Sunday, Jan. 25
Frozen fest Embrace the winter with Frozen Fest, a family-oriented festival, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Activities include ice cream making and movie screenings in the NatureSphere. $10 each, $7 for members. Information: 410-313-0400.
Monday, Jan. 26
'The Beauty of Wood' Artists' Gallery Wood Collective members Chuck Aaron, Ron Brown, Dave McCann and Jim Oliver will exhibit various forms of wooden objects for the gallery's February show, "The Beauty of Wood," which opens Monday and runs through Feb. 27, at Artists' Gallery, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to artistsgallerycolumbia.com. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30.
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Sister Cities The Columbia Association will hold information sessions for parents and teens interested in learning about the annual summer Sister Cities High School Exchange program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Information: 410-715-3162, email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
History lecture Howard County Library and the Howard County Historical Society present a lecture by Vladimir Marinich, retired professor of history at Howard Community College, at 7 p.m. at the library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Lecture focuses on the Romanov dynasty and how the Romanov sovereigns were unique and compelling and how each fit into the world in which they lived and ruled. Information: 410-480-3250 or hchsmd.org/events.
Thursday, Jan. 29
Free film A free screening of "Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes" will be held at 7 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Filmmaker John Ennis journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. Information: 410-381-2000.
String Fling Wilde Lake area high school, middle and elementary students will present the sixth annual String Fling on Jan. 29 at the Jim Rouse Theatre. The show features more than 300 students from Wilde Lake High School feeder schools and includes performances by elementary, middle and high school groups. The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. There is no cost for admission.
Friday, Jan. 30
Bingo Join friends and neighbors from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an evening of bingo at Kings Contrivance Community Association's Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. $1 for six cards, and drinks are 75 cents. Information: 410-381-9600.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Child fair Howard County's Department of Citizen Services will host its annual Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, "Children On Board," from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Admission is free; however, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 410-313-1940 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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'Cinematic Inspirations' The Columbia Orchestra presents Catholic University composer Andrew Earle Simpson's score for the 1920 silent film, "One Week," starring Buster Keaton at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $10-$25. Information: 410-465-8777 or columbiaorchestra.org.
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.
Wellness event for women The 7th annual "WomenFest" will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood. Lynne Brick, president of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, will speak on "Build Your Healthy Tomorrow, Today!" Admission and parking is free. Information: howardcountyaging.org/womenfest.
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