Sunday, June 9
Talking genealogy Wanda Franklin, director of the Columbia Family History Center and mother of three adopted children, will host a presentation on "Searching for Birth Parents: Some Experiences and Resources" at 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 Saint Johns Lane in Ellicott City. She will talk about search techniques, reactions of relatives who were discovered and how finding birth relatives has affected the lives of her children. Free. Information: 410-796-3022.
Gala The Jewish Federation of Howard County holds its annual fundraising gala, "Federation Live," at 6 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. This year's honoree is Joan Friedberg. Event also includes a cocktail reception and dinner and a luxury raffle. Dietary laws will be observed and Star-K kosher-certified food is available. Ticket packages range from $95 to $500. Information: 410-730-4976.
Wednesday, June 12
'Researching Your Civil War Soldier' The Howard County Genealogical Society holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Meeting includes a presentation by Debra Hoffman on the resources available to research ancestors who served in the Civil War. Free. Information: 410-313-1400.
Friday, June 14
Oldies concert Iris Hirsch and the Retro-Rockets, a six-piece band specializing in oldies music, performs at 6 p.m. at 5485 Harpers Farm Road in Columbia as part of the Harper's Choice Village Center Courtyard Series. Concert includes the music of Chuck Berry, Etta James, Roy Orbison, Elvis, the Drifters, Jimmy Buffett, and others. Event is canceled In case of rain. Free. information: 301-596-2017.
Saturday, June 15
Book signing and discussion The Howard County Historical Society presents Shelley Davies Wygant, author of "Howard County," from noon to 3 p.m. at 6675 Marie Curie Drive in Elkridge. This pictorial history showcases the county's rural roots, unique architecture, Ellicott City, Columbia and more. Information: 410-480-3250.
Music Matters Showcase Kathy Stanley, Black Dress Jess and DL Weiner perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Theater Drama Learning Center's teen professional company, Teaching Young Actors, presents its spring production, "Songs for a New World," June 14-21 at 9130 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Tickets are $16 in advance, $17 at the door. Information: 410-997-9352.
Health fair The River Hill Health Fair will be held beginning at 11 a.m. June 22 at the River Hill Village Center, 6020 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville. Free event include nutrition games and balloons for kids, health screenings, demonstrations, a moon bounce, massages and more. Information: 410-531-1749.
Open house The Howard County Historical Society sponsors and an open house at 2 p.m. June 22 at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Free event includes a performance on the Felgemacher Pipe Organ by Ann Mellinger of Trinity United Methodist Church in Catonsville and Dean Jestes of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oella. Refreshments will be served, donations welcome. Information: 410-461-1050.
Juneteenth The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. presents "From Slavery to Freedom: The Trials and Tribulations of James Too" at 3 p.m. June 23 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Free event include dance performances, singing, light refreshments and audience participation. Information: 410-715-1921.
Reggae music The Howard County Historical Society presents "Acoustic Reggae with Scotty P" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Scotty Paynter is a vocalist/songwriter associated with the Baltimore-based reggae band Jah Works. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-480-3250 or hchsmd.org.
Reunion Western High School's Class of 1978 will hold its 35th reunion Nov. 9 and seeks contact information for graduates. Email email@example.com or go to westernhigh1978.com.
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