Monday, July 2

Movie time The Columbia Association Summer Lakefront Film Festival continues with "The Smurfs" (rated PG) at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 410-715-3161 or go to


Tuesday, July 3

Bluegrass music Savage Bluegrass plays at Sam and Elsie's Bar and Restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd. N. in Laurel, starting at 7 p.m. No cover charge. For directions and information, call 301-317-7796.

Wednesday, July 4

Parade and food drive Volunteers from "Food for Tomorrow" will be marching in the Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th parade, with collection baskets and a truck. Parade watchers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate. The parade with begin at Longfellow Elementary School, 5470 Hesperus Drive in Columbia, at 10 a.m. and follow the Hesperus Drive horseshoe connecting with Eliot's Oak Road. All food donations will be given to the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, call 410-730-4024.

Friday, July 6

On the big screen As part of the Columbia Association Summer Lakefront Film Festival, "Men in Black: Part One" will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 410-715-3161 or go to

Latin Salsa Night Dance to a mix of salsa, merengue, rumba, mambo and more at That's Dancing Ballroom & Dancesport Center, 8610 Washington Blvd., Ste. 203 in Jessup. There will be a group lesson, as well as snacks and refreshments. Class is 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $20; $15 after 9 p.m. No jeans, please. For more information, call 410-792-0091 or 301-776-0085, or visit


Music by the lake The Retro-Rockets, a six-piece oldies band specializing in music of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and beyond, will perform as part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 8 at 10275 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. The band will play favorites by Chuck Berry, Etta James, Roy Orbison, Elvis, the Drifters, Jimmy Buffet and more. Free. In the event of rain, the performance will be canceled. cCall 410-715-3127 for updates. For more information, call 301-596-2017.

Fiddlers and fireflies As the fireflies flicker in the tall grasses, listen to Steve Hickman's band perform fiddle music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 12 at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Kids will also learn interesting facts about fireflies and are invited to make a firefly craft. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket or chairs. Cost is $10 per car, purchased on site only. For more information, call 410-465-8877 or go to

Food, farms and film The third annual "Feastival" takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 17 at Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City. The event is a celebration of the county's local food movement, highlighting the connection between farms, restaurants, food producers and the community. It also serves as the kickoff to Howard County's Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks — July 18-Aug. 6 — the annual food extravaganza during which restaurants incorporate locally grown products to serve farm-fresh meals at attractive prices. It will also promote the start of the "Buy Local Maryland Challenge," July 21-29.

The cost is $5, with proceeds going toward Farmers' Market coupons redeemable for free fresh fruits and vegetables for county families through the WIC program and the Howard County Food Bank. Advance registration required at For more Feastival information, call 410-313-2707.

Reunion The Baltimore City College Class of 1962 will hold its 50th reunion celebration on Oct. 13 at the Pikesville Hilton. For information, graduates of the February or June class should call 410-381-6506 or email

Anniversary Boy Scout Troop 306 of Catonsville celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and is looking for former scouts and committee members associated with the troop to come together for a picnic on Sept. 23. Contacts are: Dennis Gray, 443-286-2545 or, or Kathy MacLeod,


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