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Here you will find out about events taking place in the Columbia area. For a list of future events visit the Calendar of Events. We list all events for free and donf't really have a deadline as such but the longer you are advertising, the better exposure you will get, so by all means send us your event details and we'll be happy to post it for you & twitter, it if you like. Last time these pages were updated April 15, 2014 10:25 AM

 

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School's Out: Scout Day I
April 24, 2014, 9:30 AM

School is out, so get your troop together and fulfill requirements to earn an achievement or badge. Bears accomplish their "Share Your World with Wildlife" Achievement. Brownies meet requirements to earn their Bug badge. All scouts receive a certificate of completion. Cost is $20 per scout, or $15 troop rate. To register under the troop rate, your troop leader must call Robinson Nature Center and register five or more members of your troop. Adult chaperones are subject to the $5 daily admission fee. Leaders coordinating troop registration are eligible for free admission. Only registered scouts may attend the program. Due to material costs for these programs, we cannot issue refunds. Registration/Info: 410-313-0400.
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Native Plant Palooza

May 5, 2014, 12:00 PM

Landscaping and gardening with plants native to Maryland makes gardening easier and benefits the world around you. By planting native, you can save on the cost of water, fertilizer, and pesticides while providing a habitat for butterflies, insects and other local wildlife. Feel good about your garden or yard this year by purchasing native plants from a host of vendors with a portion of proceeds from the sale benefiting educational programs at the Nature Center. If you are new to using native plants, don’t worry. Special guest speakers provide information on the “how to’s” of using natives. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCplantnative.htm for details on speakers and other activities. No registration necessary. Recommended age is 12 yrs+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 410-313-0400.
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Mommy, Mother Nature and Me (Mother/Child)
May 10, 2014, 10:00 AM

Celebrate the joys of being a mommy with your child in this fun bonding experience at the Robinson Nature Center. Take part in interactive stations that highlight the nurturing behaviors of local wildlife as you work together to complete our Mother Nature scavenger hunts. Make memories with nature-inspired photo ops for you and your child. Select an
elegant tea cup bird feeder and mix your own birdseed to take home for your yard or garden. Bring a camera and enjoy Mother’s Day early by spending time with your little one(s) and with Mother Nature. Recommended age is 4 yrs+.
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Columbia Announcements
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Hello Preservers!!

It's been forever since you have heard from us!  We have been very busy!  We have been meeting with council members, the Attorney Generals office, Department of planning and zoning to name just a few.  We have made some good progress but we have an incredibly critical meeting coming up soon.  As we shared a few weeks ago we filed an amendment with the Department of Planning and Zoning to prevent the Industrialization of our Agricultural Preserve lands in the county.  We gave them compelling evidence to support our concerns however the decision lays in the hands of the planning board now.  

We will be presenting our case in front of the Planning Board on 4/17 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at the County Office Buildings 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Md.  We really need everyone to come out and show your support.  We ask that you show up a few minutes early to get a good seat, we believe our amendment may be first on the docket.  Please wear black to show your support.  During our presentation we will ask everyone to stand , our hope is that our numbers will encourage them to listen more intently.  Bring signs, bring your neighbors, bring your kids - let's show that we mean business!  However, we will only be given a few minutes to present so we ask that everyone be respectful and show your silent support.  Every minute will be critical.  

The second fight will be when our amendment goes in front of the county council.  The council as you know is made up entirely of elected officials.  We have a community meeting scheduled with many of those officials in attendance, along with members of the press.  We will go over the issues, action plans and take suggestions from the community.  We hope you can attend this meeting as well.  The meeting will be held April 24, at Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Rd, Glenelg, MD 21737.  

We can't impress upon you enough how much we need your support at these two meetings.  Again, bring your friends, neighbors relatives anyone you can.  

Farmland forever!

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Several of you have mentioned over the last few weeks your interest in helping out with the fight.  We want to have a volunteer coordination meeting this weekend.  If you are interested in being more involved we would love to talk to you about possible ways you could help.  If you are available we will be at Dayton Oaks Elementary School at the picnic tables by the track on Saturday 1:30-2:30 and again Sunday 3:30- 5pm.  Please join us for whichever date works best for your schedule.  Its going to be such a nice weekend we figured we could spend some time outside rather than cooped up staring at a computer screen.  We are looking for neighbors interested in handing out flyers, delivering signs, visiting local businesses, sharing your expertise or just introducing us to others that could help with the fight. All are welcome and anything you can do is appreciated.  See you this weekend!!

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Mission Nutrition
Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30pm


Owen Brown community Center

Hello, my name is Vondria.  I've recently started a program at the Owen Brown community center called Mission Nutrition on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30pm.  I hold workshops that teach youth the importance of taking care of their bodies by making healthy decisions.  We do a variety of activities that engaged them so that their are able to make the connection between what they eat, say and do, can effect they're overall health and well-being.
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Are You Having Trouble Controlling The Way You Eat?


You are not alone.  Today, there is a solution. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous No Dues, No Fees, No Weigh-ins http://www.foodaddicts.org WEEKLY MEETINGS: Sundays, 8:30 AM Community Room, Harper House, 5495 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044 Phone: Steve H. 443-416-4960 or Heather M. 443-433-2639

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Neighbor Ride Volunteer Orientation
5570 Sterrett Place, #102 - Columbia, MD 21044

Neighbor Ride Volunteer Orientation
Our volunteers help Howard County seniors remain active and independent by providing rides for medical appointments, shopping, social outings, fitness activities, personal care and business appointments, volunteer commitments, religious services, and other day-to-day needs. 

Flexible daytime, evening and weekend volunteer opportunities are available.  Volunteer drivers choose rides that fit their work and personal schedules and are convenient to their homes, offices and daily routines. No set schedule is required!  Parent volunteers may bring their children along for a wonderful inter-generational experience. Contact Volunteer Coordinators, Rosemary Noble & Patrice Cerwonka at volunteer@neighborride.org or 410-884-7433 for details.


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RED BRANCH THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS and JOHN & JEN

RED BRANCH THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS and JOHN & JEN

February 10, 2014Columbia, MD – Red Branch Theatre Company (RBTC) will open its sixth mainstage season with The Last Five Years and john & jen in repertory billed under the series title “The Love/Loss Cycle.” This is the first time that Red Branch will produce two shows in repertory since its inception in 2008.

The Love/Loss Cycle features both newcomers to the Red Branch stage as well as familiar faces. The Last Five Years stars Kurt Boehm as Jamie and Jennifer W. Culotta as Cathy. Mr. Boehm is new to the Red Branch stage, but has been seen throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region at theatres such as Imagination Stage and Toby’s Dinner Theater. He is currently featured in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Olney Theater Center. Ms. Culotta is a perennial favorite on the Red Branch stage, having previously been seen in [title of show], Next to Normal, and Into the Woodsjohn & jen stars Patrick J. Prebula as John and Danielle Sherry as Jen. Mr. Prebula most recently starred as Jon in the 2013 production of Tick, tick… BOOM! Ms. Sherry makes her Red Branch debut in john & jen. Stephanie Lynn Williams directs both productions while Tiffany Underwood Holmes provides music direction.

