Howard County Datebook

November 29, 2009

"Stellaluna" The performance of this new musical based on the children's book by Janell Cannon takes place at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $10. Call 410-997-2324.

"Symphony of Lights" Howard County Hospital Foundation's drive-through outdoor display of more than 70 animated and stationary holiday light creations runs through Jan. 3. For directions and more information, call 410-740-7840.

"Pastels and Pottery" Exhibit featuring the works of potter Winnie Coggins and pastel artist Barbara Steinacker will be on display through Friday at Artists Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 410-740-8249.

Cyber safety and civility Discuss risky online behavior, how to prevent it and what to do if something happens to a family member from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Call 410-313-1950 for more information.

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.

Autism workshop Participants can learn about autism spectrum disorder, including its background and sub types, current research and any associated psychiatric and neurological conditions, in a workshop taking place from 9 a.m. to noon at Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Room 401, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $40. Call 410-772-4856 for more information.

Meeting The Transportation Advocates meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Call 410-313-7213.

Benefit Days End Farm Horse Rescue will hold its anniversary holiday party fundraising event from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 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

Craft fair Howard High School hosts it annual PBIS Craft Fair from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria, 8700 Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City. There will be jewelry, greeting cards, artwork, accessories made from recycled materials, glassware, knitted scarves and hats, and more for sale. Free admission. Call 410-313-2867 for more information.

"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" Laurel Mill Playhouse presents this holiday musical Friday through Dec. 20 at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $13, $10 for students and seniors. Call 301-617-9906 or go to

"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. at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. For tickets and more information, call 410-480-1686.

Holiday Mart Seasonal merchandise will be offered by more than 120 juried artisans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. 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.

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.

Holiday craft fair Town Center Community Association holds its annual event from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. More than 30 vendors will offer for sale jewelry, pottery, baskets, glass and more. Admission is free. During the fair, donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. For more information, call 410-730-4744.

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