• Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia, presents a two-person exhibit in the galleries through Jan. 26. Jeff Shi’s digital photography is highlighted in an exhibit titled “Spirit of Nature,” and the photography of Xiangfei Fay Shi is also on display. A reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.
Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia, presents…
December 24, 2010

Sunday, Dec. 26

"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

Monday, Dec. 27

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.

Friday, Dec. 31

Ball in the Mall New Year's Eve celebration benefits the Columbia Association. Event will be held on both levels of The Mall in Columbia, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner, dancing, open bar, disc jockey and live music and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets: $50 from the sale of tickets goes to the Columbia Foundation. Dress code is black tie optional.

Walking event The Freestate Happy Wanderers holds this event Friday and Saturday 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.

'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Bob McConnell will discuss his book, "Swing for the fences." Free. 410-740-1145.

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

Concert The Saxony-Anhalt Brass Quintet performs at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Road in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-997-8770.

Classical concert The Candlelight Concert Society presents the American String Quartet performing Beethoven at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Group features violinists Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, violist Daniel Avsholomov, and cellist Wolfram Koessel. Advance tickets are $29; $26 for seniors and $12 for students; $30, $28 and $12 at the door. Information: 410-997-2324 or

Ice skating The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee will host a skating social for Special Olympics athletes from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Free admission and skate rental. Information: 410-715-5523.

Senior Olympics The Maryland Senior Olympics' Winter Games take place Feb. 12 at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road. Featured sports will be ice hockey and curling. The games are open to all athletes age 50 and older. Registration fees are $30 per player for hockey and $10 per player for curling. Information: 240-777-8080.

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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