Red Branch Theatre Company seeks strong-singing actors to fill all roles for its production of "Next to Normal," running April 6-22 at 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Audition dates are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.3, and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 6. Callbacks 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Audition requirements are 16‐32 bars of contemporary musical theater and a 90‐second monologue. Bring sheet music — an accompanist will be provided. Submit head shot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with audition date preference. Appointments will be scheduled on a first- come, first-served basis. Information: dramalearningcenter.com or redbranchtheatre.com.
'Jazz in the Mills'
The Oakland Mills Community Association presents a holiday jazz concert featuring Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: 410-730-1129 or brownpapertickets.com/event/144233.
The Howard County Conservancy will hold its annual holiday sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. There will be an assortment of crafted items for sale, including natural holiday decorations from the woods, gardens, and produce markets, candles, jewelry, hand crafted accessories, nature and gardening books, nature photography items, kids books and more. Proceeds to benefit the conservancy's environmental educational programs. Free. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
'Feed the Hungry'
The county NAACP Youth Council will sponsor "Feed the Hungry" from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Ridgelys Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. In addition to providing a free meal, the youths will give out gloves, hats, scarves, ear warmers, hand and toe warmers, and other items to those in need. They are also accepting donations for this event. Donations can be food or new or gently worn clothing. Information: 443-280-1935.
Call to artists
The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to participate in the annual "Silent Auction Art Exhibit" as part of the Arts Council's annual fundraising gala, "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County." All 2-D, 3-D, and fine craft artists, 18 or older, residing, working, or studying in Howard County, arts council members, and artists who have exhibited in the county in the last year are invited to submit artwork. Deadline is Dec. 3.
Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.
The Community Action Council sponsors a Thanksgiving turkey distribution for eligible county families beginning at 11 a.m.. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia. To be eligible, families must have received assistance from the council during the past year and should call 410-313-6440.
Student exchange program
The Columbia Association will offer information sessions for parents and teens about the 2012 Sister Cities High School Student International Exchange Program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.
Laura Smit, program manager for the association's exchange programs, will speak and answer questions about the monthlong July program, which consists of two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion in one of Columbia's sister cities, Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, where students will be hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the U.S., students and their parents will host their French or Spanish counterpart for two weeks.
Registration fee is $650 for Columbia residents and $790 for non-Columbia residents. Airline tickets may range from $1,100 to $1,500 per person. Applicants must be high school students living in Howard County and have completed high school level two of French or Spanish by the end of the academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. Deadline for applications is Feb. 17.
Information: Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or email@example.com.
The Howard County Arts Council presents two new exhibits in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City.
Gallery I features the multi-media exhibit "Art HoCo 2011," with more than 40 works by 18 Howard County artists. Gallery II features works by Tracey Clarke and Sarah Wegner titled "Modern Mythologies." Exhibits runs through Dec. 16. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.