Sunday, March 4

Child fair "Children on Board," Howard County's annual preschool/child care information fair sponsored by the Office of Children's Services, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The event will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child-care personnel with information on programs. Representatives from community service organizations will also attend. Admission is free; attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 410-313-1940.


Purim Carnival The Jewish Federation's annual Purim carnival, "Purim Palooza," will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road in Fulton. Adults ages 18 to 55 can be tested to determine whether they qualify for the National Bone Marrow Registry. Volunteer opportunities are available at the carnival. The event includes entertainment by disc jockey Doug Sandler, games, crafts, a photo booth, and airbrush hats and shirts. Admission is $10 per family or $5 per person. Vendor space is $45 for individual nonprofit tables; $75 for two. For-profit tables are $75; $125 for two. Event proceeds go to scholarships, grants and needy Jewish families. Information: 410-730-4976 or go to jewishhowardcounty.org.

'The Merchant of Venice' Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the Bard's tragicomedy through March 24 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. Tickets are $36, $29 for seniors (older than 65) and $15 for students. For showtimes and information, call 410-313-8661 or go to chesapeakeshakespeare.com.


Concert The St. Louis Concert Series presents "A Little Afternoon Music," featuring organist Ennio Cominetti, at 4 p.m. at St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Cominetti is the organist at St. George Church in Varenna, Italy. Information: 410-531-6040.

Thursday, March 8

School news Homeless children and families will be the topic at the next general meeting of the county's School Health Council at 9 a.m. at the Applications and Research Lab, Room B-37, 10920 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Council members will get an update on the status of homelessness among school-age children in the county and the implementation of the school system's policy on homeless children and youth. Information: 410-313-6680.

Friday, March 9

Career day "Keep the Spirit Up: A Day for Job Seekers and Career Changers" will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. The event, led by Grace Garrett, features spiritual advice and skill workshops to support job seekers and those considering a career change. A free will offering will be taken. To register and more information, call 410-442-1320 or go to bonsecoursspiritualcenter.org

Saturday, March 10

Flea market The 39th annual Antique Auto Parts Flea Market will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.— rain or shine — at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. The event features indoor, undercover and outdoor vendor sites. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Free admission and parking. Information: 443-744-6338 or go to chesapeakeaaca.org.

Police recruiting A recruiting event for applicants for entry-level officer, lateral officer and cadet will be held at 9 a.m. at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive in Marriottsville. Learn about job opportunities, benefits, the application process, academy life and more. Displays of police equipment and demonstrations from specialized units will be featured, and tours of the training center will be given. Written and physical testing starts at 9:30 a.m. A doctor's authorization form is required for physical testing. Information: 410-313-4273 or howardcountymd.gov/policejobs.htm.

Concert Howard Community College's Guest Artist Series continues with "Songs My Mother Taught Me: An American Art Song Retrospective," featuring Leneida Crawford at 7:30 p.m. in the Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $26, $22 for seniors and $12 for students. Information: 443-518-1000

Music Matters Showcase Larocca, Rich Walton and Steve Hung perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anna's Cafe, 8827 Centre Park Drive, Suite D in Columbia. Information: 443-546-4131.

'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Jack Smiles will discuss his book, "Bucky Harris: Biography of Baseball's Boy Wonder." Free. Information: 410-740-1145.



Concert Voices 21 performs the music of Elizabethan-era composer Thomas Tomkins, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Information: 240-643-6563 or voicesxxI.org.

Forum The Agriculture Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority will hold its Central Maryland Women in Agriculture Forum, "Forging New Bonds between Field and Table," from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Forum includes a variety of topics and speakers. Registration fee of $35 includes lunch and light refreshments. For registration or information, call 410-313-6500 or go to hceda.org.

Concert The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the Oakland Mills High School Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Advance tickets are $10, $5 for children under 12; $15 the day of the concert. Purchase tickets at The Other Barn or at brownpapertickets.com/event/214445. Information: 410-730-1129.

Classical music The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Eun Joo Chung at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes music by Schubert, Brahms, Chopin and Bach-Busoni. Tickets are $15, free for 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

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