'Teens on Tour Summer Camp' being offered

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering two-week sessions of "Teens on Tour Summer Camp" that start tomorrow, and July 25 and Aug. 8.

Participants will travel with friends to amusement parks and out-of-state attractions (including a supervised overnight stay in a hotel) and conclude the camp with a cookout. The cost is $425.

Information or registration: 410-313-4719, or

Conroy scholarship applications being taken

Applications are being accepted for the Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship, named for the late Sen. Edward T. Conroy, a veteran of the Korean War.

The award may be equal to tuition and fees, not to exceed $7,950. Awards totaling $362,400 are available for the 2005-2006 academic year.

The scholarship, which is administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is available to children or spouses of members of the armed services who have died or been disabled, veterans who suffered a disability of 25 percent or greater in the line of duty, children and surviving spouses of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and others.

Information: Office of Student Financial Assistance, 410-260- 4565, 800-974-1024, or

Homeschooling group plans information meeting

The Columbia Homeschool Community will hold its monthly information and support meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at a new location -- Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center, 10449 Green Mountain Circle, Columbia.

The topic will be "Homeschooling 101: Everything You Need to Know."

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Information: 410-740- 6688, or ColumbiaHomeschool. org.

Howard Community College schedules orientation

Howard Community College will offer new-student orientation sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Aug. 26 in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students at the college are encouraged and expected to attend. Parents are welcome.

Both sessions include refreshments, information packets, interactive workshops, campus tours and prizes.

Information: 410-772-4896.

Registration: 410-772-4430.

College taking applications for new honors program

Applications are being accepted for the fall semester of Howard Community College's new Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program, in which students learn in small, supportive classes and through field trips, speakers and cultural events.

Participants who complete the required hours of honors course work and participate in designated college events will receive an "Honors" designation on their transcripts.

The program is open to any student, full or part time, who meets academic eligibility standards.

The late Frederick K. Schoenbrodt, a longtime chairman of the Howard County Board of Education, served on the college's first board of trustees.

Information: Professor Vladimir Marinich, 410-772-4946 or 410-772-4856; or vmarinich@

Board of Education plans to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. No evening session will be held.

The meeting will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred. To sign up: 410-313- 7197.

Information: 410-313-6682.

To request a sign language interpreter for any Board of Education meeting: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-week notice is preferred.

Study-skills class slated for middle school pupils

Stressless Tests, a program of the nonprofit HD Foundation of Howard County, will present a new summer study- and test-taking skills course for middle-school pupils entering seventh or eighth grade in the fall.

The four-day course will be held July 19-22 at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

The two-hour classes are designed to help each pupil learn his or her most effective study style. Those who have taken the program have reported higher grades, more focused study habits and less stress.

A second session will be held Aug. 16-19.

The cost is $155.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

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