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Sunday, Feb. 1

5K race The 20th annual 5K Penguin Pace will be held beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Proceeds support the Bain Center Council which sponsors a variety of health, educational, art, social and intergenerational events and activities throughout the year. Information: 410-313-7213.

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Theater Final performance of the Shakespearean play "A Comedy of Errors" will be held at 2 p.m. at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. in Laurel. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Information: 301-617-9906, ext. 2 or laurelmillplayhouse.org.

Monday, Feb. 2

Ukulele Day Celebrate Ukulele Day at the Miller Branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Program begins at 10:15 a.m. and is for children ages 3 to 5. Ticket required and available 15 minutes before class at Children's Desk.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Book 'n Chat The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, will host A "Book 'n Chat" session at 7 p.m. for ages 6 to 8. Build book club skills by reading a picture book together, followed by discussion and related activities. Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410-313-7880.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

'Color in the Shade' Master gardener Pat Greenwald leads a class on how to plant a colorful garden in a shaded area at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's Savage branch, 9525 Durness Lane in Laurel. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-0760.

Thursday, Feb. 5

Quilt Gardening The Kings Contrivance Community Association will host the Howard County Master Gardeners who will present the seminar Quilt Gardening with Betsy Grater 7:30-9 p.m. at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia. For more information, call 410-381-9600.

Friday, Feb. 6

'Irish Evening' The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society welcomes Emma Donoghue for an evening of Irish literature, music, and dance at 7:30 p.m. at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The nationally known fiction writer joins HoCoPoLitSo as guest writer for its 37th annual event. Donoghue will read from several of her works, followed by a performance by the musical group Narrowbacks in a concert of traditional Irish music. Admission is $35. Information: 443-518-1000.

Saturday, Feb. 7

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

Music Matters Dejon, Bob Brill and Kathy Stanley 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.

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'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Jim Hartley will discuss his book, "Baseball at RFK Stadium." Free. 410-740-1145.

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Classical music Sundays At Three Concert Series presents the West Shore Piano Trioin "Their Roots Are Showing" at 3 p.m. Sunday, 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 a one-act ballet, "The Grateful Crane," at 2 p.m. Sunday, 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.

Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation's 23rd annual film series continues Saturday, Feb. 28, with "Cupcakes." All screenings will be at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $27 for the three-film series, and $17 for two showings. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or SBloch@comcast.net.

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 seventh 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.

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.

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