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Columbia Announcements

Caregiver Support Group
Meets the 3rd Monday of every month (call if holiday conflicts) @ 7:00 – 8:30pm

East Columbia 50+ Center 6600 Cradlerock Road Columbia, Maryland 21045 / Karen Hull 410.313.7466

| khull@howardcountymd.gov |

Sponsored by SeniorsTogether a peer outreach program of the Howard County Office on Aging

Seniors Together Caregiver Support Group

Find support and share the caregiver experience in this group for any adult who provides caregiving to another adult.  Group discussion focuses on these and other caregiver needs:  practical solutions and resources; emotional support; social networking, and ways for the caregiver to find time away from caregiving.  FREE.  Trained caregiver facilitators lead the group. 


Columbia Gym KidSpace
KidSpace is an interactive play area within CA’s fitness facilities.
There’s 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

Pre-K Play
Ages 3-5
Thursday 1·0-10:45am
Beginning March 5th!
KidSpace Member $40 per child
All Other $50 per child
Help you 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!

Elite Dribblers
Ages 8-13
Tuesdays · 6-7pm
6 week sessions begins March 3rd
KidSpace Mbr. $40 per child
All other $50 per child
This program is geared towards intermediate to elite basketball players. Emphasis on ball control, shooting, dribbling, passing, coordinating, and much more.

KidSpace Adventure Days!
Grades K-6
March 30th through April 3rd
Full Day 7am-6pm $50 per child
Half Day 7am-1pm $25 per child
When Howard County Schools aren’t in session, join us for fun-filled days of games, arts and crafts, swimming and much more! A delicious pizza lunch and morning and afternoon snacks are all included. Register online, over the phone (410)531-8984 or in person at the Columbia Gym KidSpace.

Movie Night
Ages 4+
February 20th  · 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!

Kids Night Out!
      Ages 4+· 6-9pm
     2nd Friday of every month
 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
Children enjoy making new friends, playing a variety of games and kids activities with our awesome KidSpace staff. Pizza dinner included.

Party the CA Way!
With a Columbia Association Party, you leave the details to us. We have something planned for everyone! Each of the parties can be tailored for birthdays, graduations, report card celebrations, family get-togethers, or ‘just because”. See our Summer Activities Guide for information about our popular and newest parties. Please call the Party Hotline at (410)715-3169 or email CAparties@ColumbiaAssociation.org

Central MD Youth Ballet
Weekly here at the Columbia Gym we host classes for the Central MD Youth Ballet. The Pre-Ballet, Beginning Ballet and Ballet 1 classes provide Ballet instruction for ballerinas ages 3 to 7+! These group classes teach student’s Ballet vocabulary and technique and provide individual attention in a creative atmosphere. To enroll in classes at the Columbia Gym please contact Central MD Youth Ballet at (443)472-7772  or visit them online for more information at www.centralmarylandyouthballet.com.

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 ON LINE BY GOING INTO 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.

www.columbiaassociation.org/kidspace



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Dance classes can do so much more for you than you realize!
Winter Classes are Jan 7-April 1, 13 Weeks

Central Maryland Youth Ballet 9570 Berger Rd ste A. Columbia, MD. 21046

| http://www.samirashuruk.com/2014/your-new-years-resolution-is-here/ |

Belly dance:
~Is a fun exercise for mind and body.
~Provides a great way to improve posture and get in shape.
~Can expand your world with new body knowledge and cultural knowledge.
~Offers a supportive dance community and place to meet new friends.
~Welcomes all ages and body types.
Samira’s winter classes are Jan 7-April 1, 13 weeks!
Level 1 classes are Wednesday 7:20-8:20pm $204 (Come in and try the first class FREE! No obligation.) Level 2 Plus classes are Wednesday 8:20-9:50pm $299 (Sign up before Dec 19 for discount and pay only $276.)

Resolve to Make a Difference – Neighbor Ride Volunteer Orientation
11:00 am (weekly)

Neighbor Ride Office 5570 Sterrett Place #102 Columbia, MD 21044 / 410-884-7433

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Now’s the time to join Neighbor Ride’s volunteer team! Neighbor Ride’s volunteers help local seniors remain active and independent by providing rides for health care appointments, shopping, social outings, religious services, volunteer commitments recreational activities and other day-to-day needs.

Incredibly flexible and rewarding daytime, evening and weekend volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteer drivers simply choose the rides that fit their schedules and are convenient to their homes, offices and daily routines. Parent volunteers are welcome to bring their children along for a wonderful inter-generational experience.


