Sunday, Oct. 19
Antiques fair The annual Howard County Historical Society Antiques Appraisal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. All appraisals will be done by Todd Peenstra and Steve Gouterman. To have an item appraised, a spot must be reserved online at hchsmd.org/events or by calling 410-480-3250. Also books, antiques and boutique items available for purchase.
Dance fitness Choreographer Louis van Amstel leads a dance fitness master class at 11 a.m. at the Columbia Association Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville. Types of dance include the cha-cha, hustle, jive, Lindy hop and salsa. Tickets are $25, $30 at the door. Information: 410-531-0800.
Fair and expo The sixth annual Community Fair and Health Expo will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6520 Martin Road. The free event includes children's activities, food, music, a car wash, health information and short seminars. Health care providers will provide screenings and checkups, and many organizations will showcase their services. The event ends with a drawing for two children's bicycles and other prizes. Information: email email@example.com.
Monday, Oct. 20
Monthly meeting The Savage Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. in the F&M Center, 9032 Baltimore St. in Savage. Heather Cook of the Howard County Genealogical Society will speak. All are welcome. Information: 301-725-1241.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
Video games and ADHD The Greater Baltimore chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder will discuss the impact of social media and video games upon children and teens from a neuroscience perspective. Held at 7 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour Hop in a van in Columbia and depart for a day of touring local galleries and studios in Annapolis' Discovery Village. The tour meets at the Columbia Art Center at 10 a.m. and costs $45 per person, not including the cost of lunch.
Thursday, Oct. 23
Period music Music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque with Sine Nomine will be held at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia library branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Information: 410-313-7700.
Friday, Oct. 24
Hallowread The Hallowread book festival and convention for authors and fans of paranormal, urban fantasy, steampunk and horror opens Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday at the Roger Carter Community Center, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City. Tickets are $25-$75. Hours and information: hallowread.com or facebook.com/Hallowread.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Concert Columbia Pro Cantare performs a 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Performance of Gioachino Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" feature sopranos Jennifer Holbrook and Leah Serr, tenor John Noh, baritone Steven Eddy, pianists Alison Gatwood and Erik Apland, and Donald Fries on the harmonica. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and students. A free pre-concert lecture takes place at 7 p.m. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to procantare.org.
Discussion group HopeWorks, in partnership with Counselors Helping Asians/Indians, will host a discussion "South Asians Building Cultural Connections for Healthy Relationships" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Community members will explore the complexities of love and family, barriers to healthy relationships and available resources. Free. To register, go to wearehopeworks.org. Information: 410-997-0304.
Meet the author Jennifer Holland, author of books about animals, will appear for a book signing and discussion at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Admission is $5 per person, $10 per family. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html.
Classical concert The UU Chalice Concert Series opens its season with a solo recital by lutenist/guitarist David Rogers at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. A reception with the artist follows. Tickets are $20, $15 for students. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net/concerts.
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Charity walk The Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-mile walk will be held 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.
Movie with music The Jewish federation of Howard County presents "Orchestra of Exiles" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Movie is the story of Bronislaw Huberman, a celebrated Polish violinist who saved nearly a thousand European Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Tickets are $18 in advance, $15 for students. $20 at the door. Information: 410-730-4976 or jewishhowardcounty.org.
Classical music The Sundays At Three Concert Series presents pianist Brian Ganz at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Ganz will play the music of Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Craft and art show The 22nd annual Artfully Wilde Fine Craft Show will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. The show includes handmade items, including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, metal, paper and fiber. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Information: 410-782-5677.
Dance concert The Kinetics Dance Company presents "Emergent" at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $15 in advance, $10 for students; $18 at the door, $12 for students. For tickets and more information, call 410-480-1686 or go to kineticsdance.org.
Gospel concert Choirs from five Howard County churches will unite in a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. Choirs from Bethany, Glen Mar, Glenelg, Mt. Zion, and Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Churches will participate. All are welcome. Event benefits the American Cancer Society. There is no admission fee but a free-will offering will be taken. Information: 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290.
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