The Ellicott City Fall Festival will be held, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the town's historic district.
The family-friendly festival is to include outdoor musical performances by 13th Dream, Yvonne's Wilde Spirits, Charm City Ramblers and Yikes McGee. Crafts for children, a juggler, face painting and a Moon Bounce are planned.
Historic sites will be open for tours and talks, including blacksmithing demonstrations at the B&O; Station Museum; a trapper-historian speaking about life in the 19th century at Thomas Isaac Log Cabin; and three distinguished women discussing women's changing roles at Patapsco Female Institute.
Councilwoman Courtney Watson will discuss "Some Leaders are Born Women: A Contemporary Woman's Political Journey" at 10:30 a.m. Jane L. Donawerth of the University of Maryland will discuss "Conversation, Composition and Corsets: Nineteenth Century American Education for Young Ladies" at noon; and Martha Baylor of Carleton College will talk about "How Women in Science Make a Difference in Society, from Phelps to Baylor and Beyond" at 1:30 p.m.
Howard County Tourism will offer book signings by five authors of books about Ellicott City and Columbia.
The festival is sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association.
Admission is free.
Saturday breakfast -- and history, too
Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer "A Taste of Ellicott City II," a sequel to the first installment of the breakfast program about Ellicott City's history, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Historian Joetta Cramm will discuss Ellicott City's change from a small mill town to a shopping and tourist center.
The group will meet at Tersiguel's Restaurant on Main Street. The program is for those ages 18 and older.
The cost is $39.
Centennial to host a band competition
Centennial High School will be host to a band competition, "Marching Under the Stars," from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at the school's football stadium.
The program, being held under the auspices of the U.S. Scholastic Band Association, is to feature marching bands from area schools. The Centennial High School Marching Eagles and Shepherd University Ram Band will perform.
Tickets are $8 in advance; $3 for students. Send a check made out to the CHS Band Backers Inc. to Centennial High School Band Backers, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City 21042. Tickets purchased at the gate are $10; $5 for students.
Teachers sought -- A group of former Centennial High School teachers is seeking other members of the faculty who taught at the school during its first two years, 1977-1979. An event is being planned in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Centennial's opening. Former teachers who were at the school during those years are asked to e-mail Ken Katzen at email@example.com; include an address, telephone number and e-mail address.
Wanted -- Fire department units, marching bands, color guards, antique cars, motorcycles and community organizations are needed to participate in the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's annual parade, to be held Oct. 6. To request an application: Mike Barnett, 410-966-2831, or Russell Pryor, 410-984-1988.
Design talks -- Gallery 44, 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, is holding a "Dessert & Design" series of talks on interior design to benefit Success in Style, an Ellicott City nonprofit organization that provides free business attire to disadvantaged women seeking employment. The talks are held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Today's topic is "The Room from Concept to Completion." Topics also include "The Art of Organizing" (Sept. 30); "Decorating with Light" (Oct. 7); "The Psychology of Design" (Oct. 14); and "What's New in Window Design" (Oct. 21). The cost is $10 a session; $50 for a series of six sessions. Reservations: 410-465- 5200.
Learning English -- The Miller library branch offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.
Knitting for charity -- A community-service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410-313-7279.
Chess club -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., will hold a chess club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome, but they must know how to play chess. 410-313-5077.