Historic Oakland

5430 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD 21044
Tel: 410.730.4801
Fax: 410.730.1823
1.800.730.4802
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Historic Oakland
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

Latin Night with Eileen Torres
8:00 pm (Weekly on Tuesdays until June 3, 2015)

Nottingham's 8850 Stanford Boulevard #1100 Columbia, MD 21045 / 410.290.0077

| http://www.nottinghams.net/index.php | Email |

Latin Night with Eileen Torres

Preparing with great zeal to present a Tuesday Salsa Night in the tradition of Eileen Torres Productions. The DJs are those that grew up with salsa music, attended the concerts of the legends and the greats. They continue their education on a daily basis to bring you the best in new and the classics. They understand we want to hear a song in its entirety, played at the correct speed so the voices are not distorted, and know we need a change in tempo.
Circle Mirror Transformation
March 4-22, 2015

Rep Stage Howard Community College 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 / 4435181500

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Circle Mirror Transformation

Circle Mirror Transformation, by Annie Baker Directed by Suzanne Beal
March 4th-March 22nd /Studio Theatre

When a group of small town residents enrolled in a community center drama class begin to experiment with seemingly harmless theatre games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Love triangles, family troubles, and personal triumphs abound in Baker’s critically acclaimed play haled by the New York Times as “absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny.”


Purim Megillah Reading
March 4, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Columbia Jewish Congregation 5885 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045

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Purim Megillah Reading

Take a Magic Carpet Ride and come hear the Purim Story told in the spirit of Disney’s Aladdin! Sing a song, eat hamantaschen and wear your costume!
Liberty Drama will present Alice in Wonderland during our spring 2015 season
Show times are March 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 pm and March 7 and 14 at 2 pm

Liberty High School’s Schnorr Auditorium, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, Maryland.

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Liberty Drama will present Alice in Wonderland during our spring 2015 season

This version, adapted from Lewis Carroll by Eva LeGalliene and Florida Friebus, was the most successful stage version, first being produced and then later revived on Broadway.  With four massive moving platforms, new special effects, and incredible choreography featuring flying characters and aerial silk dancing, Liberty’s version of wonderland will come to life before your eyes.  Original music, composed and performed by students will provide live underscoring throughout the production as puppets and whimsical sets are used to complete the story.
Tea with the Mad Hatter will be served on Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 14 at 12:30 pm before each of the matinees.  Children are invited to have tea with Alice, the Mad Hatter, and other familiar characters, make a craft, pose for photos, and get autographs.  Tickets for this event are $20 and include advanced seating.  All children 13 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Show times are

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $15 for advanced seating (which includes your show ticket in the price); and $20 for Tea with the Mad Hatter (which includes your advanced seating show ticket in the price).  Advanced seating tickets are encouraged for anyone that would like to choose their seat from 6 pm to 6:30 pm prior to general admission ticket holders being admitted to the auditorium.  There are a limited number of advanced seating tickets.  Advanced seating tickets will be available for Saturday matinees in addition to the backstage event passes for those who wish to be seated early without attending the backstage event.

Beginning February 23rd, tickets may be purchased online at http://www.lhsdramaclub.com/box-office.html, in the lobby of Liberty High School from 9 am to 3:30 pm on school days or at Erie Insurance, Liberty Road, Eldersburg, behind Dairy Queen.
More Information can be found at www.LHSDRAMACLUB.com or contact us at libertydramaboosters@gmail.com


14th Biannual Spring "All-you-can-eat" Country Breakfast
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8 am to 11 am

Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

| http://www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com/ | http://www.bethanyum.org/ | katsamg@yahoo.com |

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City is gearing up to hold it's 14th Biannual Spring "All-you-can-eat" Country Breakfast on Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8 am to 11 am at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
The menu includes pancakes with various toppings, scrambled eggs, locally favorite and locally made Boarman's sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages!
The cost is $8.00 for all-you-can-eat, children under 8 years of age eat FREE!
ALL PROCEEDS from ticket sales go to SUPPORT YOUTH service projects in Ellicott City and nHoward County!Your support will be greatly appreciated!
For more information, contact Gus(410-465-1891) katsamg@yahoo.com.
Free monthly event perfect for Brides-to-Be
Sat., March 7 from 10AM-Noon

Kupcakes & Co., 6010 Meadowridge Center Drive, Elkridge, MD

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offering free wedding planning advice, tips and resources, while they enjoy a free cake tasting and a chance to win fabulous door prizes from local wedding professional vendors in the Columbia, MD areas.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call:  786-291-1300.


