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Classes

SAT Preparation Classes Offered by the River Hill High School PTSA. Offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October, November and early December. Deadline is Oct. 7. Space is limited to 15 students. River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $275 both math and critical reading/writing, $175 for either. 301-395-9728.

Loyola University Maryland Pastoral Counseling Information Session — Holding a pastoral counseling and spiritual care information session. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the staff to gain a perspective on the school's master's, Ph.D. and certification programs and get answers to questions. Reservations strongly recommended. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1, Loyola University Maryland Columbia Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia. Free. 410-617-5020.


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Hearing Loss Seminar and Luncheon Dr. Mary Carson will discuss the major causes of hearing loss and the latest advances in digital hearing technology. Complementary lunch served. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. 410-696-2890.

Advancing Your Mission with Social Media Offered by the Association of Community Services. Addresses key elements of this increasing important marketing and fundraising tool. Targeted at non-profits, but appropriate for small businesses, the series will teach attendees how to strategically plan, execute and measure the effectiveness of their social media efforts. Taught by Nichole Kelly CEO of Full Frontal ROI. Participants can sign for all three sessions at a discounted cost or for individual sessions. Oct. 6, Association of Community Services of Howard County, 10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Members: $40; nonmembers: $60. 410-715-9545.

Herbal Medicine Lunchtime Lecture Series Hosted by Tai Sophia Institute. Presents lunchtime lecture series on Thursdays this fall by senior level students of the Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program. Presents "Regulating Gut Inflammation with Food and Herbs," noon-1 p.m. Oct. 6, Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. Free. Registration required. 410-888-9048 6616.

Exhibits

'Peru: People and Places' — Hosted by The Artists' Gallery. Exhibiting the works of Columbia photographer John Stier in the exhibit, "Peru: People and Places," from his trip to Peru in Sept. 2010. Runs through Sept. 30, Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle American City Building, Columbia. 410-740-8249.

Sept. 11 Commemoration Invitational Exhibition — Hosted by the Columbia Art Center Main Gallery. Presents a Sept. 11 Commemoration Invitational Exhibition featuring a variety of art works created by veterans in the American Legion Auxiliary Creative Arts Program, as well as local artists Deborah Addison Coburn, Jonathan West, George Sakkal, Trudy Babchak and Camillia Blackwell. Held as part of the Howard County Arts Council's Road to the Arts. Open to the public. Runs through Oct. 2, The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

Solo Exhibition by Matt Klos — Exhibited by Still Life Gallery. Presents the works of Matt Klos in his solo exhibition,'Rochefort-en-Terre,' which are representative of his plein air painting. Klos painted from dawn to dusk for five weeks with four other resident artists. This show will display the highlights of those works. Runs through Oct. 31, Still Life Gallery Inc, 8173 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-461-1616.

Sara Steele: Watercolors — Hosted by The Tai Sophia Institute's Himmelfarb Gallery. Presents Philadelphia-based artist Sara Steele and her watercolor paintings. Artworks from the show will be on sale through the Meeting Point bookstore, adjacent to the gallery. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 3-6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8, Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. 410-888-9048.

Sept. 11 at the Laurel Museum — Presents a small exhibit focused on Sept. 11 and offering visitors an opportunity to reflect on the day, the community's connections to it, and the aftermath 10 years after the event by adding to the Museum's Sept. 11 commemorative book. Runs through Sept. 30, Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. 301-725-7975.

Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House Group Exhibit — The Baltimore Watercolor Society will have a watermedia exhibit through Dec. 15. Reception 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9. Open to the public, featuring refreshments and music. Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-730-3987.

Festivals

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.

Films

"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. "The Cove" inspired audiences worldwide as a powerful expose on Japanese dolphin hunting. 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-381-0097.