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Columbia Announcements

 There will be NO CURBSIDE COLLECTION of recycling, trash or yard trim
Christmas Day, Thurs, Dec 25 or New Year's Day, Thurs, Jan 1. For both weeks

Thursday collections will slide to Friday and Friday collections will slide to Saturday. There are ONLY 6 HOLIDAYS that may affect your curbside collection. Visit www.howardcountymd.gov/HolidaySchedule.htm for a list. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will CLOSE at 2pm on Christmas Eve and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day. The Landfill will also be CLOSED on New Year's Day.

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 villagemanager@columbiatowncenter.org (410-730-4744) or Kristin Shulder at wlca@wildelake.org (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!
Ages 3-5
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!
                    
 Pre-K Play
Ages 3-5
6 week session beginning November 2nd
Wednesday 10-10:45am
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!

Movie Night
Ages 4+
                                  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.

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Back-to-School Time is a Great Time to Make a Difference!
Join Neighbor Ride any Tuesday at 9:30 am to learn more about how you can make a world of difference in the lives
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Neighbor Ride office, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 102 - Columbia, MD 21044 (410) 884-7433

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Back-to-School Time is a Great Time to Make a Difference!

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 volunteer@neighborride.org or 410-884-7433 for details.


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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
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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
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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.

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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.

Volunteer Opportunities
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 eshreve@jhmi.edu.

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.

Contact
Please call 410-740-7666 for more information
All proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.



Historic Oakland

5430 Vantage Point Road
Columbia, MD 21044
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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

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

Drama Learning Center Announces:

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 ClassesGrade School Musical

  • Beginning Acting – Thursdays (January 15 – February 26) OR Fridays (January 9 – February 6)  – 5 – 7 PM

Preschool Classes

  • 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.

  • January 19 – Lego Movie Day
  • February 6 – Winter Wonderlands
  • February 16 – Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Location
9130-I Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 997-9352
www.dramalearningcenter.com

Contact
Tiffany Underwood Holmes, Arts Administrator
tiffany@dramalearningcenter.com
(410) 997-9352


RED BRANCH THEATRE COMPANY PROMOTES LITERACY IN HOWARD COUNTY THROUGH A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
Family-friendly page-to-stage adaptation will conclude 2014 season
December 12-13, 19-20 at 7:30 PM; December 14 & 20 at 2 PM

RED BRANCH THEATRE COMPANY PROMOTES LITERACY IN HOWARD COUNTY THROUGH A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD

October 22, 2014Columbia, MD – Red Branch Theatre Company (RBTC) will stage its final production of the 2014 season entitled On Love & Loss with the family-friendly A Year With Frog & ToadA Year With Frog and Toad magically brings the treasured characters created by Arnold Lobel in the “Frog and Toad” book series to life. Best friends Frog and Toad hop through four seasons filled with fun while rejoicing in their differences and reveling in their friendship. The jazzy, upbeat score by Robert Reale is designed to have the entire family tapping their toes with Frog and Toad.

“The core of our mission at Red Branch is to foster a life-long love of theatre in our audiences,” states Executive Producer Stephanie Lynn Williams. “To that end, we always program something in our season for the youngest theatre patrons. It never gets old seeing kids fall in love with theatre for the first time.” Since A Year With Frog and Toad is based on the series of easy-reader children’s books, Red Branch has partnered with Howard County Public Libraries and Greenberries to bring the beloved stories to a new audience. Cast members from Red Branch’s Frog and Toad will read stories in costume from Arnold Lobel’s iconic books at Howard County Library Branches and the local eco-chic consignment store over the next two months.

A Year With Frog and Toad runs at Red Branch Theatre Company from December 12-20, and will include several events for all ages in conjunction with the run. Parents’ Night Out PJ Parties will be held on both Fridays during the run. Parents will be able to drop their children off at 7 PM to be supervised by Drama Learning Center instructional staff until 11 PM. Following the show, PJ Party kids will engage in activities, arts and crafts, and fun related to the show. Red Branch’s annual “Santa Sightings” will also take place following matinee performances on Sunday, December 14 and Saturday, December 20. In an effort to encourage families to spend time together while supporting performing arts, Red Branch will also offer family packages of tickets at select performances.

