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Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is holding a Public Hearing about changes to Amenities at Atholton, Centennial, and Rockburn Branch Park at 7PM on Wednesday, October 16 at 7120 Oakland Mills Road. For more information, please visit  To sign up to speak, please visit:

Recreation & Parks completed their FY 2020-2024 Strategic Plan today. The plan goes into effect on July 1, 2019. The plan helps the department plan and to be proactive.


October 1-6

October 2    NEW! Encore Showcase   Meadowbrook Ath Comp   9am-noon   W

October 3    A Brush with History: Zombie Snowmen in Ellicott Graveyard   Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum   9am-noon   Th

October 4    Trips & Tours: Philadelphia Museum Art    8am-6pm   F

October 4, 11, 18    Ghostly Guides at the Patapsco Female Institute   Patapsco Female Institute   8-11pm   F

October 5    NEW! A Wicked Night in Space   Robinson Nature Ctr   6:30-9pm   Sa

October 5    Behind the Scenes Tour   B&O EC Station Museum   6-7:30pm   Sa

October 5    Public Star Parties   Alpha Ridge Pk   7:15-8:45pm   Sa

October 6    History Day for Scouts: Cast Iron Chef: Civil War Edition   B&O EC Station Museum   11am-3pm   Su

October 6    NEW! Get Outside Gear Sale!   Centennial Pk-South   Noon-4pm   Su

October 6    Trips & Tours: CATS at the Kennedy Center    11:30am-6:30pm   Su

October 7-13

October 9    Mutt Strutt   Patuxent Branch Trail   5pm-6:30pm   W

October 11    Celebration of Sports Golf Tournament   Timbers at Troy Golf Course   9am-3:30pm   F

October 11    Finding the Way to Freedom   Robinson Nature Center   7-8:15pm   F

October 11    Trips & Tours: Glenstone Museum    9am-3pm   F

October 12    Nite Bite Fishing   Centennial Pk-South-Boat Launch   6-11pm   Sa

October 12    A Tale of Two Rivers: Colonial Settlement in Howard County   Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum   1-3pm   Sa

October 12    Fall Foliage Hike  Savage Mill Trail   2-3pm   Sa

October 12    Ladies Night Hike Out!   Robinson Nature Ctr   6:30am-8:30pm   Sa

October 13    NEW! Sensory-Friendly Sunday   Robinson Nature Ctr   11:30am-12:30pm   Su

October 13    Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire   Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods   10am-4pm   Su

October 13   History Alive! with Friends of the PFI  Patapsco Female Institute   12-4pm   Su

October 14-20

October 14    Colonial Settlement in the Patuxent: The Raven Site   Heritage Program Office   7-8pm   M

October 16    Ladies' Day Out on the Tails!   Robinson Nature Ctr   2-4pm   W

October 17   Magnificent Maryland: Edgar Allan Poe House & Grave    11am-5pm   Th

October 17    Colorful Characters & Little Known Facts of Ellicott City   B&O EC Station Museum   7-9pm   Th

October 18    Ghostly Guides at the Patapsco Female Institute   Patapsco Female Institute   8-11pm   F

October 18, 19, 25, 26    The Haunted Experience   Rockburn Branch Pk (Montgomery Rd)   7-10pm   F, Sa

October 19    Public Archaeology Lab Days   Heritage Program Office   10am-3pm   Sa

October 19    Freight House Films Presents!   B&O EC Station Museum   7-9pm   Sa

October 19   Trips & Tours; Smithsonian Castle & Freer Sackler Gallery    9am-5pm   Sa

October 19    Scarecrow DIY!   N Laurel Comm Ctr   10-11am   Sa

October 19    Floating Pumpkin Patch   Roger Carter Comm Ctr   2-3:30pm   Sa

October 19    Freight HOuse Films Presents: The Ghost Train (1941)   Baltimore & Ohio Station Museum   7-9pm   Sa

October 19 & 20    NEW! Halloween Tricks, Treats and Trees   Robinson Nature Ctr   9am-3pm   Sa, Su

October 20 & 27    The Happy Haunted Hayride   Rockburn Branch Pk (Montgomery Rd)   2-4pm   Su

October 21-27

October 21    A Tale of two Rivers: Colonial Settlement in Howard County   B&O EC Station Museum   10am-3pm   Sa

October 25   Trips & Tours: MGM Grand Casino at National Harbor     11am-5pm   F

October  25, 26    The Haunted Experience   Rockburn Branch Pk (Montgomery Rd)   7-10pm   F, Sa

October 26    Ghostly Guides at the B&O   B&O EC Station Museum   8-11pm   Sa

October 26    Truck or Treat   Gary J. Arthur Comm Ctr   10am-1pm   Sa

October 27    Spooky Owl Prowl   Western Regional Park   6-7:30pm   Su

October 28-31

October 29    Celebration of Sports   Turf Valley   5-9pm   Tu

October 30    Monster Mash Murders – Dinner Theatre   Belmont   6:30-9:30pm   W





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