DANCIN' UNDER THE PEOPLE TREE -- 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 16. Instruction, with time to practice country and western line-dance styles, East Coast swing and the electric slide. Part of the Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-715-3161.
"MIXED MESSAGES" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 9. The childhood game of telephone was the inspiration for this exhibition. Thirty photographers were given a single visual message to translate in their own image. Reception with curators Maili Godwin, Jason Stoner and artists, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 24. Columbia Art Center Galleries, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Free. 410-730-0075.
"HEROINES AND HEROES: MYTHICAL TO MUNDANE" -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 6. A solo exhibit featuring oil paintings and ink drawings by Jessica Damen. Artist's reception, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 17. Howard Community College Art Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.
"PAINT POINTS" -- 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 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.
"THE ESSENCE OF LINE: FRENCH DRAWINGS FROM INGRES TO DEGAS" -- Last weekend for exhibit. More than 150 pieces by 19th-century French artists 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; 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; 18 and younger, free. 410-396-7100 or www.artbma.org.
"WORLD WAR II: THE HOMEFRONT" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 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, Main Street and Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City. $5; students and seniors, $4; ages 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free. 410-461-1944 or www.ecbo.org.
"A REALISTIC VIEW: A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY BRIGHTHAWK GALLERY" -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Watercolors by Brenda Will Kidera and her students. Reception, 3-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Free. 410-730-3987.
OUTDOOR MOVIES -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 16. Tomorrow, "Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein." Part of the Columbia Association's Lakefront Summer Festival. Columbia Lakefront, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 877-713-9674, Ext. 9030.
"AIDA" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5 pm. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Opens tomorrow through Nov. 20. Love story about a soldier and an enslaved princess. Songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-$46; children 12 and younger, $27.50-$46. Includes dinner or brunch buffet. 410-730-8311 or www.tobysdinnertheatre.com.
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. Walking tour of historic Ellicott City includes tales of spirits said to have haunted businesses. Sponsored by Howard County Tourism Council. Visitor Information Office, Side Entrance, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; seniors and children, $6. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS AND KATHY ORTON
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