Center Wins Arts Grant

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, a local arts organization founded by Toby Orenstein of Toby's Dinner Theatre, was awarded $25,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its Summer Schools in the Arts program. CCTA was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive this grant. Funds from the NEA will be used to support CCTA's Teen Professional Theatre, a program for ages 13 to 21 that provides summer workshops, mentoring and a performance of a Broadway musical. This year's program will run from July 12 through Aug. 1, ending with performances of "Ragtime" at 7:30 p.m. July 29 through 31 and 2:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1. For more information about CCTA, call 410-381-0700.

SportsPark Extends Hours

Columbia SportsPark, a recreation area run by the Columbia Association featuring skating ramps, batting cages and miniature golf, has extended its hours for the spring and summer. Until June 17, the SportsPark, at 5435 Harpers Farm Rd. in the Harper's Choice Village Center, will be open 3 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. From June 18 to Aug. 29, it will be open noon to 10 p.m. daily.

CA Governance Meeting

The Columbia Association's Governance Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. June 8 at CA headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. This is one of several scheduled meetings to review proposals for changes in the homeowners association's governance structure. The public is welcome to attend this meeting, as well as meetings to be held June 17, July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1. All meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. at CA headquarters. Resident input will only be allowed during the June 17 meeting. For more information, call 410-715-3000.

School Supplies Sought

"Prepare for Success," a local fundraising campaign to purchase backpacks and school supplies for Howard County students from low-income families, is collecting items for the 2004-05 school year. In the past three years, more than 4,000 county students have been equipped with school supplies. Donations, as well as monetary contributions, can be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia, Md. 21045. Between July 1 and Aug. 10, drop-off boxes will be set up across the county. For more information, call Mike Clark at 410-309-9695.