'Volunteer of the Year'

Nomination forms for Howard County's Volunteer of the Year are available at howardcountymd.gov. Program recognizes individuals (youth and adults), nonprofit groups and agencies, or businesses that have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the community. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 16.

To qualify, nominees must be either residents of Howard County or do their volunteer work in Howard County. In addition, their efforts should have an impact on an individual or the community. For individual nominations, the nominated service must be performed outside the scope of the nominee's paid employment.

Completed forms should be mailed to: Howard County Government, Office of Public Information, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, 21043, or faxed to 410-313-3299.

All nominees will be recognized at a ceremony at the George Howard Building on Oct. 26. Event is free and open to the public.

Tutors needed

A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. seeks adult volunteers to work in Howard County public schools and in after-school programs. Volunteers may work with individual students and/or small groups during and after school. Volunteers are asked to commit for one hour a week for a minimum of one school year. Among the schools the organization is associated with are Atholton, Bryant Woods, Cradlerock, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook and Stevens Forest elementary schools, along with several new partner schools in North Laurel. Information: 410-730-6030 or 410-740-3850.

Auditions

Silhouette Stages will hold auditions for the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 15-16 at Slayton House Theater, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Actors/singers 18 and older of all ethnic backgrounds are needed. For auditions prepare 16-32 bars of an up-tempo vocal selection in a classic or pop musical theater style and bring sheet music in appropriate key or karaoke CD. Piano accompanist will be provided. Be prepared to read from a script.

For more information, e mail conni.ross@verizon.net or debbie.mobley@earthlink.com.

Gallery panel members

Slayton House Gallery has been renamed the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House in honor of the recently retired gallery director. Carole Black has been named director. Applications for the gallery's screening committee are currently being accepted. For an application, go to wildelake.org. Send completed forms to: Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044. Deadline is Sept. 1.

Donations wanted

Donations of books, records, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc., are needed for the annual media sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. Items can be left inside the church and on the plastic bench next to the side door of the building. Tax forms available. Information: 410-442-2475.

Teen advisory committees

The Columbia Association is recruiting youth, ages 11-19, to become members of its Middle School and Teen Advisory Committees. The association is looking for teens who want to make a difference, get involved in their community and be a part of the solution. As members of the committee, teens can create and implement events and programs for their peers. Past activities have included the Teen Idol Competition, Teen Role Model Competition, Battle of the Dance, charity fundraisers, Teen Tuesdays concerts at the lakefront, a free college fair, Save the Planet Day and more. Information: 410-715-5523.

Gardening volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy seeks Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain thematic and native plant gardens on the property. All levels of experience are welcome. Call Chris Garbart at 410-465-8877 or email him at chris.garbart@hcconservancy.org.

Disaster information

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. Thursday, Aug. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. To register and for more information, call 410-715-3179.