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Capitol Debate Camps — Offering camps in debate, public speaking, mock trial and leadership. Run through Aug. 5, at 8890 McGaw Road, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia. 443-538-4992.
Centennial High School Boosters Summer Camps — Sponsored by the Centennial High School Boosters Summer Camps. Offering basketball, football, lacrosse and soccer. Runs weekly through Aug. 12, at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. $120-$150. 410-313-2865.
Art Camp — Offered by the Columbia Art Center. Activities include printmaking, painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, clay and more. Art specialists will teach campers to experiment with colors, textures and mediums in a variety of theme-based projects as they travel throughout Columbia Art Center from studio to studio. Camp includes Zumba dancing and swimming. There is a gallery show of campers' art work at the end of each two-week session. For grades 1-8 in one- and two-week sessions. Extended care available. Runs through Aug. 19, at The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. One week: $235 resident, $275 nonresident; two weeks: $405 resident, $475 nonresident. 410-730-0075.
Glen Mar United Methodist Church Summer Day Camp — Offering summer camps, in weekly sessions. Full- and half-day sessions are available. Five percent discount for participating siblings. Runs weekly through Aug. 5, at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. $145-$225 per week. 410-465-4995.
The Etiquette School of Maryland Summer Camp — Offering week-long summer camps for boys and girls ages 4-12 to help increase self-esteem and allows children to feel confident in any social situation. Manners Can Be Fun, for ages 4-7, teaches greetings, eye contact, body talk, table manners, kindness, helping others and more. Mad About Manners, for ages 8-12, teaches social etiquette, communication skills and table manners. Class size is limited. Runs through Aug. 12, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. $225-$255. 410-465-4969.
Howard County Arts Council Arts Camps — Offered by the Howard County Arts Council. Offering one- and two-week visual and performing arts camps for grades K-7, which conclude with an exhibit or performance of student work on the last day of camp. Programs are open to the public, regardless of residency in Howard County. Runs through Aug. 5, at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-2787.
Marriotts Ridge High School Boosters Summer Camp — Sponsored by the MRHS Boosters Club. Instructed by MRHS staff. Runs through Aug. 12, at Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville. $150. 410-313-5568.
Reservoir High School Boosters Summer Camps — Accepting registrations for soccer, baseball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and softball. Runs through Aug. 12, at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. $130-$150. 410-888-8850.
16th Annual River Hill Boosters Summer Sports Camps — Offered by the River Hill High School Boosters Club. Featuring week-long sports camps, instructed by RHHS coaches and associates. Price includes T-shirt. Runs through Aug. 12, at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $160. 410-313-7120.
Slayton House Camp of the Arts — Offered by Slayton House. Offering musical theater camp for grades 1-8. Each session culminates in a full theater production. Runs through Aug. 8, at Slayton House Theatre, 10451 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-730-3987.
Howard County Youth Program 2011 Summer Basketball Camps — Offering weeklong basketball camps for boy and girls, ages 5-15, under the direction of Kevin McDuffie. Runs through Aug. 12, at Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. $175. 410-461-7694.
Young Artists Theatre Camps — Offering day camps in one-, two- and three-week sessions for ages 7-15, plus 6-year-olds with reading skills. Camps include acting, improvisation, drama games, musical theater, movement, and arts and crafts. Morning and evening extended care available. Runs through Aug. 26, at Chartwell Professional Park, 8184 Lark Brown Rd, Elkridge. 301-604-2844.
My First Art Camp — My First Art Camps Little artists exercise their independence in this developmentally appropriate art summer camp. Children are immersed in artists, art history, vocabulary and styles. Offered twice in week-long sessions. Offered twice in week-long sessions. $129. 410-381-5566.
Hand Sewing Made E-Z Summer Camp — Offered by Amherst House. Featuring hand sewing techniques for 12 functional stitches and an exposure to quilting and clothing embellishment. The following stitches will be taught: running, whipped running, blanket, stem, chain, cross, fly, satin, vertical hem, and back, slip and whip stitches. All sewing threats and needles will be provided by the instructor. For ages 11 and older, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 1-5, at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia. CA residents: $90, nonresidents: $100; materials fee: $30. 410-381-9600.
