Sunday, Sept. 23

Rock for Barack A "FUNraiser" to re-elect President Barack Obama will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. The event features local bands, singers and dancers. A donation of $25 is suggested. Information: 410-375-2931.

Monday, Sept. 24

Salon series The Columbia Art Center and Little Patuxent Review presents "Jazz Legends of Washington and Baltimore," featuring musician Seth Kibel and pianist Sean Lane from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 6100 Foreland Garth in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-730-0075.

Open house AT:LAST Inc. presents "Parents Night Out: Let's Talk Technology," an open house for parents of children with disabilities that will be held 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7050 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-381-2667.

Friday, Sept. 28

Concert The Town Center Community Association presents a vocal recital featuring the U.S. Army Field Band at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. The concert pays homage to vocalist Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Free; light refreshments will be served. Information: 410-730-4744.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Festival Celebrate Hispanic culture at the Columbia Association's 10th annual "Dia de la Familia" from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Columbia SportsPark, 5453 Harpers Farm Road. The free event includes a DJ playing Latin music, a salsa dance competition, food, a moon bounce, children's entertainers, arts and crafts, a Zumba demonstration, soccer games and more. Information: 410-715-3162.

Concert Folk singer Marc Douglas performs music from his newest CD, "DownHauler," at 8 p.m. at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Doors open at 7 p.m. to give concert-goers an opportunity to tour the museum before the concert. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available nearby at the Circuit Court House parking lot. Tickets are $20; $18 for society members. Information: 410-480-3250.

Music festival More than 40 artists will perform at six venues during the Main Street Music Fest being held all day in Ellicott City. The event coincides with the Ellicott City Business Association's Fall Arts Festival. This inaugural event features rock, pop, alternative, jam band, blues, acoustic, reggae, classic rock and other music. Information:


Classical music Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Brian Ganz in an all-Chopin program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those ages 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

Golf tournament The Columbia Association will host the second annual Coalition for a Healthy Maryland Golf Tournament on Oct. 5, at the Fairway Hills Golf Club, 5100 Columbia Road. The entry fee is $125 for individuals and $400 for foursomes, and includes greens fees and a cart. The tournament will be played in an 18-hole scramble format. Players will be able to use the practice range beforehand. Registration and breakfast begins at 8 a.m., and play begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch will be at 1 p.m., followed by a raffle and awards. Information: 410-715-3123 or email Carol Swanson at

Orchestra's new season The Columbia Orchestra opens its 35th season at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The program includes Beethoven's "Symphony No. 8," Bernstein's "Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah," and Enrico Chapela's "ínguesu." For tickets and more information, call 410-465-8777 or go to

Pets walk The Animal Advocates of Howard County hold their 12th annual "Walk For Paws" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 — rain or shine — at the Howard County Board of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. To register and for more information, call 410-880-2488 or go to

Awards dinner The Community Action Council holds its 17th annual Holland Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. University of Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson will be the keynote speaker. Retired educator Sydney Cousin will be honored as the Humanitarian of the Year, and Ascend One Corp. will receive the Service Award. Tickets are $74; $650 for a table of 10. Registration is required by Sunday, Sept. 30. Information:

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