Columbia Digest

'Local Color 2012'

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


Summer camp

Camp Locust for children in grades 1-5 will be held Aug. 6-10 at Locust United Methodist Church, 8105 Martin Road. The camp include Bible study, field trips, water fun and more. Free. Information: 410-531-5323.


'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.


The Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services hosts "Will You Be My Friend?" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the East Columbia 50+ Center at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Participants in this workshop will learn how to teach and model social and emotional skills. Free, but space is limited. Register by calling 410-313-1940 or emailing children@howardcountymd.gov.


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. Applications and information: oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610. The deadline is Sept. 4.

Art exhibits

'Watercolor Visions' An exhibition of works by Sunburst Studio artists is on view through Aug. 10 at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Hours and information: 301-596-4883.

•'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 Aug. 26 in the Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Information: themeetinghouse.org.

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.

Singles social group

The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.

Around town

English conversation The Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club. The club offers an opportunity for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. It meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-7850.

Wii Club The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii Club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.

Single Again Changing Focus' Single Again, a nonprofit program for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information: changingfocus.org.

Chair yoga The East Columbia 50 Plus Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that eases the pain of arthritis, reduces fatigue and improves circulation and breathing, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

Also at the 50 Plus Center:

•Line dancing with Mary McCormick will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mondays for advanced dancers, 4:30 p.m. for beginners. Cost is $43.

•Age Well Exercise with Joyce Diatoms will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for a 12-week session is $48.

•A class to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost is $24.

•A belly dance class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Camilla Karma will teach hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing. Cost is $25 per month.

•A yoga class with Smite Javari is offered from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 per month.

•Ryan Shimabukuro leads a hula class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays that helps tone and strengthen the body. Cost for a six-week session is $28.

•A chess club for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

•View newly released DVD movies on a large screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

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