Howard County events calendar

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Events must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those in Howard County. Items typically appear two weeks prior to the date included in the listing if sent far enough in advance. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. Submit notices to Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, c/o Howard County Times, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email hccalendar@patuxent.com; or fax 410-332-6336.



Acting for Television — Children and teens in grade three to age 15 will learn techniques of acting for television and perform in a local production in a class taught by Musical Theatrix, with Judy Templeton and Shari Grue. Class includes auditioning skills, résumés, head shots, casting agencies and more. Meets Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m., for three weeks. Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-772-9448.

Ask A Master Gardener — Howard County master gardeners will address gardening questions and concerns Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon (except on holiday weekends) April through September at the Miller Branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, in Ellicott City.


Considering Divorce: Your Legal Options in Maryland — Attorney and mediator Linda Sorg Ostovitz, of Silverstein & Ostovitz, will provide an overview of the Maryland family law system and areas of consideration for individuals thinking about divorce. Registration is required. Tue., April 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Free. 410-461-4200.

Glenelg Country School Early Enrichment Series — Glenelg Country School invites parents and their children, ages 2-5, to the Primary School for an opportunity to expose children to new activities and new friends. Tue., April 17, 9-10 a.m.; and May 3, 10-11 a.m. Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Road, Glenelg. 410-531-7347.

Moderate Income Housing Unit Buyers and Renters Workshops — In connection with its Moderate Income Housing Unit program's open enrollment period, ending April 30, Howard County's Department of Housing and Community Development will hold MIHU Buyers and Renters Workshops. The first workshop will be held at the Come to Howard County Housing Fair Sat., April 14, 11:30 a.m., at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, in Columbia. The second workshop will be held Wed., April 18, 6 p.m., in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, in Columbia. Howard County Housing, 410-313-6318, or http://www.howardcountymd.gov/housingmihu.htm.

Prevent Sexual Violence by Talking about 'It' — In recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will hold a Sexual Assault and Violence Education Forum, at the Miller Branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, in Ellicott City, Tue., April 17, 7-8:30 p.m. 410-997-0304 or http://www.dvcenter.org.

WH'Y' NOT TOASTMASTERS — This organization, which provides and communication and leadership training, will hold it's next meetings at Glen Mar Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, in Ellicott City, on Sat., April 14 and 21, from 10:30 a.m.-Noon. 443-341-7561 or http://whynottms.freetoasthost.org/.


Misako Ballet Audition — The Misako Ballet Company will hold an audition for dancers, ages 16 and older, Sat., April 14, 10:45 a.m., in the Harper's Choice Village Center, 5485 Harpers Farm Road, in Columbia. Misako's repertory includes a mix of classical ballet, contemporary and Japanese themed dance. 410-884-9690, 443-799-1141 or http://www.misakoballet.com.


Maryland Art League Exhibit — The Maryland Art League will host an exhibit of photographs and paintings at the Howard County Conservancy Gallery, April 21-May 17. The gallery's hours are Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and entrance to the gallery is free. http://www.marylandartleague.com.

'Nature Interpreted' — The Meeting House Gallery's new exhibit, "Nature Interpreted," features works by Maryland artists Maureen Bannon, Carol Carey, Gerry Czajkowski, David Pumplin, Coriolana Simon and Doug Wolters. Through May 20, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The gallery in Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 410-730-4090.

'The Nature of Wilde Lake ... The Final Chapter' — Bernard Kish Gallery at Slayton House will host an exhibit of works by photographer Michael Oberman through April 28. Oberman's work has been featured in publications such as Parade magazine, London Daily Mirror and Motoring and Leisure. 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.


Greenfest 2012 — Howard Community College will host Greenfest Sat., April 14. The event will feature Bikes for the World, a collection of used bike and sewing machine collection for donation to developing countries; Nike ReUse-A-Shoe, a collection of shoes for recycling; a farmers market; and much more. Lindsay DeMarzo, 410-313-4374, or http://www.hcgreenfest.org.


Columbia Jewish Congregation's 20th Jewish Film Series — Columbia Jewish Congregation presents the 20th season in its Jewish Film Series. This year's edition will conclude with a showing of "Jewish Luck," April 21, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Room 200, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, in Columbia. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Tickets are $9. Tom Laufer, 410-997-0694 or columbiajewish.org/film_series.shtml.


