Dance concert

Misako Ballet Company presents a free studio concert geared for youngsters featuring Japanese-themed dances and classical ballet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 5485 Harpers Farm Road. In addition, children from the audience will have an opportunity to learn a quick piece and perform it. Information: 410-884-9690.

Music camp

A camp for students/aspiring rockers between the ages of 8 and 15 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 20-24, at the School of Rock, 6935N Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Workshops on drums, guitar, bass, vocals and keyboards will be held. Also, students can learn the music of The Beatles through group rehearsals and individual lessons. The camp is staffed by professional musicians and educators. Information: 410-870-5387.


Long Reach High School celebrates the beginning of the school year with a community carnival beginning at noon Friday, Aug. 24, at the school, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane. The event features food, games and musical entertainment. Information: 410-313-7117.

'Local Color 2012'

Artists Gallery's annual "Local Color" show featuring works of artists from Howard and surrounding counties runs through Friday, Aug. 31, at 10227 Wincopin Circle, American City Building. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or

'Legally Blonde'

The musical comedy based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon runs through Sept. 2 at Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road. Tickets are $34.50-$53. Information: 410-995-1969.

Vendors needed

The Oakland Mills Community Association seeks food and beverage vendors for its annual Cultural Arts Festival scheduled for Oct. 6 in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Deadline is Sept. 4. Applications and information: 410-730-4610 or

Art exhibits

'Capturing the Light' An exhibit featuring the works of Jim Auerbach and Michael Francis Pucciarelli, artists from the Central Maryland Photographers Guild, is on view through Sunday, Aug. 26, in the Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Information:

'Around the Beltway with The Baltimore Sun' An exhibit by Alice Webb is on view through Sept. 23 in Howard Community College's Art Department Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or

'Now and Then' An exhibit by Jim Adkins is on view through Sept. 23 in Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or

Dance classes

The Long Reach Community Association offers "Chicago-style stepping" classes for adults from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Stepping offers fellowship opportunities while burning calories to smooth music. Information: 410-730-8113.

Stand-up comedy

The "ER" show, hosted by Sean Savoy, takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Nottingham's Tavern, 8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1100. Tickets are $10. Reservations and information: 410-290-0077.