Sunday, Oct. 21
Book Appraisals The Antique Center at Historic Savage Mill offers free book appraisals from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 8600 Foundry St. Bring in your old or unusual books and find out what they're worth. For directions and more information. call 410-880-0918.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Parenting workshop The meeting takes place at 10 a.m. at the Banneker Building, 5840 Banneker Road, Suite 270 in Columbia. Topics discussed will be parenting skills, stress reduction, self-care and more. The meeting also serves as a time to socialize and get to know other parents in the area. Cost is $35, Medicaid accepted. Information: 410-730-2385.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Employment information session The Howard County Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, will host a Town Hall Information Session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Arundel High School auditorium, 1001
Saturday, Oct. 27
Classical music Columbia Pro Cantare performs "Carmina Burana" at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The concert features vocalists Laura Whittenberger, Chad Sloan and David Dickey, along with pianist Alison Gatwood and percussionist Erik Apland. A reception follows. For ticket prices and more information, call 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or go to procantare.org.
Festival Valley Brook Community Church hosts a Community Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7065 Deepage Drive. The event features free food, health screenings — including blood pressure, BMI and bone density testing — children's activities and musical entertainment. Information: 301-476-9499 or vbcconline.org.
Special-needs festival The Church of the Resurrection Men's Club sponsors a Fall Fun Festival for People with Special Needs from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall at 3165 Paulskirk Road. All special-needs people, their families and counselors are invited. There will be pizza, soda, comedy, magic and a puppet show. Free. Information: 410-465-4483.
Halloween A community "Trunk or Treat" will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 14135 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. The event features a moon bounce, arts and crafts, games, refreshments and "trunk or treating" from decorated car trunks. Free for children up to fifth grade. Information: 410-442-5853.
'Meet Martin' An informative presentation to learn more about
Concert Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents
Benefit gala Howard Hospital Foundation holds 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
Poetry reading The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society presents a reading by 2012 PEN/Voelcker Winner for Poetry Toi Derricotte at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts' Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Derricotte will read selections of her past and current works, including "The Undertaker's Daughter," and from selected poems of the late Lucille Clifton and discuss Ms. Clifton's impact on other writers. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and students. For more information, go to hocopolitso.org.
South Asia Culture Cafe The cultures of six South Asian countries will be represented and celebrated at an event sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Howard County Library System from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in
Classical music Candlelight Concerts presents violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Yekwon Sunwoo at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre, 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," 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.