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Farmers' markets

Howard County farmers' markets feature locally grown produce, baked goods, fruits, flowers, transplants, organically grown produce and specialty items at these locations:

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•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.

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•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.

King essay contest

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is inviting county middle and high school students to participate in the commission's annual Student Essay Contest. The winners will be recognized at the commission's 30th annual celebration Jan. 18 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre in Columbia. To be eligible, students must be Howard County residents and in middle or high school. Essays must be typed and double-spaced and include the following information: student's name, address, telephone number, email address, school and grade.

Middle school student essays are to be between 500 and 750 words in length, while high school student essays must be between 750 and 1,000 words. Essays will be judged on content, connection to Dr. King's work, spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

Students with disabilities may submit entries that address the essay question through use of other media. All submitted essays and entries become the property of the commission.

Complete essay contest rules can be found at howardcountymd.gov/mlkholidaycommission.htm or by calling 410-313-6430. Completed nomination forms must be postmarked, hand-delivered or emailed by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, to: MLK Student Essay Contest, c/o Howard County Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia 21046, or emailed to submissionsmlk@howardcountymd.gov.

Kindred Spirits

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 jumiller@howardcountymd.gov.

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.

Theater workers needed

Red Branch Theatre Company is accepting resumes for costume designers, lighting designers and stage managers for the remaining shows this season. Send applications to Jennifer Spieler at jspieler1025@aol.com.Spanish speakers The Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network, 5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 200-E, Columbia, needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to greet clients, answer basic questions, make appointments and support the staff. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday; other times may be considered. Information: 410-992-1923, ext. 14.

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