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Centennial to host band competition

Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, will play host to a band competition, Marching Under the Stars, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the school's football stadium.

The program, being held under the auspices of the U.S. Scholastic Band Association, is scheduled to feature marching bands from 11 area schools, including Long Reach, River Hill, Reservoir and Centennial from Howard County.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $3 for students. Tickets purchased at the gate are $10; $5 for students.

Information: www.centen

Conservancy to hold its Fall Festival

The Howard County Conservancy will hold a Fall Festival, with live music, a working blacksmith shop, a plant sale, art show, children's activities and celebrations, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Visitors can listen to a hammer dulcimer, watch a blacksmith work, try spinning with raw wool and see a display of quilts and an art show. Presentations on the history and archaeology of the 400-year-old farm are also planned. Goats, guinea fowl, Leicester long-wool sheep and a craft activity area will be available for children.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 a car.

Information: 410-465-8877, or

Trumpeter Stafford to perform Saturday

Trumpeter Terell Stafford will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jim Rouse Theatre in a benefit for the Wilde Lake High School band program.

He is to be joined by Wilde Lake High alumnus Alex Brown on piano. Brown, a junior at the New England Conservatory of Music, has been named best jazz soloist by Down Beat magazine and recently joined the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet.

Wilde Lake senior Zach Brown, Alex's younger brother, will be on bass, and Chris Beck will be on drums.

Stafford, who has recorded five albums and performs with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, will give a free master class at 1 p.m. Saturday for all who hold tickets for the concert.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the school, www. instant or at Ellicott City and Cherry Tree Music and Arts centers.

Explorer post plans Goddard open house

Explorer Post 1275, a science and engineering-oriented club for those ages 14 to 20, will hold an open house at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

The club offers hands-on activities in astronomy, robotics, computer science, electronics, auto mechanics and other subjects. Trips, parties and other activities are also offered. The program is planned and managed by group members.

Friends and parents are welcome to attend the open house. For security reasons, those who attend must be United States citizens.

Information: John Wolfgang, 301-286-6610 or john.l.wolfgang

Leadership group to meet Oct. 12

The Association of Community Services, with support from the Columbia Foundation, is launching a new program in support of leaders of Howard County nonprofit organizations: The Gavel Group -- a quarterly session for board presidents.

Each session will focus on an aspect of board leadership and include a brief presentation, an opportunity for questions and networking opportunities.

The first session will be held at 7:45 a.m. Oct. 12 and will focus on board development. Barbara Lawson, chief executive officer of the Columbia Foundation, will lead the session.

Information or registration: 410-715-9545.

Help for teenagers whose parents split

The National Family Resiliency Center, a private nonprofit organization, is inviting teens in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades whose parents have experienced a separation, divorce or remarriage to participate in a teen support group.

The group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 17, at the NFRC Center, Suite 121, 2000 Century Plaza, off Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Teens can learn to understand and express their feelings about changes in their family relationship, hear about ways to address problems and learn ways to communicate with their parents and support each other.

Registration is required. A sliding scale of fees is available for group sessions.

Information: Kathy Helt, 410-740-9553 or e-mail, sales@

Learner permits tied to school attendance

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will require applicants for a Maryland learner's permit who are younger than 16 to demonstrate acceptable school attendance.

Applicants must submit a completed Maryland MVA Learner's Permit School Attendance Certification, form (DL-300), during the application process. The form must be completed by a school official or home-schooling coordinators in the applicant's jurisdiction. No more than 10 unexcused absences during the previous school semester are permitted.

Home-schooled students must certify that they were home-schooled during the previous school semester.

Copies of the school attendance certification form are available at www.maryland

Resource center aids cancer patients

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital, provides support and assistance to cancer patients and their families. Counseling and support services, a lending library, and a fully equipped salon offering free consultations are among its services.

Information: 410-740-5858, or

Immigration talk to continue Oct. 10

A public discussion on immigration and its impact on families and employment, held Sept. 20 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, will be continued from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road in North Laurel.

The programs are presented in partnership with the Howard County Office of Human Rights, the Howard County Commission for Women, the Howard County Health Department, the Howard County Library and Howard County Gtv.

Information: 410-730-0142.

Widows, widowers meet once a month

Howard County Young Widows and Widowers, a support and social group, meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.

The group offers an opportunity to meet new friends in a supportive environment.

Information: 410-740-5858.

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