• “The Gift of Art,” an all-media, all-member show, runs through Jan. 26 at Artists Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or
“The Gift of Art,” an all-media, all-member show,…
December 18, 2010

Sunday, Dec. 19

"The Nutcracker" The Columbia Chamber Ballet performs this holiday classic at 4 p.m. at Vantage House Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia (free admission) and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, in Historic Savage Mill's Great Room on Fair Street in Savage ($5 admission). Directions and information: 410-465-7674.

Holiday reading Rep Stage presents a reading of short stories by humorist David Sedaris at 2 p.m. at Howard County Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $12. Patrons wearing elf slippers, glowing red noses and sweaters depicting snow scenes will be rewarded with T-shirts, mugs, holiday cards and more. Information: 443-518-1500 or

Concert The St. Alphonsus Youth Choir presents a program of Advent Songs at 3 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Free. Information: 410-442-1320.

Monday, Dec. 20

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

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. at 12100 Woodford Drive. Admission is $10 and includes hot chocolate and desserts. Information:

Blues music Savage Bluegrass plays at Sam's Bar & Restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd., Laurel. Information: 301-317-7796.


Walking event The Freestate Happy Wanderers holds this event on New Year's Eve and again on New Year's Day at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Two-day event features a 6-km trail and two 10-km trails. Walking starts between 9 a.m. and noon and finish by 4 p.m. Take a can of nonperishable food for the food pantry. Information: 410-437-2164 or e-mail

Luncheon The League of Women Voters of Howard County hosts its annual luncheon with the County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. Cost is $15. Information and reservations: 410-730-0142.

Book talk Author/comedian Joel Chasnoff reads from "The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezobollah," at 8 p.m. Jan. 9, at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriett Tubman Lane in Columbia. Admission is $18. Information: 410-531-5115.

Poetry and music The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), holds its 33rd annual "Evening of Irish Music and Poetry" with novelist Colm Toibin at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $35. Tickets and information: 443-518-4568 or

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