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Learn more about Columbia’s history by attending the 11th annual BikeAbout on Saturday, September 3! Find details at

By Aria White

Fitness Q &A: Beach-worthy Abs Dancing Under the People Tree Expanded Village Events Calendar Events at Columbia Association THIS MONTH ON

On August’s show, learn about the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts; find out about CA’s new Community Health Sustainability Division; learn about the recent renovations at the Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club; learn more about the Bain Center; find out about the Black Student Achievement Program; learn about the routine vaccinations that you should have as you age; discover the history of Columbia’s early settlers from 1967; and more! Watch Columbia Matters online anytime at Columbia Matters airs Mondays at 11am, 4pm and 7pm and Saturdays at 8:30pm on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 41; Mondays and Fridays at 12pm, 4pm and 8pm, Wednesdays at 12pm and 4pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am, 2pm and 6pm, Saturdays at 12pm, 4pm and 8:30pm and Sundays at 10am, 4:30pm and 6:30pm on Comcast channel 98; and Mondays at 10:30am, Tuesdays at 7:30am, Wednesdays at 8am and 7pm, Thursdays at 7:30am, Fridays at 8am and 7:30pm, Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 11:30pm on Comcast channel 99 and Verizon channel 44.

ost Columbia residents know what the People Tree is, the 14-foot tall sculpture with golden people on it located at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. But did you know there are exactly 66 people on the People Tree? Do you know why there are 66 people and not 65 or 67? Construction on the People Tree sculpture began in 1966, which is why there are exactly 66 people on the tree. The People Tree, designed by Pierre duFayet, is an vision for Columbia, houses that were for sale, important piece of Columbia history. The sculpture is an neighborhoods that were being built and more. The Exhibit “artistic representation of Columbia’s goal to create an Center also had a slideshow presentation for visitors to environment that contributes to the growth of people and watch and an exhibit to walk through. Similar to today’s fosters community spirit,” according to the Columbia Welcome Center, the Exhibit Center was a new resident’s Archives. first stop to learn about all there is to do in Columbia. Alright, maybe you already know all there is to know By now you might be asking yourself, “Where can I learn about the People Tree, but can you locate Nomanisan all of these facts about Columbia?” The answer is simple–the Island on a map? It’s that small island located on Lake Columbia Archives, a treasure trove of information about Kittamaqundi. In 1980, Alan B. Levine won a Columbia. What’s that? You’ve never been to the contest sponsored by Columbia Association Columbia Archives? Open Monday-Friday, (CA) to name the island. The name, the Columbia Archives features all of the Nomanisan Island, is a play on the need-to-know information about famous line from John Donne’s poem, Columbia’s past. At the archives you’ll “No man is an island.” not only find more photos, documents, Already familiar with Nomanisan maps, informational videos and posters Island? Do you know where than you know what to do with, Columbia residents went for you’ll also find knowledgeable people information during the 60s, 70s and to help you with your questions about 80s? Before the Maggie J. Brown Columbia. All researchers are welcome Welcome Center was created in CA at the Columbia Archives, no matter what Headquarters, new Columbia residents visited the your age or level of education, there are Columbia Exhibit Center. Opened in 1967, the Exhibit endless Columbia factoids to learn! Center acted as the “front door” to See how much you know about The People Tree sculpture, designed by Columbia, welcoming all new Columbia by visiting the Columbia Pierre DuFayet, symbolizes the Columbia community and is officially titled “The Tree of Life.” Archives, or residents with information on the C A M O N T H LY 1

For more information about KidsKorner activities, visit

CA Has a Cure for the

End-Of-Summer Blues


By Aria White

ummer is almost over and that

the title of the blog be? E-mail If

on in Columbia! Learn about all of CA’s

means it’s almost back-to-school

your suggestion is chosen, you could be

offerings for kids and teens at

time. But just because the school

and let us know what you think!

featured on the show!

year is about to begin doesn’t

If you’re more of a TV person than a

Social interaction is important for kids

mean the fun has to end. You may not know

computer person, or if you have children

and teens, and in Columbia, there are

this, but CA has tons of activities and

who have always dreamed of being on TV,

plenty of opportunities to get out and get

programs for kids and teens during the

take a look at the KidsKorner segment on

to know your fellow residents. The

summer and throughout the school year (and

“Columbia Matters,” CA’s TV show.