A Year With Frog & Toad is presented with permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Cast & Production Staff
A Year With Frog & Toad
Frog – Cory Jones
Toad – Gavin Shown
Man – James Carpenter
Woman 1 – Erin Branigan
Woman 2 – Caroline Griswold

Directed by Jenny Male
Music Direction by Dustin Merrell
Stage Management by Dana Fleischer
Set Design by Heidi Castle
Properties Design by Jerusha Burnett
Costume Design by Camille Petrillo

Performance Dates and Times
December 12-13, 19-20 at 7:30 PM; December 14 & 20 at 2 PM

Special Events
Storytime with the cast of Frog and Toad
·      November 15, 10 AM – Greenberries
·      December 1, 10:30 AM & 11:30 AM: Howard County Library, Elkridge Branch
·      December 5, 10:35 AM & 11:30 AM: Howard County Library, Miller Branch
·      December 12, 10:45 AM: Howard County Library, Glenwood Branch
·      December 17, 10:30 AM: Howard County Library, East Columbia Branch

Parents’ Night Out PJ Parties – 7-11 PM
·      Friday, December 12
·      Friday, December 19

Red Branch Santa Sightings – following the 2 PM performances
·      Sunday, December 14
·      Saturday, December 20

Grandparents’ Days
·      Saturday, December 13 – 7:30 PM
·      Saturday, December 20 – 7:30 PM

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

$14 – Student/Senior
$16 – Adult
$18 – Admission at the door
$25 – Grandparents’ Days – package of two tickets for one child & one adult
$50 – Family Four-Packs – packages of four tickets for matinee performances

Media
Logo attached. Additional media available upon request.

Location
Drama Learning Center
9130-I Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 997-9352

Press Contact
Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Managing Director
info@redbranchtheatre.com
(410) 997-9352


Teaching Young Actors (TYA) – DLC’s Teen Professional Company Announces Casting for CARRIE the musical
January 16-17, 22-24 at 7:30 PM

Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road Columbia, MD  21045

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Teaching Young Actors (TYA) – DLC’s Teen Professional Company Announces Casting for CARRIE the musical

November 14, 2014 – Columbia, MD  - Drama Learning Center’s teen professional company will present Carrie the musical this winter. Based on the iconic debut novel by Stephen King, Carrie the musical follows young misfit Carrie White and her classmates during their final days of high school. Carrie is bullied by the popular crowd, and is invisible to everyone else. While Carrie is held at the mercy of her cruel and over-protective mother at home, she discovers a special power that she’s not afraid to use if pushed too far.  
Carrie the musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a storied past as one of the biggest Broadway flops in the history of contemporary American musical theatre. Carrie returned to stage in 2012 after its authors re-worked much of the material that had lain dormant for nearly 25 years. In a joint statement, the creators said: “We couldn’t be happier that our new version of Carrie will at last be sent out into the world to continue its adventure and journey of resurrection.” TYA teen professionals will engage the community at large in discussion and commentary related to the ever-growing bullying epidemic that has swept the nation in the past several years. “We wanted to make sure that they realized that they are now socially responsible after being a part of a show with this kind of subject matter,” states director Stephanie Lynn Williams. “We don’t just want to produce theatre for the sake of producing theatre when there is a larger societal message that is relevant both to our performers and our audiences. Our objective is to train the next generation of theatre professionals that are as socially conscious as they are talented.”
Drama Learning Center’s Teen Professional Company, TYA (Teaching Young Actors), presents its winter production of Carrie from January 16-24, 2015 at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. Available by audition only, the TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work. TYA has a strong history of bringing cutting-edge titles to Howard County audiences. The group has previously mounted area premieres of GHOST the Musical, 13 the Musical, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production of Carrie the Musical continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing cutting-edge, contemporary musical theatre.
Carrie the musical is presented by permission through special arrangement R&H Theatricals.

Show Dates & Times: 
January 16-17, 22-24 at 7:30 PM
January 18 at 2 PM

Production Staff:
Director: Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Director: Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Lighting Designer: Lynn Joslin
Projection Designer: Riki K
Costume Designer: Camille Patrillo
Production Coordinator: Cory Jones
Stage Manager: Dana Fleischer

Starring TYA Company Members:
Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Flora Aubin, Meredith Beisel, Lila Cooper, Brittany George, Keri Goto, Lindsay Hopkins, Hailey Ibberson, Daniel Joya-Iglesias, Aly Murphy, Jordan Neely, Jason Quackenbush, Austin Spafford, Kristen Straub, Tori Stroud, Shannon Taylor
Featuring Special Guest Appearances by:
Seth Fallon and Dustin Merrell

Tickets:
On sale beginning December 1st at http://www.dramalearningcenter.com or by calling 410-997-9392.
$18 in advance
$19 at the door

Location:
Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road Columbia, MD  21045


Off The Beaten Path Tour Series: The Torpedo factory, Alexandria
December 17, 2014 - 10:00am

Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-730-0075

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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)


Union Jacks:
Thirsty Thursdays!

