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Howard County Briefs

Wine fest volunteers

The Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from individuals 21 and older who are interested in volunteering at the annual "Wine in the Woods Festival" being held Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, at Symphony Woods in Columbia. In exchange for a four-hour shift, volunteers will receive an admission ticket redeemable for either day of the festival. There are two shifts each day. To sign up and for more information, call 410-313-4624 or go to

Farmers' markets

Local and regional farmers will provide fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and baked goods at farmers' markets in the area.

•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, May 9-Oct. 31.

•Howard County Library, East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10-Nov. 15.

•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Fridays, May 11-Oct. 26.

•Howard County Library, Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 12-Nov. 17.

•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Oliver Place, Columbia. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, May 13-Nov. 18.


Teen self-esteem program

The Empowerment Movement sponsors "I AM! an Exhibit of Self-esteem" performance and reception from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 20 at the Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Reception features poetry, visual arts, prose, music, and dance created by teens. Information: 410-997-0304.

'Wine in the Garden'

The Howard County Conservancy holds its annual "Wine in the Garden" party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 at 10520 Old Frederick Road. Guests can enjoy wine and foods from local restaurants and caterers while listening to bluegrass music in the conservancy's native plant garden. They will also be able to browse a large silent auction filled with artwork, getaways and other items. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 after May 20. Information: 410-465-8877 or

Hope Gala is June 2

Tickets are on sale for the Domestic Violence Center's fundraising event, the Hope Gala, being held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 2 at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. This year's gala honors County Executive Ken Ulman for his leadership on addressing intimate partner violence and sexual assault and his commitment to family and victim services. In addition to dinner, the event features a live jazz band, silent auction and "Spirits to Sparkle" raffle. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at Information: 410-997-0304 or

Lunchtime concerts

The Columbia Association presents its Lakefront Wednesdays Lunchtime Concert Series featuring local musicians performing rock, folk, jazz, flamenco and reggae. The series continues May 9 with Damon Foreman performing from noon to 2 p.m. Also, each week concertgoers can enter a raffle for prizes. Information: 410-715-3104.

Voter registration

The American Association of University Women will hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Howard County Library's central facility, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Bring friends, spouses, and 18-year-old children and grandchildren. Information:

Art exhibition, sale

The Maryland Art League hosts an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs through May 17 at the Howard County Conservancy Gallery, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Admission is free. Information:

Donations needed

Books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos are needed for the annual media and book sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, on Sept. 13-15. Donations may be placed on a bench near the side door off the parking lot. (No encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines or Reader's Digest condensed books, please.) 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,

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.

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 Mail applications to gallery director Carole Black at Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044; or send email to

Support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County offers several support groups each month. Sessions include groups for family and friends of adults with a mental illness, groups for parents of school-age children with mental health issues, a group for young adults (18-30) living with a mental illness and a weekly group for adults of any age living with a mental illness. For times and locations, call 410-772-9300 or go to

Guided hikes

The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of the month. Visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood. Highlights include speakers, discussion of current events, yoga, meditation and art therapy. A daily fee of $26 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

Recycling cans

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.

Spanish speakers

The Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network, 5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 200-E, Columbia, needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to greet clients, answer basic questions, make appointments and support the staff. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday; other times may be considered. Information: 410-992-1923, ext. 14.

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