Columbia Association Activities for Mature Adults

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offers classes, programs, special events and more

Fitness Classes

Art Classes

Nutrition Consultations


Free Events

Volunteering and Time Banking

And More!

to keep you active and involved in your community.

Visit or call 410-715-3000 for more information.

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Columbia Association (CA) offers recreational, cultural and community services for Columbia and Howard County, including the Maggie J. Brown Welcome Center, three fitness clubs, Columbia Art Center, free summer lakefront concerts and movies, Columbia Archives, the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, international exchange and multicultural programs, the Columbia Community Exchange time bank, the Youth and Teen Center, Hobbit’s Glen and Fairway Hills golf clubs, four tennis clubs, 23 outdoor swimming pools (including two Mini-WaterParks), Columbia Swim Center and SplashDown, and a SportsPark with mini-golf, skating ramps, batting cages and more. In 2014, CA opened its newest facility, Haven on the Lake, a mind body wellness retreat, in Downtown Columbia. CA also maintains more than 3,600 acres of open space, lakes, parks, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts and more than 94 miles of walking, jogging and biking pathways. The following pages highlight just some of the programs, classes, facilities, events and more that CA offers to the mature adult community. For more details on these and other offerings, including addresses, specific dates, prices and more, please visit or the specific contact information provided in the individual listings.

We hope you have fun exploring all that CA offers to the community!


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Fun for Kids and Grandkids


Create, Learn and Explore Columbia Art Center

Daytime art classes include Watercolor, Introduction to Wheel-Ceramics, Healing Arts and jewelry-making workshops. Columbia Art Center also offers a Salon Series with Little Patuxent Review, which includes free monthly presentations by musicians, artists, poets, writers, thespians and more! Come visit Columbia Art Center to check out classes, gallery shows and our gift shop. Below are just a few highlights of the creative fun you can have at Columbia Art Center! For more information, including prices, specific dates, schedules and more, please call 410-730-0075, visit or email • Art: Out and About with Ann Wicker, Art Historian, Artist and Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Howard Community College. The best way to view art is in person: getting in front of a painting so you can see the actual texture of the paint; moving around a sculpture so you can view it from every angle; or even in a studio, watching the art as it being created. This series will bring you up close and personal with famous artworks and with brand new art! • Howard County Literary Reading Series Columbia Art Center presents a new and free literary reading series that features local poets and authors, as well as an open mic for

interested audience members. Sponsored by Howard County Poetry and Literary Society and coordinated by Laura Shovan, Ann Bracken, and Linda Joy Burke. Free of charge and no registration is necessary. Location: Columbia Art Center Galleries and Studio I. (Note: Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings under five minutes.)

Columbia Archives

Columbia Archives, a service of Columbia Association, collects and preserves the history of Columbia and makes it available to the public in a variety of ways, including research opportunities, special programs and events. The collection documents the planning, development and continuing physical, institutional, governmental and cultural growth of the community and the life of its founder, James Rouse. Columbia Archives is open Monday through Friday, from 9am-5pm, and welcomes visitors whether they are interested in accessing photographs, articles, maps, housing brochures or telephone books for a glance through history or delving deeper into the documents for detailed research and study. Appointments are encouraged. The helpful staff is ready to assist you in helping to know your community better! Throughout the year, Columbia Archives hosts special events that are fun for all ages. Be sure to check for more details, event dates and registration information.

• BikeAbout: The free, self-paced bike ride through Columbia is offered annually. The route is designed to highlight the history of the area and offer new ways to navigate the path system. • WalkAlong: Occasional guided walking tours offer an opportunity to explore parts of


Columbia in depth while highlighting historic and environmental features.

• Personalized Presentations for Groups: Invite Columbia Archives Director Barbara Kellner to speak to your group of 15 or more people. Please call 410-715-3103 for more information or to schedule a presentation.

