MARYLAND SENIOR IDOL -- From 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The final performance of the Maryland Senior Idol competition to benefit the Older Americans Disaster Relief Fund. Contestants were picked from two auditions last month. The winner will take home a prize package valued at $250. Chesapeake Arts Center, 192 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $8; $5 in advance at the Bain Center in Columbia. 410-313-7213.

MAORI MUSIC -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The New Zealand String Quartet will feature special guest musician Richard Nunns on a variety of traditional Maori instruments, called taonga puoro. The string quartet also will perform Haydn and Beethoven. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $29; $26 for 60 and older; $12 for full-time students. Middle and high school students receive one free ticket when accompanied by an adult. 410-480-9950.

CONCERTS AT HCC -- 7:30 p.m. Monday through next Thursday. A week of performances by Howard Community College faculty and students. On Monday Kyle Coughlin will direct the HCC Jazz Ensemble. On Tuesday Judy Cavendish will direct the HCC Singers. On Wednesday there will be a recital by music department students. On Thursday Benjamin Myers will direct the HCC Chamber Concert, featuring the HCC Chamber Orchestra, HCC Cello Ensemble and individual chamber groups. All concerts will be in the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $3; free for students. 410-772-4914.

VIOLIST KARIN BROWN -- 3 p.m. Sunday. Karin Brown of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be accompanied by pianist Lura Johnson in a program of sonatas and other pieces by Bach and others. This is her second performance with the Sundays at Three concert series. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. $15; $10 for students; free for anyone younger than 18 accompanied by an adult. For more information visit

OAKLAND NIGHTS -- From 8 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. Singer Iris Ann Hirsch will perform at the Oakland Nights concert series, which features local musicians in an informal atmosphere. Music and refreshments are free. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-730-4744.


SQUARE DANCING -- 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Traditional contra and square dances with live music by the New Southern Cowtippers and Sandy River Belle. Beginner workshop to teach dances starts at 6:30 p.m. No partner needed. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. $8. 410-730-3987.


"SMALL TREASURES" -- From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 8. Andrei Kushnir Michele Taylor LLC will have its annual small works show with pieces by members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and other artists. An opening reception will be held with many of the artists from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 8289 Main St., Ellicott City. Free. 410-465-4467.

"ALL THE HORSES" -- From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and by appointment, through Dec. 30. The Artists' Gallery's December exhibit will be equine paintings by Rana Geralis. A free public reception with a silent auction of one of the paintings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow. American City Building, Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Free. 410-740-8249.

TATIANA FUNDRAISER -- From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Local ceramic artist Tatiana, who is leaving the Maryland area, will hold a fundraiser for the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. Twenty percent of purchases made by anyone who mentions the Women's Giving Circle will be donated. Tatiana's Studio, 14290 Triadelphia Rd., Glenelg. Free to enter studio. 410-442-1144.

For Children

"A YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERT" -- 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday. The Columbia Orchestra will perform the narrated tale of Tubby the Tuba. The Peabody Prep Dance Department will present the story "Alice in Wonderland." From 1:30 to 3 p.m. a "Musical Instrument Petting Zoo" will offer people the opportunity to see, hear, touch and play orchestral instruments. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. $12; free for children younger than 12. 410-465-8777 or

NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET -- 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The string quartet will perform Mondo Rondo, a set of music that is short, exciting and exotic. Guest artist Richard Nunns will play a collection of Maori instruments. Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $9; group discounts available. 410-480-9950.

"WOOF RADIO" -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. Bill Wellington, an accomplished storyteller, will share folklore set to the music of his banjo, fiddle, guitar and flute. His fast-paced and humorous tales are aimed at children age 2-5. The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia. $4.50. 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.


And Literature

MEET THE AUTHOR -- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maryland author Wayne Thomas Batson will discuss secrets of the writer's craft and the inspiration for his new fantasy book for teens, "The Door Within." Batson, who lives in Eldersburg, has also taught middle school reading and English for the past 15 years. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Glenwood Branch Library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. For registration details, call 410-313-5577.


BUS TRIP TO NEW YORK -- 7 a.m. Saturday. The Alumni and Friends Association of Howard Community College will host a bus trip to New York. The time in New York may be enjoyed at one's leisure. The bus will leave Columbia at 7 a.m. and arrive in New York about 11 a.m. The bus will leave New York at 7 p.m., arriving back in Columbia about 11 p.m. The bus leaves from Lot A of the HCC campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $50 per person; $40 for members of the Alumni and Friends Association. Seating is limited. Call 410-772-4450 for advance purchase or more information.

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