Howard County datebook

April 23, 2010

Sunday, April 25

‘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 Saturday, May 1 at the Drama Learning Center, 9130 Red Branch Road, Columbia. Shows are 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25; 8 p.m. Friday, April 30; and Saturday, May 1. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students, $14 for groups of 10 or more. Information and reservations: 410-997-9352 or

Art exhibit Exhibit by Jing Jy Chen titled, "The Delights of Nature," will be on display through Friday, April 30 at Artists‘ Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Information: 410-740-8249 or

Monday, April 26

Computer club meets The Central Maryland User Group (CMUG) for Windows personal computers will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the East Columbia Library Meeting Room, 6600 Cradlerock Way. All are welcome. Information: 301-774-0331 or

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, April 27

Relay For Life A team meeting and bank night will be held at 6 p.m. 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.

Thursday, April 29

School board meeting Howard County Board of Education holds its regular meeting at 4 p.m. at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Meeting begins with a public forum where the public may address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Information: 410-313-7046.

Friday, April 30

Wine tasting Howard Community College Educational Foundation, Decanter Fine Wines and The Wine Seller presents "Vino Scholastico," a tasting of distinctive wines to raise funds for scholarships, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall on the school's campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Proceeds benefit the HCCEF Scholarship Endowment Fund. Tickets are $75 per person. Tickets and information: 410-772-4450 or

Saturday, May 1

‘Fiesta de Mayo' Howard County Friends of Latin America (HOCOFOLA) sponsors this fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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

Concert Columbia Pro Cantare, along with the Lexington Brass, soprano Vikki Jones, and pianist Alison Matuskey, presents "An American Celebration" at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. Works include Jared Denhard's "Fanfare for Brass," and Libby Larsen's "Seven Ghosts." Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and students. Information: 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107.

Fundraiser Cross Country Garden Club holds its annual plant and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 9041 Chevrolet Drive in Ellicott City. A variety of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and baked goods will be on sale. Information: 410-992-7680.


Bike riding The Columbia Association's annual BikeAbout will be held 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.

‘Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at May 8 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Speaker will be Mark Hyman, author of "Until It Hurts." All are welcome. Information: 410-740-1145.

‘Wine in the Woods' Visitors can sample wines from a souvenir glass, enjoy food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more at this annual event being held May 15-16 at 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia. Times are noon to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at gate, $20 for designated driver and $5 for ages 4-20. Information: 410-313-7275 or 410-313-4700.

Flea market and book sale Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church will hold a Flea Market and Mini Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at the church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. Spaces are $5, tables are available for $5. Set up time is 7:30 a.m. Registration required. Information: 410-442-2475 or e-mail

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