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Sunday, March 24

Figure skating The Gardens Figure Skating Club presents its ninth annual spring ice show, "Mary Poppins," at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel. Shows feature more than 60 skaters, ages 3-55, performing to music from the 1964 Disney musical about an English nanny. Tickets are $10; free for children younger than 3. Information: 410-792-4947.


'Come Fly With Mickey' The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its annual spring show at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Tickets are $12; free for children 2 and younger. Information: 410-730-0322.

'Cookies, Ice Cream & Jazz' A special jazz performance for families, featuring the Bay Jazz Project with vocalist Mary Alouette, will be held at 3 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at door. Information: 410-997-2324.


Children's theater Red Branch Theatre Company presents the Pumpkin Theatre's "Three Little Tales," by Kimberly Lynne at 2 p.m. at the Drama Learning Center, 9130 Red Branch Road, Suite I. Tickets are $16. Information: 410-997-9352

Tuesday, March 26

Business event A seminar, "Build Wealth Through Real Estate Investing," will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Springhill Suites, 7055 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Real Estate broker Thomas Harner is the featured speaker. Information: 410-730-8888.


Financial fair The seventh annual Money Matters Fair will be held at 10 a.m. April 6 at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free event features activities to learn ways to stretch money, and includes resources for personal finance, information for those struggling to pay monthly bills, financial aid for college, college savings plans, reverse mortgage counseling, and more. There will also be free tax preparation for qualifying individuals, free credit reports and credit counseling, and financial planning sessions. Information: 410-313-2001.

Classical concert Candlelight Concerts presents the Hermitage Piano Trio at 8 p.m. April 6 in Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $30; $28 for seniors; $12 for students; free for students 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 410-997-2324.

'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Washington sportswriter Dick Heller will speak. Free. Information: 410-740-1145.

Remembrance service The Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Jewish Federation of Howard County and the Howard County Board of Rabbis will host a service at 6 p.m. April 7 at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Service include interactive sessions and a keynote address by Gustav Goldberger in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Danish rescue of more than 7,000 Jewish men, women and children. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-531-5115.


Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "Effervescent," a tribute to the late JoAnn Shay O'Neill, at 4 p.m. April 7 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students; $5 for children 12 and younger. Information: 410-480-1686.

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Workshop Silhouette Stages will host a musical theater audition workshop from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Musical director Micheal Tan will instruct on auditioning, creating and updating an audition book, and finding new music, and also conduct a master class where some participants will get an opportunity to perform an audition song.  Everyone will receive a handout that includes the topics covered in the workshop and additional resources. Those signing up for the workshop should bring prepared musical selections to perform, both up-tempo and ballad, with sheet music in the correct key. Workshop is for performers 14 and older and limited to 20 participants. Registration will be taken on a first come basis. To register, email Mo Dutterer at Cost is $40. Forms are also available at

Chamber music Sundays At Three presents the Peabody Trio playing Beethoven and Schubert piano trios and short pieces written for them by Shalumit Ran and Fred Lerdahl at 3 p.m. April 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179.

'WomenFest' The Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging presents its annual wellness event for women from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. "WomenFest" is an interactive day that focuses on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives. Event will feature more than 90 vendors and exhibitors offering products and services of interest to women, as well as health screenings, seminars and food. There will also be free blood pressure, body mass index, osteoporosis, vein, partial skin cancer and glaucoma screenings available. Admission is free but seating is limited and tickets will be available the day of the event while supplies last. For more information, call 410-313-5440 or send an e-mail with "WomenFest" in the subject line, to A full schedule is available at

Fair Mount Hebron Nursery School Parents Group's 29th annual Spring Fair will take place at 11 a.m. April 27 at Mt Hebron Presbyterian Church, 2330 Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City. Event features a bake, book and plant sale, moon bounce, face painting, crafts, games and a Mother's Day Secret Shop. Hamburgers, hot dogs and other foods will be for sale. Tickets for games and activities available for purchase. Information: 410-461-2773.

Testing Gifted and Talented testing for nonpublic school students, grades 5-7, who plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August, will be held beginning at 9 a.m. May 4 at Harper's Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road in Columbia. Registration materials can be obtained from middle school guidance offices, or parents may call the Gifted and Talented Office at 410-313-6800.


Reunion The Cardinal Gibbons High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion April 20 at Reflections Banquet Hall, 8015 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-382-6919 or email

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