Columbia Art Center offers a variety of

Every other month, KidsKorner on TV,

art classes and programs for kids, teens

hosted by local kids, takes viewers behind

and adults to get together and learn a new

web site and a TV show segment that are

the scenes of places like fire stations,

skill. Younger kids, up to age 4, can enjoy

dedicated to kids’ activities, programs and

aquariums and more. The segment isn’t

Motion, Music and Play for Parent and Child with their parent or guardian.

some of them are free)! CA’s KidsKorner initiative includes a

events. On the KidsKorner web site, kids

just entertaining, it’s also educational.

can submit drawings, essays, movie

Kids can learn about saving for college,

School-aged children can enjoy a day of

reviews and book reviews each month. In

fire safety and events for kids in Howard

art when Howard County public schools

addition to having their submissions


are closed with the Art Center’s Artsy

posted on the site, kids also have a chance

“Columbia Matters” also has a special

Fun Days.

to win prizes each month such as movie

segment for teens called Spotlight on

tickets, restaurant gift cards and tickets to

Teens. Every other month, local teens

enjoy art as well. This month, the Art

the aquarium.

explore Columbia and enlighten viewers

Center is offering a workshop on drawing

Parents can also enjoy the KidsKorner web site(

There are opportunities for teens to

about the activities and programs available

comics for teens ages 12-17. If you’ve ever

to teens in the area. Visit

wanted to create your own comic book

Each month, crafts and kid-approved to view these

story, or learn the do’s and don’ts of

recipes are posted and parents are

segments and more on-demand, any time.

drawing and designing characters in

encouraged to submit their own craft and recipe ideas for other parents to try. The KidsKorner web site also includes information on kid-

For the teens and kids out there, if you’d like to be involved with the KidsKorner or Spotlight on Teens segments on “Columbia Matters,”

Western and Japanese “manga” comic book styles, sign up for the Comic Workshop for Teens. For additional information, visit

friendly events happening in

send in your show suggestions to

Even though summer is almost over,

Howard County and details

the producer of the show at

there are still a lot of fun activities going

about the upcoming free KidsKorner socials, which are held four times a year. There’s also a monthly KidsKorner enewsletter that delivers all of the need-to-know KidsKorner information right to your mailbox. To learn more about the KidsKorner web site, visit CA is also considering launching a new KidsKorner blog, but we want your input first! What topics should be covered on the new blog? What should 2 C A M O N T H LY

Summer Shutdown of CA Facilities Each year

, CA closes its fitness facilities for cleaning, renovations and upgrades. Please note the following facility shutdown dates. Columbia Gym: Shutdown was held in June. Columbia Ice Rink: Closed since June 5. Reopens Aug 8. Columbia Swim Center: Closed Aug 5-14. Columbia Athletic Club: Closed Aug 22-28. Indoor Tennis at the Columbia Athletic Club: Closed Aug 15-28. Owen Brown Tennis Club Bubble: Closed Aug 29-Sep 5. Supreme Sports Club: Closed Aug 29-Sep 5. Reopens Sep 6 at 5am. For more information visit

Have a question for a CA expert? Please e-mail your questions to Please include your name, village of residence, phone number and e-mail.

All About Carbohydrates Nutrition Q&A with Cara Zaller, C.N.C.

Q: What are carbohydrates? A:

Carbohydrates are organic compounds, which consist of sugars, starches and fiber.

Q. What happens to carbohydrates after we consume them? A. Except for fiber, all carbohydrates such as bananas, potatoes, CARA ZALLER, C.N.C. Cara L. Zaller is a CA team member, certified nutrition consultant, holistic lifestyle coach, group fitness instructor and personal trainer. Cara is available for nutritional counseling at the Columbia Gym. Read an extended bio online at

This column is intended to provide only general information that may be of interest to the public and is not intended to provide and should not be relied on for specific medical advice. Any questions regarding your personal health and medical issues should be directed to your physician. Visit for an extended version of this article!

pasta, cereal and cookies must be broken down into monosaccharides, otherwise known as “sugar,” in order for them to be absorbed by the small intestine. These sugars are absorbed quickly when they reach the intestines. Any sugars that are not immediately used for energy and are not able to be stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen will be stored as fat.

Q. What is the essential amount of carbohydrates needed? A. Unlike protein and fat, there is actually no physiological requirement for dietary carbohydrates. Even the RDA handbook acknowledges this fact right before recommending that “a prudent diet should contain a lot of carbohydrates.” In today's society, most people have diets that are too high in carbohydrates. Just take a look at a typical breakfast that consists of a ¾ cup serving of Honey Nut Cheerios, 1 cup of skim milk and 1 cup of orange juice. This breakfast alone has 59 grams of carbohydrates, which might be justifiable if you just spent the past 45 minutes performing some type of exercise such as running. In that case, you might have used up that amount of carbohydrates and need to replenish your glycogen stores. However, if you are consuming this breakfast soon after waking up and are then going to be sedentary for most of the day, you certainly do not need to consume even half of that amount of carbohydrates.

s 11th Annual BikeCA’ About Sat, Sept 3 • Rolling start between 9:30-10:30am Organized by the Columbia Archives and sponsored by CA, BikeAbout takes advantage of Columbia’s extensive pathways while uncovering the area’s historic and natural beauty. For information and to register, visit or call 410-715-3103.

