Sunday, Oct. 2
Concert series The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series opens its 15th season with the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; ages 17 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Festival The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew hosts its annual Multi-Cultural Festival at 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Event transforms Columbia's Kings Contrivance Interfaith Center into an international destination, featuring live entertainment by ethnic musicians and dancers, food made from family recipes, a wine and beer garden, crafts, a themed children's activity area, guided church tours, icon painting demonstrations, and a silent auction. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Information: stmatthewfestival.org.
Jazz concert The Blackman/Murray/Russo Trio, along with saxophonist Donny McCaslin, perform at 4 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $17; $11 for seniors; $6 for faculty, students and staff. Tickets and more information: 443-518-1500 or http://www.howardcc.edu/calendarevents.
Monday, Oct. 3
Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at the 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
"Minding the Stops, Minding the Line" The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) offers a poetry master class with Tara Betts from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at HCC's Monteabaro Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students with valid ID. Tickets and information: 443-518-4568 or hocopolitso.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Literary event "The Promise of Poetry," with Terrance Hayes and Tara Betts, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students, and are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/189722.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Meet the author Alice Hoffman reads and signs her latest novel, "The Dovekeepers," at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Books available for purchase. Information: 410-313-7700.
Friday, Oct. 7
Concert Trombonist Jared Denhard and his trio perform at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $17; $11 for seniors; $6 for faculty, students and staff. Tickets and more information: 443-518-1500 or http://www.howardcc.edu/calendarevents.
Farmers' market A farmers' market is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 28 at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6524.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Open house "A Day in the Life of a Farmer" will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville. Included in the program is a class on beekeeping and farm crops. Everyone gets to feed the animals, go through a mini corn maze, take a hayride, and harvest a pumpkin to take home. Cost is $6.75 per child (free for adults). For reservations and more information, call 410-489-2572 or e-mail email@example.com.
'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Bill Gilbert will discuss his book, "Now Pitching, Bob Feller." Free. 410-740-1145.
Festival Visitors can enjoy kids' crafts, tram tours, live music by Magpie, children's programs and more at the Patuxent Wildlife Festival being held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Free. Information: 301-497-5763 or patuxent.fws.gov.
Reunion Oakland Mills High School Class of 1976 will hold its 35th reunion dinner from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Kings Contrivance Restaurant, 10150 Shaker Drive in Columbia. Tickets are $55 per person. In addition there will be a Meet & Greet beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Union Jack's Columbia, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway. For more information, call 410-757-9051, 410-530-4636, 410-300-0607 or go to omhs76.com.
"Fall Spooktacular" Event for children ages 3-12 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. There will be a magician, treats and games. Pre-registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10, $7 for center members. Information: 410-313-4840 or go to howardcountymd.gov/rap.
'Taste & Auction of Howard County' Annual event held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 features the fare of more than 20 of the county's restaurateurs and caterers, as well as a cash raffle and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Gilchrist Center Howard County. For event and raffle tickets, call 410-730-1764 or go to gilchristhospice.org/taste.
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