Sunday, Dec. 2

Choral music Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus will sing the Christmas portion and selections from parts II and III of Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and students. To order tickets and for more information, call 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107 or go to procantare.org.


Chamber music Sundays At Three presents the Chagall Trio Plus One at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. The program consists of music by Gabriel Faure and Theodore Dubois. Tickets are $15; free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.

Gift fair First Presbyterian Church of Howard County holds its annual Alternative Gift Fair and Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9325 Presbyterian Circle. Information: 410-730-3545.

'Walk to Bethlehem' Glen Mar United Methodist Church holds this annual event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. The walk is led by guides, and attendees will journey through outdoor settings where actors will portray the events leading to and immediately after the birth of Jesus. For more information, call 410-465-4995, ext. 204 or go to glenmarumc.org.

Friday, Dec. 7

Holiday event Howard County Center for the Arts holds its annual Open House and Holiday Sale from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Local artists and groups will sell handcrafted items, paintings, photographs, wearables, ceramics, jewelry, greeting cards, sculptures and more. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Business breakfast The county Chamber of Commerce holds its Economic Forecast Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle. Economist Anirban Basu will lead a discussion of the economic factors that will affect businesses in the coming year. Tickets are $60; $45 for members. To register and more information, call 410-730-4111 or go to howardchamber.com.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Dance performance The Kinetics Dance Theatre's Junior, Senior, and Apprentice Companies present the "Jingle Bell Rock" holiday show at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. The dance concert features performances of dances to holiday favorites. Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door. Information: 410-480-1686.


Parade The second annual "Ol' Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade" kicks off at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Lisbon. Hundreds of decorated horses, mules, wagons, carriages and stagecoaches will fill the streets in this family event. After the parade, there will be pony rides and a "Ham and Fried Chicken Dinner" in the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department Hall to benefit food banks and the fire department. Cost of dinner is $14 per person. Information: lisbonhorseparade.com.

Music Matters Showcase Bucky Duster and David Hale perform from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anna's Coffee Roastery, 8827 Centre Park Drive, Suite D in Columbia. Information: 443-546-4131.

Bazaar The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew holds its annual Christmas Bazaar beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. There will be shopping, crafts, gift baskets, live music and more. Information: 410-381-2284.


Lecture on Civil War Author Dan Toomey will deliver a lecture titled, "Old Men in Blue and Gray, Maryland's Civil War Heroes," at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. For reservations and more information, call 410-313-1950.

Magic show The Columbia Conjurors' annual "Tommy Ivey Close-Up Magic Show" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free. Information: 410-381-9365.


Christmas party The county Chamber of Commerce hosts a Jingle Mingle Holiday Networking Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St. in Savage. Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of food, drinks, entertainment, shopping and fun. Cost is $80; $70 for members. To register and more information, call 410-730-4111 or go to howardchamber.com.

Lecture Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt Shalom Cohen will deliver a lecture, "Israel and the Arab World: A View from the Frontline," at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Information: 410-531-5115.

Holiday concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis" at 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Admission is free. Information: 410-531-6040 or stlouisparish.org.

Networking The county Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Business Networking event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Bob's BMW Motorcycles, 10720 Guilford Road in Jessup. Cost is $30; $15 for members. To register and for more information, call 410-730-4111 or go to howardchamber.com.

Reunion The Cardinal Gibbons High School class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion April 20 at Reflections Banquet Hall, 8015 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-382-6919 or email cardinalgibbonsclassof1973@hotmail.com.

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.