"We are excited to explore the depths, intricacies, challenges, and truths in the complicated relationships that are featured in both of the titles in the Love/Loss Cycle,” shares director Stephanie Lynn Williams. She continues, “In addition, producing two shows in rep is a challenge that we have not faced up to this point, but an exciting one which we are ready to tackle."

The Last Five Years chronicles a five-year relationship between writer Jamie Wellerstein and actress Cathy Hiatt in a series of alternating musical soliloquies. Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order from the end of their relationship while Jamie’s perspective alternates in forward motion from the beginning of their relationship. john & jen follows Jen Tracy through two parallel relationships (with brother John and son John) across four decades.

Red Branch Theatre Company will partner with HopeWorks of Howard County (formerly the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County) to promote healthy relationships over the course of the run of “The Love/Loss Cycle.” HopeWorks will facilitate two post-show presentations entitled “About Love: A Conversation on Complicated Relationships” as an enhancement for Red Branch audiences. In addition to providing services for individuals in crisis, HopeWorks facilitates many free programs about love, loss and personal growth. HopeWorks’ talk back will educate audiences and the community as to how the organization uses the creative arts to make hearts sing in response to the themes presented in The Love/Loss Cycle.

Red Branch Theatre Company is the professional theatre in residence at Drama Learning Center. Producing four to five shows a season, Red Branch’s mission is to foster a love of theatre in its audiences that is life-long.  Red Branch remains committed to providing professional theatre to the Baltimore/Washington corridor at affordable prices.

The Last Five Years and john & jen are presented with permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Cast
The Last Five Years
Jamie – Kurt Boehm*
Cathy – Jennifer W. Culotta

*Appearance courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

john & jen
John – Patrick J. Prebula
Jen – Danielle Sherry

Production Staff
Director – Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Director – Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Production Manager – Cheryl Campo
Stage Managers – Caitlin I. Quinn, Ben Walsh
Lighting Designer – Jason Aufdem-Brinke
Costume Designer – Amy R. Weimer
Original Production Artwork – Danamarie Hosler

Performance Dates and Times
The Last Five Years: April 4-5, 11-12, 25-26 at 8 PM; April 13 & 19 at 3 PM
john & jen: April 18-19, May 1-3 at 8 PM; April 26-27 at 3 PM

Special Events
April 4: Last Five Years Opening Night Post-Show Reception
April 18: john & jen Opening Night Post-Show Reception
April 19: 5 PM -- About Love: A Conversation on Complicated Relationships -- moderated by HopeWorks of Howard County
April 19 & 26: The Love/Loss Cycle Marathon – experience both parts of the Love/Loss Cycle back to back on the same day
April 27: 5 PM -- About Love: A Conversation on Complicated Relationships --  moderated by HopeWorks of Howard County
Ongoing: Patrons who bring a donation for the HopeWorks pantry to the box office during the run of The Love/Loss Cycle will receive a complimentary concessions voucher.
Ongoing: Wine and beer will be available for purchase at Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Tickets
Individual tickets available for purchase online at www.redbranchtheatrecompany.com or by calling the box office at (410) 997-9352 on March 1, 2014.

$18*/$20 in advance for single tickets
$22 at the door
$36 for The Love/Loss Marathon Package (tickets to performances of The Last Five Years and john & jen on April 19)

*Students & Seniors

Media
Photos of both casts attached. Additional media available upon request.

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

Media
Logos by Danamarie Hosler and photos attached.

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


Free Cookies for the People of Columbia on Tax Day! Great American Cookies® Announces “Incomes the Sweetness” Promotion
April 15, 2014, 11:00 AM 


Columbia Mall 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia, MD 21044

Free Cookies for the People of Columbia on Tax Day! Great American Cookies® Announces “Incomes the Sweetness” Promotion

Hear ye, Hear ye! Great American Cookies® declares cookies for all of Columbia on Tax Day, April 15, 2014!
Through the “Incomes the Sweetness” promotion, the national gourmet cookie shop will mark the culmination of tax season by providing a free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie to customers in the Columbia area who stop by participating
stores.* No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary. 

“Pardon the pun, but this time of year can be taxing,” said David Kaiser, vice president, Great American Cookies. “We want to provide some sweet relief to our customers and what better way to do it than with a delicious and traditional chocolate chip cookie? While filing our taxes may not be the greatest reason for a party, we do think it’s a great day for everyone to come together and celebrate our country. We hope to see our customers, old and new, on Tuesday, April 15th.” 

The company’s “Income the Sweetness” promotion marks the second year Great American Cookies has offered a free treat on Tax Day. Last year, the promotion coincided with the launch of the company’s Birthday Cake Cookie. This year, Great American Cookies is going back to its roots by offering the great American classic, the chocolate chip cookie.

Visit the following store location and satisfy your sweet tooth on tax day:

Columbia Mall 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia, MD 21044

For more information and store locations, visit our website www.greatamericancookies.com, follow Great American Cookies national Twitter handle, @Gr8AmCookies, or become a fan of the brand on Facebook www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies.

*While supplies last. Limit one per customer during day of promotion. Counts vary by store. Valid only at participating U.S. stores. No purchase necessary. Great American Cookies is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.

About Great American Cookies® www.greatamericancookies.com

Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip Cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet Cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 35 years, Great American Cookies has
maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary Cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable
products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Chile, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates.

About Global Franchise Group, LLC - www.globalfranchise.com 

Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a mission of championing franchise brands and the people who build them. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes three primary Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, Marble Slab Creamery®, and Pretzelmaker®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.


Howard County Chamber Business After Business Networking
April 15, 2014, 5:00 PM

Gadsby's Bar American, 8850 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045

Howard County Chamber Business After Business Networking

Join the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for lively networking, food and drinks at this great new Howard County restaurant. Tickets are $15 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members.

http://www.howardchamber.com/events/Business-After-Business-at-Gadsby%27s-Bar-American-471/details
Diabetes Screening and BMI
April 16, 2014, 9:00 AM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Meet with a registered nurse to receive a diabetes screening that includes a glucose blood test, BMI (body mass index) and weight management information. Immediate results. Fasting 8 hours prior to test is recommended. 4/16, 9 a.m.–noon. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601. 
Camp Bow Wow Chip -N- Dip Pawty Microchip Clinic
April 16, 2014, 5:00 PM

Camp Bow Wow 7165 Oakland Mills RD Columbia MD 21046

Camp Bow Wow Chip -N- Dip Pawty Microchip Clinic

Microchips give lost pets the best chance of returning home. Get your pet’s microchip at our Chip ‘n’ Dip Party on April 16, 2014 at Camp Bow Wow - Columbia! North Laurel Animal Hospital will be providing microchips for only $20, plus we’ll have food, drinks, and PAW-some goodies to keep your pet safe provided by Clipper's Canine Cafe.

Living with Diabetes: Executive Summary
April 16, 2014, 6:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

A condensed version of Living with Diabetes offered in the evening. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. 4/16 & 17, 6–9 p.m. 443-718-3000. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601. 

