The Hickory Ridge Community Association sponsors, "Grow it! Eat it! Spring Vegetable Gardening," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Master Gardener Kent Phillips will give a presentation on how to prepare garden soil for spring planting, how to prepare seeds inside for transplant, structures to support your plants and how to guard against critters and cold weather. Free. For reservations and information, call 410-730-7327.
The Rev. Tyrone P. Jones IV has been selected as the new pastor of the First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road. Jones, 39, succeeds the late Rev. John L. Wright, who was pastor of the church for more than 35 years. A spring installation is planned. Jones is the former pastor of Messiah Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Conn. Information: 410-792-7096.
"Beginnings," featuring the works of Joan Bevelaqua, Nancy Linden, George Sakkal and John Brandon Sills, opens Sunday, Jan. 15, and continues through March 18 at the Meeting House Gallery. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15. The gallery is in the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center at 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Information: 410-730-4090.
•The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the Arte Flamenco dance troupe on Jan. 29 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. The troupe is directed by Natalie Monteleon, who created it while living in New Orleans and re-created it here. Arte Flamenco has performed at Artscape and the Latino Festival in Baltimore, the Kennedy Center, the Columbia Art Festival and the Takoma Park Folk Festival. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for students and $15 at the door. Information: 410-730-1129 or go to brownpapertickets.
•The Misako Ballet Company presents "Classical with a Japanese Twist" at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. The concert will feature "Japanese Rhymes and Songs" and "The Four Seasons" choreographed and directed by Misako Aoki-Oda. The program will include variations from "Carmen," "Le Corsaire," "Laurentia" and the ballet "Pas de Quatre." Performance also include guest hip-hop dancers Danielle Sten and Lance Guillermo of "On the DL." Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and younger, and can purchased at misakoballet.com or at the door. Information: 410-884-9690.
The Columbia Association offers a Women-Only Swim Time from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbia Swim Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. The pool is shallow, warmed to 80-82 degrees, guarded by female lifeguards, and the windows are covered. Free for association members. Resident nonmembers with an association resident card pay $16 per visit; general admission is $25. Nonmembers are welcome to a free trial of two admissions. Information: 410-381-1096 or go to columbiapools.org.
'The Gift of Art' All-media, all-member show and sale runs through Jan. 27 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 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
The "ER" show, hosted by Sean Savoy, takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Nottingham's Tavern, 8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1100. Tickets are $10. Reservations and information: 410-290-0077.
Looking for artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is accepting applications to exhibit at the gallery for the 2012 season. Applications are available at the gallery or by email to email@example.com. Information: 410-730-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singles social group
The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.
An International Book Club sponsored by the Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Books will be in English, written by international authors and will be about culture. Information: 410-715-3162.
English conversation The Howard County Public Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-7850.
Wii Club Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii Club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.
Single Again Changing Focus' Single Again, a nonprofit program for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information: changingfocus.org.
Chair yoga The East Columbia 50 Plus Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that helps ease the pain of arthritis, reduce fatigue and improve circulation and breathing, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $25 per month. Reservations: 410-313-7680.
Also at the 50 Plus Center:
•Line dancing with Mary McCormick will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mondays for advanced dancers, 4:30 p.m. for beginners. Cost is $43.
•Age Well Exercise with Joyce Diatoms will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for a 12-week session is $48.
•A class to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost is $24.
•A belly dance class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Camilla Karma will teach hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing. Cost is $25 per month.
•A yoga class with Smite Javari is offered from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 per month.
•Beginner tai chi classes are offered 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $24 per month.
•Ryan Shimabukuro leads a hula class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays that helps tone and strengthen the body. Cost for a six-week session is $28.
•A chess club for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.
•View newly released DVD movies on a large screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.