May 26, 2011

Sunday, May 29

Concert The U.S. Naval Academy Band presents its final concert in this season's recital series with an oboe recital by Musician 1st Class Emily Madsen at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. The performance will feature works by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Eugene Bozza, Stephen Gorbos and Edward Rosenberg. The public concert is free. Information: 410-293-0263 or

Monday, May 30

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, June 3

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.


Home tour The Villages of Columbia will present the second annual Columbia Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Participants, equipped 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. 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 10 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

Benefit Relay For Life of Western Howard County invites the community to a free, overnight event June 10 at the Western Regional Park in Woodbine. The event features a survivors lap, a luminaria ceremony, a kids walk and silent auction. In addition, there will be a free "Survivors Reception" immediately before the 6:30 p.m. opening ceremonies. Reception is open only to cancer survivors and their caregivers. The benefit is designed to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Information: 410-781-4316.

'Talkin' Baseball' The regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Dave Zirin will discuss his book, "Bad Sports: How Owners Have Ruined the Games We Love." Free. Information: 410-740-1145.

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