'Richard III'

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's play Oct. 7-13 outside in the ruins at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane. Tickets are $15-$36. Information: 410-313-8661.

Basket bingo fundraiser

Hollifield Station Elementary School holds a Longaberger Basket Bingo at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the school, 8701 Stonehouse Drive. The event features raffles, food and 20 games of Bingo. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Information: 410-313-2550.

Youth basketball tryouts

The Maryland Magic, a 12-and-under travel basketball program in Howard County, is hosting an open tryout for the coming season Sunday, Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane. For more information, call Bill at 443-418-6033.

Welcoming new members

The Soroptimist Club of Howard County, a service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their community and around the world, is holding an event for new members from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Miller Branch of the county library, 9421 Frederick Road. Jeanne Allert, executive director of Samaritan Women, will speak about the need to work against human trafficking both locally and beyond. The event will also feature information about the club's projects. For more information, call Karen Trennepohl at 410-750-9413 or email the club at sihowardcounty@yahoo.com.

Special-needs festival

The Church of the Resurrection Men's Club sponsors a Fall Fun Festival for People with Special Needs from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the church hall at 3165 Paulskirk Road. All special-needs persons, their families and counselors are invited. There will be pizza, soda, comedy, magic and a puppet show. Free. Information: 410-465-4483.

Genealogical society

The Howard County Genealogical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-381-6797.

A family tree

Experts from the Howard County Genealogy Society and the Howard County Historical Society will offer free help and a blank chart to get you started on creating your own family tree from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Information: Dottie Aleshire, 410-465-8725.

Seeking coaches

The Ellicott City Patriots Youth Football & Cheer Program is looking for volunteers to serve as head coaches, assistant coaches, stunt coaches, dance coaches, gymnastics coaches, fitness trainers and competition-level coaches. Information: Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-461-1225 or cheer@ecpatriots.com

Around town

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

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 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. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.

Kiwanis meets The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 3300 Norberts Way. Information: 410-418-8218 or ellicottcitykiwanis.com.