Sunday, March 6
Convention Turf Valley in Ellicott City hosts the annual "Kidz Konvention" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit Autism Speaks. The event is open to the public and features local schools, camps, live entertainment and educational services. Admission is a donation to the organization, $5 for adults and $2 per child. Free parking is available. For more information about autism and Autism Speaks, go to autismspeaks.org, call 202-955-3111 or write email@example.com.
Art exhibit The paintings of Marc Boone and Michael Sastre will be on display through Sunday, March 13, in the Rouse Co. Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 410-772-4804.
Monday, March 7
Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at Howard County Library's east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passport applications and photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.
Tuesday, March 8
Howard County PFLAG Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays present the movie "Bullied" at its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Meeting is free, confidential and open to the public. Information: 443-280-9047 or 443-545-9863.
Friday, March 11
Acoustic concert The Howard County Historical Society presents singer-songwriters Karyn Oliver and Rob Lytle from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Tickets are $20, $18 for society members. Information: 410-750-0370 or hchsmd.org.
Concert The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee hosts a concert featuring local teen bands Forgotten Farewell, Color the Coast and the Getaways from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Special guest will be Nate Flynn of Sing it Loud. Tickets are $7. Doors open at 6 p.m. Information: 410-715-5523.
Saturday, March 12
Pop music concert Funk Daddy-g, a pop/rock/fusion quintet, performs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the 2nd Sunday Cafe, Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Columbia. $20 admission includes snacks, soda, dessert and coffee. Wine and beer available for purchase. Information: 410-997-3393 or 2ndsaturdaycafe.com.
Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation continues its annual film series with "Ajami." Screening takes place at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or SBloch@comcast.net.
Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents violist Peter Minkler and pianist Lura Johnson on Sunday, March 13, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program features the music of Bach, Weber, Brahms, Rochberg and Bloch. Tickets are $15, free for children 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 410-992-0145 or sundaysatthree.org.
'Sound of Music' Centennial High School presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical March 17-26 at the school, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Show features students from four Howard County schools in the roles of the Von Trapp children. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, or online at seatyourself.biz/chstheatre. Information: 410-313-2856.
Carnival The annual Jewish Federation of Howard County Purim Carnival takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road in Fulton. Event features entertainment by Washington Talent and DJ Doug; the festival includes games, vendors, face painting, crafts, prizes and raffles, a coffeehouse, food and more. Admission is $10 per family or $5 per person. Volunteer opportunities are available as well as high school community service hours. Exhibitor space is available. Proceeds benefit youth scholarships and grants and Jewish families who need help. Information: 410-730-4976.
Gala Tickets are available for "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County," on March 26 at HCC's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are available online at hocoarts.org, by phone at 410-313-2787, or at the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. This year's event features a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a silent auction of artwork by local artists, food from area restaurants and caterers, and live performances. $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Screening Club for the simulcast.