Walk to Bethlehem
Glen Mar United Methodist Church will hold this annual event at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4701 New Cut Road. Led by guides, visitors will journey through outdoor settings where actors will re-enact the events leading to and immediately after Christ's birth. Afterward, go inside the church to sing carols led by Glen Mar choir members and visit a marketplace as it looked in Jesus' day. Free. Information: 410-465-4995.
Bethany United Methodist Church will hold a service to help those who have lost a loved one, a friend, a job, experienced divorce or illness, or are lonely at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2875 Bethany Lane. All are welcome. Information: 410-465-2919.
Festival of trains
The B&O Railroad Station Museum's annual Holiday Festival of Trains is on exhibit through Jan. 26 at 2711 Maryland Ave. The exhibit includes a multilevel LEGO layout with interactive lights, motors and sounds, a Thomas the Tank G-scale layout, children's push-button layout and an N-scale layout. For hours and information, call 410-461-1945.
The Howard County Arts Council presents two exhibits through Friday, Dec. 13, in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. In Gallery I is the biennial multimedia juried exhibit "Art HoCo 2013," featuring more than 50 works by 39 Howard County artists. "Complex Transformations" in Gallery II features works of mixed-media by Allie Rex, Eric Standley and Alice Whealin. Information: 410-313-2787.
Practice speaking and understanding English in a small group at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. No registration is required. Information: 410-313-1950.
English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," 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 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 410-313-1950.
Ellicott City Senior Center
These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:
Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.
Moviethon The center presents free screenings of these holiday favorites on Tuesday, Dec. 10:
"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," 8:30 a.m.
"White Christmas," 10 a.m.
"It's a Wonderful Life," noon.
"Polar Express," 2:15 p.m.
Genealogy program A session from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 11, will focus on how to find a grave, a valuable genealogical tool.
Financial information A program with John Hauserman takes place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.
Opera A "Holiday Spirit Program" by performers from the Lyric Opera House will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13. A catered lunch follows the program. Cost is $10.
Holiday party Enjoy lunch, a musical show and cookie sale at the center's holiday party being held from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. Cost is $15.
Concert The Marriott's Ridge Women's Ensemble performs its holiday concert at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.
Brain Fitness Instructor Robin Zahor leads a class on how to keep the mind sharp and improve cognitive performance at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.
Fabulous 50 + Players Group presents "Our Hit Parade," favorite songs through the decades, at noon Friday, Dec. 20. $5 admission includes a pizza lunch.
Qi Gong Jessica Koch leads students in a class that consists of a series of gentle movements synchronized with breathing that promotes energy movement through the body. Classes will be held Jan. 10 through March 14. Cost is $58.
Gentle Beginning Yoga Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Gold Strength Move through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength and range of movement and improve balance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Zumba Gold Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Also at the center:
•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. Tuesdays.
•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. Wednesdays.
•Canasta, 1 p.m. Thursdays.
•Spring Men's Forum, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.
•Movies/documentaries, 1 p.m. Fridays.