The Poplar Springs United Methodist Church's Thrift Shop, 919 East Watersville Road, is having a back-to-school sale through the month of August. All kinds of school supplies and clothing are available to purchase, as well as regular clothing for the whole family, accessories and household items.

The shop is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Hours will change Aug. 25 to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all three days.

The Lisbon United Methodist Church is sponsoring its second annual gold fundraiser Sept. 27 at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club, in Ijamsville. The cost to play is $150, which includes; golf, a cart, welcome gifts, prizes, door prizes, beverages and an awards dinner. For more information, call 410-489-7245.

The Howard County Office on Aging, Department of Citizen Services is presenting its third annual WomenFest Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, in Glenwood. This event will focus on health, wellness, fashion, and beauty, designed to help women live more balanced and healthy lives. Free screening for blood pressure, body mass index, foot, glaucoma, glucose, cholesterol, and HIV will be available.

There will also be demonstrations for belly dance, zumba, and bollywood. More than 40 vendors will be participating with products and services. Lunch will be available to purchase.

For more information, call 410-313-5440.

The Maryland State Highway Administration has received $709,000 from the Federal Highway Administration to support the Route 32 Wellworth Way Access Management Improvements. This project focuses on improving safety and capacity along Route 32. Private driveways that now access Route 32 will be relocated to Wellworth Way to lessen the risk of serious accidents. Other safety projects include new warning signs, rumble strips, restriping, and resurfacing. The design phase of the project is just about complete. After that, the actual roadwork will take eight to 12 months to complete. I guess we can expect some delays; but long term, it will be a much safer ride up and down Route 32.

The Howard County Neighbor Ride program is desperate for volunteers to drive our senior citizens to doctor appointments, religious services, and shopping. The demand for transportation has risen 44 percent in 2011 from the demand in 2010. Over the course of the last year, the program has provided 11,402 trips. If you have some time to take an elderly neighbor to the doctor, call 410-884-3616 or go to http://www.neighborride.org.

St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 2893 Route 97, in Glenwood, will be holding its monthly Community Feast Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The menu this month will be Italian, donated by Smokin' Hot Catering, at the Inwood Shopping Center. The cost is $9 per person or a maximum of $30 per family. Proceeds will go toward purchasing materials for a Sunday school program at the church.