Gaver Pumpkin Patch and Fall Fun Festival Hosts a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, with free hayrides on weekends; farm market; corn maze themed "Hayride to the Patch"; and activities including jumping pillow, pedal kart track, animal arena, giant slides, mini-mazes, playgrounds, obstacle course, tractor and wagon slide, pirate ship, straw activities and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 29-Oct. 9, Gaver Farm, 5501 Detrick Road, Mt. Airy. 301-865-3515.

Howard County Conservancy's Fall Festival Hosting its fall festival, featuring a working blacksmith shop, hay rides, pony rides, a native plant sale, children's crafts, historic house tours and live music. Visitors can listen to blue grass music, watch blacksmiths ply their trade, and marvel at the history of this three-century-old farm. Goats, chickens, terrapin turtles, corn snake will fascinate the youngsters. Resident Barred Owl will also visit with attendees. Food available for purchase. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1, Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. $10 per car. 410-465-8877.

Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church Bi-Annual Bazaar Hosted by the Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church. To benefit the building of the Promise Center-an expansion project that will house various rooms, including a gym open to the community. Presents the opportunity to experience Korean-American culture through culinary delights, arts and crafts, and activities geared toward children. Open to the public. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8, Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, 3165 Saint Johns Lane, Ellicott City. 410-461-5110.


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"The Cove" Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia's Animal Ministry,'Creature Connection.' Showing the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove." Naomi Rose, Ph.D. and Senior Scientist (Marine Mammal) for Humane Society International, will lead a discussion following the film. 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-381-0097.


Chocolate Festival Hosted by the Church of the Resurrection. To benefit its Palestinian sister church, Mary, Mother of Sorrow, in the West Bank. Featuring cake, cheesecake, pie, candy, cookies, brownies and more, along with demonstrations, children's activities, raffles and pizza. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 1, Church of The Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City. $2 entry with two samples; $0.50 each addition sample. 410-461-2040.

North Laurel Civic Association First Picnic Featuring food, games, raffle, music and dancing, patriotism and socializing. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9, High Ridge Park, 10100 Superior Ave., Laurel. Voluntary donation. 410-313-4700.


Friends of Grassroots Fall Flea Market To benefit the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1, Locust United Methodist Church, 8105 Martin Road, Columbia. Attendees: free; vendors: $25 per space. 410-531-5323.

Fifth Annual St. James' Episcopal Church Basket Raffle and Silent Auction Hosted by and to benefit the St. James Episcopal Church. Held during the Mount Airy Fall Fest. Featuring about 50 themed baskets. Winning tickets drawn Oct. 3, starting at 9 a.m. Winners need not be present and will be notified by phone. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1-2, St James Thrift Shop, 234 S. Main St., Mount Airy. 410-489-9323.

Second Annual Maggie J. Brown Memorial Golf Tournament Hosted by the Columbia Association. To benefit the Columbia Foundation's Maggie J. Brown Fund. The 18-hole scramble tournament will also include catered lunch and dinner; contests; and a 50/50 raffle. Open to the public. Price includes tournament fees, lunch and dinner. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Columbia Foundation's Maggie J. Brown Fund. Rain date is Oct. 15. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 1, Fairway Hills Golf Club, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. $100. 410-730-7840.

Second Annual Fitness Challenge Sponsored by Max Muscle Columbia, in partnership with Capital One and The Red Devils. Hosting its second annual fitness challenge to benefit the Red Devils Charity. To benefit local Baltimore-area women battling breast cancer. 8 a.m. Oct. 2, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, 6476 Dobbin Center Way, Suite 300, Columbia. $25. 443-542-9885.


Prenatal Exercise Offered by the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center. Presents a class that will feature gentle stretching and light exercise to condition birth muscles and enhance delivery. Taught by a certified instructor. Participants must receive their physician's permission to participate. Registration required. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. $88. 410-740-7601.

Reiki I Workshop Learn Japanese energy healing and earn your Reiki I certificate. Learn how to handle stress better and heal yourself, work on yourself, children, pets, loved ones; also great for cancer and chronic disease support givers. Registration required. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1, Phelps Luck Neighborhood Center, 5355 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia. $150. 410-997-2018.

Widowed Persons/Life Partner Grief Support Group Hosted by the Gilchrist Hospice Care-Howard County Office. Allows participants the opportunity to give and receive support and understanding while exploring the meaning and process of grief. For all ages. Meets for six consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25. Registration required. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 4, Gilchrist Hospice Care, Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Free. 410-730-5072.

Patterns of Change Offered by Move and Change. Presents a wellness class for re-patterning dysfunctional habits, taught by Judith Fischer. Helps with nutritional/exercise habits, self-esteem and a myriad of other habit patterns that can be self-sabotaging. 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 4, The Yoga Center of Columbia, 8950 State Route 108, Suite 109, Columbia. $96. 410-720-4340.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Educational Forum Sponsored by NAMI Howard County. Presents an education forum in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 2-8. Speakers include a local professional who self-medicated to cope with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and a mother who lost her daughter because of untreated depression. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, The Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-772-9300.

SPRING Wellness Seminar Luncheon Hosted by the Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks and Groups, of the Howard County Office on Aging. Hosts a luncheon. Registration required by Sept. 28. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Cafe de Paris, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia. $21. 410-313-7283.