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Columbia Art Center Call for Entries — Seeking entries for its annual theme, "Umbrella Exhibition," to be held Aug. 12, at Lake Kittamaqundi, in Columbia. This year's theme is "Going Green and Other Colors: Saving the Environment." Using a golf umbrella as your canvas, express your ideas and inspirations regarding this year's theme. Artists can use recycled materials, paint, glue and additional materials/media that are waterproof and can sustain a 24-hour stay in the outdoors. Individual and group umbrellas can be entered into the event. For ages 6 and older. Umbrella fee is $15. 410-730-0075 or http://www.columbiaartcenter.org.
Howard County Arts Council Call for Entries — Seeking submissions for its biennial juried exhibit, Art HoCo 2011. Entrants must be 18 years or older and live, work or study in Howard County. Deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 26. 410-313-2787 or http://www.hocoarts.org.
2011 Volunteer of the Year Call for Nominees — Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and members of the County Council are seeking nominees for the 2011 Volunteer of the Year awards program, which recognizes individuals (youth and adults), nonprofit groups and agencies or businesses that have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the community. Nominees must be either residents of Howard County or do their volunteer work in Howard County, and 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. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 16. Send nominations to Howard County Government, Office of Public Information, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043, or fax to 410-313-3299. http://www.howardcountymd.gov.