Sunday, May 18

Wine tasting The 22nd annual Wine in the Woods will be held 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.


Culture Fest The Columbia Association and the Howard County Library will host the North Africa and Middle East Culture Fest from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. The event is free and open to the public and will offer snacks and refreshments from select North African and Middle Eastern countries.

Fundraiser The 27th annual Greater Howard County CROP Hunger Walk will be held, with registration beginning 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 cropwalk.org. 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. 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.

'Ragtime' theater The Howard County Arts Collective presents the Tony Award-winning musical "Ragtime" at 3 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $15; $12 for members of the military and seniors 60 and older; $10 for students with ID. Information: 443-518-1500 or howardcc.edu/artscollective.

Monday, May 19

Speak out The Howard County Council holds its monthly public hearing at the George Howard building in Ellicott City. For a list of items to discuss, go to howardcountymaryland.gov.

Tuesday, May 20

Talking youth Voices for Change, an organization for students in eighth through 12th grades that focuses on issues affecting Howard County youth, will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation and Parks office, 7120 Oakland Mills Road. New students are welcome and should RSVP to mmekelburg7@verizon.net.

Wednesday, May 21

Memorial Mass St. Michael Catholic Church will host a special Mass for parents and families who have lost a child at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 1200 St. Michael Road, Mount Airy. Information: Linda Gasch at 443-812-0751 or lindagasch08@msn.com.

Thursday, May 22

Anime for all Anime Club meets at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, at 7 p.m. Meet fellow fans, enjoy a movie and snacks, and enter a drawing to win prizes. For ages 13 to 17. No registration required.

Saturday, May 24

Living planet Living Places, Living Planet, a program with the Maryland Zoo and Baltimore's ZOOmobile, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Learn about what living things need to survive and the global resources that animals and humans must share. Contact with animals may occur. For ages 6 to 12 Space is limited; tickets available at Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.



Wine tasting The Howard County Conservancy holds its eighth annual "Wine in the Garden" event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Visitors can walk through the garden tasting wine and craft beer, sample food from local restaurants, listen to bluegrass music and browse a large silent auction with artwork, getaways and more. Activities move indoors in the event of bad weather. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 after May 18. For more information, call 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' The No Boundaries Theatre Troupe presents this musical satire of corporate life and office politics Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1, at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 410-313-2787.

Fun run Temple Isaiah sponsors the 10th annual Matzohball 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 1 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.  Music and entertainment will be provided.  A portion of the proceeds benefit DreamBuilders and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.  Register at active.com.

Tournament The Clarksville Lions Club will hold its 34th annual golf tournament on Friday, June 13 at the Fairway Hills Golf Club in Columbia. A shotgun start will begin the tournament at 1 p.m. followed by a banquet. For more information, call Chip Sraver at 410-730-7766 or Bob Bruce at 301-854-0096.

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