The week ahead

June 05, 2006

TODAY

SMOKING BAN -- The Howard County Council is expected to take final action on a proposal to ban smoking in all public places at its 7:30 p.m. meeting at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.

TOMORROW

FARMERS' MARKET -- The opening of a new Howard County Farmers' Market location will be celebrated at 9:45 a.m. at Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 21. 410-730-4610.

WEDNESDAY

SENIOR CITIZENS PICNIC -- The 41st annual Senior Citizens Picnic, sponsored by the Baltimore County Departments of Aging and Recreation and Parks, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Merritt Point Park, 7800 Dunmanway, Dundalk. Admission is free. 410-887-2594.

THURSDAY

CAREER FAIR -- The Bowie Baysox baseball club, in conjunction with the Maryland Workforce Exchange and the Economic Development Corp. of Prince George's County, will host the eighth Central Maryland Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prince George's Stadium on Ball Park Drive, Bowie. 301-464-4911.

FRIDAY

GREEK FOLK FESTIVAL -- The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival will take place from noon to 11 p.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St. The event, part of the city's Showcase of Nations, will continue from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 410-633-5020 or greekfolkfestival.com.

SUMMER GAMES -- Opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics of Maryland Summer Games will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University. The ceremonies will include a fireworks display about 9 p.m. The games will continue Saturday and Sunday. somd.org.

SATURDAY

ETHNIC FESTIVAL -- Inner County Outreach of Harford County will hold its third annual multicultural fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Festival Park, off North Philadelphia Boulevard in Aberdeen. Admission is free. 410-272-3278.

AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES -- Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary will hold an amphibian and reptile search from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. Children must be older than 6 to participate. Reservations are required. 410-741-9330.

SUNDAY

PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN FESTIVAL -- The annual Philippine-American Festival will be presented from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baltimore County Courthouse Plaza and Chesapeake Avenue in Towson. It will include cultural shows and displays, a parade, folk dancing and East Coast Filipino bands. Admission is free. 410-462-6880.

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