Sunday, Sept. 13

Police Pace 5K Howard County Police Foundation will hold its 24th Howard County Police Pace 5K race and 1-mile walk and run at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Proceeds benefit families of county officers killed or injured in the line of duty, provide scholarships and support funding for special needs. Information:


'The Baltimore Waltz' Rep Stage, in residence at Howard Community College, presents the final performance of "The Baltimore Waltz" by Paula Vogel, 2 p.m., in HCC's Studio Theatre. Information: 443-518-1500 or go to

Blues Sunday The group Bottle of Blues will perform at 3 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront as part of the Columbia Association's Summer Lakefront Film Festival. Free admission and parking. Information: 410-715-3161 or go to

Monday, Sept. 14

Teen writers The Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will host a Teen Fiction Writing Workshop for ages 13 to 17, at 7 p.m. Learn to craft well-developed characters, settings and real dialogue. Hone your skills through peer coaching. Registration required: 410-313-5077..

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Teen Talk The National Alliance On Mental Illness, Howard County, will host "Teen Talk: Understanding Adolescents' Mental Health," 7 p.m., at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. Information: 410-772-9300 or

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Arts event The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance will host a Arts & Culture Happy Hour at Still Life Gallery, 8173 Main St., Ellicott City, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with owner Sara Arditti, who will discuss the gallery's focus on regional contemporary artists. RSVP required:

Thursday, Sept. 17

Parkinson's help Yoga for people with Parkinson's is offered to help correct alignment of the body to build strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and focus. A free class for Parkinson's patients and care partners is held 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Florence Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Information: 410-313-7213, email or go to

Friday, Sept. 18

Opening 'Vertex' A reception to open the Howard County Arts Council exhibit, "Vertex," will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit features works by artists Michael Hough, Haeley Kyong, Laura Petrovich-Cheney and Robert Sibbison. The exhibit runs through Oct. 16 in the Arts Council's Gallery II, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-2787 or go to

Saturday, Sept. 19

Columbia Classic Grand Prix Howard Community College will host the Columbia Classic Grand Prix equestrian event, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Marama Farm, 5610 Chamblis Drive, Clarksville. Proceeds benefit the Howard Community College Educational Foundation, which provides scholarship support for HCC students. Lawn seating is $10; free for children 10 and under. Information: 443-518-4223 or go to


Family resiliency The National Family Resiliency Center will hold its 5K Race for Families and Fun Day at Columbia's Kittamaqundi lakefront, starting at 8 a.m. The family fun day will run 8:30 a.m. to noon. Information:

Wilde time The Wilde Lake Community Association's Old-Fashioned Family Picnic will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live entertainment by the Wilde Lake High School Marching Band, Wilde Lake Middle School Jazz Band, Wilde Lake High School student bands, The Dixon Ulmer Band and Any The Wiser. Food available for purchase. Also, bring nonperishable snacks, personal care items, batteries or puzzle books to send to soldiers overseas. Information:


Grow It, Eat, It Preserve It The University of Maryland Extension-Howard County office will present "Herbs: Ideas for Preserving and Gift Giving," on Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to noon at University of Maryland Extension, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City. Information or to register: 410-313-2707 or go to

Teed up Athelas Institute Inc., a nonprofit providing housing, employment and individual support to adults with intellectual disabilities, will host its 22nd annual Athelas Charity Tournament on Sept. 21, at Willow Springs Golf Course, West Friendship. Information: 410-964-1241, ext. 107, email or go to


•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

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