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Get your brain in gear at the HoCo STEM Festival

Calling all kids interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related activities? The first annual HoCo STEM Festival is June 9, 1 to 4 p.m., at Howard Community College.

This free community event is the brainchild of the Committee to Enhance STEM, a group of seven individuals with STEM backgrounds, including Ellicott City resident David Gertler, who want to stimulate and encourage students' interest in the emerging fields of science, technology, engineering and math.


Geared toward middle school students but open to all, the festival will feature dozens of STEM presentations and demonstrations with experts who will engage and excite students in STEM careers such as physics, robotics, technology, mathematics, statistics, meteorology, ecology, information security, engineering, cryptography, chemical sciences, biological sciences and astronomy.

"When we first started sharing our vision for highlighting STEM careers and enhancing STEM education for Howard County students, we were thrilled by the overwhelming response and support from the community," said Gertler, a Committee to Enhance STEM founding member.


Experts from prominent STEM institutions and corporations are slated to present at the festival including Northrop Grumman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Kryptocore, SciSense, American Meteorological Society, American Institute for Physics, FIRST (For inspiration and recognition of science and technology), International Game Developers Association and Microsoft. Another notable company, Howard County's Tactical Network Solutions, a leading cybersecurity firm which was invited to the White House last year by President Obama, will serve as the festival's lead sponsor.

For more information, go to the HoCo STEM Festival website at

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Last chance to see Silhouette Stage's hilarious musical, "The Full Monty," Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 26, at 3 p.m., at Wilde Lake's Slayton House. Co-directed by Debbie Mobley and Conni Ross, the 30-plus member cast and crew includes talented Ellicott City residents, Jesse Kinstler (Nathan), Lisa Ellis (costumer) and ensemble members Ellen Welsh Quinn, Angie Townsend and Paul Townsend.

Based the 1997 movie of the same name, the musical tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who decide to create their own Chippendales act when they see how much money their working wives and girlfriends pay to see male strippers at a local club. But before they go "The Full Monty," each of the men has to overcome his own personal fears.

TIckets are $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, go to the Silhouette Stages website at and click on the "Seat Yourself" link.

Save the date! Centennial Lane Elementary School's annual PTA Spring Fair is June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date, June 8). Open to the public, the community is invited to enjoy a multitude of family fun games (ring toss, break a plate, roller bowler, frog sling), three inflatables including an obstacle course and rides, a stilt walker, balloon maker, disc jockey, prizes, food, a cake walk, silent auction, and raffle.

This year, the PTA Spring Fair fun gets started May 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a Family Fun preview night. Join families in a casual night on the school grounds that includes music and games. Adults will have an opportunity to preview and bid on a spectacular array of silent auction items, including an autographed football signed by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, a Ray Lewis autographed jersey, Disney park passes, Orioles Nicholas Markakis-worn game jersey, Washington Nationals tickets and parking pass, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Under Armour facility, an autographed Ray Rice photo collage and more.

For more information, go to the school PTA's website at


The Pink Cabbage, an eclectic collection of over 12 shops specializing in home decor, is hosting its Funky Flea to benefit the American Cancer Society on June 1 (rain date June 2), from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is at 11707 Frederick Road, in Ellicott City.