International Exchange and Multicultural Programs

Explore and learn about the world in your own backyard! The mission of CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs is to foster international understanding and to celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia/Howard County.

See the World with CA’s International Exchanges Experience a different culture and travel abroad! The International Exchange Program offers exchange opportunities for Columbia and Howard County residents with Columbia’s sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; Tema, Ghana and Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Travel for one- or two- week trips organized by CA’s program manager for international exchanges based on community desires. Travel abroad and/or become a host for visitors from one of our sister cities. Youth exchanges are organized every summer for high school students. Occasional exchanges for adults have been organized for cuisine, art and music. The cost includes a program fee plus airfare. For more information, please call 410-715-3162 or email

Multicultural Events

Culture Fests and other multicultural events are planned throughout the year for the entire community where residents of all ages can share their cultures, discover the diversity of Columbia, and promote international and cultural understanding. These events are free and are held in various locations in and around Columbia. For more information, to register or to participate as an exhibitor or performer, please call 410-715-3162 or visit

CA International Book Club

CA’s International Book Club explores multicultural and international themes in literature on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at CA Headquarters. All books are selected by International Book Club members and are in English. Through a partnership with Howard County Library, book selections are reserved each month at the Howard County East Columbia Branch Library. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information call 410-715-3162 or email

World Languages Café CA’s monthly World Languages Café is a place to speak a language you know or practice one you are learning. World Language Cafés are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, year-round, from 7-9pm at the 50+ Center of the East Columbia Library (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia). Come and join the language table of your choice. You can converse in a friendly atmosphere, meet new people who enjoy


learning about other cultures, increase your fluency by speaking and listening, pick up useful phrases to use when traveling and recall your childhood language. Languages include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu. Language tables are hosted by a native or fluent speaker who facilitates conversation. Children under the age of 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Tea, coffee and water are available; vending machines with snacks are inside the library. People are welcome to bring in food and beverages and may share treats from their culture with their language table. For more information, to find out if there will be a native speaker of the language you are interested in practicing, to become a native speaker table host, or request that your email be added to the World Languages Café email group, please contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or

Columbia Matters

Learn more about Columbia and CA with Columbia Matters! “Columbia Matters” is CA’s Telly Award-winning monthly television program that takes viewers on a journey through Columbia and Howard County and provides entertaining and resourceful information about local events and programs. Each month “Columbia Matters” takes an inside look at major projects, initiatives and events happening in Columbia. In addition, the show regularly covers the topics of 50-plus living, health, local history and more. “Columbia Matters” is available online at and also airs at a variety of times on Comcast channels 96, 98 and 99 and Verizon

channels 41 and 44. For a complete viewing schedule or more information, please visit

Get Involved and Give Back Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County stimulates and expands volunteerism in the community by connecting individuals and groups to nonprofit and governmental agencies to improve the quality of life for all in Howard County. For more information on the variety of volunteer opportunities and programs, visit Serving Howard County

Volunteering The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County has a variety of programs and resources intended to help connect community members with volunteer opportunities throughout the area. Visit our website to find a variety of ways you can get involved as a volunteer. For additional information, please call 410-715-3172 or email Board Connection Board Connection is a program that connects community members who wish to serve on local boards, committees or


commissions with nonprofit and governmental agencies seeking board, committee or commission members. For more information, please visit

Volunteer Leaders Learn how to organize, lead and inspire others to serve, and discover new ways to become involved in our community. Visit to get started!

