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Glenelg jazz band to perform today

The award-winning Glenelg High School Jazz Band will be perform its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the school auditorium. This will be the last concert before renovations to the auditorium.

Saxophonist Ron Diehl is the guest soloist. He is a former saxophone soloist with the Navy Commodores and has played with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder.

Tickets are $7, and the proceeds will go toward the band's spring competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Spaces open for trip to flower show

Seats still remain for tomorrow's bus trip to the 2008 Philadelphia Flower Show, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Pickup is at 7 a.m. at the Long Gate Park & Ride in Ellicott City. The bus returns at 6 p.m. The trip, for those ages 18 and older, is $75 and includes admission.

This year's show has a New Orleans theme, as the city's French Quarter comes to life with live jazz, gardening and cooking demonstrations, shopping and garden displays.

Registration: 410-313-7275.

Spring forward in a 5K race

If you're looking to spring forward with more than just your clocks Sunday, take part in the 5K for the Y, a road race to benefit Y programs in Howard County. The race will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Long Gate Shopping Center in Ellicott City. Fees are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the race.

Entry forms may be picked up at Ellicott City Center Y, 4331 Montgomery Road.

Information: Amy Regel, Ellicott City Center Y fitness director, amyregel@maryland.org, 410-465-4334.

Author to present slide show, lecture

Pulitzer-Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul will present a slide-show and lecture on his book, Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Howard County Conservancy's Gudelsky Center. Weidensaul will also be available to sign copies of his book.

Return to America retraces the route taken by naturalist Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher in their 1953 book, Wild America, addressing how the North American wilderness has changed in the past 50 years.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students. Because seating is limited, reservations are suggested: 410-465-8877.

Directions: www.hccon servancy.org.

Columbia Ravens registration to begin

The Columbia Ravens Football and Cheer organization opens its registration from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Cedar Lane Park west recreation building. The Ravens tackle football program is for ages 6 to 14 and costs $160. Flag football is for ages 5 to 7 and costs $80. Ravens cheerleading is for ages 6 to 14 and costs $160. After tomorrow, registration is available at www.columbiaravens.com, and registration fees increase.

River Hill event to mark diversity

The River Hill Community Association is sponsoring a multicultural event to celebrate the diversity in the community from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville.

A variety of items, including crafts, will be offered.

Information: 410-531-1749.

Baseball discussion to be held tomorrow

The monthly meeting of "Talkin' Baseball," which is open to the public, will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Clay Davenport will discuss "Baseball Prospectus, 2008."

Get information on bus service

Questions about public bus transportation in the county will be answered at the Transportation Advocates meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia.

"State of Howard Transit" will be presented at the meeting by a panel of those responsible for providing public transportation in the county. The panel will answer questions about the status and plans for bus service.

The information will be useful for transit customers and for planning service as development of downtown Columbia proceeds.

Information: 410-992-1997 or 410-997-0793.

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