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Leadership seminar planned Oct. 16

Howard Community College and San Francisco-based New Ventures West, a training organization specializing in business and personal coaching, will host an executive luncheon featuring James Flaherty, speaking on "Unfolding Leadership in Ourselves and Others."

Flaherty's method, known as Integral Coaching, combines discoveries in linguistics, developmental psychology, philosophy and biology.

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 in the college's Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Room 401, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Tickets are 35.

Information or reservations: Betty Noble, 410-772-4111.

HCC welcomes students

Howard Community College will hold information sessions for prospective students and their parents at 8 a.m. Oct. 15 on the fourth floor of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, and at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Transfer Center, Room 242 of the same building.

The sessions, which are designed to help graduating seniors prepare for the transition to college, highlight programs and services such as Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians and Early Entrance, and discuss financial aid. Participants will also be able to tour the campus.

Information or to reserve a seat: 410-772-4599.

Help raising drug-free kids

HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization that works to help Howard County parents raise drug-free teens, will offer two free programs: "Teen2Teen: Alcohol, Drugs & All in Between," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Atholton High School; and "Whose Homework Is It Anyway? Promoting Academic Self-Reliance During the Teen Years," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Long Reach High School.

"Teen2Teen" will feature a panel of young adults who will share their experiences with alcohol and other drugs. They will discuss their lives and their recovery from addiction, and answer questions.

Atholton High School is at 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

"Whose Homework Is It Anyway?" will feature a talk by Brad Sachs, author of The Good Enough Child and The Good Enough Teen, on teen responsibility, independence and academic achievement.

The workshop, which is open only to parents, will explore hidden reasons why teens struggle with school work and offer strategies to decrease family tensions and increase self-reliance in middle school, high school and post-secondary education.

Long Reach High School is at 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

Registration is not required.

Information: 443-325-0040.

Members sought

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2008-2009 school year.

The panel of residents and representatives from PTAs advises the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and provides them with an opportunity to comment on curriculum, educational policy, redistricting and the budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Theatrical classes

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to education through the arts, is accepting registration for two fall classes: Kids on Broadway for ages 6 to 11 and Kids on Broadway II for ages 12 to 16. The 10-session programs run from 9 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. (Kids on Broadway) and 10:30 a.m. to noon (Kids on Broadway II) Saturdays, through Dec. 13, at Howard Community College. Information or registration:

Resources and referrals

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

Information is available for community services, county recreation, 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 Howard County's Office of Children's Services.

Information: 410-313-2273.

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