Author appearance

The Howard County Historical Society hosts a book signing and talk by Lee Preston Jr., author of "Archaeology in Howard County and Beyond" from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the society's museum, 8328 Court Ave. Information: 410-480-3250.

Rummage sale

St. John's Episcopal Church holds its annual Clean Sweep rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 at 9120 Frederick Road. Toys, clothing, sports gear, furniture, holiday items, art and more will be on sale. Free admission. Information: 410-461-7793.

Call to artists

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for the juried portion of "Paint It! Ellicott City 2014," a plein air paint-out and exhibit in Ellicott City. A minimum of $5,000 in awards will be presented to participating artists. The event will be held July 11-14. For a prospectus and entry form, go to hocoarts.org/exhibits.php. The application deadline is April 30.

English conversation

The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 410-313-1950.

Ellicott City Senior Center

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Tapping with Jackie Dance class meets from 2 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 16. Cost is $40.

Watercolor with Carole Zink Art class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, April 2 through May 7. Cost is $40.

Also at the center:

Billiards 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays.

Gentle beginning yoga Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Mah-jongg 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Needlework Club 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Movies/documentaries 1 p.m. Fridays.

Painting Together 10 a.m. to noon Mondays; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Piano lessons Tuesdays through Thursdays. Cost is $30 per half-hour session.

Zumba Gold Classes meet at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.