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The group, Higher Hands, will perform a mix of “funky soul fusion” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Centennial Park South, 10000 Rt 108, Ellicott City as part of the Sunset Serenades series hosted by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. In the event of extreme weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5 p.m. the day of the performance.
The group, Higher Hands, will perform a mix of “funky soul fusion” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Centennial Park South, 10000 Rt 108, Ellicott City as part of the Sunset Serenades series hosted by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. In the event of extreme weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5 p.m. the day of the performance. (Handout Photo)

Sunday, Aug. 9

Howard County Fair The Howard County Fair continues through Aug. 15 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Admission is $5; $2 for seniors 62 and older; free for children younger than 10. Information: 410-442-1022 or go to howardcountyfair.org.

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Patapsco riders Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts will lead a mountain bike ride on the trails of Patapsco Valley State Park starting at 10 a.m. For more information, go to bikereg.com/patapsco-epic.

Woodstock Festival St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Catholic Church, 10800 Old Court Road in Woodstock, will hold its 100th annual Woodstock Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring food, a flea market, games, face painting and train rides for children. There will be a raffle for a Mercedes CLA 250, with the proceeds benefiting a project to make the church accessible to the disabled. Information: 410-461-5267 or stalchurch.org

Columbia Orchestra auditions The Columbia Orchestra will hold auditions at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Vacancies include permanent positions for second bassoon and strings, and substitute positions for woodwinds, brass and percussion. To schedule an audition, call 410-465-8777, ext. 4, or email corno.anne@gmail.com. Information: columbiaorchestra.org. Also held Aug. 10.

Lakefront music The Dave Chappell Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakefront Summer Festival in Columbia. If weather is bad, call the Columbia Association weather hot line at 410-715-3127.

Monday, Aug. 10

Film fest The Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Film Festival continues with "Up" (rated PG) at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. Free. Information: columbiaassociation.org/services/lakefront-summer-festival.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Belmont Blockbusters Belmont Manor and Historic Park, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, will host a screening of "The Avengers" (PG-13) at 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs. Popcorn and water will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, call 410-313-4452. Information: 410-313-4700.

Rush music Benfield Rush will perform songs from the 1980s and '90s at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakefront Summer Festival in Columbia. Call 410-715-3127 for weather information.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Jazz night The Columbia Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the lakefront in Columbia in the Lakefront Summer Festival. Call 410-715-3127 for weather information.

Perseids meteor shower Howard County Conservancy will host a viewing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. Dr. Parviz Ghavamian, assistant professor of astrophysics at Towson University, will have a telescope and will explain the meteor shower. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, water, snack and insect repellent. For information or to sign up, call 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html. Check website in event of rain.

Thursday, Aug. 13

Lakefront blues Planet Full of Blues will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the lakefront in Columbia in the Lakefront Summer Festival. Call 410-715-3127 for weather information.

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Friday, Aug. 14

Movie night The Columbia Association's Summer Lakefront Film Festival presents "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (PG-13) at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-715-3161 or go to columbiaassociation.com/services/lakefront-summer-festival.

Traveling band The Nighthawks will perform at 7 p.m. at Rockburn Branch Park West, 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge, as part of the Department of Recreation and Parks series of summer concerts. In case of extreme weather, call 410-313-4451 after 5 p.m. on the day of the performance. Information: howardcountymd.gov/summerconcerts.htm.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Brass act The Lakefront Summer Festival will present TMD & The Brass Soulution performing R&B and pop hits at 6:30 p.m. at the lakefront in Columbia. Call 410-715-3127 for weather information.

Future

Essentials in baby-sitting Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques in this Howard County General Hospital wellness class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, in the hospital's Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. The cost is $50. Information: 410-740-7601 or go to hcgh.org.

Reunion:

•Howard High School will hold a multi-class reunion from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Yingling-Ridgley VFW Hall, 4225 VFW Lane in Ellicott City. The Soul Island Rebels will provide music. Cost is $45 per person in advance; $50 after Oct. 1. Information: email dalemurphydesigns@gmail.com.

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.

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