Topic of Cancer: Prostate Screening
April 17, 2014, 4:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Prostate cancer screening including PSA blood test. Presented by Marc Applestein, M.D. 4/17, 4–6 p.m. $15. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601. 
Afternoon Tea
April 17, 2014, 4:30 PM


Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044

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Whether you are meeting a friend, entertaining a client or planning an intimate bridal or baby shower, Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland may just be the perfect spot to do so!  A catered two-course repast is served to you in Oakland's elegant ballroom.  Reservations are required 48 hours in advance.  The cost is $28.00 plus tax per person.  Call 410-730-4801 for reservations.
Maudy Thursday Tenebrae Service
April 17, 2014, 7:00 PM

Kittamaqundi Community Church at Oliver’s Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044.

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Join us for this quiet, ancient service called a Service of Shadows or a Tenebrae Service (tenabrae means shadows in Latin).  This simple service takes place in candlelight. Readings from scripture, interspersed with songs, tell the story of Jesus' last supper, his arrest, trial and crucifixion. After each reading, a candle is blown out until the sanctuary is completely dark.  Then, one candle is re-lit, the cross is draped in black, and the congregation leaves in silence.

All are welcome to join us. Kittamaqundi Community Church is an open, loving Christian community that welcomes everyone no matter what religion, race, affiliation, gender, or neighborhood. For more information call Pastor Heather Kirk-Daviodoff at 410-730-4855410-730-4855 or visit us for one of our unique Sunday services held every Sunday at 10am. CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype
Common Fitness Injuries & Treatments
April 17, 2014, 7:15 PM

8880 McGaw Road, Columbia Maryland, 21045

Nava Health & Vitality Center is hosting an event focusing on "Common Fitness Injuries and Treatments." Dr. Russ Antico, Director of Chiropractic, will explain from an integrative perspective how to recognize, prevent, and treat some of the most common injuries experienced by active individuals. Light refreshments will be served.

Featuring: Dr. Russ Antico, Nava Director of Chiropractic and Dr. Douglas Lord, Nava Medical Director 

This will be a fun and informative evening so please bring your questions, friends and family and take advantage of this opportunity! Please RSVP by Wednesday April 16th to Brittany Metz by email bmetz@navacenter.com. 


Living with Diabetes
April 18, 2014, 8:30 AM

5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

Learn from an endocrinologist, podiatrist, psychologist, diabetes nurse educator and dietitian. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. 4/18 & 22, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at HCGH. 443-718-3000. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
One World Coffeehouse
April 19, 2014, 7:00 PM

Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

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One World Coffeehouse

Family, love, gratitude and laughter course through the repertoire of troubadour Greg Klyma, who performs Saturday, April 19, at the One World Coffeehouse at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and younger. There are discounts for online purchases. Doors open at 6:30, and the show starts at 7 p.m.uucolumbia.net/concerts410-381-0097
Weight Loss Through Bariatric Surgery
April 22, 2014, 5:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Learn about weight-loss surgery from Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery. 410-550-0409 or hopkinsbayview.org/bariatrics. 4/22 or 5/13, 5–6:30 p.m. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.  
Master Gardener: Container Gardening
April 22, 2014, 7:00 PM 

Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Are you limited by space in your yard?  Join us for some great tips to maximize your space by using containers, locations, soil and suitable plants.  In fact, everything needed to get started.  Please call 410-730-4744 or email tcvillage@columbiatowncenter.org to register.

Unibroue Beer Dinner
April 23, 2014

Victoria Gastro Pub, 8201 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21045 410-750-1880

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All Beer & Cork Club members receive an additional 10% off of their ticket! Payments become non-refundable 48 hours prior to the event.


Group Health Food Store Tour - Jessup/Columbia, MD
April 23, 2014

Overwhelmed by the choices at the health food store? 

Health food stores can be intimidating! 

Also, there are MANY items in the health food store that aren’t actually healthy. 

Let me be your guide. 

During this interactive store tour...

  • Learn how to navigate your way to a TRULY healthy shopping experience.  
  • Acquire knowledge about labels, which ingredients to be wary of, which foods to focus on and which foods to steer clear of! 
  • Discover the best and worst foods in each section of the store and how to nutritionally upgrade your usual shopping list. 

Become confident that the food you are bringing home is truly good for you & your family!

Wednesday, April 23rd

7pm - 8:30pm

$27 per person / $47 for 2 (couple, etc) 

(See registration instructions below)

YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE $10 MOMS GIFT CARD for your shopping!

Location:  MOMS (My Organic Market) in Columbia/Jessup

7351 Assateague Dr #190, Jessup, MD 20794  Store Phone# 410-799-2175

 SPACE IS LIMITED so be sure to secure your spot ASAP!

 Registration Options: 

  • Credit/Debit Card via PayPal below (go to the bottom of this page).  You do not need a PayPal account to process the payment.   By using the PayPal option, the convenience fee is added.
  • Make check payable to Simplistic Wholistic and mail to:  Holistic Maryland Attn: Gina Rieg/Simplistic Wholistic, 10440 Shaker Drive, Suite 103, Columbia, MD 21046.  **YOU MUST EMAIL ME to let me know that you are sending a check.  Also, with your check, you must indicate the class DATE and TIME for which you are registering, the name of the attendees, phone# to contact and email address.  Please also indcate how you heard about the class.  Checks will be accepted only up until two weeks prior to class date.

 *No refunds will be issued unless the class is cancelled.*

  Questions?  Email: gina@simplisticwholistic.com or Call: 301-602-6560 

*Please be sure to complete all fields - especially the phone number.*

Ticket Options
Student's Full Name & Phone#
How did you hear about class?
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Group Health Food Store Tour
April 23, 2014, 7:00 PM

MOMS (My Organic Market) in Columbia/Jessup 7351 Assateague Dr #190 Jessup, MD 20794

Overwhelmed by the choices at the health food store? 

Health food stores can be intimidating! 

Also, there are MANY items in the health food store that aren’t actually healthy. 
Let me be your guide. 

During this interactive store tour...

  • Learn how to navigate your way to a TRULY healthy
    shopping experience. 
  • Acquire knowledge about labels, which ingredients to be
    wary of, which foods to focus on and which foods to steer clear of! 
  • Discover the best and worst foods in each section of
    the store and how to nutritionally upgrade your usual shopping list. 

Become confident that the food you are bringing home is truly good for you & your family!

YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE $10 MOMS GIFT CARD for your shopping!

  SPACE IS LIMITED so be sure to secure your spot ASAP!

- See more at:
http://www.simplisticwholistic.com/events/2014/04/group-health-food-store-tour-jessupcolumbia-md


Adult/Child/Infant CPR and AED
April 24, 2014, 5:30 PM 

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Adult/Child/Infant CPR and AEDLearn skills to clear an airway obstruction, perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn two-year American Heart Association completion card (not a health care provider course). 4/24 or 5/6, 5:30–9 p.m. $55. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
West Side Story
April 24, 25 and 26 at 7 pm and April 12 and 26 at 2 pm


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

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This Spring, 2014, Liberty Drama Club will perform the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, Arthur Laurents’ tale of forbidden love with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Showtimes are April 11, 12, 24, 25 and 26 at 7 pm and April 12 and 26 at 2 pm at Liberty High School’s Schnorr Auditorium, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, MD.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; and $15 for advanced seating (which includes your show ticket in 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.

Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.showclix.com/event/LHS_West_Side_Story or in the lobby of Liberty High School beginning March 31st during school hours.

For more information please go to www.LHSDRAMACLUB.com or contact libertydramaboosters@gmail.com.

Living Well For Men
April 25, 2014, 10:00 AM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Taught by men and for men only. Learn to manage your health, develop a diet and fitness plan, deal with pain and communicate with health professionals. 410-313-5980. Fridays, 4/25–5/30, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $28. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
I.M.P. Presents... Official M3 Kix-Off Party
April 25, 2014, 5:30 PM

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044 

KIX • Extreme • Lita Ford • WingerGates 
5:30pm
#M3MPP
Tickets on sale now.
Advance Directives
April 25, 2014, 6:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Understand what Advance Directives are, who needs them, how to get them and how to complete them. Leave with an Advance Directives document. 4/25, 6–7 p.m. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
Breathe Deep Columbia
April 26, 2014, 8:30 AM

Town Center and Wilde Lake Columbia, MD 21044

Breathe Deep Columbia

Michael Osborne is a lung cancer survivor and the volunteer event coordinator for Breathe Deep Columbia 5K Walk in Memory of Dr. Clement B. Knight on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Town Center, Columbia, Maryland. There is also a 1K alternate route for those challenged by the longer walk.

Did you know that lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year? It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity. All proceeds from this event go to LUNGevity Foundation to fund lung cancer research.  

You can register, make a donation and find out more information about the event at www.lungevity.org/columbia


Town Center Election Day Village Wide Yard Sale
April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM

Vantage Point Park, Vantage Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Town Center's traditional Election Day Yard Sale is back!  Stop by, have a donut and cup of coffee, and browse for treasures - and VOTE.  FREE to sellers.  Call 410-730-4744 or tcvillage@columbiatowncenter.org to register to sell. 
The Oakland Mills Community Association
will be hosting its annual plant sale

Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Doors will open at 9:00AM. 

A colorful assortment of annuals and hanging baskets will be available for purchase.  Cash or checks only.  For more information: 410-730-4610;  oaklandmills.org; The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.
River Hill Resident Art Show
April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM

Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, MD 21029

River Hill Resident Art Show
River Hill residents will be showing their art at a one-day art show on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claret
Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville.
Some art will be for sale. This event is free. Contact 410-531-1749 or newsletter@villageofriverhill.org for more information.
CPR Across Howard County
April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR for the adult and child victim. For the community and not a certification course. 4/26, 9 a.m.–noon. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.

Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club Primary Candidate Forum
April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 8241 Snowden River, Pwky., Columbia, MD

THURGOOD
MARSHALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO HOLD FORUM FOR PRIMARY CANDIDATES

The Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club of Howard County (TMDC) will hold a candidate’s forum on April 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

TMDC has extended an invitation to all state-wide and local candidates registered on the primary ballot in
Howard County.

The forum will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8241 Snowden River, Pwky., Columbia, MD.  TMDC invites the public to attend this free event to learn more about the candidates.


WOMENFEST...A Health & Wellness Event for Women
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 10am - 3pm

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97 Glenwood, MD 21723 410-313-5440

| www.howardcountyaging.org/womenfest |

WOMENFEST...A Health & Wellness Event for Women

WomenFest is a FREE interactive day focusing on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives. This event will feature 90+ vendors and exhibitors, engaging seminars and free health screenings, plus a keynote address by award-winning cookbook author Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN.


I.M.P. Presents... M3 Rock Festival
April 26, 2014, 10:30 AM

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Tesla • Night Ranger • Sebastian Bach • Queensryche • Slaugher• Stryper • LA Guns • Jack Russell's Great White • Keel •Autograph • Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel • Femme Fatale  •John Corabi • Heaven's Edge

Gates 10:30am

Two-Day M3 Tickets $50, $75, $100, $190 - On sale now.

#M3MPP

We're back! Be sure to catch us in our fourth annual appearance at Howard Community College
Saturday, April 26th at 7:30pm

Thanks to our favorite flutist Melissa, we get to be part of HCC's Faculty Artist Series. "Dancing Through Time" is the dynamite program we know you'll enjoy, featuring danceable tunes (better practice your Gagliarda steps!) by Rameau, Ravel, Respighi, and Grieg.

Yes, we will entertain and enlighten you with our inimitable remarks about each piece. (No, Catina will not be announcing a Name-the-Baby contest!)

Yes, you'll want to stay afterwards for eats, conversation, and to take selfies with your favorite Patagonian(s) at the post-concert reception!

And yes, you'll want to get your tickets this week to take advantage of discounted prices!
Here's the link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9816191/prm/APR26

Need more info? See our website and/or the HCC website.


Chamber Concert Three
April 26, 2014 - 7:30pm

Christ Episcopal Church 6800 Oakland Mills Road Columbia, MD 21045 410-465-8785

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

The amazing talents of Columbia Orchestra members will be on display as small ensembles present great works of the chamber music literature in the beautiful, intimate setting of Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia.


Howard Community College for Walk MS 2014
April 26, 2014

| http://www.walkmsmaryland.org | katie.amos@nmss.org |

Join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Howard Community College for Walk MS 2014. Come together with friends, family, and coworkers to help raise over $1 million for MS research, programs, and services for the 6,500 Marylanders living with MS. Walk MS is approximately 3 miles and registration opens at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. To register for the event please visit the website at www.walkmsmaryland.org or contact Katie Amos at katie.amos@nmss.org or 443-641-1209. Each step you take brings us that much closer to a world free from MS.
Historic Oakland
Weddings & Events Showcase
April 27, 2014 2pm - 5pm

| http://www.historic-oakland.com/ |
Weddings & Events Showcase

Jazz in the Mills at The Other Barn, Presents an ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

featuring “Lavenia Nesmith Concert and CD Release”. Back by Popular Demand, The Jazz in the Mills Concert Series 2014 presents Lavenia Nesmith, Celebrating her Debut CD Release. Janet Gilbert, entertainment writer for the Baltimore Sun raves about Lavenia: “Her voice, rich and resonant can be powerful and poignant, sultry or sweet”.

Due to the SOLD OUT popularity of the concert scheduled for April 6th, an encore concert will be held at The Other Barn on Sunday, April 27 from
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at The Other Barn or
online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/569396.  Tickets will be available
at the door for $20.

Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association.

For more information: Lavenia Nesmith at Lavenia_nesmith@comcast.net or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610; manager@oaklandmills.org; The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045.


What's For LUNCH? Cooking Class in Columbia, MD
April 27, 2014

Do you find yourself asking...

  • How do I transition myself & my family to healthier, homemade, nutrient-dense REAL food lunches?
  • How do I get out of this lunch rut? 
  • What are the best foods to eat at lunch to prevent that 3pm afternoon craving and crash?!

This class is for you!

Learn the secrets of creating nourishing, complete & scrumptiously satisfying foods with all unprocessed and TRULY healthy ingredients.

