The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. May 19 in the F&M; Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. Those who attend should use the side entrance off Foundry Street.
The topic will be "Following Savage's History in Voting," presented by Donna Thewes, a member of the Howard County Board of Elections.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
The society's calendars from 2002 through 2008 and other historical items, and memberships will be available from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Teens invited to karaoke night
The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer a karaoke night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, as a practice session for the Howard County Library's Teen Idol Contest.
The event, which does not require registration, is for youth ages 11 to 17. Registration is not required.
Auditions for the Teen Idol Contest, a singing contest reminiscent of the television program American Idol, will be held June 24 and 25. The final competition is planned for June 26.
Free screenings -- Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Savage branch library on the second Monday of each month. The walk-in screenings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.
Aspiring authors -- Writers are invited to share their work with other aspiring authors for mutual support and feedback at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. Registration is not required.
Help needed -- The Patuxent Research Refuge invites the community to participate in "Weed Warriors," a day when volunteers of all ages pull non-native invasive plants at the refuge, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants should bring gloves, water and hand tools, if they are available.
A "Bird Walk" for all ages, scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, will guide participants to search for birds in several refuge habitats. Field guides and binoculars are recommended.
Admission to refuge programs is free, but registration is required. To register: 301-497-5887. The North Tract is off Route 198 between the Baltimore Washington Parkway and Route 32, east of Laurel. http:--patuxent.fws.gov.
Sellers sought -- Reservoir High School, 1550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, is planning a yard sale, filling three adjoining school lots, and is seeking vendors and sellers. Advertising will be provided. The yard sale will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21. Spaces cost $15 for one space; $5 for additional spaces. Concessions also are planned. 301-776-7976 or e-mail RHSyardsale@comcast.net.
Volunteers sought -- The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting and referring members of the community to local nonprofit and government agencies in need of volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery. 410-715-3179.