Hanukkah party

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Office of Aging, the party takes place 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia. Music by vocalist Robyn Helzner. Reservations required by Thursday, Dec. 8. Email sophie@JewishHowardCounty.org or call, 410-730-4976, ext. 103.

Bazaar/flea market

The county NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a "Holiday Bazaar/Flea Market" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Ridgelys Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. Items for sale include toys, clothing, antique items, furniture, jewelry, household items, and more. Information: 443-280-1935.

'Miracle on 34th Street'

Performances run through Dec. 18, at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $13, $10 for seniors, students, 18 and younger and active duty military. For tickets and more information, call 301-452-2557 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org.

Auditions

Red Branch Theatre Company seeks strong-singing actors to fill all roles for its production of "Next to Normal," running April 6-22 at 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Auditions will be held 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 6. Callbacks 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Audition requirements are 16‐32 bars of contemporary musical theater and a 90‐second monologue. Bring sheet music — an accompanist will be provided. Submit head shot and resume to redbranchtheatre@gmail.com with audition date preference. Appointments will be scheduled on a first- come, first-served basis. Information: dramalearningcenter.com or redbranchtheatre.com.

Call to artists

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking artists to participate in the annual "Silent Auction Art Exhibit" as part of the Arts Council's annual fundraising gala, "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County." All 2-D, 3-D, and fine craft artists, 18 or older, residing, working, or studying in Howard County, arts council members, and artists who have exhibited in the county in the last year are invited to submit artwork. Deadline is Dec. 3.

Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Student exchange program

The Columbia Association will offer information sessions for parents and teens about the 2012 Sister Cities High School Student International Exchange Program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.

Laura Smit, program manager for the association's exchange programs, will speak and answer questions about the monthlong July program, which consists of two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion in one of Columbia's sister cities, Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, where students will be hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the U.S., students and their parents will host their French or Spanish counterpart for two weeks.

Registration fee is $650 for Columbia residents and $790 for others. Airline tickets may range from $1,100 to $1,500 per person. Applicants must be high school students living in Howard County and have completed high school level two of French or Spanish by the end of the academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. Deadline for applications is Feb. 17.

Information: Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or international@columbiaassociation.com.

Art exhibit

The Howard County Arts Council presents two new exhibits in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City.

Gallery I features the multimedia exhibit "Art HoCo 2011," with more than 40 works by 18 Howard County artists. Gallery II features works by Tracey Clarke and Sarah Wegner titled "Modern Mythologies." Exhibits runs through Dec. 16. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Driving classes