Sunday, Sept. 11

Memorial walk The Freestate Happy Wanderers Volksmarching Club will sponsor a "9/11 Memorial Walk" at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Walk starts between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and ends by 4 p.m. Commemorative signs and lanyards with the victims' names will be featured. Cost is $3. Information: 410-437-2164 or 301-717-3604.

Concert The Columbia Concert Band presents a free Children's Concert at 3 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. "Caught Between Some Rock and a Hard Piece" features a mix of pop/rock music. Information: 301-596-9783 or

Monday, Sept. 12

Workshop The Howard County Office on Aging and Department of Citizen Services, presents "Unstuff Your Life" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel. Workshop is led by "the most organized man in America," Andrew Mellen, and is designed to help those with too little time and too much clutter learn how to organize their lives. Information: 410-313-6531.

Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passport applications and photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Hazardous weather workshop The Department of Recreation & Parks and Office of Emergency Management presents a workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive in Marriottsville. This free workshop is for athletic directors, coaches, referees, and outdoor activity directors, and covers hazardous weather, crowd dynamics and tips on how to handle decisions to stop play or cancel an outdoor event. The National Weather Service, Health Department and Howard County Public Schools Athletics will be on hand for the presentation and a panel discussion. Registration: or call 410-313-6030.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Health and wellness The 3rd annual "WomenFest," a wellness event for women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Event focuses on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives. There will be health screenings, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, and a variety of vendor exhibits and food. Attendees can also participate in belly dancing, zumba and Bollywood demonstrations. There will be free blood pressure, body mass index, foot, glaucoma, glucose, cholesterol and HIV screenings available. Health experts will be on hand to offer guidance on HIV prevention, nutrition, fall prevention, and women's wellness. Seminar topics include, "Eating for Beauty," "Sexuality: No Expiration Date," "Women in the Woods," and "Money Myths that Get Smart Women in Trouble." There will also be more than 40 vendors and exhibitors offering products and services.

Admission is free. Information: 410-313-5440 or go to

Friday, Sept. 16

Farmers' market A farmers' market is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 28 at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6524.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Music series The Howard Community College Concert Series opens its sixth season with "Faculty Fantastique: An Exploration of Musical Timbre" at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $17, $11 for seniors and $6 for faculty, students and staff. Information: 443-518-1500.

Festival The Columbia Association hosts "Día de la Familia" from noon to 3 p.m. at the Columbia SportsPark, located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road, behind Safeway in the Harper's Choice Village Center. This free, family event is held annually in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month and features music, miniature golf, batting cages, a moon bounce, balloon sculptor, face painter, door prizes and free food. This year, the Columbia Art Center will host a children's crafts table and Zumba instructors will lead a demonstration at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a salsa dance competition, judged by Marielle Pabon of the "That's Dancing" studio. Information: 410-715-3104.

Concert Billy J. Carter performs in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 301-953-1560.

Festival Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making demonstrations, refuge habitat tram tours and more at the annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Free. Information: 301-497-5766 or

Flea market The Long Reach Community Association sponsors a flea market from 8 a.m. to noon at the Long Reach Village Center. Directions and information: 410-730-8113.


Concert The Columbia Art Center and Little Patuxent Review presents "Seth Kibel: Klezmer Concert," at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at 6100 Foreland Garth in Columbia. Concert is part of the free monthly salon series that both groups offer to the community featuring area artists, poets, actors, musicians, and other specialists. Information: 410-730-0075 or go to

Concert series The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series opens its 15th season on Oct. 2 with the Mendelssohn Piano Trio 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

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