Sunday, March 18
Environmental education A youth-focused Earth Forum will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. The forum is to draw attention to the ways local students are preparing for environmental challenges and working to improve ecosystems. A panel of experts will discuss issues including environmental literacy for graduation, the construction of a green school in the county and nature programs.
Classical music The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Eun Joo Chung at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes music by Schubert, Brahms, Chopin and Bach-Busoni. Tickets are $15, free for 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
'The Merchant of Venice' Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the Bard's tragicomedy through Saturday, March 24, at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. Tickets are $36, $29 for seniors (older than 65) and $15 for students. For showtimes and information, call 410-313-8661 or go to chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
Concert Columbia Pro Cantare presents "Remembrances" at 3 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City. Concert features some of the most moving works by Debussy, Delius, and Massenet. Tickets are $22, $20 for seniors and students. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to procantare.org.
Wednesday, March 21
Observations from space Two events at Howard Community College this month feature NASA scientists who will present data and images from Earth-observing satellites. Topics include findings on climate change and the atmosphere, ice, oceans and land. A student event takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the Kittleman Room at Duncan Hall, and a community event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Hall. Sponsors include Howard County, the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County and NASA. Events are free and refreshments will be served. For more information: http://www.howardcc.edu/NASAforum
Thursday, March 22
Computer group The Central Maryland User Group for Windows personal computers meets at 7:30 p.m. at the public library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Guest speaker will discuss cybersecurity. Bring your questions and problems to get help from other users. Free. Information: 301-774-0331 or go to mycmug.org.
School news The Board of Education will hold a luncheon meeting with student leaders at noon in the department's board room, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. At 4 p.m., the board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at the same location. Both the afternoon and the evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a forum, when members of the public may address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Information: 410-313-6680.
Friday, March 23
Benefit concert The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness presents a benefit concert featuring the Fabulous Hubcaps at 8 p.m. at the Bridgeway Performing Arts Theatre, 9189 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Event begins with a silent auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. Information: 410-772-9300 or nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.
Open Mike Night Teen event takes place 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Admission is $5 and includes pizza, sodas, and dessert. For tickets and more information, call 410-730-4744.
Children's performance Lively Arts for Little Ones presents, "Tracey Eldridge: Sing, Say, Stomp and Play," at 10 a.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Show includes a blend of songs, stories, puppetry, and dancing. Admission is $5. For tickets and more information, call 410-730-4610 or go to oaklandmills.org. Lively Arts for Little Ones is a series of live, interactive performances for children 2-5 and their chaperons.
Saturday, March 24
Gala The annual "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County" gala will be held at HCC's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $50 and $100. Event includes a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with a silent auction of artwork by local artists, food from area restaurants and caterers, and live performances. For tickets and more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.
Cooking and wine tasting Rabbi Douglas Heifetz and Oseh Shalom Synagogue invite the public to "Top Chef Oseh: An evening of food, wine and music," at 8 p.m. March 31 at 7515 Olive Branch Way in Laurel. Event includes a cooking competition, Passover wine tasting and a performance by Kol Sasson, an a capella group from the University of Maryland. Cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and includes tastes of all food entries in one of three categories. Wine tasting is an additional $5 fee. Tickets and more information: 301-498-5151 or oseh-shalom.org.
Singing stars The sixth annual Maryland Senior Idol competition takes place at 1 p.m. April 4 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road. Howard County representatives are Mary Ann Evangelista of Elkridge and Mary Ratcliffe of Columbia. Tickets are $6. Information: 410-313-1421.
Spring party The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support the county's nonprofits, will hold its 30th annual Spring Party from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 15 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $ per person. Information: 410-730-7840 or columbiafoundation.org.
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