Nature 'N Art Classes — Offered by Abrakadoodle Art and Echoes of Nature. Offering Nature N Art weekly classes for ages 2-4 with an adult helper. Registration required. Runs 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 2-30, at St. John's Parish Day School, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. $149. 410-381-5566.
Dance Classes — Offered by the Long Reach Community Association. Presents a six-week dance class for ages 14-21, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays and for ages 7-13, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, featuring hip hop, R&B and krump dancing. Runs through Sept. 8, at Long Reach Community Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct Ste 7, Columbia. $60; 5 percent discount for those on CA-assessed property. 410-730-8113.
Tai Sophia Institute Spring and Summer Open Houses — Tai Sophia Institute is holding a series of general and program-specific graduate school open house events, including all graduate programs open houses. 9:30 a.m. July 30, at Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. 410-888-9048.
Summer SAT Preparation Classes — Offered by River Hill PTSA. Offering classes for both math and critical reading/writing. 8:15 a.m. Aug. 1-5, at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $275 both math and critical reading/writing, $175 for either. 410-313-7120.
River Hill High School Driver's Education Program — Offering a summer driver's education program through Street Smarts. 9 a.m. Aug. 1-7, at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. 410-313-7120.
"Odd Birds" — Hosted by the American City Building. Exhibiting "Odd Birds" by Howard County sculptor Ken Beerbohm. Featuring 25 displays of his works, depicting the plight of prehistoric, flightless birds trying to adapt to the modern world. Runs through July 31, at Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle American City Building, Columbia. 410-740-8249.
Molly Safren and Marie McGing — Runs through Aug. 13, at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-730-3987.
Baltimore Watercolor Society Exhibit — Hosting an exhibit at the Heather Glen Show Home in Clarksville. Runs through July 28, at Heather Glen Show Home, 6206 Heather Glen Way, Clarksville.
And They're Off! 100 Years at Laurel Park — In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Laurel Race Track. Exhibiting a collection that explores the glamor and grit of racing, life behind the scenes at the Laurel Race Track and the impact on the town for which its named. Runs through December, at Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. 301-725-7975.
Clemens Crossing Downtown Development Art Exhibit — Exhibited by the Columbia Association Headquarters. Displaying the work of a third grade art class from Clemens Crossing Elementary School, which combines digital photography, writing and drawing showcasing the students' view of the future of the community. Runs through mid-August, at Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. 410-715-3000.
Local Color 2011: 4th Annual Juried Show at Artists' Gallery — Exhibiting work by artists from Howard and surrounding counties (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Montgomery, Prince George's and Baltimore City) for its 4th Annual Local Color show. Reception 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5. Show runs Aug. 1-26, at Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle American City Building, Columbia. 410-740-8249.
2011 Farmers' Market — A farmers' market taking place in the hospital's visitor parking lot featuring locally-grown produce, baked goods, flowers, fruits and specialty items. 2-6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26, at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.
66th Annual Howard County Fair — Special day celebrations include Preview Day and Family Armed Forces Day Aug. 6; Grand Opening, West Friendship Volunteer Fire Dept. Parade and Baltimore's Marching Ravens, Aug. 7; Senior Day, Aug. 9; Amateur Talent Show, Aug. 11; Health and Wellness Day, Aug. 12; and Parade of Floats, Aug. 13. The fair will also feature rides, and agriculture and home arts competitions. Runs 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 6-13, at Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. For ages 10 and older: $5; ages 62 and older: $2. 410-442-1022.
Columbia Lakefront Film Festival — For the 40th year, the Columbia Association offers free outdoor films on the Columbia Lakefront, every Monday and Friday through Aug. 22. Showing "Flipped," July 29; "Gnomeo and Juliet," Aug. 1; and "Secretariat," Aug. 5; 8:30 p.m., at Columbia Town Center Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-715-3388.
