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Association to hold annual BikeAbout

The Columbia Association's eighth annual BikeAbout will be held Saturday at Lake Elkhorn in the Village of Owen Brown. The official opening is at 9 a.m., but riders will be able to leave anytime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The free event highlights Columbia's history and its open space with a 13-mile, well-marked route allowing bicyclists to enjoy a self-paced ride.

This year's route will take riders through the villages of Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach and will explore Columbia history, such as the one-time model home park in Owen Brown and current plans for the Oakland Mills Village Center. The route also highlights pre-Columbia history, such as an old spring house from the Dasher family farm and the Woodlawn Slave Quarters recently restored by the Columbia Association.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available at www.columbia Copies are also available at CA headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia Town Center, at CA sports facilities and at the Columbia Archives, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Town Center.

Information: Barbara Kellner at Columbia.Archives@ or 410-715-3103.

Road resurfacing on Route 108

The Maryland State Highway Administration recently began a $693,000 project to resurface about a half mile along Route 108, between U.S. 29 and Columbia Road, as well as ramps in the U.S. 29 interchange.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

Motorists should expect single-lane closures along Route 108 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Ramps at the interchange between routes 29 and 108 will be closed intermittently. Delays are expected during construction.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

Lantern-making workshops offered

Free lantern-making workshops are still available at the Howard County library and at Howard County Center for the Arts in preparation for the "Lanterns of Hope" luminaria procession planned for this year's Comcast Cherrybration on May 3 at Centennial Park.

The event will celebrate the arrival of spring and the blossoming of Howard's County's 1,250 "Blossom of Hope" Kwanzan cherry trees.

The outdoor festival, which is to begin at 4 p.m., will feature music, strolling entertainers, children's activities and educational displays on health, the outdoors and the importance of nature. At dusk, there will a luminaria parade through the park.

Workshops will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at Howard County Center for the Arts; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the east Columbia branch; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Howard County Center for the Arts.

"Blossoms of Hope" helps to fund Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

Nine local restaurants are featuring "Pink" Plate Specials this month, to benefit the Claudia Mayer center.

The special dishes can be requested at Aida Bistro & Wine Bar, Alexandra's, Belmont Conference Center, Jordan's Steakhouse, Kelsey's, Rams Head Tavern, Tersiguel's, The Crab Shanty and Waterside. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Claudia Mayer center.

Information: 410-313-1900.

Teen talent contest to be held Friday

The Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School Advisory Committee and Dianne Egrie Photographs will sponsor a teen talent contest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Teens are invited to sing, dance, model or play an instrument. Prizes will be awarded to winning contestants. Performers must register by Wednesday.

Tickets are $3 at the door.

Information: 410-715-5523.

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