Finding the right venue for a children’s birthday party can be downright stressful. But we’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the process by finding some ideal party venues based on age and your child’s personality.
The Arbutus Firecracker 10K race is known for the residents of Arbutus providing water along the 6.2 mile course, but this year’s race on the Fourth of July got an unexpected invasion of water when a water main break erupted on the course at Francis Avenue in front of the 7-Eleven.
Randy Arndt, a parishioner at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton, passed along an email about a recent event that occurred at the church. He wrote, "When the Cub Scouts of Pack 1702 in Fulton held their annual Pinewood Derby competition on Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, they brought something more than their race cars and high hopes. They also brought along a whole bunch of blue jeans and other cold-weather pants needed by homeless men.
It's been nearly three years since A Labor of Love - created by Carolyn Kelemen in the late 1980s to assist victims of AIDS - last brought a joyous evening of music and dance to the Smith Theatre. On Oct. 22, A Labor of Love will return with a new mission, as "Dancing for Divas" celebrates 50 years of Columbia's art in tribute to Columbia's pioneer women dancers, teachers and choreographers.
Silicon Valley's deals for two Columbia firms — the proposed Micros Systems acquisition last week and Sourcefire last year — strike local entrepreneurs as wins rather than losses. They want more California tech giants doing business here, more billion-dollar-plus acquisitions, more companies spinning off with the money from those deals.
The Columbia Association's ice rink in the Oakland Mills Village Center smells like popcorn and wet wool on a recent Saturday. In the rink, pop songs play as skaters of varying ages and abilities glide counter-clockwise along the perimeter. Some confidently weave between the slower skaters, while others, ankles wobbly, lean on blue metal frames for support. Some wear shorts and T-shirts, others are bundled in winter jackets, hats and scarves.
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald is one of the latter. A few weeks back she taught a master dance class at Lori Pryor's Dance Foundations on Route 108, in Columbia. This leggy Ann Reinking-look-alike first caught our attention as a teen performing in classical ballet variations with her sister Amanda at Ballet Royale.