Sunday, Oct. 12

Monthly meeting The Columbia Ski Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia. Guests are welcome. For more information, go to

Monday, Oct. 13

Fine arts The Howard County Public Schools Fine Arts Advisory Council holds its annual Fine Arts College Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City. Evening is for all parents and students interested in pursuing a higher education in dance, music, theater or the visual arts. Event will include panels focusing on preparing for college and the admissions process. Professional artists will share their insights and experiences to offer students different perspectives on a career in the arts. Information: 410-313-6885.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

'The Other Son' The Jewish Federation of Howard County will host a 10:30 a.m. showing of "The Other Son," about Joseph, who as he prepares to join the Israeli army discovers that he is not his parents' biological son and that he was switched at birth with the son of a Palestinian family. Held at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia. Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 103 or

Boost Your Brain As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Glenelg Country School will host Dr. Majid Fotuhi presenting the lecture "Boost Your Brain Performance," at 7 p.m. in the school's Mulitz Theater, 12793 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City. It will be followed by a panel discussion. Free, open to the public. Information and registration: 410-531-7369 or go to

Wednesday, Oct. 15

'Flower Transfer/Pounding' Master Gardener Series program takes place at 2 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Flower transfer is the ancient method of transferring by hammering delicate patterns of leaves and or flower petals to cloth or paper. Admission is free. Information: 410-730-4610 or

Thursday, Oct. 16

Genealogical search The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will host the program, "Finding Miles Lassiter: My Journey to Home," at 7 p.m. Margo Williams tells about her genealogical research into stories and names from her mother, which led her to find a large, loving family and prominent ancestor named Miles Lassiter, born in 1777. Williams is a lecturer for the Family History Centers of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Information: 410-313-7860.

Friday, Oct. 17

Chasing dreams Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will host "Dreams to Reality — Dream Jars," at 3 p.m. Discuss books, characters and authors that inspire you to reach your dreams. Registration required: 410-313-5577.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Classical music The Candlelight Concert Society presents Israeli pianist Menahem Pressler performing his personal favorites at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center,10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Program features music by Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, Kurtag and Schubert. Tickets are $32, $30 for seniors and $12 for students. Information: 410-997-2324 or

Jazz music Concert by trumpeter Alex Norris takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Among Norris' musical influences are Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw. Tickets are $12-$26. Call 443-518-1000.

Music matters Rick Larocca, Brown-Smith Vibration and Laurence Baer 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.

Nature walk The Audubon Society of Central Maryland sponsors a nature walk from 9 a.m.. to 11 a.m. at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary, 6011 Boyers Mill Road in New Market. Participants will have an opportunity to see and identify the numerous fall migrant birds that use this sanctuary. Bring binoculars and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the sanctuary entrance, which is on the east side of Boyer's Mill Road. In the event of inclement weather, walk will be canceled. Information: 443-536-3071.

Craft and bake sale The Howard County Cat Club sponsors this event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the River Hill Giant, 6050 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville. In addition, cat-themed T-shirts, including some tie-dye as well as handmade jewelry, will also be on sale. The Howard County Cat Club is a no-kill cat rescue and the organization provides free cat behavior consultations by email, advises people who need new homes for their cats and shelters cats in a cage-free setting. Proceeds benefit the cats. Information:


Antiques fair The third annual Howard County Historical Society Antiques Appraisal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. All appraisals will be done by Todd Peenstra and Steve Gouterman. To have an item appraised, a spot must be reserved by registering online at or calling. 410-480-3250. Attendees will also have the opportunity to shop for books, antiques and boutique items at booths set up by local merchants. Call for more information.

Dance master class Choreographer Louis van Amstel leads a dance fitness master class that challenges and inspires people of all ages and fitness levels as they dance to a variety of music at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Columbia Association Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville. Types of dance include the cha cha, hustle, jive, Lindy Hop, salsa and more. Tickets are $25, $30 at the door. Information: 410-531-0800.

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. Sunday, Oct. 26, 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 Information: 410-997-0304.

Charity walk The Glen Mar Family 5k and 1-Mile Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. 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 Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank. Information: Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290.

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

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