Maryland is home to Maxim Kozlov, a world-class cellist who has performed over 700 concerts in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, South Korea and China in famous orchestras such as Russia’s Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. 

The Russian-born cellist holds a Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the prestigious Moscow Conservatory and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

"Maxim Kozlov's performance of the Elgar's cello concerto with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra was worthy of being heard in any international city in the world," wrote Henry Fogel, president and CEO of League of American Orchestras.

Kozlov will conduct a cello exploration program on Saturday, March 29, for kids ages 5 to 8  at 11 a.m. and ages 9 to 12  at 12:30 p.m. at Ellicott City's Miller Branch Library, at 9421 Frederick Road.

This interactive cello class includes a performance by Kozlov followed by the opportunity to explore and play the cello. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling  410-313-1950 or online at http://www.howa.lib.md.us.

Another interesting program at the Miller library for kids is about the Civil War.  On Friday, March 28,  from 10 a.m. to noon, kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to learn about the day-to-day life of a Civil War soldier. Sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society, the free program is presented by experienced teachers, historians and museum professionals using artifacts, activities, games and images. 

Space is limited to 50 registrants. Registration is required by going to the HCHS website hchsmd.org/events/. For more information call 410-480-3250. 

Mark your calendar! The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is hosting its 13th bi-annual spring country breakfast, silent auction and raffle on Saturday, March 29, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the Bethany United Methodist Church. 

Enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast that features locally made Boarman's sausage along with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, milk, coffee, and tea. Then stop by the silent auction to view the fine art, sports memorabilia and baskets of goodies. Breakfast is $7 per person but children under 8 eat free.

Proceeds from the breakfast and silent auction support youth scholarships for deserving county students, Howard Community College endowment, Howard County General Hospital, Bright Minds, Girls on the Run, Boys and Girl Scouts of America as well as student Key Clubs in five county high schools. Bethany United Methodist Church is at 2875 Bethany Lane,in Ellicott City.