Howard County Briefs

May 25, 2012

Skills park to open

Grand opening of the Rockburn Skills Park, targeted to mountain bikers and trail runners, at Rockburn Branch Park takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2.

Features within the park include a pump track, flow trail, descending trail, climbing trail and an uphill return trail.

The 450-acre Rockburn Branch Park includes 7.4 miles of trails, woodlands, marshes and stream valleys, several multipurpose athletic fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, two playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and picnic pavilions. Information: rockburnskillspark.org.

Reunion notice

A half-century has passed since Baltimore's City College graduated 600 boys in 1962, and a reunion is being arranged for Oct. 13. Organizers are trying to contact every class member but haven't found everybody. Graduates from either the February or June classes who have not been contacted may email karasov1@hotmail.com or call 410-381-6506.

Onstage, outdoors

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents "Romeo and Juliet" and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen from June 8 through July 29 at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15-$36, free for children younger than 18. Tickets and information: 410-313-8661 or chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Farmers' markets

Local and regional farmers will provide fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and baked goods at farmers' markets in the area.

•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 31.

•Howard County Library, East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 15.

•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 26.

•Howard County Library, Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 17.

•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Oliver Place, Columbia. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18.

Information: howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com.

Lunchtime concerts

The Columbia Association presents its Lakefront Wednesdays Lunchtime Concert Series featuring local musicians performing rock, folk, jazz, flamenco and reggae. The series continues May 30 with Trio Caliente from noon to 2 p.m. Also, each week concertgoers can enter a raffle for prizes. Information: 410-715-3104.

Camp volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for camp volunteers (unpaid) for this year's Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications are available for download on the council's website, hocoarts.org. Duties include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities as directed by the classroom instructor, and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch, etc. There is at least one volunteer per class. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old by Sept. 1. Camps are will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 17 and before- and after-care are offered 8 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Opportunities may be available to work extended hours during before- and after-care.

Call for artists

The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in the galleries for the 2013 season. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 1. For applications and more information, go to wildelake.org. Mail applications to gallery director Carole Black at Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044; or send email to cjblack@columbiavillages.org.

Support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County offers several support groups each month. Sessions include groups for family and friends of adults with a mental illness, groups for parents of school-age children with mental health issues, a group for young adults (18-30) living with a mental illness and a weekly group for adults of any age living with a mental illness. For times and locations, call 410-772-9300 or go to nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

Guided hikes

The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of the month. Visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.

Theater rental

The Howard County Arts Council has announced the availability of the Black Box Theatre for rental. The 98-seat multipurpose performance space is equipped with professional sound and lighting equipment, nearby dressing rooms, padded seats, black stage curtains and a sprung dance floor. A performance grand piano is also available for rental through a separate agreement with the Howard County Music Teachers Association.

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