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May: Save The Day


Tour de Cure: 10-, 22-, 32- and 63-mile bike rides raise money to fight diabetes. 410-265-0075 x4675 or atighe@diabetes.org

Camp Day 2012: Family fun at Centennial Park. Expo of area camps. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Contact Dawn Thomas as 410-313-4623 or dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.

Columbia Pro Cantare: Jazz with Eric Mintel Quartet. Jim Rouse Theatre. procantare.org

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival: Sheep shows, shearing, spinning, weaving, working sheep dogs. Free. Howard County Fairgrounds. 410-531-3647 or sheepandwool.org

Terrapin & Hare 5K Mud Run: High intensity obstacle course through the woods of Savage at Terrapin Adventures. 8 a.m. http://terrapinmudrun.com

Rube Goldberg Challenge Awards Ceremony: Young inventors honored for “green,” scientific, humorous, and complex creations at Miller Branch Library. 7 p.m. hclibrary.org

Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Event: Balloon rides, kids’ crafts, and more at Turf Valley. 410-465-1500 or turfvalley.com

The Columbia Orchestra: Chamber Music Series. Christ Episcopal Church. 7:30 p.m. Free. 410-465-8777 or columbiaorchestra.org

Wonder Walk: Mother’s Day Special at Howard County Conservancy. Fresh bouquet and card-making with master gardener. 10 a.m.  Free. www.hcconservancy.org

Mother’s Day

Invitation To The Ballet: Misako Ballet performs Japanese, classical and contemporary themes. 6:30 p.m. Central Branch, Howard County Library. www.hclibrary.org

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Wine in The Woods: Wine festival at Symphony Woods in downtown Columbia. 410-313-4700, 410-313-7275 or www.wineinthewoods.com

29th Columbia Triathlon: 1.5k swim, 41K bike, 10k run. Attracts world-class pros and amateurs. 410-964-1246, info@tricolumbia.org or tricolumbia.org/events

Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker: Concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. merriweathermusic.com

Herbal Apothecary and Multi-sensory plants: Tours of the new herb garden at Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. To register, 410-313-1950      

Wine in the Garden: Proceeds support environmental education programs at Howard County Conservancy. Rain or shine. 5-8 p.m. www.hcconservancy.org

Maryland FM Memorial Day Hamfest: Amateur Radio Flea Market. $6; under 12, free. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Howard County Fairgrounds. 301-641-5313

Memorial Day

Beyond Howard County


BIG TRUCK DAY at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in conjunction with the Departments of Public Works, General Services, Transportation, Fire and Police. Free. Museum admission half price. 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-545-6189


The Whipping Man
Why is this night different from all other nights? For three Richmond Jews — one a former Confederate soldier, two his former slaves — gathered around a makeshift Seder table at the close of the Civil War, age-old questions of justice and freedom find new and surprising answers. Play by Matthew Lopez; directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. 700 North Calvert St., Baltimore. 410.332.0033, centerstage.org

May 20

A production of the Peabody dance department. Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. 1 p.m. Advance ticket purchase required. 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. 410-234-4626, peabody.jhu.edu


Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
The Walters Art Museum presents 135 artworks from cultures that rose and fell in Mexico, Central America and Andean South America, 1200 B.C.-A.D. 1530. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org

Washington, D.C.

Through May 15

The Washington National Opera does Verdi’s early and popular opera about ancient Babylonian Jews. The Opera House. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org

Abraham Inc.: Mash-up of klezmer, funk and hip-hop. Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. strathmore.org

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Music Center at Strathmore. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100 or bsomusic.org.

Strathmore Music in the Mansion: Katie Mahan performing Debussy. 7:30 p.m. strathmore.org

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival: At the Terrace Theater. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org

Civil War Georgetown House and Walking Tours: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St., NW, Washington, D.C. http://tudorplace.org/calendar.html

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor”: Cathedral Choral Society. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, N.W., Washington, D.C. 202-537-6200

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