Gail Holliday Wilde Lake Poster Exhibit

Gail Holliday Wilde Lake Poster Exhibit


  • Posters of Wilde Lake
    March 30, 2017 - May 6, 2017
    8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Gail Holliday was instrumental in bringing James Rouse’s vision to life when Columbia was first being developed. As the artist in residence for the Rouse Company, she created silkscreen prints for each neighborhood of Columbia. This special Gail Holliday exhibit at Slayton House will feature posters dedicated to the image of Wilde Lake. The event

Layering your native garden

Layering your native garden


  • 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

Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere-What’s Up?

Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere-What’s Up?


  • 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.

Sheep and Wool Festival

Sheep and Wool Festival


  • 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

Native Plant Palooza

Native Plant Palooza


  • 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

Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day


  • May 9, 2017
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In recognition of Columbia’s 50th Birthday the Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration and Howard Community College present a Founder’s Day event honoring the vision of Columbia’s founder, James Rouse. The vision for Columbia was to create a better city. Rouse established the foundation for that “better city,” but

Rube Goldberg—Competition & Birthday Banners

Rube Goldberg—Competition & Birthday Banners


  • 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

Barefoot Beach Author Salon: Toby Evens

Barefoot Beach Author Salon: Toby Evens


  • 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

Candlelight Concert “Manuel Barrueco & Beijing Duo”

Candlelight Concert “Manuel Barrueco & Beijing Duo”


  • 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

Celebrations – Pro Cantare Concert

Celebrations – Pro Cantare Concert


  • 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  

Hamilton: A New American Musical

Hamilton: A New American Musical


  • 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

Project Citizen

Project Citizen


  • 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

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Columbia

Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Columbia


  • May 17, 2017
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland and Barbara Kellner, Director of Columbia Archives discuss the significance of the preservation of mid-century modern architecture highlighting important examples in Columbia. *Registration is preferred

Artrospective


  • Artrospective
    May 18, 2017 - June 17, 2017
    8:00 pm

May 18, 2017 – June 17, 2017. Venue: Columbia Art Center. A Special Gala will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Columbia Art Center. Since 1983, Columbia Art Center has been a place that has fostered creativity in a variety of ways. Some of Columbia Art Center’s offerings include: Year-round art classes.

Wine in the Woods


  • Wine in the Woods
    May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm

May 20-21, 2017. Symphony Woods. Wine in the Woods was voted Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine five years in a row. Anyone who has experienced this celebrated Columbia gem shouldn’t be surprised by the festival’s many accolades. Every year, Symphony Woods acts as a haven for wineries, artisans, musicians and food

Columbia Orchestra – “Symphonic Pops”


  • May 20, 2017
    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

This family-friendly concert brings together blockbuster hits from Broadway, the silver screen, popular song, and classical favorites! You’ll delight in classic movie themes like Dr. Zhivago, Ben Hur, Rocky, The Force Awakens, and more. Vocalist Karen Steelman joins us for unforgettable hits by Patsy Cline and beloved songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story. We will

Ladies Night Out: Sunset Hike and Campfire Social

Ladies Night Out: Sunset Hike and Campfire Social


  • May 26, 2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come join other nature-loving gals on a Friday night adventure. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Enjoy an hour-long guided hike with the Center’s Naturalists. Learn about fascinating flora, fauna and history. After the sun sets, settle down to a cozy campfire with s’mores and socializing. $10 per person Ages 18 years and up

Wilde Lake Walking Tour

Wilde Lake Walking Tour


  • June 3, 2017
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by the Columbia Archives Meet at Wilde Lake Barn

Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return


  • June 4, 2017
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Special Celebration for Columbia’s 50th Birthday on June 4th at 4pm- Of Stars and Hurricanes: featuring novelists Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown.   For further information please contact  Kathy Stowe, HoCoPoLitSo Program Manager hocopolitso5@yahoo.com

Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return

Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return


  • June 4, 2017
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

HoCoPoLitSo and Wilde Lake Community Association present Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return. Former Columbia residents Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown will read from their work at a celebration of literature’s history in this planned city. HoCoPoLitSo will also honor two of Columbia’s own forces of nature, Padraic and Ellen Kennedy, for