Christmas bazaar and dinner

The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew hosts its fifth annual Christmas Bazaar beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7271 Eden Brook Drive. Vendors will offer gifts and handmade crafts, baskets, floral arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces, jewelry and baked goods. The event also includes a poached salmon dinner at 6 p.m. and music from a Colonial Christmas at 8 p.m. Admission to the bazaar is free. Dinner is $25 and the concert is $12. Information: 240-755-0324.


Holiday lights

The 21st annual Symphony of Lights, a 20-minute drive through more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays, is on view through Jan. 4 at 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. The attraction will be closed to drive-through traffic on Tuesdays and also will be closed Dec. 31 for the Midnight at 7 event. 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. A Bike the Lights event for bicycle riders will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 15. For information, call 410-740-7666 or go to hcgh.org/symphonyoflights.

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Howard Community College's Arts Collective presents the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" through Sunday, Dec. 14, at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and military, and $10 for students with ID. Information: 443-518-1500 or howardcc.edu/artscollective.

Holiday tree sale

The Atholton Athletic Boosters will hold their annual holiday tree sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, on Atholton High School's baseball field, 6520 Freetown Road. Douglas fir and Fraser fir trees will be available. Proceeds benefit the school's athletic teams. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 410-313-7065.

Art exhibits

•"Unity Through Diversity," a holiday exhibit at the Meeting House Gallery, runs through Jan. 3 at 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Free admission. Information: 410-730-4090 or themeetinghouse.org.

•"Transformations in Color, Form, Light and Line," an exhibit featuring the works of Katherine Farrell, Mary Jo Messenger and Lynda Mitic, will be on view through Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Bill White Room at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

•"The Gift of Art" An all-media, all-member show runs through Jan. 23 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

Around town

Zumba classes The Long Reach Community Association offers Zumba classes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The class includes Latin and international music with a workout combining strength and resistance training with dance moves.Information: 410-730-8113.

English club The Howard County Public Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club, an opportunity for those who speak English as a second language to practice English in a group setting. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 410-313-7850.

Wii Club The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii Club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.


Single Again Changing Focus: Single Again, a nonprofit for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information: changingfocus.org.

Food addicts recovery An informational and support meeting for those suffering from food addiction, food obsession, obesity, bulimia or undereating will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays at Harper House, 5495 Cedar Lane, Suite 1. Free. Information: 443-285-2603.

Singles social The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.

Chair yoga The East Columbia 50+ Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers chair yoga, an introduction to yoga aimed at easing the pain of arthritis, reducing fatigue and improving circulation and breathing, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

Also at the 50+ Center:

Chess club A group for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

Zumba Gold Classes with Kim Zanski take place at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Monthly fee.

Latin Jam Lori Anderson leads this fast-paced dance class at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Monthly fee.

Morning exercise Do light aerobics with O.H. Laster at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Monthly fee.