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Fitness Q&A: Start Your Child on an Exercise Program Expanded Village Events Calendar Events at Columbia Association THIS MONTH ON

On May’s show, learn how you can prevent storm water runoff from eroding our banks and carrying pollutants to our streams and lakes; find out about the Laughter Club and learn how laughter can improve your health; learn more about CA’s Customer Service System; discover early bike initiatives in Columbia; learn how to protect yourself from the sun; find out how to save money to send your child to college; 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; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am, 2pm and 6pm 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.

At The 11th Annual BikeAbout On May 14

3 CA Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend!

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Attention Business Professionals:

For more information about the upcoming CA Business Expo, visit

Attend the first-ever Columbia Association Business Expo on May 18! he Columbia Association will host the Columbia Association Business Expo on Wednesday, May 18, from 8:30-10:30am and 3:30-5:30pm at the Columbia SportsPark. CA offers more than just gyms. This expo will help show local businesses many of the offerings that are available to them beyond the fitness facilities. CA can help businesses with team building, client events, team outings and more.


The Columbia Association Business Expo will feature festive, informational displays to educate business professionals on CA’s corporate offerings that are available at several CA facilities. Attendees can expect to learn about the Columbia Art Center, the Columbia SportsPark, the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, CA Camps, time banking, golf, the physician referral program, the Membership Service Center, the Columbia Matters TV show and more. CA offers business professionals the chance to host golf outings, business receptions, company picnics, wellness programs, tennis tournaments, pool parties, fitness programs, nutritional programs, company parties and more. In addition to the informational displays, a moon bounce, music and food will also be available. For more information, visit or contact Valerie Barnard at


Read the CA Monthly newsletter and be sure to check out for additional stories and CA-related news and events!

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Bike Through History At the 11th Annual BikeAbout on May 14 ot a lot of people can say they know the history behind the city they live in. But in Columbia, residents have the opportunity to learn more about their city by attending Columbia Association’s BikeAbout event. CA will hold its 11th annual BikeAbout on Saturday, May 14 at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Bikers can begin their learning expedition across Columbia between 9:30 and 10:30am. BikeAbout also offers a walking tour that will begin at 10:30am. Created by CA’s Columbia Archives and Open Space Division, BikeAbout brings history, nature and bicyclists together in an event that celebrates Columbia. Every year, up to 300 bicyclists ride through Columbia’s pathways to learn about Columbia’s history. This year, the event will highlight areas like the BMX track in Harper’s Choice, Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course and the mid-20th century


contemporary architecture of the homes of the Birches section in Wild Lake. The walking tour allows non-bikers to be part of the fun. A new route has been added that takes walkers across the Route 29 pedestrian bridge and into Oakland Mills to explore a historic cemetery. “The goal of BikeAbout is twofold,” said Barbara Kellner, director of the Columbia Archives, “to enjoy the beautiful paths of Columbia that wind through woods, along stream beds and through neighborhoods and to learn the history of Columbia.” The event is free and open to all. Columbia is the ideal community for such a successful event because it has an attentive Open Space Division that keeps the pathways in great conditions and an archive that has treasured Columbia’s history for years, said Kellner. BikeAbout spreads not only history to Columbia residents, but the idea of alternate transportation as well.

Volunteers T Needed to staff a Volunteer Mobilization Center in times of disaster

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By Tatiana Herrera

“Bicycling is inexpensive, it burns lots of calories and it doesn't do anything to pollute the air. BikeAbout, in showing the connectivity of the paths and streets, hopefully informs people that you can get from point A to point B by bicycle,” said Kellner. So there you have it, if you are

looking for an all-day learning experience and a fun-in-the-sun activity, BikeAbout is where you want to be. After all, with gas prices so high, a day of biking might help you save a few dollars! For more information about BikeAbout, visit or call 410715-3103.

