Sunday, April 15
Bridal showcase Historic Oakland's annual Bridal Showcase will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. at 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand to provide a look at products and services. The event also includes a free bridal planner, previews of fashions by the Bridal Boutique, live performances, food and cake sampling, and door prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: 410-730-4801 or historic-oakland.com.
'Next to Normal' Red Branch Theatre Company presents this rock musical about a family trying to take care of itself the best way it knows how through Sunday, April 22, at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and students. Information: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com/index.html.
Tuesday, April 17
Meeting In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church will host "Understanding the Experience of Mental Illness: Learn From Those Who Live With it and Those Who Love Them,"from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 6750 Woodbine Road, Woodbine. Free. Information: 410-772-9300.
Thursday, April 19
Afternoon tea Columbia's Town Center Community Association will host an afternoon tea in the ballroom of Historic Oakland manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tea will be served with sandwiches, desserts and warm scones. Cost: $22 per person. Reservations required two days in advance. For more information, call 410-730-4801.
Saturday, April 21
Special Olympics The organization sponsors its 11th annual Inspiration Walk at Centennial Park. Proceeds will provide funding for year-round training and competition in 19 sports for county children and adults with mental disabilities. Activities including face-painting, games, a Zumba warm-up, blood pressure screenings and interaction with high school mascots. Participants can choose between a 2.6-mile walk around Centennial Lake and a half-mile family fun walk. The registration fee is $25. Each walker will receive an Inspiration Walk T-shirt and be entered in a drawing for prizes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Registration and information: 410-740-0500 or go to somdhc.org.
Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation concludes its annual film series with "Jewish Luck" at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screening begins at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or SBloch@comcast.net.
Spring fair The Mount Hebron Nursery School will hold its 28th annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at 2330 Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City. The fair will be held rain or shine, and includes food, games, face-painting, moon bounces, dance shows, crafts, and book, bake and flower sales. Admission is free. Information: 410-461-2773.
Classical music The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Madeline Adkins and other orchestra members in a performance of the Schubert Octet and Mozart's String Quartet in C, K.465 at 3 p.m. April 29 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15, ages 17 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
St. Louis Church Concert Series "Mostly Mozart and a Little Bernstein," featuring soloists, the St. Louis Choir and St. Louis Concert Orchestra, will be presented at 4 p.m. April 29 at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Admission is free. Information: 410-531-6040 or stlouisparish.org.
Spring Party The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support the county's nonprofit organizations, 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 $75 per person. Information: 410-730-7840 or columbiafoundation.org.
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