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Housing fair

Howard County Housing will host its eighth annual "Come Home to Howard County" fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia. The event targets and showcases everything individuals and families who currently live in or outside the county need to know about buying or renting a home. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-313-6318 and select option four or go to howardcountyhousing.com.

WomenFest vendors

Vendors promoting health, wellness, fashion and beauty can apply for a spot at the sixth annual Department of Citizen Services' WomenFest, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Event will feature an interactive day with free health screenings, engaging seminars and a wide array of vendors and exhibitors of products and services geared toward women. 

Vendor and exhibitor applications, sponsorship opportunities and full event details are available at howardcountyaging.org/womenfest or by calling 410-313-5957. Applications may be faxed to 410-313-5950 or mailed to: WomenFest 2014, c/o Donna Tugwell, Howard County Office on Aging, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 211, Columbia 21046.

Scholarships

The Association of Retired Howard County Public School Personnel will award at least three $1,000 scholarships to qualified applicants. To be eligible, the applicant must be a county public high school senior scheduled to graduate at the end of this current school year or a graduate of a county public high school currently enrolled in college and pursuing a career in education. This award is specific to those students who are pursuing a career in education and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. A scholarship application form is available in the Student Services Office of any public high school. One may also be requested by sending an email to Donna Streagle at dgba4@comcast.net. Applications must postmarked by Tuesday, April 1.

Sports Hall of Fame

Nomination forms are available for the Department of Recreation and Parks' 2014 Community Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have gained prominence in or made substantial contributions to community recreational sports in the county. 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. Nomination deadline is April 15.

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. 21.

Kindred Spirits

The 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 in 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 jumiller@howardcountymd.gov.

Volunteers needed

The Howard County Center of African American Culture seeks volunteers to assist with activities. Call 410-715-1921 or email hccaacmd@juno.com and leave contact information and area interested in volunteering.

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