The Hickory Ridge Community Association sponsors, "Grow it! Eat it! Spring Vegetable Gardening," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Master Gardener Kent Phillips will give a presentation on how to prepare garden soil for spring planting, how to prepare seeds inside for transplant, structures to support your plants and how to guard against critters and cold weather. Free. For reservations and information, call 410-730-7327.
The Rev. Tyrone P. Jones IV has been selected as the new pastor of the First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road. Jones, 39, succeeds the late Rev. John L. Wright, who was pastor of the church for more than 35 years. A spring installation is planned. Jones is the former pastor of Messiah Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Conn. Information: 410-792-7096.
"Beginnings," featuring the works of Joan Bevelaqua, Nancy Linden, George Sakkal and John Brandon Sills, opens Sunday, Jan. 15, and continues through March 18 at the Meeting House Gallery. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15. The gallery is in the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center at 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Information: 410-730-4090.
•The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the Arte Flamenco dance troupe on Jan. 29 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. The troupe is directed by Natalie Monteleon, who created it while living in New Orleans and re-created it here. Arte Flamenco has performed at Artscape and the Latino Festival in Baltimore, the Kennedy Center, the Columbia Art Festival and the Takoma Park Folk Festival. Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for students and $15 at the door. Information: 410-730-1129 or go to brownpapertickets.
•The Misako Ballet Company presents "Classical with a Japanese Twist" at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. The concert will feature "Japanese Rhymes and Songs" and "The Four Seasons" choreographed and directed by Misako Aoki-Oda. The program will include variations from "Carmen," "Le Corsaire," "Laurentia" and the ballet "Pas de Quatre." Performance also include guest hip-hop dancers Danielle Sten and Lance Guillermo of "On the DL." Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and younger, and can purchased at misakoballet.com or at the door. Information: 410-884-9690.
The Columbia Association offers a Women-Only Swim Time from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbia Swim Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. The pool is shallow, warmed to 80-82 degrees, guarded by female lifeguards, and the windows are covered. Free for association members. Resident nonmembers with an association resident card pay $16 per visit; general admission is $25. Nonmembers are welcome to a free trial of two admissions. Information: 410-381-1096 or go to columbiapools.org.
'The Gift of Art' All-media, all-member show and sale runs through Jan. 27 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
The "ER" show, hosted by Sean Savoy, takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Nottingham's Tavern, 8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1100. Tickets are $10. Reservations and information: 410-290-0077.
Looking for artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is accepting applications to exhibit at the gallery for the 2012 season. Applications are available at the gallery or by email to email@example.com. Information: 410-730-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singles social group
The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.