Jewish Book Festival

Author Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor, will appear this weekend at the Jewish Book Festival at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd. in Fulton. Bretholz, the author of "Leap Into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe," will sign copies of his book Sunday afternoon.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hundreds of Jewish-themed books for children, teens and adults will be for sale. The fair will also feature Eric Krupkin, known to children in the D.C. area as Eric Energy, along with Israeli dancing, a Hanukkah singalong, a puppet show and a variety of food. For more information, call 301-498-4242 or visit

Tree Lighting

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting, "Howard County Aglow," in Centennial Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. An ice sculpture will be displayed, and a train ride and seasonal refreshments will be available. Admission is free. Centennial Park is off Route 108 in Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-313-4275.

Book Sale at Hospital

A book sale will be held today and tomorrow at Howard County General Hospital, with proceeds benefiting the hospital's expansion. Books and gifts will be for sale in the main lobby of the hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane in Columbia, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 410-312-9140.