In this class:

  • Receive REAL food nutrition guidance, providing you with tools for you to use in your own kitchen and life!
  • View live demos with REAL TIME cooking instruction.
  • Enjoy a good size sample of prepared meal.
  • Build your REAL food relationships.

All dishes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, paleo-friendly and GAPS-friendly.

YOU WILL LEAVE CLASS WITH MOTIVATION AND EMPOWERMENT.  YOU CAN DO THIS!

In partnership with RELAY FOODS

Sunday April 27th from 11am - 1pm

$45 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL RATE  ($55 per person at the door)

$35 Current Coaching Client special rate (Current client means that you have completed an individual coaching session within 2 months of the class date).

Register now below asap to save your seat!  SPACE IS LIMITED!

Class Location:

Body Space / The Face Place

6935 Oakland Mills Rd, Suite P, Columbia, MD 21045

Phone# for direction hints only 410-730-5079

Registration Options: 

  • Credit/Debit Card via PayPal below (go to the bottom of this page).  You do not need a PayPal account to process the payment.   By using the PayPal option, the convenience fee is added. 
  • Make check payable to Simplistic Wholistic and mail to:  Holistic Maryland Attn: Gina Rieg/Simplistic Wholistic, 10440 Shaker Drive, Suites 103, Columbia, MD 21046.  **YOU MUST EMAIL ME to let me know that you are sending a check.  Also, with your check, you must indicate the class DATE and TIME for which you are registering, the name of the attendees, phone# to contact and email address.  Please also indcate how you heard about the class.  Checks will be accepted only up until two weeks prior to class date.

*No refunds will be issued unless the class is cancelled.*

  Questions?  Email: gina@simplisticwholistic.com or Call: 301-602-6560

Please complete all fields below ESPECIALLY YOUR PHONE#.

Ticket Options
Student's Full Name & PHONE #
How did you hear about class?

See you in class!

- See more at: http://www.simplisticwholistic.com/events/2014/04/whats-for-lunch-cooking-class-in-columbia-md#sthash.8vxwyhq3.dpuf
The 3rd Annual Annual Iron Girl Columbia Half-Marathon & Family Fun 5k
April 27, 2014, 7:00 AM


Little Patuxent Parkway, in downtown Columbia, MD

| http://www.tricolumbia.org |

TriColumbia invites athletes to register for the Iron Girl Half-Marathon and the Family Fun 5K. Start/Finish Lines will in the Iron Girl Columbia Half-Marathon Celebration Village adjacent to the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel. Other Race related activities will be held in the same area adjacent to the start/finish lines. The Iron Girl Half Marathon is a challenging distance of 13.1 miles, while the Family Fun 5K is a shorter distance of a 3.1 mile run. The Iron Girl Half Marathon costs $90 and the Packet Pick Up price is $105. For the Family Fun 5K, it costs $35 and the Packet Pick Up price is $50. There will be no Race Day Check-In/Packet Pickup; all entrants must attend the packet pickup, in person the Friday and Saturday before the race. Named “Best Women’s Event in the Mid-Atlantic” by Competitor Magazine in 2012, the Iron Girl Columbia Half-Marathon looks forward to your participation.

People's Health Forum
April 28, 2014, 6:30 PM


St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

State Legislative Candidates to Attend People’s Health Forum in Howard County

On Monday, April 28, Howard County residents, community leaders, and candidates for state office will attend the Howard County People’s Health Forum on Equal Access to Care. It will be the first of several forums on health around the state. During the event, Howard residents will share how they have been impacted by the healthcare crisis. State legislative candidates will then state their position on a series of questions, including: Do they believe Healthcare is a Right? Do they support access to healthcare for all Marylanders? What barriers do they see to enforcement of healthcare as a right for everyone?

Five Howard County candidates are currently scheduled to participate in the event, including Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Delegate Guy Guzzone and candidates Teri Hill, Clarence Lam, and Rebecca Dongarra. The forum is being co-sponsored by Healthcare Is a Human Right Maryland and the Health and Wholeness Ministry at St. Johns Baptist
Church.

Even after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, roughly 400,000 Marylanders will still remain without healthcare. Tens of thousands more are, and will continue to be underinsured and vulnerable to private-insurance-induced medical debt and bankruptcy. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Maryland believes that all residents should be able to gain access to necessary healthcare without financial barriers. Contact: Eric Naumburg
HCHRMaryland@gmail.com 


Happiest Baby on the Block
April 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Parents and parents-to-be learn techniques to quickly soothe baby. 4/29, 7–9 p.m. $50 per couple (includes parent kits). Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.

Faithful Circle Quilters 2014 Quilt Show Birds of a Feather Quilt Together Over 300 quilts on display
May 3   10:00AM - 4:00PM

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle Columbia MD 21045

| www.faithfulcirclequilters.com |
Admission $ 7.00 per person

--silent auction--door prizes --raffles--$10.00 and under boutique--vendors May 1,2  10:00AM -8:00PM


Homemade Probiotics 2 - Crazy for Kefir & Kombucha in Columbia, MD
May 3, 2014

Homemade Probiotics 2 – Crazy for Kefir & Kombucha

 

At this Workshop, FIND OUT:

  • WHAT exactly are Kefir & Kombucha?
  • WHY are these drinks different than lacto-fermented vegetables?
  • HOW do we make these for our family?

  See step-by-step demos showing you exactly how to prepare these REAL & LIVE fermented drinks! 

Say ADIOS to soda & juice!

PLUS* Taste samples & receive complete recipes for your own adventures at home!

BONUS - Take home a FREE Kombucha starter culture to make your own

Kombucha right away!!!! This is a $15 value for FREE!

(Please bring a glass jar with a plastic lid in order to take it home with you!)

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 from 11am - 1pm

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD RATES until April 9th

(Regular price is $50 per person, so take advantage of these deals!)

EARLY BIRD RATE - New Student (1 person) = $42

EARLY BIRD RATE for a group of 3 = $113.40 (breaks down to $37.80 per person!) - *Please note, no changes are allowed after purchasing a group package

EARLY BIRD RATE for a group of 5 = $178.50 (breaks down to $35.70 per person!) - *Please note, no chages are allowed after purchasing a group package

Current Coaching Client special rate = $35 (Current client means that they have completed an individual coaching session within 2 months of the class date).

***BONUS - Take home a FREE Kombucha starter culture to make your own Kombucha right away!!!! This is a $15 value for FREE!***

(Please bring a glass jar with a plastic lid in order to take it home with you!)

Class Location:

 BodySpace / Face Place

6935 Oakland Mills Rd., Suite P, Columbia, MD 21045

*Please enter the building around back.  You may park in front of the Face Place entrance and then walk around to the BodySpace entrance, which is just around back of the building.*

 Registration Required by April 26th to insure adequate samples for everyone.  SPACE IS LIMITED!
Registrations may still be accepted after this date on a case by case basis.

IF YOU ARE ALSO REGISTERING FOR MEDICINE CABINET MAKEOVER - ESSENTIAL OILS 101 at 1:30 on May 3rd, you may want to bring a snack/lunch to have during the 30 minutes between classes.

