Sunday, Sept. 5

'Above the Changing Landscape' Aerial photographs exhibit by Peter Stern runs through Nov. 26 in the Himmelfarb Gallery at Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 410-888-9048 or

Art exhibition Exhibit featuring works in various types of water media runs through Sept. 24 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or

Farmers' market Site is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays through November at Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Information: 410-313-6524.

Monday, Sept. 6

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

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Farmers' market Site is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through October at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6524.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Seminar The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center, along with the Maryland Small Business Development Center, sponsors a seminar titled, "Smart Start to Business Success," from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, North, Columbia. Fee is $55. Registration and information: 410-313-6550.

Bluegrass music Laurel Historical Society will host singer/songwriter and trustee of the International Bluegrass Music Museum George McCeney at 6 p.m. at the Laurel museum, 817 Main St. Also performing are students from the Laurel School of Music. Free. Information: 301-725-7975 or

Farmers' market Site is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through November at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Information: 301-934-9004.

Friday, Sept. 10

Book sale Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church will hold its annual book sale from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. Event includes more than 20,000 books for sale. There will also be a large assortment of DVDs, videos, CDs, tapes and records. Children's books and paperback books will be priced at 50 cents and hardbacks will sell for $1. Antiquarian books, autographed books and a limited number of near-fine books are priced individually and higher. Information: 410-489-0063 or 410-442-2475.

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

Saturday, Sept. 11

'Pooches' Pool Party' A swim/splash party for dogs and their human buddies will be held at Roger Carter Recreation Center, 3676 Fel's Lane in Ellicott City. Session one takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; session two will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per pooch. No fee for people, no more than two people per dog, handlers must be 18 or older, no one younger than 12 admitted, no more than one dog per handler. Dogs must be nonaggressive and peer-friendly. Off-leash park rules apply. Advance registration required. Information: 410-313-7275 or

Jazz and food The Columbia Chapter Club Dejouir Inc. holds its "Jazz Supper," featuring the Charles Rahmat Woods Jazz Quartet, at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Tickets are $75. Tickets and information:

Toastmasters club New club in Ellicott City meets from 11 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 4331 Montgomery Road. Information: 410-965-7690.

Flea market The "Pink" Flea Market, to benefit Success in Style, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at 10301 Derby Drive in Laurel. Community-wide yard sale features hundreds of items for sale, including furniture, electronics, books, children's toys and small appliances. Information: 410-750-6475.

Retreat The Bon Secours Spiritual Center sponsors "It Takes Two to Reconcile," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. In this retreat, led by Gordon Creamer, participants will explore the various components of forgiveness and reconciliation. Event also includes meditation, discussion and hands-on exercises. Cost is $55. Registration and information: 410-442-1320 or

Music Matters Showcase Jillian Borchard Band, Rick Larocca, and Casey Smith perform at 6:30 p.m. at Classic Cup Café, 10805 Birmingham Way, Woodstock. Free. Information: 410-750-7200.


Workshop A financial workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia. Topics include budgeting and saving, credit scoring and the new credit rating climate, and mortgages and housing. Free. Information: 877-753-3048 or 410-740-4263.

Festival Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon will hold its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 2. Event features traditional activities as well as new attractions, including a $25,000 prize give-a-way. Admission is $2, $1 for children 12 and younger, or $5 per family. The farm is at 1372 Frederick Road. Information:

Golf tournament Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks presents the Celebration of Sports Golf Tournament on Oct. 14 at Timbers at Troy Golf Course in Elkridge. In addition to placement awards, prizes include longest-drive holes, closest-to-the-pin holes, and hole-in-one contests. Fees are $340 per foursome/$85 individual, and include greens fees, golf cart use, awards, special hole prizes, driving range use and lunch. Registration and information: 410-313-7275 or

Gala Gilchrist Hospice Care 25th annual Taste & Auction of Howard County will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. Event features cash prizes, a silent and live auction, one-day sport fishing trip, two Baltimore Ravens football helmets autographed by quarterback Joe Flacco and tight end Todd Heap, and a baseball signed by former Oriole Rick Dempsey. Tickets are $75 in advance; $85 at door. Raffle tickets for cash prizes are $25 each or five for $100. Information:

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