The B&O Railroad Museum presents "A Visit From Isaac Ridgeway Trimble," 1 p.m. Saturday at 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. Alan Walden, journalist and broadcaster, portrays Gen. Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, who was born in Virginia, lived in Maryland and joined the Confederate Army. Program is about 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session. Call 410-461-1945 for more information.
Master gardening advice
Master gardeners will answer questions about plants and gardening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Miller library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.Information: 410-313-1950.
Charity Closet, a thrift shop for women and teen girls at 9090 Frederick Road, offers a free stick flag to all customers today in honor of those who gave their lives in this country's fight for freedom. No purchase necessary. 410-750-6475.
Football and cheerleading
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for Elkridge Hurricanes flag and tackle football and cheerleading.
Flag football, for ages 5-6, is $85; tackle football, for ages 7-14, is $160; cheerleading, fir ages 5-14, is $125. Practice begins in August at Elkridge Landing Middle School, 7085 Montgomery Road.
Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight.
To register, call 410-313-7275 or go to hcrpsports.com.
The Marriotts Ridge High School Dance Program is holding master hip-hop classes, featuring Honey Rockwell, June 5 at the school, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville. Class for middle schoolers will held 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; class for high schoolers will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $25. RSVP to email@example.com for reservations.
Wine in the Garden
The Howard County Conservancy will hold a wine event 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at 10520 Old Frederick Road. Guests can enjoy wine and food while listening to bluegrass music in the conservancy's native plant garden. Cost is $45. For tickets and more information, call 410-465-8877.
Coaches sought : The Ellicott City Patriots Youth Football and Cheer Program, for youngsters ages 5-14, is seeking volunteer coaches for the 2009 fall season. Anyone interested in serving as a head or assistant coach should e-mail James Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheer coaches are also needed, including head coaches, assistant coaches, stunt coaches, dance coaches, cheer gymnastic coaches, fitness trainers and competition coaches. Training and certification are offered. Call Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-461-1225.
Chess : The Elkridge 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. Snacks provided. 410-313-5077.
English conversation : The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those whose second - or third - language is English to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Those interested in attending should register with the library before attending their first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.
Meeting: The Howard County Art Guild's general meeting will be held 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. 301-854-3478.
Author appearance: Connie Briscoe, will discuss and sign her latest book, Sisters and Husbands, at 7 p.m. June 5 at Barnes & Noble, 4300 Montgomery Road. 410-203-9001.