Howard County datebook

April 16, 2010

Today

Dance event Annual Young Choreographers Showcase will be held at 7 p.m. 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 howardcountyballet.org.

Social The Howard County Citizens Association is holding a social for members and interested residents from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia. Music will be provided by the Mighty Kelltones, an Irish folk group. Organization consists of a group of activists focusing on residents' issues. Free. Information: 410-992-5814.

‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' Red Branch Theatre Company presents this musical comedy about six young people vying for a spelling championship. Through May 1 at the Drama Learning Center, 9130 Red Branch Road, Columbia. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students, $14 for groups of 10 or more. Information and reservations: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

Meeting Howard County Relay for Life will hold a Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Howard County Government Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive. Committee positions available include fundraising co-chair, logistics chair, mission delivery chairperson, food/hospitality chair, team development chair, and team recruitment subcommittee members. Information: 410-781-4316.

Earth Day celebration The Howard County Conservatory will hold an Earth Day Wine and Hors D'oeuvres reception featuring a live auction of art, a lecture and a book signing by Greg Mort, whose works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Portland Museum of Art and the Brandywine River Museum. Cost is $10. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.

Wednesday

Seminar The Howard Technology Council hosts a panel discussion titled "Social Media for Business" from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, North, Columbia. To register and more information, call 410-313-6550.

Saturday

Earth Day Howard County Conservancy will host its annual Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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 should bring lunch. Information: 410-465-8877.

Future

Relay For Life A team meeting and bank night will be held at 6 p.m. April 27 at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Current members are invited as well as those interested in forming or joining a team to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Also, at this meeting money can be turned in and fundraising ideas will be presented. Howard County's Relay For Life will be held June 4-5 at Hammond High School in Columbia. Information: 410-781-4316.

‘Fiesta de Mayo' Howard County Friends of Latin America (HOCOFOLA) sponsors this fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 1 at the Hopewell Room, Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. There will be dancing, food and a silent auction. Tickets are $10, $5 for children. Information: 410-997-5662 or friendsoflatinamerica.org.

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. Information: 410-715-3103.

Announcements for the datebook may be sent by mail to The Baltimore Sun in Howard County, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; by e-mail to howard.events@baltsun.com; or by fax to 410-332-6455.

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