THE COLUMBIA Association's Sister Cities Program will hold a Holiday Tertulia on Sunday at Howard Community College. Murray Simon, one of the event's organizers, explained that tertulia means social gathering in Spanish.
Originally from East Harlem in New York, Simon lives in Long Reach village with his wife, Juana, and daughter, Sarah. He was an education adviser in Latin America and Africa for 25 years.
"Since my wife is from Bolivia, I felt something was needed in Howard County for the growing Hispanic population," Simon said. "The Columbia Association was looking for some intercultural activities that we could do here in addition to sending students to other countries for exchange. We held our first tertulia two years ago."
Simon said such social gatherings give Hispanics in the community an opportunity to meet and make friends with others who speak Spanish. Because of language limitations, members of the Hispanic community have felt rather isolated over the years as they arrived in Howard County, he said.
The Holiday Tertulia will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Galleria at Howard Community College. The program will include music, dancing, refreshments and a poetry reading by Marilyn Holland, a Spanish teacher at Oakland Mills High School.
The event is free and open to Hispanics and non-Hispanics.
Information: 410-997-7702 or 410-715-3162.
Jazz and swing
It's not too late to buy tickets for this evening's "Jazz and Swing" dance and concert, sponsored by Swansfield Elementary School. The concert will feature Hickory Ridge resident Cecelia Calloway and the swing band Blue Sky 5.
Calloway, a jazz singer and the daughter of the legendary Cab Calloway, will be accompanied on the piano by Alex Brown, a freshman at Wilde Lake High School who will also play jazz violin during the program.
The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Florence Bain Senior Center on Ruth Keeton Way. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children, and will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit Swansfield Elementary School's music, band and cultural arts programs.
The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform selections from Handel's Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School.
The concert will feature soprano Amy Van Roekel, mezzo-soprano Rosa Maria Pascarella, tenor Charles Reid, and baritone Lester Lynch. A free preconcert lecture will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. by Tom Benjamin, a Peabody Conservatory faculty member.
West Columbia singers participating in the concert are Susan Balco, Erika Burlas, Christa Chaudoin, Chris DeVoe, Stephen Fulton, Carol Galbraith, Cheryl Garnes, Kristina Gilbertson, Steve Greif, Barbara Kraus, Kim Lichtenberg, Tom Lorsung, Bob Marcus, Betsy Middleton, Deloise Wilkie and Richard Roca.
Advance tickets are $23 for adults, and $20 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are $25 and $22 at the door.
Congratulations to the Clarksville Middle School pupils who auditioned for and were accepted into the Howard County Gifted and Talented Band: Michelle Do, Katherine Davis, Carolyn Tong, Ameneh Bordi, Ashley Kneale, Alexander Bahder, Erik Jorgenson, Dan Whitney, Adam Yozwiak, Ross Lewin, Jake Matuskey, Brian Kwong, Robby Finstein, David Windle and Robert Garland.
Fine arts and crafts
"Singular Sensations," the Columbia Art Center's fine arts and crafts show, will be held Dec. 6 to 16 at the gallery on Foreland Garth. Artworks available for sale include pottery, stained glass, jewelry, paintings and sculpture.
West Columbia artists participating in the show include Connie Sauer, Elizabeth Clarke-Shaw, Felicia Belair-Rigdon, Jo Grishman, Leighton Scott, Susan Wertheimer David and Hjordis Bruce.