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Sunday, March 16

Classical concert The Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus performs Rutter's "Requiem," featuring soprano Laura Whittenberger, organist Donald Fries and the Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City. Advance tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students; $22 and $20 at the door. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or


Concert The Moody Symphonic Band performs at 6 p.m. at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 10001 Route 108. All are invited to this free concert that combines orchestral music, hymns and gospel arrangements. Information: 410-730-6004.

Environmental program Earth Forum of Howard County presents Dr. Sara Via of the University of Maryland's biology department speaking on "Why Garden: Successful and Sustainable Gardening in a Changing Climate" at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9535 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-750-1479.


Wednesday, March 19

'Let's Stop the Invasion: A Presentation on Non-Native, Invasive Plants' Learn how invasive plants threaten the environment and how you can stop them at 7:30 p.m. at Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-992-9889.

Federal workers meet The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1734 meets at 1 p.m. at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 410-312-0040.

Thursday, March 20

'Marketing for Introverts' Alix Moore of the Maryland Writers' Association leads a workshop for writers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Information:

Gardening program Howard County Master Gardener Pat Greenwald presents "Sustainability Lunch & Learn" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Kittleman Room at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Participants can find out how growing native plants benefit both the gardener and the environment. Bring your own lunch. Complimentary desserts and drinks provided. For more information, go to

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Friday, March 21

'Gator Gala' The Reservoir High School Boosters Club holds its 12th annual Gator Gala from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville. The event features a disc jockey, dancing, golf contest, Plinko, March Madness games on TV, and silent auction of restaurant gift cards, sports items, electronics and more. The menu includes bruschetta, crackers and dips, cheese platter, vegetables, fruit, mashed potatoes, carving station with turkey and roast beef, coconut chicken bites and meatballs. One drink coupon with ticket; additional beer and wine on sale. Cost is $37.50 per person. Information: Erin Dorn at To purchase tickets online, go to



Arts gala Howard County's "Celebration of the Arts" will be held Saturday, March 29, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $100 and $50 and are available by phone at 410-313-2787 or online at The gala begins with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a silent auction of artwork by local artists, culinary treats provided by local restaurants and live musical performances. At 8 p.m., the presentations of the Rising Star Competition and the 2013 Howie Awards take place. $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Studio Theatre for the simulcast.

Whiskey-tasting and exhibit The Howard County Historical Society presents "Bootlegger's Paradise: Whiskey-Tasting Event & Exhibit" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 4, at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Don a flapper costume or double-breasted pinstripe suit and be ready to dance the Charleston. Music provided by the Will Fischer Orchestra. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, call 410-480-3250 or go

Art show River Hill residents will showcase their artwork from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville. Some works will be for sale. Free admission. Information: 410-531-1749.

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 or by fax to 410-332-6455.