JCS to hold programs

The Jewish Community Services Career Center will host a workshop, Helping Young Adults with Special Needs Transition from School to Work, from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19, with a snow date of Feb. 26. The workshop will lend advice to parents and their young adults with disabilities about how best to transition from the academic sphere to the world of employment. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Jewish Community Services at 5750 Park Heights Ave. in Baltimore. Preregistration is required. To register, contact Amaris Maxwell at 410-843-7353 or amaxwell@jcsbaltimore.org.


Jewish Community Services will host Navigating the College Entrance Process, a program designed to help parents and students better understand the process of selecting colleges and submitting applications, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Featured speakers are Jeremy Goldman, director of the Guidance Counseling Department at Pikesville High School, and Peejo Sehr, director of the Academic Center for Excellence at Goucher College. The event will feature a panel of college students, graduates and parents who will address questions and offer advice about the college experience. The program will take place at the JCS Owings Mills office at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. It is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. For more information and registration, visit jcsbaltimore.org/parenting/parenting-series or call 410-500-5371.

CCBC Essex to hold music forum

The Community College of Baltimore County will host the Gypsy Jazz ensemble UltraFaux as part of the Friday Music Forum at its Essex campus at 12:20 p.m. Feb. 13. The performance will be held in the Arts and Humanities Recital Hall at 7201 Rossville Blvd. in Baltimore. The event is free; no tickets or reservations are needed.

CCBC Dundalk to hold Star Party

The Community College of Baltimore County will hold a star party in the Observatory Building of its Dundalk campus at 7200 Sollers Point at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. During the observation session led by Dr. M.J. Clark, participants will be able to stargaze through CCBC's telescopes or their own.

In case of inclement weather, call 443-840-3486 no more than 45 minutes prior to the session.

The star party is free and open to the public.

CCBC Dundalk to host lecture by social justice advocate

The Community College of Baltimore County will host social justice advocate and attorney Bryan Stevenson as a guest lecturer for the 2015 President's Distinguished African-American Lecture Series. The lecture will take place in John E. Ravekes Theatre in the College Community Center at the Dundalk campus at 7200 Sollers Point Road at 11:10 a.m. Feb. 26. The topic of the lecture will be "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference."

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787.

Cromwell Valley Park to hold 'maple sugaring' events

Cromwell Valley Park, at 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road in Baltimore, will host "maple sugaring" events from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 28. As part of the programs, which are intended for ages 3 and older, participants will be able to identify and tap maple trees, as well as learn how to make syrup. The program will take place at the Willow Grove Nature Education Center at the park.

Cost is $3 for park members and $5 for nonmembers.

For more information, visit http://www.cromwellvalleypark.org.


Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show to be held

The Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show will take place over the course of two weekends — Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1; and Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8. The event will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road in Timonium. Hours are 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 7, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 8. The event offers homeowners the chance to see landscape and home improvement displays and receive advice from experts and contractors. Exhibits will include the Maryland Orchid Society Show, which will be held during the second weekend and feature thousands of rare flowers; the Maryland Spring Craft Show, which will include handmade artistic creations for sale and display, a petting zoo and more. The craft show will close at 8 p.m. March 7.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6 years old. Admission is also free for active military, and police and fire employees with ID. Interested individuals may receive $2 off admission and free parking by buying tickets online at http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.

For more information, visit http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring or call 410-863-1180.