Monday, Feb. 3
Acupuncture happy hour Relax and recharge with 20 minutes of auricular (ear) acupuncture at 6:30 p.m. at Classical Acupuncture and Healing Center, 8821 Columbia 100 Parkway, Suite 5. Cost is $20. Information: 410-992-9340.
Early Columbia The Columbia Archives will conduct a course on the early history of Columbia, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, in the Wilde Lake Village Center. The session will look at James Rouse's vision for Columbia, his decision to purchase land in Howard County and why his idea was a gamble. Led by Barbara Kellner, director of Columbia Archives. Information: 410-715-3103 or email Barbara.Kellner@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Winter Science A class exploring simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, for ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Tickets are required required for the multiweek course and are available at the Children's Desk 15 minutes before class.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Contemplative Conversations What could an ancient tale say to you today? Share thoughts from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Channing Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, 3230 Bethany Lane, Suites 3 and 4, Ellicott City. Information: 410-203-0474.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Talking Films Join fellow movie aficionados for conversation at 7 p.m.. Borrow the movie from the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, watch it at home, then participate in the discussion. The film for Thursday is "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen." No registration required. 410-313-1950.
Friday, Feb. 7
Starlicious Columbia Association's second annual Starlicious Talent Show will feature 11 youth acts — with 29 kids between the ages of 7 and 13 performing dance, music and poetry. Also appearing will be Mrs. Maryland 2014, Columbia's Zereana Jess-Huff. Held at Columbia Gym's Youth Arena, 6151 Daylong Lane, near the River Hill Village Center in Clarksville. For ticket costs and other information: Melissa Capo at Melissa.Capo@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3169.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Gala The Columbia Town Center Rotary Club holds its annual Valentine's Gala (formerly the Sweethearts Ball) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle. Event features music by NightlLife, a silent auction and food. Cost is $100 per person. Proceeds benefit local charities, education endowments and community service projects. For more information, go to ctcrotary.org.
'Seeing Trees: Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees' Learn to see backyard trees in entirely new ways at this talk by naturalist Nancy Ross Hugo at 7 p.m. at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Hugo will describe how to view trees in ways that reveal secrets about how they have evolved and why they are engineered the way they are. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Registration required. Tickets are $10 per person; $20 per family. To register and more information, call 410-465-8877.
Concert Dejon, Kathy Stanley and Scott Sivakoff perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Classical music The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the Shadrin and Lu Piano Duo performing music by Mozart, Bizet, Brahms, Ravel, Dvorak and Stravinsky at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Concert The Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adelines will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Admission is $15 per person, $30 per family, free for children 18 and younger with paying adult. Light snacks will be served. Information: 410-381-0087 or uucolumbia.net.
Social The Howard County Genealogical Society will hold its annual Variety Hour and Silent Auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Society members will be giving short talks about a breakthrough or story from their family research. Information: hcgs.org.
Dance concert Misako Ballet Company presents "Spring Collage" at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert will showcase diverse cultures and styles of dance. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/538410 at a discounted price. Information: 410-884-9690 or misakoballet.com.
Annual arts gala Howard County's annual "Celebration of the Arts" will be held March 29 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $100 and $50 and are available by phone at 410-313-2787 or online at hocoarts.org. The gala begins with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a silent auction of artwork by local artists, culinary treats provided by local restaurants and live musical performances. At 8 p.m. the presentations of the Rising Star Competition and the 2013 Howie Awards take place. $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Studio Theatre for the simulcast.
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