Sunday, Nov. 21

"The Matchmaker" Centennial High School performs this play about love and comedy at 2 p.m. at the school, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-313-2856.

Jazz concert Pianists Alan Blackman and Steve Kessler perform at 4 p.m. in Howard County Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $5 for HCC students, staff and faculty. Information: 443-518-4800

"Sleeping Beauty" The National Marionette Theatre presents its version of the fairy tale, told from the prince's point of view, at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Howard County Community College's Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-997-2324.

Farmers' market Site is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays through November at Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Information: 410-313-6524.

Monday, Nov. 22

Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passports and passport photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-7700.

"Nourishment: Body and Soul" A collection of photographs and paintings by Joan Forester and Diane Dunn that represent their views on the joys of cooking, eating and celebrating life, will be on display through Dec. 3 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or

Tuesday, Nov. 23

Turkey giveaway Community Action Council holds this annual event to distribute turkeys and food baskets to families in need at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia.

Film festival The Jewish Federation of Howard County presents "Praying with Lior" at 10:30 a.m. as part of its annual film festival at 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia. Information: 410-730-4976.

Blues music Savage Bluegrass plays at Sam's Bar & Restaurant, 9994 Washington Blvd., Laurel. Information: 301-317-7796.


Open house The Howard County Arts Council will hold its annual Open House and Holiday Sale from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. On sale will be paintings, photography, wearables, prints, ceramics, jewelry, greeting cards and sculpture. Information: 410-313-2787.

Holiday event The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks presents its annual Holiday Mart from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Available will be handcrafted seasonal merchandise from more than 140 artisans. There will also be door prizes and a children's craft corner. Admission is $4, $3 for children 6-12. Information: 410-313-4700 or

Classical music Columbia Pro Cantare performs the Christmas section and selections from Parts II and III of Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. A lecture by Eileen Soskin precedes the concert at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $23, $20 for seniors and students, $25 and $22 at the door. Information: 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321 or

"Talkin' Baseball" Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Warren Corbett will discuss his book, "The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It." Free. 410-740-1145.

Holiday tour The Howard County Historical Society holds its 34th annual Holiday Tour on Dec. 12. Six historic homes and buildings in Ellicott City, Glenwood and Columbia will be visited during the tour. Bus leaves from the Court House Parking Lot in Ellicott City at 1 p.m. Tickets are $50, $35 for society members and $40 for their guests. Reservations and information: 410-750-0370 or e-mail

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