Columbia Community Exchange

Columbia Community Exchange is Howard County’s time banking program, which provides an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors through the mutual exchange of everyday services. Membership is free and open to all who live or work in Howard County. Using Time Dollars as an exchange instead of money allows a member to earn a Time Dollar for every hour of service provided to a fellow member. Then you have a Time Dollar to get services from any member in the network. This concept weaves stronger communities, forges friendships and strengthens the daily fabric of life. New member orientations are held monthly. To learn more, please call 410-884-6121, visit, or email CommunityExchange@

Advisory Committees

Senior Advisory Committee The Senior Advisory Committee informs and advises CA on the needs, interests and concerns of Columbia's residents 55 years of age and older. Meetings are held on a monthly basis throughout Columbia and are open to the public. For more information, please call

410-715-3170 or email CAsenior.advisory@

International and Multicultural Advisory Committee (IMAC) The International and Multicultural Advisory Committee (IMAC) is the umbrella committee for the sister cities committees: • Cergy-Pontoise (France) Sister City Committee • Tres Cantos (Spain) Sister City Committee • Tema (Ghana) Sister City Committee • Cap-Haitien (Haiti) Sister City Committee • China Sister City Planning Committee (Liyang, Jiangsu Province) CA’s International and Multicultural Advisory Committee and the five sister city committees advise the program manager and develop ideas for programs and exchanges. Members assist with sister cities exchanges and also help plan and volunteer at multicultural events. The advisory committees are composed of residents who represent the diversity of Columbia and who wish to help develop new programs to promote international and cultural understanding throughout the community. People with overseas travel and work experience, as well as people representing other cultures, are encouraged to attend. New members are welcome. IMAC meets every other month in the evening; sister city committees meet monthly or bimonthly. For more information or to join IMAC or a sister city committee, please call 410-715-3162 or email Columbia’s 10 villages offer their own unique and fun events, programs, committees, rental space and more! Stay up to date with what’s happening in your village or just learn what the whole community has to offer by visiting

Columbia Villages


Take Care of Yourself With three fitness clubs, Haven on the Lake (a mind body wellness retreat), a hot water therapy pool, two golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis, Columbia Swim Center, 23 outdoor pools, Columbia SportsPark, Columbia Ice Rink and even more, CA has something for everyone. Below are just some of CA’s sport and fitness programs to help keep you active and healthy. For more information, including prices, fitness classes and schedules, session dates and more, please visit or the specific contact information listed in the descriptions.

CA Memberships

CA offers a variety of memberships to both Columbia residents and nonresidents. Income-qualified and senior discounts are also available to CA residents. For more information, call 410-730-1801 or visit You can also visit CA’s Customer and Member Service Center at 6310 Hillside Court. See for hours. Residents and nonresidents also can visit to see monthly membership specials.

Columbia Card

The Columbia Card allows Columbia residents who do not have a CA membership to pay as you go for occasional visits to CA’s facilities and pools. The Columbia Card is free and is reserved for residents who live on CA-assessed property. To obtain a Columbia Card, please visit CA’s Customer and Member Service Center at 6310 Hillside Court. See for hours.

Columbia Optimal Health

This eight-week program was designed by physicians, psychologists, registered dietitians and fitness professionals. The program focuses on nutrition education, exercise and lifestyle changes with a special emphasis on weight loss and reshaping your body for optimal health. CA members and non-members are welcome to participate with doctor approval. Participants have been able to decrease or stop medications, slow down the progression of diabetes, lose weight, lose inches, gain strength and stamina and have less stress on their joints. For more information, please call 410-715-3128 or visit

When If Not Now (WINN)

Designed for adults 50 and older, WINN is an eight-week program that provides special coaching, information, personal attention, physical exercise and fun. WINN participants receive eight weeks of CA membership. You are also assigned a personal coach who will help design a personalized program from many of CA’s ongoing activities, including group fitness classes, Yoga, Ai Chi and Aqua Arthritis in the hot water therapy pool and more. For more information, please call 410-531-0800 or email


