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November 2019 Tip Sheet

October 30, 2019
Media Contacts:  
Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

Historic Savage Mill Ghost Tours
Fridays and Saturdays, August 30th through November 30, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage

Brave an hour-long ghost tour of Historic Savage Mill with costumed guide and mill historian Marty Schoppert. Created for fans of history and the paranormal, this tour is not for the faint of heart. To schedule your book tour, visit Cost is $15.00 per person.

Contact: Historic Savage Mill, 410-792-2820,

Troy Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Park 
Saturday, November 2, 7:45 a.m.

Troy Park, Field One, 6500 Mansion Lane, Elkridge

Joni Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Troy Park’s fourth field. Capable of hosting tournaments, league games, summer camps and so much more, this new field offers yet another way for residents and visitors to enjoy this valuable public space. In fact, Saturday’s ceremony coincides with a two-day lacrosse tournament held in partnership with Inside Lacrosse.
Contact: Anna Hunter, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4686,

Wrestling Clinic Hosted by Olympian Brandon Slay 
Saturday, November 2, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 MD 97, Cooksville

Wrestlers, age eight to 14, are invited to join the County’s Department of Recreation & Parks on Saturday, November 2, as it welcomes U.S. Olympic gold medalist wrestler Brandon Slay to Howard County for a pre-season wrestling clinic. Slay, who won the Gold Medal in Freestyle Wrestling at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, is a two-time University National Champion, a two-time NCAA All-American for the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He currently serves as the Executive Director and Head Coach of the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center based in Philadelphia.

Open to boys and girls, participants must have at least one year of recreation-level wrestling experience to participate. Cost is $40 per wrestler and pre-registration is required, as space is limited. 
Contact: Anna Hunter, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4686,

Pumpkin Chucking Weekend 
Saturday, November 2 & Sunday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Clark’s Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City

Join Clark’s Elioak Farm for a fun-filled weekend of flying pumpkins (bring your own pumpkin to catapult across the farm), pony rides, hayrides, face painting and more before the farm closes for the year. For more information, visit Cost is $8.00 per person, which includes the hayride; additional ride tickets may be purchased.

Contact: Martha Clark, Owner, Clark’s Elioak Farm, 410-730-0664,

Recreation and Parks’ “All in the Day’s Work” Skills Competition 
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meadowbrook Athletic Center, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City

Geared toward County Department of Recreation & Parks employees, this popular annual event allows employees the opportunity to test and sharpen their skills, as well as gain experience using the Department’s Parks Bureau equipment. Skills will be judged, and the top finisher for each of the events will be awarded at the end of the day.

Contact: Tim Overstreet, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-413-4627,

Howard County Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention “Taking the Next Steps”
Friday, November 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia    

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention to host the County’s second annual “Taking the Next Steps” conference. Set for Friday, November 8, the conference will highlight local initiatives to support victims as they rise above adversity, and advocate for greater enforcement to identify, eliminate and prevent sexual and labor trafficking altogether. The conference will feature a keynote address by Rachel Lloyd, founder of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services and the author of “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale,” as well as breakout session tracks focused on Awareness, Life After Trafficking, Labor Trafficking & Prevention, and Law Enforcement.

Admission is $35 per person and includes all materials, a continental breakfast and lunch. Click HERE to register or visit for more information.

Contact:  Kim Henry, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-313-6531,

Howard Community College 2019 Fall Job Fair
Friday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Howard Community College, Burrill Galleria,10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia    

Howard Community College, in cooperation with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will host its annual Fall Job Fair. Representatives from more than 80 local businesses, government agencies and organizations will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities, accept applications and schedule interviews. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, including a list of participating employers, visit or call 443-518-1340.

Contact:  Heather Stone, Office of Public Relations & Marketing, Howard Community College, 443-518-3133, 

Artfully Wilde 
Friday, November 8, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia    

Join the Village of Wilde Lake’s Slayton House for a first weekend of fun, featuring local music, great food and drink, and local artists. For more information about this free event, click HERE.

