Sunday, Dec. 16

'Amazing Nativity' This gospel musical, based on Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," takes place at 7 p.m. at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth in Columbia. The musical is the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ, featuring Loree K Slye, the Choir Boyz, Tammy Turner, the Keur Khalyei African Drummers and the church's Worship and Fine Arts Team. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-997-2088 or


Discussion Rabbi Susan Grossman presents "Raising Spiritual Kids in a Material World" from 10:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Cost is $7; free for congregation members. Information: 410-531-5115 or

Holiday concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis" at 4 p.m. 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. 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

Musical Bethel Assembly of God presents the "Christmas Miracle" at 10:30 a.m. 9001 Vollmerhausen Road in Jessup. Free. Information: 301-498-3344.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Networking The county Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Business Networking event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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

Holiday jazz Marriotts Ridge High School's Madrigals, Women's Ensemble and Big Band Jazz Group performs smooth sounds of the season at 7 p.m. at 12100 Route 99. Admission is $10 and includes coffee, hot chocolate and finger foods. Information: 443-326-9152.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Readings Rep Stage's artistic director, Michael Stebbins, will read David Sedaris' "Holidays on Ice" Dec. 20-23 in Howard Community College's Horowitz Center's Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Sedaris is one of the country's most renowned humorists. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. Information: 443-518-1500 or (Parental discretion advised).


Music performance The Oakland Music Cafe series presents the string quartet Accoppiato Ensemble from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 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.

'Talkin' Baseball' The regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. John Holway will discuss his book "Baseball's Biggest Miracle." Free. Information: 410-740-1145.

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

Luncheon The League of Women Voters hosts it's annual luncheon with the county delegation to the Maryland General Assembly beginning at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. Cost is $15. For reservations and more information, call 410-730-0142.


Pops concert The Atholton High School Music Department hosts a pops concert and cafe from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6520 Freetown Road in Columbia. Tickets are $5 and $12. Information: 410-313-7065 or

Movie The Jewish Federation's Israel and Overseas Committee presents a screening of "Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story" at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. A Q&A session with the film's director, Jonathan Gruber, takes place following the screening. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and students. Information: 410-730-4976.

Benefit The Glenelg PTSA will host a "BINGO Bag-A-Palooza" on Jan. 24 at the school, 14025 Burntwoods Road. The event benefiting the 2013 "After Prom Party" includes bags by Vera Bradley, Thirty-One, Coach, Pandora and more. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information, email Jane Synk at

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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