Sunday, Jan. 18

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 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. Event is free, but attendees are asked to donate a canned-food item to support the Howard County Food Bank. Information: Mary Toth, 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. at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Wayne Higgins, an 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. 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. 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.

Monday, Jan. 19

Day of service County offices are closed to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but residents can take part in the county's Day of Service. For information about service opportunities, go to volunteerhoward.org/hocomlkserve. A kick-off celebration will be held at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

'Kids on Camera' Learn how to create an audition monologue, act for the camera, have an original slate and begin in the television and film business at 5 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Also during the workshop attendees can learn about head shots, resumes, casting agents and more. Information: 410-772-9448.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Best seller Join a group of readers who enjoy discussing books at Best Seller's List Book Club, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, in Columbia. Group meets first and third Wednesdays. 410-313-7469.

Thursday, Jan. 22

Book drive The River Hill Community Association will hold a book drive from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle in Clarksville. Donate your gently used books to be given to the Howard County Reading Council's Laundromat Literacy program. Information: 410-531-1749.

Friday, Jan. 23

Puppet show Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House presents the Carousel Puppets performing "Little Red Riding Hood" at 10 a.m. at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $5. Information: 410-730-3987 or wildelake.org/ events-programs/events

Saturday, Jan. 24

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


Classical music The Aizuri Quartet, along with cellist Peter Wiley, perform at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $12-$32. Information: 410-997-2324.


Classical music Sundays At Three Concert Series presents the West Shore Piano Trioin "Their Roots Are Showing." At 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes Arthur Foote's Piano Trio in B flat, Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music, and Bedrich Smetana's Piano Trio in G Minor. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

Dance concert Misako Ballet presents its new one-act ballet, "The Grateful Crane," at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. The performance tells the story of a crane that is rescued from a trap by an old childless couple and repays their kindness in a magical way. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/538410 at a discount. Information: 410-884-9690 or misakoballet.com.

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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