April 29, 2011

Sunday, May 1

Classical music A concert featuring violin concertos will be held at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Admission is $15, $8 for students 18-24 with ID, and free to those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 410-461-7793, ext. 501.

'Royal Fireworks' The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents music from England at 4 p.m. at 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. The concert features Su-Young Nam, winner of this year's high school concerto competition, and includes music from the works of Handel, Holst, Vaughan-Williams, and Walton. Admission is free. Reception follows. Information: 410-531-6040.

Monday, May 2

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.

Friday, May 6

Farmers' market Site is open 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Fridays, May 6 through Oct. 26 at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6524.

Saturday, May 7

Concert Columbia Pro Cantare presents "America Sings!," with the Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers, soprano MaryAnn McCormick, the Hollifield Station Singers, Lexington Brass Quintet, string player Jared Denhard, and violinist Dana Goode, at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert features ballads, spirituals, Appalachian songs, and more. Advance tickets are $22, $20 for seniors and students, $25 and $22 at the door.  Group rates available for 10 or more. Information: 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or go to

Cocker Spaniel Adoption Day The Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue group will hold an adoption day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbia Petsmart, 9041 Snowden River Parkway. Information:


Classical concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents the Gliss Trio Plus One playing string quartets by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Shostakovitch on May 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is $15 for adults, age 17 and younger admitted free with a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or go to

Blood drive Donations can be made between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. To make an appointment, call 410-381-4546 or email Walk-ins welcome.

Fair and book sale The Howard County Historical Society will hold its new fundraiser, an Antique Appraisal Fair and Rare Book Sale, on May 21 at St. John's Parish Day School, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Event will raise funds for the relocation of the society's library, archive, and offices to the new Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center of Howard County Library System. There will be hundreds of rare and used books for sale on various topics, including Maryland history, local histories, gardening, fiction, Civil War, genealogy, architecture, and more. For more information, call 410-750-0370.

Home tour The Villages of Columbia present the second annual Columbia Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5. Participants, armed with a tour guide book and map, will go on a self-guided tour of five homes in the Columbia villages. There will be tour guides at each location and guide visitors through the home's architecture and talk about its qualities. All ticket holders are invited to visit the newly renovated Owen Brown Community Center for a reception with refreshments and displays by Columbia Archives.

Tickets are $20 each and available at any of the ten Columbia village community centers. For more information, call 410-730-3987 or go to Proceeds benefit the One Month's Rent Initiative, a nonprofit that helps Howard County residents who are threatened with losing their housing.

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