School news Howard County Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Media Center at Veterans Elementary School, 4355 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680.
Music Matters Showcase Cecil Kincaide, Brown-Smith Vibration, and Karen Jonas perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Classic Cup Cafe, 10805 Birmingham Way in Woodstock. Information: 410-750-7200.
New season Howard Community College's student alumni theater group, Arts Collective, opens its 16th season with the musical, "On Broadway," Oct. 14-17. Also, for the first time, Arts Collective will offer a subscription series that gives subscribers the opportunity to buy tickets to all six productions or four of their choosing at a discounted price. Howard Community College is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Information: 410-772-4900.
Golf tournament Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks presents the Celebration of Sports Golf Tournament on Oct. 14 at Timbers at Troy Golf Course in Elkridge. In addition to placement awards, prizes include longest-drive holes, closest-to-the-pin holes, and hole-in-one contests. Fees are $340 per foursome/$85 individual, and include greens fees, golf cart use, awards, special hole prizes, driving range use and lunch. Registration and information: 410-313-7275 or howardcountymd.gov/rap.
Concert series The UU Chalice Concert Series' 20th anniversary season begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, with saxophonist Tim Powell, accompanied by pianist Michael Adcock. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for those younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net/concerts.
'Celebration of Sports' Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced that Elise Ray will be the keynote speaker at the annual "Celebration of Sports" being held at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City. Ray was captain of the 2000 United States Women's Gymnastics team that competed in Sydney, Australia. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at 7120 Oakland Mills Road, online at howardcountymd.gov/rap, or by phone at 410-313-7275.
Gala Gilchrist Hospice Care's 25th annual Taste & Auction of Howard County will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. Event features cash prizes, a silent and live auction, one-day sport fishing trip, two Baltimore Ravens football helmets autographed by quarterback Joe Flacco and tight end Todd Heap, and a baseball signed by former Oriole Rick Dempsey. Tickets are $75 in advance; $85 at door. Raffle tickets for cash prizes are $25 each or five for $100. Information: gilchristhospice.org.
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