Etiquette for children
The Etiquette School of Maryland is offering classes for boys and girls ages 8-12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays next month at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Dates are March 3, 10, 17 and 24.
The program includes instruction on social etiquette, communication skills and table manners. Cost is $300. To register and more information, call 410-465-4969 or go to etiquetteschoolmd.com.
Tickets are available for the annual "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County," being held on March 24 at HCC's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $50 and $100.
The event include a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with a silent auction of artwork by local artists, food from area restaurants and caterers, and live performances.
For tickets and more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Registration is under way for a practice SAT being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. The American Association of University Women is sponsoring this event to promote higher education for middle- and high school students; the cost is $15 for the practice SAT and a follow-up strategy session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Princeton Review will conduct the sessions, with all proceeds going to the association's philanthropic funds. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Register online at princetonreview.com/events or call 800-273-8439. Bring a check made out to AAUW Howard County on the morning of the test or mail it before Feb. 4 to Jennifer Ingram, 5570 Vantage Point Road, Unit 1, Columbia, 21044.