Sunday, March 25

Concert The Orchestra of St. John's presents its final concert of the season, "Great Masterpieces," at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Admission is $25, $10 for students 18-24 with ID, and free to those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 410-461-7793, ext. 501 or

Wednesday, March 28

Schools The Board of Education's Legislative Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the department's Lobby Conference Room ML 2, at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680

Thursday, March 29

Schools The Board of Education will meet with PTA presidents and the Community Advisory Council at 7:30 p.m. in the department's boardroom at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. The meeting is an opportunity for members of the PTA and the council to discuss issues and concerns with board members in an informal setting. Information: 410-313-6680.

Friday, March 30

Recital I-Hsuan Chiang performs a solo recital of cello sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Free. Information: 443-518-1500.

Saturday, March 31

Cooking and wine tasting Rabbi Douglas Heifetz and Oseh Shalom Synagogue invite the public to "Top Chef Oseh: An Evening of Food, Wine and Music," at 8 p.m. at 7515 Olive Branch Way in Laurel. The event includes a cooking competition, Passover wine tasting and a performance by Kol Sasson, an a capella group from the University of Maryland. Cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and includes tastes of all food entries in one of three categories. Wine tasting is an additional $5 fee. Tickets and more information: 301-498-5151 or

Classical music Violinist Yi-Hsin Cindy Lin, accompanied by pianist Pei-Rong Lo, performs chamber music at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Free. Concert feature works by Schumann, Dvorak, and Prokofiev. Tickets are $17, $11 for seniors and $6 for students. Information: 443-518-1500.


Singing stars The sixth annual Maryland Senior Idol competition takes place at 1 p.m. April 4 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road. Howard County representatives are Mary Ann Evangelista of Elkridge and Mary Ratcliffe of Columbia. Tickets are $6. Information: 410-313-1421.

Bridal showcase Historic Oakland's annual Bridal Showcase will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. April 15 at 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand to provide a look at products and services. The event also includes a free bridal planner, previews of fashions by the Bridal Boutique, live performances, food and cake sampling, and door prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Information: 410-730-4801 or

Spring party The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support the county's nonprofit organizations, will hold its 30th annual Spring Party from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 15 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $ per person. Information: 410-730-7840 or

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