The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor a "Summer Bash" dance for ages 9-15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person with a maximum capacity of 200. Food and beverages, which include pizza, corn dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and sodas, will be on sale. Information: 410-761-6633 or go to elkridgevfd.org.
Plein air exhibition
Artwork from the recent plein air event will be on display through Friday, Aug. 26 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 410-313-2787.
Post office renovation
A construction project to renovate and restore the historic Ellicott City post office at 8267 Main St. is under way and will include new office space and a visitors' center. The project is expected to be completed by late October. Traffic will not be affected. Information: 410-313-3440.
The Ellicott City Patriots Youth Football & Cheer Program is looking for volunteers to serve as head coaches, assistant coaches, stunt coaches, dance coaches, gymnastics coaches, fitness trainers and competition-level coaches. Information: Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-461-1225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exercise program A stroke exercise program will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Information: 410-313-1425.
Art class "The Joy of Illustrating" will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. $38. Information: 410-660-1746.
Table tennis Play pingpong from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.
Cards Play pinochle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.
Billiards Play pool from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.
Needlework club Bring knitting, sewing or needlework projects and supplies to the Ellicott City Senior Center at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free.
Workshop Madline Taylor hosts a journaling workshop at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.
Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.
Chess The Elkridge branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome. Information: 410-313-7723.
English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 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. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.
Kiwanis meets The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 3300 Norberts Way. Information: 410-418-8218 or ellicottcitykiwanis.com.