Art exhibition and sale
The Maryland Art League hosts an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs through May 17 at the Howard County Conservancy Gallery, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: marylandartleague.com.
Asian heritage month
Howard County General Hospital will host an Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month Celebration and Health Fair on Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel. Sponsors include the Korean American Community Association, the Columbia Chinese Language School, the Howard County Chinese School, Howard County government, the Lorien Health System and the Asian American Health Care Center. Blood pressure screening, cholesterol and glucose screening, dental screening and hepatitis B information will be available. For information, call 410-884-0888.
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 Ellicott City. The programs, for those ages 5 and older, are open to the public and begin this week. Classes range from one-day workshops to six-week classes. Registration and class listings are available at hocoarts.org. Information: 410-313-2787.
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.
Cancer fund exhibitors
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County offers several support groups each month. Sessions include groups for family and friends of adults with a mental illness, groups for parents of school-age children with mental health issues, a group for young adults (18-30) living with a mental illness and a weekly group for adults of any age living with a mental illness. For times and locations, call 410-772-9300 or go to nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.