Howard County Briefs

August 24, 2012

Watershed stewards

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 Tuesday, 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.

Reunion notices

•A 50th reunion for the 1962 February and June graduating classes of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute will be held Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15. There will be tour of the school on Cold Spring Lane beginning at 11 a.m. Sept. 14, with an evening banquet being held at Bonnie Blink in Hunt Valley. An afternoon bull roast takes place at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville Sept. 15. Information: 410-484-0354 or email dmagill@att.net.

•A half-century has passed since Baltimore City College graduated more than 600 young men in 1962, and a reunion is being planned for Oct. 13. Organizers are trying to contact every class member. Graduates from the February or June classes who have not been contacted may email karasov1@hotmail.com or call 410-381-6506.

Environmental volunteers

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. Deadline is Saturday, Sept. 1. Information: 410-730-4090.

Volunteer nominations

Howard County Volunteer of the Year nomination forms are available at howardcountymd.gov/voy.htm. The deadline is Sept. 7. Information: 410-313-2023.

Skills park

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.

Farmers' markets

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.

Information: howardcountyfarmersmarkets.com.

Soccer coaches

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.

Tutors needed

A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. seeks adult volunteers to work in Howard County public schools and in after-school programs. Volunteers may work with individual students or small groups during and after school. Volunteers are asked to commit for one hour a week for a minimum of one school year. Information: 410-730-6030 or 410-740-3850.

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

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