The Columbia Metric Marathon & 5K will be held today. 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 striders.net for more information.
Nativity scene More than 250 Nativity sets, including ones from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Panama, China, Nepal and other countries, as well as two made from gingerbread, will be on display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane in Ellicott City. Hours are 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Call 410-707-2918.
Holiday concert The Howard Community College Singers and Senior Choir performs holiday music by Banchieri, Handel, Loesser, Stocker and others at 4 p.m. in Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $5. Call 410-772-4900 or go to www.howardcc.edu/music.
Holiday craft fair Town Center Community Association holds its annual event from noon to 4 p.m. 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 nonperishable food items will be accepted for the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. For more information, call 410-730-4744.
"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" Laurel Mill Playhouse presents this holiday musical 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 laurelmillplayhouse.org.
"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.
Howard County General Hospital sponsors a book sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday 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.
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.
TuesdayMeet the authors
The Columbia Archives will host an open house from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to showcase books about Columbia and their authors. Josh Olsen, Joe Mitchell, Missy Burke, Robin Emrich and Barbara Kellner will be on hand to meet the public and discuss their work. Columbia Archives is on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle. Call 410-715-6781 for more information.
PFLAG meeting The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays holds its monthly meeting and hosts its annual holiday party beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. For more information, call 410-290-8992.
WednesdayHanukkah cooking and recipe exchange
Howard County Hadassah sponsors a cooking and recipe exchange featuring Eve Klein from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 5262 Five Fingers Way in Columbia. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite Hanukkah dish and copies for the recipe to exchange. Tickets are $15-$20. For more information, call 301-854-0503.
The Laurel Museum will hold an organizational meeting to form a genealogy group at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Pool Meeting Room, Ninth and Main streets. For more information, call Mike Boivin at 301-385-6090 or the Laurel Historical Society at 301-725-7975 or go to laurelhistoricalsociety.org.
Meeting The Howard County Board of Education meets at 4 p.m. at 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Both the afternoon and evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., begins with a public forum, when members of the public can address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal hearing process exists. Call 410-313-7194.
Clarinetist Jane Winer performs music by Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. in Monteabaro Recital Hall at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Free admission. Call 410-772-4900 or go to www.howardcc.edu/music
2nd Saturday Cafe presents the Tom Principato Band from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Trader Way. $20 admission fee includes snacks, soda, dessert and coffee. Wine and beer is also available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Agape House. Go to 2ndsaturdaycafe.com for tickets and more information.