Howard County Briefs

Spring Party

The Columbia Foundation's annual Spring Party will be held beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $100. Information: 410-730-7840.


Blue Star ceremony

The Howard County Garden Club will host a dedication ceremony for a Blue Star Memorial Marker honoring service men and women at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the Howard County Welcome Center, 8267 Main St. in Ellicott City. A reception follows. Invited dignitaries include Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and County Executive Ken Ulman. Open to the public. For more information, contact Jane Kramer at janekramer@verizon.net.

'Prelude to a Kiss'

Howard Community College's Arts Collective Presents Craig Lucas' romantic comedy about issues of identity, aging, fear, family and unconditional love, through Sunday, May 19, in the college's Studio Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Shows at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students 18 and younger and active-duty military. Information: 443-518-1500.

Concert series

The Howard County Historical Society presents the OCEAN Quartet performing "Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns" at 7:30 p.m. May 24 as part of the "Music at the Museum Concert Series" at 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Admission is $20; $18 for society members. Light refreshments will be served. Information: hchsmd.org.

Gardening volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy seeks Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, to help maintain its thematic and native plant gardens. All levels of experience welcome. For information, call Tabby Fique at 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.


Arts 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.

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.


Guided hikes

The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.orghttp://hcconservancy.org.

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.

Recycle old TVs

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-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.