'Flowers for Algernon'

Mount Hebron High School presents its production of "Flowers for Algernon," based on the novel by Daniel Keyes, at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at 9440 Route 99 in Ellicott City. For tickets and more information, call 410-313-2880.

Business breakfast

County Executive Ken Ulman will be the featured speaker at the BWI Business Partnership's November Signature Breakfast held from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Sponsor of the breakfast is Howard Tech Advisors. Advance registration required by Nov. 13. Partnership members can attend at no charge or $30, depending on membership level. Space permitting, nonmembers may attend for $50. To register, members should go to http://www.bwipartner.org or call 410-859-1000. Non-members should call 410-859-1000.

Blood drive

Boy Scout Troop 944 will sponsor a blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. Prospective donors are encouraged to make an appointment. Information: 800-733-2767.

Essay contest

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission invites county middle and high school students to participate in the commission's annual essay contest. Winners will be recognized at the commission's annual celebration Jan. 20 at Howard Community College.

Essays must be typed and double-spaced and include a cover page with the student's name, address, telephone number, email address, school and grade. Middle school student essays must be 500 to 750 words, while high school student essays must be 750 to 1,000 words. Essays will be judged on content, spelling and sentence structure. Students with disabilities may submit entries that address the essay question through use of other media (posters, pictures, etc.).

This year's theme is "Out of the Mountain of Despair: A Beloved Community," and essays must address a population and/or community in despair that was lifted up by the love, help and hope of others.

For complete contest rules, go to howardcountymd.gov/mlkholidaycommission.htm. Nomination forms should be hand-delivered or mailed to: 2012 MLK Student Essay Contest, c/o Howard County Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia 21046, or faxed to 410-313-6468.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 13.

'Art Maryland 2012'

A show featuring works selected from more than 450 entries submitted by 169 artists working in a wide variety of styles and mediums runs through Dec. 14 at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787.

'Walk to Bethlehem'

Glen Mar United Methodist Church will hold its annual event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. The free event is led by guides, and attendees will journey through outdoor settings where actors will portray the events leading to and immediately after the birth of Jesus. For more information, call 410-465-4995, ext. 204 or go to glenmarumc.org.

Auditions

Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for its 36th anniversary season. Works to be performed include "Carmina Burana," Handel's "Messiah," Faure's "Requiem," and works from Spain and Latin America. Call 410-730-8549 to schedule an audition. Information: procantare.org.

Skills park

Rockburn Skills Park, targeted toward mountain bikers and trail runners, has opened at Rockburn Branch Park. Features include a pump track, flow trail, descending trail, climbing trail and an uphill return trail. The 450-acre Rockburn Branch Park includes 7.4 miles of trails, woodlands, marshes and stream valleys, multipurpose athletic fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, two playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and picnic pavilions. Information: rockburnskillspark.org.