Sunday, Jan. 8

Classical concert The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the Gemini Piano Trio at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. The group will play Schumann's "Fantasiestucke," Shostakovich's Piano Trio No.1, Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor and Piazzolla's "Libertango." Tickets are $15 for adults and free for ages 17 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Genealogy The Howard County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Free and open to the public. Information: 410-730-7917.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Workshop The Office of Children's Services will conduct "More New Age Challenges for Parents of Adolescents," a discussion panel on maintaining open communication with middle and high school-age children. The free workshop is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. The panel will include representatives from local community programs and student speakers, and address a range of topics, including managing anger, dating and relationships, promoting positive self-esteem, and sibling rivalry. After the panel presentations, parents will have the opportunity to take part in an open discussion or submit questions anonymously. Participants must register in advance by calling 410-313-1940 or emailing

School news The Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Both the afternoon session and an evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, during which members of the public may address the board on any topic other than those for which a formal public hearing process exists. Information: 410-313-7194.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Classical concert The Candlelight Concert Society presents "Till Dawn Sunday," featuring violinist Hahn-Bin and pianist John Blacklow, at 8 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $12-$30. Tickets and information: 410-997-2324 or

Domestic violence forum St. John Baptist Church will host a forum on domestic violence from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia. Denise McCain, WHUR radio host, will serve as the moderator for a panel that includes survivors and representatives from the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County and the Howard County Police Department. Information: Domestic Violence Center, 410-997-0304 or

Recital The Unitarian Universalist Chalice Concert Series presents "A Winter's Journey: Die Winterreise," featuring tenor Byron Jones and pianist Michael Adcock, at 8 p.m. in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. A reception will follows. Tickets are $20, $15 for students age 15 to 23 and free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097 or

New store Weight Watchers will host a "housewarming party" from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its newest store at 7185 Columbia Gateway Drive. The community is invited to this one-day event that includes prizes, refreshments, recipes and more. In addition, visitors can get a firsthand look at the newly designed store and learn about the enhancements to Weigh Watchers' PointsPlus program. Information: 410-461-3674 or

'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Bob Luke will discuss his book, "The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues." Free. 410-740-1145


MLK holiday celebration The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will hold its 27th annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The event will begin with a reception at 2 p.m., and the program will start at 3 p.m. Free and open to the public; attendees are asked to bring a can of food to donate to the food bank. Guest speaker will be Jeff Johnson, chairman and CEO of the Jeff Johnson Institute. The celebration will also include artistic performances and recognition of the 2011 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay Contest winners and the "Living the Dream" award recipient. Attendees will also have the opportunity to volunteer for the commission's "Day of Service" project scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia. Volunteers will help assemble emergency preparedness kits that will be distributed to needy families by the Community Action Council. Those interested can also sign up by contacting Lakisha Williams, 410-313-5783 or The committee will collect supplies for the kits through Wednesday, Jan. 11. Flashlights, batteries, nonperishable food items and can openers can be dropped off at the following sites:

•Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

•Thomas Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia.

•George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6430.

Environmental program The Earth Forum of Howard County is sponsoring "The Chesapeake Bay and Your Back Yard" from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Rep. John Sarbanes will discuss working to restore the health of the bay, promote stormwater management and increase environmental literacy. The event includes refreshments followed by a discussion and workshops. Free and open to everyone. Directions and more information: 410-730-3545 or go to

'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 event will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with information on child care and preschool programs. Representatives from community service organizations will also attend. Admission is free; attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 410-313-1940.

Sweetheart dance Dads can take their daughters out for an evening of dancing and fun on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, 3300 Norberts Way in Ellicott City. Fathers or guardians and their young ladies can enjoy dancing, refreshments, crafts and more. Cost is $40 per pair; $20 for each additional daughter. Times are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 4-6 and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ages 7-11. Advance registration required. Deadline is Jan. 20. Registration and information: 410-313-7275. (Inclement weather date is Feb. 4).

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