Free vehicle identification number etching will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Owners can get their vehicle's identification number engraved on all of the vehicle's major pieces of glass. The engraving is a deterrent, and assists in returning a stolen vehicle to its rightful owner. Also, register for "Watch Your Car," a national vehicle theft prevention program, and get a free steering wheel lock (while supplies last). Event is sponsored by Howard County police and the Maryland/Washington Anti-Car Theft Committee. Information: 410-313-4759.
Spring art classes
Registration is underway for visual and performing arts programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. Classes and workshops for children and adults, ranging from one-day workshops to five-week classes, begin the week of April 26 at 8510 High Ridge Road. Class brochures are available at the center or online at hocoarts.org.
For more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to the website.
Event presented by the Milltown Quilters will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Show features more than 250 quilts, and include demonstrations, vendors, raffle baskets, peddler's table, a silent auction with cash and carry items, and the "Summer Morning" raffle. Information: milltownquilters.com.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Columbia BikeAbout, being held on May 14. This is a free event organized by the Columbia Association and the Columbia Archives. Volunteers will assist with traffic control, directions, registration and act as guides along the 12-mile route. Flexible shifts are available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A free T-shirt and training will be provided.
This year's route, which will start and end at the Town Center Lakefront, winds through Wilde Lake, Harper's Choice and Hickory Ridge. The Town Center walking tour will include the lakefront art and architecture, and Historic Oakland. Information: 410-715-6781.
Disaster information sessions
The Volunteer Center of Howard County hosts monthly disaster volunteer information and orientation sessions to inform community members on how to plan, prepare and effectively serve in times of disaster to improve community preparedness and resiliency. Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 and Tuesday, June 28, at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Each session will identify local response agencies and inform participants of how they can volunteer, prepare and train to respond in times of disaster.
To register and for more information: 410-715-3179.
Yard waste collection
Howard County's Bureau of Environmental Services will resume weekly yard waste collections through Jan. 20, 2012. Yard waste collection will be picked up once a week during a resident's regular recycling day and should be placed outside by 6 a.m. Allowable yard waste items include grass, leaves, hedge clippings/light brush, small limbs or branches less than 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length, dry seed pods, straw, hay and bamboo. Residents are encouraged to use paper bags or reusable containers.
To obtain a free paper yard waste bag (limit two bags per family), go to the Bureau of Environmental Services at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514 in Columbia, or the Alpha Ridge Landfill at 2350 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville.
For a complete list of what yard waste is and is not accepted, or more information, go to howardcountymd.gov/DPW/recycling.htm.
The Howard County Conservancy hosts its annual Juried Art Show and Auction, "The Art of Stewardship — Lands & Historic Buildings & Structures," through Wednesday, April 13, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Open to all original art and photography media, including sculpture, from traditional to contemporary work, using a variety of techniques and imaginative interpretations. Works will be judged on their focus on the care, appreciation and understanding of our lands, historic buildings and structures. For information, call 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
Jewish Community Services is offering a new community bereavement group, beginning on May 2. The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight weeks, through June 27. For anyone mourning the death of a loved one, the group will provide a welcoming place where participants can be with others who are grieving, find support within the Jewish community and benefit from the opportunity to talk with specialists about grief. Pre-registration is required by April 15. Fee is $36. The group will not meet on May 30. For registration, location and more information, call 410-730-4976, ext. 120.
Vacation Bible school