OPEN-AIR SHAKESPEARE

Starting this week, the Greenbelt Arts Center will perform Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at four locations throughout the city. "Shakespeare on the Green" opens tomorrow at Schrom Hills Park, 6915 Hanover Pkwy. Performances will also take place Saturday at Buddy Attick Lake Park, 555 Crescent Rd.; Aug. 29 at Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Lane; and Sept. 5 at the Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway. All but the last performance are outdoors, and all shows begin at 5 p.m. Admission is free. 301-441-8770.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY

The National Colonial Farm will showcase African American culture and history from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday with a celebration that will include storytellers, children's authors, Revolutionary and Civil War reenactors, exhibitions from local museums, musical performances and food vendors. The farm is located at 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Admission is $3; free for children 5 and younger. 301-283-2113 or www.accokeek.org.

BOWIE CENTER'S GALA WEEK

The festivities celebrating the near-completion of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts conclude with several special events. A free display of visual art highlighting local work runs through Saturday. A revue titled "The Power of Voice and Music" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today, and a theater performance for children will take place at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets for both are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The headline event, "A Star-Studded Evening," will feature Broadway veteran Leslie Uggams as well as television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and jazz musician Gregg Karukas, both Bowie High School alumni. The performance begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $100 and include a reception with dessert and dancing. All events will be held at the new arts center, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. Reservations are necessary. 301-805-1838 or www.bowieartscenter.com.