Howard County small-business financier, j-ref, will hold, "WIFM — What's in It For Me," from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at door. Information: jref.org.
The Howard County Arts Council presents the "Resident Visual Artists Exhibit" and "Contrast & Symmetry" through June 19 at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.
The Howard County Public School System's Office of Advanced Programs and Fine Arts sponsors the first STARS Celebration at Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Road, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Event provides 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 STARS critics. An orchestra of all-star student musicians provides the music.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at seatyourself.biz/rhhs 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; bring sheet music for the accompanist and be prepared to dance. To schedule an audition: 410-997-9352 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Show runs Aug. 5-14.
•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 in his late 50s and older. Information and to schedule an audition: email@example.com.
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 howardcountymd.gov/citizenservices 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.
Call 410-313-6620 for information.
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.
Friday, May 28
8 a.m.: Reservoir
11:30 a.m.: Glenelg
4 p.m.: Oakland Mills
Noon: Long Reach
4 p.m.: Hammond
8 p.m.: River Hill
Noon: Wilde Lake
4 p.m.: Marriotts Ridge
8 p.m.: Centennial
9:30 a.m.: Cedar Lane (at Cedar Lane)
4 p.m.: Mount Hebron
8 p.m.: Atholton
Call individual schools for more information.
Asian film festival
Films that revolve around Asian cultures will be screened from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, May 24, at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-1950.
'From A Global Window: The Caribbean'
Exhibit of photographs and handmade paper by Denee Barr will be on display through Friday, May 28, at the Columbia Foundation, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 410-730-7840 or columbiafoundation.org.
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 held 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.
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.
Contact Wendy Meetze at 410-313-2787.
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 find solutions. 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 more.
Information: 410-313-2273 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, seeks volunteers to work Wednesday mornings to help maintain gardens on the property. All levels of experience are needed. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.