  Registration Options: 

  • Credit/Debit Card via PayPal below (go to the bottom of this page).  You do not need a PayPal account to process the payment.   By using the PayPal option, the convenience fee is added. 
  • Make check payable to Simplistic Wholistic and mail to:  Holistic Maryland Attn: Gina Rieg/Simplistic Wholistic, 10440 Shaker Drive, Suites 103, Columbia, MD 21046.  **YOU MUST EMAIL ME to let me know that you are sending a check.  Also, with your check, you must indicate the class DATE and TIME for which you are registering, the name of the attendees, phone# to contact and email address.  Please also indcate how you heard about the class.  Checks will be accepted only up until two weeks prior to class date.

*No refunds will be issued unless the class is cancelled.*

  Questions?  Email: gina@simplisticwholistic.com or Call: 301-602-6560 

Please note - no changes are allowed once a group package is purchased.

Also, please complete all fields ESPECIALLY YOUR PHONE#.

Ticket Options
Student's Full Name & Phone#
How did you hear about class?
- See more at: http://www.simplisticwholistic.com/events/2014/05/homemade-probiotics-2-crazy-for-k#sthash.mTMNFdr7.dpuf
Cradlerock Elementary School PTA presents: “Spring Plant Sale”
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10am

In the Cradlerock ES Cafeteria, Columbia. 

There will be a variety of spring annuals and hanging baskets on sale.  Get your spring garden off to a great start.  Only cash and checks will be accepted.  All proceeds benefit the Cradlerock ES PTA end of the year activities.
We will also be collecting books, gently used and new, to be given to our students as they leave for summer vacation to encourage reading throughout the summer months.  For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren, PTA President, at ptaofcradlerock@gmail.com.  You can also check us out at cradlerockpta.com or on Facebook at “Cradlerock Elementary School PTA.”
The Mall in Columbia & Wegmans Host "The Hope Factory"
May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM


Wegmans in Columbia: 8855 Mcgaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045

| http://www.messageofhopefoundation.org/ |

The Mall in Columbia and Wegmans have partnered with The Message of Hope Foundation to make a difference and bring HOPE to life for children who are hospitalized for chronic or life threatening health conditions.

On May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wegmans in Columbia will host "The Hope Factory", which assembles the donated items into cheerful yellow "Happy Hope Bags."

Donations and volunteer efforts directly affect our local community. The Message of Hope Foundation is proud to partner with Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Children’s House, Upper Chesapeake Hospital, The Rubin Institute, University of Maryland Medical, Hackerman-Patz House, The Children’s Inn at NIH and several others in the Baltimore area.

Women’s Self Defense
May 3, 2014, 9:00 AM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Women (16 and up) learn and practice highly effective, easy-to-learn techniques designed for adult situations. 5/3, 9 a.m.–noon. $50. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.  
The Mall in Columbia & Wegmans Host "The Hope Factory"
May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM

Wegmans in Columbia: 8855 Mcgaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045

The Mall in Columbia and Wegmans have partnered with The Message of Hope Foundation to make a difference and bring HOPE to life for children who are hospitalized for chronic or life threatening health conditions.

On May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wegmans in Columbia will host "The Hope Factory", which assembles the donated items into cheerful yellow "Happy Hope Bags."

Donations and volunteer efforts directly affect our local community. The Message of Hope Foundation is proud to partner with Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Children’s House, Upper Chesapeake Hospital, The Rubin Institute, University of Maryland Medical, Hackerman-Patz House, The Children’s Inn at NIH and several others in the Baltimore area.

For more information, visit messageofhopefoundation.org.

Music of the British Isles
May 3, 2014 - 8pm

Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road Columbia, MD

| http://www.procantare.org/ |

Columbia Pro Cantare celebrates British and Celtic music in the final concert of its 2013-14 season. The chorus, under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson, will be joined for this concert by Jared Denhard, pipes and whistles, Richard McCready, bones and percussion, and the Lexington Brass Quintet. The program consists of short works, some familiar and some new to the ear, including Orlando Gibbons’ Cries of London, Stephen Hatfield’s Best to Be Singing and O’er the Hills, and “Eisteddsod,” a medley of Welsh songs for chorus arranged by Jared Denhard. An informal lecture on the works precedes the concert at 7 pm, and there is a post-concert reception. Tickets are $23 and $20 (students and sr. citizens) in advance; $2 more at the door. To order tickets, visit procantare.org, or call 410.799.9321 or 301.854.0107.


Healthy Weight, Healthy You - Part 2
May 5, 2014, 7:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Part 2 – Kitchen Wisdom: Sample food and learn how to spice up healthy meals with herbs and spices. 5/5, 7–8:30 p.m. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
JCS IN HOWARD COUNTY OFFERS COMMUNITY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
May 5, 2014, 6:00 PM


Howard County

| http://www.jewishhowardcounty.org/ |

Jewish Community Services (JCS) in Howard County is offering a Community Bereavement Group, beginning on Monday, May 5, 2014.  The group will meet from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for eight sessions.  For anyone mourning the death of a loved one, the group will provide a welcoming place where participants can be with others who are grieving, find
support within the Jewish community, and benefit from the opportunity to talk with specialists about grief.  Liz
Schoen, LCSW-C, will facilitate. Pre-registration for the group is required.   The fee is $36 for eight sessions.  For location, registration, and more information please call 410-730-4976, ext. 120.  JCS services in Howard
County are funded by the Jewish Federation of Howard County


Adult/Child/Infant CPR and AED
May 6, 2014, 5:30 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Adult/Child/Infant CPR and AEDLearn skills to clear an airway obstruction, perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn two-year American Heart Association completion card (not a health care provider course). 5/6, 5:30–9 p.m. $55. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601. 
Drug Abuse: It’s a Family Matter - Part 1
May 6, 2014, 7:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Part 1: Understand why people abuse drugs, the signs of abuse, and how families can prevent drug abuse. Part 2: Learn the various classes of drugs of abuse, levels of treatment, how treatment works and why it is the only means to recovery for families. Recommended for parents of children of all ages. Presented by Joseph Gagliardi, M.D. 5/6 & 8, 7–8:30 p.m. Free.   www.hcgh.org
Dogfish Head Beer Dinner
May 7, 2014

Victoria Gastro Pub, 8201 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21045 410-750-1880

| http://www.victoriagastropub.com/ | heather@victoriagastropub.com |

All Beer & Cork Club members receive an additional 10% off of their ticket! Payments become non-refundable 48 hours prior to the event.


Exotic Landscapes
May 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road Columbia, MD

| http://www.procantare.org/ | Tickets |

Our Season Finale takes a tour around the globe with stops in Italy, France, ancient Mexico, and the magic-filled forest of Shakespeare’s famous play. Each tells a short story with its own local flavor, and the amazing talents of our Young Artist Competition winners, actors from the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and a host of guest drummers help cap off the season with an impressive flourish!


