The Columbia Orchestra's 36th season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, with the Gallery Winds performing "Autumn Breezes" at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Tickets are $10, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0202.
The second annual Antiques Appraisal Fair, sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Howard Community College's Kittleman Room in Duncan Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. All appraisals will be done by John Caplan and Shelley Harris of Maryland's Busiest Auction. Rare books will be sold by Johanson Rare Books and historic prints and note cards from the Don Reichle Collection of the Howard County Historical Society will be available for purchase. Free Parking. Information: 410-480-3250.
The annual 50+EXPO will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The event is presented by the Department of Citizen Services Office on Aging. The Capitol Steps will perform at noon and 2 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre.
Howard County Housing is accepting applications for the October enrollment period for the Moderate Income Housing Unit program. The MIHU is an inclusionary zoning program that requires developers of new housing in certain zoning districts to sell or rent a percentage of the new dwelling units to households of moderate income. The program offers homes at reduced sale prices and rents to income-eligible individuals and families. Open enrollment ends Oct. 31. Information: 410-313-6318 or howardcountymd.gov/housingmihu.htm.
Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's fall educational programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. The council offers classes and workshops for ages 5 to adult. Programs and classes range from one-day workshops to eight-week sessions.
Fall classes for ages 5 to 12 include Saturday Art Studio and Discover 3-D. For teens and adults, offerings include drawing and composition and three new workshops: art quilts, reliquary boxes and mosaic basics. Weekly drop-in sessions for drawing and painting from portrait and life models are also available.
Registration and full class listings are available at hocoarts.org. Brochures are available at the art center, and requests for a brochure to mailed may be directed to 410-313-2787. Early registration is recommended.
The Howard County Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists for its fall field trip programs. Naturalists assist conservancy staff during field trips by leading nature-oriented hikes on the 232-acre historic farm property. Field trips are offered during October and November, and naturalists are asked to lead a minimum of three hikes. Participants will receive a manual and learn ecological concepts as well as about the history, plant life and wildlife of Howard County. To register and more information, call 410-465-8877.
A free forum, Your Health and Our Changing Climate, is scheduled for Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Speakers include Drs. Cindy Parker, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Steve Shapiro, from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, authors of "Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk; What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family." Others will speak about the health effects of climate change on infants, children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Speakers from government agencies and local organizations will discuss the community resources available to face the challenges ahead. The forum is sponsored by Transition Howard County, HoCo ClimateChange, League of Women Voters and Howard Community College. Online registration is available at transitionhoco.org/committees/health.
Kindred Spirits, a 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, 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 email@example.com.
The Meeting House Gallery at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center is accepting applications from artists for its "Season of Light" exhibition beginning in November, and also for a nature exhibition beginning in January. For applications and more information, go to themeetinghouse.org.
Voices for Children, Howard County's court-appointed special advocate program, seeks volunteers to train and match to children up to 21 years old who are living in foster care. Volunteers must be 21 or older and pass a criminal background check. Training will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks beginning Sept. 20 in Ellicott City. For an application and more information, call 410-740-0933 or go to voicesforchildren.org.
The Howard County Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2013 Howie Awards, which honor individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the arts. Forms are available online at hocoarts.org and must be postmarked, emailed or faxed by Nov. 1. Information: 410-313-2787.
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The Howard County Conservancy seeks Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to noon to help maintain its themed and native plant gardens. All levels of experience welcome. For information, call Tabby Fique at 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
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 Rockburn 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: go to 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
The Howard County Arts Council has announced the availability of the Black Box Theatre for rental. The 98-seat multipurpose performance space is equipped with professional sound and lighting equipment, dressing rooms, padded seats, black stage curtains and a sprung dance floor. 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, Md. 21043.