Howard County Datebook

April 04, 2010

'Color, Line & Form: Acrylic and Mixed Media Abstracts' Two-person exhibit featuring work by Laurence Chandler and Tom Lorsung, is on display through Saturday at Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. Call 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

Art exhibits Exhibitions of hand-built ceramic pieces are on display through April 14 at Howard Community College's Rouse Co. Foundation Gallery and Art Department Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 410-772-4800.

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.

Workshop The Office of Emergency Management will host a snowstorm recovery workshop for area nonprofit organizations from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Room 401. Workshop will assist nonprofits in determining their eligibility for recovery of expenses incurred as the result of the recent record snowfall. Relief may be available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and/or low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration. Free. Call 410-313-2022.

Master Gardener program The presentation "Native Plants in the Home Landscape" will be held at 7 p.m. at The Other Barn, Oakland Mills, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Learn about native plants and their benefits to the gardener and the environment. The event is free. Call 410-730-4610.

Children's event The Columbia Association holds its KidsKorner Spring Social, featuring author Jennifer Keats Curtis, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Howard County Library's central branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Curtis will read from her books, present information about Chesapeake Bay animals and talk about the ways in which imagination and science are interwoven to create realistic fiction. Call 410-715-3102.

Rock 'n' roll The Retro-Rockets, a seven-member oldies band that plays hits from the '50s and '60s, performs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia, as part of the Oakland Nights Music Series. Admission and parking are free. For directions and more information, call 410-730-4801 or 301-596-2017.

Housing fair Howard County Housing hosts the "Come Home to Howard County" housing fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia. The fair targets those who live in the county or those who live elsewhere and are looking for information on buying or renting in Howard County. Real estate professionals, mortgage lenders, housing specialists and county personnel will answer questions and explain programs and services. Call 410-313-6318 or go to

'Talking Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Bill Lewers will discuss "Six Decades of Baseball - A Personal Narrative." All are welcome. Call 410-740-1145.

Yard sale The Homeowners Association of the Townhomes of Timberland will hold a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents participating will have items for sale in their front yards, driveways and garages. There will be many items to choose from, including exercise equipment, books, appliances, plants, toys and more. For directions and more information, go to

Workshop The Discipleship Training Institute presents "Understanding the Power of Prayer" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia. Call 443-319-5136.

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. The event will feature 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 its 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. 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 rides start between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Walkers leave on the two-mile walking tour at 11 a.m. Other activities begin at 11:30 a.m. Call 410-715-3103.

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