Sunday, Oct. 16

Environmental forum The Earth Forum of Howard Count meets at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. Brigid Kenney of the Maryland Department of the Environment will speak on "The Perils and Possibilities of Hydrofracking." Open to the public. Information: 410-730-3545 or go to earthforumhc.org.

Concert Music at Marriottsville with the Columbia Orchestra takes place at 3 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. A free will offering will be taken Information: 410-442-1320

Monday, Oct. 17

Networking event The American Association of University Women meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at TGIFridays, 8330 Benson Drive in Columbia. Nancy Fink of the Professional Outplacement Assistance Center will speak on "A Brand Called You." Cost is $10 and includes light refreshments with a cash bar. Information: 410-740-4246 or e mail aauwhocomembers@gmail.com

School news The Board of Education's Legislative Committee meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Department of Education, Lobby Conference Room ML 2, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680.

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. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Meet the media The Association of Community Services will have bloggers, pod casters, online and print news daily, weekly and monthly news representatives at its general meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-715-9545.

Support group WomenHeart, a support group for women with heart disease, meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. For more information about the group, contact Marilyn Gobbett at reddress05@verizon.net.

School news The Board of Education holds its quarterly meeting with the County Council at 8:15 a.m. at the Department of Education, Board Room, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680.

Thursday, Oct. 20

School news The Board of Education holds a meeting at 4 p.m. at the Department of Education, Board Room, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Both the afternoon and the evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., begins with a "Public 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: 410-313-7194.

Friday, Oct. 21

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, Oct. 22

Book signing Author Michael Hingson, a blind man who escaped from the World Trade Center on 9/11, will discuss and sign "Thunder Dog" at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. 410-715-9596.

Reunion Oakland Mills High School Class of 1976 will hold its 35th reunion dinner from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Kings Contrivance Restaurant, 10150 Shaker Drive in Columbia. Tickets are $55 per person. In addition there will be a meet-and-greet beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Union Jack's Columbia, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 410-757-9051, 410-530-4636, 410-300-0607 or go to omhs76.com.

Future

'Fall Spooktacular' Event for children ages 3-12 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. There will be a magician, treats and games. Pre-registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10, $7 for center members. Information: 410-313-4840 or go to howardcountymd.gov/rap.

'Taste & Auction of Howard County' Annual event held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 features fare from more than 20 of the county's restaurateurs and caterers, as well as a cash raffle and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Gilchrist Center Howard County. For event and raffle tickets, call 410-730-1764 or go to gilchristhospice.org/taste.

Benefit run/walk The Columbia Association will host the Monster Dash 5K Run/1-Mile Walk on Sunday, Oct. 23, to benefit the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland. Event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Hopewell Pool, 9200 Rustling Leaf in Columbia. After the race, there will be refreshments, door prizes, music and a costume contest for participants and their families. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and top female finishers in each age group. Registration is available online at active.com. Minimum donation is $10 for the 1-mile walk and $25 for the 5K run. Runners who register by Oct. 14 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Information: 410-381-5355 or holly.stover@columbiaassociation.com.

Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Brian Ganz performing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Ravel's "Pavane," and more 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.

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.