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HCC plans events to mark Earth Day

Howard Community College will hold a weeklong series of events this week April 16-20 celebrating Earth Day (April 22).

A free screening/discussion of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Kittleman Room (ELB 100) on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

An Alternative Energy Pizza Cook-off will be held at noon Wednesday in the college quad. Students will attempt to use alternative energy to cook a frozen pizza in an hour.

An Earth Day Celebration, with vendors and earth-friendly organizations, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Burrill Galleria.

Professor Nicholas Coch of Queens College in New York will speak about "Climate Change: Facts and Fallacies" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the college's Burrill Galleria.

The week's activities are free and open to the public.

Information: 410-772-4896, or e-mail,

HCC scholarship walk-a-thon set

Howard Community College will hold a walk-a-thon for student scholarships from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on the college campus.

The walk, which is sponsored by the college's Pre-Med and Allied Health Club, is open to everyone. The cost is $15 before Wednesday; $20 on the day of the walk. A continental breakfast and T-shirts for the first 100 walkers are included. Children to age 12 participate free.

Information: Fran Meyerson, 410-997-4911.

PTA Council seeks nominations

The PTA Council of Howard County is accepting nominations of members to serve in executive positions for the 2007-2008 school year.

Nominations are invited for president; executive vice president; vice president of issues; vice president of operations; treasurer; recording secretary and corresponding secretary.

Nominees must be local PTA members who have served for at least a year on a local PTA executive board.

Information or to submit a nomination: 410-740-5153, or

Gifted-talented testing scheduled for May 5

Gifted and Talented Program testing for children in grades five through seven who do not attend a public school but plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 5.

Testing will be held at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia. The registration deadline is April 27. Registration materials are available at middle school guidance offices and the Gifted and Talented Program office, 410-313-6800.

Essay contest entries invited

Howard County seventh-graders are invited to enter a Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest sponsored by Watson's Tin Box, an organization of Holmes fans, in partnership with the library and the school system.

Contestants are to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band and write an analytical essay about it.

Guidelines and an entry form: The entry deadline is May 4. Prizes will be awarded at an event to be held at 7 p.m. June 7 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Members sought for advisory panel

The Howard County school system is seeking members for a community advisory committee to the Department of Student, Family and Community Services.

An organizational meeting is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Boardroom B at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information or registration: 410-313-1524.

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