Howard county digest

Call for entries

The Columbia Association Art Center seeks artists, 18 and older, to participate in its annual holiday art show, "Singular Sensations," Dec. 2-10 at the center, 6100 Foreland Garth in Columbia. Exhibition features artwork in all media for sale for $150 or less. Entry fee is $20. A reception with refreshments and live music will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. All artwork must be delivered to the center by Nov. 23. Information: 410-730-0075 or columbiaartcenter.org.

Turkey give-away

The Community Action Council will sponsor a Thanksgiving turkey distribution to eligible county families beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia. Interested families must have received assistance from CAC during the year and should call 410-313-6440.

Winter classes

Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's visual and performing arts winter programs at the Howard County for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. The council offers classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. Classes begin Jan. 25 and continue through March 26. For a brochure and information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Council seeks new members

The Howard County Council seeks candidates to serve a term, which will end Dec. 31, 2015, on the Board of Appeals. Board members serve overlapping five-year terms and must be registered voters and residents of the county. For an application, those interested should send a letter of interest and resume to Council Administrator, Howard County Council, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043. Deadline is Dec. 6.

HCC top community college

Howard Community College has been named as one of the top-rated community colleges in the nation as part of the Center for Digital Education's sixth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. HCC was recognized as a leader in utilizing technology to provide exceptional services to students, educators and administrators.

Grant awarded

The Howard County Conservancy has received a grant of $10,000 from Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) in support of the conservancy's volunteer programs. Grant will support programs such as the Volunteer Naturalist program, which trains volunteers to lead school groups on hikes at the conservancy, and the Habitat Restoration Group, which pairs adult mentors with students to work on trail maintenance. The conservancy provides educational programs for children and adults throughout the year and is at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8277.

Film series

The Columbia Jewish Congregation presents its annual film series beginning Jan. 22 with "A Matter of Size." All screenings will be at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $30 for entire four-film series, $24 for three, or $17 for two showings. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or SBloch@comcast.net.

Services directory

The Southeast Howard County Health Services Directory, a guide to resources near North Laurel and Savage, is available free at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, 9900 Washington Blvd. Directory includes listings of clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, general and family practices, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, transportation and crisis contacts. The guide also indicates whether Spanish and Korean are spoken at the facility, as well as the address, contact information and hours of operation. Hours and information: 410-880-5917.

Emergency funds

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has granted $4,900 of its 2010 grants budget in emergency funds to local nonprofits serving women and girls. Emergency grants are provided to selected nonprofit organizations on an annual basis to be used throughout the year toward immediate relief of emergencies in the lives of women and girls. Each of this year's recipients was granted $700. WGC was founded in 2002 and has more than 850 donors, who have contributed and pledged more than $850,000 to its donor-advised fund with the Columbia Foundation, Howard County's community foundation. Information: womensgivingcircle.org.

MLK Holiday Commission

Interested Howard County residents 18 and older can apply for openings on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission to serve two-year terms. They must be willing to attend the commission's meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Columbia Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive. The commission was established to encourage and coordinate appropriate activities and ceremonies throughout Howard County to honor King's birthday, ideals and legacy. Successful candidates will be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council. Letters of interest, including resumes, should be sent to Jessica Feldmark, chief of staff, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City 21043.

New Year's Eve

The Mall in Columbia celebrates its 40th anniversary with a "Ball in the Mall" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Eve to benefit the Columbia Foundation. Event originated in 1972 to serve as a birthday celebration for the town of Columbia's fifth birthday, and was last held in 1987 to mark its 20th anniversary. The evening includes dinner, dancing, an open bar, live music and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at columbiafoundation.org. The mall is at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Grant awards

More than 30 arts and cultural organizations in Howard County and Baltimore will receive $342,943 in matching grants from the Howard County Arts Council for fiscal year 2011. These matching grants will be used by 18 organizations, nine public schools and 11 Baltimore organizations to support general operations, artist residencies and art projects. Information: 410-313-2787.

Savage Park project

A construction project to stabilize a stream channel and improve treatment of storm water runoff in Savage Park is continuing. The purpose of the project is to repair an eroding channel that carries storm water from the park property to the Little Patuxent River, following a path that crosses the recently installed Little Patuxent Parallel Sewer Interceptor. The project should be completed by early February. Information: 410-313-3440.

Tutors needed

A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. seeks adult volunteers to work in Howard County public schools and in after-school programs. Volunteers may work with individual students and/or small groups during and after school. Volunteers are asked to commit for one hour a week for a minimum of one school year. Among the schools the organization is associated with are Oakland Mills Middle and Atholton, Bryant Woods, Longfellow, Phelps Luck and Running Brook elementary schools. Information: 410-730-6030.

Council seeks members

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the coming school year. The council sponsors educational programming for members and provides the opportunity to study and have input into curriculum, educational policy, redistricting and budget.

Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Department of Education in Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term. Information: 410-313-6682.

Volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy is seeking Wednesday drop-in gardening volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to noon to help maintain thematic and native plant gardens on the property. All levels of experience are welcome.

Also, drop-in workdays in the Children's Garden, located within the Community Gardens, are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays. No experience needed. Meet at the Nature Center.

Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.

Theater workers needed

Red Branch Theatre Company is accepting resumes for costume designers, lighting designers and stage managers for the remaining shows this season. Send applications to Jennifer Spieler at jspieler1025@aol.com.

Panel seeks members

The Secondary Language Arts Advisory Committee seeks new members. The committee, consisting of teachers, administrators, students, parents and other community members who advise, support and advocate for the continuous improvement of educational programs, meets four times during the school year at a central location. Information: 410-313-6620.

Recycling cans

Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.

Spanish speakers wanted

The Foreign Born Information and Referral Network, 5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 200-E, Columbia, needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to greet clients, answer basic questions, make appointments and support the staff. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday; other times may be considered. Information: 410-992-1923, ext. 14.

Recycle old TVs

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents to recycle analog TVs rather than throw them away. Options available:

The Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident's Convenience Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and accepts TVs, computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, VCRs, radios and other electronics.

Best Buy's Customer Take-Back Program allows customers to bring in old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. Limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.

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