Howard County Briefs

HCC orientation

Howard Community College will hold two orientation sessions for first-time students and their parents at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The sessions include refreshments, information packets and planned activities, including interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes. Sessions will also offer an extended interactive campus tour. Information: 443-518-1420.


Winter art classes

Registration is underway for Howard County Arts Council's winter educational programs being held at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. The council offers classes and workshops for ages 3 to adult. Classes begin Jan. 27 and range in duration from six to eight weeks. Registration and full class listings are available at hocoarts.org. Information: 410-313-2787.


Seeking vendors

Vendors are needed for Columbia's "Prenatal through Preschool Baby Expo," being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Interested parties should contact Meghan Pierce at events@owenbrownvillage.org, 410-381-0202 or Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org, 410-730-4610. Information: columbiababyexpo.com.

Vendors wanted

Vendor applications are being accepted for the county's seventh annual GreenFest, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, options for resident involvement in greening the community, ecological home cleaning, environmentally friendly lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for greening your 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 is $35 per space, $25 for nonprofits. An additional $10 will be charged to those who apply after Feb. 7. Preference will be given to local businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. For more information, call Alan Wilcom at 410-313-6433 or email him at awilcom@howardcountymd.gov.

Recycling electronics

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents to recycle electronic devices. Drop-off locations include the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and accepts TVs, computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, VCRs, radios and other electronics. Also, Best Buy's Customer Take-Back Program allows customers to bring in old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. Offer limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.

Recycle bedding

Residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry, and residents are responsible for unloading their vehicles. Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash pickup by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Information: go to howardcountyrecycles.orghttp://howardcountyrecycles.org.

Sports Hall of Fame

Nomination forms are available for the Department of Recreation and Parks' 2014 Community Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have gained prominence in or made substantial contributions to community recreational sports in the county. The nomination deadline is April 15. Coaches, managers, league officials, commissioners or behind-the-scenes contributors can be nominated. Nominees must be either county residents or have made their sports contributions primarily in Howard County. For forms and information, call 410-313-4711 or go to howardcountymd.gov/halloffame.htm. In addition to the form, nominators must provide the committee with an essay, limited to four double-spaced, typed pages, demonstrating the nominee's community sports background. Individuals chosen will be inducted at the annual Celebration of Sports ceremony Oct. 21.

Kindred Spirits


Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97, Cooksville. Highlights include therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 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 email jumiller@howardcountymd.gov.

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: call 410-997-4949.

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