Sunday, Jan. 11

In concert The Howard County Concert Orchestra presents the music of composers of African heritage, an art display from the African Art Museum of Maryland and multi-media artist Denee Bar, 4 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road. Tickets $25; $12 ages 18 to 24 with student ID; free ages 17 and under with paying adults. hococo.org.


Monday, Jan. 12

Got snow? Sign up for ski trips with the Columbia Ski Club at its meeting at The Gathering Place in River Hill Village Center. Signups at 7:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 8 p.m. columbiaskiclub.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Meet the author Kerry Hannon, author of "What's Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond," will discuss and sign her book at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Information: 410-313-7700.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

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

Thursday, Jan. 15

Movie night The Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will host a screening of the movie "Balto" at 6:30 p.m. Information: 410-313-1950.


Friday, Jan. 16

'Carrie, the Musical' The Drama Learning Center TYA Teen Professionals presents "Carrie, the Musical," based on the novel by Stephen King, at 7:30 p.m. at Drama Learning Center, 9130 Red Branch Road, Columbia. Tickets are $18. Additional showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 22, 23 and 24; and 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Information: 410-997-9352 or go to dramalearningcenter.com/tya-teen-professionals.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation opens its 23rd annual film series with "The Gatekeepers." All screenings will be at The Meeting House, Room 200, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Tickets are $32 for the four-film series, $27 for three, or $19 for two showings. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-997-0694 or columbiajewish.org.

Who are your ancestors? A Family History Carnival will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 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.



Celebration The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission presents its 30th annual celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights leader Sunday, Jan. 18, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. A reception will be held at 2 p.m. and the program starts at 3 p.m. Speaker will be David Anderson, founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia. Event is free, but attendees are asked to donate a canned-food item to support the Howard County Food Bank. Residents are also encouraged to sign up to take part in the county's "Day of Service Across Howard County" project being held Monday, Jan. 19. For more information, contact Mary Toth at 410-313-6430 or e-mail mtoth@howardcountymd.gov.

Earth forum The first Earth Forum of the year will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Wayne Higgins, a nationally known authority on extreme weather, will speak. At 3:30 p.m., Higgins will lead a workshop introducing the new Climate Resilience Tool Kit developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Refreshments will be served. All are invited. Information: 410-730-3545 or earthforumhc.org.

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. Event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at David's Natural Market Cafe, 5410 Lynx Lane, Columbia. Those who wish to participate should have read "Mornings in Jenin" and be prepared to discuss the book.

Jazz concert Grammy-winning Latin jazz performer Paquito D'Rivera performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.

Arts event The 18th annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 28 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Event features food, a silent auction and musical entertainment. Tickets are $100 and $50. Information: 410-313-2787.

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