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On the 3rd Sunday of each month, kids ages 4 to 11 can join together for fun nature adventures! Your child can hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure – from scavenger hunts to nature hikes and from planetarium presentations to arts and crafts projects. Let your child make new friends while discovering the world around them! Themes for fall include Amazing Animal Quest, Fall Foliage craft adventure, Constellation Blast and Hunt for the Holiday Opossum! You can register for individual club activities or for the full series by calling 410-313-0400 or registering online at: https://apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/Activity_Search * * *
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Lisa Markovitz Special Notice - Columbia Senior Circle Special Meeting "Fraud & Scams"
The Columbia Senior Circle, sponsored by the Villages of Columbia will host a special meeting on "Fraud & Scams" on Tuesday, October 21, 10:30am, at Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road. There will be a presentation by Howard County Police Officer Andre Lingham on the issue of how seniors can protect themselves from "Frauds & Scams".
The Columbia Senior Circle is an ongoing group that meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. These informal gatherings are open to seniors throughout Columbia, for the purpose of discussing and sharing common interests and concerns.
For information, contact Patricia Laidig at firstname.lastname@example.org (410-730-4744) or Kristin Shulder at email@example.com (410-730-3987).
Columbia Gym KidSpace KidSpace is an interactive play area within CA’s fitness facilities.
There’s a lot of family fun this winter at the Columbia Gym’s KidSpace, with events scheduled for nearly every weekend in 2014.
Call Columbia Gym KidSpace to register or inquire about our many ongoing activities and programs!
Columbia Gym 6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville, 410-531-8984 www.columbiaassociation.org
New! All Together Now!
Every Wednesdays · 10-10:45am
KidSpace Members Free
All Others $8 per child
A Class for parents and children to enjoy. Come learn about “my” world through books, songs and activities!
Activities each month will be selected based on the books. Call ahead to register!
6 week session beginning November 2nd
KidSpace Member $40 per child
All Other $50 per child
Help your child prepare for school while having fun!
Class will provide children with opportunities to develop cognitive skills, self-awareness and social skills needed for Kindergarten success!
KidSpace Adventure Days!
October 17th, November 3rd, 4th and 26th
December 29th, 20th and 31st
Full Day 7am-6pm $50 per child
Half Day 7am-1pm $25 per child
When Howard County Schools are not in session, join us for fun-filled days of games, arts and crafts, swimming and much more!
Pizza lunch is included.
Register online, over the phone (410)531-8984 or at the Columbia Gym KidSpace.
New! Mom and Son Sports Night
November 7th · 7pm-8:30pm
KidSpace/PPP Mbrs, $10 per family
Columbia Cardholders, $12 per family
Non-Members, $14 per family
Awesome way to bond with your son. Enjoy an evening of sports activities, games, action photo shoot, and finish the night with ice cream.
Rock your favorite team's jersey! Register at CG KidSpace only.
October 18th and November 15th · 6pm-9pm
KidSpace/PPP Mbrs. $10 per child, $16 per family
PP/Facility Mbrs $12 per child, $18 per family
All Others $14 per child, $20 per family
Participants enjoy a night of playing games with friends, creating arts and crafts and top it off with a pizza dinner and movie!
For more information & registration on any KidSpace program at the Columbia Gym please call 410-531-8984. Registration is required and begins one month prior to each event and closes 2 days prior to the event. Minimum of 5 participants required for each event.
YOU CAN NOW REGISTER ONLINE BY GOING TO columbiaassociation.org
click ‘login’ at the top right corner. If you are a member create your account. If you are a non-member and you attend our special programs or visit KidSpace regularly, we can create you a non-member account number. That can be done by calling the KidSpace facility that you attend.
Join Neighbor Ride any Tuesday at 9:30 am to learn more about how you can make a world of difference in the lives of local seniors. As a volunteer driver, you make it possible for seniors to remain active and independent by providing rides for medical appointments, shopping, social outings, religious services, fitness activities, volunteer commitments and other day-to-day needs. Flexible daytime, evening and weekend opportunities are available. NO SET SCHEDULE IS REQUIRED! Volunteers simply choose the rides that are convenient to their homes, offices and daily routines. Parent volunteers are welcome to bring their little ones along when driving for a wonderful inter-generational experience. Contact Volunteer Coordinators, Rosemary Noble or Patrice Cerwonka, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-884-7433 for details.