Breezy Willow Farm CSA — Howard Community College is sponsoring the Breezy Willow Farm Community Supported Agriculture at the college, June 5-Nov. 15. Pick up will be in the college's front parking lot. Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 443-518-4542. http://www.breezywillowfarm.com.


Hope for the Homeless 5k — Registration is open for event to benefit Grassroots Day Resource Center. The event also features a one-mile fun walk/run. pets and strollers will not be allowed on the 5k trail, but they will be allowed in the fun run. Entry fee for the 5k race and the one-mile fun run is $20 by April 15. Register by that date for guaranteed T-shirt. $30 after April 15. Sponsorships are available. Donations of clothing and canned food will also be accepted. May 5, Rockburn Park, Elkridge. Day of race registration begins at 8 a.m.; 5k begins at 9 a.m.; fun run, 9:15 a.m. http://www.hopeforhomeless5k.com or http://www.active.com. 410-549-7156.

Long Reach Boosters Annual Booster Bash — The Long Reach High School Boosters Club will hold its annual Booster Bash at the Long Reach Village Center's Stonehouse Sat., April 14, 8-11 p.m. The event will feature wine and beer tasting, courtesy of the Perfect Pour; a silent auction; raffles; instant bingo and money wheel, music; and more. All Tickets are sold individually. The purchase of a ticket pays for general admission, food, nonalcoholic beverages and entertainment. Tickets are $45 for Silver, which includes wine and beer tasting, three drink tickets; $35 for Purple, which includes wine and beer tasting, and two drink tickets; $30 for Black, which includes wine and beer tasting, and one drink ticket; $25.00 for White, general admission with no alcohol included; $18 for a bottle of wine; $5 for each additional beer and wine drink ticket. http://lrhsboosters.com/Events-Activities.html or Denise Weist, 410-799-5532, or weist@verizon.net. Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted at the event. Adults 21 and older only.

VFW Fundraiser — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472, in partnership with Bob Evans, 4900 Beaver Run, in Ellicott City, is hosting a fundraiser benefiting the Veterans Relief Fund. April 21, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., when patrons present a flier at check out, 15 percent of their bill will be donated to the Veterans Relief Fund. Al Hernandez, 410-465-1801, or http://www.vfw7472.org.




Family First — Series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children up to age 8, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, Thursdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Series will cover topics including child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Participants may take just one class or the entire series of six. children@howardcountymd.gov, 410-313-1940 or http://www.howardcountymd.gov/children.

Healthy Living for Families — Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and Priority Partners, this Howard County Library System class for teenagers will provide those who attend with an overview of nutrition and teach them how to prevent obesity and the benefits of an active lifestyle. The class will be held at the Savage Branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, April 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Registration for the class can be done online or at the Savage Branch.

'Understanding the Experience of Mental Illness. Learn From Those Who Live With it and Those Who Love Them' — This presentation on mental illness, a partnership between Morgan Chapel and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Howard County, will be held Tue., April 17, 6:30-8 p.m., Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church, 6750 Woodbine Road, in Woodbine.


National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association — Howard County Chapter 1734 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will hold a luncheon meeting, Wed., April 18, 11:30 a.m., at Outback Steakhouse, 4420 Long Gate Pkwy., Ellicott City. S. Bell-Jones, 410-715-1936.


Historic Oakland Bridal Showcase — This annual bridal showcase, presented by the Town Center Community Association, features more than 50 wedding professionals, a free bridal planner, previews of bridal fashions by The Bridal Boutique, live performances, gourmet food and cake sampling and a chance to win door prizes. Sun., April 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. They can be purchased with major credit cards, checks and cash.

Jim Ellis Book Club — Join a group of readers who enjoy discussing great books with other book lovers. Club meets 1-2 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7213.

Vehicle Check Lane — To celebrate the Car Care Council's designation of April as Spring Car Care Month, Lincoln College of Technology students will be conducting free car inspections and showing drivers how they can improve their vehicle's gas mileage, enhance performance, increase safety and reduce emissions. The event will be held Sat., April 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lincoln's Columbia campus, 9325 Snowden River Pkwy. Amanda Mattos, 410-290-7100, ext. 41558, amattos@lincolntech.com or Clement Trusty, ctrusty@lincolntech.com.


