Sunday, Jan. 22

Concert and dinner "It Was A Very Good Year," a tribute to Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands, will be held at 2 p.m. at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. in Laurel. Tickets are $15; $40 for admission and dinner at Salute's Restaurant (next to playhouse). Information, call 301-452-2557 or go to


Theater Candlelight Concert Society's CandleKids presents "Henry & Mudge" at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $10. Information: 410 997-2324 or go to

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Gardening class The Hickory Ridge Community Association sponsors "Grow it! Eat it! Spring Vegetable Gardening" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Master gardener Kent Phillips will give a presentation on how to prepare garden soil for spring planting, how to prepare seeds inside for transplant, structures to support your plants and how to guard against critters and cold weather. Free. For reservations and information, call 410-730-7327.


Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "Carnival of the Animals" at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. For tickets and more information, call 4104801686.

'Cabaret night' Silhouette Stages presents "Cabaret Night" on Feb. 4 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Show begins at 8 p.m. and features local performers. Admission is $10 and includes food and drink at intermission. For performance applications and more information, email Mo Dutterer at

Concert/dance The Retro-Rockets, a local six-piece band that specializes in music of the '50s, '60s, '70s and beyond, perform from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at One World Coffeehouse in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Dance or listen to the music of Chuck Berry, Etta James, Roy Orbison, the Temptations, Drifters and others as the band plays rock 'n' roll, ballads, R&B, country and blues. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Snacks, baked goods, coffee and soda will be available for sale. Cost is $12, $6 for those younger than 12. Information: 410-381-0097 or 301-596-2017.

Black History Month Vocalist Ashley Parker will perform songs of hope and inspiration in celebration of Black History Month during the 10 a.m. worship services Sunday, Feb. 5, at Christ United Methodist Church, 7246 Cradlerock Way in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia. All are welcome. Information: 410-381-6329.

Valentine's dance The Columbia Gym will host a Valentine's Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 10 for middle-school students at 6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville. A DJ will play Top 40 music and take requests. Refreshments will be on sale. Tickets are $8. Information: 410-531-8984.

Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the Ronald Mutchnik and Daniel Wyneken violin and piano duo in a program of violin romances by Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar, Bernstein, Svendsen, Tchaikovsky and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Tickets are $15; those 17 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or go to

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