Howard County Friends of Latin America host a screening May 4 of "Viva Mexico," a film that shows two sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Event is free. Refreshments start at 7 p.m.; movie will begin at 7:30 with a discussion to follow. Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. For more information, call Leslie Salgado at 410-381-4899.
Spring art programs
Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's spring programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in
Books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos are needed for the annual media and book sale taking place at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, on Sept. 13-15. Donations may be place on a bench near the side door off the parking lot. (Please, no encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines or Reader's Digest condensed books.) Information: 410-442-2475.
The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for camp volunteers (unpaid) for this year's Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications are available for download on the council's website, hocoarts.org.
Duties include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities as directed by the classroom instructor, and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch, etc. There is at least one volunteer per class. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old by Sept. 1.
Camps are will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 17 and before- and after-care are offered 8 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Opportunities may be available to work extended hours during before- and after-care.
The Children's Cancer Foundation Inc., a local nonprofit that awards grants to fight childhood cancer, is seeking exhibitors for its annual "Child-Fest," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Reservoir High School in Fulton. For more information on being an exhibitor, call Diane Perry at 410-486-4744 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax assistance site
The county's first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office is open 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.
Call for artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in the galleries for the 2013 season. The Gallery Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications in the spring. Deadline for applications is June 1. For applications and more information, go to wildelake.org. Mail applications to gallery director Carole Black at Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044; or send email to email@example.com.
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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 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 Atholton, Bryant Woods, Cradlerock, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook and Stevens Forest elementary schools, along with several new partner schools in North Laurel. Information: 410-730-6030 or 410-740-3850.
The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of the month. Visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or
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