The following events are open for preregistration. They are sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW TRIP, for ages 55 and older, a bus trip 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3, "Festival de la Flores," celebrating Hispanic and Caribbean island cultures; competitions, exhibitions, how-to demonstrations and a garden marketplace; meals on your own; call for departure points in Howard County. $20; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.

NEW YORK CITY DAY TRIP, for residents and Howard Community College students, faculty and staff, a bus trip 8 a.m.-midnight March 22, shop on your own or sightsee, Broadway play tickets also available for "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Mamma Mia"; trip tickets on sale at the college bookstore, main building, basement level; sponsored by Howard Community College Office of Student Life; departure from the Smith Theatre bus stop at the college, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $30; students, $20; Broadway tickets, $70-$110; preregistration required. 410-772-4896.

SENIORS PRESIDENTS' DAY PARTY, for ages 55 and older, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18, a program about the lives and accomplishments of U.S. presidents, stories, entertainment and refreshments, Longwood Senior Center, Longwood Apartments, 6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia. $2; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.

CHILDREN'S VALENTINE'S LUNCHEON, for school-age children, preschoolers and parents, 12:15 p.m. Feb. 14, a pizza lunch, crafts and performance by Turner the Dean of Magic, sponsored by the Hickory Ridge Community Association, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia. $3; Columbia residents, $2; preregistration required. 410-730-7327.

-- Compiled by Linda James