Howard County Datebook

December 27, 2009

Winter Trees Patuxent Research Refuge offers a guided walk through the forest to learn how to identify trees without their leaves. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at the North Tract on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. Free (donations accepted). All ages. Registration required. Call 301-497-5887 or go to

Gift show and sale The International Center for Artistic Development presents its annual Holiday Gift Show & Sale through Dec. 31 at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St. On display in the gallery are works by Sherry Burton Ways, Eljay McBride and Michelle Lisenbee. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. For more information, call 301-604-4484 or go to

"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

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.

New Year's Eve Soiree Columbia Pro Contare will host a New Year's Eve celebration featuring Jared Denhard and Richard McCready Duo on ukeleles, classical guitar and Celtic harps playing French cafe waltzes, tangos, classic ragtime, Celtic harp duos and hot jazz in a private home in Ellicott City with food and a cash bar. $30 per person. Go to for more information.

New Year's Eve retreat Bon Secours Spiritual Center will sponsor "What is Your Heart's Desire?," a retreat to reflect alone and with others, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Cost is $50. Call 410-442-1320 or go to

Film series Columbia Jewish Congregation's four-film series starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 with "Live and Become" in Room 200 of The Meeting House in Oakland Mills. The film is about a non-Jewish Ethiopian woman who sends her son to Israel for a new life. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for the entire series, $23 for three films, $16 for two films and $9 for one movie. Refreshments will be offered and there will be a discussion group after the screening. Call S. Bloch at 410-381-4809 or go to

Songwriters showcase Local songwriters Ian Collins and Timmy Han will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the One World Coffeehouse at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students. A portion of the proceeds help those in crisis. The coffeehouse is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. Call 410-381-0097, e-mail or go to

"Children on Board" Howard County's annual child care information fair, sponsored by the Howard County Office of Children's Services, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Information on child care and preschool programs will be available, along with contact with teachers and program directors. There will also be representatives from community service organizations that provide programs and services to the county's young children. In addition, the 2010 Early Childhood Education Guide will be given out. Call 410-313-1940 for more information.

Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance On Jan. 30, Dad (or a special adult) can escort his "princess" for an evening of dancing, refreshments, crafts and more at the Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center, 3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for 4- to 6-year-olds; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 7- to 11-year-olds. $40 fee includes cost of one adult and one child; $20 for each additional daughter. Call Karen Bradley at 410-313-4635.

Senior Olympics The Maryland Senior Olympics will be held Feb. 13 at the Gardens Ice, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road in Laurel and at the National Capital Curling Center, adjacent to the Gardens Ice House. Event features ice hockey, figure skating and curling, with competition open to anyone ages 50 and older. Admission is free. To register and more information, call 410-222-4257.

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