December 18, 2014 - 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Union Jacks, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 / 410.740.5225

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Thirsty Thursdays!

HIT COLUMBIA’S BEST DANCE FLOOR WITH THE AREA’S GREATEST BANDS & DJ’S!!… so get your night on a roll right here at Union Jack’s!!

*$2 Miller Lites from 9pm-close
*$2 Power Hour specials in effect 10pm-11pm including all drinks (except top shelf)
*food & drink specials subject to change without notice during Meriweather Post concert season.

Drink responsibly


A Year With Frog & Toad
December 19 & 20, 2014 - 7:30pm

Red Branch Theatre Company, 9130-I RED BRANCH RD Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-997-9352

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A Year With Frog and Toad magically brings the treasured characters created by Arnold Lobel in the “Frog and Toad” book series to life. Best friends Frog and Toad hop through four seasons filled with fun while rejoicing in their differences and reveling in their friendship. The jazzy, upbeat score by Robert Reale is designed to have the entire family tapping their toes with Frog and Toad.


The Nutcracker
December 19, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

Slayton House Theater, Wilde Lake Village Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia, MD 21044 / 410-262-8434

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The Nutcracker

One For All Dance Academy proudly presents excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker”. Tickets only $8.00. Call for more information 410-262-8434.
Mercy Creek In Ellicott City
December 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Bare Bones St. John's Plaza 9150 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Independent Music for Independent Minds since 1998

Based in Virginia, Mercy Creek performs original music they call aggressive folk rock. Singer/guitarist Cheryl Nystrom and song writing partner/drummer Jim Ball combine elements of modern folk, world beat, rock, and hints of blues and bluegrass to create music that is fresh and unique. From world beat to folk, the musical styles used in Mercy Creek’s songs are anchored by Nystrom’s beautiful voice and intelligent lyrics.

Mercy Creek has released 7 independent albums and have been a full time performing act since 1998, playing across the country at clubs, festivals, and concerts. Paul Mahern, (Iggy Pop, John Mellencamp, Juliana Hatfield, Lisa Germano, Over the Rhine, The Fray, vocalist for punk band Zero Boys) recorded and produced 6 of the band’s 7 CD catalogue. The recordings have charted on radio stations nationally, were used heavily in Playnetwork’s retail outlet store Eddie Baeur, have been used in nationally syndicated radio shows, and have been played on XM Radio.

Mercy Creek’s latest recording, “Make a Memory” features 10 original songs recorded with Paul Mahern. The impressive vocals and guitar playing of Cheryl Nystrom span tracks ranging from rock to folk. Ball’s unusual African Djembe kick drum and at times intense fusion drumming sync to well crafted and well produced songs. With it’s big organic sound, Mercy Creek’s “Make a Memory” brings audiences to a bright and familiar place. Constantly touring and writing new material, Mercy Creek is now working on their 8th release.

* “Uplifting and smart Americana from one of Virginia’s best bands! Paul Shugrue “Out of the Box” WHRV-FM 2009

* “Mercy Creek represent a new sound in folk music that instantly grabs your ear and makes you want more. Their sound is infectious.. with Jim’s distinct drumming and Cheryl’s powerful accompanying lyrics. They were instant favorites of my listeners. Their latest release “Another Place to Start” is one of my top picks for 2009. Barry Graham Host ” Acoustic Highway” WHRV-FM 2009


Union Jacks:
Ugly Sweater Party / Toy Drive

December 19, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Union Jacks, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 / 410.740.5225

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Ugly Sweater Party / Toy Drive

Wear your Ugly Sweater for a chance at a $50 Gift Card. Each unwrapped toy donated to us for the Salvation Army earns you a free Pint! Dance all Night with DJ5 Playing the hottest videos and a LIVE Instagram/Twitter feed on the TV’s
"Reverse Caroling"
December 20, 2014 - 2:00 PM

"Reverse Caroling"

Christ Lutheran Church in Clarksville invites you to join them for caroling, fun, and fellowship -- inside! -- on December 20 at 2:00 PM

You know how the normal way of doing Christmas caroling is that people get together and go out into the community to sing? Well, that can be cold and uncomfortable, and never know for sure if there will be people out there who want to hear your singing.

