Howard County Datebook

February 14, 2010

Art exhibit Artists' Gallery will display an exhibit titled "Hearts and Flowers" through Feb. 26 at American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays. For more information, call 410-740-8249 or go to

Auditions Laurel Mill Playhouse will hold auditions for six men and four women at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 508 Main St. in Laurel, for the Arthur Miller drama, "All My Sons." Show runs April 23 through May 8. For more information, call 301-452-2557.

'Beginning Beekeeping' This five-week course sponsored by the Howard County Beekeepers Association begins Feb. 17 and continues from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 16 at the Dining Hall of the Howard County Fairgrounds. Course is open to anyone with an interest in honeybees and will guide them in starting a colony for pollination, honey or education. Various topics are included in the course. Cost is $40. Go to for more information.

American Conservation Film Festival on the Road The Howard County Conservancy will host this festival, which showcases conservation films, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Farm on Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. For reservations and film information, call 410-465-8877 or go to

What Improv Group?!?! Howard Community College's Student Arts Collective presents this improvisation group tackling various topics for humor, 8 p.m. Friday and March 12 and 16 at the Smith Theatre in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center in Columbia. Directed by Susan G. Kramer. Tickets are $8-$10. Call 410-772-4900 or go to

Meet the author Science journalist Rebecca Skloot discusses her first book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The book details the life of Lacks, an African-American mother of five who died of cervical cancer in 1951, and whose cells were subsequently harvested and used for medical research without the knowledge or her family. Call 410-313-7700 or go to to register.

Exhibit Eva Kajetanski Skrenta will exhibit abstract oils on canvas by Jerzy Kajetanski (painted between 1950 and 1984), and abstracts in oil pastel (painted between 1984 and 1990) through March 13 at Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. A reception will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring a gallery talk, refreshments and music. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays. Call 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

Carnival Annual Purim Carnival with music, games, prizes, crafts, food and more, on Feb. 28 at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. Admission is $10 per family or $5 per person. Call 410-730-4976.

Bike riding The Columbia Association's annual BikeAbout will be held May. 8. In addition to bike riding, the organization will be offering a walking tour and hosting a post-ride/walk celebration that includes fitness activities, a bike rodeo, bike repair clinics and more. Registration begins at 9 a.m., after an opening ceremony. Bike ride can start any time between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Route will go through Town Center, Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Long Reach and Owen Brown. Walkers, with or without dogs, will leave on the two-mile walking tour at 11 a.m. Post activities begin at 11:30 a.m. Call 410-715-3103 for more information.

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