The Columbia Maryland Family History Center will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4251 Columbia Road in Ellicott City. See what resources are on hand to help assist in family history research. Also, the center gives free access to 15 family history websites which normally charge for subscriptions, including ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. Free admission. Information: 410-796-3022.
The Department of Public Works has announced that residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry and residents are reminded they are responsible for unloading their vehicles.
Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash pick-up by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is located at 2350 Marriottsville Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays- Saturdays. Information: howardcountyrecycles.org.
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" from Feb. 22 through March 17, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$36. Information: 410-313-8661 or chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
"HoCo Open 2013" and "Nature in Focus" run through Feb. 22 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787.
Free tax help
Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those age 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.
To schedule an appointment, call:
•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.
•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.
•Glenwood Community Center: 410-313-5440.
•East Columbia Senior Center: 410-313-7680.
•North Laurel Community Center: 410-313-0380.
•Elkridge Senior Center: 410-313-5192.
The Howard County Arts Council needs volunteers to help with the reception, raffle, performance, silent auction, logistics and setup for the 16th annual Celebration of the Arts on March 23. For more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.