Sunday, Dec. 9

Classical music Candlelight Concerts presents the Curtis Institute of Music, featuring guitarist Jason Vieaux and violist Roberto Diaz, at 7 p.m. at Howard Community College's Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $30; $28 for seniors; and $12 for students. Information: 410-997-2324 or


Holiday concert The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group, present the Christmas cantata "Agnus Dei," featuring the music of Michael Smith, at 3 p.m. at the Conference and Retreat Center of Bon Secours, 1525 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville. The event is free, but a love offering will be taken. Information: 443-812-1037.

'Holiday Hop' The Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope Team hosts this annual event at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood. Shows are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and showcase jumpers of all levels, including a special appearance by "Jumping Santa." Free, nonperishable donations for the Howard County Food Bank are appreciated. Information: 410-313-4840.

Monday, Dec. 10

Lecture Author Dan Toomey will deliver a lecture titled "Old Men in Blue and Gray, Maryland's Civil War Heroes" at 7 p.m. 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. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Admission is free. Information: 410-381-9365.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Chanukah observance Chabad of Clarksville will light a public 9-foot menorah at River Hill Village Center, followed by a communitywide celebration, on the fourth night of Chanukah. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature prominent community officials and politicians. After the lighting ceremony, there will be singing with live music, latkes, doughnuts, a raffle and more. Information:

Thursday, Dec. 13

Christmas party The county Chamber of Commerce hosts a Jingle Mingle Holiday Networking Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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

Afternoon tea The Town Center Community Association sponsors its annual "Holiday Teas" beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Historic Oakland Manor ballroom, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. A two-course repast will be served, and harpist Kristin Meyer will play throughout. Tickets are $22. Information: 410-730-4801.

The Howard County Conservancy present Dr. Alex Storrs, of Towson University Astrophysics, and Joel Goodman, of Stardoc, offering a program about meteor showers. Join other sky watchers and search for meteors and learn about galaxies and constellations at 9:30 p.m. at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. If it rains or snows, the event will be moved indoors. Free. Information: 410-465-8877.

Friday, Dec. 14

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. at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Information: 410-531-5115.

Holiday concert Church of the Resurrection Advent performs its holiday concert at 7 p.m. at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville. A free will offering will be taken. Information: 410-442-3120.


Saturday, Dec. 15

Concert Troy Rohrs, Kathleen Stanley and Dave Weiner perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City Coffee, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.


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

Music for charity The Columbia Concert and Jazz bands will hold a benefit concert for the Howard County Food Bank at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Admission is a non-perishable food item. Refreshments will be served. Information: 301-596-9783 or

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

Music performance The Oakland Music Cafe series presents the string quartet Accoppiato Ensemble from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 23 in the ballroom of Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Admission and refreshments are free, and any donations for the performers are appreciated. Information: 410-730-4744.

Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents violinist and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Carney, accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Sharkey of the Peabody Institute, in a performance of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. The show is at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those ages 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

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

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