Sunday, Oct. 21
Book Appraisals The Antique Center at Historic Savage Mill offers free book appraisals from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 8600 Foundry St. Bring in your old or unusual books and find out what they're worth. For directions and more information. call 410-880-0918.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Parenting workshop The meeting takes place at 10 a.m. at the Banneker Building, 5840 Banneker Road, Suite 270 in Columbia. Topics discussed will be parenting skills, stress reduction, self-care and more. The meeting also serves as a time to socialize and get to know other parents in the area. Cost is $35, Medicaid accepted. Information: 410-730-2385.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Employment information session The Howard County Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, will host a Town Hall Information Session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Arundel High School auditorium, 1001 Annapolis Road in Gambrills. The session will focus on employment opportunities at Fort Meade (this is not a job fair). Admission is free. Individuals seeking employment can hear from government agency and private company representatives regarding their current and future job openings, the hiring process and information on the types of skills they are seeking. Scheduled presenters include the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Media Activity, Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center and National Security Agency. To register, go to fortmeadetownhallmeeting-eac2.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited. For more information, call 410-290-2632.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Classical music Columbia Pro Cantare performs "Carmina Burana" at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The concert features vocalists Laura Whittenberger, Chad Sloan and David Dickey, along with pianist Alison Gatwood and percussionist Erik Apland. A reception follows. For ticket prices and more information, call 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or go to procantare.org.
Festival Valley Brook Community Church hosts a Community Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7065 Deepage Drive. The event features free food, health screenings — including blood pressure, BMI and bone density testing — children's activities and musical entertainment. Information: 301-476-9499 or vbcconline.org.
Special-needs festival The Church of the Resurrection Men's Club sponsors a Fall Fun Festival for People with Special Needs from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall at 3165 Paulskirk Road. All special-needs people, their families and counselors are invited. There will be pizza, soda, comedy, magic and a puppet show. Free. Information: 410-465-4483.
Halloween A community "Trunk or Treat" will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 14135 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. The event features a moon bounce, arts and crafts, games, refreshments and "trunk or treating" from decorated car trunks. Free for children up to fifth grade. Information: 410-442-5853.
'Meet Martin' An informative presentation to learn more about Martin Luther, the man with whom the Reformation began, takes place at 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 12570 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Free. Information: 301-854-2100 or christlutheran.net.
Concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cellist Bo Li and pianist Kuei-l Wu, joined by violinist Ronald Mutchnik, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those ages 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Benefit gala Howard Hospital Foundation holds its annual "Autumn Extravaganza: A Harvest of Hope" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Fretz Corporation, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H in Columbia. The event benefits Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Food will be provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill, complemented with wines donated by Axios Wines. There will also be silent and live auctions, raffles, entertainment by DJ Doug, jewelry sales and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorship, volunteer and auction donation opportunities are available. Information: 410-740-7570 or email Anita Broccokino at email@example.com.
Poetry reading The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society presents a reading by 2012 PEN/Voelcker Winner for Poetry Toi Derricotte at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts' Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Derricotte will read selections of her past and current works, including "The Undertaker's Daughter," and from selected poems of the late Lucille Clifton and discuss Ms. Clifton's impact on other writers. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students. For more information, go to hocopolitso.org.