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 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.

Information: howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com.

Books wanted

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, is collecting books for its annual book sale Sept. 11-13. The cutoff date is Sunday, Aug. 17. Books may be dropped off at the church door on the parking-lot side of the building. Books may also be placed in and on the bench next to the door. Charitable donation forms may be found inside the bench. Information: 410-442-2475.

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.

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.

Volunteers needed

Voices for Children seeks volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children. The organization is part of a national program that provides advocates for children living in foster care to ensure that children are placed into safe and permanent homes. Volunteers work with the children, their families, agency professionals, schools and the courts. Participants must be 21 or older, complete a 30-hour training program and pass a background check. Training is held three times a year, and the next session begins Sept. 22. Information: 410-740-0933 or go to voicesforchildren.org.


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.

Recycling cans

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.