Comedy in the Ruins

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of "Much Ado About Nothing" allows patrons to experience theater while surrounded by historical ruins. The comedy will be performed outdoors at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park and will feature design elements of the antebellum South, reflecting the history and architecture of the former 19th-century girls school. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sunday, beginning tomorrow through July 11. 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $20; students and seniors, $18. 410-752-3994 or

Family Fair

Three family events are being combined into a multi-generational fair with more than 60 exhibitors that will provide information on care giving, children, family relationships and personal well-being. "It's a Family Affair" is a mixture of KidsFest, the ACS Community Service Fair and the Family Caregivers Fair. Entertainment will include performances by Stratofunk, the Dance Foundation, Kangaroo Kids and the Golden Girls Singers. Face-painting and snacks such as popcorn and pizza will also be available. Sponsored by the Association of Community Services, the Howard County Local Children's Board, the Howard County Office on Aging and the Caregiver Resource Coalition. Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Free. 410-313-6406 or