Sunday, Dec. 11

Dance performances Kinetics Dance Theatre will present "The Cracked Nut" at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. The show is about a girl named Clara who faints when she is frightened by a mouse in the dance studio and is transported to a land of wild flowers and misfit toys. Dance styles include tap, jazz, and hip-hop as well as modern and ballet. Tickets are $5. Reservations and information: 410-480-1686.

Concert The Alleluias, an interfaith Christian choral group, will present the Christmas cantata "Agnus Dei" at 6 p.m. at Rockland United Methodist Church, 8971 Chapel Ave. in Ellicott City. The concert is free; an offering will be taken. Information: 443-812-1037 or 410-465-1463.

Children's holiday show The South Laurel Recreation Council will present "The Snow Show" by the Bob Brown Puppets at 7 p.m. at the Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road. The show will be followed by a visit with Santa and his friends. Admission is free. Information: 301-776-2805.

Monday, Dec. 12

"Evening with Shakespeare" The Little Patuxent Review and Columbia Art Center will present Nigel Reed and Valerie Leonard reading from plays by Shakespeare on the theme of love at 7 p.m. at 6100 Foreland Garth. Free. Information: 410-730-0075 or

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

Friday, Dec. 16

"Music at Marriottsville" A concert with the Resurrection Parish Choir, featuring contemporary and traditional choirs along with a brass ensemble, will take place at 7 p.m. at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. A free-will offering will be taken. Information: 410-442-1320 or go to

Saturday, Dec. 17

Figure skating The Columbia Figure Skating Club will present "The Nutcracker on Ice" Saturday and Sunday at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Shows are at 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $12, free for children 2 and younger. Tickets and information: 410-730-0322 or go to

Concert Richard Walton, Rich Levinson and Rick Hewitt will 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.

Holiday program One World Coffeehouse will present an evening of stories and songs with the Centennial Madrigals from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. There will be traditional holiday carols and Renaissance madrigals by the Centennial Madrigals, interspersed with holiday stories by Lance Lewman. Warm wassail and gingerbread will be served. Tickets are $12, $6 for those 12 and younger. Proceeds benefit people in crisis and families in need. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. Information: 410-381-0097 or go to


Concert for charity The Columbia Bands, in conjunction with the Howard County Food Bank, will hold a concert for charity at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Bring nonperishable foods and enjoy a variety of concert and jazz music. Information: 301-596-9783 or go to

Dance concert Misako Ballet Company will offer a studio dance concert for families with children at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Harpers Choice Village Center, 5485 Harper's Farm Road, Suite 203 in Columbia. Concert will feature dances from "The Nutcracker" and ballet with Japanese themes. Children from the audience will have an opportunity to learn a quick piece and perform it. Information: 410-884-9690 or 443-805-1350, or

"Children On Board" Howard County's annual Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, sponsored by the Office of Children's Services, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The fair will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with information on child care and pre-school programs. Representatives from community service organizations will also be attending. Admission is free, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 410-313-1940.

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