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Dia de la Familia celebration Saturday

The Columbia Association will hold its fifth Dia de la Familia, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia SportsPark.

The event will feature disc jockey Bobby Nyk and catering by Zapata's restaurant. Miniature golf, the use of batting cages, a Moon Bounce, a balloon sculptor, raffles and other activities are planned. Admission is free and open to everyone.

The Columbia SportsPark is at 5453 Harpers Farm Road in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

Information: Kelly Cooper, 410-715-3104.

Soroptimists plan dinner meeting

Soroptimist of Howard County, a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at Bob Evans restaurant in Ellicott City.

Plans for projects, community service and fundraisers will be discussed.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Schedule unveiled for deer hunting

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced its fall and winter schedule of managed deer hunts.

The hunts will be held again this year to maintain a stable population of white-tailed deer in parks, the county government said.

The hunt will include a combination of bow and shotgun hunting. Hunting hours are dawn to noon. Each park will be closed to all other uses during the hunt.

In areas where bow and shotgun hunting are not suitable, the department will reduce the deer population using accurate, noise-suppressed firearms and licensed shooters. Those operations will be conducted during evening hours when parks are closed.

Sharpshooting is planned at the Alpha Ridge Landfill on the evening of Feb. 5.

Bow hunting is permitted at Blandair Park on Oct. 17, Nov. 7, 14 and 28, Dec. 5 and 19 and Jan. 9. Sharpshooting is planned on the evening of March 18.

Sharpshooting is planned at Daniels Mill Overlook on Tuesday evening and the evenings of Oct. 16 and 30.

Bow and shotgun hunting are permitted at David Force Park on Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and 11, Jan. 8 and Feb. 14 and 21.

Sharpshooting is planned at Gray Rock Open Space on the evenings of Oct. 2 and 23.

Bow and shotgun hunting are permitted at High Ridge Park on Oct. 22, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17.

Bow and shotgun hunting are permitted at Middle Patuxent Environmental Area on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12, Dec. 10 and Jan. 7 and 28.

Sharpshooting is planned at Rockburn Branch Park on the evenings of Jan. 22, Feb. 12 and March 4.

Shotgun hunting is permitted at Schooley Mill Park on Oct. 18, Nov. 29, Dec. 20 and Jan. 24 and 31.

Sharpshooting is planned at Timbers of Troy on the evenings of Jan. 15, Feb. 26 and March 11.

Sharpshooting is planned at Worthington Park on the evenings of Oct. 9, Feb. 19 and March 25.

Information: 410-313-1675.

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