Fitness Classes

CA offers a large variety of weekly group fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels! While many of the classes are ongoing throughout the year, some are offered as six-week sessions. • Six Class Pass: For non-members, ages 65+. See ad at the back of the booklet for more information. • Basic Aerobics: Varying intensity, lowimpact aerobics and muscle conditioning. • BodyVive®: Low-impact workout at various intensities, plus strengthening, balance and core exercises. • LaBlast Fitness®: Learn a variety of basic ballroom and Latin dances in this beginning level class. No partner necessary. (45 minutes) • Joints in Motion: Gentle exercises to increase mobility, balance and endurance. • QiGong: A less complex form of tai chi. Great for beginners! • Tai Chi: Ancient Chinese discipline that tones muscles and relaxes nerves without overtaxing heart or joints. • Build Your Bones: Strength training, balance work and core exercises to benefit the health and safety of your bones. Appropriate for all fitness levels. • Zumba®: A fitness party workout that includes exciting and unique Latin rhythms and moves. • Zumba Gold: A modified, lower impact beginning version of Zumba. • Zumba Toning: Zumba fitness with toning sticks for added light weight resistance. (45 minutes)

For even more fitness classes, specific session dates and class times, pick up a copy of CA’s Activities Guide at any CA facility or visit

Personal and Group Training

Get fitness results faster with effective, challenging, safe and fun training sessions! CA provides two levels of personal trainers: elite and professional. Session packages and small group training are also available, allowing you to choose which option best fits your needs and budget. You don’t have to live in Columbia or be a CA member to take advantage of CA’s personal training and group training offerings! For more information, please visit personaltraining.


Memberships available for both Hobbit’s Glen and Fairway Hills golf clubs. Fairway Hills is also open for daily play to the public, with no membership required. For more information and special offers, please visit Golf Lessons A variety of lessons, including Intro to Golf, Improving Your Short Game, Get Ready Golf and Individual Lessons are available at both golf clubs. Please call 410-730-5980 for lessons at Hobbit’s Glen or 410-730-1112 for lessons at Fairway Hills. Leagues Have fun playing golf and making new friends with CA’s golf leagues, including Men’s Senior Group at Fairway Hills, Women’s Twilight League and more. Visit and select the golf club you are interested in for more information.


Driving Ranges and Practice Greens You don’t have to be a member to use the driving ranges and practice greens at Hobbit’s Glen or Fairway Hills. Hobbit’s Glen features 24 driving tees, two lesson tees and two practice greens for chipping, sand shots and putting. Fairway Hills features 23 range tees, a putting green and practice sand trap. For more information, please call Hobbit’s Glen at 410-730-5980 or Fairway Hills at 410-730-1112. Private Rentals Have your next outing or celebration at Hobbit’s Glen or Fairway Hills. Both golf clubs offer affordable outing packages for groups of all sizes, including golf, food and beverages. Visit and select the golf club you are interested in to learn more.


CA offers many different ways to learn or enhance your tennis skills at Indoor Tennis at Columbia Athletic Club, the Owen Brown Tennis Club and Bubble, The Racquet Club at Hobbit’s Glen, and Wilde Lake Tennis Club. With adult clinics, drop-in programs, lessons, social events or just regular court time, there is something for all ages and skill levels to enjoy! For more information, please visit


Pickleball is a fun sport that combines tennis, badminton and ping pong on a short court! For more details, including pricing and schedule information, please call Indoor Tennis at Columbia Athletic Club at 410-720-0149.


Columbia Swim Center Located in the Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia Swim Center features a large wading pool, a five-lane, 25-yard program pool, a six-lane, 25-yard main pool, the recently refurbished SplashDown and a sauna. Please call 410-730-7000 for more information. Indoor Senior Swim Held on a weekly basis, Monday through Friday from 2-3pm, Indoor Senior Swim is open exclusively to Columbia residents ages 50 and older for one hour of lap or recreational swimming at Columbia Swim Center. Enjoy swimming in warm water temperatures. Handicapped lift and elevator are available. Swimming Lessons CA offers both group and individual swimming lessons for adults and are held in six-week sessions. Adult group lessons are held in 30-minute classes and are designed for the true beginner, as well as the adult who wishes to improve stroke technique. Private swim training is also available as 30-minute one-on-one lessons. Private lessons are designed for adult triathletes, fitness swimmers and beginners. Please call 410-312-6332 for more information or to register.


