Jazz Night

The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a Jazz Night featuring the Columbia Jazz Combo at 7 p.m. March 8 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Event also includes a silent auction. Advance tickets are $35; $60 for couples; $300 for a table of 10. Information: 410-772-9300 or nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty. Tickets will also be available at the door day of the event.

'Senior Idol'

The Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will hold auditions from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Singers must be 60 and older to audition. A county winner and runner-up will be selected to compete in the seventh annual Maryland Senior Idol competition on April 3 at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road in Bowie. For more information, call Vicki Stahly at 410-313-1421 or go to howardcountyaging.org.

Free tax help

Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those age 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.

To schedule an appointment, call:

•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.

•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.

•Glenwood Community Center: 410-313-5440.

•East Columbia Senior Center: 410-313-7680.

•North Laurel Community Center: 410-313-0380.

•Elkridge Senior Center: 410-313-5192.

Community forum

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will host "Preventing Dating Violence: A Community Event" from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Kittleman Room of Duncan Hall at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and registration.

The free event will feature experts addressing short- and long-term consequences of dating violence, dating and campus life, and community action to end this form of violence. Individual sessions will focus on topics of specific interest to teens, parents, teachers, service providers and young adults. The event also will feature a wellness fair.

Open to all ages. Those who register in advance at dvcenter.org will be entered into a grand-prize drawing. For more information, call Vanita Leatherwood at 410-997-0304 or email vleatherwood@dvcenter.org.


Laurel Mill Playhouse will hold auditions for Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile" from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Casting is for six men and five women, ages 12 to 65 and over. The audition will include cold readings from the script. Bring resume and head shot. Callbacks, if needed, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday or Wednesday. Production dates are April 5-28. Information: 301-617-9906.

Volunteers needed