Howard County Briefs

November 25, 2011

'Miracle on 34th Street'

Performances run Saturday, Dec. 3, through Dec. 18, at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $13, $10 for seniors, students, 18 and younger and active duty military. For tickets and more information, call 301-452-2557 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org.

Christmas concert

Voices 21 perform holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Concert is dedicated to Ginny Brubaker, a charter member of the group, who died earlier this year. Admission is free, donations accepted at the door. Information: 240-643-6563 or go to voicesxxi.org.

Auditions

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 redbranchtheatre@gmail.com with audition date preference. Appointments will be scheduled on a first- come, first-served basis. Information: dramalearningcenter.com or redbranchtheatre.com.

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.

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 others. 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 international@columbiaassociation.com.

Art exhibits

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 multimedia 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.

"Earth, Water and Sky" Exhibit of landscape artwork by Deborah Maklowski and Barbara Steinacker runs through Dec. 2, at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

Driving classes

Collision avoidance training will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive in Marriottsville.

This is a defensive driving and vehicle control program for teens who need specialized experience in evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, backing and skid recovery. Classroom lessons are held on Friday followed by behind-the-wheel training on Saturday.

The training is for ages 16-19, and students must bring their own cars. Cost is $95, and space is limited. To register or for more information, call 410-313-3758.

Clothing drive

The Columbia Teen Center's Teen Outreach Committee is sponsoring its annual clothing drive to collect items for individuals and families in need. Donations may be dropped off at the center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, through Wednesday, Nov. 30. For more information, call 410-992-3726 or e-mail Rene.Buckmon@ColumbiaAssociation.com.

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