'Financial Zone'

The county's Public School System Academy of Finance sponsors a financial literacy event for high school and college students from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 14 at Bridgeway Community Church, 9189 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Participants will take part in interactive workshops on topics including saving and investing, budgeting, establishing credit, insurance and identity theft. Free. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, send name, phone number and email address to areyouinthefinancialzone@hotmail.com.

Donations needed

Books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos are needed for the annual media and book sale taking place at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, Sept. 13-15. Donations may be place on bench near side door in parking lot. Please, no encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines, or Reader's Digest condensed books. Information: 410-442-2475.

Camp volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for camp volunteers (unpaid) for this year's Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications are available for download on the council's website, hocoarts.org.

Duties include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities as directed by the classroom instructor, and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch, etc. There is at least one volunteer per class. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old by Sept. 1.

Camps are will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 17 and before- and after-care are offered 8 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Opportunities may be available to work extended hours during before- and after-care.

Cancer fund exhibitors

The Children's Cancer Foundation Inc., a local nonprofit that awards grants to fight childhood cancer, is seeking exhibitors for its annual "Child-Fest," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Reservoir High School in Fulton. For more information on being an exhibitor, call Diane Perry at 410-486-4744 or email her at dperry@childrenscancerfoundation.org.

Sports Hall of Fame

The Department of Recreation & Parks has made available nomination forms for its 2012 Community Sports Hall of Fame inductions. The hall recognizes individuals who have gained prominence in or made substantial contributions to recreational sports in Howard County.

Athletes, coaches, managers, league officials or even behind-the-scenes contributors closely identified with community sports can be nominated. In addition, nominees must be either county residents or made their sports contributions primarily in the county.

Nomination forms are available online at hcrpsports.com or by calling the department at 410-313-4711. Also, nominators must provide the nomination committee with an essay, limited to four double-spaced, typed pages, demonstrating the nominee's community sports background. All forms must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, April 13, to: Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046. Those chosen for this year's class will be inducted at the annual Celebration of Sports Ceremony on Oct. 16.

Tax assistance site

The county's first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office is open at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, and will remain in operation throughout the tax season. The site offers free tax assistance preparation and free electronic filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $49,000 last year. Hours are 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For appointments and more information, call 410-313-0386 or go to howardcountymd.gov/vita.htm. This year's tax-filing deadline is April 17.

Call for artists

The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in the galleries for the 2013 season. The Gallery Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications in the spring. Deadline for applications is June 1. For applications and more information, go to wildelake.org. Mail applications to gallery director Carole Black at Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044; or send email to cjblack@columbiavillages.org.

GreenFest vendors

Vendor applications are being accepted for the annual GreenFest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, ecological home cleaning and lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for greening everyday activities are encouraged to apply. Other topics of interest include energy efficiency, green buildings, green consumer products, green landscaping, wildlife exploration, children's activities and information on local green organizations. Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. Cost to nonprofits is $25 per space; $35 for others. An additional $10 late-application fee now also applies. Preference will be given to local businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Applications are available at hcgreenfest.org. Information and applications: Lindsay DeMarzo, 410-313-4374 or ldemarzo@howardcountymd.gov.