The Green Building Institute, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup, will offer a program on "Zero Energy Homes," optimizing materials and energy resources, and incorporating ecologically sound designs, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The cost is $40 for institute members; $55 for nonmembers. An individual membership and the seminar cost $80.
A seminar on Geothermal Energy Systems, using underground sources of water and steam, is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. A brief discussion of financing options for residential buildings is to be included.
The cost is $42 for members; $55 for nonmembers. Individual membership and the seminar cost $80.
Information: 443-733-1234 or visit www.greenbuildinginstitute.org.
Field hockey players in fourth- through eighth-grades are invited to a half-day Field Hockey Fiesta with Martie Browning, Reservoir High School Varsity field hockey coach, from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Soccer Dome II, 7447 Shipley Ave., Harmans, near BWI Airport.
The cost is $25. Information or to register: Dona DeZube, 301-490-9997 or visit www.soccerdome.com.
Figure skating coaches : Special Olympics Howard County is seeking figure skating coaches. Practices are held from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Saturdays at The Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel. Volunteers are also needed as coaches for all-day competitions Feb. 15 and May 17. An orientation session is required. Beth Greenberg, 410-740-0500 or e-mail, email@example.com.
Children's classes : The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, offers classes for children in kindergarten though fifth grade focused on scientific or other subjects and taught through literature.
"Pajama Time," a continuing program for children of all ages, is offered at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Children are invited to come in pajamas and bring teddy bears and blankets. 410-880-5978.
Teen center : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has opened Freestyle, a teen drop-in center at Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road, Jessup. The center, designed by teens for teens, offers a choice of hanging out with friends, playing basketball and video games, listening to music and other activities. The cost is $5. Registration is not required. Danielle Bassett, 410-313-1693.