Sunday, Sept. 25

Concert The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group, will present a Sacred Choral Concert at 6 p.m. at Alberta Gary United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford Road in Columbia. Concert is free and a love offering will be taken. Information: 301-498-7879 or thealleluias.org.


Monday, Sept. 26

Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passport applications and photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.

Friday, Sept. 30

Farmers' market A farmers' market is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 28 at Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6524.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Cabaret night Silhouette Stages presents this event featuring professional and amateur performers from the Baltimore/Washington area presenting songs, skits, and routines at 8 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. $10 admission includes food and drink at intermission. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Information: silhouettestages.com.

Classical music The Candlelight Concert Society presents the Ying Quartet at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Cost is $30, $28 for seniors, $12 for students (free for those ages 9-17 with paying adult). Information and tickets: 410-997-2324 or candlelightconcerts.org.

Chocolate Festival The Church of the Resurrection holds its Chocolate Festival from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 3175 Paulskirk Drive. There will be children's activities, demonstrations, raffles and pizza. Entry fee of $2 includes two samples, additional samples are 50 cents each. Proceeds benefit Resurrection's Palestinian sister church, Mary Mother of Sorrows, in the West Bank. Information: 410-461-2040.

Festival The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew hosts its annual Multi-Cultural Festival Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Event transforms Columbia's Kings Contrivance Interfaith Center into an international destination, featuring live entertainment by ethnic musicians and dancers, foods made from family recipes, a wine and beer garden, crafts, a themed children's activity area, guided church tours, icon painting demonstrations, and a silent auction. Information: stmatthewfestival.org.


Concert series The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series opens its 15th season on Sunday, Oct. 2, with the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15, ages 17 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

Literary event "The Promise of Poetry," with Terrance Hayes and Tara Betts, take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors and students, and are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/189722.

Meet the author Alice Hoffman reads from signs her latest novel, "The Dovekeepers," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Books available for purchase. Information: 410-313-7700.

Open house "A Day in the Life of a Farmer" will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville. Included in the program is a class on beekeeping and farm crops. Everyone gets to feed the animals, go through a mini corn maze, take a hayride, and harvest a pumpkin to take home. Cost is $6.75 per child (free for adults). Registration required by Wednesday, Sept. 28. For reservations and more information, call 410-489-2572 or e mail farmquestions@sharpfarm.com.


'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Bill Gilbert will discuss his book, "Now Pitching, Bob Feller." Free. 410-740-1145.

Festival Visitors can enjoy kids' crafts, tram tours, live music by Magpie, children's programs and more at the Patuxent Wildlife Festival being held 10 a..m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Free. Information: 301-497-5763 or patuxent.fws.gov.

"Fall Spooktacular" Event for children ages 3-12 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. There will be a magician, treats and games. Pre-registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10, $7 for center members. Information: 410-313-4840 or go to howardcountymd.gov/rap.

Announcements for the datebook may be sent by mail to The Baltimore Sun in Howard County, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; by email to howard.events@baltsun.com; or by fax to 410-332-6455.