A Midsummer Makeover

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents an outdoor production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This updated version of the fanciful comedy is set during the Roaring Twenties. Ninety minutes before each performance, the grounds will open for picnics and entertainment, including combat demonstrations, juggling, live music and a 20-minute spoof called "Shakespeare's Greatest Hits." Activities before shows on Sundays also include storytelling, face-painting and a fairy and elf costume contest. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, through June 26. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. $20; 65 and older and ages 11-18, $18; children younger than 11, free. Box dinners from the Iron Bridge Wine Co. can be purchased with tickets for $14. 866-811-4111 or www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

Civil Rights Leader

Dorothy Height, president emerita and chairwoman of the National Council of Negro Women, will discuss and sign copies of her book "Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir." The 93-year-old civil rights activist details her life's work, including her role in counseling presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bill Clinton and her more than 40 years as the leader of the women's council. The program, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Black Faculty Staff Association and the Applied Physics Laboratory Black History Month Planning Committee, is open to the public. 3 p.m. Sunday. Kossiakoff Center Auditorium, Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel. Free. 240-228-4807.

Family Safety Fair

The annual It's a Family Affair will feature food, exhibits, entertainment and demonstrations. Steve Rouse, a deejay formerly with WQSR in Baltimore, will emcee the day's events and perform with his group, the Steve Rouse Band. Activities include storytelling in English and Spanish, a performance by wildlife educators Scales and Tails, child safety seat inspections, a Red Cross blood drive, a moon bounce and Krav Maga self-defense demonstrations. Presented by the Association of Community Services, the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, the Local Children's Board of Howard County and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Rain or shine. Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd., Columbia. Free. 410-313-1940 or www.acshoco.org.

Bob Alleman as Flute and Patrick Kilpatrick as Bottom in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."