From left, Melissa Ivester as Betty Parris, Carol McNeedly as Mary Warren and Emma Kramer McDonnell as Abigail Williams in
From left, Melissa Ivester as Betty Parris, Carol McNeedly as Mary Warren and Emma Kramer McDonnell as Abigail Williams in "The Crucible." (By Janelle Broderick -- Student-alumni Arts Of Howard Community College)
Thursday, May 3, 2007

Pro Cantare Anniversary

The Columbia Pro Cantare will celebrate its 30th anniversary at 8 p.m. Saturday. Pro Cantare will be directed by founder and artistic director Frances Motyca Dawson. The chorus, orchestra, soprano Irida Herri, mezzo Judith Norton, tenor Robert McIver and baritone Trevor Scheunemann will perform three celebration pieces: Dvorak's "Te Deum," Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Serenade to Music" and Czech composer Karel Rzika's "Celebration Jazz Mass." Rzika will join Columbia Pro Cantare for the performance. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. and an anniversary party at Luna C Grille in Clarksville after the performance. $25; seniors and students, $22. $2 less if purchased in advance. For more information, call 410-799-9321 or go to

Witch Hunt at HCC

Student-Alumni Arts of Howard Community College will perform "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's 1953 Tony Award-winning play about the Salem, Mass., witch trials. Although set in the 1600s, the play was considered an attack on McCarthyism. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through May 13. $14; seniors and groups, $12; students, $10. The May 13 closing performance will be followed with a reception and is a fundraiser for Student-Alumni Arts. Tickets are $25. Recommended for ages 12 and up. For more information, go to or call 410-772-4940.

Garlic Mustard Challenge

On Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., the Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway and Patapsco Valley State Park will co-sponsor the eighth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant spreading through the Patapsco Valley and blocking out indigenous plants. Participants in the Garlic Mustard Challenge compete to tear our the most garlic mustard. The event also features an amateur cooking contest with recipes using mustard, live music by Sam "Muleman" Miller, old-fashioned games, a scavenger hunt and more. Advance registration and a $5 entry fee per group are required. Avalon/Glen Artney Area, Patapsco Valley State Park, Pavilion 66, off U.S. Route 1 at 5120 South Street, Halethorpe. For more information, call 410-480-0824 or e-mail

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