So this year, Christ Lutheran Church in Clarksville has decided to do something different and switch things around. They’re inviting the community to join them for carol singing at their church at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 20, and they’re calling it “Reverse Caroling“. There will still be traditional caroling things like hot chocolate and cookies for all singers (and listeners) to enjoy, but no one will have to deal with the weather outside! An added feature will be brief background information on some favorite Christmas carols and songs. This is therefore a great event both for people who love to sing at Christmas and those who love to listen! All members of the community are invited to attend -- and to bring their whole family, neighbors, and friends.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 12570 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville (this is MD Rte. 108 just south of Guilford Road). For more information or directions, please visit the church’s web site -- http://www.christlutheran.net/ -- or contact the church office at (301) 854-2100 or office@christlutheran.net.


12th Annual Feast of Seven Fish
December 24, 2014 - 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia, MD 21046 / Joe Barbera 410-953-0500

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12th Annual Feast of Seven Fish

AIDA BISTRO FEAST OF SEVEN FISH

AN ANCIENT ITALIAN CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITION

Tuesday, December 23 & Wednesday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014
from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on both evenings

In keeping with an Italian-American Christmas Eve tradition, we have designed an extraordinary Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Menu that includes shellfish, pasta dishes & fresh fish. To accommodate those who are not lovers of fish, the Chef has prepared a limited Ala Carte Menu.

For people who grew up with this tradition, it is a unique opportunity to share once again in this rare celebration. This year we celebrate it on Two Nights! This is an Extremely Popular Event so be certain to make reservations.

Three Course Prix Fixe Menu

40 dollars per Person & a limited ala Carte Menu
Reservation may be made by contacting Joe at AIDA Bistro: 410-953-0500

Open Table Reservations


Truffles & Hazelnuts & Wine: Guest Chef From Piedmont
December 25, 2014 - 4:30 pm

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia, MD 21046 / 410-953-0500

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$149 per person (includes food, wine, tax & gratuity)

Authentic Italian Dinner: Meet Chef Carlo Zarri, Villa San Carlo’s proprietor, chef and sommelier. Chef Carlo will be bringing with him the rare and tasty truffles from Italy.

Five Course Meal featuring Italian Truffles & Hazelnuts paired with Italian Varietal Wines. This is the real thing! Don’t miss this wonderful culinary adventure. Limited to 70 Guests.


New Years Eve Party
December 31, 2014

Second Chance Saloon, 5888 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045 / 443.545.5844

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Best NYE Party in Columbia, MD! No Cover. Live Music. Free Champagne Toast. Homemade Food.
Live Music on New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2014

Petit Louis Bistro on the Lake, 10215 Wincopin Circle Columbia, MD 21044 / 4109649999

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$75 per person, $99 with wine pairings

Bringing Paris to you this New Year’s Eve!
Ring in the 2015 New Year Parisian style with live music and a beautiful multi-course menu.

Starting at 7pm, enjoy live music by gypsy jazz ensemble Maladie d’Amour featuring vocalist Alexis Tantau.
The celebration will include a 4-course menu with multiple selections for each course, an accompanying list of suggested wine pairings, party favors and a celebratory toast at Midnight!

Early dining reservations are now being accepted.
To reserve your place, please call the restaurant at (410) 964-9999.

We look forward to hosting you this New Year’s Eve.


Best of 2014 New Years Eve Prix Fixe
December 31, 2014 - 4:00 pm

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive Columbia, MD 21046 / 410-953-0500

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Fabulous Four Course Prix Fixe Menu. $79 per person.

Live Music on Dec 31st from 9pm until 1am.

Champagne toast at mid-night.

