November 18, 2011

Sunday, Nov. 20

'Guitar and Voice' Concert with guitarist Michael Raitzyk and vocalist Karla Chisholm takes place at 4 p.m. at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Program includes a variety of jazz standards with a mix of blues and pop. Tickets are $17; $11 for seniors and HCC employees; $6 for students. Tickets and information: 443-518-1500 or

Community forum The Earth Forum of Howard County presents "The Food in your Future" from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Old Annapolis Road in Columbia. Amanda Behrens presents "Putting Howard County on the Food Map," and Gordon Clark will speak on "How Will We Eat in the 21st Century?" Event includes refreshments and information tables. An emphasis/action group discussion follows. Free. Information: 410-730-3545 or go to

Monday, Nov. 21

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

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Workshop Silhouette Stages will hold a musical theater audition workshop from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Local musical director Michael Tan will conduct the workshop. Among the topics covered will be the dos and don'ts of auditioning, creating and updating an audition book, and finding new music. Everyone will receive a handout of the topics covered in the workshop and additional resources. Those signing up for the workshop should bring prepared pieces, both up-tempo and ballad, with sheet music in the correct key.

Signup is limited to performers 16 and older. Registration will be taken on a first-come basis. Cost of workshop is $40 and is limited to 20 performers To register and more information, email Mo Dutterer at


Open house and holiday sale The Howard County Arts Council hosts its annual "Open House and Holiday Sale" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. For sale will be paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics, jewelry, greeting cards, and more. Refreshments will be provided. Free. Information: 410-313-2787 or go to

'Walk to Bethlehem' Glen Mar United Methodist Church will hold its fourth annual "Walk to Bethlehem" from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4, at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. This free event, led by guides, will take attendees through outdoor settings where actors will enact the events leading to and immediately after the Messiah's birth. Information: 410-465-4995.

Christmas classic Columbia Pro Cantare performs Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. A free lecture by Barbara Renton takes place at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served following the concert. Advance tickets are $23, $20 for seniors and students; $25 and $22 at the door. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to

Music series The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the Clipper Mill String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes Beethoven's String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky," Smetana's String Quartet No. 1, "From My Life," and Szymanowski's String Quartet in C major. Tickets are $15, those 17 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

Concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis" with the Monumental Brass Quintet, featuring sopranos Betsy Bates and Berta Sabrio, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at 12500 Clarksville Pike. Admission is free. Information: 410 -531-6040.

Candlelight tours Montpelier Mansion offers its annual tours Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10, at 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. There will be live music, refreshments, and decorations throughout the mansion. Admission is free for teachers on Dec. 9 and on Dec. 10, police, fire fighters, active military, and emergency medical technicians get in free. Also, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, there will be a "Winter Break Craft and Story Time," when kids can come and hear seasonal stories, do crafts, and more. For times and more information, call 301-377-7817.

'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Bob Luke will discuss his book, "The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues." Free. 410-740-1145.

Figure skating The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents "The Nutcracker on Ice" Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18, at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Shows at 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17; 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $12, free for children 2 and younger. Tickets and information: 410-730-0322 or go to

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