Patagonia Winds - 20th Century Favorites
March 8, 2015 @ 4pm

Dear Patagonia Winds fans

We're excited to announce that we have been selected to perform at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C. this summer. We are among those selected to perform from over 500 proposals, so it is quite an honor. We will appear on a shared recital with the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet on August 16, 2015.

Stay tuned for details about that program and other exciting developments!

In the meantime, we hope you will come hear our fifth anniversary concert at Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall on Sunday, March 8th at 4pm. Change your clocks (spring forward!) and join us for a program featuring our personal favorite tuneful 20th century wind quintet pieces.

Attached is our official concert flier, please forward/share!

Tickets are available at www.howardcc.edu/Visitors/musicconcerts/facultyconcerts (advance discounts until 1 week prior to the concert).

The Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. Be sure to check out these helpful directions for finding the Horowitz Center so you don't get lost on campus: www.howardcc.edu/Visitors/horowitzcenter/maps/directions.html 

Hope to see you soon!

The Patagonia Winds


Neighbor Ride Day at Union Jack’s Columbia
March 9, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

Union Jack's 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044

| http://www.unionjackscolumbia.com/menus.php |

Neighbor Ride Day at Union Jack’s Columbia

Enjoy a fantastic lunch, dinner or happy hour at Union Jack’s of Columbia. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Neighbor Ride for all our customers who dine in or order carryout on March 9th using the flier available HERE .
Using The Records Of The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Wednesday March 11, 2015 @ 7-9pm

Meeting held at the BAIN SR Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD

| http://www.HCGSmd.org | http://www.Facebook.com/HowardCountyGenealogicalSociety |

Howard County Genealogical Society Meeting 7-9pm Topic: Using The Records Of The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Guest speaker: Dr Kenneth Hager, recently retired from NARA, Adjunct Professor of Archival Science at the University of MD. Meeting held at the BAIN SR Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, Md. 7-9pm. Everyone welcome. HCGS meetings, lecture, refreshments are FREE. Contact: Arlene 410:381-7899
Lively Arts for Little Ones Presents: Tracey Eldridge
March 13, 2015 - 10:00 am – 10:45 am

The Other Barn, Oakland Mills 5851 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045 / Brigitta Warren 410-730-4610

| http://oaklandmills.org/ | Email |
$5.00 (ages 2 and older)

Go on a fantastic journey by plane, car, truck, bus, boat, bicycle, rocket ship, foot, horse, and even time machine!  Come and experience a creative musical exploration of transportation and movement with Tracey Eldridge.
Shabbat Across America
Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 6:00pm -- Pot Luck Dinner /7:00pm -- L'Dor V'Dor Service

Columbia Jewish Congregation 5885 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045

| http://dev.columbiajewish.org/ |

Shabbat Across America

Please join us as the community, clergy, religious school and congregants come together to share in the joy and strength of intergenerational worship. Everyone is invited…singles, couples, families — all ages. This L’Dor V’Dor service is in conjunction with hundreds of synagogues across the continent taking part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat!
“Turn an ordinary Friday night into something extraordinary!”
PLEASE RSVP by March 11. For more information please call 410-730-6044.

March for Animals Fundraiser
March 14, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2nd Chance Saloon 5888 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045 / Jacquie Ramsey 443.545.5844

| http://2ndchancesaloon.com/ | Email |

March for Animals Fundraiser

Come join us for a great event—Help us raise money for the SPCA while having a great time & eating awesome food—The Dart Club Band Live @ 9pm w/ No Cover!


FREE Chamber Concert: Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio
March 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

The Columbia Orchestra, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd. Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-465-8777

| http://www.columbiaorchestra.org/ | Email |

Debussy’s ravishing early Piano Trio is equal parts French Romanticism and early Impressionism, while Brahms combines the sophisticated forms of the Piano Quartet with the passionate flair of gypsy music. Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jennifer Higdon’s thrilling Trio explores colors, both musical and visual in a virtuosic tour-de-force. This concert by the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio—Brenda Anna, violin; Nancy Smith, piano; and Jason Love, cello— is FREE and no seat reservation is required. (Donations to the series gladly accepted.)


