Sunday, April 22

'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 at 3 p.m. today at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and students. Information: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com/index.html.

Thursday, April 26

Poetry readings The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society in partnership with Howard Community College's English and World Languages Division and the Office of Student Services and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. presents "Poetry in Harmony" with poets Kim Addonizo, Michael Cirelli and Mother Ruckus from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Howard Community College's Kittleman Room, Duncan Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students with valid student ID. Information: 443-518-4568 or hocopolitso.org.

Film screening The Office of Health and Physical Education of the county's public school system presents a screening of "Health Needs a Hero" at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99

in Ellicott City. Documentary focuses on the issues surrounding the childhood obesity epidemic, suggests solutions to reverse the trends, and serves as a call-to-action. Information: 410-313-2880.

Friday, April 27

School news The Board of Education's Policy Committee meets from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. in the Board Planning Room, 10910 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680.

Saturday, April 28

Spring fair The Mount Hebron Nursery School will hold its 28th annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

Medication disposal From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can drop off unused or unwanted medications and drugs at eight police district stations in Ellicott City and Scaggsville, as well as satellite offices in Harper's Choice, Long Reach, North Laurel, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake. Free, anonymous and no questions asked. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines accepted. No syringes. Information and locations: hcpd.org.

Future

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. Sunday, 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.

Dance performance The Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "Fashion & Dance Through the Ages" at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Information: 410-480-1686 or kineticsdance.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. Sunday, April 29, at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Admission is free. Information: 410-531-6040 or stlouisparish.org.

Awards ceremony The Department of Fire and Rescue Services will hold its annual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Bridgeway Community Church, 9189 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Several firefighters and paramedics will be honored for their roles in high profile incidents. Other highlights include the recognition of the "CPR Dance" and several other units whose outstanding work resulted in the saving of a life. Free and open to the public.

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.

Announcements for the datebook may be sent by mail to The Baltimore Sun in Howard County, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; by email to howard.events@baltsun.com; or by fax to 410-332-6455.