Community Tributes

Community Tributes

You’re invited to be part of a Big Celebration in 2017!

Community organizations, academic institutions, churches and professional entities are invited to participate in special tributes and celebrations.

Columbia will turn 50 on June 21, 2017 (the Summer Solstice) and the entire week will be dedicated to a time of celebration under the People Tree.

The Birthday year begins earlier with special events and activities—March 20 (the Vernal Equinox) and continue through September 22, 2017.

Six months of celebration—a wonderful opportunity to honor an amazing 50 Years of Columbia, Maryland.

Appreciate the past. Imagine the future


  • April 30, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Does your garden wow you in the spring and summer but disappoint come fall or winter? Join Lauren Turner of Lauren’s Garden Service for a workshop in which you discover how to augment your garden with areas that provide interest during each of the four seasons using native plants. Enjoy tips and tricks for creating


  • May 5, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie “Dynamic Earth” preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. Ages 18 years and up. $6 per person.


  • May 6, 2017
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Maryland Sheep Breeders Association is proud to continue the tradition with this 44th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Planning and preparations for our 44th annual celebration of everything sheep and wool has engaged our amazing group of volunteers for many months.  Each of us and, of course, each of you has their favorite


  • May 7, 2017
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Come shop our native plant sale where you can find wildflowers, shrubs and trees for your garden and yard. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all plants benefits educational programs at the Nature Center. Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your questions. During the Native Plant Palooza, you can purchase native plants from


  • May 9, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of the A+ Partners in Education initiative, Howard County Library Systems and Howard County Public School System present the Rube Goldberg Challenge. Named after the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author, the contest is offered to school teams comprised of fourth and fifth grade Howard County students. The students transform everyday materials


  • May 11, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The beach house carried some kind of spell, concocted of–I don’t know–salt air, sea grass and Old Bay seasoning that over the years had permeated its walls and floorboards. Whatever it was, the place cast fabulous magic.” Award-winning author Toby Devens discusses her newest novel Barefoot Beach, set in a Maryland resort town where all


  • Manuel Barrueco & Beijing Guitar Duo
    May 13, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Legendary Cuban-American guitarist, Manuel Barrueco, will team up with the acclaimed Beijing Guitar Duo for a masterful performance. Barrueco served as a mentor for Meng Su and Yameng Wang — who comprise Beijing Guitar Duo — and the three released a recording in trio, China West, in 2014. https://youtu.be/ED-iZFj0wSA Partial Program Bach, JS: Sonata in


  • May 14, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Columbia Pro Cantare chorus; Lester Lynch, baritone; Howard County Concert Orchestra Advanced Tickets Adults $23, Seniors/Students $20 ($2 more at the door) Children under age 15 – $10 Group rates available  


  • May 15, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

How did an 836 page biography on a dead president inspire Broadway’s current hit, the hip-hop influenced Hamilton? Join Red Branch artistic staff and performers as they discuss the new pop culture phenomenon that is breaking down the barriers of conventional American theatre. Red Branch Theatre Company Speaker Series: Page to Stage Red Branch artistic


  • May 17, 2017
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The simulated congressional hearing is the culminating activity of a HCPSS 5th grade curricular program, “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.” Students at Elementary schools throughout Howard County play the role of constitutional experts and demonstrate their new-found knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights by presenting prepared