Volunteer nominations

Howard County Volunteer of the Year nomination forms are available at howardcountymd.gov/voy.htm. Deadline is Sept. 7. Information: 410-313-2023.


Silhouette Stages will hold auditions for its production of the musical "Rent" at 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Show dates are Oct. 25-Nov. 4. Information: 410-715-3800.


The Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for its Fall 50+ Adult Softball Leagues. Play begins Aug. 13. The fee is $600 per team for a 14-game season and includes officials, game balls, sanction fees, awards, playoffs field reservations and lights. All games are played in county parks. Deadline to register is Friday, July 20. Space is limited. Information: 410-313-7275.

Skills park opens

Rockburn Skills Park, targeted toward mountain bikers and trail runners, has opened at Rockburn Branch Park. Features include a pump track, flow trail, descending trail, climbing trail and an uphill return trail. The 450-acre Rockburn Branch Park includes 7.4 miles of trails, woodlands, marshes and stream valleys, multipurpose athletic fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, two playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and picnic pavilions. Information: rockburnskillspark.org.

Onstage, outdoors

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents "Romeo and Juliet" and "Pride and Prejudice" through Sunday, July 29, at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15-$36, free for children younger than 18. Tickets and information: 410-313-8661 or chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Farmers' markets

Local and regional fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and baked goods are available at these farmers' markets in the area:

•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 31.

•Howard County Library, East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 15.

•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 26.

•Howard County Library, Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 17.

•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Oliver Place, Columbia. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18.

Information: howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com.

Donations needed

Books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos are needed for the annual media and book sale being held at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood 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.