Anniversary celebration

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will host a reception celebrating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Ridgelys Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup.

Free event will recognize several Howard County individuals and organizations that have supported the youth council.

Call 443-280-1935 for more information.

Clothing drive at center

The Columbia Teen Center Teen Outreach Committee is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit local families. Donations of clothes for all ages and sizes can be dropped off at the center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, by Monday. Teens will sort the clothes and deliver them to families in January.

Call 410-992-3726 for more information.

Food drive

Weichert Realtors, 9339 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, is an official drop-off location for donations to the Maryland Food Bank through Dec. 10. Most-needed items are canned meat, peanut butter, pasta, canned or dried fruits, canned soup and vegetables, sauces/salad dressing, evaporated and powdered milk, infant formula, pudding and custard, oatmeal and breakfast cereals, rice, nuts, seeds, and canned or dried beans.

For more information or a pickup, call 410-465-8300.

Film series

Tickets are on sale for the 18th season of the Columbia Jewish Congregation's Jewish Film Series at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills scheduled for January-April. Cost is $28 for four films, $23 for three films, $16 for two films and $9 for single ticket, sold at the door only. The cost includes refreshments and post-screening discussion sessions.

For tickets and more information, call 410-381-4809.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Howard County (SOHO) seeks volunteers to participate in sports training and competition with Special Olympic athletes. The organization is looking for basketball partners who are 18 or older and available two days a week from early January through mid-March. Elite basketball skills are not a requirement. Partners will attend a preliminary practice on Dec. 9, an orientation on Dec. 13 and twice a week practices starting in January.

To sign up and more information, call 410-740-0500.

Toy drives

* Marriotts Ridge High School is sponsoring its annual "Holiday Toy Drive" beginning Tuesday and continuing through Dec. 18. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be made between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the school's front office, 12100 Woodford Drive.

* Long & Foster's Columbia office announces its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots Campaign. Items may be dropped off daily between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 10805 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia before Dec. 18.

Call 410-715-2748 for more information.

Recycling cans

Habitat for Humanity has placed a collection bin for aluminum cans on the west side of Columbia at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave. in Allview Estates.

This is a joint project with Boy Scouts of America and all proceeds benefit habitat projects.

Call 410-461-4150 or 410-960-2700.

Teachers needed

The Howard County Arts Council is looking for teachers to fill positions in its Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps next year. Camps are open to students in grades K-7.

Interested teachers should contact Wendy Meetze at 410-313-2787 for more information.

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