The 2008 Maryland NAMIWalks for the Mind of America walkathon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Family activities are also planned.
There is no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to collect donations.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers support, education, research and advocacy programs for the mentally ill in Maryland. About 70 NAMI walks are expected to be held around the country.
Information: 410-772-9300 or visit www.nami.org/walks.
Workshop to offer lessons on tools
The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, will offer an "Introduction to Hand Tools for Women" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 6 and 13. Participants will learn to use hand tools to do any home project properly and safely.
Tuition is $30 for Columbia residents; $40 for nonresidents.
"Introduction to Power Tools for Women" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3 through June 17. Participants will build a small project.
Tuition is $40 for residents; $50 for nonresidents.
Woodworker Jack Eckstrom will teach both workshops.
Information: 410-730-0075 or visit www.columbiaartcenter.org.
Greene Turtle helps cancer fundraiser
The Greene Turtle, 8872 McGaw Road, Columbia, will contribute 10 percent of its sales on May 8 to Howard County's Relay for Life, the annual overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch. Happy Hour and discount appetizers are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This year's Relay for Life will be June 6 and 7 at Hammond High School in Columbia.
Information: Meaghan Kordusky, 410-313-6592.
Tell the story of your life
The Howard County Library invites residents to be interviewed about their life histories as part of the "This is Your Life" project, a countywide initiative to encourage people 50 and older to record the stories of their lives.
The Columbia Archives will keep the histories as part of its permanent collection.
Interviews will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.
Anyone who lives or works in Howard County is welcome to participate. To arrange for an interview: Lois Sanders, 410-313-7791. For information about the "This is Your Life" project: 410-313-7750 or visit www.hclibrary.org.
Groups to address local water issues
HoCoH2O, an alliance of Howard County groups concerned about the quality and health of rivers and streams, and the impact of water quality on the environment, will present "Ravaging Runoff: A Call to Action," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
Information: 443-474-4002 or visit www.HoCoH2O. To reserve tickets: rsvp@HoCoH2O.