Perennial workshops, live music, feng shui demonstrations and a visit from the Orioles bird are among the many activities offered during "Gardening Through the Years," Homestead Gardens spring flower show. Attendees can enjoy displays representing 1930s America and 19th-century England with memorabilia from each era woven into the exhibit. The 1950s exhibit includes The Mary's Garden (named after the Virgin Mary) with violets, nicknamed "Our Ladies Modesty" during that era, and columbine, known as "Our Ladies Shoes." There will also be a "garden of the future" that will include several feng shui displays. The show will also include workshops on lawn care, creating star roses, water gardening and growing herbs. Live bands include Incidental Brass and Forgetaboutit. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through March 20 and 23, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 21-22. Free. "Flower Show Garden Gala," 7-10 p.m. tomorrow, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, includes a flower show preview, drinks, food, auctions and live music from the Bayside Big Band. $40; two tickets, $75. For preview party information or tickets, call the Arthritis Foundation at 410-544-5433. Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. 410-798-5000.


. . . without the traditional music. The Irish band Stand will perform during a special St. Patrick's Day concert at Anne Arundel Community College, but the group will not perform traditional Irish reels or jigs. Instead, the band, formed in 1991, will perform their own brand of rock and roll -- original songs influenced by the rhythms of Lennon, U2 and the Smithereens. The band's members, originally from Dublin, were childhood friends who formed Stand after graduating from high school. A hit in Ireland and Europe, the four-member band moved to New York City three years ago to win over American audiences. The group will play songs from three albums: "Correspondent," "Beautiful Grey" and "Intervals." Stand will soon release a compilation album entitled "We Are the Children." 8 p.m. tomorrow. Student Union Dining Hall, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $6; students, staff, $4. 410-777-2218.


Jewish folk tales come to life during this original play written by Annapolis author Nadja Maril. The play is based on several well-known Jewish folk tales, including "It Could Be Worse," "The Boy Who Stuck Out His Tongue" and "The Tablecloth," among others. The performance, at the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School, includes a series of playlets performed by the school's fourth- and fifth-grade students, interspersed with singing and dancing by kindergarten through third-grade students. There are 58 children in the production. The Aleph Bet Jewish Day School was founded 15 years ago and mixes Jewish studies and religious teachings with academic curriculum for grades K-5. 7 p.m. today. Aleph Bet Jewish Day School, Kneseth Israel Synagogue, 1125 Spa Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-9044, or