Revamped Columbia Teens Facebook Page Hey Teens! Are you on Facebook? If so be sure to “Like” our new Columbia Teens Facebook page! Learn about upcoming events, hot spots, teen-related news and more! Check us out at

KidsKorner on TV Last month on KidsKorner on TV, co-hosts Kristin and Jalen visited a Howard County fire station and fire safety house. While at the fire station, Kristin and Jalen learned about the gear that firefighters wear to protect themselves. They also got the chance to go through the fire safety house to learn how to react when there is a fire in your home. Where do you think they should go next? Send your show ideas to Watch KidsKorner on TV online anytime at

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Contest: The new school year starts later this month. If you could design your ideal school day, what would it look like? Would you have three lunches? Extra recess? Two math classes? This month, draw a picture of what your dream school day would look like and write a few sentences explaining what your favorite thing about school is. You could win a $25 Macy’s gift card to buy new school clothes! Visit for this month’s fun features! C A M O N T H LY 3



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CA’s Lakefront Summer Festival

Columbia Swim Center Annual Shutdown

Nightly Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Information: 410-715-3161 or

Friday, August 5– Sunday, August 14 Annual shutdown for renovations and building repair/maintenance. Will reopen Monday, August 15.

Oakland Mills Farmers Market Sundays • 9am–1pm Oakland Mills Village Center. Information: 410-730-4610.

Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House Exhibit: Marie McGing and Molly Safren Now–Sunday, August 13 Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House. Information: 410-730-3987.

Donate School Supplies to Howard County Children in Need Now–Wednesday, August 31 Owen Brown Community Center. Information: 410-381-0202. 4 C A M O N T H LY

The Path of Fireflies, Haiku Workshop Saturday, August 6 • 9:30am–12pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410730-0075.

Visit for event details and a listing of many more free events!

Teen Advisory Committee Reunion

Jazz in the Mills: The James King Group

Monday, August 8 • 7:30–9pm Columbia Teen Center in Oakland Mills. RSVP required. Information: 410-715-5523.

Sunday, August 14 • 5–7pm The Other Barn. Information: 410-730-4610.

Oakland Mills Pool Party for Oakland Mills Residents Wednesday, August 10 • 6pm Tickets available at The Other Barn. Location will be revealed upon ticket purchase. Information: 410-730-4610.

CA Board Meeting Thursday, August 11 • 7:30pm CA Headquarters. For updated dates and times, please visit

Motion, Music and Play for Parent & Child Saturday, August 6 • 10–10:45am Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

Monday, August 15 • 8:30pm Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Information: 410-715-3161.

50+ Luncheon and Live Band Friday, August 19 • 11am–1pm Owen Brown Community Center. Information: 410-381-0202.

Movie Night Summer Floral Basket Arrangement Thursday, August 11 • 6–9pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

Family Luau Friday, August 12 • 6–8pm Supreme Sports Club. Information: 410-381-7559.

Lakefront Summer Festival Movie: Tangled Friday, August 12 • 8:30pm Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Information: 410-715-3161.

Introduction to Colored Pencil Workshop Saturday, August 13 • 9am–4pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

Movie Night Saturday, August 6 • 6–9pm Supreme Sports Club’s KidSpace. Information: 410-730-7559.

Lakefront Summer Festival Movie: Shrek Forever After

Saturday, August 20 • 6–9pm Columbia Gym’s KidSpace. Information: 410-531-8984.

Lakefront Summer Festival Movie: Despicable Me Monday, August 22 • 8:30pm Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Information: 410-715-3161.

Columbia Athletic Club Annual Shutdown Monday, August 22– Sunday, August 28 Annual shutdown for renovations and building repair/maintenance. Will reopen Monday, August 29.

CA Board Meeting Thursday, August 25 • 7:30pm CA Headquarters. For updated dates and times, please visit

Movie Night Saturday, August 13 • 6–9pm Athletic Club’s KidSpace. Information: 410-730-6755.

Comic Workshop for Teens Monday, August 15 (10 sessions) • 10am–12pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

Supreme Sports Club Annual Shutdown Monday, August 29– Monday, September 5 Annual shutdown for renovations and building repair/maintenance. Will reopen Tuesday, September 6. Have a question or comment? E-mail

Columbia Association Newsletter - August 2011  

The Columbia Association’s monthly newsletter for August 2011. This month’s feature stories include: So You Think You Know Columbia?; CA Has...

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