Wear your costumes and join us for a special Halloween celebration on October 31, at 4:30pm at Slayton House. Beale Street Puppets will perform “Halloween Hijinx”, followed by Trick or Treating around the village center. Tickets are $5. For information, email Carol Hobelmann at email@example.com or call 410-730-3987,
TYA Junior Company presents SHREK the Musical November 1, 2014 - 7:30pm
Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Rd. Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-997-9352
This is our final weekend of the season so stock up on pie pumpkins & apples for your holiday pies! Pick up some pumpkin or apple butter as they make great gifts for friends, neighbors, & teachers! Fresh cider, which you can freeze for the holidays, will be available!
TYA Junior Company presents SHREK the Musical November 2, 2014 - 2pm, 7:30pm
Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Rd. Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-997-9352
Follow Pinocchio as he goes on a series of adventures and discovers that only by being truthful, selfless and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real live boy. Recommended for family audiences ages four and up.
Open House – Pilgrim History and Hayride November 4, 2014 - 12pm-2pm
This is one of our most popular November educational programs that we offer. History comes to life as all of our tour guides for this program are in costume. Children will learn about the Pilgrims home life, the chores Pilgrim children were responsible for, the games Pilgrim children played, and also about the Pilgrim’s relationship to Native Americans. The program concludes with a hayride that goes through the Cattail Creek. The program is 2 hours long and is $8.00/child. Registration is required on or before Nov. 3rd.
Trivia Night Social at the Nature Center November 6, 2014 - 7:30pm-10pm
Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044
21 yrs + $8, preregistered; $10, day-of Think you have the smarts to win our Nature Trivia? Gather your team, sample local brewery’s beverages, and join us at the Nature Center on Thursday nights to put your heads together and figure out the answers to nature-themed trivia questions.
* * * Love trivia contests?
Enjoy sampling micro-brews from local breweries? Do you and your friends want something fun to do on a Thursday night that supports a good cause?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Robinson Nature Center‘s Trivia Night on November 6 is for you!
The topic for November’s Trivia Night is “Streams and Such”. Dan Boward, a local expert on Maryland streams and waterways, will host the evening. A cash bar will serve soft beverages and micro-brews from local Jailbreak Brewery Company starting at 7:30pm; the trivia contest will begin at 8:00pm.
Friends of the Robinson Nature Center strongly recommends that you pre-register for the event at www.friendsoftherobinsonnaturecenter.org. The pre-registration entrance fee is $8.00; at the door the fee is $10.00.
Proceeds from each Trivia Night benefits enrichment programs sponsored by the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center. For example, Friends sponsors a Field Trip Sponsorship award to help defray costs of field trips to the Robinson Nature Center for the 12 Title I schools in Howard County. Friends also provides financial support for the Center’s exciting new ”Nature Place”, an outdoor discovery zone that is an extension of the Center’s popular Discovery Room.
Friends challenges Columbia and the surrounding community to join the fun at the Robinson Nature Center on November 6th and see if Dan Boward can stump you! Find out more about our host, Dan Boward, and the culinary-inspired local brews provided by our sponsor, Jailbreak Brewing Company, at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm
#Robinsontrivianights - Bring your own team or join a team at the Center. Hope to see you there!
Artfully Wilde – A Gallery of Gifts November 7 and 8, 2014
Come to Slayton House for Artfully Wilde, a unique selection of gifts and treasures. An opening reception will be held on November 7, 5-9pm, and there will be an additional opportunity to purchase items on November 8, 10-4pm.
FREE Chamber Concert November 8, 2014 - 7:30pm
The Columbia Orchestra, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-465-8777
The amazing talents of our orchestra members are on display when they come together in small ensembles. Hear some of the great works of the chamber literature up close in a beautiful, intimate setting. This concert IS FREE and no seat reservation is required. (Donations to support the series are gladly accepted.)
