Sunday, Nov. 30

Graphic Novels HopeWorks will launch its graphic novel discussion group, HopeWorks and Friends, with a discussion of "Batwoman: Elegy" on Nov. 30. The group is, free, open to all adults and meets the last Sunday of every month. HopeWorks is at 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Information: 410-997-0304 or go to wearehopeworks.org.


Monday, Dec. 1

American favorites Ages 3 to 5 with an adult can explore traditional stories, songs and rhymes that reinforce American cultural literacy, 10:15 a.m. at the Central Branch library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway. Limited space; pick up a ticket at children's desk at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

On Judaism and Christianity In "Parting of the Ways: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two," Rabbi Susan Grossman will lead attendees on a journey over several centuries and three continents to explore early Judaism, the founding of Christianity as a Jewish sect, and the beliefs, practices and politics that led to a parting of the two faiths. The discussion will be held at 7 p.m. at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane. Admission is $20, $15 for members. Information: 410-531-5115.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Holiday film discussion Film critic Mike Giuliano and film professor Marie Westhaver will share their knowledge about favorite holiday themed films at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. A Q&A session follows. For more information, call 410-730-0075 or email art.staff@columbiaassociation.org.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Tail Lights Symphony of Lights, 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia, will host Tail Lights, a dog-friendly 1.4-mile walk through Symphony of Lights, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Event information and registration is available by visiting hcgh.org/taillights.


Friday, Dec. 5

'Walk to Bethlehem' Glen Mar United Methodist Church hosts this annual event Friday-Sunday 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 6

'Natural Holiday Sale' The Howard County Conservancy hosts its annual holiday sale at 10 a.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Event features local hand crafted items, nature crafts and decorations. Free admission. Information: 410-465-8877.



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 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.

Concert Voices 21 kicks off its 15th season with its annual Christmas concert at 7 :30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 240-643-6563 or voicesxxi.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.