Sunday, Dec. 4
Christmas classic Columbia Pro Cantare performs Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. today at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. A free lecture by Barbara Renton takes place at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served following the concert. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and students. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to procantare.org.
'Jazz in the Mills' The Oakland Mills Community Association presents a holiday jazz concert featuring Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-730-1129 or brownpapertickets.com/event/144233.
Music series The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the Clipper Mill String Quartet at 3 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes Beethoven's String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky," Smetana's String Quartet No. 1, "From My Life," and Szymanowski's String Quartet in C major. Tickets are $15, those 17 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis" with the Monumental Brass Quintet, featuring sopranos Betsy Bates and Berta Sabrio, at 4 p.m. today at 12500 Clarksville Pike. Admission is free. Information: 410 -531-6040.
'Walk to Bethlehem' Glen Mar United Methodist Church holds its fourth annual "Walk to Bethlehem" from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. This free event, led by guides, will take attendees through outdoor settings where actors will re-enact the events leading to and immediately after the Messiah's birth. Information: 410-465-4995.
Monday, Dec. 5
Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passport applications and photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.
Thursday, Dec. 8
School news The Board of Education meets at 4 p.m. at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-7700.
Friday, Dec. 9
Candlelight tours Montpelier Mansion offers its annual tours today-Saturday at 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. There will be live music, refreshments, and decorations throughout the mansion. Admission is free for teachers on Dec. 9 and on Dec. 10, police, fire fighters, active military, and emergency medical technicians get in free. Also, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, there will be a "Winter Break Craft and Story Time," when kids can come and hear seasonal stories, do crafts, and more. For times and more information, call 301-377-7817.
Saturday, Dec. 10
'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Bob Luke will discuss his book, "The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues." Free. 410-740-1145.
Dance performances The Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "The Cracked Nut" at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Dec. 11-12, at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Show is about a girl named Clara who faints when she is frightened by a mouse in the dance studio and is transported to a land of wild flowers and misfit toys. Dance styles include tap, jazz, and hip-hop as well as modern and ballet. Tickets are $5. For reservations and more information, call 410-480-1686.
'Evening with Shakespeare' The Little Patuxent Review and Columbia Art Center presents Nigel Reed and Valerie Leonard reading from various plays by Shakespeare exploring the theme of love at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 6100 Foreland Garth. Free. Information: 410-730-0075 or go to columbiaartcenter.org.
Figure skating The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents "The Nutcracker on Ice" Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18, at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Shows at 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17; 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Tickets are $12, free for children 2 and younger. Tickets and information: 410-730-0322 or go to columbiafsc.com.
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