Sunday, Oct. 14
'Oakland Music Cafe' Joseph Isaacs and Billy J. Carter perform at 3:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Admission and refreshments are free, donations are appreciated. The music series is sponsored by the Town Center Community Association. Information: 410-730-4744.
Basketball The Maryland Magic, a 12-and-under travel basketball team, will hold open tryouts for the coming season from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane in Ellicott City. All are welcome. Information: 443-418-6033.
Monday, Oct. 15
Meeting The Savage Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. at the F&M Center, 9032 Baltimore St. in Savage. The society's president, Galen Menne, will speak on "Something New Discovered: Savage During the Civil War." Free. Information: 301-725-1241.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Awards dinner The Community Action Council holds its 17th annual Holland Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. 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.
Vigil The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will host a candlelight vigil from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for refreshments and registration. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; across the nation, communities will engage in various campaigns to alert the public about this social issue. Information: 410-997-0304 or dvcenter.org.
Thursday, Oct. 18
Meeting The Soroptimist Club of Howard County will host a new member event from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9121 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. For more information, call Karen Trennepohl at 410-750-9413 or email email@example.com.
Friday, Oct. 19
Expo The Howard County Office on Aging's annual 50+ Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The Columbia Association will offer free health screenings and information about new and existing services. For more information, call 410-313-6410.
'A Day in the Life of a Farmer' An open house takes place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville. The program includes a class on beekeeping and farm crops, a presentation on growing cotton, feeding the animals, a mini corn maze, a hayride, an opportunity to harvest a pumpkin and more. Cost is $7 per child, free for adults. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 17, by calling 410-489-2572 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Concert Lisa Fenstermacher, Doug Alan Wilcox and Woody Lissauer perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Your family tree Experts from the Howard County Genealogy Society and the Howard County Historical Society will offer free help and a blank chart to get you started on creating your own family tree from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Information: Dottie Aleshire, 410-465-8725.
Concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cellist Bo Li and pianist Kuei-l Wu, joined by violinist Ronald Mutchnik, at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 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.
Benefit gala Howard Hospital Foundation hold its annual "Autumn Extravaganza: A Harvest of Hope" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Fretz Corporation, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H in Columbia. The event benefits Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Food will be provided by Carrabbas Italian Grill complemented with wines donated by Axios Wines. There will also be silent and live auctions, raffles, entertainment by DJ Doug, jewelry sales and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorship, volunteer and auction donation opportunities are available. Information: 410-740-7570 or email Anita Broccokino at email@example.com.
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," 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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