CLASSIC FOLK AND GOLDEN OLDIES -- 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow. Iris Ann Hirsch and Dan Shepherd perform music by popular artists such as the Eagles, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Wilde Lake Village Green, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Free. 443-367-5123.

LAKEFRONT LUNCHTIME SERIES -- Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 31. This week, the Swingin' Swamis perform. Lake Kittamaqundi, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-715-3120.

SUNSET SERENADES -- 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 24. Outdoor concerts presented by Howard County Recreation and Parks and Comcast. This week, the Junkyard Saints perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Centennial Park, south entrance, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Free admission; parking, $3. 410-313-7275.


"IN THE CONSERVATORY" -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through July 3. Michele Martin Taylor presents an exhibit of new works. Andrei Kushnir Michele Taylor American Painting, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

WOOD AND WATER -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through July 1. Pastel paintings by Barbara Steinacker and painted furniture and oil paintings by Kelmie Snider. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

FIBERLECTIC -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through June 23. Eclectic work of cloth and stitch by local female artists. The art employs stitching, beading, dyeing, cutting and layering. Reception with the artists, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

COLUMBIA ART CENTER -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. "Nature of Things," the photography of Denee Barr is shown in the Window Gallery, and the Laurel Art Guild presents a juried multimedia exhibition in the main gallery. Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.

PAINTINGS AND CERAMIC SCULPTURE -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 31. "Story Telling," works by four painters, and "The Energy of Intention," a display of ceramic sculpture. Tatiana Ltd., 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. 410-442-1144.

"BUDS AND BUGS" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, through June 30. Penny Kritt, an artist from Burtonsville, displays floral watercolors and hand-painted silks. Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048 or

"WORLD WAR II: THE HOMEFRONT" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 20. An exhibit about the B&O Railroad, the American Red Cross and German prisoners of war in Howard County. The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4; ages 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or


"STEPHEN COLLINS FOSTER" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Fabulous Fifty+ Players present an original musical production celebrating the life and music of Foster, a 19th-century composer who wrote such songs as "Camptown Races," "Oh, Susanna," and "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair." Black Box Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd., Ellicott City. $10. 410-313-2787.

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through June 26. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents an outdoor production of the fanciful comedy. The grounds open at 3:30 p.m. for picnics and entertainment. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $20; 65 and older and ages 11-18, $18; children younger than 11, free. Box dinners from the Iron Bridge Wine Co. can be purchased with tickets for $14. 866-811-4111 or

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through July 3. The musical is based on the animated Disney movie. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $39-$44; 12 and younger, $25.50-$44. Admission includes buffet dinner or brunch before the show. 410-730-8311 or


AFTERNOON TEA AT HISTORIC OAKLAND -- 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. The Tea Trolley offers a traditional tea, featuring scones, sandwiches and desserts in the 19th-century mansion. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. $18.90. Reservations required. 410-730-4744 or

GHOST TOURS -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through November. A walking tour of historic Ellicott City that includes tales of spirits said to have haunted businesses; tours sponsored by the Howard County Tourism Council. Meet at the Visitor Information Office's side entrance, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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