Howard County datebook Datebook

Sunday, Jan. 26

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. 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.


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

Monday, Jan. 27

Stretching minds The Level Up program at Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will be held at 7 p.m. Stretch reading habits by sampling multiple genres and subjects. The featured book is "Chime" by Franny Billingsley. Registration required: 410-313-1950.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Relay For Life of Howard County The American Cancer Society will hold its Relay For Life of Howard County 2014 Season Kickoff Rally from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the ballroom of the Columbia Sheraton Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Those interested can register as a team or individual and learn more about the coming relay event. Information: 301-562-3600 or email HCRelay@hotmail.com.

High note Members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Marriotts Ridge High School will host a music tutoring night for vocal and instrumental students of all ages. Tutoring sessions will take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the school, 12100 Woodford Drive. To register, email marriottsridgetrim@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Healthy Kids Held at the Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, 10:30 a.m. Explore simple health concepts inspired by children's literature. Ages 3-5 with adult. Ticket required. Information: 410-313-5577.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Patapsco Heritage Greenway The advocacy group for the Patapsco Valley is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Roger Carter Neighborhood Center, 3000 Milltown Drive in Ellicott City. The meeting is to inform the public of the group's effort to certify Patapsco Valley as a Maryland Heritage Area.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Cabaret night Silhouette Stages presents its Cabaret Night at 8 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Event features professional and amateur performers from the Baltimore/Washington area presenting songs, skits and routines. Admission price is $10 and includes food and drink at intermission. Information: 410-730-3987.

'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Mark Hyman will discuss his book, "Confessions of a Baseball Purist." Free. 410-740-1145.



Gala The Columbia Town Center Rotary Club holds its annual Valentine's Gala (formerly called the Sweethearts Ball) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle. Event features music by NightlLife, a silent auction and food. Cost is $100 per person. Proceeds benefit local charities, education endowments and community service projects. For more information, go to ctcrotary.org.

Social The Howard County Genealogical Society will hold its annual Variety Hour and Silent Auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Society members will be giving short talks about a breakthrough or story from their family research. Information: hcgs.org.

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 showcaseg diverse cultures and styles of dance. 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 presentations of the Rising Star Competition and the 2013 Howie Awards take 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.