The Columbia Art Center hosts a "9/11 Commemoration Invitational Exhibition" through Oct. 2 at 6100 Foreland Garth. Show features a variety of works by the American Legion Auxiliary Creative Arts Program, as well as local artists Deborah Coburn, Jonathan West, George Sakkal, Trudy Babchak and Camillia Blackwell. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Hours and more information: 410-730-0075 or columbiaartcenter.org.
The Misako Ballet Company will hold a free dance concert from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5485 Harper's Farm Road, Suite 203 in the Harper's Choice Village Center. This concert, tailored to the young audience, will feature ballet with Japanese and classical themes and contemporary dances. Information: 410-884-9690, 443-805-1350, or go to misakoballet.comhttp://misakoballet.com/.
The Columbia Art Center will offer landscape painting classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13 through Oct. 18. Instructor Chaya Schapiro will focus on the fundamental skills of drawing, value and color. A demonstration with oil paint will be held during each class. The cost is $130, $120 for Columbia residents.
The center will also offer classes in watercolor painting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14 through Nov. 9, in which participants can learn the basics. The cost is $135, $125 for Columbia residents.
The Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth. For information or registration, call 410-730-0075 or go to columbiaartcenter.org.
The Wilde Lake Community Association will offer free shredding for neighborhood residents from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the parking lot of the former Giant Food Store in Wilde Lake. Shredding is paper only with a three-box limit. No cardboard or plastic. ID required. Information: 410-730-3987.
The UU Chalice Concert Series opens its season with "Framed Pairs: A Recital for Harp and Flute," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. A reception with the artists follows each concert. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, free for children younger than 15 with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097 or go to uucolumbia.net/concerts.
Hickory Ridge Community Association seeks vendors for a Holiday Craft Shop being held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. All items must be handcrafted. Table fee is $20. Information: 410-730-7327.
New gallery opening
"Unity and Diversity: 4 Women" Exhibit featuring the works of Brenda Kidera, R. Teresa LaRocque, Allison Pasarew and Maxine Taylor, will be on view at the Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 410-740-9323.
Stand-up comedy night
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. For reservations and information, call 410-290-0077.
The Oakland Mills Community Association seeks vendors for the annual Cultural Arts Festival being held Oct. 15 in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Food, beverage, arts and crafts, nonprofits, Howard political candidates and commercial vendors are welcome. For application or information, call 410-730-4610 or go to oaklandmills.org.
Enjoy family outdoor movies under the stars at the Columbia Association's September Film Fest at 10320 Little Patuxent Parkway. Films will be shown Fridays and Saturdays and begin at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.). Inclement weather hot line: 410-715-3127.
•Sept. 16: "Monsters vs. Aliens" (PG)
•Sept. 17: "How to Train Your Dragon" (PG)
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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.
An International Book Club sponsored by the Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Books will be in English, written by international authors and will be about culture. Information: 410-715-3162.
English conversation The Howard County Public Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club 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 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 Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that helps ease the pain of arthritis, reduce fatigue and improve circulation and breathing, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $25 per month. 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.
•Beginner tai chi classes are offered 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 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.