Sunday, Nov. 11
'Amber Brown is Not a Crayon' The Candlelight Concert Society presents the musical based on the book by Paula Danziger at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-997-2324 or candlelightconcerts.org.
Chamber music The Orchestra of St. John's Episcopal Church performs "Best of Bizet and More!" at 4 p.m. at 9120 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Tickets are $25, free for children 18 and younger with paying adult, and $8 for students 18-24 with ID. Information: 410-461-7793.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Meeting Howard County Chapter 1734 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meets at 10 a.m. at the library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 410-381-6797.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Awards dinner The Columbia Foundation, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support nonprofits, will recognize the county's philanthropists at its annual dinner, "A Celebration of Philanthropy," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The foundation will present the first "Philanthropist of the Year" awards. Tickets are $75 and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert. Information: 410-730-7840 or columbiafoundation.org.
Business breakfast County Executive Ken Ulman will be the featured speaker at the BWI Business Partnership's November Signature Breakfast being held from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Sponsor of the breakfast is Howard Tech Advisors. Advance registration required by Tuesday, Nov. 13. Partnership members can attend at no charge or $30, depending on membership level. Space permitting, nonmembers may attend for $50. To register, members should go to http://www.bwipartner.org or call 410-859-1000. Non-members should call 410-859-1000.
'Bringing in the Greens' Hickory Ridge Community Association sponsors a presentation by Howard County Master Gardener, Pat Greenwald, on how to use combinations of natural greens to make arrangements that will last throughout the holidays. Program takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring in Columbia. Free. Information: 410-730-7327.
'String-a-Palooza' Concert featuring the students of schools that feed into Oakland Mills High School will be held at 7 p.m. at Bridgeway Community Church, 9195 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Information: 410-313-6945.
Blood drive Boy Scout Troop 944 will sponsor a blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. Prospective donors are encouraged to make an appointment. Information: 800-733-2767.
Friday, Nov. 16
Concert Series Ukulele and cello duo Victoria Vox and Katie Chambers perform at 8 p.m. at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City as part of the museum's ongoing concert series. Tickets are $20, $18 for society members. Information: 410-480-3250.
Nature program The Howard County Conservancy presents "Revisiting Spring Pools: The Amphibian Awakening and More!" with National Geographic photographer George Grall at 7 p.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Admission is $12, free for children younger than 8. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Festival The Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Festival, featuring story telling, arts and crafts, a moon bounce and other games, facial painting, relay games and more will be held beginning at 9 a.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship. Information: 240-436-3173.
Jazz The Columbia Jazz Band performs at 7 p.m. at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave. in Columbia. The band's repertoire consists of Swing, Latin, Mainstream and Big Band Jazz, with vocals, instrumental solos, improvisations, and riffs. A freewill offering will be taken. Information: 410-997-8011.
Concert Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton performs songs from his latest album, "Solo Mono," at 8 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Tickets are $12 and $6. Information: 410-381-0202.
Music Matters Showcase Carlos from Tres Amigos, billy J carter, and Brown-Smith Vibration perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road. Information: 410-964-8671.
Concert Oseh Shalom congregation presents Brother Sun at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at 7515 Olive Branch Road in Laurel. Tickets are $18 per person; $54 per family. Information: 301-498-5151 or osehshalom.org.
Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series The Chagall Trio Plus One perform at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program consists of music by Gabriel Faure and Theodore Dubois. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Holiday event Howard County Center for the Arts holds its annual Open House and Holiday Sale from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Local artists and groups will sell handcrafted items, paintings, photographs, wearables, ceramics, jewelry, greeting cards, sculpture, and more. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.
Reunion Cardinal Gibbons High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion on April 20 at Reflections Banquet Hall, 8015 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-382-6919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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