Swimming Fitness Classes

• Aqua Arthritis: Gentle exercises in warm water with the guidance of a trained instructor. Focus is to decrease pain and stiffness. • Aqua Arthritis Plus: Gentle exercises from the Aqua Arthritis class, plus an emphasis on endurance. • Aqua Fitness: Aerobics, flexibility and muscle conditioning in shallow water. • Combo Class: A combination of Aqua Fitness and Deep Water Fitness.

Haven on the Lake

Haven on the Lake, a partnership of CA and The Still Point, is a 27,000 square foot retreat right in the heart of Columbia, designed to stimulate your well-being and vitality through restorative and health-enhancing experiences. Haven on the Lake features mind body movement classes, a movement and relaxation pool and spa as well as healing environments, including a steam bath and tropical shower. Classes include yoga, barre and dance, TRX®, Pilates and more. For more information, please visit or call 410-715-3020.

Get to Know Your Neighbors and Community Lakefront Summer Festival

Columbia Association’s Lakefront Summer Festival provides free quality family entertainment at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront throughout the summer, beginning in mid-June and continuing through mid-September. • Concerts are held mid-June through midAugust on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6:30pm. • Movies are shown on an outdoor screen on Mondays and Fridays at dusk from midJune through mid-August and on Fridays and Saturdays at dusk from mid-August through mid-September. • Dancin’ Under the People Tree, every Friday from 6:30-8pm from mid-June through mid-September. The complete schedule of Lakefront Summer Festival activities is printed in the CA Monthly newsletter each June and can also be found on lakefrontfestival. For more information, please call 410-715-3161 or email

Lakefront Lunchtime Concerts

Grab your picnic baskets or enjoy a delicious lunch at Clyde’s or Tomato Palace and enjoy a free concert at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront once a week from noon-2pm in the summer. Concerts are usually held June through August. Visit for a list of bands and specific dates as summer approaches.


Dog Day Afternoon

Bring your dog(s) to the very popular annual event, usually held in May. Visit with pet-friendly vendors, participate in contests such as “Best Kisser” and “Best Costume,” and let your dog play with their friends in one of two enclosed areas. Also enjoy face painting, entertainment and more. Visit as May approaches for more information.

Senior Events Shuttle

Free small group curb-to-curb evening (after 4:30pm) and weekend transportation shuttle to cultural events throughout Howard County for groups of four or more seniors ages 60 and over. To request or cancel a ride, please call 410-715-3087 at least two weeks before the ride is needed.

Fun for Kids and Grandkids Summer Camps

CA has more than a dozen different camps for campers 31/2 -17 years of age across Howard County. CA’s summer camps are certified and regulated by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the American Camp Association. There are oneand two-week sessions to choose from, plus extended camp programs for anyone who needs a longer day at camp. Please visit for more information on available camps, registration and prices.

Before and After School Child Care

CA’s School Age Services Before and After School Care offers elementary and middle school students a safe and secure place where they can explore, learn and have fun. Programs are held in various elementary and middle schools in Columbia. In addition, School’s Closed programs are offered on most days when Howard County public schools are closed all day. Children do not need to be registered in the Before and After School Care program to register for School’s Closed programs. For more information on the Before and After School Care or School’s Closed programs, please visit or email

Columbia YouthFit

Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this eight-week program was designed by pediatricians, child psychologists, a registered dietitian and child fitness experts. The program focuses on creating healthy


families through physical activity, nutrition education and lifestyle changes. At least one child in the family must be between ages 9 and 16. For more information, please call 410-715-3128, or visit


KidSpace is a drop-in child care program for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years of age at Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, Haven on the Lake and Supreme Sports Club. Child care is provided while parents use the facilities. KidSpace also offers classes, birthday parties and special events throughout the year that are open to both CA members and non-members for a nominal fee. Check out the latest CA Activities Guide or kidspace for more information.

