Community open house
Recreation and Parks Director John Byrd invites the public to an open house at Belmont Manor and Historic Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6555 Belmont Woods Road in Elkridge. Belmont Manor House was built in 1738 and was a private home until 1962. It is one of the oldest buildings remaining in Howard County and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. There will be walking tours of the premises, and light refreshments will be available. The event will be held rain or shine. Information: 410-313-4632.
The Howard County Office on Aging's annual 50+ Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The Columbia Association will offer free health screenings and information about new and existing services. For more information, call 410-313-6410.
Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for its 36th anniversary season. Works to be performed include "Carmina Burana," Handel's "Messiah," Faure's "Requiem," and works from Spain and Latin America. Call 410-730-8549 to schedule an audition. Information: procantare.org.
A half-century has passed since Baltimore City College graduated more than 600 young men in 1962, and a reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Graduates from the February or June classes who have not been contacted may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-381-6506.
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.
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.
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.
All renters of the theater are required to carry a commercial liability insurance policy of $1 million. Other requirements and rental request forms and rates can be found at hocoarts.org. Rental request forms should be mailed to Room Rentals, Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City 21043.
Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97, Cooksville. Highlights include therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.