Sunday, Jan. 29

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


Dance performance The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the Arte Flamenco dance troupe at 5 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Natalie Monteleon created Arte Flamenco while living in New Orleans and re-created the company here. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. Tickets and information: 410-730-1129 or

Tuesday, Jan. 31

'Is Fracking in Maryland's Future?' A town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, at which the public can join experts who are studying whether the state should allow hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract natural gas. The meeting will also address environmental concerns, economic impacts and other issues. Panelists include Del. Heather Mizeur, sponsor of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Act; Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and Harry Weiss, a member of the state panel that is studying natural gas drilling. Information: 443-812-2525 or

School news The Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. to discuss the superintendent's 2013 operating budget in the department's boardroom, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-7194.

Saturday, Feb. 4

'Cabaret night' Silhouette Stages presents "Cabaret Night" at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. The 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, will perform from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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, the Drifters and others. 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.

Concert Steve Lanocha, Libby Weibel and Bob Reilly will perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.


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 service on 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.

Workshop The Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services will hold a workshop for parents of young children, "Choosing Quality Child Care," from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. The workshop is designed to help families determine which type of child care program best fits their needs. Free. Space is limited. Registration and information: 410-313-1940 or email

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.

'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Sean Forman, founder of the website, will speak. Free. 410-740-1145.

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


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