The final show of the musical comedy based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon runs Sunday, Sept. 2 at Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road. Tickets are $34.50-$53. Information: 410-995-1969.
'Color Purple' musical
The Pulitzer Prize-winning story, which starred Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg on the big screen, tells of one woman's triumph over adversity Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 6-8 at Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road. Tickets are $34.50-$53. For show times and more information, call 410-995-1969.
Bags, baskets and bingo
The Christ Reaching Every Woman Project's event will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Alive Community Church, 9104 Red Branch Road. Games start at 7 p.m. and include raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Information: 301-266-3561 or thecrewproject.com//bingo.php.
The Jewish Federation of Howard County and Beth Shalom Congregation presents a children's concert with Jon Nelson of Yom Hadash at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane. All toddlers and preschoolers are welcome. Free. Information: 410-531-5115.
The Patuxent Toastmasters Club meets twice a month to give participants a chance to practice public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. Information: patuxenttoastmasters.org.
The School of Rock celebrates its opening at a new location, 6935N Oakland Mills Road, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The event features live music, food, trial music lessons and a chance to meet instructors and current students. Free. Information: 410-870-5387.
Classes taught by Judy Templeton and Shari Grue, in which students ages 5-15 will learn techniques to perform in a musical or for acting on camera and how to begin a career in TV and film, begin next week at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information: 410-772-9448 or musicaltheatrix.com.
Rachel Kutler, who worked with African refugees in Tel Aviv, will speak on "Israel's Refugee Crisis" at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane. Free. Information: 410-531-5115.
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. The deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Applications and information: 410-730-4610 or oaklandmills.org.
'Around the Beltway with The Baltimore Sun' An exhibit by Alice Webb is on view through Sunday, 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 Sunday, Sept. 23, in Howard Community College's Rouse Co. Foundation Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or howardcc.edu.
Exhibits at the galleries at Slayton House:
'Unique Visions' Photographs by Richard Paul Weibling will be on display in the Bill White Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information: 410-730-3987.
'Contemporary Movements' Mixed-media work by Maxine Taylor will be on view in the Lobby Gallery.
Both exhibits open Thursday, Sept. 6, and run through Oct. 6 at 10400 Cross Fox Lane. A reception for both exhibits, with refreshments and music, will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Information: 410-730-3987.
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 music. Information: 410-730-8113.
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.
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+ 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+ 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.
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•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.