Sunday, Oct. 24
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.
Gala Gilchrist Hospice Care's 25th annual Taste & Auction of Howard County will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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.
New season Howard Community College's student alumni theater group, Arts Collective, opens its 16th season with the musical "On Broadway." 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. Show time and information: 410-772-4900.
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.
"Yumi Hogan: Two Worlds Collide in Unison" Exhibition of Korean ink drawings and paintings will be on display in the Art Department Gallery at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, through Nov. 14. Also, an exhibition of painter Raoul Middleman's work will be held at the same time in the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Information: 443-518-4800 or http://www.howardcc.edu.
"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 Friday, Oct. 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Sunday. 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. 25
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. 27
Anniversary celebration Amy Dickinson, author of the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy" and author of "The Mighty Queens of Freeville," will be the keynote speaker at the Columbia Foundation's annual Dinner and 40th Anniversary Finale being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Court in Clarksville. Tickets and information: columbiafoundation.org.
Farmers' market Site is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6524.
Thursday, Oct. 28
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. 29
Halloween Daisy the Clown performs three free shows at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Amherst House in the Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Trick-or-treating in the village center takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Event also includes a haunted house sponsored by the Hammond High School Music Department. Information: 410-381-9600.
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. 30
Music Matters Showcase Tres Amigos, Carl Ayers and Billy J. Carter perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sweet Bakery and Café, 8143 Main St, Ellicott City. Information: 410-964-8671.
Trick or Treat A Halloween-themed magic show, featuring Miss Julie and Turner Dean, takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in The Mall in Columbia's Lord & Taylor Court. After the show, a mall-wide trick-or-treat will begin and children in costumes will receive candy and treats from participating retailers. Event is for children 12 and younger. Mall is at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: themallincolumbia.com.
Workshop The Howard County Commission for Women will sponsor a workshop titled "Getting Ahead: How to Move from Surviving to Thriving in This Economy," from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. Information: 410-313-6400.
Gala celebration Temple Isaiah celebrates its 40th anniversary with a "Casino Night Gala Celebration" beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the temple, 1220 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. Gala features a DJ, dancing and food. Tickets are $75 per person. Information: 301-317-1101.
Marathon The 34th Columbia Metric Marathon & 5K, sponsored by the Howard County Striders, takes place beginning at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Lakefront in Columbia. There will be numerous age-group awards and a post-race pizza party. Those interested can register at active.com, and paper registration available at area running stores and at striders.net. Information: 410-730-0749.
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