July 01, 2011

Monday, July 4

Festival and fireworks The annual Fourth of July festival and fireworks display will be held at the Columbia Lakefront. Festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with children's entertainment featuring the Blue Sky Puppet Theater, Kinderman and comedy juggler Michael Rosman. There will also be carnival games and crafts, with a "Stars & Stripes" theme. At 7:30 p.m., the main stage will host a rock performance by Cruise. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Free parking. Information: 410-313-4451. Rain date for the fireworks display is Tuesday, July 5.

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.

Wednesday, July 6

Concert Uncle Jack plays rock, blues and soul music at 7 p.m. at the Sunset Serenades Concert Series being held at Centennial Park South, 10,000 Route 108 in Columbia. Refreshments available for purchase. Free. Information: 410-313-4700 or go to

Friday, July 8

Rock concert The Montpelier Summer Concert Series presents Appaloosa, at 7:30 p.m. at Montpelier Mansion, 9652 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Free admission and parking. Information: 301-953-7882.

Concert series The Howard Recreation and Parks' Traveling Bands series presents Captain Jack playing music from the 80s' through today at 7 p.m. at Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane

in Ellicott City. Free admission and Edy's Grand Ice Cream (while supplies last). Information: 410-313-4700 or go to

Farmers' market A farmers' market is open from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 28 at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6524.

Saturday, July 9

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


Tour The Columbia Archives will sponsor a new walking tour of Town Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 14. Interested participants will meet at 10227 Wincopin Circle where they will join Archives Director Barbara Kellner for a stroll around Town Center, where even the bricks have a story. Tour explores the art, architecture and people who have left their mark on Columbia. Tour is free but reservations are encouraged. To register and more information, call 410-715-3103.

'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Neil Lanctot will discuss his book, "Campy." Free. 410-740-1145.

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