Where: Centennial Park, Ellicott City
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 7:30 a.m.
Why go: The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults organized the half triathlon to raise funds to help treat cancer. In addition to the good cause, world-famous athlete Lance Armstrong will be competing in this year’s half-triathlon. Armstrong is set to start the race in the cancer survivors heat at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: Registration for the race is closed, but watching is free.
Animal Advocates Walk for Paws
Where: Howard County Dept. of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Why go: PetConnect’s Walk for Paws is being held to raise funds to help save rescue dogs. Admission is free and activites include games, contests, $20 microchipping (for dogs) and a pet photographer. Feel free to bring your dog.
Where: Clyde’s of Columbia Lakefront Pavilion, Downtown Columbia
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2-7 p.m.
Why go: Clyde’s is partnering with over 20 different craft breweries to showcase fall beers from around the country in addition to providing a wide selection of its Oktoberfest-style food, such as knockwurst, bratwurst and pretzels.
Cost: $2.50/ ticket or 20 tickets for $40. Each ticket is good for a 4oz pour.
OktoberFest to Benefit Elkridge Assembly Rooms Preservation
Where: 6900 Lawyers Hill Rd, Elkridge
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Why go: The fundraiser will feature a variety of Oktoberfest beers, German snacks and the jazz band “SlickHampton.”
Savage Volunteer Fire Company Open House
Where: Savage Volunteer Fire Department, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage
When: Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon – 4 p.m.
Why go: Join the members of the Savage Volunteer Fire Department as they welcome members of the community to explore their station and provide fire safety tips as part of 2012 Fire Prevention Week.
First Friday NatureSphere Nights
Where: Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia
When: Friday, Oct. 5 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Why go: Explore the planets, constellations and solar phenomena in the current night’s sky, and then enjoy a full-dome feature film on Robinson Nature Center’s digital planetarium and dome-style movie theater. Children must be over the age of five and accompanied by an adult.