Howard County datebook Datebook

Sunday, Oct. 6

Festival The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew hosts its sixth annual Multi-Cultural Festival beginning at 11:30 a.m. at 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Event features live entertainment by the region's most popular ethnic musicians and dancers. There will also be food, a wine and beer garden, crafts, children's activities, guided church tours, painting demonstrations and a silent auction. Free. Information: 410-381-2284.


Concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents Heather Adelsberger and Friends at 4 p.m. at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Free admission. Information: 410-531-6040.

Tuesday, Oct 8

'Success in Aging' A wellness seminar sponsored by the Office on Aging will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Program is a candid look at how older adults define success as individuals, as members of society and the value success has on aging with quality and self-esteem. Speaker will be Dr. Mary Carter, associate professor of Gerontology at Towson University. Free, light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Karen Hull at 410.313.7466 or email her at khull@howardcountymd.gov

Wednesday, Oct. 9

"Dig Up Your Ancestors Online" The Howard County Genealogical Society's holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Program includes a presentation by Eileen Souza, owner of Old Bones Genealogy. She will divulge search tips and tricks. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-313-1400.

Film screening In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness presents a screening of "Here One Day" at 6:30 p.m. at Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 110 in Columbia. Film is a candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved. A discussion with the director follows screening. Free admission. Information: 410-772-9300.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Bird club meeting Bruce Peterjohn gives a presentation, "Hummingbirds of the Mid-Atlantic Region," at 8 p.m. during the monthly meeting of the Howard County Bird Club at Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Information: howardbirds.org


Friday, Oct. 11

Bras for a Cause In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Maryland chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists will hold a gala at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville. Event includes dinner, open bar, music and a model runway show followed by an auctioning of the many donated custom-made bras. In addition, a Silent Auction is planned and raffle tickets for a Nissan Altima can be purchased for $50. Gala tickets are $50 per person. Information: 410-615-1205.

Savage history The Savage Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. at the F&M Center, 9032 Baltimore St. Topic of the meeting is, "A Discussion of Growing Up in Savage at Halloween." Free and open to the public. Information: 301-725-1241.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Creepy Creatures The Howard County Conservancy presents a program on warty, slimy, hairy, scaly, slithery animals such as toads, worms, spiders, snakes. Held at 10 a.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Free. Information: 410-465-8877.

Beekeeping seminar The Howard County Beekeepers Association offers a one-day seminar beginning at 10 a.m. at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Participants can learn basic facts about honey bees, plant pollination, and the fundamentals of beekeeping. Topics include honey bee biology, benefits of keeping bees, obtaining and installing your bees, getting and setting up your beekeeping equipment, inspecting your bees and products of the hive. Registration fee is $20. Information: 410-313-0400.


Festival Alberta Gary United Methodist Church hosts its annual Apple Butter Festival and Yard Sale beginning at 8 a.m. at 9405 Guilford Road in Columbia. Visitors can watch apple butter being made and various apple-related items will be for sale. Lunch available. Information: 301-725-6307.


Concert Choirs from five area churches and the Columbia Brass Quintet will join together for a concert benefiting the American Cancer Society at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. There is no admission price, but a free-will offering will be taken. A reception follows the concert. Information: 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290.


•Centennial High School's Class of 1987 will celebrate its 26th reunion Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12 at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. 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 Saturday. For information and registration, go to centennial1987.reunionmanager.com.

•Northeast High School's Class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion "Homecoming Dance" from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 12 at Michaels 8th Ave., 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. Alumni from all classes are invited. There will be an open bar and music by DJ Commander Jim. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, contact Cyndi Siemon at 410-858-3441 or cynteeter@verizon.net; Jean Cyford at 410-255-3217 or jcyford555@comcast.net; Verna Marlow at vlmarlow@aacc.edu.

•Howard High School's Class of 2003 will hold its 10-year reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Frisco Tap House and Brewery, 6695 Dobbin Road in Columbia. $30 ticket price includes open bar and light appetizers. RSVP by Oct. 5 to howard2003reunion@gmail.com.

•Western High School's Class of 1978 will hold its 35th reunion Nov. 9 and seeks contact information for graduates. Email westernhigh1978@gmail.com or go to westernhigh1978.com.

•Mount Hebron High's Class of 2003 will hold its 10-year reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 30 at Silo.5%, 1200 Steuart St. in Baltimore. Tickets are $58 per person and must be purchased in advance by going to mthclassof2003reunion.eventbrite.com. For more information, call Meagan McDaniels at 410-935-0644 or Ashley Cook at 410-530-0024.

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.