Pingpong, chess camp
A table tennis and chess day camp hosted by the Howard County/Carroll County Table Tennis Club, will be held 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 20-24, at Carrolltown Center, 6400 Ridge Road in Eldersburg. All ages and levels of play are welcome. Information: 301-580-9842.
The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy Advisory Committee is recruiting volunteers for the county's first class of watershed stewards. Stewards will learn how to design and build projects that reduce storm runoff from rooftops, roads, driveways and parking lots into streams and rivers in Howard County. Applications are due Sept. 12. An information session will be held Aug. 28 in the Patapsco Room of the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. For information and applications, go to cwp.org/our-work/training/watershed-stewards-academy.
The Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment is recruiting for the 2013 class of legacy leaders. The environmental education and volunteer leadership program is designed for people 50 and older who want to gain skills and knowledge about the environment and create a legacy through their volunteer work with Howard County partner organizations. Applications are due Sept. 28. A $75 fee is due at enrollment. For more information, go to howardllie.com. To apply, call 410-381-5279 or 410-796-7232, or email HocoLLIE@gmail.com.
Calling all artists
The Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, is accepting applications for artwork to be exhibited from November through the spring. People older than 18 who live in Maryland, Washington, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania may apply. Artwork in all media and styles that can be hung, including wall sculptures, is acceptable. The deadline is Sept. 1. Information: 410-730-4090.
Fall adult basketball
The Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for its fall adult basketball leagues. Men's leagues play Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights; women's leagues are on Thursdays. There is a Wednesday Co-Rec league and a 30-plus men's league on Tuesday. Play begins the week of Sept. 13. The fee is $600 per team for an eight-game season plus playoffs. The fee includes officials, scorekeeper, awards and playoffs. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 20. Information: 410-313-7275.
Howard County Volunteer of the Year nomination forms are available at howardcountymd.gov/voy.htm. The deadline is Sept. 7. Information: 410-313-2023.
Rockburn Skills Park, targeted toward mountain bikers and trail runners, has opened at Rockburn Branch Park. Features 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, multipurpose athletic fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, two playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and picnic pavilions. Information: rockburnskillspark.org.
Local and regional fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and baked goods are available at these area farmers' markets:
•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 31.
•Howard County Library, East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 15.
•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 26.
•Howard County Library, Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 17.
•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Oliver Place, Columbia. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18.
Special Olympics needs soccer coaches for the coming season, which runs from late August through October. Practices are held twice a week, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Training will be provided. Information: 410-740-0500.
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.
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 available for rental through a separate agreement with the Howard County Music Teachers Association.