Monday, April 25

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 27

Legal screening Attorney Paul Nathan will host the 60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Services include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. Program is open to all residents age 60 and older. Cost depends on income. Information: 410-313-1400.

Technology meeting The Howard Technology Council hosts its annual "Green IT Day" from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at E-Structors Inc., 7575 Washington Blvd. in Elkridge. Focus of the meeting will be on the full life-cycle of electronic equipment. Free. Information: 410-313-6550.

Thursday, April 28

School news The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. in the Board Room at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Both the afternoon and the evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, at which members of the public may address any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Information: 410-313-7194.

Friday, April 29

Film series Marvelous Movies ends its 19th season with "It's Always Fair Weather" at 7:30 p.m. at Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Film critic Mike Giuliano introduces the film and leads a short discussion afterward. Dessert and coffee will be  offered. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors and students. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Information: 410-730-3987.

Saturday, April 30

Earth Day The Howard County Conservancy will host its annual Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Activities will begin with a bird hike at 8 a.m., followed by tree planting, trail maintenance and service projects at 9 a.m. Master gardeners will host a plant sale and kids can make an Earth Day craft. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and tour the nature center. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to

Gospel show The ninth annual Gospel Extravaganza will be held 6 p.m. 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.


Classical music A concert featuring violin concertos will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Admission is $15, $8 for students 18-24 with ID, and free to those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 410-461-7793, ext. 501.

'Royal Fireworks' The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents music from England at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. The concert features Su-Young Nam, winner of this year's high school concerto competition, and includes music from the works of Handel, Holst, Vaughan-Williams, and Walton. Admission is free. Reception follows. Information: 410-531-6040.

Concert Columbia Pro Cantare presents "America Sings!," with the Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers, soprano MaryAnn McCormick, the Hollifield Station Singers, Lexington Brass Quintet, string player Jared Denhard, and violinist Dana Goode, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert features ballads, spirituals, Appalachian songs, and more. Advance tickets are $22, $20 for seniors and students, $25 and $22 at the door.  Group rates available for 10 or more. Information: 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or go to

Classical concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents the Gliss Trio Plus One playing string quartets by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Shostakovitch on May 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is $15 for adults, age 17 and younger admitted free with a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or go to

Blood drive Donations can be made between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. To make an appointment, call 410-381-4546 or email Walk-ins welcome.

Home tour The Villages of Columbia present the second annual Columbia Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5. Participants, armed with a tour guide book and map, will go on a self-guided tour of five homes in the Columbia villages. There will be tour guides at each location and guide visitors through the home's architecture and talk about its qualities. All ticket holders are invited to visit the newly renovated Owen Brown Community Center for a reception with refreshments and displays by Columbia Archives.

Tickets are $20 each and available at any of the ten Columbia village community centers. For more information, call 410-730-3987 or go to Proceeds benefit the One Month's Rent Initiative, a nonprofit that helps Howard County residents who are threatened with losing their housing.

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