Sunday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat A Halloween-themed magic show, featuring Miss Julie and Turner Dean, takes place at 10 a.m. in The Mall in Columbia's Lord & Taylor Court. After the show, a mallwide trick or treat will begin and children in costumes can collect candy and treats from participating retailers. Event is for children 12 and younger. Mall is at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: themallincolumbia.com.
Art exhibit "Vanishing Howard County: A Collaborative Art Exhibition Pursuing the Themes of Conservation and Preservation in Howard County" runs through Monday, 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.
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, Nov. 1
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, Nov. 3
Executive breakfast The Howard County Technology Council hosts a breakfast titled "Building a Foundation for Growth," 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia. Cost is $25. Registration and information: 410-313-6550.
Thursday, Nov. 4
School news The Howard County Board of Education holds a luncheon meeting with student leaders at noon in the department's board room at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. There also be a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. at the same location. There will not be an evening session. Meeting begins with a public forum, when members of the public may address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Information: 410-313-7194.
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, Nov. 5
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, Nov. 6
Classical concert "A Musical Celebration," featuring members of Howard Community College's music faculty, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Smith Theatre in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, faculty and staff. Information: 443-518-4800
Home-buying workshop The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development and Office of Consumer Affairs joins Civil Justice Inc. and the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition to present a workshop on home buying and mortgage loans and how to avoid mortgage and foreclosure fraud. Workshop takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Information: 410-313-6420.
Meeting The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold a meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Organization is recruiting and referring community members to local nonprofit and government agencies who need volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery. Information: 410-715-3179.
Workshop The Howard County Commission for Women will sponsor a workshop titled "Getting Ahead: How to Move From Surviving to Thriving in This Economy," 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. Information: 410-313-6400.
Music Matters Showcase Andy Lutrell, with Shane Grimm, Happy Haines and Alex Culbreth, performs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sweet Bakery and Cafe, 8143 Main St., Ellicott City. Information: 410-964-8671.
Classical concert "Sundays at Three" concert series presents the Monument Piano Trio, featuring violinist Igor Yuzefovich, cellist Darius Skoraczewski and pianist Michael Sheppard, Sunday, Nov. 7, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15. Those younger than 18 admitted free with adult. Information: 410-992-0145 or go to sundaysatthree.org.
Gospel concert The Cathedral Choir of St John Baptist Church and the Columbia Orchestra perform a "Sounds of Praise Concert" at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-992-6977.
Open house Gan Israel Preschool and Kindergarten will hold an open house at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10. The school is accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year and places are available for the 2s, 3s, 4s and kindergarten levels. School offers part-time and full-time programs, as well as before- and after-care options. Rolling admissions and tuition assistance are available. There will be an opportunity to meet teachers and staff and hear about both the secular and Judaic curriculums. All faiths are welcome. School is at 770 Howes Lane in Columbia. Information: 410-740-2424 or GanIsrael@comcast.net.
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 disc jockey, dancing and food. Tickets are $75 per person. Information: 301-317-1101.
'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 13, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Steven Selzer will discuss his book, "Meet the Real Joe Black." Free. 410-740-1145.
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; paper registration available at area running stores and at striders.net. Information: 410-730-0749.
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