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Commencement set at HCC Friday

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Commencement exercises for the 37th Howard Community College graduating class will begin at 4 p.m. Friday on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Graduates from the spring 2008 semester and 2007 summer and fall semesters will receive their degrees. HCC benefactors Patrick and Jill McCuan will receive honorary degrees.

The Boyd Commencement Address will be delivered by Gov. Martin O'Malley. The Graduate Address will be given by HCC student Amena Ali.

The ceremony will be broadcast live by HCC-TV and can be seen at www.howardcc. edu or on Comcast of Howard County channel 71.

The Nursing Recognition Ceremony honoring the college's graduating nurses will be held at noon Friday on the college's campus.

Information: 410-772-4800; TDD, 410-772-4023.

School board to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing and, if necessary, a work session on the fiscal year 2009 operating and capital budgets and the fiscal year 2010-2014 Capital Improvement Program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

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 at 3 p.m. May 27 to adopt its fiscal year 2009 operating and capital budgets and the FY 2010-1014 Capital Improvement Program. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the Department of Education.

Sign-up in advance is preferred. Information or to sign up: 410-313-7194.

Events to mark kids' 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 tomorrow through May 21 at library branches.

Sessions are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Glenwood branch; 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Savage branch; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday 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.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Summer camp to focus on jazz

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Contemporary Arts Inc., a nonprofit, 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. Campers can bring their own instruments or use instruments provided by the camp.

Tuition is $420. Payment plans and scholarships are available.

The two-week camp for children ages 7 to 16, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning July 7, at Hammond High School.

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.

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 Entry forms are available at branches and online. The deadline to enter is June 6.

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