Howard County datebook Datebook

Sunday, Jan. 19

Storytelling The Howard County Conservancy hosts "Tales of Nature: An Afternoon of Professional Storytelling" with Adam Booth, Diane Macklin and Marc Young at 3 p.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Tickets are $5 per person, $15 per family. Information: 410-465-8877.


Workshops Earth Forum of Howard County presents free group workshops and discussions at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Information: 410-730-3545.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Totally Cool Winter Science Explore the science of snow and ice with "cool" science fair ideas like exploding ice, glittering snow crystals and sticky ice cubes, then enjoy a treat. Held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Glenwood Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. For ages 6 to 10. Registration is required at 410-313-5579.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Anime Club Meets at 7 p.m. at the east Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Meet fellow fans, enjoy a movie and snacks, and enter a drawing to win prizes. For ages 11 to 17. No registration required.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Classical concert The Amelia Piano Trio performs three piano trios by Beethoven at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $32, $30 for seniors and $12 for students. Information: 410-997-2324 or candlelightconcerts.org.


Child care fair Howard County's Department of Citizen Services Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, "Children On Board," will be held from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Fair will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with information on child care, preschool and summer programs, as well as the opportunity to talk with teachers and program directors. Representatives from community service organizations that offer programs and services to the county's youngsters will also attend. Information: 410-313-1940 or email children@howardcountymd.gov.

Theater Peabody Opera Outreach presents its production of the classic fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $11. Group rates available. Information: 410-997-2324.

Classical music The Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents the Shadrin and Lu Piano Duo performing music by Mozart, Bizet, Brahms, Ravel, Dvorak and Stravinsky at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

Concert The Upper Chesapeake Chorus of the Sweet Adelines will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Admission is $15 per person, $30 per family, free for children 18 and younger with paying adult. Light snacks will be served. Information: 410-381-0087 or uucolumbia.net.

Dance concert Misako Ballet Company presents "Spring Collage" at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert will be a collage of dance spanning time and showcasing diverse cultures and styles. Tickets are $15 at the door or can be purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/538410 at a discounted price. Information: 410-884-9690 or misakoballet.com.

Annual arts gala Howard County's annual "Celebration of the Arts" will be held March 29 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $100 and $50 and are available by phone at 410-313-2787 or online at hocoarts.org. The gala begins with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring a silent auction of artwork by local artists, culinary treats provided by local restaurants and live musical performances. At 8 p.m. the presentation of the Rising Star Competition and the 2013 Howie Awards takes place. $100 tickets include the reception, silent auction and reserved seats in the Smith Theatre; $50 tickets include the reception, silent auction and general seating in the Studio Theatre for the simulcast.


Announcements for the datebook may be sent by mail to The Baltimore Sun in Howard County, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, by email to howard.events@baltsun.com or by fax to 410-332-6455.