Howard County datebook Datebook

April 26, 2013

Sunday, April 28

Shakespeare A commemoration of the life and works of William Shakespeare will be presented at 2:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 7045 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Event commemorates the 397th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and will feature actors from Studio-Boh, an acting/film/photography studio located in Baltimore, in a program of Sonnets and Soliloquies by Shakespeare. Program also includes a dramatic reading of George Bernard Shaw's "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets," a comic one-act interlude about Shakespeare and his mysterious "Dark Lady." Tickets are $25; $18 for seniors and $15 for full-time students younger than 25. For reservations and more information, call 410-964-6679.

Murder mystery Laurel Mill Playhouse presents Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile" at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife, Kay, find themselves being pursued by an old flame of the groom. Tickets are $15; $12 seniors, students 18 and younger and active-duty military. For reservations, call 301-617-9906, ext 2. Information: 301-452-2557 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org.

Film screening "Roadmap to Apartheid," documentary film exploring the striking parallels between South African and Israeli apartheid, will be shown at 2 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-313-1950.

Family event The Jewish Federation of Howard County will host a family picnic beginning at 4 p.m. in honor of Israel's 65th birthday at Cedar Lane Park, 10745 Route 108 in Columbia. Event include a moon bounce, arts and crafts, balloons, birthday cake, popcorn and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic food. Event highlights PJ Library, a program that provides free, age-appropriate Jewish-content books each month. Any Jewish child living in the county age six months to 6 years is eligible to receive books in the mail. Free and open to the public; pets welcome.

Tuesday, April 30

Theater Washington's Clown Cabaret brings theater, comedy and nonsense to Columbia's Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, with a performance of "Delusions of Grandeur," a show exploring the line between success and failure through a mix of vaudeville and Shakespeare and catastrophic fun. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Wilde Lake High School Speech and Debate Team. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Information: 410-997-1317.

Fundraiser Atholton High School will host an Empty Bowls dinner at 5 p.m. to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in the school's cafeteria at 6520 Freetown Road in Columbia. Those attending will receive dinner and a ceramic bowl. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-313-7065.

Saturday, May 4

Concert The Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus performs music of Spain and Latin America in a concert featuring guitarist Magdalena Duhagon, soprano Laura Whittenberger, pianist Alison Gatwood, and a brass ensemble led by Jared Denhard at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Advance tickets are $23; $20 for seniors and students; $25 and $22 at the door; $16 for groups of 10 or more. Information: 301-854-0107.

Fair The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia sponsors an Animal Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Event feature live animals, exhibits and demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, live music, face painting, a puppet show and more. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net. No pets.

'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone will speak. Free. 410-740-1145.

Music Matters Showcase Hank Alinger, Patti Bramson and Carlos Cysnieros perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Suite 101 in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-964-8671.

Testing Gifted-and-talented testing for nonpublic school students, grades five through seven, who plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August will be held at 9 a.m. at Harper's Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road in Columbia. Registration materials can be obtained from middle school guidance offices or parents may call the Gifted and Talented Office at 410-313-6800.

Future

Document shredding The Men's Club of the Church of the Resurrection holds this event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 3175 Paulskirk Road in Ellicott City. Service is free and open to the public, however, donations will be accepted. Information: 410-465-4483.

Concert The Columbia Concert Band celebrates its 30th anniversary with a concert featuring saxophonist James Houlik at 3 p.m. May 12 at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Bring non-perishable food/pet supplies/cleaning supplies for the Howard Country Food Bank. Refreshments will be served. Information: 301-596-9783 or columbiabands.org.

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