Sunday, Dec. 7
'Walk to Bethlehem' Glen Mar United Methodist Church hosts this event at 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 journey through outdoor settings where actors in period costumes portray scenes surrounding Jesus' birth. Live farm animals. 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. 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. 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 by 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. Information, call 410-799-9321, 301-854-0107 or go to procantare.org.
Book talk The Columbia Jewish Congregation hosts Arthur Allen, author of "The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis," in a discussion and book signing at 4 p.m. at 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and books will be available to purchase. Information: 410-730-6044.
Monday, Dec. 8
Meet the author Majid Fotuhi, founder and chief medical officer of NeurExpand, has written three books about brain health. Meet her at 7 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-1950.
Decorated mansions Historic Waverly Mansion, 2300 Waverly Mansion Drive in Marriottsville, will be decorated for the holidays by the Garden Clubs of Howard County. Tours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Information: 410-437-5711.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
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. 10
Cookie Day Ages 3 to 5 can celebrate National Cookie Day with stories, songs, a craft and a treat at 10:15 a.m. at the Savage branch of the Howard County Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. Registration required. Information: 410-313-0760.
Thursday, Dec. 11
New-release cinema The Friends of Howard County Library presents the comedy-drama "The Hundred Foot Journey" at 7 p.m. at the library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event features free popcorn, soda and candy, which will not be served after the start of the movie. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-7717.
Howard County Bird Club Ecologist David Brinker gives a presentation, "Project SNOWstorm: Tracking Snowy Owls during the Great Irruption of 2013-2014," at 8 p.m. at the club's monthly meeting at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Information: howardbirds.org.
Friday, Dec. 12
'TOT Shabbat' The Columbia Jewish Congregation hosts a service for preschoolers and their families at 6:15 p.m. at 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. We read books, tell stories, pray and sing songs, all intended to engage the preschooler and their older siblings. All are welcome. Information: columbiajewish.org.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Classical music The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia presents pianist Michael Adcock performing a recital of works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Strauss at 8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Tickets are $20, $15 for students 15-23, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net/concerts.
'The Nutcracker on Ice' The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its annual show featuring more than 100 performers ranging in age from 3 to adult and includes many advanced level skaters who have competed regionally and nationally at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Shows at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Admission is $13, free for ages 2 and younger. Information: 410-730-0322.
Dance performance Kinetics Dance Theatre presents "The Cracked Nut," a twist on the holiday classic "The Nutcracker," at 7 p.m. today and Sunday, Dec. 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. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free, donations accepted. Information: 240-643-6563 or voicesxxi.org.
Lunch with Santa Eat lunch and meet Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kings Contrivance Community Association, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Tickets are $5 and includes a craft, pizza, dessert and a photo with Santa. Information: 410-381-9600.
Concert The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choir, presents a performance of the choral piece, "Canticle of Christmas," at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Alberta Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford Road in Columbia. Admission is free. Information: thealleluias.org.
Classical music The Sundays At Three concert series presents international award-winning pianist Wan-Chi Su performing Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, Schubert's Piano Sonata in A minor, and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12. Recital is at 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Jazz concert Grammy-winning Latin jazz performer Paquito D'Rivera performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Jazz@the Lake Concert at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $27 and available at instantseats.com/events/jimrousetheatre. Information: 410-997-2070.
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