Howard County Datebook

November 22, 2009

'Twelfth Night' Marriotts Ridge High School presents Shakespeare's romantic comedy at 3 p.m. in the school's auditorium, 12100 Woodford Drive. For tickets and more information, call 410-313-5568 or e-mail Jeanne Jurney at

"Pastels and Pottery" Exhibit featuring the works of potter Winnie Coggins and pastel artist Barbara Steinacker will be on display through Dec. 4 at Artists Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-740-8249.

"Melting Point" Works by Laura Vernon-Russell and Kini Collins are on display through Wednesday in the Himmelfarb Gallery at the Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 410-888-9048.

Art guild meeting The Howard County Art Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Michael Skalka, conservation administrator at the National Gallery of Art, will talk about materials used in painting on location and the care and handling of equipment and supplies in the field. For more information, call 301-854-3478 or go to

Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch at 6600 Cradlerock Way offers passports and passport photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 410-313-7700.

Flea market and bake sale The Howard County NAACP Youth Council and All About God Ministries will sponsor a flea market, craft and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ridgelys Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. Call 443-280-1935 for directions and more information.

Benefit Days End Farm Horse Rescue will hold its anniversary holiday party fundraising event from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Court in Clarksville. Tickets are $35 per person in advance, or $325 for a table of 10. Admission includes an appetizer buffet with vegetarian options, dessert, beer, wine and soda, and a cash bar. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected horses. For more information, call 301-854-5037 or go to

Holiday Mart Seasonal merchandise will be offered by more than 120 juried artisans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Presented by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Go to for more information, a 50 percent off admission coupon and directions.

Holiday sale The Howard County Conservancy will hold its annual holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. There will be an assortment of locally crafted items for sale including natural holiday decorations from the woods, gardens and produce markets. Proceeds benefit the conservancy's environmental educational programs. Call 410-465-8877 for more information.

"The Cracked Nut" Kinetics Dance Theatre presents its adaptation of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. For tickets and more information, call 410-480-1686.

Marathon The Columbia Metric Marathon & 5K will be held Dec. 6. Event starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Lakefront in Columbia. The 26.2K course is moderately hilly and runs through wooded trails, residential areas and roads. The 5K course runs on bike paths around the lake. There will many age-group awards and post-race food. Sponsored by the Howard County Striders. Go to for more information.

Book sale Howard County General Hospital sponsors a book sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at 5755 Cedar Lane in Columbia. A large variety of new books and holiday gifts will be on sale in the main lobby. Proceeds benefit the hospital's expansion program. Call 410-312-9140 or 410-997-4969 for more information.

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