Holiday lights

The 19th annual "Symphony of Lights," a 20-minute drive-through spectacle of more than 70 larger-than-life holiday light displays, is open through Jan. 6 at Symphony Woods in Columbia. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is $20 per car or van, up to eight passengers; $45 for commercial vans and minibuses seating nine to 24 people; and $125 for buses exceeding 24 passengers. Information: 410-740-7840 or Proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital.


'Peter and the Wolf'

The Candlelight Concert Society will present the National Marionette Theatre in a performance of the classic fairy tale at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Shows are at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Admission is $10. Information: 410-997-2324.

Vendors wanted

Vendor applications are being accepted for the county's sixth annual GreenFest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, options for resident involvement in helping the community go green, ecological home cleaning, environmentally friendly lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for making everyday activities green are encouraged to apply. Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. Cost to nonprofits is $25 per space; cost to other entities, including commercial businesses, is $35 per space. A $10 late fee will be charged to those who apply after Jan. 18. Preference will be given to local businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Vendor applications are available at For more information or to have an application mailed, email or call 410-313-6433.


Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts in productions for its 36th anniversary season. Works to be performed include Faure's "Requiem" and works from Spain and Latin America. Call 410-730-8549 to schedule an audition. Information:

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits, a social club for people diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia, meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2700 Route 97, Cooksville. Highlights include therapeutic activities, including music, art and exercise, as well as a support group. A daily fee of $30 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or

Recycling cans

Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.