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Sunday, Feb. 22

Family dinner The Antonio Gatto Lodge of the Sons of Italy will host a baked ziti dinner at 1 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mills, 106 St. Mary's Place in Laurel. The menu includes baked ziti and meatballs, salad, bread and soda. Cost is $4 to $8. Desserts are available for 50 cents. Information: 301-490-8237.

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Bay Day Learn about the Chesapeake Bay and its connection to Howard County, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Bay-themed activities and food include meeting animals in the touch tank. No registration required. 410-313-0400 or howardcountymd.gov/RNCBayDay.htm.

Monday, Feb. 23

Lecture The Jewish Federation of Howard County presents David Hazony speaking on "The American Jewish Problem with Israel: A Strategic Rethinking for the Next Generation" at 7 p.m. at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. A dessert reception with a Q&A session follows. Cost is $18. Information: 410-730-4976.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Bedtime story Teddy bears, blankets and pajamas are all welcome at Pajama Storytime, 7-7:30 p.m. at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. No registration required. Information: 410-880-5975.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Seminar Bethel Ministries will host an "Identity Theft and Wills Seminar" at 7 p.m. at Bethel Assembly of God, 9001 Vollmerhausen Road in Jessup. Event is free. To register and more information, call 301-498-3344.

Thursday, Feb. 26

Anime enthusiasts An anime club for ages 13-17 meets at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Information: 410-313-7700.

Garden preview "Bulbs for Your Garden: Part I, Narcissus, Tulips and Lillies" at 7 p.m. includes a discussion of bulbs, their history, nature and care, presented by Judy Petersen. Held at the Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Information: 410-313-5577.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation's film series continues with "Cupcakes." All screenings will be at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $27 for the three-film series, $17 for two showings. Single tickets will be available at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion are included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or SBloch@comcast.net.

Black History Expo The National Pan-Hellenic Council, the NAACP and Howard County public schools invite the community to "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture" from noon to 5 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. There will be exhibits, vendors, activities and entertainment throughout the day at this free event. Information: email mitchelldst@gmail.com

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'The Taste of Long Reach' The Long Reach High School Boosters Club will hold its annual fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville. The event features food from area restaurants, a silent auction and basket raffle, and dancing. Tickets are $40. Information: lrhsboosters.com.

Expo Columbia's annual "Prenatal through Preschool Baby Expo" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Event features informational speakers, vendors and more. There will also be raffle prizes and giveaway bags. Free. Information: 410-730-4610 or columbiababyexpo.com.

Arts event The 18th annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The event will feature food, a silent auction and musical entertainment. Tickets are $100 and $50. Information: 410-313-2787.

Wellness event for women The seventh annual WomenFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood. Lynne Brick, president of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, will speak on "Build Your Healthy Tomorrow, Today." Admission and parking are free. Information: howardcountyaging.org/womenfest.

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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