Monday, May 12

Open rehearsal The Columbia Orchestra invites the public to an open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville. Visitors can enjoy wine and cheese with the musicians during their breaks. Information: 410-465-8777.


Tuesday, May 13

Spring party The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support county nonprofits, holds its annual spring party beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Event includes a full buffet and open bar. Tickets are $100 per person. Information: 410-730-7840.

Wednesday, May 14

Meeting Rebecca Koford, a researcher in American genealogy, will speak on "Organizing Your Genealogy and Managing a Project Like a Professional" at the monthly meeting of the Howard County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Information: 410-313-1400.

Spring concert The Bain Center's Senior Choir performs its annual spring concert in the center's lobby at 11 a.m. May 14 at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-313-7213.

Thursday, May 15

Movie screening The Friends of Howard County Library presents a showing of the Oscar-winning film, "Her," at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free popcorn, soda and candy will be available. Refreshments will not be served after the start of the movie. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-7717.

Saturday, May 17

Concert The Howard County Historical Society presents "Three's a Crowd" at 7 p.m. at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City as part of its "Music in the Museum" concert series. The duo of Vicki Scarinzi and Richard Walton perform music by Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, Sheryl Crow and others. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-480-3250 or

Wine tasting The 22nd annual Wine in the Woods will be held Saturday and Sunday at Symphony Woods, 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia. In addition to sampling wine from more than 30 wineries, festival-goers can taste food from area restaurants and hear live music all day long. Information: 410-313-4700.

Concert Dominic LaRocca, Ronald Mariano's Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band and Kathy Stanley 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.


Fundraiser The 27th annual Greater Howard County CROP Hunger Walk will be held Sunday, May 18, with registration at 1 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. The walk of less than three miles begins and ends at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. The walk follows trails and pathways near Lake Kittamaqundi. For more than 40 years, Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty walks have been occurring across the U.S. for the purpose of putting an end to global hunger. Participants are asked to bring donations of canned and packaged foods. Walkers and supporters can register at For more information, call Bob Jordan at 410-245-9056.

Spring concert The Showtime Singers, a mixed-voice choral group, will perform its annual spring show at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Concert is free, but tickets are required and can be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis at the center. Information: 410-313-1400.


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