Passover Wine Tasting
Sunday, March 15, 2015 -- 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Columbia Jewish Congregation 5885 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045

| http://dev.columbiajewish.org/ |

Passover Wine Tasting

Decanter Fine Wines -- Hickory Ridge Village Center, 6420 Freetown Road, Columbia
Stop by Decanter Fine Wines and sample a selection of Kosher for Passover wines. Place your order and CJC will earn 10% of sales!
Selected wines for tasting: Lan Zur Chardonnay-Chile ▪ Gabrielle Moscato-Italy ▪ Grinalda Vinho Verde-Portugal ▪ Weinstock Red-California ▪ Golan Sion Creek Red-Israel
Please RSVP by March 10 robin@columbiajewish.org or 410-730-6044. Community encouraged to attend this free event!

Open Houses

A series of local public workshops and meetings will be held between March and April 2015 to gather input from Howard County residents.  We will try to schedule the workshops in places as convenient to everyone as possible.

Meeting 1
Monday, March 16
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Slayton House

Identifying needs during team meeting

Wilde Lake Village Center
10400 Cross Fox Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Meeting 2
Saturday, March 28
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road
Laurel, MD 20723

More Walk Howard meetings are being scheduled to fit nearly everyone’s circumstances, so  check back periodically for updates on meeting times and locations.


Drama Learning Center Unveils New Expanded Space to the public
Saturday, March 21, 2015 @ 10am to 3pm

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Drama Learning Center Unveils New Expanded Space to the public

Families and guests to tour the new facility at a Grand Re-Opening event later this month

March 2, 2015 – Columbia, MD – Drama Learning Center announced today that construction has been officially completed on Suite H, adjacent to the educational theatre’s existing facility. The recently finalized space includes a new private lesson studio, classroom, scene shop, and offices. The additional suite increases DLC’s physical plant by 3300 square feet. “We outgrew our current space quite some time ago, and have been on the hunt for the best solution to that problem,” says DLC’s owner and Artistic Director, Stephanie Lynn Williams. “We have gotten very creative with facility use over the years, but when the space next door became available, I immediately saw how this could be the answer to our needs.” The expansion comes in year 9 of business ownership for Williams, and will afford DLC the opportunity serve more students while continuing to provide Howard County with a mid-sized venue for rentals, recitals, corporate events, and more.

DLC staff will unveil the annex to the public with a ribbon-cutting and open house on Saturday, March 21st. Facility tours, interactive performance activities, face painting, and Princess appearances will take place from 10 AM to 3 PM. Red Branch Theatre Company, the professional theatre in residence at Drama Learning Center, will host a cabaret night later that evening.

Drama Learning Center has served area students aged 3-18 for nearly 30 years, providing quality theatrical education both at its Red Branch Road facility and in area after school programs. Founded in October 1985 by former Howard County Public School administrator Sonny Lerner, DLC offers a variety of programs that appeal to people of different ages and interests. Young children are introduced to the performing arts in preschool and beginning acting classes.   Elementary, middle and high school students learn and improve their drama skills as they participate in musical and dramatic productions, while older students who are ready to make a larger commitment have the opportunity to participate in several audition-only opportunities. Classes and private lessons are available for students of all ages.

Schedule of Events
10:00 AM – Doors open
11:00 AM – Open karaoke starts
12:00 PM – Ribbon cutting with local dignitaries
1:30 PM – Live performances by DLC students
3:00 PM – Conclusion of Open House

Guided tours; photo opportunities with Princesses Anna & Elsa, Annie, and the Easter Bunny; interactive crafts, face painting, and origami will happen throughout the day. A mobile food vendor will be onsite, and refreshments will be available for purchase.


Columbia Pro Cantare will perform music by three renowned women composers
Saturday, March 21, 8 pm

Jim Rouse Theatre

| http://www.procantare.org |

The chorus and Howard County Concert Orchestra will perform the Grand Mass in E-Flat Major by Amy Beach. In addition, the CPC Chamber Singers will be featured in two works: O Jerusalem by Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, and Gartenlieder by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. A pre-concert lecture by musicologist Barbara Renton will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $23 and $20 (students and sr. citizens) in advance; $2 more at door.
World's Largest Pie Fight at the Center Ring Circus School
Sunday, March 22, 2015 @ 8:30am - 11:30am

Center Ring Circus School, 6770 Oak Hall Ln Suite 105, Columbia, Maryland 21045 / (443) 542-2210

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On Sunday, March 22, 2015, the Center Ring Circus School will be bringing 1000 people together to break the World Record for the World's Largest Shaving Cream Pie Fight! (Currently at 815.) This family event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids and adults to get into the record books (and into astronomical amounts of shaving cream) while raising funds for Bridges to Housing Stability. (Registration for and participation in the event is free! Those who wish to, can also use this opportunity to raise money and awareness for this fantastic, local non-profit organization. www.bridges2hs.org) Bring your friends. Bring your family. Bring your towels! It's goi...ng to be a wonderful morning of record-breaking, family fun!

