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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.
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.
'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.
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.
"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.
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 Dr., 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,. 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 will be 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. The event will 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, 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 the participants the opportunity to give and receive support and understanding while exploring the meaning and process of grief. 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. For all ages. Free. 410-730-5072.
Patterns of Change — Offered by Move & 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, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. 410-772-9300.
Why Not Toastmasters — A nonprofit organization that provides communication and leadership training. Visitors are welcome to attend and learn more about Toastmasters. 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 1, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. 410-379-0133.
Retired Officers' Wives' Club Meeting — Holding its monthly luncheon meeting, featuring the big band sounds of The Retro-Rockets, who will play music from the 1950s and 1960s. Friends, neighbors and spouses are invited. Reservations required by Sept. 29. Members can call their area Reservation Committee representative. All others call Betty Wade at 410-551-7082. 11 a.m. Oct. 4, Club Meade, 3354 Crumpton S, Laurel. $15. 10-551-7082.
Salvation Army Holiday Assistance Registration — Holding registration for holiday assistance for Howard County residents, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-30, with extended hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, until 7 p.m. Past and new clients must bring valid photo ID, Social Security cards for every household member, proof of all income (pay stubs, DSS, child support, food stamp letters), proof of all expenses (BG&E, phone, cable, etc.), proof of residence (Section 8 or HUD, lease, mortgage), birth certificates for all children 0-12-years-old and gift suggestions less than $30 for children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29-30, Salvation Army Howard County Service Center, 9017 Red Branch Road, Suite G, Columbia. 443-656-3376.
27th Annual Home Decorator Show — Sponsored by Historic Ellicott City Inc. Featuring Holly Manor, a colonial revival estate located on 13 rolling acres in the Maple Lawn area just south of Columbia. Showcase opens with a Preview Party Gala (advanced tickets required). Profits from the Show House will be devoted to education and preservation of Ellicott City's rich historic inventory. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4-5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7-8, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 9, Holly Manor, 8105 Holly Manor Way, Fulton. In advance: $15; at the door: $20. 410-461-6908.
Columbia Association Group Fitness Expo — Hosted by the Columbia Association. Highlighting CA's group fitness program, featuring a variety of popular fitness classes; door prizes and vendors. Registration required from 7 a.m. Sept. 24 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29. CA Package Plan Plus members can register online; other CA members and non-members may register by calling the Columbia Gym. All participants must bring a photo ID and check in at least 10 minutes before class. 7 a.m.-noon Oct. 1, Columbia Association Columbia Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane, Clarksville. Free. 410-531-0800.
Tom Thumbs Square Dance Club Beginner Classes — Offering classes in Modern Western Square Dance. Open to all ages — families, singles and couples. Classes run every Monday, starting Sept. 12, through May 2012. Classes are held at the Catonsville Senior Center; regular dances are held at Hollifield Elementary School, in Ellicott City. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville. $6 per person, per week. 410-730-7326.
Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment Information Night — Holding an information night as part of recruitment for the 2012 Class of Legacy Leaders. An environmental education and volunteer leadership program for ages 50 and older who want to gain skills and knowledge and create a legacy through their volunteer work with partner organizations. Runs for six weeks, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Feb. 1-March 14, followed by 150 hours of field placement with partner organizations from March through Sept. 2012. Field trips to significant local environmental sites are part of the program. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 4, Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia. $50. 410-381-5279.
Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company Open House — Learn how to protect you family from fire through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Featuring the Maryland State Police helicopter; demonstrations by Dino, the search and rescue dog, and Mae, the arson dog; dress up like a firefighter and get your picture taken with Sparky, the fire dog; and bring a stuffed animal and fix its injuries as an EMT in the ambulance. Learning opportunities available for all ages. Free snacks provided by Lisbon's Town Grill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8, Lisbon Volunteer Fire C.o, 1330 Route 94, Lisbon. 410-489-4646.
Brave Noise — Performing jazz-rock music. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Columbia. 443-535-9400.
Ying String Quartet — The Candlelight Concert Society presents the Ying String Quartet, performing Mozart: Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428; Paul Moravec: Anniversary Dances; John Novacek: Three Rags for String Quartet; and Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From My Life." 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Alfred J. Smith Jr. Theater, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Howard Community College, Columbia. Adults: $30, seniors: $28, ages 9-24: $12; one free child, ages 9-17, with one paid adult or senior ticket. 410-997-2324.
Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series — Opens its 15th season with the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, artists-in-residence of Washington's Embassy Series, which will perform Haydn's Trio in E-flat major, Brahms' Trio No. 3 in C minor, and Schubert's Trio No. 2 in E-flat major. 3 p.m. Oct. 2, Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Adults: $15; ages 17 and younger: free when accompanied by adult. 443-288-3179.
St. Louis Church Concert Series: "Keeping it Close to Home" — Featuring musicians from Howard County churches, with Paul J. Carroll, Dave Foley, Stephen Lay, Berta Sabrio and Larissa Sanders. 4 p.m. Oct. 2, St Louis Catholic Church, 12500 State Route 108, Clarksville. Free. 410-531-6040.
