October 07, 2011

Sunday, Oct. 9

Picnic The North Laurel Civic Association holds its first "Picnic with a Difference" at 12:30 p.m. at High Ridge Park, 10100 Superior Ave. Event includes food, games, music, dancing and a raffle. Free; donations will be accepted. Information: 240-786-5747 or 301-369-0556.

Monday, Oct. 10

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. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Meeting The Board of Education meets with PTA presidents and the Community Advisory Council at 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. The meeting is an opportunity for members of the PTA and the CAC to discuss issues and concerns with board members in an informal setting. Information: 410-313-6680.

Friday, Oct. 14

Kids show Rainbow Theatre presents a children's interactive musical celebration, "Uncle Pete with Kids," at 10 a.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets $6, exact cash or check only, no reservations, no refunds. Information: 410-730-3987. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. For a season brochure, email

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. 15

Concert Pianist Anne Koscielny performs a program of piano music by Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin at 7:30 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $26; $22 for seniors and HCC employees; $12 for students. Tickets and information: 443-518-1500 or

Job fair A Howard County Police Department recruiting event for police officer, lateral officer and police cadet applicants will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive in Marriottsville. Learn about job opportunities, benefits, the application process and academy life. Event feature displays of police equipment, demonstrations from specialized units and tours of the training center. Written and physical tests start at 10 a.m. Doctor's authorization form required for physical testing. Information: 410-313-4273. Application forms available at

Classical music The Columbia Orchestra opens its 34th season at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $20, $16 for seniors 60 and older, and $10 for students. Information: 410-465-8777 or

Celebration Columbia Pro Cantare joins Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, to celebrate 200 years of the church, whose members have included many leading citizens of Howard County. Columbia Pro Cantare will be joined by soprano Alison Gatwood, bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, the Lexington Brass Quintet, St. John's Quartet, pianist Erik Apland, organist Donald Fries and percussionist Greg MacDonald. Composer Tom Benjamin, minister of music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia and retired professor of theory and composition at the Peabody Institute, was commissioned to write "The Old Brick Oratorio." Tickets are $25 and may be ordered by calling 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321, or online at

Festival Visitors can enjoy kids' crafts, tram tours, live music by Magpie, children's programs and more at the Patuxent Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Free. Information: 301-497-5763 or

Concert The Hannah Spiro band, Julian Delaney and Steve L perform in 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.


Self-defense for women Ju-Jitsu Dojo of Columbia will hold a three-week women's self-defense series on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 22 and continuing through Nov. 5, at 9147B Red Branch Road in Columbia. Attendees will learn simple, effective techniques for self-protection against unarmed and armed attackers. Cost is $20 per person per session. To register and more information, call 410-309-1988 or go to

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-and-greet beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Union Jack's Columbia, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 410-757-9051, 410-530-4636, 410-300-0607 or go to

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