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Arts celebration to be held April 26

The Baltimore Sun

The Howard County Arts Council has announced its 11th Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, to be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 26 at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia.

The gala will feature a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a silent auction of work by local artists, gourmet food from area restaurants and caterers and musical performances on the Main Street Stage.

After the reception, guests are invited into the theater for presentation of the Howie Awards and the Rising Star Competition for young performing artists. The audience will choose three winners to receive prices of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

Barbara K. Lawson, president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Foundation, is the gala's honorary chairwoman.

The celebration has raised $741,650 for arts grants in the community in the past 10 years.

Information: 410-313-ARTS, or www.hocoarts.org.

League plans two forums for candidates

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold a forum for congressional candidates from the 3rd and 7th districts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The forum will be broadcast live on Gtv channels 44 and 70. The public is invited.

The league will also hold a forum for Board of Education candidates at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-0142.

Election forum to be held Saturday

AAIHC (African-Americans in Howard County) will hold a presidential primary election forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church's Agape Hall, 8910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The forum will cover major public offices and candidates for the Howard County Board of Education.

Information: Sherman Howell, 301-596-5240.

State of the county address is Jan. 15

County Executive Ken Ulman will deliver his State of Howard County address twice Jan. 15. Following a practice he started during his first year in office, Ulman will present the address first at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon, which is a ticketed event for chamber members, the business community and guests.

Ulman will deliver the same address at 7 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City. The evening presentation will be open to the public and carried live on Gtv, the county's government information station.

The Chamber of Commerce program is to start at noon and will be held at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Information or tickets to that event: 410-730-4111.

Arc holding benefit raffle

The Arc of Howard County is selling raffle tickets for a home-theater system with 50-inch plasma television. The tickets cost $25 each; 1,000 tickets will be sold.

The winning ticket will be drawn at a Super Bowl social to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Arc's offices. Refreshments will be served.

The Arc was started by a group of parents in 1961 as an advocacy and support group. The organization provides housing, job placement, vocational training and individual and family-support services to people with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their families.

Information: 410-730-0638.

GGP executive to speak at meeting

Transportation Advocates will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Gregory F. Hamm, the new regional vice president and general manager of Columbia for General Growth Properties, will present an overview of the company's vision for downtown Columbia, its potential to be more convenient for pedestrians and to support alternatives to private cars, and its role in regional transportation.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-992-1997.

Recycle your Christmas tree

The Howard County "Merry Mulch" program allows county residents to recycle their Christmas trees at parks, garden centers and at the landfill. Since its inception in 1993, the program has kept thousands of trees out of the landfill, helping the county's budget and its environment.

Recycled trees will be delivered to the composting site at the Alpha Ridge Landfill, to be made into compost and mulch.

Trees can be recycled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through Jan. 21, at these drop-off sites:

Kendall's Hardware, 12260 Route 108, Clarksville; River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, Clarksville.

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia; Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia.

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge.

Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland.

Alpha Ridge Landfill composting site, 2350 Marriottsville, Road, Marriottsville. The landfill is only open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage.

Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine.

Eastern county residents with yard-trimming collection services can set their Christmas trees out on the regular curbside recycling collections days, through Jan. 21.

Trees must be no taller than 4 feet high; taller trees must be cut to 4 feet. Decorations, including lights and tree stands, must be removed. Flocked trees (with artificial sprayed snow) can not be recycled. Christmas trees and other recyclable items should be put out for collection the night before, or by 6 a.m. on collection day.

After Jan. 21, Christmas trees can be brought to the Alpha Ridge Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Information: 410-313-6444.

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