Gemini Piano Trio Concert November 10, 2014
Horowitz Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 / 443-518-1000
We cordially invite all families, and homeschoolers, to join us for “PilgrimHistory”. This is one of our most popular November educational programs that we offer. History comes to life as all of our tour guides for this program are in costume. Children will learn about the Pilgrims home life, the chores Pilgrim children were responsible for, the games Pilgrim children played, and also about the Pilgrim’s relationship to Native Americans. The program concludes with a hayride that goes through the Cattail Creek. The program is 2 hours long and is $8.00/child. Registration is required on or before Nov. 3rd or Nov. 10th
Oskar Blues Beer Dinner November 12, 2014
Victoria Gastro Pub, 8201 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21045 410-750-1880
All Beer & Cork Club members receive an additional 10% off of their ticket! Payments become non-refundable 48 hours prior to the event.
THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION Thursday, November 13, 2014
Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, Md. 21029
Join Howard County's Office on Aging for an Early Thanksgiving Celebration!
The Howard County Office on Aging invites you to a THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION on Thursday, November 13, at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville, Md. 21029. The Giving Thanks Luncheon and Dance will feature a festive meal with turkey and all the trimmings, plus a special performance by the Retro Rockets. Get a group of friends together and join us!
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 12 noon. Tickets are $13 per person, and are on sale now at Howard County Senior Centers. (To find a senior center near you, please visit www.howardcountyaging.org.) Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank.
For more information, call 410-313-5440 (voice/relay). If you need this information in an alternate format, or want to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations to attend, please call Maryland Access Point at 410-313-5980 (voice/relay) or email firstname.lastname@example.org one week in advance.
Symphony of Lights 2014
November 15, 2014 - December 31, 2014
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Symphony of Lights is a spectacular display of 70 larger-than-life, animated and stationary light creations. It is a treasured community tradition and a "must-see" during the holiday season. Enjoy the Symphony of Lights and all of the festivities!
The Symphony of Lights is the largest annual fundraising event benefitting Howard County General Hospital, the only hospital in Howard County. Thank you for your support!
This Year's Festivities
Dazzle Dash Weekend
Dazzle Dash Weekend Saturday, November 15 / 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Runners only Sunday, November 16 / 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Walkers only
A fun filled kick-off community event to celebrate the opening of the 21st Annual Symphony of Lights. Friends and families gather to walk or run 1.4 miles through the magical outdoor display of lights. Come and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins. Enjoy games and activities for children of all ages, healthy food, entertainment and giveaways. Click here for details.
Drive Through the Lights Drive Through the Lights Monday, November 17, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Open 6 days a week, Wednesdays-Mondays, 6:00-10:00 p.m., including holidays. CLOSED to drive-through traffic on Tuesdays.
CLOSED December 31st for the Midnight at 7 event.
Cars, vans and buses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through the Symphony of Lights. Enjoy a beautiful display of holiday light creations, illuminated by a fantasy of color, design, and animation. Delightful for all ages! Click here for details.
Group Walk Through the Lights Group Walk Through the Lights Tuesdays, November 18 - December 30
Perfect for work groups, scout groups, school groups and more! Experience the Symphony of Lights in a group setting by taking a 1.4 mile stroll through the light displays and make this your group’s holiday tradition. *Registration Required!* Pets are not permitted. Click here for details.
Military Appreciation Nights Monday, December 1 and Monday, December 8, 2014
Bring your valid military ID (CAC cards will be accepted) and receive $10 off the cost of drive-through admission. Not valid with any other discounts.
Bike the Lights *NEW* Bike the Lights Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Experience the Symphony of Lights on two wheels! Bikers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Family and friends may walk with the bikers. Click here for details.
Twinkling Tots Twinkling Tots Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Families can celebrate the season with a leisurely 1.4 mile stroll through the dazzling light displays. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome. Click here for details.
Tail Lights Tail Lights Thursday, December 4, 2014
Back by popular demand! Treat your dog to a walk through the 1.4 mile Symphony of Lights. Prizes will be awarded for the "best dressed" pets! Click here for details. Midnight at 7 Midnight at 7 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 / 5:00-8:00 p.m.
See Howard County dazzle with a New Year's Eve fireworks display! Celebrate with your family and friends. Walk through the Symphony of Lights, enjoy the toasty bonfire, food for purchase, music, party favors and more! Click here for details.
