Sunday, Oct. 26
Meet the author Jennifer Holland, author of books about animals, will appear for a book signing and discussion at 3 p.m. 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.
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. 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.
'The Odd Couple' River Hill High School's theatrical department presents Neil Simon's comedy at 2 p.m. at 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Tickets are $12. Information: 410-313-7120.
Monday, Oct. 27
Spook-tacular The Glenwood Library will celebrate Halloween "Sesame Street"-style with stories, activities, refreshments and a craft for children ages 2 to 6 accompanied by an adult. Costumes are welcome and registration is required. For more information, call 410-313-5579.
Tuesday, Oct. 28
Music Lab HiTech is hosting a "drop in" music lab at the Savage Library at 4 p.m. where students can test new music technology, record or mix their own music, or record their vocals. No registration is required.
Wednesday, Oct. 29
History Day research Students assigned a National History Day project can find assistance at the Glenwood Library beginning at 7 p.m. History Day judges will teach students, age 11-17, how to locate sources and other tips. Register by calling 410-313-5577.
Friday, Oct. 31
Halloween at Slayton House The Wilde Lake Community Association will hold its annual Halloween festivities at 4:30 p.m. at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Festivities include the Beale Street Puppets in "Halloween Hijinx" in the Slayton House Theatre and trick or treating in the village center. Event is for children ages 3-10. Wear your costumes! Tickets are $5. Information: 410-730-3987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted synagogue Beth Shalom Congregation hosts a Halloween celebration from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Costumed spirits join Rabbi Grossman as she recounts hair raising tales of ghosts and ghouls from the Jewish folk traditions of Eastern Europe. All are invited to come in costume. Plenty of candy for all. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-531-5115 or beth-shalom.net.
Saturday, Nov. 1
Classical concert The Unitarian Universalist Chalice Concert Series opens its season with a solo recital by lutenist/guitarist David Rogers at 8 p.m. 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.
Charity walk The Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-mile walk will be held at 9 a.m. 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.
Concert Paul Harrison, DL Weiner and Peggy Brennan perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Austin Gisriel will discuss his book, "Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser." Free. 410-740-1145.
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Movie with a musical prelude 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.
Concert Jazz in the Mills presents its Annual Holiday Jazz Extravaganza, featuring Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams, at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door. Information: 301-596-5128, 410-730-4610 or go to brownpapertickets.com/event/569396.
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