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Kindermusik Demo Days plans free classes at HCC

The Music Institute at Howard Community College, formerly known as the Musical Arts Center, has announced that it will offer Kindermusik classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday as part of Kindermusik International's Demo Days, a program offering free musical instruction to children around the world.

Peggy Durbin, the center's licensed Kindermusik teacher, will lead classes at the Children's Learning Center on the college's campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

More than 5,000 licensed Kindermusik teachers worldwide will conduct free class demonstrations as part of the Demo Days program.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-428-1874. Information about Kindermusik:

The Music Institute at HCC offers music instruction by college faculty members for all ages and abilities, as well as Suzuki Violin and Colourstrings.

Information: 410-772-4871, or

Community Advisory Council is seeking at-large members

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the coming school year.

The group of residents and representatives from local PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board.

The council sponsors educational programming for members and provides opportunities for study and input into curriculum, education policy, redistricting and budget.

The group usually meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education in Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Tour county's 2 newest schools -- Veterans and Bushy Park

Members of the community are invited to tour Howard County's two newest schools Aug. 26.

Veterans Elementary School, 4355 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, will hold dedication activities with parents, children and school and county officials from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The new school is intended to relieve crowding at St. Johns Lane, Worthington and Northfield elementary schools.

Ribbon-cutting and an open house for the new Bushy Park Elementary School, 14601 Carrs Mill Road, Glenwood, will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The facility replaces the original school, which opened in 1976, and can accommodate 348 more children than the older facility.

Howard County schools open for students Aug. 27.

Rouse Scholars alumni reunion slated for Sept. 6

The James W. Rouse Scholars Program of Howard Community College invites alumni of the program to attend a reunion from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 on the college campus.

The reunion, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the program, offers an opportunity to reconnect with classmates, socialize with faculty and staff and see the new buildings on campus. Photos, yearbooks, class T-shirts and other items will be available for alumni. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be served.

The annual welcome reception for new Rouse students and their parents will be held after the reunion.

The James W. Rouse Scholars Program, an honors learning community, is a selective, challenging honors and leadership program designed to provide opportunities for its students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities at the end of their sophomore year.

Information: 410-772-4450.

Online registration is open for college's fall semester

Online registration is open for fall 2007 continuing education, noncredit courses at Howard Community College. Mailed brochures will reach county residents this month.

New courses are being offered in business; lifestyle and leisure; information technology; health care; for seniors; and in the college's Kids on Campus program.

Information: 410-772-4823, or www. and click on "Continuing Education."

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