Visit www.crowdrise.com/piefight to officially register.

Event flyers and pledge forms are available at http://www.centerringcircusschool.com/forms.html

You can come as an individual, you can create a team, you can join an existing team--whatever you wish!

The event will be held in the back parking lot of our circus school at 6770 Oak Hall Lane Columbia, MD 21045. (Visit www.centerringcircusschool.com and click location for directions.) Registration and official counting will begin at 8:30 AM, and the fight itself will run from 11:00 to 11:02. Between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM, we'll have music, contests, balloon sculptors, juggling school, stilt walkers, aerialists, and more! (Including Greg May's Ultimate 12-foot Pie Dive.) Come early for the pre-fight festivities!

(Note: If you would like to attend, but don't want to actually get pied, we are in need of a large number of non-participant volunteers. Please email gregorymay@verizon.net, and we'll give you a job!)

Questions? Contact: 443-996-8197 Gregorymay@verizon.net

What our Pie Fighters Will Need:
One can of shaving cream per two people
A minimum of two paper plates per person (at least 7 inches in diameter)
A bottle of water and a towel for personal clean-up.

Options they might like to add:
A poncho
A pair of swim or safety goggles/glasses
Water in plastic bottles/jugs for drinking and rinsing
Lawn chairs for relaxing after check in prior to the start of the event

A "Captain Pie" superhero costume or a "Dr. Power Pie" supervillain costume. (To add to the fun, we'll be pitting these two hero teams against each other intermixed among all the innocent civilians swept up into their epic battle for world pie domination. Remember, whatever you wear will be covered in shaving cream! Please do not bring any props like swords or shields.)

Guinness' Rules
All pies must have an average minimum diameter of 7 inches and must contain shaving cream only on paper plates.

The duration of the pie fight must be at least one minute.

Although it is not required for the participants to hit their targets, Guinness expects the participants to enter into the spirit of the challenge and to actively try to throw pies at each other. Please remember this is a family fun event and be careful to hit each other with your pies, not your hands! And please remember that people do need to breathe eventually, so let your targets catch a breath every now and then!

All pies must be picked up and thrown one at a time (That means thrown one at a time by each person, so an individual can't count ten pies thrown at one time from a serving tray, but everyone can throw their pies simultaneously.)

Each person must have access to and throw at least two pies.

One non-participant supervisor per 50 participants must be stationed throughout the crowd to ensure that all contestants are fully participating. Participants deemed to not be actively trying to throw pies at each other must be disqualified. If the disqualifications exceed 5% of the final total, the attempt is disqualified regardless of the participant final number.

Attendance numbers are confirmed by individuals writing their names and signing their signatures once only in front of two independent witnesses. The list of legible names and signatures must be submitted to Guiness World Records.

The event must take place in a restricted/fenced area with entrances and exits clearly marked and controlled.

Every participant counted within the barriers of the attempt area must fully participate in the attempt to the best of his/her ability.

Each participant must receive a numbered wrist-band after signing in. Participants must not leave the fenced event area after being counted. Participants leaving the attempt area before the attempt is over must be counted accurately and deducted from the final total. (You can't sign out and then sign back in, even to just run to the car for something. Portable restrooms will be stationed inside the attempt area.)

ManneqART Announces 2015 Events Schedule
March 28-29, April 30, June 21, September 12-26, September 27, 2015

ManneqART has announced its 2015 Competition which features the following unique and exciting events:
 
March 28-29 Sculpture on the Human Form Workshop for students and beginning artists
April 30--Artworks entry deadline
June 21 ManneqART Madness--Public introduction of the 2015 artworks
September 12-26  Public Display of Artworks
September 27 Gala and Stage Show 

ManneqART is a 501c3 nonprofit arts and education organization and competition based in Howard County, focused on bringing the Wearable Arts to the public.  Now in its third year,  it's mission is to inspire creativity and reward excellence in the field of wearable art.  ManneqART reaches out to beginning and accomplished artists of all ages and skill levels and invites them to think outside their comfort zones to create artworks unlike anything our community has seen in the past.   A gallery of more than 150 artworks created by ManneqART contestants from 30+ states can be seen at: www.manneqart.org

