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Sunday, Nov. 23

Craft sale Hickory Ridge Community Association hosts a Holiday Craft Shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring in Columbia. Hand-crafted items from a variety of vendors will be available for purchase. Free Admission. Information: 410-730-7327.

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'Alice in Wonderland' The Marriotts Ridge High School theater department presents "Alice in Wonderland" at 3 p.m. in the school theater. Prior to the performance, there will be a traditional tea, sponsored by the MRHS National Art Honor Society, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $12. Tickets for the tea are $10. Marriotts Ridge High is at 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville. Information: mrhstheatre.org/alice-in-wonderland.html.

Monday, Nov. 24

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Film talk Join movie aficionados at the Central Branch Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, to discuss "War Horse" during the monthly movie club meeting. The hour-long discussion begins at 7 p.m. Information: 410-313-7800.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Native American appreciation Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will host "The Whys of Nature: Native American Tales," at 2 and 4 p.m., for ages 6 to 9. Ticket required. Information: 410-313-1950.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

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Being thankful Central Library will host two Choose Civility events for children ages 2 to 6 to explore the importance of being thankful. The events include stories and a craft, and will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Information: 410-313-7800.

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Trot The Y of Central Maryland will hold its annual Thanksgiving day charity 5K walk and run fundraiser 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 at Long Gate Shopping Center, 4310 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. For more information, including how to register and registration fees, go to http://www.ymdturkeytrot.org/p/catonsvilleellicott-city.html.

Holiday dinner A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Melville United Methodist Church, 5660 Furnace Ave. in Elkridge. Reservations required, seating is limited. Information: 410-499-6885.

Friday, Nov. 28

Now arriving The Holiday Festival of Trains opens 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave. in Ellicott City. Enjoy the museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. Santa will be on-hand to greet visitors opening weekend. New this year is a LEGO model train layout created by the Washington Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. Information: 410-461-1945.

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Holiday open house and sale The Howard County Arts Council hosts its Open House and Holiday Sale from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Artists will offer art and handcrafted items for sale including jewelry, wearable items, accessories, paintings, photography, prints, wooden vessels and furniture, metalwork, and greeting cards. Refreshments will be served. In addition, the studios of the council's resident artists and art organizations will be open to the public from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Natural holiday sale Howard County Conservancy will host its annual sale featuring handcrafted items, crafts and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Visitors will find an assortment of locally crafted items for sale including natural holiday decorations from local woods, gardens, farms and markets. Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.

'Walk to Bethlehem' Glen Mar United Methodist Church hosts this annual event Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7, at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Drop in any time between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for this free event. Led by guides, visitors will journey through outdoor settings where actors, dressed in period costumes, portray scenes leading to and immediately following Jesus' birth. Live farm animals will enhance the rustic settings. Following the outdoor theatrical production, visitors will go inside to watch a temple scene and visit a first-century marketplace. Information: 410-465-4995, ext. 410 or go to glenmarumc.org.

Concert Jazz in the Mills presents its Holiday Jazz Extravaganza, featuring Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door. Information: 301-596-5128, 410-730-4610 or go to brownpapertickets.com/event/569396.

Holiday music Columbia Pro Cantare continues its tradition of performing the Christmas section and selections from Parts I and III of Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Program features sopranos Amy Van Roekel and MaryAnn MacCormick, tenor Charles Reid and baritone Lester Lynch. A free lecture with Dr. Barbara Renton precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served following the concert. Tickets are $23, $20 for seniors and students in advance; $25, $22 at the door. For more information, call 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to procantare.org.

Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "The Cracked Nut," a hilarious twist on the holiday classic "The Nutcracker," at 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 13-14, in the Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the box office. Information: kineticsdance.org.

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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