Howard County Datebook

February 21, 2010

Black history event "Roots of Howard County in Celebration of African-American History" will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. The annual event features a "Women of Distinction" speaking panel with Diane Brown of Patuxent Publishing, Wylene Burch, director of the Howard County Center of African American Culture, Judge Alice Clark of the District Court of Maryland and Dottie Moore, former head of the Community Action Council. Free admission. Call 410-730-4744 for more information.

Art exhibit Artists' Gallery will display an exhibit titled "Hearts and Flowers" through Saturday 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

Art event Kittamaqundi Community Church hosts "Making Room: A Celebration of the Arts and the Art of Contemplation." Event includes a class in ikebana flower arranging, an introductory class in contemplation guided by visual art, an art and poetry gallery with live music and an ecumenical healing service. Event begins at 2:30 p.m. and takes place at 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Columbia. For cost and more information, call 410-730-4855.

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. 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.

'Lysistrata' The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production runs through March 6 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Columbia. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $25 at 2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays; $30 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; $22 for seniors; $15 for those 25 and younger. Call 866-811-4111 or go to

Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch at 6600 Cradlerock Way offers passports and passport photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-313-7700.

Team meeting Howard County's Relay For Life will hold a team meeting at 6 p.m. at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Current team members and persons interested in forming or joining a team to raise money for the American Cancer Society are invited. Fundraising ideas will be presented. Relay For Life will be held this year at Hammond High School in Columbia on June 4-5. For more information, call 410-781-4316 or go to

Meeting Transportation Advocates meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Learn about the pilot program being developed that implements the use of an electric bus service in and around the Mall in Columbia. For more information, call 410-313-7213.

Art show and sale The Howard County Center of African American Culture Art Show and Sale takes place Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia. A pre-show reception and sale will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with appearances by artists Selma Glass and Rene Dickerson. There will also be a silent auction of donated items by other artists. Event continues Saturday with the Public Art Showcase and Fine Art Sale featuring the works of Rene Dickerson, George Hunt, James Denmark, William Tolliver, and others. For more information, call 410-715-1921.

Classical concert The Columbia Orchestra presents "Symphonic Pops" at 7:30 p.m. at Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Music from Broadway hits to film scores, along with Irish dance and Simon and Garfunkel tunes will be performed. Tickets are $20, $16 for seniors older than 60, and $10 for students. Call 410-465-8777 or go to (Event was originally scheduled for Feb. 13, previous purchases will be honored).

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.

'Jazz in the Mills' Concert series opens at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia, with award-winning songwriter/vocalist Gail Marten. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 410-730-4610 or go to

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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