The Columbia BikeAbout is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday. Riders will be sent between 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. The route begins and ends at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront.
"This is the fourth annual BikeAbout," said Columbia archive manager Barbara Kellner, who is coordinating the event. "We started it the year of the Sesquicentennial, and it was a way to showcase pre-Columbian history."
The route, which changes each year, weaves through the east side of Columbia, encompassing the Patuxent Branch Trail and the Guilford Truss Bridge. The bridge was built in 1902 to carry granite by train from Guilford quarries over the Little Patuxent River, Kellner said. It was renovated by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and reopened in 2002.
Riding past Blandair and the Cooke family cemetery, bikers will learn about farming in Howard County in the mid-1800s. The ruins of Bleak House, also from the 1800s and now incorporated into a tot lot, are on the route.
The year-old Patuxent Branch Trail, which includes Columbia Association segments, runs from Lake Elkhorn to Savage.
"There will be people at about nine spots who will talk about the area, and there'll be posters to look at," Kellner said.
The benefits of physical activity will also be promoted with walks, fitness demonstrations and other events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free yoga class is planned at noon at the lakefront; a tai chi class is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Columbia Volks- march Club will offer an event for those who prefer walking, starting at 9 a.m. at the lakefront. A discounted lunch will be available at Riverside Roastery in the American City Building at the lakefront.
Last year's BikeAbout was rained out twice. "We're trying again," Kellner said.
Admission is free. Participants must wear helmets. Registration, which is encouraged, can be done in advance or on the day of the event. Forms are available at www.columbiaassociation.com.
- Fay Lande
Lily Annunciata: To Luke and Kirsten Coombs of Town Center on April 4.
At Bain center: Julie Rosenthal will present information on the "Vial of Life," a program to make vital information easily available in case of emergency, at 9:45 a.m. today at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Vials will be provided. Space is limited; registration is required. A talk on "Choice Junk Foods" by Madeline Green is planned at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Samples of healthy junk food will be provided. Lunch is available for a donation. 410-313-7213.
Yard sale: Town Center Community Association will hold a villagewide yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vantage Point Road Park in Town Center. There is no fee to sellers, but spaces must be reserved. 410-730-4744.
Yoga: Wilde Lake Community Association offers yoga classes with Kat Kelly-Chung, for those ages 16 and older, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, through May 20, at Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center. The cost is $90 for six weeks; $17 a class to drop in. A 10 percent discount is available for Columbia lien-payers, but classes are not prorated. Lunchtime yoga with Sharon Baranson will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through June 14. No class will be held May 31. The cost is $80 for eight classes, with a 10 percent discount for Columbia lien-payers. Registration is required; space is limited. 410-730-3987.
Help for parents: Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring Saturday morning seminars for parents, led by Eva Skrenta of the Adler-Dreikurs Parenting Program. The seminars are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. "Communicate So Children Will Listen" will be offered May 8. The cost is $15 a person; $22 a couple. Registration is required. 410-730-3987.