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Bain center to reopen, with some exceptions

The Florence Bain Senior Center in Harper's Choice is scheduled to reopen Tuesday as planned, but not all of it.

The computer lab, the exercise studio and wood shop are still under repair after suffering damage from a burst water pipe in the building's ceiling last month. The computer lab, where income tax filing assistance is offered, should reopen Feb. 23.

Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment for free AARP tax preparation assistance can call 410-313-7387.

CA president search

The Columbia Association's board of directors will host a forum Feb. 22 at which residents will have an opportunity to hear candidates for the association's presidency answer questions from the community. Those who live or work on CA-assessed property can submit questions before the forum at

The forum will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center, Columbia.

In February last year, the board held a forum and asked residents to describe the qualifications and experience they would like to see in the next CA president. In October, members of the community were recruited to participate in the board's Citizens Advisory Committee to help find candidates. This committee has helped the board and DHR International, an executive search firm, in the recruitment, selection and interview process.

The next president will be elected by the board of directors and is expected to assume office May 1.

Community gardening

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agricultural Marketing Program has announced that the Howard County Conservancy will break ground for a community garden this spring.

The conservancy's 63 garden plots are available to rent for $40. The plots are 20 feet by 25 feet.

The gardens will include a pollinator garden to attract beneficial insects and wildlife. Deer fencing, water and compost bins will be provided. Gardens are to be pesticide free, and Bay Wise gardening techniques will be encouraged. Workshops and lectures of interest to gardeners will be provided.

The community garden program is part of the conservancy's effort to preserve the county's agricultural resources. Community gardens can empower individuals, create a stronger community, beautify the area and produce clean, nutritious food.

To participate in the community garden: 410-465-8877 or e-mail garden manager Rita Hamlet,

The Howard County Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental education center and land trust. The conservancy, which has its headquarters at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock, was founded by residents in 1990 to help preserve the natural environment, agricultural farmland and historic sites. The conservancy offers dozens of year-round educational programs for adults and children.

Math, science fair

The county public school system will hold its Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair on Friday and Saturday at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Students chosen by their teachers to represent their schools will compete for awards in several categories. The fair also showcases the work of students in the Gifted and Talented Research Program.

Judging for middle school projects will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and for high school projects from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. A public open house is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, and an awards ceremony from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the fair will be held Feb. 27 and 28.

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