The Columbia Orchestra sponsors a free instrument petting… (Courtesy Columbia Orchestra )
Sunday, Jan. 2
Meet the artist Mary Jo Kehne will be on hand from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Awaken Gallery, 7130 Minstrel Way, Suite 160, Columbia. Information: 443-956-9770 or http://www.awakenwellnesscolumbia.com.
Monday, Jan. 3
'The Gift of Art,' 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 artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
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, Jan. 4
Blues music Savage Bluegrass plays at Sam's Bar & Restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd., Laurel. Information: 301-317-7796.
Saturday, Jan. 8
Concert Kukac Vrecica (gypsy music), Tres Amigos (Brazilian) and billy j carter perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Home Café, 225 Gorman Road, Laurel. Information: 301-953-1560.
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. 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. 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 candlelightconcerts.org.
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 hocopolitso.org.
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