The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit organization working to advance jazz in the community, will offer a Music and Arts Academy Summer Camp where campers of all skill levels can study instruments, singing and dance.
Jazz saxophonist Carl Grubbs will direct the camp. Instruction will be available on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, drums and keyboards, and in African, modern and tap dance, as well as jazz singing. Campers can bring their own instruments or use instruments provided by the camp.
Payment plans are available for all applicants; scholarships and financial assistance are available for those who qualify.
The two-week camp for children ages 7-16, will be held from 8:45 .am. to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning July 7, at Hammond High School in Columbia.
Tuition is $420. The early-registration deadline is May 16; registration must be completed by July 3. Those who register early will have a greater choice of instruments.
Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4630, or www. howardcountymd.gov/RAP.
Musical theater program offered
The Slayton House Camp of the Arts is accepting registration for its musical theater program. Children who have completed full-day kindergarten and those in grades one through eight are invited to apply. Some scholarships are available.
Camps will be held June 16-July 3; July 7-25 and July 28-Aug. 8.
The Conservatory Camp for students in grades eight through 12 will be held June 23-July 11 and July 14-Aug. 1. The first session will perform Oklahoma! The second session will perform Into the Woods. Tony McGuffin will direct the camp. Admission is by audition only.
Auditions will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 at Slayton House. Information: Kathy Verheul, 410-730-3987.
Coloring, poster contests planned
Entries must be submitted by Thursday for the Howard Soil Conservation District's coloring contest for children in kindergarten through third grade and its poster contest for those in grades four through 12.
Entries from around the county will be judged at the Howard Soil Conservation District board meeting in late May, and prizes will be awarded. The winners will be notified in June, and the work of first-place winners will be submitted to a state contest.
The theme for the poster contest is "Water is Life." Information: http:--www.nacdnet.org/stewardship/2008.
Coloring sheets are being distributed to school principals. Information: Kristal McCormick, 410-489-7987.
Events to mark Children's Book Week
In observance of Children's Book Week, children are invited to share their ideas for the Howard County library and have a picture taken with reading mascot Sneaks the Cat May 12-21 at library branches.
Sessions are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 12 at the Glenwood branch; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 13 at the Savage branch; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 13 at the Elkridge branch; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 19 at the Miller branch; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 20 at the central library; and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 21 at the east Columbia branch.
Essays on story by Doyle sought
Seventh-grade students are invited to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story The Adventure of the Speckled Band and write an analytical essay about it for a contest sponsored by the Howard County library.
The story, a glossary and sample essays are available at www.hclibrary.org. Entry forms are available at branches and online. The deadline to enter is June 6.
Course offered on test-taking
The Stressless Tests Program will offer a five-day course, "Summer Study Skills," for high school students from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays, starting Aug. 4 and Aug. 11.
Middle school classes meet from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays, beginning July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11. Classes meet at Centennial High School. The cost is $185, and includes the Study for Success DVD.
Information or to register: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659 or visit www.Stresslesstests.org.
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 in Ellicott City.
The afternoon session and an evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., will begin 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. Sign-up in advance is preferred.
During the evening session, the board will hold public hearings on Policy 9280, Students Charged with Community or Reportable Offenses, and Policy 8020, Grading and Reporting: High School.
Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and to provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing. Registration will be available during business hours on weekdays until the close of business on the last working day before the hearings.
To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.
The board will meet with the Operating Budget Review Committee at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Boardroom A at the Department of Education.