Columbia Digest

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 artistsgallerycolumbia.com.


'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 oaklandmills.org.

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: themeetinghouse.org.

'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 howardcc.edu.

'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 howardcc.edu.

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.

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.

AARP Driver Safety Course designed for those 50 and older will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the East Columbia 50 Plus Center. The course includes safety strategies to help maintain confidence behind the wheel. Cost is $14; $12 for AARP members.

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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