Howard County Datebook

December 13, 2009

Christmas concert The Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers, 28 members selected from the Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus, present a concert of seasonal music ranging from the Renaissance to modern times at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and students. Call 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to

Concert The Columbia Concert Band performs at 3 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Program includes Carol Barnett's "Cyprian Suite," Brian Balmages' "Reverberations," Frank Tichell's "Joy Revisited" and some holiday tunes. Free admission. Call 301-596-9783.

"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. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13, $10 for students and seniors. Call 301-617-9906 or go to

"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.

"Celebrate the Solstice" Exhibit on the short days and cold weather of winter runs through Jan. 28 at Artists Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 410-740-8249 or go to

College night An "Arts College Night" for parents and students, especially those in eighth to 11th grades, who are interested in theater, dance or the visual arts, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road in Columbia. Event includes panels focusing on preparing for college, the admissions process and collegiate expectations. For more information, e-mail Stephanie Gurwitz at or call the school at 410-313-7065.

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.

Teen council meeting The Columbia Teen Center kicks off its For GIRLS Only program from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a round table discussion of ideas for the coming year. A new mentoring program focusing on inspiring and empowering young women on topics such as building confidence, leadership and conflict resolution will be also discussed. The Columbia Teen Center is open to all Howard County residents ages 9-19 during after-school, summer and weekend hours. The center is in the Oakland Mills Village Center at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Call 410-992-3726 for more information.

Legal program Attorney Victor Berger hosts a "60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Program includes information about simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. Program is open to county residents over 60. Cost of document preparation depends on individual or couple's income. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-313-7213.

Meeting WomenHeart of America, a support group for women with heart disease, meets at 11:30 a.m. at That's Amore Restaurant, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. E-mail Marilyn Gobbett at for more information about the group.

Board of Education meets The Howard County Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. in the board room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Meeting begins with a public forum. To sign up to speak, contact the board's office at 410-313-7194.

Networking event The Howard Technology Council hosts this event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pub Dog, 8865 Stanford Blvd., Suite 100 in Columbia. Cost is $10 per person. Call 410-313-6550 for more information.

Fundraiser The National Art Honor Society at Atholton High School will host "Empty Bowls," a community fundraiser for the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Admission is $10 and includes a soup and bread dinner in a ceramic bowl. The school is at 6520 Freetown Road in Columbia. Call 410-313-7065 for more information.

Concert Christmas concert with the Starfire Artists takes place at 7 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Free admission. Call 410-442-1320 for more information.

"Talking Baseball" Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Speaker will be David Vincent, author of "Home Runs Most Wanted." All are welcome. Call 410-740-1145 for more information.

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