The Misako Ballet Company offers a free dance concert from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 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. Open registration will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. Information: 410-884-9690, 443-805-1350, or go to misakoballet.com.
Charity cycling event
The benefit cycling event to fight cancer, "24 Hours of Booty," will be held Aug. 27-28 at Columbia Gateway Park. Funds raised support LIVESTRONG and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. To sign up or for more information, go to 24hoursofbooty.org.
The Columbia Art Center holds a mini-workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at 6100 Foreland Garth. "How to Glaze Large Forms with Cat Holt" presents the process and provides practical, hands-on approaches to glazing large work. Fee is $45, $35 for residents. Participants should bring at least one large form to the workshop. To register or for more information, call 410-730-0075, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to columbiaartcenter.org.
Slayton House Gallery presents a two-person exhibit through Aug. 31 at 10400 Cross Fox Lane. The exhibit features a group of photographs titled "Faces of Aging," by Marie McGing, which includes landscape photographs of Ireland and Scotland. "Eye Around the World" is an exhibit of oil and mixed media by Molly Safren. Summer gallery hours will be in effect through Aug. 12: 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.
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 more 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 40th annual Columbia Association Summer Lakefront Film Festival at 10320 Little Patuxent Parkway. Films will be shown Mondays and Fridays and begin at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.). Free dance instruction is offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Inclement weather hot line: 410-715-3127.
•Aug. 15: "Shrek Forever After" (PG)
•Aug. 19: "The Adjustment Bureau" (PG-13)
Looking for artists
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is accepting applications to exhibit at the gallery for the 2012 season. Applications are available at the gallery or by email to email@example.com. Information: 410-730-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Parent support meeting Group provides support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues. The meeting takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. Free. Information: 410-772-9300.
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.