The following events are open for registration. They are sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.
HOLIDAY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, for people experiencing grief who need support in preparing for and coping with the holidays, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Information and suggestions on making it through the holidays. Sponsored by the Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia. Free; registration required. 410-730-5072.
SENIORS ANNUAL LUNCHEON, for people ages 55 and older and their friends, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Lunch, holiday music by Anita O'Connor and presentation of the annual Martin Cohn SPRING Volunteer of the Year Award. Sponsored by the SPRING group of the Howard County Office on Aging; program held at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Rd., Ellicott City. $21; registration required. 410-313-7283.
COMMUNITY THEATER AUDITIONS, for ages 50 and older, 7-9:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 14. Open to novice and experienced actors and actresses for the spring production of the musical revue "Perfectly Frank," featuring "Luck Be a Lady," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Take Back Your Mink," "Once in Love With Amy" and more. Sponsored by the Fabulous Fifty-Plus Players of the Howard County Arts Council, auditions held at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free; registration required. 410-313-2787.
-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES