COLUMBIA CONCERT BAND -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Tenor saxophone virtuoso James Houlik appears with the band under the direction of Michael Blackman. Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-465-7862 or

LAURENCE BAER & FRIENDS -- 9-11 p.m. tomorrow. Laurence Baer, Otmar Weinmann and Adrien Bayo perform original upbeat and spiritual music. Mad City Coffee, Hickory Plaza, 10801 Hickory Ridge Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-964-8671.


DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Meditative and joyous circle and partner dances that use sacred phrases, music and movement from many spiritual traditions. Beginners, singles and children welcome. Free. 10590 Frederick Rd., Woodbine.. 410-489-7981.


FLOWERS FOR ALL SEASONS -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Monday through July 2. Oil and pastel paintings by Beryl L. McDonough. Reception with the artist, 6-8 p.m. June 11. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

AFRICAN AMERICAN ART -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month (except major holidays), through Aug. 22. More than 60 paintings and works on paper by 20 of the foremost African American artists of the past century. Baltimore Art Museum, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7; 65 and older and college students, $5; children, free; first Thursday of each month, free. 410-396-7100 or

HEIDI PRAFF -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through June 24. Recent paintings from Praff, a studio art teacher at Howard High School who has been teaching painting and drawing for more than 20 years. Reception, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. HCC Art Gallery, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4512.

STUDENT EXHIBIT -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, through next Thursday. Students from Wilde Lake High School present "Visions From Wilde Eyes," a photography exhibit. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

WATERCOLORS AND PHOTOGRAPHY -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through June 14. Lynn Ferris of West Virginia and Natalie Harvey of Columbia display their work. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"CLOSE TO HOME" -- 11 a.m.-5 :30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Barbara Steinacker shows her paintings. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. 410-740-8249.

"CIVIL WAR: OLD MEN IN BLUE AND GRAY" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through June 21. Artifacts and information about veterans returning from the Civil War and the role they played in the history of Maryland. B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4; 12 and younger, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or

ART OF THE AGES -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Sept. 4. "Golden Blessings of Old Age/Out of the Mouth of Babes," an artistic exploration of the two poles of human existence through 250 works. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. $9; seniors, students and children, $6. 410-244-1900.


"NASCAR 3-D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE" -- Shown on an eight-story-tall screen with digital sound, a new movie narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland provides an insider's perspective on NASCAR racing. Show times, which run through August, are available online or by phone. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore. Movie only, $7.50, $9 after 6 p.m.; movie and science center admission, $10. 410-685-5225 or and click on "Shows."

For Children

LIVELY ARTS FOR LITTLE ONES -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. Storyteller Arianna Ross performs. The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia. $4.25. 410-730-4610.

Sports and Recreation

WALK-A-THON -- 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. walk, June 12. A benefit for the Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center. Two-mile loop around Lake Elkhorn. Lake Elkhorn, Broken Land Parkway, Columbia. $25. 410-290-6432.

ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOURS -- 10 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30. Explore Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place with a guided tour of the preserved 19th-century urban square. Learn about the neighborhood's architecture and its residents over the past 100 years. Meet at the Seated Lion Statue, Mount Vernon Place's West Park, Baltimore. $10. 410-605-0462.


"BATBOY, THE MUSICAL" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 26. A pop-rock musical with a deeper message regarding discrimination and tolerance. Based on the book by Keith Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225 or


POLISH FESTIVAL -- 4-10 p.m. tomorrow, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment by polka bands, Polish crafts and delicacies. Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues, Baltimore. $3 tomorrow and Sunday, $4 Saturday. 877-BALTIMORE or

GHOST TOURS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. "Ye Haunted History of Old Ellicott City" is told through a tour down Historic Main Street. Sponsored by Howard County Tourism Inc. Meet at Main Street Visitor Center, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-313-1900 or

NATIONAL AQUARIUM -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. $17.50; 60 and older, $14.50; 3-11, $9.50; 2 and younger, free. 410-576-3800 or

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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