Sunday, Jan. 12
Concert The Jewish Federation of Howard County presents the Robyn Helzner Trio performing "From Beijing to Biloxi: A Concert of Jewish Music" at 3 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, free for children 5 and younger. Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 106 or jewishhowardcounty.org.
Monday, Jan. 13
Classical music The Columbia Orchestra invites the public to its open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville. Visitors can enjoy wine and cheese with the musicians during their breaks. Information: 410-465-8777.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Identity theft forum The Office of Consumer Affairs will host a forum on tax identity theft from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Panel will consist of experts from the Federal Trade Commission, IRS, AARP, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition and others. Opening remarks by Rod J. Rosenstein and Susan Lee. Free admission. Information: 410-313-6420 or howardcountymd.gov/taxidtheft.htm.
Author appearance Career, retirement and personal finance expert Kerry Hannon discusses her book, "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy, and Pays the Bills," at 7 p.m. at the East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Information: 410-313-7701.
Thursday, Jan. 16
Movie screening New Release Cinema, an event at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch that shows newly released DVD movies on a large screen, presents "20 Feet from Stardom" at 7 p.m. at 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free event include popcorn, soda and candy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Information: 410-313-7700.
Friday, Jan. 17
Benefit concerts The Tour of Light, which benefits the children of Uganda, makes a stop on its national tour at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Concert consists of African music, dance and drumming. Tickets are $20-$25 and are on sale at Wegmans or at seatyourself.biz/childrenofuganda. Information: 443-718-9680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Film series The Columbia Jewish Congregation opens its 22nd annual film series with "David." All screenings will be at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $32 for the four-film series, $27 for three, $19 for two showings. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694.
Concert One World Coffeehouse presents the Eastport Oyster Boys performing maritime music at 7 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Tickets are $15, $10 for those 12 and younger. Information: 410-381-0097.
Jazz concert Trumpeter Diego Urcola and saxophonist Mark Gross perform at the 10th annual "Jazz at the Lake Concert" at 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and can be purchased online at instantseats.com/events/JimRouseTheatre, at Wilde Lake High School or at the door. Information: 410-997-2070.
Dining The Elkridge Rotary Club's 50th annual Bull and Oyster Roast will be held from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $45. Information: 410-925-3839.
Concert Carlos Cysneiros perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Workshops Earth Forum of Howard County presents free group workshops and discussions at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Information: 410-730-3545.
Child care fair Howard County's Department of Citizen Services Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, "Children On Board," will be held from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Fair will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with information on child care, preschool and summer programs, as well as the opportunity to talk with teachers and program directors. Representatives from community service organizations that offer programs and services to the county's youngsters will also attend. Information: 410-313-1940 or email email@example.com.
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