Sister Cities Cuisine Class: Discover the Flavors of China

Friday, February 21, 6:30-9 p.m. at Claret Hall

Learn to cook Chinese cuisine in celebration of Columbia’s sister city of Liyang — led by Chinese chef Peter Chang, a Washington Finalist of the 2016 James Beard Awards. His flagship restaurant, Q by Peter Chang, is listed in the 100 Very Best Restaurants 2019 by Washingtonian magazine. Chef Chang will demonstrate some of his signature dishes, including spicy pork wontons, kung pao chicken, and sesame noodles. The demonstration will be followed by a full dinner buffet. This event is presented by CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs and is cosponsored by the River Hill Community Association.  Tickets are $60 and include cooking demonstrations, printed recipes, a full dinner and refreshments. Registration is required. Click here to register for Discover the Flavors of China: Sister Cities Cuisine Class. For more information or assistance with registration, contact Grace Chang at or 410-715-3178.

Bingo at Claret Hall

There’s no school on Monday, January 27 for HCPSS. Come to Claret Hall from 1-3 p.m. for an afternoon of fun! Play 15 games of Bingo while hanging out with friends and enjoying cold weather treats like hot chocolate and snacks. There will be prizes and plenty of excitement! All ages welcome. Pre-registration is requested by calling 410-531-1749 or emailing $3 per person/pay at the door. **Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Master Gardeners Series

The series of Master Gardeners presentations returns for 2020! Join us at Claret Hall for these FREE presentations from the Master Gardeners of Howard County. Learn tips & tricks from experts that you can take home to your own garden!

Pre-registration is requested by calling 410-531-1749 or sending an email to

Here is the schedule of Winter sessions:

Pruning – Monday, January 27 at 7 p.m. Learn the how, when, and why of pruning ornamental trees and shrubs, and the critters you may encounter along the way.

Deterring Deer & Other Critters – Monday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Learn about population control, vegetation control, repellents and fencing to combat the deer population, as well as what plants to avoid planting.

Invasive Plants: What You Need to Know & Do About Them – Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Emphasis is on ornamental plants & weedy species so that you can make the right decisions for your garden.