JOANNE STATO -- 7 p.m. today. Singer-songwriter Joanne Stato will perform witty and evocative songs that chronicle her life experiences. Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. For information, call 410-313-7860.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ -- From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. A night of New Orleans music and a silent auction will raise funds for Hurricane Katrina survivors. The Columbia Jazz Ensemble and the Dixie Rascals will perform. Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia. For information, call 410-730-4855.

MAD CITY CAFE -- From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The Mad City Cafe: Music Matters Showcase features the Making, Rupa and Stereopool. Proceeds support Bread for the City homeless center. 10801 Hickory Ridge Rd., Columbia. No cover. 410-964-0671.

MENDELSSOHN STRING QUARTET -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Pianist Jonathan Biss will join the quartet; pieces by Mendelssohn, Ligeti and Dvorak. A preconcert "Meet the Artists and the Music" will be at 6:45 p.m. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $29; $26 for seniors; $12, students. 410-480-9950.

STUDENT STRING RECITAL -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Musical Arts Center of Howard Community College will present the class of Mark Singer, an adjunct faculty member and a concert violinist, in a student recital. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-9214.


"AN AMERICAN ARTIST IN ITALY" -- From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Sunday, through Nov. 13. Jack Hannula has been traveling through Italy and painting for years. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

"GREAT CATS: LARGE AND SMALL" -- From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. This photographic exhibit by Carl Segal will run through Oct. 28. From 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow there will be a reception with Segal, at which the artist will sign copies of his book of animal photography, "Mental Health Care, What a Zoo." Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

SCULPTOR JOHN WATSON -- From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 10. John Watson creates sculptures from discarded wood, plastic, rubber and other objects. Howard Community College Art Gallery adjacent to the Smith Theatre lobby. 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4870.

"WORLD WAR II: THE HOMEFRONT" -- From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 20. At the B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. $5; $4, students and seniors; $3, children 3-12; free, 2 and younger. 410-461-1944 or

MIXED MEDIA EXHIBIT -- From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Nov. 10. The Olney Art Association presents a multimedia exhibit, including specialists in oils, watercolors, acrylic, printmaking, pen and ink, wood cuts, sculpture, ceramics and photography. Slayton House Gallery, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

"STILL IN THE MOMENT" -- From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, through Nov. 8. Exhibition of photographs by Annapolis artist Celia Pearson. Tai Sophia Institute campus, 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel. 410-888-9048 for more information.

For Children

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN -- From 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Oct. 28; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 29: Rockburn Branch Park has a haunted house, a "scary hayride" and goblins galore. Ages 7 and older. $8 per person. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 30: a non-scary hayride for ages 2 and younger; $3 per person. Rockburn Branch Park, 6145 Montgomery Rd., Columbia. 410-313-4624.

SCHOOL'S-OUT PERFORMANCE -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. With Howard County schools closed tomorrow, children can watch the humor of "visual comedian" Pete Geist. Ages 2 and older. Rainbow Theatre, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia. $5.50; $4.50 in advance. Group rates available. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. 410-730-3987.

PUMPKIN PARTY WITH CANDY AND CUPCAKE -- 4:30 p.m. next Thursday. This event, designed for children 2 to 7 years old, includes a one-hour performance and trick-or-treating in the Wilde Lake Village Center after the show. Come in costume. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $4 per person; advance ticket purchase requested. 410-730-3987.


And Recreation

MILES FOR MIRACLES WALK -- 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The third annual Miles for Miracles walk will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Warmup with a certified fitness instructor begins at 9:15 a.m. Walkers have the opportunity to win airline tickets and other prizes, including autographed memorabilia donated by Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. The event has raised more than $110,000 the past two years. South entrance of Centennial Park, Route 108, Columbia. $25 registration fee; $50 for a chance to win prizes. To register in advance, call 443-276-0861.

ELKRIDGE TRAIL RUN -- 9:30 a.m. Saturday. This 5K event features open-field running, hill climbs, stream jumping and wood trails. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in several categories. Check-in time 8-9:15 a.m., Rockburn Branch Park, 6145 Montgomery Rd., Elkridge. Registration, $20; advance registration, $15. 410-313-4711 or


"THE WIZARD OF OZ" -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Oct. 29; 2 p.m. Oct. 29; 3 p.m. Oct. 30. A cast of more than 50 River Hill High School students and 36 "Munchkins" from various elementary and middle schools will perform the tale of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. River Hill High, Route 108, Clarksville. $10; $8 in advance. 410-313-7120.

"AIDA" -- 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, through Nov. 20. A love story, with music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods Rd., Columbia. $41-$46; 12 and younger, $27.50-$46. Includes dinner or brunch buffet. 410-730-8311 or


CULINARY "FUN" RAISER -- From 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Friends of the Howard County Center of African American Culture will be raising fun as more than 70 male chefs prepare their favorite dishes. Meals will range from wild game to gourmet delights. Long Reach High School, 6101 Dobbin Lane, Columbia. For ticket information, call 410-715-1921.

BASICS OF STAGE COMBAT -- From 1 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and Oct. 28. The Student-Alumni Arts program at Howard Community College will offer two workshops on theatrical fighting; tomorrow's workshop will be on unarmed combat; the Oct. 28 workshop will be on basic sword fighting. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-772-4587, or

GHOST TOURS -- Fridays and Saturdays, through November. A walking tour of Historic Ellicott City includes tales of spirits said to have haunted businesses. Sponsored by the Howard Tourism Council. Visitor Information Office, side entrance, Main Street, Ellicott City. $8; $6 for seniors and children. Reservations recommended. 800-288-8747 or

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