If you are interested in volunteering for Dazzle Dash or Midnight at 7, please call the Howard Hospital Foundation at 410-740-7666.
Sponsorship Opportunities Sponsorship of the Symphony of Lights offers your business direct exposure to more than 150,000 attendees. Additionally, because all proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital, sponsoring the Symphony of Lights demonstrates your commitment to community and philanthropy.
Interested in sponsoring?Please contact Emily Shreve at 410-720-8706 or email@example.com.
Directions to Symphony of Lights at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD:
From I-95, take Rt. 32 West (Exit 38-B) toward Columbia; exit at Rt. 29 North (Columbia Town Center); proceed to Exit 18-B (Broken Land Parkway) and follow signs to Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on the right.Mapping your route? Symphony of Lights is located at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, MD 21044.
Parking for Dazzle Dash and Midnight at 7:
Follow driving directions above, continue 2/10 of a mile past Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on Broken Land Parkway to the Corporate 70 Building; parking lot located at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Little Patuxent Parkway; or the Mall in Columbia parking lot, located directly behind the Corporate 70 Building.
Parking for Walk Throughs, Bike the Lights, Twinkling Tots, and Tail Lights:
Follow driving directions above, use the entrance for Merriweather Post Pavilion on the right. Follow the signs to onsite parking. The registration/check-in tables will be located at the entrance of the course.
Please call 410-740-7666 for more information
All proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The Passionate Cello – David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano November 15, 2014 - 8pm
Horowitz Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 / 410-997-2324
Originally conceived for the celebration of Music at Menlo’s 10th anniversary season, this program celebrates music’s power to transmit intense emotion. From youthful exuberance, to burning desire to the profoundly spiritual, the cello gives voice to mankind’s spectrum of passions. This is a recital designed to capture the heart of every listener, performed by musicians whose communicative powers and engrossing intimacy make their performances unforgettable. Tickets: Adult $32; Senior $30; Student $12
Gemini Piano Trio Concert November 16, 2014
Horowitz Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 / 443-518-1000
Join Jason Love and the Columbia Orchestra at The Gathering Place for an open rehearsal. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative, collaborative process of putting a concert together. Imagine the new insight into the music you’ll have after seeing the process of putting it together!
Enjoy wine and cheese in a relaxed setting while watching Maestro Love’s interpretation unfold with our talented musicians. This is not just a run-through just before the concert – this is a real working rehearsal in the middle of the process of putting the concert together, mistakes and all!
Each rehearsal starts at 7:30 pm and you can mingle with orchestra musicians at their break at about 8:30. The entire rehearsal lasts 7:30-10:00; you can come and go as you like.
These are fun, interesting special events even if you don’t know anything about music! We hope you’ll join us.
When Jim Rouse was planning Columbia he took special pains to preserve some of Columbia's historic buildings such as Dorsey Manor, the stone house at Wilde Lake, the Barn at Oakland Mills, Oliver's Carriage House... and Oakland, one of the oldest buildings in Howard County. Rouse wanted to make sure that the people of Columbia understood that the city had roots that must be cherished and protected. To that end, the Columbia Association undertook the renovation of Oakland, also known as Oakland Manor, in 1986. Through the careful guidance of Michael Trostel, a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, Oakland's beauty has emerged. Managed by TCCA
Neighbor Ride November 17, 2014 - 3pm-6pm
5570 Sterrett Place Suite 102 Columbia, MD 21044 / 410-884-7433
Join Neighbor Ride in honoring our founders and celebrating ten years of service to the community at an Open House from 3pm to 6pm on Monday, November 17th. All are welcome! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off The Beaten Path Tour Series: Ratner Museum, Bethesda November 19, 2014 - 10am
Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-730-0075
In the comfort of a driven van, have fun touring local galleries and artists’ studios in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC regions. Join Roberta Greenstein for lunch at a trendy restaurant which she has researched and selected. For repeat participants, all visited locations are new. Please arrive at Columbia Art Center promptly at 10am. $45 for each tour (cost of lunch is not included in fee)
