Breezy Willow Farm CSA — Howard Community College is sponsoring the Breezy Willow Farm Community Supported Agriculture at the college, June 5-Nov. 15. Pick up will be in the college's front parking lot. Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 443-518-4542. http://www.breezywillowfarm.com.
Hope for the Homeless 5k — Registration is open for event to benefit Grassroots Day Resource Center. The event also features a one-mile fun walk/run. pets and strollers will not be allowed on the 5k trail, but they will be allowed in the fun run. Entry fee for the 5k race and the one-mile fun run is $20 by April 15. Register by that date for guaranteed T-shirt. $30 after April 15. Sponsorships are available. Donations of clothing and canned food will also be accepted. May 5, Rockburn Park, Elkridge. Day of race registration begins at 8 a.m.; 5k begins at 9 a.m.; fun run, 9:15 a.m. http://www.hopeforhomeless5k.com or http://www.active.com. 410-549-7156.
Long Reach Boosters Annual Booster Bash — The Long Reach High School Boosters Club will hold its annual Booster Bash at the Long Reach Village Center's Stonehouse Sat., April 14, 8-11 p.m. The event will feature wine and beer tasting, courtesy of the Perfect Pour; a silent auction; raffles; instant bingo and money wheel, music; and more. All Tickets are sold individually. The purchase of a ticket pays for general admission, food, nonalcoholic beverages and entertainment. Tickets are $45 for Silver, which includes wine and beer tasting, three drink tickets; $35 for Purple, which includes wine and beer tasting, and two drink tickets; $30 for Black, which includes wine and beer tasting, and one drink ticket; $25.00 for White, general admission with no alcohol included; $18 for a bottle of wine; $5 for each additional beer and wine drink ticket. http://lrhsboosters.com/Events-Activities.html or Denise Weist, 410-799-5532, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted at the event. Adults 21 and older only.
VFW Fundraiser — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472, in partnership with Bob Evans, 4900 Beaver Run, in Ellicott City, is hosting a fundraiser benefiting the Veterans Relief Fund. April 21, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., when patrons present a flier at check out, 15 percent of their bill will be donated to the Veterans Relief Fund. Al Hernandez, 410-465-1801, or http://www.vfw7472.org.
Family First — Series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children up to age 8, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, Thursdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Series will cover topics including child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Participants may take just one class or the entire series of six. email@example.com, 410-313-1940 or http://www.howardcountymd.gov/children.
Healthy Living for Families — Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and Priority Partners, this Howard County Library System class for teenagers will provide those who attend with an overview of nutrition and teach them how to prevent obesity and the benefits of an active lifestyle. The class will be held at the Savage Branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, April 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Registration for the class can be done online or at the Savage Branch.
'Understanding the Experience of Mental Illness. Learn From Those Who Live With it and Those Who Love Them' — This presentation on mental illness, a partnership between Morgan Chapel and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Howard County, will be held Tue., April 17, 6:30-8 p.m., Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church, 6750 Woodbine Road, in Woodbine.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association — Howard County Chapter 1734 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will hold a luncheon meeting, Wed., April 18, 11:30 a.m., at Outback Steakhouse, 4420 Long Gate Pkwy., Ellicott City. S. Bell-Jones, 410-715-1936.
Historic Oakland Bridal Showcase — This annual bridal showcase, presented by the Town Center Community Association, features more than 50 wedding professionals, a free bridal planner, previews of bridal fashions by The Bridal Boutique, live performances, gourmet food and cake sampling and a chance to win door prizes. Sun., April 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. They can be purchased with major credit cards, checks and cash.
Jim Ellis Book Club — Join a group of readers who enjoy discussing great books with other book lovers. Club meets 1-2 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7213.
Vehicle Check Lane — To celebrate the Car Care Council's designation of April as Spring Car Care Month, Lincoln College of Technology students will be conducting free car inspections and showing drivers how they can improve their vehicle's gas mileage, enhance performance, increase safety and reduce emissions. The event will be held Sat., April 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lincoln's Columbia campus, 9325 Snowden River Pkwy. Amanda Mattos, 410-290-7100, ext. 41558, firstname.lastname@example.org or Clement Trusty, email@example.com.
Pacifica Quartet with Christopher Shih — This concert presented by the Candlelight Concert Society will feature the Pacifica Quartet and guest pianist Christopher Shih performing Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, "La Malinconia"; Shostakovich's Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73; and Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44. The concert will be held on Sat., April 14, at 8 p.m., in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center's Smith Theatre, on the Howard Community College campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Tickets: Adult, $30; Senior, $28; Student, $12. 410-997-2324, http://www.candlelightconcerts.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria Trio Benefit Concert — Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church will host a benefit concert by the Victoria Trio to support the church's mission outreach efforts. The trio will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and Elena Kats-Chernin. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the church's efforts in support of HIV/AIDS Quality of Life Retreats, Habitat for Humanity, and other community service programs and partnerships. 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane, Clarksville, Sat., April 14, 7 p.m. Suggested donation for adults is $20. Admission for children is free. 410-531-5653.
Free Wonder Hike — The Howard County Conservancy will host a free guided hike and talk on the conservancy grounds Sat., April 14, 10 a.m. 410-465-8877 or http://www.hcconservancy.org. In case of inclement weather, check the conservancy's website.