Sunday, Nov. 6
"Taste of Laurel" The annual event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main St. Samples will be available from area restaurants and businesses, including Cakes by Adrianne, Keith Foods, Soretti's and Toucan Taco. Free. Information: 301-725-7975 or laurelhistoricalsociety.org.
Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series will present pianist Brian Ganz performing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," Ravel's "Pavane," and more 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.
Monday, Nov. 7
School news The Policy Committee of the Board of Education will meet at 1 p.m. at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-7700.
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
School news The Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012 school year attendance area adjustments at 7 p.m. at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-7194.
Thursday, Nov. 10
"Waking Up and Shaking Up the Woman Inside" The American Association of University Women will hold workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. The workshop will offer participants a series of thought-provoking interactive activities. Renee Fisher, author of "King of the Gypsies" will lead the workshop, and a dance demonstration will be provided by Carlos Pabon of That's Dancing Ballroom and Dancesport Center. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $35 per person. Proceeds will benefit the organization's scholarship fund. Information: 410-489-4964.
Friday, Nov. 11
"To Kill a Mockingbird" Mount Hebron High School's theater department will present Harper Lee's classic today through Nov. 19 in the school's auditorium, 9440 Route 99 in Ellicott City. Tickets are $10. Call 410-313-2880 for show times and more information.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Guided hike Beginning at 10 a.m. the Howard County Conservancy will offer a guided hike and talk to learn about the first people to live on the hills where the conservancy is now located. Talk will cover a variety of subjects, including: What were their lives and culture like? How did they make their living off the land? What did they eat and how did they cook? What did they wear? What was their housing like? The event will be canceled in the event of rain. The conservancy is at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.
Bazaar and flea market The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a holiday bazaar/flea market from 8 a.m. to noon at Ridgely Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. Christmas items, toys, clothing, antiques, furniture, jewelry, household items and more will be for sale. Space rental and information: 443-280-1935.
"Talkin' Baseball" the regular meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Tom Flynn will discuss his book, "Baseball in Baltimore." Free. 410-740-1145.
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. An offering will be taken. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Information: 410-531-2324.
Gospel concert The Alleluias, an interfaith Christian choral group, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at South Columbia Baptist Church, 8814 Guilford Road. Concert is free; an offering will be taken. Information: 443-812-1037.
Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "Serendipity" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children 10 and younger. Information: 410-480-1686.
Thanksgiving celebration The Howard County Office on Aging's 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 will feature musical entertainment by Russ Margo and the Guyz. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at any of the county's senior centers. Information: 410-313-6400.
Classical concert The Candlelight Concert Society will present the Escher Quartet with guitarist Jason Vieaux at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $30, $28 for seniors, free for students 17 and younger accompanied by paying adult. Information: 410-997-2324 or candlelightconcerts.org.
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