For more information about entering or supporting the 2015 competition,  go to the ManneqART website at www.manneqart.org, email info@manneqart.org or call 301.725.5555


The Addams Family, A new musical comedy
April 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (weekly on Saturday until April 27, 2015)

Toby's Dinner Theatre 5900 Symphony Woods Road Columbia, MD 21044 / 410-730-8311

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Dinner Theatre.  The Addams Family is taking the world’s musical theatre scene by storm, a terrific tempest, with some of the most beloved characters of all time. An original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fal

len in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents


Red Branch Theatre Company Announces Casting for Spring Awakening
April 17 – May 2, 2015

9130-I Red Branch Road Columbia, MD 21045 / (410) 997-9352

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Red Branch Theatre Company Announces Casting for Spring Awakening

February 18, 2015 – Columbia, MD – Red Branch Theatre Company (RBTC) will kick off its 2015 season entitled Coming of Age with the TONY Award-winning alt-rock musical, Spring Awakening.  Casting has just been completed for the season opening performance at Howard County’s newest professional theatre. The production will run at Drama Learning Center, where Red Branch is the theatre in residence, from April 17 – May 2, 2015. Post-show talkbacks on a range of related topics and other special events are in the midst of being solidified.

Spring Awakening is the contemporary rock musical adaptation of the classic play about teenage angst and growing pains. Adapted by indie rock guitarist Duncan Sheik and Steve Sater, Spring Awakening won eight TONY Awards (including Best Musical) when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Other productions in Red Branch’s 2015 season include Avenue Q: School Edition, Dogfight, and a world premiere of a new musical adaptation of Peter Rabbit.

Spring Awakening is presented with permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Cast & Production Staff
Meghan Abdo – Lena
Rachel Bailey – Wendla
Wendy Baird•  – Adult Woman
Danny Bertaux – Melchior
Ellie Borzilleri – Ilse
Javier del Pilar – Moritz
Avia Fields – Martha
Megan Henderson – Thea
Jonathan Miot – Otto
Michael Nugent – Hanschen
Jonathan Schuyler – Ernst
Jake Stuart – Adult Man
Katie Tyler – Anna
Rick Westerkamp – Georg

• Red Branch Theatre Company Ambassador

Directed and Choreographed by Jenny Male
Music Direction by Dustin Merrell

Stage Management: Dana Fleischer
Lighting Design: David Smith
Set Design: Heidi Castle-Smith
Costume Design: Elisha Bryant

Performance Dates and Times
April 17-18, 24-25, 30 & May 1-2 at 8 PM
April 19 & 26 at 3 PM

Tickets
Individual tickets available for purchase online at www.redbranchtheatrecompany.com or by calling the box office at (410) 997-9352.


Vendors, Exhibitors Sought for Howard County’s 7th annual WomenFest
Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville, MD

Do you offer products and/or services that promote health, wellness, fashion and beauty and are designed to inspire women to live a more balanced, healthy and fulfilled life? If so, then be sure to apply for a spot at this year’s Department of Citizen Services’ WomenFest. Back for its 7th consecutive year, this signature wellness event for women will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Admission and parking are free.
Coordinated by the Department’s Office on Aging, last year’s WomenFest attracted 600 participants and more than 100 vendors and exhibitors. This year’s event will feature an interactive day with free health screenings and engaging seminars and workshops on topics including self-defense, painting on canvas, heart health, financial wellness and keeping relationships strong.
This year’s keynote address – “Build Your Healthy Tomorrow, Today!” – will be presented by Lynne Brick, President of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc. This motivating and inspiring presentation will help attendees focus on their journey to health and happiness in three easy steps.
Vendor and exhibitor applications, sponsorship opportunities and full event details are available online at www.howardcountyaging.org/WomenFest. Applications may be faxed to 410-313-5950 or mailed to: WomenFest 2015, c/o Donna Tugwell, Howard County Office on Aging, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 211, Columbia, MD 21046.
For more information about WomenFest, visit the event’s website at www.howardcountyaging.org/WomenFest, follow the Department’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HoCoCitizen) or contact Courtney Barkley at 410-313-5957 or cbarkley@howardcountymd.gov.
Columbia Association 9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon
Saturday, May 2 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 3, same time and place) 11am- 3pm

Columbia DogPark (right near Cedar Lane Park)

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call 410-423-1891 or email Erin.McPhail@ColumbiaAssociation.org or view the vendor information packet here.



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