• 'Hansel & Gretel’: Red Branch Theatre presents this fairy tale opera at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at 9130-I Red Branch Road, Columbia. Tickets are $15, or $12 for groups of 10 or more. For each nonperishable food item donated to the food drive, one coupon for $2 off a ticket will be received. Limit one coupon per ticket and two tickets per order. Tickets: 410-997-9352 or
'Hansel & Gretel’: Red Branch Theatre presents…
December 11, 2010

Sunday, Dec. 12

'Nutcracker on Ice' The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents this ballet on ice, featuring more than 90 performers, ages 4 to adult, 6 p.m. at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Tickets are $10, free for those younger than 3. Information: 410-813-4026.

Concert The Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers perform seasonal music from the Renaissance to modern times at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Oakland Mills and Dobbin roads in Columbia. Tickets are $15 and $17. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or

'The Magic Toyshop' Bob Brown Puppets presents this free performance, followed by a visit from Santa, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Route 197, South Laurel. Information: 301-776-2805.

Christmas concert The Alleluias, an interfaith Christian choral group, presents a concert of Christmas music at 3 p.m. at Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, 2029 Daniels Road in Ellicott City. Admission is free and a love offering will be accepted. Information:

Concert The Columbia Concert Band will hold a free winter concert featuring a variety of music at 3 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. Information: 301-596-9783 or

Concert at St. Louis The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis," featuring soprano Jessica Marie Stecklein, tenor Andrew Shryock, and the St. Louis Choir and Concert Orchestra, conducted by Paul Carroll, at 4 p.m. at 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. Free. Information: 410-531-6040.

Monday, Dec. 13

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

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Open house Gan Israel Preschool and Kindergarten, 770 Howes Lane in Columbia, will hold an open house beginning at 9:30 a.m. The school is accepting applications for the coming year and places in the 2s, 3s, 4s and kindergarten levels are available. School offers part-time and full-time programs as well as before- and after-care options. Information: 410-740-2424.

MOMS Club of Elkridge Support/social group for moms meets at 9:45 a.m. at the Elkridge Baptist Church, 5929 Setter Drive, Elkridge. Children welcome. Information:

Legal screening Attorney Victor Berger will host the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Services include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. Program is open to all residents 60 and older. Cost depends on individual's or couple's income. Information: 410-313-7213.

Thursday, Dec. 16

School news The Howard County Board of Education meets at 4 p.m. in the department's Board Room, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. The meeting will begin with a "Public Forum," when members of the public may address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Evening session convenes at 7:30 p.m. Information: 410-313-7194.

Friday, Dec. 17

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

Saturday, Dec. 18

Bazaar The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew will hold its Christmas Bazaar from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, in the Kings Contrivance Village Center, 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia. Event features crafts, live music, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, food, and secret shopping for the children. Information:

Music Matters Showcase The Conundrum Jazz Band, Monica Matthern and Alex Mahoney perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.


Holiday concert "Smooth Sounds of the Season" will be performed by the Marriotts Ridge High School Jazz Combo, Madrigals, Women's Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Big Band at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at 12100 Woodford Drive. Admission is $10 and includes hot chocolate and desserts. Information:

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