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Classical concert

The Columbia Orchestra presents "Final Words" of romantic composers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road. The Heritage Signature Chorale, under the direction of Stanley Thurston, joins the orchestra for Verdi's "Stabat Mater." Ticket are $20, $16 for seniors older than 60 and $10 for full-time students. Information: 410-465-8777 or go to columbiaorchestra.org.

Breakfast with Santa

The annual "Breakfast and More with Santa" takes place Saturday, Dec. 3, at Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia. The breakfast seating takes place at 8:30 a.m., with a special lunch seating at 11:30 a.m. Cartoons will be shown during both seatings, and each child will get a private visit and a photo taken with Santa. The "Secret Shop" will be open for children only, where Santa's elves will help children who want to buy inexpensive gifts for the family. Gift wrapping is free. Tickets are $5 per seat, no reservations, advance sales only; exact cash or check only, no credit cards. For more information, call Slayton House at 410-730-3987, ext. 17 or email wlevents@columbiavillages.org.

Women's swim

The Columbia Association offers a Women's Only Swim Time program 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.

Art exhibits

•'Journeys' Mixed-media exhibit featuring the works of Jim Auerbach, Nihal Kececi, David Mullen, Mary Deacon Opasik, Ted Schroll and Tinam Valk runs through Jan. 1 in the Meeting House Gallery at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Information: 410-730-4090 or themeetinghouse.org/gallery.htm.

•Group exhibit Works by members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society are on view through Dec. 15 at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987.

Stand-up comedy

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. For reservations and information, call 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 cjblack@columbiavillages.org. Information: 410-730-3987 or wlca@columbiavillages.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.

Around town

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.

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