"A CHRISTMAS NOEL" -- 3 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. Dec. 18. The Columbia Pro Cantare will perform two Christmas shows. Sunday's show is at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. The Dec. 18 show is at Memorial Episcopal Church, 1401 Bolton St., Baltimore. $17 at the door; $15 for students and seniors; $2 discount for advance tickets. 410-799-9321,

"A CEREMONY OF CAROLS" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The Central Maryland Chorale, formerly known as the Laurel Oratorio Society, will perform Camille Saint-Saens' "Christmas Oratorio" and Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," along with other selections. Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Rd., Highland. $20; $15 for students and seniors. 301-317-9646.

CHAMBER CONCERT -- 7:30 tonight. Howard Community College will present a chamber concert featuring the HCC Cello Ensemble, HCC Chamber Orchestra and small groups performing music from Bach to the Beatles. Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $3. 410-772-4587.


SQUARE DANCING -- 6:30 p.m. today. Traditional and contra square dances with live music by the New Southern Cowtippers and Sandy River Belle. Beginner workshop at 6:30 p.m. No partner needed. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $8. 410-730-3987.


"SMALL TREASURES" -- From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 8. Andrei Kushnir Michele Taylor's annual small works show, with pieces by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and other artists. 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

"ALL THE HORSES" -- From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and by appointment, through Dec. 30. Equine paintings by Rana Geralis. A free public reception with a silent auction of a painting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. American City Building, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

For Children

"TWICE-TOLD TALES" -- 10 a.m. tomorrow. Howard Community College students will perform two short plays for children, "Monsteropolis" and "The Fabulous Fable Factory." Smith Theatre, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-3487.


"MAME" -- 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Sunday, through Feb. 19. Auntie Mame becomes the guardian of her 10-year-old nephew, then sees her life turned upside-down with the crash of the stock market. Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-46 for adults; $27.50 to $46 for children 12 and younger. Call 800-888-6297 or


"GRECCIO EXPERIENCE" -- 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A live Nativity will be presented by the Secular Franciscans of St. Joseph Cupertino Fraternity and the Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Anthony. Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-531-2800.

"THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE" -- 3 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday. More than 100 members of the Columbia Figure Skating Club will perform the holiday classic. Columbia Ice Skating Rink, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5876 Thunder Hill Rd., Columbia. $9; free, 2 and younger. 410-813-4026.

CERAMICS WORKSHOP -- From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Conducted by guest artist Kevin Crowe, the workshop will include throwing and decorating demonstrations and discussions of clay concepts and technique. Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. $100; $110 for non-Columbia residents. 410-730-0075.

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