Upcoming Events

The following events, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, are open for registration.

SENIORS HERB WALK, for ages 55 and older, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 30. James A. Duke, herbalist and author of "The Green Pharmacy" series, guides a tour of his herb garden in Fulton, which features more than 300 medicinal plants from across the world arranged by disease. Footing may be unsteady; appropriate shoes recommended. Lunch on walkers' own in Clarksville. Call for van departure points in Howard County. $17; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS TEA HISTORY AND WORKSHOP, for ages 55 and older, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 11. A chance to learn about the history of tea in different cultures and sample a variety of teas, including cardamom, green and jasmine. The workshop includes hands-on tea-making using fresh herbs and refreshments of homemade jams, jellies and shortbreads. Waverly Mansion, 2335 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville. $15; registration required. 410-313-7279.

SENIORS THURMONT TRIP, for ages 55 and older, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Participants travel to the Cozy Inn Restaurant for a buffet lunch; they also will get to shop and stop at an orchard. Call for bus departure points in Howard County. $25; registration required. 410-313-7279.

VIRGINIA WINE TOUR, for ages 21 and older, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 22. A tour of the birthplace of American wine led by Yogi Barrett, executive vice president of Wine Tasters Guild International. Participants can sample award-winning wines, meet the producers, visit the award-winning Oakencroft Vineyards for a prepared box lunch, the King Family Vineyards and Michael Shaps Wines. The tour ends with a four-course dinner and wines at White Hall Vineyards. Bus transportation departs from the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City. $125; registration required. 410-313-7275 or www.co.ho.md.us/RAP/rap_homepage.htm.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES