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Events listed here are sponsored by Howard County Government agencies.

  

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APRIL 2015

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WomenFest
Back for its 7th consecutive year, this signature wellness event for women showcases products and/or services that promote health, wellness, fashion and beauty and are designed to inspire women to live a more balanced, healthy and fulfilled life. Coordinated by the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, this year’s event will feature an interactive day with free health screenings and engaging seminars and workshops on topics including self-defense, painting on canvas, heart health, financial wellness and keeping relationships strong. In addition, President of Brick Bodies Fitness Services Lynne Brick will deliver a keynote address – “Build Your Healthy Tomorrow, Today!” For more information about WomenFest, visit the event’s website at www.howardcountyaging.org/WomenFest, follow the Department’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HoCoCitizen) or contact Courtney Barkley at 410-313-5957 or cbarkley@howardcountymd.gov. Admission and parking are free.
Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville / 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. / Contact: Department of Citizen Services, Courtney Barkley, 410-313-5957 

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Celebrating Successes for Children 

Hosted by the Department of Citizen Services’ Office of Children’s Services, this annual awards ceremony honors individuals, programs or businesses that make a difference in the lives of children. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/CelebratingSuccesses.htm or contact the Office of Children's Services at 410-313-1940.
Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville / 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. / Contact: Office of Children's Services, 410-313-1940 

 

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MAY 2015

2

Spring Fishing Tournament 

For rules and tournament information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/springfishing.htm or contact Dawn Thomas at 410-313-4623 or e-mail dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Ages 14-up) and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Ages 2-13) / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

Camp Day 

Enjoy a FREE day of fun with your family at the park as you learn all about the many summer camps Howard County's Department of Recreation & Parks offers. You'll have a chance to meet with camp staff, as well as enjoy making crafts, playing games, face painting, sports, watching demonstrations and more. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/campday.htm or contact Matt Medicus at 410-313-4719.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Coffee with a Cop
The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Einstein Bros Bagels, 9250 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City / 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

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Disaster Preparedness Training 

This course provides the knowledge and skills to enable you and your family to better prepare for and get through a disaster in your community . Members from the County's Office of Emergency Management will lead participants through the steps to develop and maintain your readiness. From reviewing the history of catastrophic events in the region, to maintaining a stock of necessary supplies and dealing with utility emergencies, this course prepares you with the information needed to help keep you and your family safe. For more information or to register for this class, call 410-313-6030 or visit https://millerdisasterprep2.eventbrite.com.

Howard County Library System Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City / 6:30 to 8:30 pm / Contact: Office of Emergency Management, 410-313-6030 

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Wine in the Woods 

Wine in the Woods is one of the premier events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County. Voted "Best Outdoor Event" by Columbia Magazine and awarded "Best Annual Festival" in Howard County by Howard Magazine, this annual event features local wineries and cuisine, as well as vendors and live entertainment for all to enjoy. Must be 21 and older to drink. For more information about the event, tickets, the designated driver program and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.wineinthewoods.com.
Symphony Woods, 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia / TIME TBA / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Wine in the Woods 

Wine in the Woods is one of the premier events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County. Voted "Best Outdoor Event" by Columbia Magazine and awarded "Best Annual Festival" in Howard County by Howard Magazine, this annual event features local wineries and cuisine, as well as vendors and live entertainment for all to enjoy. Must be 21 and older to drink. For more information about the event, tickets, the designated driver program and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.wineinthewoods.com.
Symphony Woods, 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia / TIME TBA / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

 

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JUNE 2015

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Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 
The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia /  7:00 to 9:00 a.m. / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

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Birthday Bash 

Come celebrate the North Laurel Community Center's 4th anniversary with a variety of events including sports, crafts, music, make your own ice cream float bar and birthday cake. Free for all ages. For more information, call 410-313-0459.

North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel / 6 to 8 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

7

Belmont Manor and Historic Park Open House 

Join Howard County Recreation & Parks as they host a series of Open House events (April 11, June 7 and July 19) to showcase this 18th century gem. Spend some time exploring the pristine setting of one of Howard County's most beautiful historic sites. Enjoy a walk through the manor house or take a stroll through the grounds where you can play croquet, horseshoes, badminton or other outside games. Feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy the bucolic setting of Belmont. This unique site is not open daily for public tours, so this is your chance to see what everyone is talking about.
Belmont Manor & Historic Park, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge / 1 to 5 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Traveling Bands Summer Concert Series 

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer at a County park near you! In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

East Columbia Library Park, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

 

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JULY 2015

1

Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series - Patriotic Night 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 
McDonalds, 8191 Westside Boulevard, Fulton /  7:00 to 9:00 a.m. / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

4

Howard County's July 4th Festival and Fireworks 

Join Howard Countians at the 4th of July annual Festival and Fireworks celebration. This event features live entertainment on two stages, food and refreshments and fireworks set to begin at dark. Stay tuned to www.howardcountymd.gov/rap for more information.

