Sunday, Aug. 24
School open house Beth Shalom Congregation will host an open house for its religious school at 4 p.m. at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Information: 410-531-5115.
Monday, Aug. 25
Ask the Pharmacist Don Hamilton, pharmacist, will provide free counseling on prescriptions and other medical concerns at 11 a.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. You must be a member of the center. Information: 410-313-1421.
Tuesday, Aug. 26
Nature's Song Parents and children ages 3 to 5 are invited to take a singing, dancing and hiking class at the Belmont Manor and Historic Park at 6555 Belmont Woods Road in Elkridge. The program is $10 per class, and registration is required. Information: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-4632.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Babes in the Woods Newborns and parents are invited to an outdoor hike at the Howard County Conservancy at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Children and parents will get in touch with nature. The program is $10 per session. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.
Thursday, Aug. 28
Drawn to creativity An Anime Club for ages 13 to 17 meets at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Meet fellow fans, enjoy a movie and snacks, and enter a drawing to win prizes. No registration required. Information: 410 313-7700.
Friday, Aug. 29
'Bride' on film The Columbia Association's Summer Lakefront Film Festival continues with "The Princess Bride" (PG) at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-715-3161 or go to columbiaassociation.org/services/lakefront-summer-festival. Also on Saturday at the same time.
Saturday, Aug. 30
Charity 10K and 5K run The 11th annual Ellicott City Labor Day Running Classic 10K and 5K (formerly the Knights of Columbus 10K Run) will take place beginning 8 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road. The event is presented by the Knights of Columbus St. Louis the King Council 11898 of St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, and helps support local charities, including the Arc of Howard County. There will also be a DJ, random prizes, post-race massages and a moon bounce. For registration and information, go to active.com, call Doug Angradi at 410-531-7594 or email knightsofcolumbus10kRun@verizon.net.
Dance concert Misako Ballet Company presents "Thumbelina," a free studio concert tailored to youngsters at 1 p.m. at 5485 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 203 in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-884-9690.
Concert Dejon, Scott Sivakoff, and the Silver Strings Quartet 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.
On the big screen Disney's "Wreck It Ralph" (PG) will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway as part of the Columbia Association's Summer Lakefront Film Festival. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-715-3161 or go to columbiaassociation.org/services/lakefront-summer-festival.
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Auditions Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for its 38th season. Among the works to be performed with soloists and orchestra are Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle," Handel's "Messiah," Amy Beach's "Grand Mass in E-Flat Major," and music from the "Great American Songbook." Rehearsals begin Sept. 2 and are held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Hammond High School in Columbia. Information: 410-730-8549.
History program The Howard County Historical Society presents "That Nest of Pirates on the Chesapeake: Baltimore and the War of 1812" with historian Wayne Schaumburg at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Schaumburg will discuss events leading up to the Battle of Baltimore and why the city was a strategic objective for the British after the victory at Bladensburg and the ensuing invasion of Washington. Admission is $5, free for society members. Information: 410-480-3250 or hchsmd.org.
Cookout Beer and BBQ with music, games and family activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Hammond Park, 10700 Glen Hannah Drive in Laurel. Proceeds support the Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Cost is $25, $20 for those younger than 21 or not drinking, $10 for children under 12. Information: email email@example.com.
Health fair The Coalition Halting Obesity in Children Everywhere and the River Hill Community Association will host the second annual River Hill Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Village Center, 6020 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville. The event features free health screenings, games, door prizes and more. For more information, call 410-531-1749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity walk The Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Participants will meet at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Cost for either course is $25 for those who register on or before Sept. 15 and $30 after Sept. 15. 5K registrants can sign up to participate as individuals or in teams of three or more. Register by Oct. 9 at http://www.active.com/ellicott-city-md/running/races/glen-mar-family-5k-and-1-mile-walk-2014?int. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank. Information: Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290.
Reunion Howard High School's Class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion Oct. 10-12 at the Beach Plaza Hotel in Ocean City. For more information, contact Priscilla Hammond at 410-340-3700.
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