Earth Forum of Howard County — The Earth Forum of Howard County will host Del. James Malone, vice chairman of Environmental Matters Committee, who will discuss environmental legislation passed by the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly and what legislation the assembly might take up in its 2013 session. Sun., April 15, 2-4:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, in Columbia. The forum will be followed by an eventide vespers, "Voices of the Earth," at 4:30 p.m., in the church's outdoor chapel. Both the forum and the vespers are free. 410-730-3545, email@example.com or earthforumhc.org.
Hickory Ridge Village Elections — Hickory Ridge Village will hold village board elections at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, in Columbia, Fri., April 20, 5-7:30 p.m.; and Sat., April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The village will hold an Early Voting Extravaganza, during which absentee ballots will be accepted, at the Hawthorn Center Fri., April 13, 5-7:30 p.m.
Bio Spiritual Focusing — This class will teach those who attend how to assess the way their feelings affect their physical beings as a way to access the spirit. The class, guided by Betty Martin and Mary Perschy, will be held Tuesdays, April 10-May 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. The cost to attend is $150. 410-442-1320 or http://www.BonSecoursSpiritualCenter.org.
Civil War Shabbat — For Rabbi Susan Grossman's Friday Evening Mini-Lecture April 20, Beth Shalom Congregation will be transformed into a Civil War era congregation with themed activities for all. The service will also feature Yoni Grossman Boder discussing how the war affected the American Jewish community. Free. Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia.
Gesher Shabbat — A monthly service held by Beth Shalom Congregation, this event features activities and services for children in kindergarten through second grade in Beth Shalom's ARK building, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Children younger than kindergarten age can attend with a responsible adult. The next Gesher Shabbat will be held Sat., April 14, 10:30 a.m.
Junior Congregation — Beth Shalom's Junior Congregation is geared toward teaching children in third through sixth grades prayer skills and helping them to become comfortable on the bimah. At the service, students will learn about the Torah Portion of the week and be invited to come up to the bimah to recite prayers and to have other honors during the service. Junior Congregation will be held Sat., April 20, at 10:30 a.m., at Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia.
Mastering the Mysteries of Sacramental Love — This program for Catholic couples combines relationship enhancement skills with church teachings as a way to build strong marriages. The program is held at Bon Secours Spiritual Center and runs weekly on Thursday for five weeks beginning April 19. The cost is $50 per couple per session or $225 per couple for the series. 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. 410-442-1320 or http://www.BonSecoursSpiritualCenter.org.
Tot Shabbat — Geared toward young children and their families, Beth Shalom Congregation's Tot Shabbat includes an opportunity for the children to sing songs, learn basic prayers and listen to a story told by Rabbi Susan Grossman. Tot Shabbat will be held Fri., April 20, 8 p.m., at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia. Following the service, those attending will be welcome to attend an oneg Shabbat.
Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Auditions — The center will hold auditions for its Pre-teen Professional Theater "Legally Blonde" summer camp, for children and teens in grades 5-10, Mon., April 16, 5-7 p.m.; and Wed., April 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at St. John's Parish Day School, 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Tuition is $625 and also pays for two tickets to the show, which will be held July 23-Aug. 10. http://www.CCTArts.com.
Winter Classes in the Performing Arts — Musical Theatrix, with Judy Templeton and Shari Grue, announces the fall semester of classes in the Performing Arts for children ages 5-15. "Annie," parts for boys and girls. Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-772-9448.