Sunday, March 11

Concert Voices 21 performs the music of Elizabethan-era composer Thomas Tomkins, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Information: 240-643-6563 or

'The Merchant of Venice' Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents the Bard's tragic comedy through March 24 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. Tickets are $36, $29 for seniors (older than 65) and $15 for students. For showtimes and information, call 410-313-8661 or go to

Musical production Silhouette Stages presents "Avenue Q" at 3 p.m. at Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Information:

Tuesday, March 13

Landscaping class The Hickory Ridge Community Association sponsors "Butterfly Gardening" from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Master gardener Pat Greenwald will discuss basic principles to transform your garden into an ornamental butterfly habitat. Free. Information: 410-730-7327.

Thursday, March 15

Forum The Agriculture Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority will hold its Central Maryland Women in Agriculture Forum, "Forging New Bonds between Field and Table," from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Forum includes a variety of topics and speakers. Registration fee of $35 includes lunch and light refreshments. For registration or information, call 410-313-6500 or go to

"Healthy Food in Our Schools" The Howard County Conservancy presents the former director of food and nutrition for the Baltimore City school system and nationwide childhood nutrition consultant, Anthony Geraci, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Geraci's high-energy presentation encourages the nation's school systems to provide fresh and local foods to children every day. Points of interest: What are our kids choosing to eat today? What's happening to them as a result? How can we introduce and support healthy eating habits and menus? What does it take to change school cafeterias and home lunch boxes? Cost is $5 per family, free for all students. Information: 410-465-8877 or

Friday, March 16

Family bingo Game night will be held Friday March 16 at the Owen Brown Community Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and includes three cards and refreshments.

Saturday, March 17

Concert The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the Oakland Mills High School Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Advance tickets are $10, $5 for children under 12; $15 the day of the concert. Purchase tickets at The Other Barn or at Information: 410-730-1129.


Environmental education A youth-focused Earth Forum will draw attention to the ways local students are preparing for environmental challenges and working to improve ecosystems. A panel of experts will discuss issues including environmental literacy for graduation, the construction of a green school in the county and nature programs. Event will be held Sunday, March 18 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.

Classical music The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Eun Joo Chung at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes music by Schubert, Brahms, Chopin and Bach-Busoni. Tickets are $15, free for 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

Benefit concert The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness presents a benefit concert featuring the Fabulous Hubcaps at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Bridgeway Performing Arts Theatre, 9189 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Event begins with a silent auction at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 410-772-9300 or going to Tickets are $30 the day of the concert.

Observations from space Two events at Howard Community College this month will feature NASA scientists, who will present data and images from Earth-observing satellites. Topics include findings on climate change and the atmosphere, ice, oceans and land. A student event takes place March 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, in the Kittleman Room at Duncan Hall. A community event is scheduled for March 24 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Hall. Sponsors include Howard County, the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County and NASA. Events are free and refreshments will be served. For more information:

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