The Hammond Elementary School PTA will sponsor a free concert for the community at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Hammond Middle School gymnasium, 8110 Aladdin Drive, North Laurel.
"Almost Recess," an a cappella group from the Washington area, will perform percussion, vocals and harmonies.
Vocalists and instrumentalists from Hammond Elementary will open for the group.
Information: Elaine Povich, 301-490-2832.
For a sample of the group's music, go to almostrecess.com.
Open house -- The Open Arms Christian Child Development Center, a ministry of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel, will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today with tours, entertainment and an opportunity to register children for summer camp and fall programs. The center, which provides child care for infants through preschool age children and before-school and after-school care for children, is at 13611 Laurel-Bowie Road. 240-568-9352.
Egg hunt -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its Spring Egg Hunt for children ages 2 through fifth grade from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Schooley Mill Park or Laurel Woods Elementary School. Participants should take a basket to collect the eggs. Games and activities are also planned. The cost is $5 a child or $15 a family. Registration is required. 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410- 313-4665. Or www.co.ho.md.us/ RAP. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452 after 7 a.m.
Easter party -- The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8097 will hold its children's Easter party for youngsters to age 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A magic show is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Giveaways are planned. Admission is free. The post is at 7209 Montevideo Road, in Jessup. 410-799-5868.
Exploring wildlife -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a "Wildflower Wander" for ages 16 and older from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 9. Field guides, water and a magnifying glass are recommended.
"Going Batty," a program for ages 8 to 10 on the flying mammal, will be offered from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 9, and an "Owl Prowl" for all ages will be offered from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. April 14. Participants will explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls. The programs will be held at the refuge's North Tract, on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, in Laurel. Programs are free, but reservations are required. 301-497-5887.