Arts awards

The Howard County Arts Council will host its annual meeting and grant award ceremony from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Opening remarks will be made by council president Steve Poynot, followed by the presentation of grant awards by County Executive Ken Ulman.


A reception will be held for two new exhibits: "Building Perspectives" and "Kaleidoscope." The event also serves as the kickoff for "Roads to the Arts," a weekend of receptions and special events at galleries throughout the county.

The center's resident artists will have open studios from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Dental care

Kids Super Smile hosts "Dentistry From the Heart" on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8600 Snowden River Parkway in Columbia. A choice of filling, extraction or cleaning will be offered free to underprivileged children. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress for the weather and bring chairs, blankets, water, etc., as they may be waiting outside. The first 50 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Information: 410-953-0111.

Farmers' markets

Howard County 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 General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane in Columbia, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 31.

•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.

•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 19.

•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23.

Information: howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com.

Guided hikes


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.

Art classes

Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's fall educational programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. The art council offers classes and workshops for ages 5 to adult beginning the week of Sept. 8. Registration and full class listings are available at hocoarts.org. Class brochures are available for pick-up at the Howard County Center for the Arts or call 410-313-2787 to have one mailed.

Howie nominations

The Howard County Arts Council seeks nominations for its Howie Awards, honoring individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts. Awards will be presented at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County on March 28. Nomination forms are available online at hocoarts.org. Award nominations must arrive at the arts council office via mail, fax, email or hand delivery no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Previous winners, the current Board of Directors and Howie Committee members are not eligible. Winners will be notified in writing no later than Jan. 30. For more information, call 410-313-2787.


The 12U Elkridge Travel Softball Team has a few spots available. To set up a private tryout, contact Vince Widmaier at vwidmaier@msn.com.

Recycling electronics

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.

Volunteers needed

The Howard County Center of African American Culture seeks volunteers to assist with activities. Call 410-715-1921 or email hccaacmd@juno.com and leave contact information and the area in which you are interested in volunteering.