Howard County Datebook

March 28, 2010

Ice skating The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its "Musical Festival on Ice" at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Event includes more than 80 performers ages 4 to adult and high-level skaters. Tickets are $10, free for children younger than 2. For more information, call 410-813-4026.

Fundraiser The Horizon Councils and Rotary Clubs of Howard County are the hosts for Soup 'r Sundae from noon to 2 p.m., featuring soups from area restaurants to raise money for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. The event will be at the Spear Center of the General Growth Properties Building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 and includes unlimited soup, bread and ice cream. There will be music and arts and crafts activities for children.

Figure skating The Gardens Figure Skating Club presents its annual spring ice show, "The Good, The Bad & The Wicked on Ice," at the Gardens Ice House's Patrick Arena, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel. Shows at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 301-953-0100.

Theater performance Red Branch Theatre Company presents "Pippi Longstocking" at 2 p.m. at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Tickets are $12. Call 410-997-9352.

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 Friday at American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information, call 410-740-8249 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.

Agriculture forum The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agriculture Marketing Program hosts "Tilling the Fields of Knowledge" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. This year's forum features marketing programs and business resources. For more information, call 410-313-6500.

Mental illness NAMI Howard County will host a forum on mental illness with a screening of "Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness" at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's central branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Free. Call 410-772-9300 for more information.

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 members and people interested in forming or joining a team to raise money for the American Cancer Society are invited. For more information, call 410-781-4316.

Executive breakfast The Howard Technology Council hosts this event from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, North, Columbia. Cost is $25. To register, call 410-313-6550.

Open house The Columbia SkatePark will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. There will be free admission, a skate competition, demonstrations and more. The park is at 5453 Harper's Farm Road and is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 410-715-3054 or go to columbia

Wine tasting and auction Annual "Taste for Life," a wine tasting and auction event that features more than 100 wines from around the world, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. April 11 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Court in Clarksville. Live and silent auction includes a celebrity wine cruise, a make-your-own wine event at a local facility, an at-home wine tasting, sports tickets and more. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Cost is $100 for premium tasting, $65 for main event. Call 888-535-4555 or go to

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. 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.

Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents it spring dance concert "Spectrum!" at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. April 18 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and children 12 and younger. For more information, call 410-480-1686 or go to

Bike riding The Columbia Association's annual BikeAbout will be May 8. In addition to the bike-riding event, the organization will offer a walking tour and 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 a.m. 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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