Sunday, Dec. 16
'Amazing Nativity' This gospel musical, based on Langston Hughes' "Black Nativity," takes place at 7 p.m. at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth in Columbia. The musical is the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ, featuring Loree K Slye, the Choir Boyz, Tammy Turner, the Keur Khalyei African Drummers and the church's Worship and Fine Arts Team. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-997-2088 or wininlife.com.
Discussion Rabbi Susan Grossman presents "Raising Spiritual Kids in a Material World" from 10:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. Cost is $7; free for congregation members. Information: 410-531-5115 or beth-shalom.net.
Holiday concert The St. Louis Church Concert Series presents "Christmas at St. Louis" at 4 p.m. at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville. Admission is free. Information: 410-531-6040 or stlouisparish.org.
Music for charity The Columbia Concert and Jazz bands will hold a benefit concert for the Howard County Food Bank at 3 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Admission is a non-perishable food item. Refreshments will be served. Information: 301-596-9783 or columbiabands.org.
Musical Bethel Assembly of God presents the "Christmas Miracle" at 10:30 a.m. 9001 Vollmerhausen Road in Jessup. Free. Information: 301-498-3344.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Networking The county Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Business Networking event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bob's BMW Motorcycles, 10720 Guilford Road in Jessup. Cost is $30; $15 for members. To register and for more information, call 410-730-4111 or go to howardchamber.com.
Holiday jazz Marriotts Ridge High School's Madrigals, Women's Ensemble and Big Band Jazz Group performs smooth sounds of the season at 7 p.m. at 12100 Route 99. Admission is $10 and includes coffee, hot chocolate and finger foods. Information: 443-326-9152.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Readings Rep Stage's artistic director, Michael Stebbins, will read David Sedaris' "Holidays on Ice" Dec. 20-23 in Howard Community College's Horowitz Center's Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Sedaris is one of the country's most renowned humorists. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. Information: 443-518-1500 or repstage.org. (Parental discretion advised).
Music performance The Oakland Music Cafe series presents the string quartet Accoppiato Ensemble from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, in the ballroom of Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. Admission and refreshments are free, and any donations for the performers are appreciated. Information: 410-730-4744.
'Talkin' Baseball' The regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. John Holway will discuss his book "Baseball's Biggest Miracle." Free. Information: 410-740-1145.
Classical concert Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series presents violinist and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Carney, accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Sharkey of the Peabody Institute, in a performance of sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. The show is at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Tickets are $15; free for those ages 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 443-288-3179 or sundaysatthree.org.
Luncheon The League of Women Voters hosts it's annual luncheon with the county delegation to the Maryland General Assembly beginning at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City. Cost is $15. For reservations and more information, call 410-730-0142.
Pops concert The Atholton High School Music Department hosts a pops concert and cafe from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6520 Freetown Road in Columbia. Tickets are $5 and $12. Information: 410-313-7065 or atholtonmusic.org.
Movie The Jewish Federation's Israel and Overseas Committee presents a screening of "Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story" at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. A Q&A session with the film's director, Jonathan Gruber, takes place following the screening. Tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and students. Information: 410-730-4976.
Benefit The Glenelg PTSA will host a "BINGO Bag-A-Palooza" on Jan. 24 at the school, 14025 Burntwoods Road. The event benefiting the 2013 "After Prom Party" includes bags by Vera Bradley, Thirty-One, Coach, Pandora and more. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more information, email Jane Synk at email@example.com.
Reunion The Cardinal Gibbons High School class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion April 20 at Reflections Banquet Hall, 8015 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-382-6919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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