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; or fax 410-332-6336.


ESL Tutoring Sessions Starting Sept. 24, ESL tutoring sessions will be held for residents who are learning English as a second language. Tutoring sessions are held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday early afternoons. Sessions will also be held for those people who are studying for the U.S. Citizenship Test. Runs for 12 weeks. Free. 410-992-5832.

SAT Preparation Classes Offered by the River Hill High School PTSA. Offering sessions of SAT preparation classes for both math and critical reading/writing. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October, November and early December. Registration deadline is Oct. 7. Space is limited to 15 students. Runs 9 a.m.-noon, River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $275 both math and critical reading/writing, $175 for either. 301-395-9728.

Loyola University Maryland Pastoral Counseling Information Session Holding a pastoral counseling and spiritual care information session. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the staff to gain a perspective on the school's master's, Ph.D. and certification programs and get answers to questions. Reservations strongly recommended. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1, Loyola University Maryland Columbia Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia. Free. 410-617-5020.

Practice SAT Exam with Follow-Up Strategy Session Sponsored by AAUW Howard County. Offering a practice SAT to promote higher education for middle and high school students and a follow-up strategy session. Princeton Review will conduct the sessions, with all proceeds going to AAUW's philanthropic funds, including scholarship funds. Light refreshments served. One parent is invited to the strategy session. Registration required; space limited. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 1, Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. $15 donation. 410-489-4964.

Tom Thumbs Square Dance Club Beginner Classes Offering classes in Modern Western Square Dance. Open to all ages — families, singles and couples. Classes run every Monday, starting Sept. 12, through May 2012. Classes are held at the Catonsville Senior Center; regular dances are held at Hollifield Elementary School, in Ellicott City. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville. $6 per person, per week. 410-730-7326.

Hearing Loss Seminar and Luncheon Dr. Mary Carson will discuss the major causes of hearing loss and the latest advances in digital hearing technology. Complementary lunch served. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. 410-696-2890.

Introduction to Stained Glass Hosted by the Columbia Art Center. Presents Introduction to Stained Glass. Learn how to cut glass, copper foil, and assemble and solder a beautiful stained glass project. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 4, The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Columbia residents: $145; nonresidents: $155. 410-730-0075.

Advancing Your Mission with Social Media Offered by the Association of Community Services. Presents a three-part series that address key elements of this increasing important marketing and fundraising tool. Targeted at nonprofits, but appropriate for small businesses, the series teaches how to strategically plan, execute and measure the effectiveness of their social media efforts. Taught by Nichole Kelly CEO of Full Frontal ROI. Participants can sign for all three sessions or individual sessions. Oct. 6, Association of Community Services of Howard County, 10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Members: $40 individual session, $105 entire series; nonmembers: $60 individual session, $165 entire series. 410-715-9545.

Herbal Medicine Lunchtime Lecture Series Hosted by Tai Sophia Institute. Presents lunchtime lecture series on Thursdays by senior level students of the Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program. Registration required. "12 Simple Ways to Detoxify Your Body," noon-1 p.m. Sept. 22; and "Regulating Gut Inflammation with Food and Herbs," noon-1 p.m. Oct. 6, Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048 6616.

Continuing Stained Glass Hosted by the Columbia Art Center. Presents Continuing Stained Glass, where students will take their skills to the next level as they create and complete their unique creations. Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 6-Dec. 1, The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Columbia residents: $145; nonresidents: $155. 410-730-0075.


'Peru: People and Places' Hosted by The Artists' Gallery. Exhibiting the works of Columbia photographer John Stier in the exhibit, "Peru: People and Places," from his trip to Peru in Sept. 2010. Runs through Sept. 30, Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle American City Building, Columbia. 410-740-8249.

Sept. 11 Commemoration Invitational ExhibitionHosted by the Columbia Art Center Main Gallery. Presents a Sept. 11 Commemoration Invitational Exhibition featuring a variety of art works created by veterans in the American Legion Auxiliary Creative Arts Program, as well as local artists Deborah Addison Coburn, Jonathan West, George Sakkal, Trudy Babchak and Camillia Blackwell. Held as part of the Howard County Arts Council's Road to the Arts. Open to the public. Runs through Oct. 2, The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

Solo Exhibition by Matt Klos Exhibited by Still Life Gallery. Presents the works of Matt Klos in his solo exhibition,'Rochefort-en-Terre,' which are representative of his plein air painting. Klos painted from dawn to dusk for five weeks with four other resident artists. This show will display the highlights of those works. Runs through Oct. 31, Still Life Gallery Inc, 8173 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-461-1616.

Sara Steele: Watercolors Hosted by The Tai Sophia Institute's Himmelfarb Gallery. Presents Philadelphia-based artist Sara Steele and her watercolor paintings. Artworks from the show will be on sale through the Meeting Point bookstore, adjacent to the gallery. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 3-6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 8, Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. 410-888-9048.

Sept. 11 at the Laurel Museum Presents a small exhibit focused on Sept. 11 and offering visitors an opportunity to reflect on the day, the community's connections to it, and the aftermath 10 years after the event by adding to the Museum's Sept. 11 commemorative book. Runs through Sept. 30, Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel. 301-725-7975.

Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House Group Exhibit The Baltimore Watercolor Society will have a watermedia exhibit Sept. 28-Dec. 15. Reception 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9. Open to the public, featuring refreshments and music. Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-730-3987.