Sunday, Jan. 4

Last light The 21st annual Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive through more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays, comes to a close. Held at 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Admission is $20 per car or van with up to eight passengers, $45 for commercial vans and minibuses seating nine to 24 people, and $125 for buses exceeding 24 passengers. The event benefits Howard County General Hospital. Information: 410-740-7666 or go to hcgh.org/symphonyoflights.


Monday, Jan. 5

Drawing interest "Illustrators on Parade" is a program at 11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Discover the creativity of children's illustrators through stories and activities. For ages 3 to 5 with adult. Tickets required, available 15 minutes before class. Information: 410-313-7800.

'Fiddler' auditions Howard County Summer Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of "Fiddler on the Roof," at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Information: howardcountysummertheatre.org. Also 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Star power "Star Stories" is at 7 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Discover the myths behind favorite winter constellations, then create a starry craft. For ages 6 to 9. Ticket required. Information: 410-313-1950.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Health Council The Howard County School Health Council will hold a general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Ascend One Building's Potomac Conference Room, 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia. Information: 202-994-4139 or email armarkus@gwu.edu.

Thursday, Jan. 8


Starlicious auditions Singers, dancers, musicians and other performers between the ages of 7 and 13 are invited to audition from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the coming Starlicious Talent Show, at Columbia Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane in the River Hill Village Center. Auditions are open to the public. Space is limited, so performers are encouraged to pre-register for an audition date and time by calling 410-715-3169 or emailing Melissa.Capo@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Auditions will also be held Jan. 14. The finalists will move on to the Starlicious Talent Show on Feb. 6 at Columbia Gym.

Friday, Jan. 9

Lunch date The Howard County Historical Society is offering a new lecture series at the museum on Court Avenue, Ellicott City, "Lunch Dates with History." The first in the series will be at noon: "Restoring a Historic House" with Ray and Pat Greenwald. Bring a lunch; drinks and treats will be provided. The lecture will be followed by an optional tour of the museum. The event is free to members and $5 for nonmembers. Information: 410-480-3250.

Saturday, Jan. 10

Theatrical Arts Workshop The Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts' Performance Workshop begins. The workshop will be performing "Grease" this season. Information: 410-381-0700, email info@CCTArts.com or go to CCTArts.com.



Who are your ancestors? A Family History Carnival will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4100 St. Johns Lane in Ellicott City. Event is free and sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All are welcome. Child care provided. Information: facebook.com/columbiamarylandstakepublicaffairs.

One Book Campaign The Committee for Palestinian Rights is participating in the One Book campaign, an effort sponsored by Librarians and Activists With Palestine aimed at bringing people all over the world together to talk about a common book. The book that has been selected is "Mornings in Jenin," by Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at David's Natural Market Café, 5410 Lynx Lane, Columbia. It is requested that those who wish to participate read "Mornings in Jenin," and be prepared to meet and discuss the book on Jan. 18.

Jazz concert Grammy-winning Latin jazz performer Paquito D'Rivera performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Jazz@the Lake Concert at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $27 and available at instantseats.com/events/jimrousetheatre. Information: 410-997-2070.

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