Savage Bluegrass — 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Sam and Elsie's Bar and Restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd. N., Laurel. 301-317-7797.
St. Louis Church Concert Series: LYRA — The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents LYRA, the Russian Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg, with Paul J. Carroll, organ. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, St Louis Catholic Church, 12500 State Route 108, Clarksville. Free. 410-531-6040.
Rake and Take Program — Sponsored by the University of Maryand Extension. The Howard County Master Gardeners are hosting a program for those who rake and bag their leaves and would like someone else to pick them up. Email email@example.com with your address and telephone number to become a part of the program. Participants will be contacted in the fall to arrange a pickup. 410-313-2707.
Kings Contrivance Village Fall Open Space Clean-up — Participants should sign in at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village Center and can enter a drawing for gift certificates. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 1, Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia. 410-381-9600.
Howard County Iron Bridge Hounds — Hosted by Sharp's at Waterford Farm. Presents the Howard County Iron Bridge Hounds, who will ride the farm. Visitors should bring binoculars to catch the spectacular view of hounds, horses, riders and hunt master as the traditional fox chase rides the countryside. Also featuring hayrides to the pumpkin fields. 11 a.m. Oct. 1, Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville. 410-489-2572.
Light the Night Walk — Sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Presents the Light the Night Walk, which funds lifesaving research and support for people battling blood cancers. No fitness requirements. Individuals can walk individually or as part of a team; make a donation online; or become a volunteer or sponsor/partner. Walk begins at dusk. Every walker is encouraged to raise $100. 5 p.m. Oct. 1, Maple Lawn Home, 7600 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton. 443-471-1611.
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training — Hosted by Terrapin Adventures. To benefit Family and Children's Services of Howard County. Presents three sessions for participants to navigate challenges that test their endurance, agility, strength, courage and accuracy as "zombies" chase them through woods and obstacle courses, up climbing towers and on the ziplines. Participants must be at least 8-years-old, 70 pounds and 48" tall. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., noon-4 p.m., 2-6 p.m. Oct. 2, Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. $75. 301-725-1313.
Pedal and Pick Your Own — Hosted by Terrapin Adventures. Featuring a two-hour, 13.3-mile guided bike tour, beginning and ending at Larriland Farms, with the opportunity for participants to pick berries, apples and vegetables on their nearly 80 acres. Price does not include the purchase of fruit picked. Bikes, helmets and water provided. For ages 12 and older; must be at least 5 ft. tall. Children ages 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Participants can bring their own bike for the tour for $25. Minimum tour size of six people and maximum of 12. Oct. 8, Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. $49.95. 301-725-1313.
Maryland Native Tree Tour Through Fall-Hued Woods — Presented by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Certified (and long-time) arborist Doug Sievers will share his knowledge and enthusiasm about Maryland's native trees during an easy walk through the Patuxent. 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 9, Pig Tail Recreation Area, 5600 Green Bridge Road, Dayton. Free. 301-206-8233.
Blessing of the Animals — Sponsored by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Glenwood. Presents the celebration of St. Francis Day with the Blessing of the Animals. Attendees should bring their haltered or leashed pet by the barn for the animal parade to the blessing and short prayer service led by Dina van Klaveren. Open to the public. 4 p.m. Oct. 2, Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville. Free; donations accepted. 410-489-2572.
Mini Church Service for Seniors — Held every second and fourth Saturday of the month through December. Volunteers needed for music. 2:15-3:15 p.m. Oct. 8, 6334 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 410-908-7805.
Howard High School Multi-Year Reunion — Howard High School classes of 1980 and 1981 will hold a combined 30-year reunion, featuring food, music and a photo booth. Spouses welcome to attend. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 8, Elks Benevolent and Protective Order of Catonsville Lodge, 2832 Frederick Ave., Baltimore. $50.
Master Class with Tara Betts — Hosted by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Presents a poetry master class with Tara Betts, entitled "Minding the Stops, Minding the Line," on Oct. 4. Betts will join poet Terrance Hayes for an evening reading and discussion at "A Promise of Poetry," followed by a question and answer period, on Oct. 5. A reception, book sale and signing will follow. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Adults: $15; seniors and students with valid student ID: $10. 410-772-4800.
'The Promise of Poetry with Terrance Hayes and Tara Betts' — Hosted by the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Opens its 37th season with The Lucille Clifton Poetry Series with "The Promise of Poetry with poets Terrance Hayes and Tara Betts." Contemporary poets Hayes and Betts will read and discuss their work followed by a question and answer period. A reception, book sale and signing will follow. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. General admission: $15; seniors and students with valid student ID: $10.
'Our Town' — Performed by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Co. Presents'Our Town.' Directed by Founding Artistic Director, Ian Gallanar. 8 p.m. Oct. 7-8, 5 p.m. Oct. 9, Patapsco Female Institute And Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City. Thursdays and Fridays: $32 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students; Saturdays and Sundays: $36 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students. 410-313-8661.