Art exhibit

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

Dance concert

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.com

Art classes

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

Paper shredding

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.

Concert series

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

Vendors needed

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.

Vendors needed

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