Howard County Datebook

April 11, 2010

Concert "Sundays at Three" presents Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time," performed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra members Kenneth Goldstein, Darius Skoraczewski and William Jenken, at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Tickets are $15. Free for those younger than 18 with a paying adult. Information: 410-992-0145 or

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. 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. Information: 888-535-4555 or

Art exhibits Exhibitions of hand-built ceramic pieces are on display through Wednesday 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. Information: 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. Information: 410-313-7700.

College fair The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee and Howard County Library sponsors a free college fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Representatives from more than 80 schools will be present. Information: 410-715-5523.

Meeting Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Joan Garrity hosts a presentation on confronting and responding to homophobic rhetoric. Information: 443-280-9047 or 443-545-9863.

History presentation The Howard County Genealogy Society presents "Great is Thy Faithfulness: The History of the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County" at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Free. Information: 410-730-7917.

Film festival Annual Howard County Student Film Festival takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab's Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road in Laurel. Visitors can see original family films by students from public and private high schools in the area. Information:

Spiritual program The Columbia Center for Spiritual Living presents "The Science of Miracles" at 7 p.m. at the HCGH Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive. Information: 410-750-8559 or Donations welcome.

Puppet show Rainbow Theatre presents a performance of "Fun with Pam and Rascal" at 10 a.m. at Slayton House Theatre, 10451 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at door. Information: 410730-3987.

'GreenFest' Howard County's annual "GreenFest" takes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. This free event features exhibits, demonstrations, activities and tips for easy ways to "green" your home, workplace and lifestyle. The theme "Greener Choices, Greener World: One Person at a Time." More than 100 vendors will be on hand with information on energy efficiency and water conservation, green buildings, green consumer products, living green and leaving a green footprint in Howard County. There will also be workshops on how to navigate green Web sites, build a rain barrel and a bluebird nest box. Information and schedule: 410-313-2350 or

Chamber music Members of the Columbia Orchestra perform at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Among the performers are violinists Paul Li and Casey Kraft, violist David Zajic and cellist Arthur Fleming. Admission is free. Information: 410-465-8777 or

Dance event Annual Young Choreographers Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. today and April 18 at the Howard County Center for the Arts' Black Box Theater, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-313-2787 or

Doggie event The Columbia Association will hold its annual "Dog Day Afternoon" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. Information: 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. Information: 410-480-1686 or

Earth Day Howard County Conservancy will host its annual Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 at the conservatory, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Event begins with the Howard County Bird Club's bird hike at 8 a.m., followed by tree plantings, trail maintenance and service projects starting at 9 a.m. Participants are urged to bring lunch. Information: 410-465-8877.

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