Tuesday, Dec. 27

Dance concert Misako Ballet Company offers a studio dance concert for families with children at 1 p.m. 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


Classical concert The Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents the Gemini Piano Trio at 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. They will play Schumann's "Fantasiestucke," Shostakovitch's "Piano Trio No.1," Arensky's "Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor" and Piazzolla's "Libertango." Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or go to

Workshop The Office of Children's Services will conduct a new workshop for parents of teens, "More New Age Challenges for Parents of Adolescents," a discussion panel on maintaining open communication with middle and high school age children. Workshop is free and takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. 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. There is no cost but space is limited. Parents must pre-register by calling 410-313-1940 or emailing

'Talkin' Baseball' Regular meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 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 holds its 27th annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. 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. Event begins with a reception at 2 p.m., program starts at 3 p.m. Free and open to the public, however, attendees are asked to bring a canned food for the food bank.

Guest speaker will be Jeff Johnson, Chairman and CEO of the Jeff Johnson Institute. Celebration will also include performances by diverse cultural groups and recognition of the 2011 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay Contest winners and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream" award recipient.

In addition, attendees will 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 at a later date by the Community Action Council. Those interested can also sign up by contacting Lakisha Williams at 410-313-5783 or

The committee will collect supplies for the kits through Wednesday, Jan. 11. Flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items and can openers can be dropped off at any of 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.

'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.

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

Announcements for the datebook may be sent by mail to The Baltimore Sun in Howard County, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; by email to; or by fax to 410-332-6455.

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