Caretakers' workshop set for Tuesday

The Howard County Office of Children's Services will sponsor "Think Differently: Appreciating Multiple Intelligences," a workshop for parents, and child care and early childhood professionals, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Office of Children's Offices, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 380, Ellicott City.


The workshop on diverse learning styles includes strategies for teaching to children's strengths. The cost is $20.

"Helping Children Learn Self-Management," a workshop on helping children gain control of their own behavior, will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the same location. The cost is $20.


Information: 410-313-1940.

Chinese camp held for children

The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools and the Chinese Language School of Columbia will present their STARTALK summer language camp 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 the lion dance, Chinese yo-yo and Chinese calligraphy.

The camp will be held 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 are for students entering grades six through nine will be held at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane.

The cost is $200. Information: Bianca Chang,

Disability council to hold listening post

The Howard County Commission on Disability issues, in partnership with the Maryland Commission on Disabilities, will hold a listening post from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Members of the community are invited to share their ideas, concerns and experiences.

The library is fully accessible, and a sign-language interpreter will be available.


Information: Joyce Lehrer, 410-313-6431.

CARE Center offers aid to families

The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources will help families discuss their needs and offer resources and referrals.

Information is available on community services, county recreation and sports facilities, financial assistance, support groups, emergency needs, help for drug or alcohol abuse, classes for parents, school readiness and achievement, emotional and mental health, child care resources and other topics.

The center is a service of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services. Information: 410-313-CARE (410-313-2273), between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or visit

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 also 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

Session on teen drinking planned


The Columbia Association Teen Center, the Howard County Library and the Howard County Health Department will co-sponsor an interactive discussion on preventing underage drinking and alcohol abuse from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The free program is made possible through Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a national initiative to prevent alcohol use by children ages 9 to 15.

Information: 410-992-3726.

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 DVDdigital video disc.


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