Emergency preparedness

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, an Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane in Ellicott City. Fair features classes, displays and activities to help prepare for emergencies. Classes will be offered by local preparedness experts, including representatives from the Howard County Office of Emergency Management and Howard County Fire Department. All are welcome. Information: howardcountyepfair.blogspot.com.


Art classes

Registration is underway 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.

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.

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.


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.