The Hammond High School Boosters host this annual event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Menu includes pit beef, shrimp, pulled barbecue pork, salads, appetizers, desserts and more. There will also be casino games, a live and silent auction, a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $55 per person. Call 301-497-6122 for more information.
Art exhibit The Artists' Gallery, in collaboration with the Howard County Conservancy, is presenting "Vanishing Howard County," which focuses on landscapes and scenes from the area. Exhibition runs through April 2 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 artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
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 Saturday 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.
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.
Howard County PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Call 443-280-9047 or 443-545-9863.
The Business Resource Center of the Howard County Economic Development Authority will hold a seminar titled "Smart Start to Business Success" from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, North, Columbia. To register and more information, call 410-313-6550.
Friday'Keep the Spirits Up'
A day of workshops to support those looking for employment and those in the middle of a career change will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Free. For more information, call 410-442-1320 or go to bonsecoursspiritualcenter.org.
The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee is sponsoring a "Voices for Haiti" benefit from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Barn in Oakland Mills. The Getaways, Color the Coast, Casimir Funk and Matt McGhee are among the scheduled performers. Tickets are $5. All proceeds go to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. For more information, call 410-715-5523.
'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Speaker will be S.L. Price, author of "Heart of the Game." All are welcome. 410-740-1145.
The Columbia Jazz Band holds its "Winter Jazz Concert" at 3 p.m. March 14 at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Concert features the music of Gershwin, Porter, Hancock, and others. Free. For more information, go to thejazzband.com.
Seminar The Howard County Housing Department will hold a seminar titled "Homeownership: Securing Your Most Valuable Asset" from 9 a.m. to noon March 20 at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Room 6. Seminar is designed to educate first-timers about the home-buying process and learn how to avoid foreclosure. Free. To register and more information, call 410-313-3441.
Classical concert Columbia Pro Cantare performs Faure's "Requiem" at 3 p.m. March 21 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City. Performance features baritone Darren Perry, organist Donald Fries, harpist Susan Sauerwein and violinist Ronald Mutchnik. Advance tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students. $22 and $20 at the door. Call 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or go to procantare.org.
Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "Trash Suite!" at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. March 21 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 410-480-1686 or go to kineticsdance.org.
Doggie event The Columbia Association will hold its annual "Dog Day Afternoon" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17 at Hopewell Park in Columbia. Event features a tail-wagging contest, most fashionable and best costume show, a bone-eating contest, best kisser and more. There will also be raffles, music, face painting and arts and crafts. The association is accepting applications from local pet vendors and nonprofit organizations that benefit dogs. For an application and more information, call 410-715-3104.
Bike riding The Columbia Association's annual BikeAbout will be 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 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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