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Events listed here are sponsored by Howard County Government agencies.

  

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JANUARY 2015

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Snowflake Ball for Dads and Daughters

Shake, rock and roll the winter blues away with the County's Department of Recreation & Parks. Dads (or special adults) and daughters (age 4 to 12  years old), come join us for an evening of dancing, games, crafts and an ice cream sundae bar. Cost is $32 for center members and $40 for nonmembers; each additional daughter is $16 for center members and $20 for nonmembers. The fee includes participation of one adult and one child. The inclement weather date is January 17. To register or for more information about this event, call 410-313-4840.

Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville / 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700

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30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Commission presents its 30th annual celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. David Anderson, founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia and founder and president of the BridgeLeader Network. The event will also include performances by diverse cultural groups and recognition of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Essay Contest winners and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Living the Dream” award recipient. The celebration is free to the public; however, attendees are asked to bring a canned food item to support Howard County’s Food Bank. In case of inclement weather, call HCC Horowitz Center’s weather hotline at 443-518-4030 for an event update. For more information about the event, contact Mary Toth with the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430 or e-mail mtoth@howardcountymd.gov.
Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre, Columbia / Reception at 2:00 p.m., Program at 3:00 p.m. / Contact: Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430

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“Day of Service Across Howard County” Project Kick-Off Celebration
Help honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by taking part in the County’s “Day of Service Across Howard County” Project. To sign-up or to learn more about additional “Day of Service” opportunities, visit www.volunteerhoward.org/hocomlkserve. All volunteers are invited to attend this kick-off celebration.
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel / 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. / Contact: Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430

3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance

Join the Department of Recreation & Parks on this special day of remembrance at the Roger Carter Community Center, named in memory of Howard County's own prominent African-American community leader. An invocation with a special music program by the Bain Center Gospel Choir is a highlight of the day. Come learn about Roger Carter's contributions to the county and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to a local food bank. All ages are invited to attend this free event. For more information, please call Cathy Eshmont at 410-313-0452 or e-mail eshmont@howardcountymd.gov.

Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City / 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700

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Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Dads (or special adults), escort your princess (age 4 to 11 years old) to memorable evening filled with dancing, crafts, a souvenir photo and an ice cream sundae bar. Cost is $40 for one adult and one child; each additional daughter is $20. The inclement weather date is January 31. To register for this event or for more information, please contact Danielle Bassett at 410-313-4634 or e-mail dbassett@howardcountymd.gov.

Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City / 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (4 to 6 year olds) and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (7 to 11 year olds) / Contact: Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4700

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“Children On Board" Preschool/Child Care Information Fair 

Coordinated by the Department of Citizne Services' Office of Children’s Services, the Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, “Children On Board,” will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with “one stop shopping” for information on child care, pre-school and summer programs, as well as the 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 to interested parents. Admission is free; however, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. For more information about the Fair, contact the Office of Children’s Services at either 410-313-1940 or via e-mail at children@howardcountymd.gov.
Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville / 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. / Contact: Office of Children's Services, 410-313-1940

 

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FEBURARY 2015

22

Bay Day

Howard County is connected to the Chesapeake Bay via the Middle Patuxent River. Come enjoy this celebration of Chesapeake Bay food, restoration efforts and fun with the Department of Recreation & Parks' Robinson Nature Center staff. Back by popular demand is the oyster dissection activity, with the addition of some new, fun activities that explore another amazing creature of the bay , the horseshoe crab. Come make cool horseshoe crab crafts, meet our horseshoe crabs through "touch-tank" presentations and enjoy story time with local authors. No registration is required and all ages are invited; children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free with Robinson Nature Center's annual pass or daily admission. An event schedule is available at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCBayDay.htm or by calling 410-313-0400 for more information.

Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia / 1:00 to 4:00 p.m./ Contact: Robinson Nature Center, 410-313-0400

 

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APRIL 2015

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Children's Discovery Fair

A celebration for young children, ages 3-5 years old and their families, featuring free hand-on activities relating to school readiness including interactive games, songs, crafts and stories. For more information, call the Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services at 410-313-1940.
East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia / 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / Contact: Office of Children's Services, 410-313-1940 

GreenFest 2015
Howard County’s annual GreenFest is back for its 8th consecutive year. This free event offers something for all ages and features exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, activities and practical tips for easy ways to “green” your home, workplace and lifestyle. This year’s theme is “Living with Wildlife.” Stay tuned to www.hcgreenfest.org for more information on this event.
Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Burrill Galleria, Columbia / 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. / Contact: Department of Public Works, Alan Wilcom, 410-313-6433

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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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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

 

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