"An Evening of Wine and Words With Francine Prose," scheduled for Wednesday at Howard Community College, has been canceled. The event was sponsored by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), in partnership with the Columbia Festival of the Arts. For refunds and more information, call 410-715-3044 or go to

'Listening Project'

The Columbia Foundation will host a public forum from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia, to discuss the results of its four-month project conducted to identify and assess county needs. The project involved a series of one-on-one interviews, online surveys and forums held between February and May of this year. More than 500 county residents participated, ranging from middle-school students to senior citizens. Registration is not required and there is no fee to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Summer theater

The Laurel Mill Playhouse presents "Twelfth Night" by its Summer Youth Shakespeare Theatre at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Show opens Friday, June 24, and continues through July 17 with 8 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. matinees on July 10 and 17. Tickets are $13, $10 for students and seniors. For reservations and more information, call 301-617-9906, ext. 2 or go to

Disaster information sessions

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County hosts monthly disaster volunteer information and orientation sessions to inform community members on how to plan, prepare and effectively serve in times of disaster to improve community preparedness and resiliency. Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28; Tuesday, July 26; Thursday, Aug. 18; and Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. To register and more information, call 410-715-3179.


Celebrate the solstice with a hike from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Not appropriate for children younger than 10. Free. Information: 410-741-9330 or go to


A Howard County construction project to replace a water main along Ducketts Lane, between U.S. 1 and Kyle Leaf Court in Elkridge, is scheduled to begin on or about Monday. The project will include the installation of approximately 14,000 linear feet of PVC pipe. Construction will take place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a minimal impact on traffic in the area. Signs will be in place to advise motorists. Weather permitting, project should be completed by late September. Information: 410-313-3440.


The Columbia Association's Board of Directors' Planning and Strategy Committee seeks volunteers, preferably those whose backgrounds or careers are in the financial management area, to serve a one-year term on the Columbia Association's Financial Advisory Committee. The mission of the committee is to provide community input to the planning and strategy committee to inform and advise the association on budget issues and financial matters related to planning and strategy. Letters of interest, along with resume, should be submitted by Wednesday, June 29, via mail to Chick Rhodehamel, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, 21044; via fax to 410-312-6327; or via e-mail to Information: 410-381-3551.


The Howard County Office of Children's Services will present a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age 8. Topics include child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Classes are offered in an interactive group format and will include practical tips and advice for common situations, as well as hands-on activities. Interested persons can take just one class or the entire series of six. Each class is $5 and will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every other Tuesday through August 23 at the North Laurel-Savage MultiService Center, 9900 Washington Blvd. in Laurel. To register and more information, call 410-313-1940.

Calling all artists!

The Howard County Arts Council is now accepting submissions for Art HoCo 2011. If you are a visual artist, 18 or older, who lives, works or studies in Howard County, you are eligible to apply to this biennial, juried exhibit. The juror will be David Gracyalny, dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art. For entry forms and more information, call 410-313-2787. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.


The Howard County Arts Council seeks two volunteers to serve on the Baltimore City Arts & Cultural grant review panel. Interested individuals should have expertise in science/history museums, aquariums, libraries or zoos. Attendance at a three- to four-hour meeting on Wednesday, June 15, is required. Send resume and letter of interest to Information: