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Rouse 100th birthday celebration Sunday in Columbia

Howard County residents are invited to a community gathering Sunday, May 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion to mark the 100th birthday of Columbia founder Jim Rouse.

The main stage will feature a musical tribute starring the Young Columbians and special guests, presented by Toby Orenstein, founder of Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, the Young Columbians and Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

The event will include kid-friendly activities and light refreshments. Organizers say the party on May 4 is a time to remember his contributions and honor his legacy of expectations and the power of optimism. 

Gates open at 4:30, and the program will run from 5 to 7 p.m. 

The gathering is a non-ticketed free event, but RSVPs are welcome at

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