Auditions for 'Pippin'

Slayton House Theatre Conservatory will hold auditions Monday and Wednesday, April 8 and 10, at 4:30 p.m. for this award-winning play running July 8-Aug. 3 at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Information: 410-730-3987.


Fundraiser with Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be the featured guest in a benefit event for The Arc of Howard County and the Ray of Hope Foundation being held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Wegmans, 8855 McGraw Road in Columbia. Event includes a question-and-answer session, meet-and-greet opportunity and photo with Rice, as well as refreshments and a Ray Rice limited-edition T-shirt. Tickets are $100 each. The Arc provides a range of residential, employment and family support services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Information: archoward.org.

Quilt show

The Milltown Quilters hosts its bi-annual quilt show Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Show features more than 250 quilts as well as a raffle quilt, "Folk Art Goes Uptown," an original design by a members and constructed by more than 70 members. There will also be a special exhibit of quilts made by the Patuxent Institute of Women's Circle of Friends. In addition, there will be vendors, tables of gently used sewing items, a silent auction, our Sew Unique Shoppe of handmade items, and raffle baskets of goodies, including a chocolate lovers Basket. Tickets are $6, free for children 12 and younger. Information: 410-730-3545.

MESA competitions

The Maryland Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement Program of the Howard County public schools will host the Regional MESA Day Competitions from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Capitol College, 11301 Springfield Road in Laurel. Information: 410-313-5619.

Housing fair

Howard County Housing will host its seventh annual "Come Home to Howard County" housing fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia. The event showcases information that individuals and families may need to know about buying or renting a home in Howard County.

This year's fair will offer attendees the chance to talk with real estate professionals, mortgage lenders and housing specialists, as well as county personnel who will be available to answer questions about county programs and services. The fair will also feature educational sessions, bus tours of county rental and buyer communities and prize give-a-ways. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-313-6318 or howardcountyhousing.com.

Stress Awareness Day

A day of relaxation with herbal teas, seated yoga, meditation, brain stress relievers, acudetox and therapeutic laughter will be led by certified instructors, beginning at 9 a.m. April 16 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Information: 410-313-7469.

Art exhibition, sale

The Maryland Art League will hold an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. The exhibit, "The Art of Conservancy," runs through April 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays. Information: 410-465-8877 marylandartleague.com.

Annual gala


The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County's fundraising Hope Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 19 in the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St. in Savage. This year's theme is Creating a New Legacy, and the event honors Pam and Guy Guzzone. Event features food, music and a silent auction. Proceeds support comprehensive services at the center, which include 24-hour help lines, emergency and transitional housing, counseling, an abuser intervention program, legal assistance and free community education programs. Tickets are $150 per person. Information: 410-997-0304.

Fashion show

The American Association of University Women's fashion show and sale, "Let's Go On A Vacation," takes place beginning at 1 p.m. April 27 at Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Event features fashions provided by Lord and Taylor of Columbia and accessory boutique items for sale. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the organization's scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-964-5454.

Annual luncheon

The Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards Luncheon, at which the Association of Community Services of Howard County honors volunteers and staff for their service to the community, will be held at noon May 3 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. To purchase tickets and more information, go to acshoco.org.

Camp volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for volunteers for its Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications can be downloaded from the "Getting Involved" page of HCAC's website at hocoarts.org. Duties of the unpaid position include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch times, etc. Volunteers must be 15 years of age by Sept. 1. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 24-August 16. Hours for volunteers vary.

Recycle bedding

The Department of Public Works has announced that 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 is at 2350 Marriottsville Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: howardcountyrecycles.org.

Free tax help

Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.

To schedule an appointment, call:

•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.

•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.


•Glenwood Community Center: 410-313-5440.

•East Columbia Senior Center: 410-313-7680.

•North Laurel Community Center: 410-313-0380.

•Elkridge Senior Center: 410-313-5192.

Calling all artists

The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in 2014. Applications will be reviewed in the spring for artists to exhibit next year. The deadline to apply is June 1. For applications, go to wildelake.org/events. Send completed applications to: Carole Black, Gallery Director, Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia 21044 or email cjblack@columbiavillages.org.

Vendors wanted

Vendor applications are being accepted for the county's sixth annual GreenFest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 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 helping the community go green, ecological home cleaning, environmentally friendly lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for making everyday activities green are encouraged to apply. Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. The cost to nonprofits is $25 per space; cost to other entities, including commercial businesses, is $35 per space. Preference will be given to businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Vendor applications are available at hcgreenfest.org. For information or to have an application mailed, email awilcom@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6433.

Sports Hall of Fame

Nomination forms are available for the Department of Recreation and Parks' 2013 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. 15.

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 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: 410-997-4949.