You've Got a Friend in Fats
May 8, 2014, 7:00 PM

Nourishing Journey, 10440 Shaker Drive #105, Columbia, MD 20146

Find out which fats are truly the beneficial fats for optimal health and which ones to avoid.
Drug Abuse: It’s a Family Matter - Part 2
May 8, 2014, 7:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Part 2: Learn the various classes of drugs of abuse, levels of treatment, how treatment works and why it is the only means to recovery for families. Recommended for parents of children of all ages. Presented by Joseph Gagliardi, M.D. 5/8, 7–8:30 p.m. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601. 
Cycle2Health (C2H)
Thursday, May 8th at 10 a.m.


Coordinated by the Department of Citizen Services’ Office on Aging, Cycle2Health (C2H) is a non-competitive, peer-led, bicycling club featuring weekday rides during daytime hours.  Adults of all ages and riding abilities are welcome.  Rides vary in length and difficulty and depart from various Howard County locations.

The program kick-off will be held rain or shine on Thursday, May 8th at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the East Columbia 50+ Center located at 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21046.  The event will feature complimentary bike checks and free presentations on bike-related topics.  The departure of the 1st ride of the season will follow, at 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome to attend the kick-off, but one must register to ride. There is a $10 fee to register.  Participants must provide their own bicycle, helmet, water, a spare tube and bicycle air pump.  Bicycles should be in good working order to ensure safe and enjoyable riding for both the participant and group.
For more information or to register, visit www.howardcountyaging.org/cycle2health or call Jennifer Lee at (410)313-5940.

Lively Arts for Little Ones presents: “Rocknoceros”
Friday, May 9, 2014, 10am

The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 

They’re back!  Without a doubt the most popular kid’s rock n’ roll concert in the area.  Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie will have kids up and dancing in no time. Tickets are $5.00 (ages 2 and up). To purchase, visit The Other Barn, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/393198, or buy at the door. For more information, call 410-730-4610 or visit oaklandmills.org.
One-day conference for 10th and 11th grade girls interested in technology and computing
Saturday, May 10th and will run from 9-4


We plan to have guest speakers, including UMBC professors as well as professionals in the field. There will also be hands-on activities and raffles! The event is planned for Saturday, May 10th and will run from 9-4. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. More information can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/a/umbc.edu/the-athena-conference/.

Maryland Half Marathon & 5K
May 10, 2014, 8:00 AM


Maple Lawn Community

The sixth annual Maryland Half Marathon & 5K, presented by St. John Properties, to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Maple Lawn community of Howard County. New this year is the Maryland 5K, which will kick off shortly after the start of the half marathon and has an adult entry fee of $35. Registration for both races is now open at www.mdhalfmarathon.com.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Maple Lawn and are excited about the introduction of the Maryland 5K, which may appeal to individuals interested in running a shorter distance, but who are still committed to raising funds for the Greenebaum Cancer Center,” says Michael Greenebaum, race co-founder and co-chairman. “We want both the half marathon and the 5K to be fun, yet challenging, and suitable for individuals who want to run with a purpose.”

“We’re also very excited that we will be celebrating the sixth anniversary of the race, which has already raised over $1.5 million for the Greenebaum Cancer Center,” adds Jon Sevel, race co-founder and co-chairman. “Half marathons are increasingly popular, but what makes the Maryland Half Marathon unique is that 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit this nationally recognized cancer center.”

In addition, the 2014 event will feature the return of the Kids Fun Run, sponsored by Columbia Academy. There will also be a Kids Zone, sponsored by Rosenberg Martin & Greenberg, with FREE crafts, Balloon animals, face painting and more. All participants and spectators are invited to attend the free Post Race Festival, where there will be music, a variety of vendors and fun for everyone held directly on Maple Lawn Boulevard. Following are detailed start times for the Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run:

• The half marathon starts at 8 a.m., Registration for the half marathon is $85 until April 13, 2014; and $90 from April 14 until race day.
• The Maryland 5K begins at 8:30 am. Registration for the Maryland 5K is $35.
• The Kids Fun Run begins at 8:45 am and registration is $15. The Kids Zone is free.

For runners who want a little extra help, Pace Groups, sponsored by Rosenberg Martin & Greenberg, will be in full swing at this year’s Maryland Half Marathon, where an experienced runner from the Baltimore Pacemakers will run with a group and encourage participants to achieve their race goals. This option is included in the adult entry fee.

The Maryland Half Marathon County Cup will again be presented to the county executive representing the “home” county of the first Maryland resident to cross the finish line. For four years, Baltimore County has been awarded the cup; Harford County claimed the honor in 2010.

Michael Greenebaum and Jon Sevel started the Maryland Half Marathon in 2009, combining their passion for running with a desire to help the cancer center, which is named for Greenebaum’s parents, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum.

Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., the cancer center’s director, says, “We’re extremely grateful to all the runners and volunteers who make the Maryland Half Marathon so successful each year. The money that they have raised has been crucial to helping us provide outstanding care for our patients and to continue our research into new ways to fight cancer.”

A number of cancer survivors and members of their families take part in the half marathon each year, along with doctors, nurses and other members of the cancer center staff. Cancer survivors give medals to all those who finish the race. 

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, is ranked in the top 50 cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The cancer center offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program.

For more information about the Maryland Half Marathon, visit www.mdhalfmarathon.com. To learn more about the Greenebaum Cancer Center, go to www.umgcc.org.


Skin Cancer Screening
May 13, 2014, 5:00 PM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.)

Dermatologist will examine one or two areas of concern. 5/13 & 15, 5–7 p.m. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601. 
Weight Loss Through Bariatric Surgery
May 13, 2014, 5:00 PM 

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Learn about weight-loss surgery from Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery. 410-550-0409 or hopkinsbayview.org/bariatrics. 5/13, 5–6:30 p.m. Free. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
Condiments, Sauces & Dips - Oh My! Cooking Class in Columbia, MD
May 14, 2014

Most commercial condiments, sauces and dips contain non-food STUFF

such as hydrogenated fats, unhealthy oils, hidden sugars and preservatives (even some organic versions).  YIKES!!! 

That's why I teach this class!

                   In this class...

  • Learn how to conquer this section of your refrigerator with no-guilt good-for-you and scrumptious versions!
  • Watch demonstrations to learn how to make THREE core scrumptious condiments - see how to enjoy them in their basic forms & then how to transform them into even more tasty creations!
  • See how this addition will give you A LOT more variety for your meals in an efficient way! (Your loved ones will thank you!)

Taste DELICIOUS samples and take away recipe packets and a plethora of ideas for your fridge, including ideas for incorporating new spices & herbs!

 *This class is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, SCD-friendly, Paleo-friendy and GAPS-friendly!*

Tuesday, April 8th
11:00am-12:30pm

 $33 per person

 Class Location - Columbia, MD

 This class location is in a private home in Columbia, MD.  Exact address will be provided upon registration.  Location is near the interestion of rt 175 and rt 29 in Columbia, MD.  Registration Required by Monday, March 31st to insure adequate samples for everyone.

 Registrations after this date may be accepted on an individual basis.

 SPACE IS LIMITED so be sure to secure your spot ASAP!

