Concerts

WPOC SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY -- noon Sunday. The music festival includes Jo Dee Messina, Sugarland, Blaine Larson, Keith Urban and Pat Green. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $35-$55. 410-715-5550 or www.merriweathermusic.com.

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 www.columbiaassociation.com.

LAKEFRONT LUNCHTIME SERIES -- Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 31. Julie Hall Trio performs Wednesday. 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 Corp. Melanie Mason performs blues rock Wednesday. Blanket or lawn chair recommended. Centennial Park, south entrance, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City. Free admission; parking, $3. 410-313-7275.

Dance

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

Exhibitions

10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW -- 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 26. Reception with the artists, 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Founding members of the Artists' Gallery display their work as part of a month-long celebration of the gallery. Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

"POSSIBILITIES" BY ANN SCHLUEDERBERG -- 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through August. Watercolors by a founding member 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 across the county. Columbia Foundation office, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Free. 410-730-7840.

"PAINT POINTS" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and some weekend hours, through Sept. 30. Melora Scanlon, a Columbia resident and licensed acupuncturist, is exhibiting her abstract paintings of acupuncture treatment points. Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, 7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel. Free. 410-888-9048 or www.tai.edu.

WATERCOLORS AND MIXED MEDIA -- 3:30-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 20. Joan Lok of Columbia will display her watercolors in the Lobby Gallery. Consuelo Sauer of Woodstock will have a mixed media exhibit in the Bill White Room Gallery. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.

"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; ages 5 and younger, free. 410-547-9000 or www.thewalters.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. $7; seniors and college students, $5; ages 18 and younger, free. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.

"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. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4; ages 3-12, $3; ages 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.

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. Tuesday, "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee. Sponsored by Vantage House and the Howard County Library. Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-564-3059.

Theater

"LES MISERABLES" -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Slayton House Senior Conservatory, a professional student conservatory, will present the Broadway hit musical, which is set during the French Revolution. Slayton House Theatre, Wilde Lake Village Green, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $7; students and seniors, $5. 401-730-3987.

Miscellaneous

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 www.historic-oakland.com.

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, sponsored by Howard County Tourism Council. Meet at the side entrance to the Visitor Information Office, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or ghosts@visithowardcounty.com.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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