Sunday, April 26

Meet the Danes Meet Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League volunteers and their own great Danes, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the PAW adoption event at the Pet Valu in Turf Valley Town Square, 11099 Resort Road, Ellicott City. Includes face painting, balloon animals and nail painting for dogs.

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Choral concert The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group, present a program of worship and praise music at 3 p.m. at Saint James United Methodist Church, 12470 Old Frederick Road in Marriottsville. All are welcome. Information: 410-442-2020.

'CultureFest: South America' Event being held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, celebrates the many cultures of South America with performances, music, educational displays and food. All are welcome. Information: 410-313-1950.

Concert series The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Spring at St. Louis," featuring Vivaldi's Gloria, at 4 p.m. at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Reception follows. Free admission. Information: 443-364-8583.

Monday, April 27

'Evening Under the Stars' Join the Howard Astronomical League as they look at the night sky at 7:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's Central branch, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Information: 410-313-7800.

Tuesday, April 28

'Brain Aerobics' Learn to enhance your memory and have fun at the same time with puzzles, word games and other smart tasks from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Free. Information: 410-313-1950.

Wednesday, April 29

Community meeting The Oakland Mills Community Association will host a State of Our Schools town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. The meeting will allow the schools in the Oakland Mills cluster, elementary through high school, to share concerns and celebrations in a community setting. School administrators will be in attendance. A Q&A session will follow the meeting. Information: 410-730-4610 or email Sandy Cederbaum at manager@oaklandmills.org.

'Everybody's Birthday' It's Howard County Library System's 75th anniversary and everybody is invited to birthdays with stories, songs and a craft at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the Savage branch, 9525 Durness Lane in Laurel. Information: 410-313-0760.

Good sports A panel of sports professionals will address the rights of athletes and how families can create a positive framework that is both fair and fun, in a Choose Civility presentation from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Miller Branch library, 9421 Frederick Road.

Thursday, April 30

Creating Columbia A course looking at the creation of the Columbia plan, November 1964 to August 1965, is beginning Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. "Creating Columbia: A Mini-Course," looks at the initial reaction to the plan, the work that followed to fine tune it, and the efforts to get it greenlighted for development. The April 30 session will focus on the Nov. 11, 1964, announcement and reaction to it. Other sessions are may 7 and May 14. The course is free, but registration is requested. Call 410-715-3103 or email Barbara.Kellner@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Long Reach meeting County Executive Allan Kittleman and the Long Reach Village Board will host the first of four meetings to seek input from residents about the revitalization of the Long Reach Village Center. The session will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stonehouse in the Village Center. Additional sessions are May 28, June 11 and Sept. 17. Information: 410-313-2350 or mthompson@howardcountymd.gov, or go to howardcountymd.gov/LongReach.

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Friday, May 1

Lunch at the museum The Howard County Historical Society's monthly lunch and lecture will begin at noon at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Virginia Frank presents "The National Road." Bring your lunch; drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets $5, free for members. Information: 410-480-3250 or hchsmd.org/events.

Saturday, May 2

Classical concert The Columbia Pro Cantare concludes its 38th season at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia, with music from the "Great American Songbook." Performers include the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus and chamber singers, vocalist Harper Denhard, pianist Alison Gatwood and the Lexington Brass Quintet. Tickets are $23 in advance; $20 for seniors and students 16 and older ($2 more at the door). Information: 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or procantare.org.

Plant sale The Savage Community Association's annual spring plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Baldwin Hall, 9035 Baltimore St. Annuals, perennials, herbs and hanging baskets will be offered. Information: 301-776-3941.

Plant and bake sale The Cross Country Garden Club will hold its annual plant and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 9041 Chevrolet Drive in Ellicott City. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and homemade baked goods will be for sale. Information: 410-992-7680.

Concert Dominic LaRocca, Liz Fixsen and Friends, and Laurence Baer perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.

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Business forum The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber's Women in Business will host their 3rd annual Women in Government Contracting Forum from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 6, at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 14501 Switzer Lane in Laurel. Women business owners from all professional levels will converge and receive insight on the state of women-owned small businesses and how to expand their government contracting opportunities. Registration is $85; $60 for members. A continental breakfast will be served. Information: 301-725-4000 or bwcc.org.

Classical music Sundays At Three presents the Serafin String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

Community festival The 28th annual Savage Fest featuring live music, food, crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, jugglers, magic shows, history re-enactments, tours, dancing and more will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Baldwin Hall, 9035 Baltimore St. Information: savagecommunityassociation.com.

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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