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Ellicott City

Concert

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choir, will present a performance of the choral piece "Canticle of Christmas" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Melville Chapel United Methodist Church, 5660 Furnace Ave. in Elkridge. Admission is free. Information: thealleluias.org.

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Tree sale

The annual Christmas tree and wreath sale of freshly cut Fraser firs, sponsored by the Centennial High School Boosters, will be held weekends through Saturday, Dec. 20. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Seniors receive 20 percent off. Information: 410-453-4451.

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Festival of trains

The B&O Railroad Station Museum's annual Holiday Festival of Trains is on display through Jan. 25 at 2711 Maryland Ave. The exhibit includes a LEGO layout with lights, motors and sounds, and an O-scale and N-scale layout. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Information: 410-461-1945.

'Art Maryland'

The multimedia juried exhibit is on view through Friday, Dec.12, at the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

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Softball

Registration for the Elkridge Youth Organization's spring season is open through Wednesday, Dec. 31, and includes an early bird discount. Regular fees kick in Jan. 1. Anyone interested in coaching should contact Vince Widmaier, who is listed on the website at eyosports.org.

Ellicott City Senior Center

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays (except Dec. 30) for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Genealogy workshop The workshop on occupations runs from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 10. Most of us are defined by our occupation and most of us need employment to support ourselves. Our ancestors were no different.

Brain fitness Robin Zahor presents a brain exercise program to help keep the mind sharp at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.

Christmas party A "Holly Jolly" party will be held Friday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. with a musical performance by Two for the Show at 11 a.m. followed by a gourmet luncheon at noon. Cost is $20. The center's cookie sale takes place after lunch.

Hanukkah Celebrate the symbolism and traditions of Hanukkah at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Concert The Marriott's Ridge Women's Ensemble will perform a holiday concert at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.

'Paper Crafting with Diane' Beginners and advanced crafters can create projects from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. A $2.50 supply fee is payable to the instructor.

Ask the Pharmacist Don Hamilton will provide the latest information on medications at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers to discuss concerns.

Also at the center:

'B' Games Bunco, Brainbusters, Baggo and Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. Mondays.

Billiards 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays.

Bingo 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $4.

Canasta 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Gentle beginning yoga Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Mah-jongg 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Movies 1 p.m. Fridays. Call for information.

Needlework Club 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Painting Together 10 a.m. to noon Mondays; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Piano lessons Tuesdays through Thursdays. Cost is $30 per half-hour session.

Pinochle 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Men's forum Support group featuring discussion on current events, news, finance and more meets 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursdays.

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