Family Movie Night — Hosted by Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Presents an outdoor screening of "Soul Surfer: The True Story of Champion Surfer Bethany Hamilton." 8:30 p.m. July 30, at Mt Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Rd, Highland. Free. 301-854-2324.
Awaken Wellness — Free movie presentations, followed by information presented by health coach Charmaine Flanagan on how to incorporate eating locally into our daily lives. 7 p.m. Aug. 5, at Awaken Wellness LLC, 7130 Minstrel Way Ste 160, Columbia. 410-312-9922.
Solar Box Cooking Contest — Sponsored by Columbia Association Teen and Middle School Advisory committees. Solar boxes can be used to make hot dogs, cookies, nachos and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best cooked item. Registration required. Noon July 30, at Columbia Town Center Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. 410-715-5523.
Angel K-9 Bark-B-Q Bash — Hosted by Angel K-9. Holding a Bark-B-Q celebration featuring demonstrations of the training techniques, discussions about obedience and socialization; door prizes and raffles; dog costume contest, with prizes to be awarded for best costume as well as most unusual costume; and live musical entertainment. Noon-4 p.m. July 31, at Angel K-9 Training, 3243 Bethany Ln, Ellicott City. 410-461-3647.
Grief Workshop — Offered by Gilchrist Hospice Care. Presents a 90-minute grief workshop, entitled "Tending the Spirit: Living with Questions of Meaning," exploring the rebuilding of relationships with family, friends, spirituality, faith and oneself. Registration required. 6:30-8 p.m. July 28, at Gilchrist Hospice Care, Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Free. 410-730-5072.
Grief Workshop: Tending the Spirit — Living with Questions of Meaning — Offered by Gilchrist Hospice Care. Presents a 90-minute session on rebuilding relationships with family, friends, spirituality, faith and oneself following the death of a loved one. Registration required. 6:30-8 p.m. July 28, at Gilchrist Hospice Care, Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Free. 443-539-4086.
Smoke-Free Lungs — Offered by Howard County General Hospital. Participants can learn tips for quitting a tobacco habit and mastering long-term success. Attend one or all sessions. Registration required. 7-9 p.m. July 28, at Howard County General Hospital Wellness Clinic, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Free. 410-740-7601.
Blood Drive — Hosted by Laurel Regional Hospital and Laurel Lions Club, in partnership with the American Red Cross. Holding a blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled appointments will be given priority. 2-8 p.m. Aug. 2, at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7914.
Find Out What Your Kids Don't Want You to Know About Drug and Alcohol Abuse — Hosted by Grace Community Church. Presents John Michael Weber and the Young Guns Sober Posse to discuss substance abuse, how to recognize it and how to get help. 7 p.m. Aug. 6, at Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Rd Fulton, Fulton. 301-237-4086.
College Savings Plans of Maryland Informational Seminar — Hosted by Laurel Moose Lodge #1504 and Laurel Women of the Moose Chapter #1327. Offering an informational seminar presented by the College Savings Plans of Maryland. The Maryland Prepaid College Trust allows individuals to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's prices and offer the security of a Maryland Legislative Guarantee. The Maryland College Investment Plan offers a variety of different investment portfolios managed by T. Rowe Price. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, at Laurel Moose Family Center, 3340 Laurel Fort Meade Road, Laurel. Free. 301-490-7000.
Tai Sophia Institute Graduate School Summer Showcase — Featuring presentations about the school's graduate programs, interactive demonstrations and campus tours. Registration recommended. 9:30 a.m. July 30, at Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. 410-888-9048 6647.
National Dance Day — Hosted by the Columbia Association. To benefit the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland. Celebrating National Dance Day with CA Zumba instructors who will lead participants through the National Dance Day-choreographed dances and Zumba dances. Open to ages 14 and older. Space is limited. Registration begins one hour prior to event. Noon July 30, at Supreme Sports Club The, 7080 Deepage Dr Supreme Sports Club, Columbia. CA members: free; nonmembers: $10. 410-290-7854.
