Datebook

Sunday, Oct. 10

Theater performance Red Branch Theatre Company presents "Bridge to Terabithia" through Oct. 23 at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18, $15 for students and seniors. Information: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com.

Art exhibit "Vanishing Howard County: A Collaborative Art Exhibition Pursuing the Themes of Conservation and Preservation in Howard County" runs through Nov. 1 in the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. Hours and information: 410-465-8877.

Art exhibits The Columbia Association Art Center kicks off its fall season with two solo exhibits by local painters. On display in the Main Gallery will be "… Anything But a Still Life" by Rhona Schonwald. In the Window Gallery is "A Sense of Place" by Chaya Schapiro. Shows run through Sunday, Oct. 10. Columbia Art Center is at 6100 Foreland Garth. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 410-730-0075 or columbiaartcenter.org.

"A Decade of Views" Paintings by watercolorist Bonita Glaser will be on display at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Show runs through Oct. 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

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, Oct. 11

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

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Seminar The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center, along with the Greater Baltimore SCORE Chapter, sponsors a seminar titled "Health Care Reform — What It Really Means to Your Business" from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, North, Columbia. Fee is $39. Registration and information: 410-313-6550.

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, Oct. 14

New season Howard Community College's student alumni theater group, Arts Collective, opens its 16th season with the musical, "On Broadway," beginning Thursday, through Sunday, Oct. 17. Also, for the first time, Arts Collective will offer a subscription series that gives subscribers the opportunity to buy tickets to all six productions or four of their choosing at a discounted price. Howard Community College is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Information: 410-772-4900.

Brown bag lunch Howard County Association of Volunteer Administrators meets from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. at 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Discussion will be about what businesses are looking for in volunteer opportunities and how organizations can entice businesses to volunteer. Information: 410-715-3179.

Golf tournament Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks presents the Celebration of Sports Golf Tournament at Timbers at Troy Golf Course in Elkridge. Information: 410-313-7275 or howardcountymd.gov/rap.

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, Oct. 15

Open house Everyone is invited to "A Day in the Life of a Farmer," from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville. Included in the program is a class on beekeeping and farm crops. Everyone gets to feed the animals, go through the corn maze, take a hayride and harvest a pumpkin. Cost is $6.75 per person. Registration and information: 410-489-2572 or farmquestions@sharpfarm.com.

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, Oct. 16

Open house Howard Community College celebrates its 40th anniversary with an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Members of the faculty will lead interactive workshops featuring EMT techniques, the language and culture of the Middle East, culinary demonstrations, yoga techniques, motorcycle training, the science of encrypting messages and more. There will also be games, prizes and free popcorn. Admission is free. Information: 443-518-1000

Concert series The UU Chalice Concert Series' 20th anniversary season begins at 8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, with saxophonist Tim Powell, accompanied by pianist Michael Adcock. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for those younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net/concerts.

Music Matters Showcase Billy J. Carter, Hank Alinger and Scott Sivakoff perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.

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Classical music The St. Louis Concert Series presents "Strings, Swans and Swells" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. Concert features the music of Bach, Schumann and Saint-Saens, performed by organists Paul Carroll and Dana La Rosa, violinist Melissa Hullman and cellist Doug Jameson. Admission is free. Information: 410-531-6040.

'Celebration of Sports' Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced that Elise Ray will be the keynote speaker at the annual "Celebration of Sports" at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City. Ray was captain of the 2000 United States women's gymnastics team that competed in Sydney, Australia. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased at 7120 Oakland Mills Road, online at howardcountymd.gov/rap or by phone at 410-313-7275.

Gala Gilchrist Hospice Care's 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: gilchristhospice.org.

Cultural event The Columbia Association hosts a Hispanic culture cafe from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row in Columbia. The event offers an afternoon of poetry, music, dancing and refreshments. There will also be a Spanish book exchange, "Feria del Libro." Free. Information: 410-715-3162.

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