Sunday, Nov. 22

Colonial holiday Belmont Manor and Historic Park, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, will host its Colonial Holiday Celebration from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Colonial decorations, period re-enactments, music, food and drink. Proceeds benefit the Howard County Conservancy's environmental education programs at Belmont. Tickets are $65 and are limited. Information: 410-465-8337 or


CandleKids "The Emperor's Nightingale" will be performed at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., in the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. The show is a musical theater adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of love and forgiveness. Tickets $11 advance, $12 day of the performance; 410-997-2324.

Peace in Our Neighborhoods A free concert by the St. Peter's Choir will be held 5 p.m., St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City. Under the direction of Greg Fraser. Information:


Monday, Nov. 23

Creative notes A musical writing workshop for ages 11 and older will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Boulevard. Meet the composer of "Peter Rabbit," a show at Red Branch Theatre Co. in Columbia. Registration required: 410-313-5077.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Audience participation A "Readers' Theater" will be held at 1:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 9 at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Play a part in a script based on a Native American tale with the group Pushing Up The Sky. Simple scenery and costumes added as time allows. Ticket required. Space is limited. Information: 410-313-7700.

Tween activity The Tween Club at the Elkridge Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, meets at 6:30 p.m. and will take on the "Egg Drop Strawbees Engineering Challenge." For ages 9 to 12. Ticket required, space limited. Information: 410-313-5077.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

'Game Plan' The family movie, "The Game Plan" (PG), will be shown at 2 p.m. at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free popcorn and drinks. Information: 410-313-7700.

Thursday, Nov. 26


Turkey 10K The Howard County Striders will host the annual Turkey Trot Prediction Run at the Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center in Columbia. The finish line will be open 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The object of a prediction run is to finish as close to a certain time as possible — whoever finishes nearest to 11 a.m. wins. No timing devices allowed; Race day registration only begins at 9 a.m. Information:

Friday, Nov. 27

Dog show The Chesapeake Kennel Club will host an AKC All-Breed Dog Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Parking $5, admission free. Information: 410-442-1022.

Saturday, Nov. 28

Fall fest The Fall Family Festival and open house at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, will be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Information: 410-531-2800.



Holiday Food and Wine Tasting Held at Lakeside Cafe at Whole Foods Market of Columbia to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Monday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Tickets $60. Sponsorships $100, includes one ticket. Only 100 tickets sold. Register at

Breakfast with Santa Girl Scout Troop 5111 will host breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Savage, 9050 Baltimore Ave. Make and take a craft. Bring camera for photos with Santa. $8 or $5. Information: 301-725-7630,

Anniversary accolades The Everett J. Waring and Juanita Jackson Mitchell Law Society of Howard County will host its 30th anniversary celebration on Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton Columbia Town Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle. Keynote speaker is Roy Austin Jr., deputy assistant to President Barack Obama for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. Award recipients include Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, District Judge Pamila Brown, Lonnie Robbins of Howard County government, and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for its Alpha Achievers Program. Tickets in advance only:

Jewish Chanting and Meditation service Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Children's service held concurrently. Information:, 410-531-5115.

'Nutcracker' on Ice The show will be presented by the Columbia Figure Skating Club on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., at the Columbia Ice Rink, Oakland Mills Village Center. Sanctioned by US Figure Skating. This is the 25th anniversary production, with skaters of all ages and levels. Tickets at

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