Howard County Briefs

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society invites the public to the Relay for Life of Howard County 2014 Season Kickoff Rally at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle. Those interested can register a team or individual and learn more about the upcoming relay event. Information: 410-730-1290.


Volunteer of the Year nominations

Howard County's 2014 Volunteer of the Year nomination forms are available by calling 410-313-2023 or going to howardcountymd.gov/voy.htm. Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 28.

Volunteers needed

The Howard County Center of African American Culture seeks volunteers to assist with activities. Call 410-715-1921 or email hccaacmd@juno.com and leave contact information and area interested in volunteering.

Baby expo seeks 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.

GreenFest 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.

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. 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. Nomination deadline is April 15.

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.