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Ellicott City

Research class

The Columbia Family History Center sponsors "Researching Estate Records at the Maryland Archives" at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4100 Saint Johns Lane. Free. Information: 443-354-1757.

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Antiques fair

The Howard County Historical Society's Appraisal Roadshow and Antiques Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. An appraiser and a gemologist will examine your possessions. A $12 general admission fee includes an appraisal; $8 for society members. Information: 410-480-3250.

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'Big Event'

Leadership Howard County will hold its annual "Big Event" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Road. Guest speaker Wes Moore will present "From Adversity to Success: Transformational Lessons in Leadership." Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, a best-selling author and social entrepreneur. Tickets are $100, $50 for students. For more information, call 410-730-4474 or go to leadershiphc.org.

Spring Fest

The Ellicott City Partnership will host its annual Spring Fest from noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Historic Ellicott City. The event will feature live music, Earth Day crafts and activities, local food and craft beer. Bands will include Mark Whiskey and the Sours, Sean K. Preston & the Loaded Pistols, the Highland Hill Boys, Bendt Fendyr and Dirty Secret. Information: visitellicottcity.com.

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Exhibitions

•"Personal Geographies: Maps as Art" and "No Boundaries" will be on display in Galleries I and II through Friday, April 24, at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787.

•"New Works by Alison Menke" are on view through Sunday, April 26, at Still Life Gallery Fine Art and Custom Framing, 8173 Main St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Information: 410-461-1616 or stilllifegallery.net.

English conversation

The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 410-313-1950.

Ellicott City Senior Center

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Genealogy workshop The focus will be on the types of records that exist in churches, especially those in Colonial times. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 8.

Brain fitness Robin Zahor presents a brain exercise program to help keep the mind sharp at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 9.

Senior safety Pfc. Andre Lingham of the Howard County Police Department will discuss current scams and safety concerns at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14.

Ask the Pharmacist Don Hamilton will provide the latest information on medications at 11 a.m. Monday, April 27. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers to discuss concerns.

Also at the center:

'B' Games Play Bunco, Brainbusters, Baggo and Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. Mondays.

Mah-jongg 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Needlework Club 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Piano lessons Tuesdays through Thursdays. Cost is $30 per half-hour session.

Men's forum A support group featuring discussion on current events, news, finance and more meets at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays.

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