VIN etching

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Oakland Mills Police Satellite Office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road in Columbia, the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and Howard County police will sponsor a free program for residents to have their vehicle's identification number etched on all major pieces of glass. According to the police, this is a highly effective deterrent and assists in returning a stolen vehicle to its rightful owner. In addition, owners can register for the theft prevention program, "Watch Your Car," and get a free club. Information: 410-313-4759.

Workshops

•"New Age: Challenges for Parents of Adolescents" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Free, but registration is required. To register and for more information, call 410-313-1940 or e mail children@howardcountymd.gov.

•The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County hosts "The Things You Learn When It's Finally Over: Surviving an Unhealthy Relationship" from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5457 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia. To register and more information, call Vanita Leatherwood at 410-997-0304 by Thursday, Oct. 27.

Clothing drive

The Columbia Teen Center's Teen Outreach Committee is sponsoring its annual clothing drive to collect items for individuals and families in need. Donations may be dropped off at the center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, through Nov. 30. For more information, call 410-992-3726 or e-mail Rene.Buckmon@ColumbiaAssociation.com.

Benefit concert

Choirs from five United Methodist churches — Bethany, Glenelg, Glen Mar, Linden-Linthicum, and Mount Zion — will perform a concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Road. A free will offering will be taken. Event benefits the American Cancer Society. Information: 410-531-2324.

'Considering Divorce'

This free seminar, taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia, provides an overview of the Maryland family law system and areas for those thinking about divorce. Information: 410-461-4200.

50+EXPO

This 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.

Presented by the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, the expo 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.

Self-defense for women

Ju-Jitsu Dojo of Columbia will hold a three-week women's self-defense series on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 22 and continuing through Nov. 5, at 9147B Red Branch Road in Columbia. Attendees will learn simple, effective techniques for self-protection against unarmed and armed attackers. Cost is $20 per person per session. To register and more information, call 410-309-1988 or go to combatju-jitsu.com.

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 2012-2013 academic year.