Contact:  Kristin Shulder, Village Manager, Slayton House, 410-730-3987 or E-mail Address: 

Transition Symposium 
Saturday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Wilde Lake Middle School, 10481 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia

Preparation for a successful adulthood and employment starts during childhood. For youth with disabilities the question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” is often avoided. Families and youth need to start these conversations early. 

The County’s Departments of Recreation & Parks and Community Resources & Services, Howard County Public School System, Howard County Autism Society, Howard County Health Department, NAMI Howard County and The Arc of Howard County have partnered together of host a “Transition Symposium.” Geared towards transitioning youth (ages 14 to 24) with IEP/504 plans, their families and professionals, this year’s event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Josie Badger on “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” Dr. Badger will discuss what “growing up” looked like for a family with high expectations for their daughter with a disability within the complicated, inaccessible and often scary path to adulthood. Cost is $10 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. To register for this event and/or more information, click HERE.

Contact: Anna Hunter, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-413-4686,

Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 9, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia 

Don’t miss the Town Center Community Association’s annual Holiday Craft Fair. This juried event features handmade crafts and gifts from 50+ vendors, many who have been favorites of guests for years along with many talented new artisans. Click HERE for more information.

Contact: Melani Jeffers, Historic Oakland Manor, 410-730-4801,

Giving Thanks Luncheon and Dance 
Thursday, November 14, Doors Open 10:30 a.m., Program begins at 11:00 a.m., Lunch at Noon

Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville
Howard County older adults are invited to join Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Department of Community Resources and Services’ Office on Aging and Independence, for its annual Thanksgiving celebration featuring music by Sly 45, a Baltimore-based blues, jazz and classic pop band. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank. Tickets are $15 per person and are available for purchase at all Howard County 50+ Centers. For more information, call 410-313-5440. 

Contact:  Kim Henry, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-313-6531,  

Blossoms of Hope Beer, Bourbon and Bags 
Thursday, November 14, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

The Tenable Building, 6100 Merriweather Drive, 4th floor, Columbia

Come enjoy an evening of “Beer, Bourbon and Bags,” while helping the Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center assist those with people and other needs. Drinks, food, handbags, live music, games and a Silent Auction, there's bound to be something for everyone at this event. To learn more, visit  

Contact: Vera Simmons, Blossoms of Hope, 443-538-0858,

Thrive By Five: A Family Institute Essential Parent Conference 
Saturday, November 16, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel    

According to the Rauch Foundation, 85 percent of a person’s brain is developed by the time they are five years old. Early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Join the County’s Office of Children and Families on Saturday, November 16 for “Thrive by Five,” a Family Institute essential parent conference. The event will feature early childhood experts, including a keynote address by Frank Kros, resources, prizes, breakfast and lunch, and child care for ages two and up (spaces are limited, so registration is required for child care). Admission is free, but pre-registration is requested.

Contact:  Kim Henry, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-313-6531,

Family Volunteer Day
Saturday, November 16

Various locations & Times

Join the Department of Recreation & Parks for its annual Family Volunteer Day. This is a day for families, friends, scouts, religious and community groups to increase their sense of unity by assisting with projects that improve our community. For more information or to register for a worksite, visit and search the keyword “Family”. Pre-registration is required; registration ends November 15.

Contact: Melissa Byrne, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4704,  

Y Turkey Trot Charity 5k 
Thursday, November 28, 8:30 a.m.

Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City

Join the Dancel Y in Ellicott City for its 7th annual Turkey Trot Charity 5k to kick off Thanksgiving morning with a healthy run, walk, trot or skip along Long Gate Parkway and Meadowbrook Lane. From turkeys to chefs to cans of cranberry sauce, one of the best parts of the Turkey Trot is the costumes! Have some (extra) fun by dressing up and you may win yourself a prize in one of our categories: best individual, best group and best dog. For more information, visit


Train Garden at the B&O in Ellicott City
November 29 through January 5; Open during museum operating hours

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum, 3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City

This holiday season, the model trains are returning to the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum. Free for all ages, LEGO® trains plus N gauge and O gauge models will be on display. For questions and/or more information, contact Jake Feirson at 410-313-2922 or email

Contact: Jake Feirson, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-2922,