Sunday, Dec. 8
Holiday concert Frances Motyca Dawson conducts the Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus and Orchestra in Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $20-$25. Information: 410-799-9321.
'The Nutcracker' Howard Community College presents the holiday classic at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $7-$15. Information: 443-518-1000.
Classical music Sundays at Three Concert Series presents a chamber music concert with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179.
Christmas concert The Alleluias, an interfaith Christian choral group, presents the Christmas cantata "There is Peace in the World Tonight" at 5 p.m. at Rockland United Methodist Church, 8971 Chapel Ave. Free. Information: 410-465-1463.
'Hair'itage the Play' Performance of Niccole Nero Gaines' new play about six African-American women and the impact their hair has had on their lives takes place at 3 p.m. at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Tickets are $25-$30. Information: 410-313-2787.
Monday, Dec. 9
'Tommy Ivery Close-Up Magic Show' The Columbia Conjurors presents its annual holiday magic show at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free. Information: 410-381-9365.
Concert Christ Lutheran Church, 12570 Clarksville Pike, presents singer-songwriter Chris Driesbach at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Information: 301-854-2100.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Dance Misako Ballet Studio hosts a "Salsa Social" at 7 p.m. at 5485 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 203 in Columbia. Leading and following techniques for basic salsa steps, turns and patterns take place at the beginning of the social. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $13 per person, $20 per couple. Information: 410-884-9690 (Women should wear low-heeled shoes with ankle straps).
Meeting Gail Mackiernan gives a presentation, "Philippine Mega Birds," at the monthly meeting of the Howard County Bird Club at 8 p.m. at Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Information: howardbirds.org.
Friday, Dec. 13
Anniversary celebration Howard Community College hosts a 20th anniversary celebration of Maryland's Sister States relationship with Leningrad province of Russia at 4 p.m. in Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Free event features Russian folk music performed by members of Metelitsa, St. Petersburg's state orchestra of Russian folk instruments. Maryland and Leningrad province entered into a Sister States relationship in 1993, with the aim to promote cooperation in "business and industry, culture, education, agriculture, technology, environmental protection and tourism." For more information, call Vladamir Marinich, professor of social science, at 443-518-4946, or email him at email@example.com.
Holiday comedy show Howard Community College's Arts Collective presents the holiday show of its comedy troupe, What Improv Group?!?! at 8 p.m. in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $12, $10 for students with ID. For tickets and more information, call 443-518-1500 or go to howardcc.edu/artscollective. (Parental guidance suggested, recommended for ages 12 and older)
Saturday, Dec. 14
'Nutcracker on Ice' The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its annual show featuring more than 100 performers, ranging in age from 3 to adult, and includes many advanced-level skaters who have competed regionally and nationally. Shows at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. today; 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Tickets are $12, free for those 2 and younger. Information: 410-730-0322.
Classical music The Candlelight Concert Society presents miXt, a trio of clarinet, violin and piano, at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $12-$32. Information: 410-997-2324.
Breakfast with Santa Bring the family to enjoy breakfast, holiday crafts and a photo with Santa at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Seatings at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $5.50, $5 for Columbia residents. Information: 410-730-4610.
'Joy to the World' Christ Lutheran Church hosts a Christmas program for children ages 4 through eighth grade from 9 a.m. to noon at 12570 Clarksville Pike. For more information, call Audrey at 410-730-5209, go to christlutheran.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday music The Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers present a concert of seasonal music, from the Renaissance to modern times, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Advance tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and students; $17 and $15 at the door. Information: 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or procantare.org.
Concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at 12500 State Route 108 in Clarksville. Music performed by members of the St. Louis Church Concert Orchestra, choir and others. A reception follows the concert. Free. Information: 410-531-6040.
'Jazz for the New Year' The Howard Community College Faculty Jazz Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Tickets are $10, free for children younger than 15. Information: 410-381-0097.
Child care information fair Howard County's Department of Citizen Services Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, "Children On Board," will be held from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Fair will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with information on child care, preschool and summer programs, as well as the opportunity to talk with teachers and program directors. Representatives from community service organizations that offer programs and services to the county's youngsters will also attend. Information: 410-313-1940 or email email@example.com.