Sunday, Sept. 30
Classical music Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents pianist Brian Ganz in an all-Chopin program at 3 p.m. 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 sundaysatthree.org.
'Say Yes to the Dress and Save A Breast' This mother/daughter event, sponsored by the Saint Agnes Breast Cancer Center, takes place at 2 p.m. at Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. Program promotes breast health awareness and education, and include tea and light fare, a fashion show and dress sale offering gently used semi-formal and formal dresses. There will also be a screening of the documentary, "A Daughter's Story." Tickets are $25. Information: 410-368-2306.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
'Freedom to Read' The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society presents Michael Dirda and Jeannette Seaver reading from and discussing "The Tender Hour of Twilight," Richard Seaver's book about the historic role of Grove press in overcoming American censorship laws. Event will be held at 2 p.m. in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Performing and Visual Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Free. Information: 443-518-4568.
Thursday, Oct 4
Flower Show The Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland presents "Wine and Roses" at 12:30 p.m. at Linganore Wine Cellars and Vineyard, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Free. information: 410-795-6432.
Friday, Oct. 5
Golf tournament The Columbia Association will host the second annual Coalition for a Healthy Maryland Golf Tournament 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 email@example.com.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Orchestra's new season The Columbia Orchestra opens its 35th season at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. 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 columbiaorchestra.org.
Festival The Howard County Conservancy's fall festival, featuring a working blacksmith shop, hay rides, pony rides, a native plant sale, children's crafts, historic house tours and live music, will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Food available for purchase. Tickets are $10 per car. Information: 410-465-8877.
Pets walk The Animal Advocates of Howard County holds their 12th annual "Walk For Paws" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — rain or shine — at the Howard County Board of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-880-2488 or go to animal-advocates.org.
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: cac-hc.org.
Classical music The Candlelight Concert Society presents the Borromeo String Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $30, $28 for seniors and $12 for students. Information: 410-997-2324 or candlelightconcerts.org.
Awards dinner The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support nonprofits, will recognize the county's philanthropists at its annual dinner, "A Celebration of Philanthropy," being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane In Clarksville. The foundation will present the first annual "Philanthropist of the Year" awards at the event. Tickets are $75 and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert. Information: 410-730-7840 or columbiafoundation.org.
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