Music Institute offers classes

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Registration is open for classes at the Music Institute, formerly the Musical Arts Center at Howard Community College.

Instruction by members of the college faculty is available for piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, orchestra, band, folk and jazz.

Music therapy, songwriting, rock and jazz band, a Celtic ensemble, gumbo ensemble and ukulele orchestra are also available.

Information: 410-772-4871, or

School board to meet 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.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start 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.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing and a public work session on the fiscal 2009 capital budget and the fiscal 2010-2014 capital improvement program.

Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to testify at the hearing or to speak at the public forum: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter, 410-715-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

The board will hold a public work session on the fiscal 2009 capital budget and the fiscal 2010-2014 capital improvement program at 9 a.m. Friday in the boardroom at the Department of Education.

Information: 410-313-6682.

HCC schedules information sessions

Howard Community College will hold three high school information sessions for prospective college students and their parents.

Sessions will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 in the Kittleman Room of the English, Language, Business Building and at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Transfer Center of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall.

The sessions will highlight college programs and services, including Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and will include a discussion of financial aid. Participants will be invited to tour the campus.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-772-4599.

The college is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Group to study future of HCC

The Commission on the Future of Howard Community College, a group of community and business leaders, has been given the task of providing recommendations to guide academic planning at the college.

Mary Ann Scully, president and chief executive officer of Howard Bank, will lead the commission.

The group will begin meeting Wednesday to identify innovative ideas, emerging issues and alternatives for the college's future.

The commission will be organized into six task forces that will examine environmental sustainability, work force development, education of health care professionals, creating programs, global education and the establishment of an innovative organization.

First convened in 1998, the commission examines emerging educational trends every five years. It receives annual updates on the status of its recommendations.

Tickets available for Grand Prix, raffle

To celebrate the 20th Columbia Classic Grand Prix, the Howard Community College Educational Foundation and the Grand Prix Advisory Board will offer 20 prizes as part of the Grand Prix raffle.

The grand prize is a choice of a 2008 Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle or a roadster.

Other prizes include gift certificates from 20 local restaurants; golf packages; a Maryland Terrapins basketball package; a Nags Head, N.C. getaway; two club-level Ravens tickets; and a Rep Stage theater party for 20 that includes a backstage tour.

The Columbia Classic Grand Prix features world-class equestrians competing on a course of obstacles, jumps, twists and turns. The event, which includes exhibitions, pony rides, boutiques and children's activities, raises scholarship funds for Howard Community College students.

The event will be held Sept. 23 on the campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Gates open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $8 to $200. Raffle tickets cost $100 (three for $250).

Information: 410-772-4450, or

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