Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Events must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those in Howard County. Items typically appear two weeks prior to the date included in the listing if sent far enough in advance. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. Submit notices to Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, c/o Howard County Times, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax 410-332-6336.
Smart Start Your Business — Hosted by the Maryland Small Business Development Center. Discuss techniques to avoid common business pitfalls, while exploring the feasibility of an idea in order to increase one's chances for success. An attorney, accountant, banker and insurance professional will present the best practices for starting your business. Attendees will receive a free kit, with all forms necessary to register their business in Maryland. 8:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 8, Howard County Incubator: The Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia. $55. 410-837-4928.
What Women Need to Know About Divorce — Hosted by Howard Community College. Presents a class, exclusively for women, to discuss the legal, financial and emotional issues women face in the divorce process. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Howard County residents: $69; nonresidents: $79. 443-518-4659.
Give it a Spin — Hosted by the Columbia Art Center. Presents a three-hour potter's wheel workshop. Participants will learn the methods of centering clay and throwing a bowl and cylinder forms. Students will decorate finished pieces using commercial under-glazes and slips. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10, Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Columbia residents: $40; nonresidents: $50. 410-730-0075.
Women's Self-Defense Seminar — Offered by Ju-Jitsu Dojo of Columbia. Presents a women's self-defense seminar. Participants will learn simple and effective techniques for self-protection against unarmed and armed attackers. For ages 14 and older. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 10, Ju-Jitsu Dojo of Columbia, 9147 B Red Branch Road, Columbia. $20. 410-309-1988.
Unstuff Your Life Workshop — Presented by the Howard County Office on Aging, Department of Citizen Services. Led by Andrew Mellen. Learn the three most important rules for getting and staying organized; how to make time for things you love, not just the things you have to do; how to manage email, photos and papers; the dos and don'ts of filing; and how to distinguish trash from treasure and urgent from important. 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12, North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel. $15. 410-313-0380.
Now What? Coaching Program for Women in Transition — Hosted by the Pinnacle Empowerment Center. Offering a 12-week program, starting Sept. 13, to help women gain clarity, develop a plan of action and get support for a new life direction. Pinnacle Career Resources Inc., 8180 Lark Brown Road Elkndge, Elkridge. $150, plus materials. 410-799-1097 304.
Landscape Painting — Hosted by The Columbia Art Center. Instructor Chaya Schapiro will focus on the fundamental skills of drawing, value and color, as well as techniques for seeing in terms of mass and form rather than detail. While the class is structured towards oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and other mediums are acceptable to use. A demonstration with oil paint will take place at each class. Painting locations (with directions) will be given at the first class that meets at the Columbia Art Center. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 13, The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Columbia residents: $120; nonresidents: $130. 410-730-0075.
Introduction to Watercolor — Offered by The Columbia Art Center. Participants will learn the basics of watercolor through classroom demonstrations on a variety of skills and concepts. After each class demonstration, students will have time to work on their own paintings. 7-9 p.m. Sept. 14, The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Columbia residents: $125; nonresidents: $135. 410-730-0075.
Master Gardener Series: Fall Vegetable Gardening — Hosted by the Howard County Master Gardeners. Presents "Fall Vegetable Gardening." Registration recommended. 7 p.m. Sept. 14, The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Free. 410-730-4610.