May 06, 2011

Monday, May 9

Meeting The Howard County Citizens Association holds its annual meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hawthorne Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. State Sens. Ed Kasemeyer and Allan Kittleman, along with Dels. Elizabeth Bobo and Gail Bates, will speak on the recent General Assembly session and discuss future issues. A Q&A session will follow. Open to the public. Information: 301-596-4547.

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 13

Open house Sharp's at Waterford Farm will hold open houses from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville. The morning event is titled "Spring is Growing"; the afternoon open house is "Ponds, Puddles and Creeks." Registration and information: 410-489-2572 or

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

Saturday, May 14

All about horses The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks the second Saturday of each month. At 10 a.m., the conservancy offers "Spur & Stirrup," when visitors, at small group stations, learn about horse anatomy, breeds, behavior, care and grooming, tack and saddles, and safety. The conservancy is at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or

Concert Tres Amigo, Robert Fradkin, and the Jillian Borchard Band will perform a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 301-953-1560.


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

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. The 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. Information: 410-750-0370.

Yard sale Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold a benefit yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Rain date is Sunday, May 22. Information: 410-880-2488.

Home tour The Villages of Columbia will 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 a tour guide at each location who will take visitors through the home 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 and available at any of the ten Columbia village community centers. Proceeds benefit the One Month's Rent Initiative, a nonprofit that helps Howard County residents who are threatened with losing their housing. Information: 410-730-3987 or

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