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Summer camp to focus on jazz

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 take their own instruments or use instruments provided by the camp.

Tuition is $420. Payment plans and scholarships are available for all applicants; scholarships and financial assistance are available for those who qualify.

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 in Columbia.

Tuition is $420. 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

Board of Education to meet May 27

The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 3 p.m. May 27 to adopt its fiscal 2009 operating and capital budgets and the FY 2010-1014 capital improvement program. The meeting will be held in the Department of Education boardroom, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

A regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the same location. 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.

To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

Library seeking children's ideas

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 through Wednesday at library branches.

Valerie Gross, library director and chief executive officer, will be on hand to speak with parents and answer questions. She will also provide information about the library's Summer Reading Club, which begins June 2.

Sessions are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Miller branch; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the central library; and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the east Columbia branch.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Essays on story by Doyle sought

Seventh-graders are invited to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 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 entry deadline is June 6.

HCC accepting online registration

Howard Community College is accepting online registration for summer continuing education noncredit courses. Brochures are being mailed to county residences this month. New Business courses are to include "Search Engine Marketing," Family Child Care Provider," and "Photoshop for Photographers." New Lifestyle and Leisure courses are to include "1-2-3 SOLD! How to Earn at Public Real Estate Auctions," "Yoga and Exploring the Chakras," Digital Photography Basics," and "Intermediate Wine."

New courses are being offered in information technology, health care, adult basic education and in motorcycle skills ("Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic, Level Two.") The Kids on Campus program will offer "Bella Italy" for ages 7 to 10; "Money Magic," "Mandarin Chinese for Middle School Students," "Lights, Camera, Action: Moviemaking," and others.

Information: 410-772-4823 or and click on "Continuing Education."

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 digital video disc.

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

Peer Leadership Conference set

The fifth Peer Leadership Conference, sponsored by Howard County elementary school counselors, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.

About 400 children from 29 elementary schools and their counselors are expected to attend. The children represent Student Leaders for Safe Schools, safety patrols, peer mentoring groups and student government.

The conference theme is "Everyday Heroes." Tricia McCarthy, assistant principal at Bollman Bridge Elementary School, will speak.

The event supports the school system's goal of providing children with a safe, nurturing environment that values diversity and commonality and focuses on the important role student leaders have in ensuring that schools provide a positive environment for children.

The children will receive conference packets, hear the keynote speaker, attend breakout sessions, have lunch and participate in a closing activity.

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