Repairs to Historic Oakland

Historic Oakland, the Columbia mansion that serves as a site for meetings and social events, will be closed for renovations Saturday through Nov. 30. The office of the Town Center Community Association, which is located in the mansion, will operate on the lower level of Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Community Center, 8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia. All mail and phone calls will be forwarded to the temporary office, where staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

African American Heritage

Friends of the Ellicott City Colored School Restored Inc. will hold the first Howard County African American Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 8683 Main St. in Ellicott City.

Tours of the 1880 school -- the first African American school to be built with county funds -- will be offered. Former students will be on hand, along with reenactors who will demonstrate aspects of 19th-century life, a storyteller and genealogists.

Lectures and music also are planned.

Parking and shuttle service will be available at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-313-1428.

'Stuff-a-Truck' Saturday

"Stuff-a-Truck," a community service project to benefit the Howard County Food Bank, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. The event, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Division of Recreational Licensed Child Care, will include face-painting, food and drinks. Admission is one small bag of nonperishable food per person.

Female Institute Cleanup

The Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute is holding its annual fall cleanup beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the grounds of the former 19th-century school for girls in Ellicott City that now serves as a historic park. Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, shovels and rakes. Meet at the Visitor Center, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-465-8500.

Marriage Coaching Offered

An interfaith program on building a strong marriage will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The free program, sponsored by Dar Al-Taqwa, Calah Congregation, Upper Room Fellowship and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, will be led by Mort Fertel, a marriage coach and author of "Marriage Fitness: 4 Steps to Building and Maintaining Phenomenal Love."

Free Vehicle ID Etching

The Oakland Mills community police office is offering free vehicle identification etching from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Oakland Mills Village Center, 5820 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. Etching an identification number on a car's glass is designed to help deter thieves and assist police in returning stolen vehicles to their owners.

The police office also is offering to register vehicles for the Watch Your Car Program, a national theft prevention program. For more information, call Janet Stabile at 410-313-3337.