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Playhouse auditions

Laurel Mill Playhouse will hold auditions for Andrew Lippa's "Wild Party" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at 508 Main St. in Laurel. A total of 20-25 women and men are needed. Bring sheet music or CD. Performance of 16 bars of a Broadway-style song that showcases the auditioner's vocal range will be requested. The play opens April 25 and runs through May 18. Information: 301-452-2557, email or go to


Volunteer of the Year

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


Winter art classes

Registration is under way 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. Registration and full class listings are available at Information: 410-313-2787.

Volunteers needed

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

Baby expo vendors

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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, 410-381-0202 or Brigitta Warren at, 410-730-4610. Information:

GreenFest vendors

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

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 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.