Howard County's Farmers' Markets feature locally grown produce, baked goods, fruits, flowers, transplants, organically grown produce and specialty items. The season runs through the last week in November at these locations:
•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 19.
•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane in Columbia, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 31.
•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23.
•East Columbia, 6600 Cradlerock Way, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 6.
•Ellicott City Old Town Market, 3731-41 Hamilton St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 8.
Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, is collecting books for its annual book sale Sept. 11-13. Cutoff date is Aug. 17. Books may be dropped off at the church door on the parking-lot side of the building. Books may also be placed in and on the bench next to the door. Charitable donation forms may be found inside the bench. Information: 410-442-2475.
The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: call 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
Voices for Children seeks volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children. Organization is part of a national program which provides advocates for children living in foster care to ensure that children are placed into safe and permanent homes. Volunteers work with the children, their families, agency professionals, schools and the courts. Participants must be 21 or older, complete a 30-hour training program and pass a background check. Training is held three times a year, and the next session begins Sept. 22. Information: 410-740-0933 or go to voicesforchildren.org.
The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents to recycle electronic devices. Drop-off locations include the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and accepts televisions, computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, VCRs, radios and other electronics. Also, Best Buy's Customer Take-Back Program allows customers to bring in old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. The offer is limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.
The 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 in 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 email email@example.com.
The Howard County Center of African American Culture seeks volunteers to assist with activities. Call 410-715-1921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and leave contact information and the area in which you are interested in volunteering.
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.