Each year, residents ride their bikes along the Columbia pathways during BikeAbout to learn more about their city’s history.

he Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will be holding two training sessions this month for volunteers interested in helping staff a disaster Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC) during times of disaster and recovery. The classroom training session will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County (10221 Wincopin Circle). A simulation training session will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 11am-2pm at the Glenwood Library (2350 Rt. 97). Participants are encouraged to attend both training sessions. The purpose of the VMC is to coordinate community needs with spontaneous volunteers who come forward to help with tasks that include clean up or information distribution. In the event of a disaster, VMC volunteers will help harness the power of spontaneous

volunteers by registering and referring them to agencies that are requesting additional help. VMC volunteers will provide a variety of services including greeting, interviewing, making volunteer referrals, taking requests from agencies in need of assistance, conducting safety briefings and tracking data. VMC volunteers will not engage in any strenuous physical activity; they will help get other volunteers to the right place at the right time during a disaster. All disaster-trained VMC volunteers will be notified when a VMC is activated, they will not self-deploy. In Howard County, a VMC is deployed at the request of Howard County’s Department of Citizen Services. For more information or to register for the training sessions, e-mail or call 410-715-3179 prior to May 18.

CA’s 11th Annual BikeAbout and Town Center Walking Tour Sat, May 14 BikeAbout starting between 9-10:30am Walking Tour starting at 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. Information/registration: 410-7153103 or

Off the Beaten Path




DOC WILSON, PhD. Doc Wilson is a physiologist, biochemist, nutritionist and personal trainer who does personal training and nutritional counseling at CA. His first book, “Total Health in a Nutshell,” is slated for publication in the near future. Visit for this month’s featured Ask the Expert article! Doc Wilson, PhD. offers you all of the things you need to know about how to properly start your child on an exercise program.

Tue, May 17 and Tue, Jun 21 • 10am-3pm Columbia Art Center Art enthusiasts (age 18 and over) can explore various locations in the greater Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; and Virginia area with the Columbia Art Center’s new gallery tour series, Off the Beaten Path. Tour destinations will include galleries, artists’ studios and museums. Van transportation from the Art Center will be provided. Tuition per tour is $30. Information or registration: 410-730-0075 or

Lakefront Wednesdays Wed, May 11-July 6 • 12-2pm Downtown Columbia Lakefront Join the downtown Columbia community for free lunchtime concerts every Wednesday at Lake Kittamaqundi! Bring a bag lunch or grab a meal from one of your favorite local restaurants. Information: 410-715-3104.

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Contest: May is National Bike Month! Celebrate by riding your bike along all of the scenic pathways in Columbia. This month, draw a picture of where you like to ride your bike when it’s warm outside and write a few sentences explaining why you like to ride your bike. You could win a $10 Red Robin gift card and a map of Columbia’s pathways!


Visit and click on KidsKorner for this month’s fun features! Learn how to start saving to send your child to college by watching Kristin and Jalen on this month’s KidsKorner on TV segment on Columbia Matters. Watch online anytime at

Please note new opening schedules to allow for better swimming opportunities at the open pools and better CNSL practices at the closed pools M-F. For more information, visit

Columbia’s 23 Outdoor Pools Open Season starts on Saturday, May 28 reak out your swimsuits, pack up your towels and get ready to hit the pool when CA’s outdoor pools open Memorial Day weekend! All CA lifeguards are friendly and well-trained, going through 12 to 15 hours of recertification training for all returning lifeguards and at least 48 hours of training in rescue techniques, CPR and first aid for all new lifeguards. Each lifeguard is ready and willing to protect you when you’re in and out of the pool. Parents should help the lifeguards by watching their children at all times. Please also be aware that children between the ages of 8 and 12 must pass a water safety test before being admitted in the pool alone. Take a look at the 2011 summer pool schedule below for information on all of Columbia’s 23 outdoor pools. For more information, visit the Columbia pools web site at or contact the Membership Service Center at 410-730-1801 to learn about pool memberships.


Outdoor Pool Listings Phone

Bryant Woods

BW 410-730-5326

Clary’s Forest*

Closed Last Day Day


Aug 15

Kendall Ridge*



Closed Last Day Day



Sep 6




Aug 15

Locust Park




Aug 15

Clemens Crossing CC



Aug 29





Aug 29

Dasher Green*




Aug 29

Macgills Common MC 410-730-5995


Aug 15





Sep 6

Phelps Luck




Aug 15

Dorsey Hall*




Sep 6

River Hill*




Sep 6

Faulkner Ridge




Aug 29

Running Brook




Aug 29





Sep 6

Stevens Forest




Sep 12

Hobbit’s Glen




Aug 15


SW 410-730-3180


Sep 12


HW 410-381-1460


Sep 6

Talbott Springs




Aug 15





Aug 29





Sep 6

Jeffers Hill




Aug 29

DAILY ADMISSION RATES* CA MEMBERS – Free CA RESIDENT NON-MBRS – At all outdoor pools: $8 Adult • $5 Child (15 & under) CA Residents must show Resident ID card to be admitted to the facilities. Non-CA Residents are invited to become members. Otherwise, admission is resticted.

