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Ellicott City

Candlelight service

A service of story, song and spirit will be held at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve at Channing Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, 3220 Corporate Court, Suite C in Ellicott City. Refreshments will be served after services. Information: 410-203-0474.

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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.

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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.

Genealogical help

The Howard County Genealogical Society offers a free help desk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Research help is available. Information: 410-480-3250.

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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.

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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