May 11, 2012

Tuesday, May 15

Spring Party The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support the county's nonprofit organizations, will hold its 30th annual Spring Party from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $75 per person. Information: 410-730-7840 or

Wednesday, May 16

Workshop The University of Phoenix, Maryland campus hosts a "Personal Branding" workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its learning center, 8830 Stanford Blvd. in Columbia. This free workshop will provide information on how to build a personal brand and showcase your skills, strengths and experiences to set yourself apart from other job applicants. It also will help job-seekers identify and market the added value they bring to an organization. Information:

Gardening presentation The Master Gardener Series continues with "1001 Worms" at 6:30 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Program is designed for children 5 to 11. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Information: 410-730-4610 or

Thursday, May 17

CMUG The Central Maryland User Group for Windows personal computers meets at 7:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Bring your computer questions and problems for help by other users. Free. Information: 301-774-0331 or

Saturday, May 19

Picnic dinner and concert The Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble will hold its annual Jazz Under the Stars picnic dinner and concert at 5 p.m. at Chapel View Farm, 5640 Jennings Chapel Road in Woodbine. Damon Foreman will be the guest artist. Proceeds benefit the Glenelg Marching Unit. Ticket price covers dinner and concert. Cost is $30, $17 for children younger than 12, free for those under 5. Tickets available online only at:

Owen Brown carnival The Owen Brown Community Carnival takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cradlerock Elementary School, 6700 Cradlerock Way. The event will feature craft vendors, children's games and entertainment, food and more. Information: 410-381-0202.

Voter registration The American Association of University Women will hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Howard County Library's central facility, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Information:

Concert Janet Griffin, Scott Sivakoff and Brown-Smith Vibration 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: 410-964-8671.


HC STARS The Howard County Student Theater Association of Reviewers will hold its third annual celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99 in Ellicott City. The event brings together more than 500 high school students to collaborate as a community of theater artists and celebrate a season of outstanding work. Featured will be excerpts from this year's productions, a performance by the All County Improvisational Acting Troupe and a salute to the HC STARS critic teams. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Information: 410-313-6965.

Classical concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents the Monarch Brass Quintet performing "Romantic Brass" at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. The program features the music of Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Dvorak, Mahler, Kamen and Donaudy. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

Fishing The Patuxent Research Refuge will host a Kids' Fishing Day at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel, on Saturday, June 9. Activities target youths who have little or no fishing experience. Boys and girls 15 and younger can register for an 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. time slot by calling 301-497-5887. Each child should be accompanied by an adult. No personal fishing gear will be needed or allowed; the refuge will supply fishing poles and bait. The event ends between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Information: 301-497-5763 or

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