Last week, the Howard County farmers markets kicked off the 2014 season with five markets — two in Ellicott City — that are now open through the last week of November.

This market is a great way for the community to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables and meet Howard County farmers (some only a few miles from Ellicott City) such as Breezy Willow Farm of West Friendship, TLV Tree Farm of Glenelg, Love Dove Farm of Woodbine, Bowling Green Farm of Sykesville, MacBride & Gill Falcon Ridge Farm of Brookeville, Greenway Farms of Cooksville and Pong's Orchard of Fulton.


In Ellicott City, visit the Wednesday farmers market from 2 to 6 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller Branch at 9421 Frederick Road or the Saturday Farmers Old Town Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Historic Ellicott City at the Courtyards of Tonge Row and Parking Lot D, 3731 through 3741 Hamilton St.

Additional farmer's market are offered on Thursdays, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Howard County Library's East Columbia Branch, on Fridays, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Howard County General Hospital, and on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Oakland Mills Village Center.

For more information about Howard County farmers markets, go to

Calling all Howard County college students studying science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM) fields.

Consider volunteering to talk about your STEM experiences to middle and high school students during the  College Connection session at the second annual HoCoSTEM Festival on Sunday, June 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Howard Community College.

Sponsored by STEMulatingMinds, the festival is designed to make learning about STEM fields fun and exciting to young students. It offers them an opportunity to talk to STEM professionals, enjoy interactive STEM games and learn about the exciting jobs in STEM fields.

To volunteer, contact STEMulatingMinds committee member David Gertler at or 410-299- 4324. For more information about the festival, go to the event website at

Interested in traveling to South America? Two local educators, Board of Education member and former teacher Sandra French, and Clarksville Elementary teacher Diane Miller, are leading a People to People student ambassador tour of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in summer 2015 called, "Gateway to Discovery and Treasures".

The journey will take the student ambassadors to some of the world's most exotic landmarks and ecosystems including Charles Darwin Research Station, Giant Tortoise Reserve, Tortuga Bay, Throat of Fire Volcano, Cotopaxi National Park, Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, Sunflower Forest, Luz de Dia Cove and much more.

The People to People orgazination was established in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, charged with the mission of personal diplomacy and building peace through understanding. In 1961, the nonprofit People to People International joined forces with Ambassador Groups Inc. A year later, the first People to People Ambassador program launched. Today, President Eisenhower's granddaughter, Mary Jean Eisenhower, is now President of People to People International.

If you missed the April 28 South American trip information meeting at the Miller Library, contact Diane Miller at or Sandra French at 410-531-2394.  Although the trip is a year away, the organizers are promoting the adventure now to allow families time to plan and budget for the adventure. For more information on People to People trips including scholarships, go to