Sunday, April 3

Ice-skating show The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its spring show, "Movie Adventures on Ice," at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Tickets are $10. Group discounts are also available. Information: 410-813-4026 or go to

Fundraiser The Horizon Councils and Rotary Clubs of Howard County host the third annual "Soup'r Sundae," a family event that features soups prepared by area restaurants as a fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Howard Hughes Corp. Building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is $20, $5 for children younger than 12 and includes unlimited soup, bread and ice cream. There will be music as well as arts and crafts activities for children. Tickets are available from Rotary Club members and by contacting Tickets will also be available at the door.

Piano concert Pianists Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng present a program of the great French masters at 4 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Program includes works by Bizet, Chabrier, Debussy, Milhaud and Poulenc. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students, faculty and staff. Information: 443-518-4800.

Monday, April 4

Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at Howard County Library's east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passport applications and photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.

Wednesday, April 6

School board meeting The Howard County Board of Education holds its quarterly meeting with the County Council at 8:15 a.m. in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-6680.

Thursday, April 7

Business workshop The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Business Resource Center, along with the Greater Baltimore SCORE, Chapter 3, presents "How to Grow Your Business Using Social Media," from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road, North, Columbia. Cost is $49. Information: 410-313-6550.

Saturday, April 9

Fair Howard County Library's annual Children's Discovery Fair for children ages 3-5 takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Howard County Library's east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Theme for the fair is "One World, Many Children," and the event features hands-on activities relating to school readiness — including games, songs, crafts and stories from around the world. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-1940 or 410-313-7750.

Concert Voices 21 presents, "Love Divine — Music for the Soul," a concert of spiritual songs and motets at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free. Donations accepted at the door. Information: 240-643-6563.


Lecture Howard County Library presents author Alexander McCall Smith from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 10 at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. McCall Smith will speak on the topic, "The Very Small Things of Life," as he promotes book 12 in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. Registration is required. To register: 410-313-7700 or

Open house The Columbia Jewish Community School and Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold an open house April 10. The program includes a bagel brunch, an opportunity to meet officials and staff from the school and synagogue, as well as visits to classrooms. Registration materials and discount coupons will be made available to new families that attend. Directions and information: 410-294-3205.

Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents its spring dance concert, "Spectrum!," at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. April 10 at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Information: 410-480-1686.

Free concert The Columbia Bands will hold a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at River Hill High School in Clarksville. Featured bands are the Columbia Concert Band and Columbia Jazz Band. The concert will consist of a variety of music, ranging from "Gandalf" to "Come Fly With Me." Information: 301-596-9783 or go to

Annual walk Special Olympics sponsors its 10th annual "Inspiration Walk" April 16 at Centennial Park. Proceeds from the event provide funding for a year-round sports training and athletic competition program in 19 sports for more than 500 Howard County children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 9:15 a.m. Pre-walk activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and warm-up exercises begin at 8:45 a.m. For more information and donation forms, call 410-740-0500 or go to

Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation's annual film series concludes Saturday, April 16, with "A Late Marriage." Screening takes place at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or

Gospel show The 9th annual Gospel Extravaganza will be held at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Lane in Columbia. Among the performers are the Sons of Harmony and Gospel Revelations, McDaniel College Gospel Choir, James Fenimore Cooper Male Chorus, and a steel-drum performance by Tage on Steel. Tickets are $20, $8 for children 12 and younger.

Proceeds benefit the Office on Aging's Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, which provides emergency financial assistance to senior citizens in need, and the Tau Pi Foundation Scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to college-bound high school students. Information: 410-313-6410 or 301-443-5214.

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