Sunday, July 13
Author appearance The Howard County Historical Society presents a discussion and book-signing by Claudia Floyd, writer of "Union Occupied Maryland: A Civil War Chronicle of Civilians and Soldiers," at 3 p.m. at Howard County Library's Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Information: 410-313-1950.
Lakefront concert Part harmony perform at Columbia's Lakefront in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets and enjoy live music outdoors.
Monday, July 14
On the big screen "How to Train Your Dragon" (rated PG) will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway as part of the Columbia Association's Summer Lakefront Film Festival. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-715-3161 or go to lakefrontfestival.com.
Tuesday, July 15
Open mike for teens The Columbia Association hosts Teen Open Microphone Night at the Columbia Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle. Registration begins at 7:15 p.m., performances run until 10 p.m. No bands with drum sets permitted.
Wednesday, July 16
Music by the lake The Dave Chappell Band performs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 10275 Wincopin Circle as part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival. Free. If it rains, the performance will be canceled. Call 410-715-3127 for updates. Information: 301-596-2017.
'Sunset Serenades' The annual summer concert series continues with the Razors at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Admission is free, but a parking donation of $3 per car is requested. Information: 410-313-4700.
Thursday, July 17
Lakefront sounds Rich Walton takes the stage from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 10275 Wincopin Circle as part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival. Free. In the event of rain, the performance will be canceled. Call 410-715-3127 for updates. Information: 301-596-2017.
Friday, July 18
Movie time The Columbia Association's Summer Lakefront Film Festival continues with "Thor: The Dark World" (rated PG-13) at 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-715-3161 or go to lakefrontfestival.com.
Saturday, July 19
Concert Carlos Cysneiros, Laurence Baer and DL Weiner perform in a free Music Matters showcase from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia. Information: 410-964-8671.
Lakefront concert Carl Filipiak performs jazz music from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Columbia Lakefront as a part of the Lakefront Summer Festival Concert series. Admission and parking are free.
Food, farms, films and fun Howard County's fifth annual Film Feastival will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike in Ellicott City. The event serves as the kickoff to the county's Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks, July 25-Aug. 2, and will feature food samples from restaurants and a farmers' market. Several new documentaries highlighting the value and importance of local farms and foods, as well as the challenges farmers and suppliers face as they adapt to the changing environment, will be shown. Registration is required. Donations benefit the Howard County Food Bank. To register, call 410-730-4049 or go to filmfeastival2014.eventbrite.com. The event is sponsored by the University of Maryland Extension, the Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Tourism and Promotion, Clark's Elioak Farm and Business Monthly.
Blogs party Howard County bloggers and their readers are invited to a party at Secolari Artisan Oils and Vinegars in the Columbia Mall, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway at 5:30 p.m. July 23. Event will feature tastings, light snacks and pairings of oil, vinegar and salts will be offered. RSVPs appreciated to http://bit.ly/secolarijuly23 or Google "secolar, hocoblogs" to find invitation. Information: 410-730-3300.
Music The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia presents "A Midsummer Night's Cabaret," featuring soprano Hilary Dean and pianist Michael Adcock at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097.
'Music at the Museum' The Howard County Historical Society presents the vocal duo Two for the Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at 8328 Court Ave. in Ellicott City. Tickets are $15 per person. Information: 410-480-3250 or hchsmd.org/events.
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