Workshop to focus on self-reliance

Kathie Snow, author of Disability is Natural, will lead a daylong workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Howard High School in Ellicott City.


Snow's approach focuses on the strengths and abilities of children and adults with disabilities, rather than on "fixing" their deficits. She will discuss the potential for everyone to lead a full, self-directed and self-reliant life.

Admission is free but registration is requested. Information: Debbie Engle, 410-531-0430.


Program teaches Chinese language

The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools and the Chinese Language School of Columbia will present 2008 STARTALK summer language program for middle school students in Howard County.

The program seeks to jump-start Chinese language skills for students who do not speak Chinese. Participants will also be involved in cultural activities such as lion dance, Chinese yo-yo and Chinese calligraphy.

The camp will be from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. weekdays, June 30 through July 25; an optional cultural camp will be offered July 28-29. Both camps for students entering grades sixth through ninth will be held at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane.

The cost is $200. Information: Bianca Chang,

The STARTALK program is a response to the National Security Language Initiative and is managed by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Information:

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.

Information: Holly Harden, 410-313-4630, or

Board of Education to meet Tuesday


The Howard County Board of Education will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday 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.

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

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 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 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