Sunday, Sept. 21
Open house The Robinson Nature Center celebrates its third anniversary with an open house from noon to 5 p.m. at 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Event will feature animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts, and visits to the center's planetarium, arboretum and discovery room. Information: 410-313-0400.
Monday, Sept. 22
Golf tournament Athelas Institute, a nonprofit providing housing, jobs and individual support to adults with intellectual disabilities, will host its 21st annual Athelas Charity Golf Tournament at Willow Springs Executive Golf Course in West Friendship. The event will include prize giveaways and lunch. Individual player cost is $100, $380 a foursome. For more information to play and/or sponsorship information, call Pat Owens at 410-964-1241, ext. 128 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 23
Barnyard Bash Ages 3 to 5 with a parent can enjoy stories and activities about farming at 10:30 a.m. at the Glenwood Library, at 2350 Route 97 in Cooksville. Registration required: 410- 313-5577.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
Classics Club A book discussion for ages 9 and up on classic novels meets at 7:15 p.m. at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Registration is required: 410-313-7800.
Thursday, Sept. 25
Late breakfast Howard County Agri-Business will host "Breakfast for Dinner" at 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Speaker is Ann H. Jones, director of Partners for Open Space. RSVP by noon, Sept. 23, by calling Charlotte Mullinix, 410-489-4510 or Martha Clark, 410-531-3455.
Friday, Sept. 26
PTSA pasta The Reservoir High School PTSA will host a homecoming dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. Tickets are $5 in advance if purchased at reservoirptsa.wikispaces.com, $7 at the door, free for children 5 and younger.
Saturday, Sept. 27
Family Time in Nature Chiara D'Amore, founder of Columbia Families in Nature, will discuss how time in nature with family strengthens bonds and cultivates environmentally responsible behavior in this program at 3 p.m. at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Families welcome. Information: 410-313-1950.
'Canticles and Canons' Recital featuring cellist Carolyn Rosinsky and pianist Chris Lennard will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Program feature the music of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Brahms and Beethoven. Admission is $10, free for those 15 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Reception follows. Information: uucolumbia.net.
"Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change" The one-man, one-act play by Jim Pfitzer explores the influences and challenges that led Aldo Leopold to write "A Sand County Almanac" will be staged at 2 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center Auditorium, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel. Free, no tickets required but seating is limited. Arrive early, doors will close when auditorium is at capacity. Information: 301-497-5565.
'Cabaret Night' Silhouette Stages presents local performers at 8 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Performances include singing, acting, dancing and comedy. Admission is $10, which includes food and drink at intermission. For tickets and more information, call 410-637-5289.
Dog walk The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League will hold a meet-and-greet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walk For Paws and Pet Festival at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia. Event will give prospective adopters, fosters, volunteers and dog lovers in general the opportunity to learn about and interact with these dogs. No adoptable dogs will be at this event. Information: magdrl.org.
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Classical music The "Sundays At Three Concert Series" presents the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. They will play Beethoven's Piano Trio Op.121a "Kakadu variations," Philippe Gaubert's "Trois Aquarelles," and Robert Schumann's Piano Trio No.1 in D minor. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Concert "Jazz in the Mills" presents vocalist Janine Gilbert-Carter at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. For tickets and more information, call 410-730-4610, 301-596-5128 or go to brownpapertickets.com/event/569396. Event is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association.
Festival The Howard County Conservancy will host its annual fall festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Event features a working blacksmith shop, hayrides, pony rides, a native plant sale, children's crafts, historic house tours and live music. Visitors can also listen to bluegrass music, watch blacksmiths ply their trade, and marvel at the history of this 300 year-old farm. Food will be available to purchase. Admission is $10 per car. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.
Lecture The Howard County Historical Society presents retired Community College of Baltimore County professor Bill Barry at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co., 8308 Main St. in Ellicott City. Barry will speak on his book, "The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 in Baltimore." No charge for the lecture, and there will be beer and food specials available. Information: 410-480-3250 or ellicottmillsbrewing.com.
Charity walk The Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Participants will meet at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Cost for either course is $25 for those registering on or before Oct. 19 and $30 after. 5K registrants can participate as individuals or in teams of three or more. Register 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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