Lively Art for Little Ones Presents: "Lucky Stars Puppets" Friday, November 21, 2014, 10am
Lively Arts for Little Ones presents: “Lucky Stars Puppets” on Friday, November 21, 2014, 10am at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Lucky Stars Puppet show includes song, movement and games with puppets. Performed from a professional puppet stage, Wendy and her colorful puppets invite children to interact, dream and learn. Tickets are $5.00 (ages 2 and up). To purchase, visit The Other Barn, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/712791, or buy at the door. For more information, call 410-730-4610 or visit oaklandmills.orgValley Craft Network Studio Tour Celebrating 33 years Maryland's oldest studio tour November 22- 23, 2014 - 10 am - 5 pm
Self-guided tour through the Middletown and Pleasant Valleys in Western Maryland
Visit the studios of 14 artists and artisans at 10 studio stops during a self-guided tour through the Middletown and Pleasant Valleys in Western Maryland. Celebrate the holidays with fine crafts and unique gifts including: jackets and accessories for adults and children, pottery, woodenware and furnishings, fiber arts, artisan goat cheese, paintings, jewelry, wrought-iron and more- all handmade in Maryland. For a map and brochure go to www.valleycraftnetwork.org or www.facebook.com/VCNStudioTour
Thanksgiving Dinner & “Mary Poppins” November 27, 2014 - 12pm
Skip the fuss and have Thanksgiving dinner with us! Bring your family to see the classic “Mary Poppins” a show the whole family will enjoy! The doors open at 12:00 and the show is at 2:00 pm. Please call our box office for details and availability. We look forward to spending Thanksgiving with you and your loved ones!
Breakfast with Santa
December 6, 2014 - 8:00am to 11:00am
The American Legion, 2 Main Street, Laurel MD
Columbia Pro Cantare December Concerts Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
Handel: Messiah. Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Chorus, guest soloists, and orchestra.
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3 pm, CPC Chamber Singers: A Christmas Noel. Christ Episocopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia. Tickets: www.procantare.org, and 410.799.9321 or 301.854.0107.
$15 and $13 (sr. citizens and students); $2 more at door
Drama Learning Center Announces:
its Winter Production Class to Reprise Popular Disney Title DLC last produced area premiere of stage adaptation in 2007 December 9, 2014 - February 28, 2014
October 1, 2014 – Columbia, MD – Today, Drama Learning Center (DLC) announced Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. as its Winter 2015 production class title. The stage adaptation is based on the smash Disney Channel movie from 2006. Drama Learning Center made history by producing the area premiere of the stage version of High School Musical in 2007, and this marks the first time that DLC has brought the title back to the iconic Howard County stage.
Described by many critics and the screenplay’s author as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, High School Musical chronicles the relationship between two high school juniors from rival cliques that try out for the leading roles in their school’s musical. Troy and Gabriella’s alliance, while a threat to the “status quo,” has the potential to open the door for others to shine.
In addition to production classes for students in grades 3-12, Drama Learning Center also offers Beginning Acting classes to students from Kindergarten to second grade and Broadway Babies classes for preschool children aged three to five. Beginning Acting classes will present their very own productions of Grade School Musical. Adjusting to a new elementary school can be tough, but with a little Wildcat pride, the Grade School Musical characters will be breaking free!
DLC will continue their School’s Out Workshops on days when Howard County Public Schools are closed to provide students with a creative outlet in a supervised environment while parents are still at work.
Registration is currently open for all of DLC’s Winter 2015 programs. Registration can be completed by phone, mail, or online. Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.
Schedule of Classes Production Classes – Disney’s High School Musical, Jr.
Elementary/Middle School Musical Theatre – Tuesdays (December 9 – Februarys 10) 5 – 7:30 PM OR Wednesdays (December 10 – February 4) 5 – 7:30 PM
Elementary School Musical Theatre – Fridays (January 9 – February 27) 5 – 7 PM
Middle/High School Musical Theatre – Saturdays (January 10 – February 21) 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Beginning Acting Classes – Grade School Musical
Beginning Acting – Thursdays (January 15 – February 26) OR Fridays (January 9 – February 6) – 5 – 7 PM
Broadway Babies: Winter Stars – Saturdays (January 17 – February 28) 9:15 – 10:15 AM
School’s Out Workshops – held from 9 AM – 4 PM. Before & After Care is offered for an additional fee from 7 AM to 6 PM. Tuition is $75 per day or $150 for the entire series. Sibling discounts are also available.