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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.

Blue Christmas

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.

Art exhibits

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.

English conversation

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.

Around town

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.

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