Make reservations now by calling us at 410-953-0500


Pub Dog New Years Eve Bash!
December 31, 2014 - 9:00 pm – January 1, 2015 @ 1:30 am

Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse, 8865 Stanford Boulevard Columbia, MD 21045 / 4108720364

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Pub Dog

Join us for our annual New Years Eve Bash at Pub Dog! Enjoy all-you-can-drink-and-eat for just $60 per person! Buy your tickets in advance from our Columbia pub or over the phone with a credit card. 21+ only please. Heading to Downtown Baltimore? You can enjoy the same great deal at our Federal Hill location. Cheers to 2015, HoCo!
Free Open Rehearsal
January 12, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Columbia Orchestra, 6120 Daylong Ln Clarksville, MD 21029 / 410-465-8777

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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. 

Event Cost: FREE


Teaching Young Actors (TYA) – DLC’s Teen Professional Company Announces Casting for CARRIE the musical
January 16-17, 22-24 at 7:30 PM / January 18 at 2 PM

Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road Columbia, MD  21045

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Teaching Young Actors (TYA) – DLC’s Teen Professional Company Announces Casting for CARRIE the musical

November 14, 2014 – Columbia, MD  - Drama Learning Center’s teen professional company will present Carrie the musical this winter. Based on the iconic debut novel by Stephen King, Carrie the musical follows young misfit Carrie White and her classmates during their final days of high school. Carrie is bullied by the popular crowd, and is invisible to everyone else. While Carrie is held at the mercy of her cruel and over-protective mother at home, she discovers a special power that she’s not afraid to use if pushed too far.  
Carrie the musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a storied past as one of the biggest Broadway flops in the history of contemporary American musical theatre. Carrie returned to stage in 2012 after its authors re-worked much of the material that had lain dormant for nearly 25 years. In a joint statement, the creators said: “We couldn’t be happier that our new version of Carrie will at last be sent out into the world to continue its adventure and journey of resurrection.” TYA teen professionals will engage the community at large in discussion and commentary related to the ever-growing bullying epidemic that has swept the nation in the past several years. “We wanted to make sure that they realized that they are now socially responsible after being a part of a show with this kind of subject matter,” states director Stephanie Lynn Williams. “We don’t just want to produce theatre for the sake of producing theatre when there is a larger societal message that is relevant both to our performers and our audiences. Our objective is to train the next generation of theatre professionals that are as socially conscious as they are talented.”
Drama Learning Center’s Teen Professional Company, TYA (Teaching Young Actors), presents its winter production of Carrie from January 16-24, 2015 at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. Available by audition only, the TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work. TYA has a strong history of bringing cutting-edge titles to Howard County audiences. The group has previously mounted area premieres of GHOST the Musical, 13 the Musical, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production of Carrie the Musical continues TYA’s long-standing tradition of producing cutting-edge, contemporary musical theatre.
Carrie the musical is presented by permission through special arrangement R&H Theatricals.

Show Dates & Times: 
January 16-17, 22-24 at 7:30 PM
January 18 at 2 PM

Production Staff:
Director: Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Director: Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Lighting Designer: Lynn Joslin
Projection Designer: Riki K
Costume Designer: Camille Patrillo
Production Coordinator: Cory Jones
Stage Manager: Dana Fleischer

Starring TYA Company Members:
Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Flora Aubin, Meredith Beisel, Lila Cooper, Brittany George, Keri Goto, Lindsay Hopkins, Hailey Ibberson, Daniel Joya-Iglesias, Aly Murphy, Jordan Neely, Jason Quackenbush, Austin Spafford, Kristen Straub, Tori Stroud, Shannon Taylor
Featuring Special Guest Appearances by:
Seth Fallon and Dustin Merrell

Tickets:
On sale beginning December 1st at http://www.dramalearningcenter.com or by calling 410-997-9392.
$18 in advance
$19 at the door

Location:
Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road Columbia, MD  21045


School’s Out Drama Workshop – Lego Movie Day
January 19, 2015 - 9am-4pm

Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Rd. Columbia, MD 21045 / 410-997-9352

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Why sit at home on your day off from school? Join us for drama topics, arts & crafts, and a final showcase! Before & After care is available for an additional fee.


Cinematic Inspirations
January 31, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Columbia Orchestra, 6120 Daylong Ln Clarksville, MD 21029 / 410-465-8777

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If you like music with a cinematic flair, this is the concert for you! Catholic University Composer Andrew Earle Simpson will be on hand as we give the world premiere of the work we commissioned from him: a score for the 1920 silent film, One Week, starring Buster Keaton. Rossini and Mussorgsky offer two vivid musical stories, while Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite takes us on a journey through America’s most picturesque landscape.


 
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