Stress Awareness Day
A day of relaxation with herbal teas, seated yoga, meditation, brain stress relievers, acupuncture detoxification and therapeutic laughter will be led by certified instructors, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Information: 410-313-7469.
Art exhibition, sale
The Maryland Art League will hold an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. The exhibit, "The Art of Conservancy," runs through Thursday, April 18. Information: 410-465-8877 marylandartleague.com.
The American Association of University Women's fashion show and sale, "Let's Go On A Vacation," will take place beginning at 1 p.m. April 27 at Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Event features fashions provided by Lord and Taylor of Columbia and accessory boutique items for sale. Tickets are $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the organization's scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-964-5454.
The Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards Luncheon, at which the Association of Community Services of Howard County honors volunteers and staff for their service to the community, will be held at noon May 3 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. To purchase tickets and more information, go to acshoco.org.
The Howard County Conservancy seeks Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain its thematic and native plant gardens from 9:30 a.m. to noon. All levels of experience welcome. For more information, call Tabby Fique at 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for volunteers for its Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications can be downloaded from the "Getting Involved" page of HCAC's website at hocoarts.org. Duties of the unpaid position include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch times, etc. Volunteers must be 15 years of age by Sept. 1. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 24-August 16. Hours for volunteers vary.
The Department of Public Works has announced that residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry, and residents are responsible for unloading their vehicles.
Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash pickup by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is at 2350 Marriottsville Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: howardcountyrecycles.org.
Free tax help
Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.
To schedule an appointment, call:
•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.
•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.