50+EXPO

Annual event, geared toward adults 50 and older, younger adults with disabilities, their caregivers and family members, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia.

The 50+EXPO, presented by the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, features more than 140 exhibitors, workshops, a living green fair, food, all day entertainment and free shuttle service from The Mall in Columbia. In addition, there will be healthy aging seminars, career and life skills workshops, and flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Flu vaccinations are for adults 50 and older, and adults younger than 50 with underlying chronic medical conditions. Flu vaccines (injection or mist) are free, but there is a $55 charge per pneumonia injection, except for recipients with a Medicare Part B card, who do not have to pay.

Free shuttle buses will run continuously between the expo and Columbia Mall (near Sears' lower parking lot) throughout the day, with the first bus departing the mall at 8:45 a.m. and the last leaving at 4:30 p.m. Transportation is also available by advance request by calling 410-313-1921 by Friday, Oct. 14.

Information: 410-313-6410 or go to howardcountyaging.org/50plusexpo.

Scholarships available

The Howard County Arts Council's 2012 Arts Scholarship Application is available to high school seniors planning to pursue an arts degree. This year, the arts council will award a minimum of $10,000 to students entering college in the 2012-13 academic year. Scholarships must be used for enrollment in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be made in the minimum amount of $1,000 and may be used only for tuition and fees. Applications will be reviewed by the council's scholarship panel and criteria will include artistic merit, demonstrated knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts, and academic success. Applicants must be county residents and will be notified of the committee's decision in March..Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Dec.15.

For applications and more information, call 410-313-2787, hocoarts.org or e mail info@hocoarts.org.

Flea market

The NAACP Youth Council sponsors a flea market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. Cost of table space $15-$20. Information: 443-280-1935.

Sports ceremony

The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks will host the 9th annual "Celebration of Sports Ceremony" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. Event celebrates individuals who have made a difference and have a vested interest in community sports in Howard County. The speaker will be Rayna DuBose, an Oakland Mills High School graduate who was awarded a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Virginia Tech. After she was stricken with meningococcal meningitis, she went on to serve as the team's student assistant coach and is a recent graduate. The ceremony will also include the induction of members into the "Community Sports Hall of Fame" and the honoring of GoodSports award recipients. Tickets $38, $350 for a table of 10. Information: 410-313-7275.

Columbia Teen Idol

The annual "Hear My Voice Teen Day" and "Teen Idol Competition" will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia Town Center. Ten finalists will compete for the title of Columbia Teen Idol and the winner will take home a $300 cash prize. Audience members will also vote for their favorite performer to win the People's Choice Award and a $100 Lord & Taylor gift package. Howard County middle and high school students are encouraged to attend this free event. The school with the most students attending will win a free day of activities at the Columbia SportsPark.

Musical

Marriotts Ridge High School's signature original musical revue, "Jukebox VII," runs at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the school's auditorium, 12100 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville. The show features more than 100 students dancing to and singing music from the past to the present. A 25-piece band provides the accompanying music. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by emailing caren.fitzpatrick@comcast.net. Information: mrhstheatre.org.

Support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County offers several support groups each month. Sessions include groups for family and friends of adults with a mental illness, groups for parents of school-age children with mental health issues, a group for young adults (18-30) living with a mental illness and a weekly group for adults of any age living with a mental illness. For times and locations, call 410-772-9300 or go to nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

Women and divorce

A class will be held Saturday at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Registration, times and information: 443-518-4974.