Monday, Sept. 16
Workshop The Howard County Department of Citizen Services will offer a workshop at 6 p.m. for parents and guardians raising young children from birth to age 8. Held at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, the "Family First" workshop will cover topics including child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline and how to keep children safe and healthy. Information: 410-313-1940.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Trustee meeting The Howard County Library System Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the Elkridge branch, 6540 Washington Blvd. Information: 401-313-7794.
Business meeting The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1734, will meet at 10 a.m. at Howard County Public Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 410-312-0040.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Business seminar "Franchising 101: Don't Climb the Corporate Ladder," will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Doubletree Columbia, 5485 Twin Knolls Road. Topics to be discussed include leaving corporate life, launching a recession-resistant business, building long-term equity, financing options and more. Cost is $20. Information: 410-459-3890
Saturday, Sept. 21
Classical music The 2013-14 UU Chalice Concert Series opens with a concert for organ, trumpet and voice with Michael Adcock, Jesse Tubb and Henry Gibbons at 8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. The program includes works by Couperin, Bach, Marcello, Dubois, de Grigny, Marini and Faure. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097.
Housing fair Howard County Housing hosts its second annual "Housing Matters" mini-fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Howard County Public School Conference Center at the Ascend One Building, 8930 Stanford Blvd. in Columbia. This free event will showcase everything individuals and families need to know about home ownership and renting. Attendees will be able to receive a free credit report and consultation and participate in prize drawings at 12:45 p.m. Free child care is offered on site. Information: http://www.howardcountyhousing.com.
Flea market, bake and book sale Christ Episcopal Church's annual event will be held at 9 a.m. at 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, sodas, water and coffee will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be used to support the church's outreach youth services and church goals. Information: 410-381-9365.
Concert Mark Glass, Alicia Raye and "Banjo Man" Frank Cassel perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Alzheimer's walk A walk to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease will be held Sept. 28 at Centennial Park (south entrance), 10000 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and participants can enjoy light refreshments, musical entertainment and children's activities. The 3–mile walk kicks off at 10 a.m. Participants can register as teams or individuals. Admission is free, but those who raise at least $100 will receive a "Walk to End Alzheimer's" T-shirt. To register and more information, call 800-272-3900 or go to alz.org/walk.
•Laurel High School's class of 1983 will hold its 30th reunion Oct. 4-5. Send contact information to email@example.com or go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/536028229759292.
•Centennial High School's class of 1987 will celebrate its 26th reunion Oct. 11-12 at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. and extends an invitation to the classes of 1986 and 1988. Activities include a happy hour on Friday and a tailgate party with a barbecue buffet preceding the homecoming football game on Saturday. For information and registration, go to centennial1987.reunionmanager.com.
•Northeast High School's class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion "Homecoming Dance" from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 12 at Michaels 8th Ave., 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. Alumni from all classes are invited. There will be an open bar and music by DJ Commander Jim. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, contact Cyndi Siemon at 410-858-3441 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Jean Cyford at 410-255-3217 or email@example.com; Verna Marlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Howard High School's class of 2003 will hold its 10-year reunion from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 12 at the Frisco Tap House and Brewery, 6695 Dobbin Road in Columbia. $30 ticket price includes open bar and light appetizers. RSVP by Oct. 5 to email@example.com.
•Western High School's class of 1978 will hold its 35th reunion Nov. 9 and seeks contact information for graduates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to westernhigh1978.com.
•Mount Hebron Class of 2003 will hold its 10-year reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 30 at Silo.5%, 1200 Steuart St. in Baltimore. Tickets are $58 per person and must be purchased in advance by going to mthclassof2003reunion.eventbrite.com. For more information, call Meagan McDaniels at 410-935-0644 or Ashley Cook at 410-530-0024.
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