Sunday, April 10
Lecture Howard County Library presents author Alexander McCall Smith from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. McCall Smith will speak on the topic, "The Very Small Things of Life" as he promotes book 12 in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. Registration is required. To register: 410-313-7700 or hclibrary.org.
Open house Beginning at 9 a.m., the Columbia Jewish Community School and Columbia Jewish Congregation hold an open house. Program includes a bagel brunch, an opportunity to meet officials and staff from the school and synagogue, as well as visits to classrooms. Registration materials and discount coupons will be made available to new families that attend. Directions and information: 410-294-3205.
Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents its spring dance concert, "Spectrum!," at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at 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.
Music series The New Pacific Trio, featuring violinist Ann Miller, performs at the Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series concert at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes trios for violin, cello and piano by Joseph Haydn, Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms and Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 410-992-0145 or go to sundaysatthree.org.
Recital Judith Cavendish performs at 4 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, faculty and staff. Information: 443-518-4800.
Free concert The Columbia Bands will hold a concert at 3 p.m. at River Hill High School in Clarksville. Featured bands are the Columbia Concert Band and Columbia Jazz Band. The concert will consist of a variety of music, ranging from "Gandalf" to "Come Fly With Me." Information: 301-596-9783 or go to columbiabands.org.
Monday, April 11
College fair The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee and Howard County Library co-sponsor 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 100 schools nationwide will be in attendance. Information: 410-715-5523 or go to columbiaassociation.org.
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, April 12
Concert Jazz piano duo of Harry Appelman and Alan Blackman perform a concert of standards, originals and improvisational music at 7:30 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, faculty and staff. Information: 443-518-4800.
Howard County PFLAG Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays holds 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.
School news The Audit Committee of the Board of Education holds a meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Planning Room at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680.
Thursday, April 14
Meeting The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Both the afternoon and the evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., begin with a public forum, during which members of the public can address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Information: 410-313-7194.
Saturday, April 16
Ballet performance The Misako Ballet Company presents a studio concert for families with children at 1 p.m. at 5485 Harper's Farm Road, Suite 203. The performance will feature Japanese and contemporary dances. Information: 410-884-9690 or go to misakoballet.com.
Annual walk Special Olympics sponsors its 10th annual "Inspiration Walk" at Centennial Park. Proceeds from the event provide funding for a year-round sports training and athletic competition program in 19 sports for more than 500 Howard County children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 9:15 a.m. Pre-walk activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and warm-up exercises begin at 8:45 a.m. For more information and donation forms, call 410-740-0500 or go to somdhc.org.