"New Works" exhibit of oil and pastel paintings by Rana Geralis of her favorite subjects, horses and nature, is on view through Friday, Oct. 28, at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
Sunday, Oct. 23
'Fall Spooktacular' Event for children ages 3-12 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. There will be a magician, treats and games. 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 being held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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 hosts the Monster Dash 5K Run/1-Mile Walk 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. Information: 410-381-5355 or email@example.com.
'Once on this Island' Red Branch Theatre Company presents this Caribbean adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" through Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Shows at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29. Tickets are $18, $16 for students and seniors, $15 for groups of 10 or more and $20 at the door. Information: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com.
'Jazz in the Mills' The Oakland Mills Community Association presents Sandra Y. Johnson from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Tickets are $20 and purchased at The Other Barn or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/144233. Information: 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.
Monday, Oct. 24
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.
Friday, Oct. 28
Empowerment event The 2011 Women's Empowerment Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Event is designed to restart, recharge, and reinvent the careers, finances, and lives of women. Speakers include Col. Karen Gibson, commander of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, and Laura Neuman, director of Howard County Economic Development Authority. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for registration, continental breakfast and exhibitor preview. Cost is $75. Information: 443-832-3680 or empowermentevent.org.
Concert Guitar recital with Bruce Casteel at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $17; $11 for seniors and HCC employees; $6 for students. Tickets and information: 443-518-1500 or http://www.howardcc.edu/calendarevents.
Farmers' market End-of-season farmers' market is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6524.
Saturday, Oct. 29
'Cycle of Life Retreat' Event guided by Patricia Montley takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Participants will look at how some ancient and contemporary cultures have honored their dead with festivals and consider, rituals enacted by Buddhists Christians, Hindus, and Wiccans. In addition, the history and practices of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day will be reviewed. Cost is $55. To register and more information, call 410-442-1320 or go to bonsecoursspiritualcenter.org.
School news The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Elkridge Landing Middle School, 7085 Montgomery Road in Elkridge. Meeting is to residents an opportunity to meet with and talk informally with board members. Information: 410-313-6680.
Concert series The Unitarian Universalist Chalice Concert Series presents a piano recital to celebrate the 200th birthday of composer Franz Liszt at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Regional and international pianists will join artistic director Michael Adcock in a program highlighting Liszt's musical contributions. "Genie Oblige: The Musical Legacy of Franz Liszt" precedes the recital at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097.
Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Brian Ganz performing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Ravel's "Pavane," and more on Nov. 6 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.
Benefit concert Choirs from five United Methodist churches — Bethany, Glenelg, Glen Mar, Linden-Linthicum, and Mount Zion — will perform a concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Road. A free will offering will be taken. Event benefits the American Cancer Society. Information: 410-531-2324.
'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Tom Flynn will discuss his book, "Baseball in Baltimore." Free. 410-740-1145.
Thanksgiving celebration The Howard County Office on Aging, Department of Citizen Services will hold its annual Thanksgiving luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The theme is "Giving Thanks," and features musical entertainment by Russ Margo and the Guyz. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 and Acan be purchased through any of the county's senior centers. Information: 410-313-6400.