Pacifica Quartet with Christopher Shih — This concert presented by the Candlelight Concert Society will feature the Pacifica Quartet and guest pianist Christopher Shih performing Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6, "La Malinconia"; Shostakovich's Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73; and Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44. The concert will be held on Sat., April 14, at 8 p.m., in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center's Smith Theatre, on the Howard Community College campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Tickets: Adult, $30; Senior, $28; Student, $12. 410-997-2324, http://www.candlelightconcerts.org or info@candlelightconcerts.org.

Victoria Trio Benefit Concert — Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church will host a benefit concert by the Victoria Trio to support the church's mission outreach efforts. The trio will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and Elena Kats-Chernin. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the church's efforts in support of HIV/AIDS Quality of Life Retreats, Habitat for Humanity, and other community service programs and partnerships. 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane, Clarksville, Sat., April 14, 7 p.m. Suggested donation for adults is $20. Admission for children is free. 410-531-5653.


Free Wonder Hike — The Howard County Conservancy will host a free guided hike and talk on the conservancy grounds Sat., April 14, 10 a.m. 410-465-8877 or http://www.hcconservancy.org. In case of inclement weather, check the conservancy's website.

Earth Forum of Howard County — The Earth Forum of Howard County will host Del. James Malone, vice chairman of Environmental Matters Committee, who will discuss environmental legislation passed by the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly and what legislation the assembly might take up in its 2013 session. Sun., April 15, 2-4:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, in Columbia. The forum will be followed by an eventide vespers, "Voices of the Earth," at 4:30 p.m., in the church's outdoor chapel. Both the forum and the vespers are free. 410-730-3545, earthforum@firstpreshc.org or earthforumhc.org.


Hickory Ridge Village Elections — Hickory Ridge Village will hold village board elections at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, in Columbia, Fri., April 20, 5-7:30 p.m.; and Sat., April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The village will hold an Early Voting Extravaganza, during which absentee ballots will be accepted, at the Hawthorn Center Fri., April 13, 5-7:30 p.m.



Bio Spiritual Focusing — This class will teach those who attend how to assess the way their feelings affect their physical beings as a way to access the spirit. The class, guided by Betty Martin and Mary Perschy, will be held Tuesdays, April 10-May 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. The cost to attend is $150. 410-442-1320 or http://www.BonSecoursSpiritualCenter.org.

Civil War Shabbat — For Rabbi Susan Grossman's Friday Evening Mini-Lecture April 20, Beth Shalom Congregation will be transformed into a Civil War era congregation with themed activities for all. The service will also feature Yoni Grossman Boder discussing how the war affected the American Jewish community. Free. Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia.

Gesher Shabbat — A monthly service held by Beth Shalom Congregation, this event features activities and services for children in kindergarten through second grade in Beth Shalom's ARK building, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Children younger than kindergarten age can attend with a responsible adult. The next Gesher Shabbat will be held Sat., April 14, 10:30 a.m.

Junior Congregation — Beth Shalom's Junior Congregation is geared toward teaching children in third through sixth grades prayer skills and helping them to become comfortable on the bimah. At the service, students will learn about the Torah Portion of the week and be invited to come up to the bimah to recite prayers and to have other honors during the service. Junior Congregation will be held Sat., April 20, at 10:30 a.m., at Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia.

Mastering the Mysteries of Sacramental Love — This program for Catholic couples combines relationship enhancement skills with church teachings as a way to build strong marriages. The program is held at Bon Secours Spiritual Center and runs weekly on Thursday for five weeks beginning April 19. The cost is $50 per couple per session or $225 per couple for the series. 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. 410-442-1320 or http://www.BonSecoursSpiritualCenter.org.

Tot Shabbat — Geared toward young children and their families, Beth Shalom Congregation's Tot Shabbat includes an opportunity for the children to sing songs, learn basic prayers and listen to a story told by Rabbi Susan Grossman. Tot Shabbat will be held Fri., April 20, 8 p.m., at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, in Columbia. Following the service, those attending will be welcome to attend an oneg Shabbat.


Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Auditions — The center will hold auditions for its Pre-teen Professional Theater "Legally Blonde" summer camp, for children and teens in grades 5-10, Mon., April 16, 5-7 p.m.; and Wed., April 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at St. John's Parish Day School, 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Tuition is $625 and also pays for two tickets to the show, which will be held July 23-Aug. 10. http://www.CCTArts.com.

Winter Classes in the Performing Arts — Musical Theatrix, with Judy Templeton and Shari Grue, announces the fall semester of classes in the Performing Arts for children ages 5-15. "Annie," parts for boys and girls. Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-772-9448.