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Housing applications

Howard County Housing is accepting applications for the October enrollment period for the Moderate Income Housing Unit program. The MIHU is an inclusionary zoning program that requires developers of new housing in certain zoning districts to sell or rent a percentage of the new dwelling units to households of moderate income. The program offers homes at reduced sale prices and rents to income-eligible individuals and families. Open enrollment ends Thursday, Oct. 31. Information: 410-313-6318 or


Calling all artists

The Meeting House Gallery at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center is accepting applications from artists for its "Season of Light" exhibition beginning in November, and also for a nature exhibition beginning in January. For applications and more information, go to


Women's Hall of Fame

Howard County's Commission for Women is seeking nominations for outstanding women to be inducted into the 2014 Women's Hall of Fame. The annual event honors county women who have made significant contributions to the county, Maryland or the nation through their profession and/or community service and who are models of achievement for tomorrow's female leaders. Submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 25. To be eligible for this award, nominees can be either living or deceased and must have lived in Howard County for at least 10 years. Up to five women will be selected for induction at the commission's annual Women's Hall of Fame ceremony to take place on March 6 at Howard Community College.

For nomination forms, go to or call 410-313-6400 or by e-mailing

Howe Awards for arts

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2013 Howe Awards, which honor individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts. Forms are available online at and must be postmarked, emailed or faxed by Friday, Nov. 1. Information: 410-313-2787.

Art programs

Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's fall educational programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. The council offers classes and workshops for ages 5 to adult. Programs and classes range from one-day workshops to eight-week sessions.

Fall classes for ages 5 to 12 include Saturday Art Studio and Discover 3-D. For teens and adults, offerings include drawing and composition and three new workshops: art quilts, reliquary boxes and mosaic basics. Weekly drop-in sessions for drawing and painting from portrait and life models are also available.


Registration and full class listings are available at Brochures are available at the art center, and requests for a brochure to mailed may be directed to 410-313-2787. Early registration is recommended.

MLK Holiday Commission

The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is accepting nominations for the commission's annual Living the Dream Award, which recognizes an individual or organization that has promoted the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community involvement. The award and a $300 cash prize will be presented at the commission's 29th celebration Jan. 19 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre in Columbia.

Nominees must be either residents of Howard County or an organization located in the county, have demonstrated the life, work, teachings or legacy of Dr. King, promoted community involvement among all ethnic groups, regardless of social, economic or religious background; and be committed to non-violence and humanitarian services.

Nominators must submit a typed narrative, 500 words or less, that describes why this individual or organization deserves to win the 2013 "Living the Dream" Award by answering the following questions:

•What type(s) of community participation has the nominee been involved with?


•What impact has the nominee had on the community?

•Describe the nominee's achievements and their significance.

Additional information pertinent to this award, such as newspaper clippings, articles and other supporting information or letters of endorsements may be submitted as well. Nominations can be submitted by an individual or organization.

Forms can be found at: or by calling the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430. All completed nomination forms must be postmarked, hand-delivered, faxed or e-mailed by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 to: Howard County Office of Human Rights, Attn: MLK "2013 Living the Dream" Award, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia, Md. 21046, fax, 410-313-6468, emailed

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 email


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: call 410-465-8877 or go to