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Datebook

Sunday, Dec. 5

' Jazz in the Mills' Annual "Holiday Jazz Extravaganza," featuring the Lenny Robinson Group and vocalist Lori Williams, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Information: 410-730-4610.

'Sundays at Three' Pianist Eun Joo Chung performs music by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Scriabin and Debussy at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15, free for those younger than 18 with an adult. Information: 410-992-0145 or sundaysatthree.org.

Holiday concert Howard Community College program features the HCC Singers and the HCC-Bain Center Senior Choir performing holiday songs at 4 p.m. at the Smith Theatre in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission: $5. Information: 443-518-4107.

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. 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 procantare.org.

Concert The Howard County Historical Society presents its annual "Holiday Concert" with cider and snacks at 3 p.m. at 8328 Court Ave in Ellicott City. Concert's theme is "Holidays on the Homefront during World War II." Information: 410-750-0370.

Monday, Dec. 6

Student spotlight concert Howard Community College program students from the college performing works for voice, piano, wind and more at 7:30 p.m. at the Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Also on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Free. Information: 443-518-4107.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Fair The first One Maryland-Inter County Broadband Network Vendor Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia. Information: fbcinc.com/icbn/default.aspx.

Jazz concert Howard Community College program features the HCC Student Jazz Ensemble and a jazz quartet of professional musicians from the community. Jazz standards by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and others will be performed. 7:30 p.m. at the Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission: $5. Information: 443-518-4107.

Thursday, Dec. 9

'Hansel & Gretel' Red Branch Theatre presents this fairy tale opera at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, Friday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at 9130-I Red Branch Road, Columbia. Tickets are $15, or $12 for groups of 10 or more. For each nonperishable food item donated to the food drive, one coupon for $2 off a ticket will be received. Limit one coupon per ticket and two tickets per order. Tickets: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com.

Chamber concert Howard Community College program features the HCC Chamber Ensemble Orchestra and the HCC Cello Ensembles performing works by Torelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Grieg and more. 7:30 p.m. at the Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission: $5. Information: 443-518-4107.

Friday, Dec. 10

Concert Howard Community College program features clarinetist Jane Winer, cellist Yoon Nah Cho and pianist Wei-Der Huang performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Monteabaro Recital Hall of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission: $5. Information: 443-518-4107.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Before GPS How to navigate to your destination without using modern technology. Learn how to read a map and use a compass and what to do if you get lost. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For ages 7 to 14. Meet at picnic area adjacent to contact station at the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park, 11676 Marriottsville Road. Cost: $2. Sign up: 410-461-5005.

Concert series The UU Chalice Concert Series presents "In the Gardens of England," featuring guitarist Berta Rojas at 8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for children younger than 15. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net/concerts.

'Talkin' Baseball' Meeting will be held at 9 a.m. 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.

'Nutcracker on Ice' The Columbia Figure Skating Club presents this ballet on ice, featuring more than 90 performers, ages 4 to adult. Show times are 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. Tickets are $10 and free for those younger than 3. Information: 410-813-4026.

Chamber concert Howard Community College program features small chamber groups, including a violin/piano duo and the HCC percussion ensemble. 7:30 p.m. at the Monteabaro Recital Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission: $5. Information: 443-518-4107.

Future

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 info@hchsmd.org.

Concert The Columbia Concert Band will hold a free winter concert featuring a variety of music at 3 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. Information: 301-596-9783 or http://www.columbiaband.com.

'The Magic Toyshop' Bob Brown Puppets presents this free performance, followed by a visit from Santa, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Route 197, South Laurel. Information: 301-776-2805.

Pizza in the Park Join a park naturalist at the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park, 11676 Marriottsville Road, for a hands-on cooking experience and lunch. Prepare pizzas on park grills, using camping cooking techniques. For ages 8 and older accompanied by an adult. Cost: $10 per pizza made. Registration required by Friday, Dec. 10: 410-461-5005.

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