Youth and Teen Center at The Barn

Hanging out at the Youth and Teen Center (YTC) at The Barn is a fun, safe way for teens and preteens to socialize and participate in recreational and educational programs. Columbia and Howard County kids 9-18 years of age are welcome year-round for after-school, summer-time and some weekend activities and programs that are designed to promote self-esteem and develop life skills. The YTC is a multi-purpose, twostory facility in the Oakland Mills Village Center, where kids can access a computer lab; watch movies or play Xbox and/or Wii on a 43-inch flat screen TV; enjoy billiard tables, foosball and air hockey; or play basketball, volleyball and other games in the mini-gym and snack bar area upstairs. For more information, please call 410-992-3726 or email


Newly renovated, SplashDown offers families and visiting guests two thrilling body slides in addition to the rope swing, diving board, snack bar and recreational swimming. Come enjoy our brand new slides on the weekends from October-May. SplashDown parties are also available. For more information, please visit

Columbia SportsPark

Columbia SportsPark, located near the Harper’s Choice Village Center, is open to the general public and features an 18-hole mini-golf course, 10 batting cages with softball and hardball at different speeds, two 600-square foot pavilions for parties or large gatherings, a clubhouse with a snack bar and video games, a patio and an outdoor playground in a beautiful and natural setting. Visit for more information or call 410-715-3054.

Skate Arena at Supreme Sports Club

Open to the general public, kids will love roller or inline skating at the Skate Arena at Supreme Sports Club and hanging out at the Courtside CafĂŠ. Visit for admission prices, schedules and special events.

Columbia Ice Rink

Open to the general public, Columbia Ice Rink features daily public skating sessions, skate rentals, birthday parties, skate sharpening services, a snack bar, lessons, ice shows, hockey and more. Visit for admission prices, event information, schedules and more.



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Access to 6 exclusive classes valued up to $100!

A complete listing of applicable classes is updated regularly at the Columbia Athletic Club’s front desk and at Please note: Some fees and restrictions may apply.

All classes held at Columbia Athletic

Purchase 6-Class Pass for only $42 at Columbia Athletic Club, where you will be asked to provide proof of age 65+. Card is valid for 30 days from purchase date.

Club • 410-730-6744 • 5435 Beaverkill Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

You don’t have to live in Columbia to enjoy CA Golf! Offering golf, private outings, lessons, practice facilities, pro shops and more! New Clubhouse

Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club

11130 Willowbottom Drive, Columbia, MD 21044 • 410-730-5980

Voted Best Golf Course in 2015 by Howard Magazine’s Readers

Fairway Hills Golf Club

5100 Columbia Road, Columbia, MD 21044 • 410-730-1112

Howard County’s Best Golf Value

For special offers, visit

Did You Know? In addition to all that CA provides, CA also gives back to the community at large in a variety of ways.

CA supports the Columbia community with grants to organizations. Some recipients in 2016 include:

Community Emergency Response Network (CERN)

Granted $10,000 for community awareness of emergency preparedness.

Columbia Festival of the Arts 4th of July Celebration Contributed $105,000

organized by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks

Granted $6,500 In addition to financial support, CA also provides the venue and significant in-kind support for both of the above events.

The Community Foundation of Howard County

Granted $100,000 in support of its mission to inspire lifelong giving and connect people, places and organizations to worthy causes across Howard County.

Neighbor Ride

Granted $10,000 to aid in its efforts to provide supplemental transportation of seniors.

Village in Howard, Inc.

Granted $25,000 to senior village.

The Community Ecology Institute Contributed $10,000 to help support their mission to foster social and ecological health and well-being.

Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration, Inc.

Granted $2,250 for planning Columbia’s 50th Birthday.

Prescott College

Granted $10,000 in support of Columbia’s Families in Nature program.

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