The following events are open for preregistration. They are sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.
LONGWOOD GARDENS TRIP, 12:45-9 p.m. Nov. 29, a trip to Pennsylvania to tour the horticultural display garden created by industrialist Pierre S. duPont, includes more than 1,000 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, plus a display of holiday lights; sponsored by the Meade Area Garden Club, bus departs from the Ridgeview Shopping Center, Rockenbach Road and Route 175, Jessup. $35; members, $30; admission fee collected on the bus, $8; preregistration required. 410-551-2263.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING AND TEA, for seniors 55 and older and their grandchildren, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 10, participants will create a gingerbread house using a house form, graham crackers and candy treats; house can be kept for years in a freezer; a tea with refreshments follows, Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Grandparent and child, $20; each additional child, $2; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TRIP, for seniors 55 and older and their children and grandchildren, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 17, a trip to see the orchestra's "Holiday Spectacular" program at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; more than 100 dancers, singers and musicians, and more; tickets are for matinee and grand tier seating, call for bus departure points in Howard County. Ages 12 and older, $50; ages 6-12, $35; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.
BALTIMORE HIPPODROME THEATRE TRIP, for seniors 55 and older and their children and grandchildren, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 23, a trip to see the hit Broadway musical comedy "Hairspray," second balcony seating, call for bus departure points in Howard County. $85; preregistration required. 410-313-7279.
-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES