SUGAR WATER FESTIVAL -- 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah and Floetry perform. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10451 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $40-$75. 410-715-5550 or

COLUMBIA LAKEFRONT SUMMER FESTIVAL -- 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 21. Outdoor concerts by local artists performing jazz, folk, Americana, rock-and-roll and other genres. Sponsored by the Columbia Association. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9020, or

LAKEFRONT LUNCHTIME SERIES -- Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 31. Trio Balanca performs this week. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-715-3120.

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

LIVE AT LAKE ELKHORN -- 7 p.m. Tuesdays through July 26. Almost Recess, an a capella group, performs this week. Lake Elkhorn, Broken Land Parkway in the village of Owen Brown, Columbia. Free. 410-730-4610.


DANCIN' UNDER THE PEOPLE TREE -- 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 16. Instruction given, with time to practice line dances such as country and western, East Coast swing, electric slide and more. Part of Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674.


"PAINT POINTS" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and some weekend hours. Abstract paintings by Melora Scanlon, a local artist and acupuncturist. Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048 or

HCC PHOTOGRAPHY INVITATIONAL -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through July 28. Howard Community College students and alumni Aimee Koch, Art Koch, Noam Kowitt and Gontran Lamberty display their work. Reception with the photographers, 5-7 p.m. Saturday. HCC Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

"POSSIBILITIES" BY ANN SCHLUEDERBERG -- 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through August. Digital art and watercolor paintings by one of the founding members of the Artists' Gallery. Lakeside Coffee and Cafe, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 301-498-3946,

"FACES AND PLACES OF HOWARD COUNTY" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Aug. 30. Photographers Carol Cathcart and Joan Forester display landscapes and portraits taken throughout the county. Columbia Foundation office, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-730-7840.

OILS 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 July 16. C. Barbara Smith exhibits oil paintings in the Lobby Gallery, and Natalie Harvey displays photographs in the Bill White Room Gallery. Slayton House Gallery, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

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.

"THE ESSENCE OF LINE: FRENCH DRAWINGS FROM INGRES TO DEGAS" -- Through Sept. 11. More than 150 pieces from 19th-century French artists are exhibited at two Baltimore art museums. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. $10; seniors, $8; college students, $6; ages 6-17, $2; children younger than 6, free. 410-547-9000 or 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. $7; seniors and college students, $5; 18 and younger, free. 410-396-7100 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


OUTDOOR MOVIES -- 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays through Sept. 16. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" tomorrow and "Scooby Doo" on Monday. Part of the Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030.

Lectures and Literature

"LETS TALK ABOUT IT: THE '20s AND '30s" -- 7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday through Aug. 23. A reading and discussion series about American literature. This week, "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald will be discussed. Future talks will feature "Inherit the Wind" by Jerome Lawrence, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. Sponsored by Vantage House and the Howard County Library. Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-564-3059.

Sports and Recreation

GET ACTIVE COLUMBIA EVENT -- 9 a.m. Saturday. Guided walk and lecture about swans with local expert Walter Burlingham. Wilde Lake dock, Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.


"JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" -- 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, Wednesday and July 14-16, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Howard County Summer Theatre performs the Broadway hit by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and Prepare for Success. River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. $12. Tickets available at Music and Arts in Chatham Station, 9210 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, or at 410-461-3830.


AFTERNOON TEA AT HISTORIC OAKLAND -- 4:30 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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