Thursday, January 31, 2008

Free Tax Preparation

Free income tax preparation for low- and middle-income Howard County residents will be offered at more than 10 sites, sponsored by AARP and the IRS. Volunteer tax preparers are certified. Although the service is primarily intended to help taxpayers 60 and older, there is no age restriction. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and other complex returns are not eligible.

To make an appointment, call the Ellicott City Senior Center, 410-313-1400; the Glenwood Community Center, 410-313-5440; the East Columbia Senior Center, 410-313-7680; or the Bain Center, 410-313-7387. Bring a copy of 2006 federal and state returns as well as 2007 tax records.

Theater Auditions

Several theater troupes are auditioning for upcoming productions.

¿ OnStage seeks 12 men and six women ages 25 to 60 for roles in Harry Segall's "Heaven Can Wait" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1000 S. Rolling Rd., Catonsville. 410-598-0572.

¿ Emmanuel United Methodist Church will have auditions for "Jesus Christ Superstar" from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 at 10755 Scaggsville Rd., Laurel. Roles being cast include males and females ages 14 to 70. Those auditioning should prepare 12 to 16 bars of a song; bring headshots, r¿sum¿s and sheet music; and be prepared to dance. Those interested in a leading role should prepare an additional piece from the show. A choreographer also is sought. 301-452-2557, or

¿ The Young Artists Theatre will have auditions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 by appointment at 11200 Scaggsville Rd., Laurel. Actors, singers and dancers ages 6 to 18 are needed for a production of "Disorder in the Court." 301-604-2844 or

Cedar Lane Park Curfews

A proposal to extend the curfew at half of Cedar Lane Park's lighted fields will be discussed at a meeting of Howard County's Recreation and Parks Advisory Board. Under the proposal, the 10:30 p.m. curfew at fields 4, 5 and 6 would be changed to 11 p.m. The park's other three lighted fields already have an 11 p.m. curfew. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, at the Department of Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. 410-313-4700.

Special Hours at Archives

The Columbia Archives will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and will be closed Thursday and Friday. Regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume Feb. 11. 410-715-3000.

Student Film Festival

The Howard County Library plans a two-day festival of original short films by Howard students ages 14 to 22. DVD submissions, due Wednesday, may be dropped off at any Howard library. The films will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. March 4 (high school students' films) and from 7 to 9 p.m. March 6 (college students' films) at Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. For rules and information, 410-313-1950, or

Services for Veterans

Maryland veterans can obtain personal care and homemaker services from Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The private, nonprofit organization offers counseling, training, in-home care and other services to senior citizens, troubled youths, teen parents and victims of abuse. New services for veterans will include personal care, shopping, housekeeping and transportation to medical appointments. Contact Jane Pollutra at 410-366-1980, Ext. 268, or For information about FCS, go to

Government TV Merger

The Howard County government TV station, Comcast 70-Verizon 44, will merge with Howard Community College on July 1. The station will continue to broadcast County Council meetings, but it does not plan to broadcast public hearings or council debate.

'Successes for Children'

The Howard County Office of Children's Services seeks nominations for recognition at a ceremony April 29. "Celebrating Successes for Children" will honor people and programs with a positive effect on the lives of children. Nominations are due March 28. Forms are available at, by e-mail from or by calling 410-313-1940.

Seniors Hall of Fame

The Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is seeking nominations of volunteers 60 and older who have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of others in the community. As many as 50 nominees are inducted into the Hall of Fame each year. Those selected will be honored at an awards luncheon Oct. 23 in Glen Burnie.

Nomination forms, due April 30, may be requested by calling Parker Koons at 410-828-5852. Forms should be mailed with a reference letter and a photo of the candidate to Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, 800 Southerly Rd., Box 1, Towson, Md. 21286.

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