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Sunday, June 23

Juneteenth The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. presents "From Slavery to Freedom: The Trials and Tribulations of James Too" at 3 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Free event include dance performances, singing, light refreshments and audience participation. Information: 410-715-1921.


Tuesday, June 25

'Power Foods for the Brain' A lecture with Dr. Neal Barnard will be held at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Barnard will discuss nutrition's effects on the brain and the diet changes that shield the brain from memory loss, stroke, and Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Barnard is a nutrition researcher and adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Free. Information: 410-313-1950.


Thursday, June 27

Outdoor program The Howard County Conservancy invites families to bring a picnic dinner to its annual Fiddlers and Fireflies program being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Learn about fireflies, make a firefly craft and listen to fiddle musician Steve Hickman perform as the fireflies begin to appear. Cost is $10 per car. Information: 410-465-8877 or

Managing rainwater runoff Seminar sponsored by the Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy will be held beginning at 7 p.m. at Kings Contrivance Community Association-Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Topics include the latest information on the Howard County Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee, conservation landscaping and rain gardens, native plants and the proper use of fertilizer, correct home gutter techniques and rain barrels and more. Refreshments will be served. Free. Information: 410-381-9600.

Saturday, June 29

Flea market/yard sale The Howard County NAACP Youth Council sponsors a flea market and yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. at Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. Furniture, antiques, jewelry, toys, clothing, household items, toys, baby items, books, dolls and more will be on sale. Information: 443-280-1935.

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Concert The Maryland All State Community Band will perform its first ever concert at 2 p.m. July 21 at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Band is under the direction of Harlan Parker of the Peabody Conservatory and will perform "Evokatah" by Mike Mogensen, "La Quintessenze" by Johan de Meij, "October" by Eric Whitacre, "Children's March" by Percy Grainger, and more. After audition, musicians from 16 Maryland Community Bands were chosen as members of the ensemble. Admission is free. Information: 301-793-0209.

Reggae music The Howard County Historical Society presents "Acoustic Reggae with Scotty P" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Scotty Paynter is a vocalist/songwriter associated with the Baltimore-based reggae band Jah Works. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-480-3250 or



•Centennial High School, Class of 1987, will celebrate its 26th reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12 at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and extends an invitation to the classes of 1986 and 1988. Activities include a happy hour on Friday and a tailgate party with a barbecue buffet preceding the homecoming football game on Saturday. To register and more information, go to

•Western High School's Class of 1978 will hold its 35th reunion on Nov. 9 and seeks contact information for graduates. Email or go to

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