The Town Center Community Association will sponsor an Environmental Action Group to educate and foster environmentally positive action in the community.
The group, which will be led by Town Center board member Stephen Meskin, will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 22, and on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.
Information or registration: 410-730-4744.
`A Jazz Advent' to help Agape House
Kittmaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Town Center, will sponsor "A Jazz Advent," with vocalist Sara Jones and the Young Brothers (Tim Young on piano, Al Young on percussion) and guests.
The concert of seasonal songs and prayers, readings and reflections will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the church.
Admission is free; a donation will be requested to benefit the work of the Agape House in Baltimore, one of the church's ministry partners.
Historic Oakland to hold tea party
A holiday tea at Historic Oakland will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The two-course meal, is served in the restored mansion's ballroom.
Local vendors will be available during the event for last-minute shopping.
The cost is $20 a person, including tax.
Registration is required.
Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road.
Information: 410-730-4744, or www.historic-oakland.com.
Things are shaking in land of dance
Mia Naja al Sephira will offer a bellydance class for children at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The Saturday morning classes, which run from Feb. 2 through March 15, are sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association.
Mommy and Me classes (for mothers and fathers) will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes are for children ages 6 to 12. The cost is $72 for six sessions; $15 to drop in. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount.
Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Participants are invited to take a game and attend with a friend. 410-730- 3987.`The Nutcracker' -- Dance Foundation Dance Studio will present its version of The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. The production features the classic Tchaikovsky score as well as versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Students and guest performers will dance en pointe and give a modern twist to the traditional story. A party scene includes dancing Teddy bears, dolls and soldiers, and the mouse scene features a hip-hop battle. 410-715-8764.
Christmas cantata -- The Alleluias, a Christian choir based in Howard County, will present a Christmas cantata by Tom Fettke, One Incredible Moment, at 3 p.m. Dec. 30 at Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, in Town Center. While admission is free, a donation is suggested. 410-730-4855, or www. thealleluias.com.
Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue its senior yoga classes at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The slower-paced, gentle yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction. Classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan 10 through Feb. 14. A free class will be offered Jan. 3. The cost is $78 for a six-week session; $15 to drop in. Columbia lien-payers can request a 10 percent discount. Registration is recommended. Participants should consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. 410-730-3987.
Puppet circus -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will present Circus on Strings -- with Carousel Puppets -- at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 18. The production includes juggling clowns, a ballerina, a cat on a trapeze and other circus acts. Tickets are $5 in advance; $6 at the door, if available. Group rates are also available. 410-730-3987.