Howard County's Farmers' Markets feature locally-grown produce, baked goods, fruits of the season, flowers, transplants, organically grown produce and specialty items. The season runs through the last week in November at the following locations:
•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 19.
•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane in Columbia, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 31.
•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23.
•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.
Call for artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit their works at the galleries for the 2015 season. To access an application, go to wildelake.org/events. Send completed application to: Carole Black, Gallery Director, Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, Md. 21044 or email to email@example.com. Application deadline is June 1.
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.
Residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry, and residents are responsible for unloading their vehicles. Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash pickup by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: go to howardcountyrecycles.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Howard County Center of African American Culture seeks volunteers to assist with activities. Call 410-715-1921 or email email@example.com and leave contact information and the area in which you are interested in volunteering.
Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.
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Rockburn Skills Park, targeted toward mountain bikers and trail runners, features a pump track, flow trail, descending trail, climbing trail and an uphill return trail. The 450-acre Rock burn Branch Park includes 7.4 miles of trails, woodlands, marshes and stream valleys, multipurpose athletic fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, two playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and picnic pavilions. Information: rockburnskillspark.org.
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 http://hcconservancy.org.
The Black Box Theatre, a 98-seat multipurpose performance space equipped with professional sound and lighting equipment, dressing rooms, padded seats, black stage curtains and a sprung dance floor, is available for rental. A performance grand piano is available for rent through a separate agreement with the Howard County Music Teachers Association. All renters of the theater are required to carry commercial liability insurance. Other requirements and rental request forms and rates can be found at hocoarts.org. Rental request forms should be mailed to Room Rentals, Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City 21043.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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: call 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.