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Event seeks guides for riders

Volunteers are needed for the Columbia Archives' eighth annual Columbia BikeAbout, to be held April 26.

The event, sponsored by the Columbia Association, guides riders through 13 miles of Columbia's extensive path system and highlights historic and natural places of interest.

Volunteers are needed to help with traffic control, directions, registration and guides along the route. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with flexible shifts available. Training and a free T-shirt are provided.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103 or e-mail,

Wine in the Woods event seeks helpers

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from volunteers ages 21 and older for its 16th annual Wine in the Woods Festival, to be held May 17 and 18 at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

In exchange for a 3 1/2 -hour shift, volunteers will receive an admission ticket redeemable either day at the festival. Available shifts are from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Applications are available at

An orientation for new volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 14 at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Legal aid sought for the abused

The Domestic Violence Center, a nonprofit agency providing services to women and children who are abused, is seeking volunteers to work with the organization's legal advocate coordinator to help clients petition the courts for protective orders.

Training is offered; legal experience is not required.

Child-care providers are needed while parents attend counseling sessions. Child care is needed during evening hours.

Volunteers are also needed to staff a help line and to assist at events.

Information: Danielle Bormel, 410-997-0304.

Historical Society needs helpers

The Howard County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to maintain and update its archives, catalog books, acknowledge gifts, add to files, keep up its garden and grounds, help schedule and install exhibits and give tours.

Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but are welcome anytime. Training is available.

Information: 410-750-0370 or drop by the Howard County Historical Society Library, 8324 Court Ave., Ellicott City, during regular hours from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Neighbor Ride needs drivers

As its ridership increases, Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based transportation program in the county, needs additional volunteer drivers to help provide transportation for those ages 60 and older. Daytime, evening and weekend drivers are needed.

A volunteer orientation will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Neighbor Ride's new office, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia.

Also, ride coordinators are needed to assign rides for up to four hours Monday through Friday.

Information: 410-884-RIDE (410-884-7433), or

Docents, guides for historic sites

Docents and tour guides are needed at local historic sites in Ellicott City: the Fire House Museum; Thomas Isaac Log Cabin; Ellicott City Colored School, Restored; and the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Send volunteer announcements to or fax to 410-715-2816.

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