Joy Ike and Nelson Emokpae — Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. To benefit people in crisis and families in need. One World Coffeehouse presents soul singer Joy Ike and Nelson Emokpae of Nelly's Echo. 7 p.m. July 30, at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Adults: $12, ages 5-10: $6, ages 4 and younger: free. 410-381-0097.
Savage Bluegrass — Aug. 2, at Sam and Elsie's Bar and Restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd. N., Laurel. 301-317-7797.
Howard County Recreation and Parks Summer Concert Series — Hosting its summer concert series, with a refreshment stand on site and free Edy's ice cream on Fridays while supplies lasts. Presents the Regal Beagles, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 3, at Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City; and Appaloose, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5, at Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland. Free; Centennial Park parking donation: $3. 410-313-7256.
Seth Kibel — Performing jazz, blues and swing music at Great Sage. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, at Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Columbia. 443-535-9400.
Music Matters Showcase — Mad City Columbia presents Tres Amigos. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6, at Mad City Coffee, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road Ste 101, Columbia. Free. 410-964-8671.
River Hill National Night Out Pool Party — River Hill residents are invited to celebrate National Night Out and River Hill's 20th birthday, promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Residents can pack a dinner or buy a pizza from Pudgie's. Also featuring a disc jockey, crafts, swimming and neighborhood safety information. Registration recommended; space limited. Held rain or shine. 6 p.m. Aug. 2, at River Hill Pool, 6330 Trotter Rd, Clarksville. 410-531-1749.
National Night Out at Wilde Lake — Co-sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association, Howard County Police, The Columbia Bank, Pizza Boli and Family Services. Present a family pizza party, featuring pizza, drinks, ice cream, prizes, entertainment and more. For Wilde Lake residents only. Held rain or shine. Children ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. Aug. 2, at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.
Transformation of Ourselves and the Image of God Being the Compassion of God Today — Hosted by Bon Secours Spiritual Center. Hosting a retreat on the concept that by transforming one's images of God, themselves and one's relationships, one can transform their emotions and lives. Registration required. July 29-31, at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. $225. 410-442-1320.
Discovering Christ for Young Adults — Offered by ChristLife. Class includes a free meal, a talk on the question of the meaning of life, a chance to discuss in small group, and the opportunity for participants to discover or renew their relationship with Jesus Christ. For ages 18-35. 7 p.m. Aug. 3, at Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City. 410-531-7701.
Inner Life Transformation Using Prayer Practices — Offered by Bon Secours Spiritual Center. Presenting a session on how one's relationship with God changes and transforms one's life. The interior part of this process — the processes of change and practices of prayer — will be presented and reflected upon. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a Bible and journal writing materials. Registration required. 9 a.m. Aug. 6, at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. $30. 410-442-1320.
Profiles in Discipleship — Hosted by Bon Secours Spiritual Center. A week-long retreat exploring the profiles of various disciples from both the Old and New Testaments. Aug. 7, at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. $600. 410-442-1320.
Anything Goes — Cole Porter's music fills the deck in this tale about the crew and passengers on a transatlantic ocean liner. Runs through Aug. 28, at Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. $33.50-$52. 410-995-1969.
Aida — Presented by the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Teen Professional Theatre. 7 p.m. July 28-29, 2:30 and 7 p.m. July 30, 2:30 p.m. July 31, at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. General admission: $15, seniors and students: $10. 410-381-0700.
A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) — Performed by The Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. outside in the ruins. Pre-show entertainment, including juggling, live music and stage-combat demonstrations. 8 p.m. July 28-30, 6 p.m. July 31, at PFI Historical Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $15-$36. 410-313-8661.
A Midsummer Night's Dream — Presented by Howard Community College's Arts Collective. Performs Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Recommended for ages 10 and older. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-6, 3 p.m. Aug. 7, at Alfred J. Smith Jr. Theater, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Howard Community College, Columbia. General admission: $15; seniors, military and groups: $12; students with ID: $10. 443-518-1500.