Sunday, Jan. 20

Celebration The 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration will be held at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The reception takes place at 2 p.m., and the program begins at 3 p.m. The celebration is free to the public, but attendees are asked to bring a canned food item to support the Howard County Food Bank. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunities. Information: 410-313-6430 or


'Thousands of Raindrops!' A forum with the county's leading water experts will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. The panel will present ideas for cleaning up our polluted waters and restoring river and Chesapeake Bay landscapes. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Information: 410-730-3545 or

Thursday, Jan. 24

Benefit The Glenelg High School PTSA will host "Bingo Bag-A-Palooza" at the school, 14025 Burntwoods Road. The event benefiting the 2013 After Prom Party includes bags by Vera Bradley, Thirty-One, Coach, Pandora and others. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For tickets and information, email Jane Synk at

Saturday, Jan. 26

Annual fair The Department of Citizen Services and Office of Children's Services will host its annual preschool/child care information fair, Children On Board, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. The event 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 young children will be on hand to provide information. Information: 410-313-1940 or email

Coffee house Beth Shalom Congregation holds its a coffee house featuring the congregation's jazz and rock band, "Divine Intervention," from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 8770 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for teens. Drinks and dessert included. Information: 410-531-5115 or

Bull and oyster roast The Elkridge Rotary Club will hold its 49th annual bull and oyster roast from 7 p.m to 11:30 p.m. at LaFontaine Bleu, 7514 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. Music by the Great Escape Band. Menu includes pit beef and ham, oysters and clams, steamed shrimp, fried oysters, Italian sausage, rotisserie chicken, pork barbecue, fruit salad, garden salad and m. Beer, soft drinks and set-ups included in price. Information: 410-925-3839.

Jazz Afro-Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry performs at the annual Jazz at the Lake concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $20; $10 for students, and can be purchased online at; at the high school or at the door. Information: 410-997-2070.


Classical music The Columbia Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Advance tickets are $20, $16 for seniors, $10 for students; $25, $21 and $12 at the door. Information: 410-465-8777 or

Music Columbia Pro Cantare celebrates 36 years of song at its Singathon being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Mall in Columbia's Center Court, with participants singing to raise money. Columbia Pro Cantare will accept donations online before, during and after the event. Information: 410-730-8549 or

Classical quartet The Sundays At Three Chamber Music Series presents the Bryant Park Quartet at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes Johannes Brahms' String Quartet in G major, Op.51 and they will be joined by pianist Seth Knopp of the Peabody Trio in a performance of Dmitri Shostakovitch's Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

Dance concert The Misako Ballet Company presents Classical with a Japanese Twist at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert will feature "Japanese Rhymes and Songs" choreographed and directed by artistic director Misako Aoki-Oda. The program will also include "Dance for Sonata No. 1," choreographed by Eva Anderson. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 12 and younger. Information: 410-884-9690 or

Reunion The Cardinal Gibbons High School class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion April 20 at Reflections Banquet Hall, 8015 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-382-6919 or email


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