Registration Options: 

  •  Credit/Debit Card via PayPal below (go to the bottom of this page).  You do not need a PayPal account to process the payment.   By using the PayPal option, the convenience fee is added.
  • Make check payable to Simplistic Wholistic and mail to:  Holistic Maryland Attn: Gina Rieg/Simplistic Wholistic, 10440 Shaker Drive, Suite 103, Columbia, MD 21046.  **YOU MUST EMAIL ME to let me know that you are sending a check.  Also, with your check, you must indicate the class DATE and TIME for which you are registering, the name of the attendees, phone# to contact and email address.  Please also indcate how you heard about the class.  Checks will be accepted only up until two weeks prior to class date.

*No refunds will be issued unless the class is cancelled.*
  Questions?  Email: gina@simplisticwholistic.com or Call: 301-602-6560
Please be sure to fill in all fields including your phone#

Ticket Options
Student's Full Name & Phone#
How did you hear about class?
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Family Bingo at The Other Barn
May 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia

Bring the family to The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center for a fun evening of Bingo on Thursday, May 15th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Prizes for all ages!  Bingo cards will be sold at five for $1 (cash only).  Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.  Registration is preferred, but not required.  For more information, please call 410-730-4610 or email events@oaklandmills.org.  The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.
FREE Event - WAPF Conference Video Viewing + Discussion in Columbia, MD
Friday, May 16th, 2014 @ 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a FREE community event!

Location - WisdomWell Family Acupuncture & Wellness, 8955 Guilford Road #240, Columbia, MD

We are gathering to watch conference video recordings from the Weston A Price 2013 Conference!  The Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF), out of DC, is committed to teaching and spreading the message of REAL, nutrient-dense, traditional foods.  This is the conference that I attended in 2010 that sparked my food lifestyle transition to REAL food! 

We will spend this evening watching these 2 presentations:

  • The Keynote Address of the Conference: "Exploring the Gut-brain Axis in Childhood Developmental Disorders" by Andrew Wakefield, MD.  This presentation will describe the evidence for pathological and functional changes in the intestine of children on the autism spectrum with gastrointestinal symptoms. The mechanism and causes of this injury and how it might lead to neurological dysfunction will be discussed. Opportunities for treating and preventing the disease and its consequences will be set out as a basis for further research.
  • "Making Sense Out of Fiber Nonsense" by Konstantin Monastyrsky.  The mainstream acceptance of dietary fiber is quite recent. The "dietary fiber hypothesis" was accepted as a major addition to nutrition by the 1980s. Since then fiber has become a preeminent health food, even though there isn't a single other non-nutrient - not alcohol, not artificial sweeteners, not even MSG - with as many well-known side effects as fiber. So what gives? Monastyrsky will enumerate all the known connections between the consumption of fiber and major colorectal disorders, such as IBS, colitis, Crohn's disease, and colon cancer. 

Discussion and good conversation to follow! Event facilitated by Gina Rieg, WAPF Chapter Leader for Columbia, MD.
Bring your friends and family to this FREE community event!  Please be sure to rsvp with ONE of these ways -

See you there!

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Birds in the Backyard" Spring Schools Out Lunch
Friday May 16, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring Columbia, MD 21044

Looking for something to do with the kids on yet ANOTHER day off school? At least it won't be snowing in May (we hope)!

Join us on Friday, May 16 from 12:00-1:30 pm for a fun and educational School's Out Lunch for kids ages 5-10 (accompanied by an adult). 

For only $5 per person, you'll get a delicious pizza lunch, plus an educational presentation by the Master Gardeners called "Birds in the Garden." You'll get to see and touch nests, eggs, and birdfeeders, and hear bird songs. You'll also learn how to attract birds to your yard and make a bird-related craft to take home! 

Click on the link below to register!
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If you have any questions about this event, please contact me. I hope to see you there!

Joan Lancos
Hickory Ridge Community Association
info@hickoryridgevillage.org - 410-730-7327


Essentials in Babysitting
May 17, 2014, 9:00 AM

HCGH Wellness Center (10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, Md.) 

Learn to manage children, create a safe environment, and apply basic emergency techniques. 5/17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $50. Online advanced registration at www.hcgh.org is advised for all programs. For more information about the hospital’s ongoing wellness programs, call 410-740-7601.
Healing Service
May 18, 2014, 5:30 PM

Kittamaqundi Community Church at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044

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Join us for a Healing Service lead by Jack Dunlavey, pastoral minister at Howard County Community Hospital. All who seek prayers for physical, emotional, or spiritual healing for themselves and/or others or those who want others to pray with them without stating a specific purpose are invited to this special gathering held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

For more information call Jack at 410-730-4855410-730-4855.

Kittamaqundi Community Church is an open, loving Christian community that welcomes everyone no matter what religion, race, affiliation, gender, or neighborhood. Join us at 10am on Sunday morning each week and discover the true meaning of community. CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

What's for BREAKFAST? Cooking Class in Columbia, MD
May 18, 2014

Do you find yourself asking...

  • How do I transition myself and my family to healthier, homemade, nutrient-dense BREAKFASTS?
  • How do I get out of this breakfast rut? 
  • What are some enjoyable and TRULY nourishing staple breakfasts that I can count on?

This class is for you!

Learn to create a nourishing, complete & scrumptiously satisfying meal with all unprocessed and TRULY healthy ingredients.

In this class:

  • Receive REAL food nutrition guidance, providing you with tools for you to use in your own kitchen and life!
  • View live demos with REAL TIME cooking instruction.
  • Enjoy a good size sample of prepared meal.
  • Build your REAL food relationships.

All dishes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, paleo-friendly and GAPS-friendly.

YOU WILL LEAVE CLASS WITH MOTIVATION AND EMPOWERMENT.  YOU CAN DO THIS!

Sunday May 18th

11am - 1pm

$45 PER PERSON EARLY BIRD

$55 at the door

*Registrations required by Sunday, May 11th to ensure enough samples for everyone. 

See Registration link below.*

(Registrations may still be taken after March 2nd on a case-by-case basis.)

Class Host & Location:

9017 Red Branch Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

Phone#443-718-0152

Register through CrossFit Syndicate HERE!

REGISTER NOW TO SAVE YOUR SPOT!!!!!!

See you in class!

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24th Annual Strawberry Festival
May 31, 2014


Sykesville Freedom District Fire Grounds

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Attention Crafters, Antique Dealers, and Flea Market vendors. Space is available on May 31, 2014 for the 24th Annual Strawberry Festival to be held at Sykesville Freedom District Fire Grounds, 9 am - 4 pm. Sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church. Vendor spaces are available at $40 for a 20’ x 20’ area until the end of February.  March 1st spaces will be $45.  For general information, call 410-795-9174 or visit melchurch.org.  Information for crafters and vendors, please call 410-875-2633.

Columbia Festival of the Arts announced today its Grits & Glamour Gala
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m

An Evening with Nate Bargatze to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., at the Howard Community College Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.  The evening includes a full-length performance by rising comedic star Nate Bargatze and southern-inspired catering by Linwoods. Best known for his laid-back, clean comedy and southern demeanor, Bargatze has been featured on Comedy Central and Jimmy Fallon’s Clean-Cut Comedy Tour. There will be a silent auction featuring art, as well as a variety of entertainment, leisure time and sports offerings.

Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of ten. For reservations or more information, please call 410-715-3044 or visit columbiafestival.org


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