The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold a meeting of its Knitting Circle, a casual social group for knitters, at 7 p.m. July 27.
Participants should furnish supplies. Instruction is not provided, and registration is not necessary.
School board candidates forum
The Western Howard County Democratic Club will sponsor a forum for Howard school board candidates from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Glenwood library. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
The club's regular monthly meeting is to begin at 7 p.m.
Graduates -- Army National Guard Pfc. Carmen S. Benitez, daughter of Marisol Benitez of Clarksville, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is a 2003 graduate of River Hill High School. Army Pvt. Jessica L. Hammond, daughter of Kenneth and stepdaughter of Ellen Hammond of Mount Airy, has also graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson.
Summer camps -- Marriotts Ridge High School is accepting registration for its Mustang Boosters Club Summer Camp, which offers athletic programs during the summer for children in grades three through eight. Activities will include lacrosse, softball, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. The cost is $125 a camp, including a camp shirt or reversible practice jersey and camp awards and certificates. Ken Hovet, 410-531-0577.
Get fit -- Clinton James, a certified personal trainer, is offering two four-week sessions of summer youth fitness training for ages 10 to 13. The classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at Triumph Fitness Center, off Carrs Mill Road. The cost is $48 for four weeks of classes for members' children and $64 for nonmembers. 443-745-1168.
Crafts for teens -- The Glenwood library will offer two hands-on programs for teens:
"Bead It!" - a workshop in creating jewelry, hair gear and bookmarks using beads, hemp cord and string will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Materials will be provided. Registration is required.
"Decorating 101," a workshop on projects to give spaces a personal flair, will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 29. Materials will be provided. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.
Ice cream -- River Hill Community Association will sponsor "It's Summer," an evening of ice cream and a free concert in the village center courtyard, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Anyone who presents an "It's Summer" coupon will receive a free ice cream sundae. Tickets for both events and coupons are available at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Lystra Braddy Harper, 410- 531-1749.
County fair -- The 61st Howard County Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 5-12 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. The fair features agricultural and commercial exhibits, music, contests, midway rides and parades. The Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest will be held Aug. 6. The farm queen will represent the county at the Maryland Farm Bureau Contest, held at the Maryland State Fair. Animal entries of 4-H projects will range from fancy and egg-production poultry to goats, sheep, rabbits, horses, pigs and dairy and beef cattle. A grand champion steer and about 49 other prize-winning market steers will be offered for sale Aug. 11 at the 43rd 4-H livestock sale. A sale of small and medium-size animals will begin the auction. Indoor exhibits will include arts, baked goods, clothing, creative writing, crafts, home environment, photography and woodworking. Home arts will include baking, food preservation and table-setting contests. Apple pies from the baking contest will be auctioned; proceeds will go to the Howard County branch of the American Cancer Society. A farmers' market is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12. 410-442-1022. Or www.howard countyfair.com.
New group -- La Leche League of Western Howard County, a support group for breastfeeding mothers, will meet 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The group is being formed and will hold its first meeting Aug. 9. A meeting place is to be determined. The volunteer nonprofit organization offers support, and leaders are available to answer questions. There is no charge. Jennifer Sugar, 410-864-8080 or Jolene Mosley, 410-905-5208.