:15 p.m. Monday, March 18, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City. Workshop will teach participants practical strategies and techniques to motivate children for academic and social success. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, send a $10 nonrefundable check to BSA Troop 851, 3910 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, 21042. Cake and coffee will be served following the workshop. Information: 410-465-2977.
The Howard County Arts Council presents its 16th annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Kathleen Hetherington, president of the college, will serve as honorary chairwoman and Richard Story, senior vice president for marketing of JPB Enterprises Inc., will be the emcee.
Rising Star finalists MaryLee Adams, Mary Matthews, Melissa Wertheimer, James Ginnever, Rebecca Hargrove, Margaret Kudirka, Shawn Naar, Woobin Park, Margo Seibert, Tian Lu, Yuri Shadrin and Jennifer Sung will perform. Tickets are available at hocoarts.org or by calling 410-313-2787.
The council needs volunteers to help with the reception, raffle, performance, silent auction, logistics and setup for the celebration. For more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.
Special Olympics will award the Jackie Burk Memorial Award, Allan Homes Award and Kathy Lindner Memorial Award to three outstanding high school seniors and/or college students who have been committed to the Special Olympics program as volunteers and advocates for the athletes. Go to somdhc.org/volunteer for requirements and application information. The deadline for applications is March 31. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-740-0500.
The Department of Public Works has announced that residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry, and residents are responsible for unloading their vehicles.
Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash pickup by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is at 2350 Marriottsville Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: howardcountyrecycles.org.
Free tax help
Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.
To schedule an appointment, call:
•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.
•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.
•Glenwood Community Center: 410-313-5440.
•East Columbia Senior Center: 410-313-7680.
•North Laurel Community Center: 410-313-0380.
•Elkridge Senior Center: 410-313-5192.
Calling all artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in 2014. Applications will be reviewed in the spring for artists to exhibit next year. The deadline to apply is June 1. For applications, go to wildelake.org/events. Send completed applications to: Carole Black, Gallery Director, Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia 21044 or email email@example.com.
Sports Hall of Fame
Nomination forms are available for the Department of Recreation and Parks' 2013 Community Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have gained prominence in or made substantial contributions to community recreational sports in the county. The nomination deadline is April 15. Coaches, managers, league officials, commissioners or behind-the-scenes contributors can be nominated. Nominees must be either county residents or have made their sports contributions primarily in Howard County. For forms and information, call 410-313-4711 or go to howardcountymd.gov/halloffame.htm. In addition to the form, nominators must provide the committee with an essay, limited to four double-spaced, typed pages, demonstrating the nominee's community sports background. Individuals chosen will be inducted at the annual Celebration of Sports ceremony Oct. 15.
Vendor applications are being accepted for the county's sixth annual GreenFest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, options for resident involvement in helping the community go green, ecological home cleaning, environmentally friendly lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for making everyday activities green are encouraged to apply. Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. The cost to nonprofits is $25 per space; cost to other entities, including commercial businesses, is $35 per space. Preference will be given to businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Vendor applications are available at hcgreenfest.org. For information or to have an application mailed, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-313-6433.
Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97, Cooksville. Highlights include therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.