Child fair rescheduled
"Children on Board," Howard County's annual Preschool/Child Care Information Fair sponsored by the Office of Children's Services, has been rescheduled and will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The event will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child-care personnel with information on child care and preschool programs. Representatives from community service organizations will also attend. Admission is free; attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 410-313-1940.
The annual "Black Saga" competition will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Veterans Elementary School, 4355 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. "Black Saga" is an academic challenge focusing on African-American history that involves students from county elementary and middle schools. The middle-school opening ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. and competition concludes with an awards presentation at 11:30 a.m. Elementary competition begins at 1 p.m. and concludes with an awards ceremony at 3 p.m.
Winning teams will move to state competitions beginning in March, where they compete against students from other school systems. Snow date is Feb. 25.
The Howard County Genealogical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Dottie Aleshire will present "Are You Ready for the U.S. 1940 Census?" After a 72-year mandatory waiting period, these records will be made available to the public on April 2. An informal workshop takes place at 7 p.m. with a help table, browsing table and surname file table. Admission is free. Information: 410-730-7917.
Registration is open for Howard County Youth Program's upcoming season for girls 6-17 years old. The league is for all girls, from beginners to experienced players. Practices begin in March, and league play starts in early April. To register, or for more information, go to hcyp.org.
The public school system's Office of Early Childhood Programs and the Transition to Kindergarten Workgroup will host a workshop for parents with children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 and will enter kindergarten in the fall. The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Hammond Middle School, 8110 Aladdin Drive, Laurel. No registration is required, and the session is free. Child care is available.
Tickets are available for the Columbia Jewish Congregation's annual film series, continuing Saturday, Feb. 11, with "The Infidel." All screenings take place at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $24 for the remaining three films, or $17 for two showings. Single tickets will 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.
Exhibition of oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by regional artists is on view through Feb. 24 at the Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
Tax assistance site
The county's first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office has opened at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, and will remain in operation throughout the tax season. The site offers free tax assistance preparation and free electronic filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $49,000 last year. Hours are 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For appointments and more information, call 410-313-0386 or go to howardcountymd.gov/vita.htm. This year's tax-filing deadline is April 17.
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