'Once On This Island'
Red Branch Theatre Company presents this Caribbean adaptation of "The Little Mermaid," Oct. 14-29 at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Shows are at 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 27-29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23. Tickets are $18, $16 for students and seniors, $15 for groups of 10 or more and $20 at the door. Information: 410-997-9352 or redbranchtheatre.com.
The Hickory Ridge Community Association seeks vendors for a Holiday Craft Shop being held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. All items must be handcrafted. Table fee is $20. Information: 410-730-7327.
'Art in the Mills'
Nine artists are featured in a multicultural art show running through Sunday, Sept. 25, at The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. A reception being from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 will include refreshments, music, children's activities and a kinetic sculpture exhibit. The show and reception are free. The show includes landscapes, portraits, religious themes, abstract art and Vietnamese dolls. For hours and information, go to oaklandmills.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia's animal ministry, Creature Connection, sponsors a screening of the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. A discussion will follow. The documentary is an expose on dolphin hunting in Japan. Free. Information: 410-381-0097 or uucolumbia.net.
The Columbia Art Center hosts a "9/11 Commemoration Invitational Exhibition" through Sunday, Oct. 2, at 6100 Foreland Garth. The show features works by the American Legion Auxiliary Creative Arts Program and local artists Deborah Coburn, Jonathan West, George Sakkal, Trudy Babchak and Camillia Blackwell. Hours and information: 410-730-0075 or columbiaartcenter.org.
The Columbia Art Center will offer landscape painting classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 18. Instructor Chaya Schapiro will focus on the fundamentals 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 basic watercolor painting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 9. 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.
Hickory Ridge Community Association seeks vendors for a Holiday Craft Shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. All items must be handmade. Table fee is $20. Information: 410-730-7327.
"Unity and Diversity: 4 Women," an 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.
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.
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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.
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.