Concerts

ELLICOTT CITY IDOL -- 7:30 p.m. today. Winners and finalists from a June competition perform. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-7860.

CHAMBER JAZZ -- 5 p.m. Sunday. The Terrell Stafford Quintet featuring Mulgrew Miller opens the Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore's 14th season. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $27; BMA members, $25. 410-385-5888.

ORGAN -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Don Kinnier will perform a pops concert on a restored historic theater pipe organ, joined by vocalist Judy Townsend. Presented by the Free State Theatre Organ Society. Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Wade Avenue, Catonsville. Free. 410-592-9322.

Exhibitions

MARYLAND AGRICULTURAL SHOWCASE -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and next Thursday. A traveling showcase that highlights the important role agriculture plays in the lives of Marylanders, with displays and interactive exhibits for children and adults. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

WATERCOLOR VISIONS -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Paintings by the artists of Sunburst Studio, including Columbia residents Jean Aziz, Becky Stengel, Barbara Carley, Rachel Coleman, Roberta Dillow, Abby Futter, Jane Galloway and Carol Schimpff. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

PAINTED HISTORY -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Oct. 3. Andrei Kushnir exhibits his 50 paintings of Valley View Farm, a family-owned farm in the Crooked Run Valley of Virginia's Northern Piedmont. Andrei Kushnir/Michele Taylor Gallery, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

HOWARD COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS -- 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 15. Gallery I features "Rags to Riches: Eight Contemporary Rug Hooking Artists," and Gallery II features "Brett Hunter and Carolyn Old: Sculpture and Pastels." Arts center, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-2787.

CHEVELLE MAKEBA MOORE JONES -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. The artist displays her work. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4794.

PHOTOGRAPHY -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Alex Szopa displays his work. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

"VIDI CACHET: THE TREASURES I'VE SEEN" -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 24. Photographs taken by Joan Forester during trips to Italy, Alaska and Ireland. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

"PAINTERS OF SUBSTANCE" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weekdays by appointment, through October. Eight representational artists from Baltimore's Schuler School display pieces of classical realism. Tatiana's Gallery, 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. Free. 410-442-1144 or www.tatianaltd.com.

"ROADS TO RAILS: FLAMES OF REBIRTH" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 21. An exhibit focusing on the role of the B&O Railroad during the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; seniors and students, $4; children 3-12, $3; children younger than 2, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.

Film

MOVIES AT THE LAKE -- 8:30 p.m. Monday. Outdoor showing of family-friendly films, part of the Lakefront Summer Festival. Tomorrow, "The Secret of Nimh." Columbia Lakefront, Lake Kittamaqundi, off Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030, or www.columbiaassociation.com.

For Children

"SNOOPY" -- 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pumpkin Theatre opens its season with the off-Broadway musical comedy based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. $10. 410-828-1814.

Lectures and Literature

MIDDLE EAST UPDATE -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Melvin Goodman, an expert on international politics, discusses the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001; terrorism; and how war in Middle East continues to threaten national security and the economy. East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. 410-313-7700.

ANNE FADIMAN -- 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. The author of "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," a book about an epileptic Hmong child, the girl's American doctors and the collision of two cultures, will speak and sign her book. Howard Community College, ILB Room 100, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4846.

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.

Sports and Recreation

POLICE "PACE" -- 9 a.m. Sunday. 5k Race and one-mile walk/run. The 13th annual event is sponsored by the Howard County Police Foundation to benefit charities and a scholarship program for the children of fallen officers. The race concludes with a ceremony and lunch provided by Hard Times Cafe. Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. $20, includes T-shirt and lunch. 410-313-2105 or www.policepace.com.

Theater

"GODSPELL" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Sept. 26. A modern musical retelling of the story of Christ and his parables taken from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $39-$44; children 12 and younger, $25-$44. Prices include dinner or brunch. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.

"EAT THE RUNT" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 2. The off-Broadway comedy by Avery Crozier is an adults-only play about the hiring of a grants manager at a nonprofit museum. The play includes audience participation. The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. $12. 410-752-1225 or www.spotlighters.org.

Miscellaneous

BEST FRIENDS' TEA -- 4-6 p.m. Tuesday. The Friends of the Howard County Library host an afternoon tea with entertainment by local tap-dancing group the Golden Girls to benefit the library. Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge. $25 per person; $200 for a table of eight. Reservations by tomorrow. 410-313-7750.

LAKE ELKHORN FESTIVAL -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Live entertainment, children's games, pet show, pony rides, auction, arts and crafts, food and drink and more. Lake Elkhorn Park, Broken Land Parkway, Columbia. Free. 410-381-0202.

BULL AND SHRIMP ROAST -- 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Feast of pit beef, turkey, ham, steamed and fried shrimp, crab, barbecue and more with live music by the CRB Band to benefit education programs at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. BMI, 1415 Key Hwy., Inner Harbor South, Baltimore. $35; BMI members, $32.

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. Meet at the Main Street Visitor Center, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City. 410-313-1900 or www.visithowardcounty.com.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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