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Theater program

The Howard County Public School System's Office of Advanced Programs and Fine Arts sponsors the first S.T.A.R.S. Celebration at Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Road, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. Event will provide an opportunity for more than 600 high school theater artists to commemorate the theatrical and journalistic accomplishments of the season. It also features theatrical excerpts from each of the 12 high schools, a performance by the All County Improvisational Acting Troupe and a salute to the teams of Howard County S.T.A.R.S. critics. An orchestra of all-star student musicians provides the music.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at River Hill High School Information Center, 12101 Clarksville Pike, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.



•Drama Learning Center will hold auditions for the Mel Brooks' musical, "The Producers," from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday May 23 and Monday, May 24, at 9130 Red Branch Road, Suite F. Required is 16-32 bars of an up-tempo song, also, bring sheet music for the accompanist and be prepared to dance. To schedule an audition, call 410-997-9352 or email

•Red Branch Theatre Company seeks an actor to play the role of Robert in David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Proof." Actor should be able to portray a man aged late 50's and older. Email to schedule and audition and more information.

Leadership awards

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues seeks nominees for its annual leadership awards program. Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding efforts and promote the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and achieving independence through pursuing personal goals while living with a disability. Nominees must live, work or provide services in Howard County.

For details about the award categories and to download a nomination form, go to or call 410-313-6402 to have a form mailed. Deadline to submit nominations is July 30.

Committee seeks new members

The Secondary Language Arts Advisory Committee, consisting of teachers, administrators, students, parents and other community members who advise, support and advocate for the continuous improvement of educational programs, seeks new members. The committee meets four times during the school year at a central location.

Interested persons can call 410-313-6620 for more information.


Commencement exercises

Graduation dates and times for Howard County high schools are as follows and take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, with the exception of Cedar Lane, which will be held at the school, 11630 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

May 28:

8 a.m.— Reservoir

11:30 a.m.— Glenelg

4 p.m.— Oakland Mills


June 1:

Noon — Long Reach

.4 p.m.— Hammond

8 p.m. — River Hill

June 2:

Noon — Wilde Lake


4 p.m. — Marriotts Ridge

8 p.m. — Centennial

June 3:

9:30 a.m. — Cedar Lane (at Cedar Lane)

Noon — Howard

4 p.m. — Mt. Hebron


8 p.m.—Atholton

Call individual schools for more information.

Volunteers needed

Special Olympics needs volunteers for its annual softball invitational tournament being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Kiwanis Wallas Park in Ellicott City. Teams from across the state will compete. Duties include scorekeepers, scoreboard operators, field marshals, lunch helpers and clean-up crew. Information and to sign up: Ryan Palm,

Asian film festival

Films that revolve around various Asian cultures will be screened from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, and May 24 at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-1950.


Golf tournament

The Fulton Elementary School and Lime Kiln Middle School Parent Teacher Associations' Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 21, at Waverly Woods Golf Course, 2100 Warwick Way, Marriottsville. Cost for the shotgun start, best-ball tournament is $110 for individuals and $420 for foursomes. Players receive 18 holes of golf with a cart, complimentary beverages, a goodie bag and awards. Event concludes with a free buffet, raffle and silent auction. Information and to sign up:

'From A Global Window: The Caribbean'

Exhibit of photographs and handmade paper by Denee Barr will be on display through May 28 at the Columbia Foundation, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G15. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 410-730-7840 or

Grant awarded

The Nationwide Insurance Foundation has awarded the Salvation Army Howard County Family Service Center a $10,000 grant. The service center provides crisis intervention services for residents facing eviction or utility turn-off, in need of food, clothing and medications. Other services include seasonal assistance for Thanksgiving, Christmas, summer camp and life skills classes. The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies.


Columbia Home Tour

Volunteers are needed to act as hosts at the various homes along the Columbia Home Tour, which will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. Those interested should call Carol Hobelmann at 410-730-3987.

International Day vendors

The Columbia Association is seeking vendors and artisans for its annual Columbia International Day on July 24 at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. This free event features live music and entertainment representing a variety of cultures, with food, crafts, children's activities and more. Applications are being accepted from those who wish to display or sell items with an international theme. There is a discounted rate for those who apply before June 2.

Information: 410-715-3161 or 410-715-3175.

Teen vocalists and bands


The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee is seeking individual performers or groups to play at "Teen Tuesdays" at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront on Tuesdays from June 22 through July 27. Teen Tuesdays are part of the annual Lakefront Festival, which features outdoor concerts and movies during the summer.

Interested teens should send a CD to Carol Wasser, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Teachers needed

The Howard County Arts Council is looking for teachers to fill positions in its visual and performing arts summer camps. Among the subjects offered in the camps are painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, dance, musical theater, poetry and creative writing. Camps are open to students in grades K-7.

Interested teachers: contact Wendy Meetze at 410-313-2787.

Children's services


The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources provides free information to Howard County parents to find services and programs in the community for children and teens. Staff will help families identify their needs and give information to find solutions to their problems. Resource and referral information can cover areas such as community services, recreation and sports, financial assistance, support groups, drug or alcohol abuse, youth development, child care programs and others.

Information: 410-313-2273 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteers needed

The Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, seeks gardening volunteers to work Wednesday mornings to help maintain the thematic and native plant gardens on the property. All levels of experience are needed. Information: 410-465-8877 or