Sunday, Oct. 7

Capitol Steps The League of Women Voters of Howard County presents this comedy troupe that pokes fun at Democratic and Republican political figures and policies at 4 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $40. Information: 301-466-7242.


Multicultural festival The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew hosts its fifth annual multicultural festival featuring free live entertainment by the region's most popular ethnic musicians and dancers at 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. The event, beginning at noon, also features food, a wine and beer garden, crafts, children's activities, guided church tours, painting demonstrations and a silent auction. Information: 410-381-2284.

'Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training Day' Terrapin Adventures hosts this annual event beginning at 10 a.m. at 8600 Foundry St. Participants will train on the challenge course to ensure that they will have the skills to outrun, outclimb and outwit zombies. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Tickets are $75 per person. Information: 301-725-1313.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Lecture George Clack, a social-media consultant to the U.S. Department of State, will speak on "21st Century Diplomacy and Social Media" at 7 p.m. at the Ellicott Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-313-1400.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Mental health program The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosts, "In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness," at 7 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia. The presentation will be given by people who cope everyday with the reality of their illness. Free. Information: 410-772-9300.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Panel discussion The "Choose Civility Symposium," a forum with Korva Coleman of National Public Radio, author Henry Alford, Andrew Green of The Sun and David Frum of Newsweek and The Daily Beast will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. information: 410-313-7750.


Saturday, Oct. 13

Dance concert Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "Sweet," a collection of eight contemporary dances at 7:30 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students; $5 for children 12 and younger. Call 410-480-1686.

Concert Rich Levinson and Friends perform in a free "Music Matters" showcase at 5 p.m. at Anna's Cafe, 8827 Centre Park Drive, Suite D in Columbia. Free. Information: 443-565-4131.

Talkin' Baseball The regular meeting features Tim Gay, who will discuss his book, "Satch, Dizzy, and Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson," at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens of Columbia, 7110 Minstrel Way, Suite 1. Information: 410-740-1145.

Open house Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company hosts its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1330 Woodbine Road. Planned activities include hands-on demonstrations of fire and emergency medical equipment, practicing "two ways out" in the fire safety trailer, information booths and station tours. Information: lisbonvfc.org.



Basketball "The Maryland Magic," a 12-and-under travel basketball team, will hold open tryouts for the coming season from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane in Ellicott City. All are welcome. Information: 443-418-6033.

Awards dinner The Community Action Council holds its 17th annual Holland Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. University of Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson will be the keynote speaker. Retired educator Sydney Cousin will be honored as the Humanitarian of the Year, and Ascend One Corp. will receive the Service Award. Tickets are $74; $650 for a table of 10. Registration is required by Sunday, Sept. 30. Information: cac-hc.org.

Classical music The Candlelight Concert Society presents the Borromeo String Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $30, $28 for seniors and $12 for students. Information: 410-997-2324 or candlelightconcerts.org.

Concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cellist Bo Li and pianist Kuei-l Wu, joined by violinist Ronald Mutchnik, at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those ages 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

Awards dinner The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support nonprofits, will recognize the county's philanthropists at its annual dinner, "A Celebration of Philanthropy," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The foundation will present the first annual "Philanthropist of the Year" awards at the event. Tickets are $75 and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert. Information: 410-730-7840 or columbiafoundation.org.

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