Columbia Lakefront / 5 to 10 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series - Kids Night featuring music specifically for kids 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Traveling Bands Summer Concert Series 

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer! In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

19

Belmont Manor and Historic Park Open House 

Join Howard County Recreation & Parks as they host a series of Open House events (April 11, June 7 and July 19) to showcase this 18th century gem. Spend some time exploring the pristine setting of one of Howard County's most beautiful historic sites. Enjoy a walk through the manor house or take a stroll through the grounds where you can play croquet, horseshoes, badminton or other outside games. Feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy the bucolic setting of Belmont. This unique site is not open daily for public tours, so this is your chance to see what everyone is talking about.
Belmont Manor & Historic Park, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge / 1 to 5 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Traveling Bands Summer Concert Series 

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer at a County park near you! In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland/ 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

 

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AUGUST 2015

2

Family Picnic Day at Robinson Nature Center 

Bring you own picnic to the Robinson Nature Center, and the County's Department of Recreation & Parks will provide the entertainment. Enjoy nature games for the kids, live animal presentations, live music on the lawn and snow cones for sale to complete your Sunday picnic experience. Cost is $20 per car. Advance registration is requested, but not required. To register, call 410-313-PARK.

Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia / 12 to 3:30 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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National Night Out 

Come join family, friends and neighbors for the 32nd annual National Night Out, celebrated for the fourth year at the North Laurel Community Center. The evening is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The event features a live concern (see Traveling Bands Summer Concert Series information below), Howard County Police Department displays and much more! Free for all ages. For more information, call 410-313-0390.

North Laurel Park, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel / 6:30 to 8:30 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

Traveling Bands Summer Concert Series 

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer at a County park near you! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at the August 4 and 14 summer concerts, in addition to ALL Sunset Serenades Summer Concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

North Laurel Park, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

5

Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Location: TBA /  TIME: TBA / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

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Sunset Serenades Summer Concert Series 

Wednesdays this summer, grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer by the lake! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

14

Traveling Bands Summer Concert Series 

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family and friends and have a picnic while you enjoy the sounds of summer at a County park near you! Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for the summer CANNED FOOD DRIVE! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County food bank at the August 4 and 14 summer concerts, in addition to ALL Sunset Serenades Summer Concerts. In the case of inclement or extreme heat related weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance. For information, call 410-313-4700 (TTY 410-313-4665) or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Rockburn Branch Park West, 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge / 7 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

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Rockburn Open Car Show 

The Rockburn Open Car Show is an exciting event that celebrates the beauty of classic, antique, hot rods and modified cars. Everyone finds great enjoyment in viewing the cars on display. The show is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call 410-313-4700. For more information about registering your car for this event, call 410-313-PARK.

Rockburn Branch Park (West), 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge / 10 am to 2 pm / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700 

 

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SEPTEMBER 2015

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Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 
Town Grill, 15943 Frederick Road, Woodbine / 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

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Hispanic Cultural Fair 

Come join the County's Department of Recreation & Parks for a cultural celebration of the Hispanic communities! Enjoy delicious ethnic foods, entertainment, artisan crafts and children's activities. In interested in participating as a vendor or entertainer please call, 410-313-0459 for more information.

North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel / 1 to 4 pm / Contact: North Laurel Community Center, 410-313-0390 

 

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OCTOBER 2015

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Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Wegmans, 8855 McGaw Road, Columbia / 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

 

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NOVEMBER 2015

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Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Einstein Bros Bagels, 9250 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City / 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

 

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DECEMBER 2015

3

Coffee with a Cop The community is invited to join Howard County Police Department the first Thursday of each month for "Coffee with a Cop." This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Location: TBA /  TIME: TBA / Contact: Police Department, 410-313-3200 

 

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JANUARY 2016

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Howard County Preschool and Child Care Information Fair Parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel, mark your calendars for the 2016 Preschool & Child Care Information Fair "Children on Board." This annual Fair offers a “one stop shop" for information on child care, pre-school and summer programs, as well as an opportunity for personal contact with teachers and program directors. Representatives from community service organizations that offer programs and services to Howard County’s young children will also be on hand to provide information. Stay tuned to www.howardcountymd.gov/children for more information or contact the County's Office of Children’s Services at 410-313-1940 or email children@howardcountymd.gov.
Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville / 1 to 4 pm / Contact: Office of Children's Services, 410-313-1940 

 

This listing is provided by The Howard County Office of Public Information.