Aquatics Office 9450 Gerwig Lane • Columbia, MD 21046 PHONE 410-312-6332 • FAX 410-312-6320 • EMAIL *Special provisions for handicap access. Call 410-312-6332 for information. Visit

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Of It!

Farmers Market

School’s Out Artsy Fun Day

Sundays beginning May 1 • 9am-1pm Oakland Mills Village Center. Information: 410-730-4610.

Friday, May 13 • 7:30am-5pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

CA Camp Open House Saturday, May 7 • 11am-2pm Kahler Hall. Information: 410-715-3165.

Taste of Wilde Lake Saturday, May 7 • 12-4pm Wilde Lake Village Green. Information: 410-730-3987.

Community-Wide Red Ribbon Yard Sale Saturday, May 7 • 8am-noon Harper’s Choice Village. Information: 410-730-0770.

CA Board Meeting Thursday, May 12 • 7:30pm CA Headquarters. For updated dates and times, please visit 4 C A M O N T H LY

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

Beginner Jewelry Weekend Workshop

CA Board Meeting

Saturday, May 14 • 1-3pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

Thursday, May 26 at 7:30pm CA Headquarters. For updated dates and times, please visit

Long Reach Village-Wide Yard Sale

Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland

Saturday, May 14 Long Reach Village. Information: 410-730-8113.

Thursday, May 26 • 4:30-6pm Historic Oakland Manor. Information: 410-730-4801.

Master Gardener Seminar: What Deer Like and Don’t Like to Eat

Slayton House Gallery Exhibit: Al Biegel

Wednesday, May 18 • 7pm Linden Hall. Information: 410-730-4005.

River Hill Arts and Music Festival

Thursday, May 26-June 11 Slayton House Gallery. Information: 410-730-3987.

Movie Night

Friday, May 20 • 7:30-9:30pm Claret Hall. Information: 410-531-1749.

Friday, May 27 • 6-9pm Supreme Sports Club’s KidSpace. Information: 410-381-7559.

Movie Night

Middle School Hang Out

Friday, May 20 • 6-9pm Athletic Club’s KidSpace. Information: 410-730-6755.

Saturday, May 28 • 7-10pm Teen Center. Information: 410-715-5523.

Owen Brown Community Yard Sale

Save the Date: Columbia Home Tour

Saturday, May 21 • 8am-3pm Owen Brown Village. Information: 410-381-0202.

Sunday, June 5 • 11am-5pm. Tickets on sale now. Information: 410-730-3987.

Movie Night

Save the Date: Casino Night

Family BINGO Friday, May 13 • 7:30-9pm The Other Barn. Information: 410-730-4610.

BikeAbout and Town Center Walking Tour Saturday, May 14 • 9-10am start time (walking tour starts at 10:30am) Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Information: 410-715-3103.

Save the Planet Day Saturday, May 14 • 11am-3pm Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Information: 410-715-5523.

Movie Night Saturday, May 14 • 6-9pm Athletic Club’s KidSpace. Information: 410-730-6755.

Saturday, May 21 • 6-9pm Columbia Gym’s KidSpace. Information: 410-531-8984.

Fondant Fabulous Cake Decorating Sunday, May 22 • 10am-1pm Columbia Art Center. Information: 410-730-0075.

River Hill Flea Market Sunday, May 22 • 10am-1pm River Hill Village Center. Information: 410-531-1749.

Saturday, June 11 • 7-10pm Owen Brown Community Center. Information: 410-381-0202.

Save the Date: Slayton House Camp of the Arts Thursday, June 23-August 12. Register now. Information: 410-730-3987. Have a question or comment? E-mail

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