The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents "Romeo and Juliet" and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, June 8-July 29 at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15-$36, free for children younger than 18. For tickets and more information, call 410-313-8661 or go to chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
Wine fest volunteers
The Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from individuals 21 and older who are interested in volunteering at the annual "Wine in the Woods Festival" being held Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, at Symphony Woods in Columbia. In exchange for a four-hour shift, volunteers will receive an admission ticket redeemable for either day of the festival. There are two shifts each day. To sign up and for more information, call 410-313-4624 or go to wineinthewoods.com.
Local and regional farmers will provide fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and baked goods at farmers' markets in the area.
•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 31.
•Howard County Library, East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 15.
•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 26.
•Howard County Library, Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 17.
•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Oliver Place, Columbia. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18.
The Empowerment Movement sponsors "I AM! An Exhibit of Self-Esteem" performance and reception from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Reception features poetry, visual arts, prose, music, and dance created by teens. Information: 410-997-0304.
'Wine in the Garden'
The Howard County Conservancy holds its annual "Wine in the Garden" party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 at 10520 Old Frederick Road. Guests can enjoy wine and foods from local restaurants and caterers while listening to bluegrass music in the conservancy's native plant garden. They will also be able to browse a large silent auction filled with artwork, getaways and other items. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 after May 20. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.
Hope Gala is June 2
Tickets are on sale for the Domestic Violence Center's fundraising event, the Hope Gala, being held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 2 at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. This year's gala honors County Executive Ken Ulman for his leadership on addressing intimate partner violence and sexual assault and his commitment to family and victim services. In addition to dinner, the event features a live jazz band, silent auction and "Spirits to Sparkle" raffle. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at dvcenter.org. Information: 410-997-0304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia Association presents its Lakefront Wednesdays Lunchtime Concert Series featuring local musicians performing rock, folk, jazz, flamenco and reggae. The series continues May 16 with Dana and Susan Robinson from noon to 2 p.m. Also, each week concertgoers can enter a raffle for prizes. Information: 410-715-3104.
Art exhibition, sale
The Maryland Art League hosts an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs through Thursday, 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.
Books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos are needed for the annual media and book sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, on Sept. 13-15. Donations may be placed on a bench near the side door off the parking lot. (No encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines or Reader's Digest condensed books, please.) 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.
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.
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.
The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of the month. Visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
The Howard County Arts Council has announced the availability of the Black Box Theatre for rental. The 98-seat multipurpose performance space is equipped with professional sound and lighting equipment, nearby dressing rooms, padded seats, black stage curtains and a sprung dance floor. A performance grand piano is also available for rental through a separate agreement with the Howard County Music Teachers Association.
All renters of the theater are required to carry a commercial liability insurance policy of $1 million. Other requirements and rental request forms and rates can be found at hocoarts.org. Rental request forms should be mailed to Room Rentals, Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City 21043.
Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97, Cooksville. Highlights include therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.
The Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network, 5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 200-E, Columbia, needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to greet clients, answer basic questions, make appointments and support the staff. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday; other times may be considered. Information: 410-992-1923, ext. 14.