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Howard Community College will sponsor a weeklong series of events April 21-25 in observance of Earth Day, April 22, when a celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college's Duncan Hall lobby.

Environmental organizations and organic stores and farms will be on hand. Those who attend can participate in a water taste-off, plant flowers and recycle plastic grocery bags. Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental film, The 11th Hour, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. in the Kittleman Room (ELB-100) and at 6 p.m. in the Burrill Galleria. Other environmentally themed films will be shown in ELB-100, starting at 11 a.m.

The HCC Environmental Club will demonstrate the impact of trash on April 24 with a Dumpster Dive on the HCC Quad, when a day's worth of campus trash will be on display. The club will plant native flowers on April 25.

The week's events, which are free and open to everyone, begin from noon to 2 p.m. April 21 with "Consume Less: Live More," a program to increase awareness of the risks posed to the environment and to financial stability by over-consumption. Also, the Baltimore Free Store will hold a mini-market.

The week's activities, which are open to the public, are sponsored by the HCC Environmental Club, the Division of Science and Technology and the Office of Student Life.

Information: Tracie Palm, 410-772-4896.

Technology Day focuses on careers

In an effort to inspire students to pursue careers in mathematics or science, the Fort Meade Alliance, in cooperation with SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), will sponsor the "Spring 2008 Technology Day" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Howard Community College.

More than 300 high school students from the Howard County public school system and Anne Arundel public schools will hear presentations by Booz Allen Hamilton, the Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Media Activity, Fiberplus, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and Verizon.

The event is intended to expose students to career opportunities in technological fields.

Advisory council changes meeting

A meeting of the Community Advisory Council to the Howard County Board of Education, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, has been rescheduled.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chesapeake Room at the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

The meeting of the Community Advisory Council with the Board of Education, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, will be held as scheduled in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

PSAT, SAT classes set

Registration is open for SAT and PSAT preparation courses to be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and April 26 at Chapelgate Christian Academy.

The cost is $185 and includes tuition and materials.

Classes are open to all high school students, regardless of the school they attend.

Information: 410-442-1600 or

Study-skills classes begin this month

The Stressless Tests program will present high school study-skills classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 23 through May 14 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Spring middle school study-skills classes will meet from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. April 22 through May 13.

The cost is $175 a session and includes a "Study for Success" DVD.

A five-day summer study-skills course also is being offered. High school classes meet from noon to 2 p.m. the weeks of Aug. 4 and Aug. 11; middle school classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the weeks of July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. The cost is $185 and includes the "Study for Success" DVD. Classes meet at Centennial High School.

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

Class registration ends Tuesday

The Summer Institutes for Talent Development, offered through the Gifted and Talented Office and the Office of Advanced Programs and Fine Arts, are accepting registrations until Tuesday for summer courses to be held at Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Session I runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except July 4th) June 30 through July 11; Session II, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays, July 14-25.

The courses are for advanced-level learners entering grades two through 12.

Information: Kim Eubanks, 410-313-6800, or

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