This Blog to Shut Down — Sign Up For News Updates at CA’s New Website!

Now that Columbia Association’s new and improved website has been launched, this CA Today blog will be shutting down.

But don’t worry — you can now find all of your CA-related news at ColumbiaAssociation.org, and you can even sign up for news updates by going to ColumbiaAssociation.org/notify, scrolling down to “News,” and then clicking on which news updates you would like to receive.

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Columbia Association Launches Revamped, User-Friendly Website

CA Logo 4Columbia Association (CA) welcomes everyone to visit its revamped website, ColumbiaAssociation.org. Relaunched on Feb. 7, the new website has been designed in a user-friendly manner that will benefit the community.

The community’s input was essential. CA’s Communications and Community Engagement Division listened to community members through CA’s community engagement website, InspireColumbia.com; its social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter; interviews with residents; and through CA’s citizens academy, Excite Columbia.

Among what community members called for:

  • a simpler way to view class schedules for all of CA’s facilities;

  • consolidating CA’s various programs and services into a single main website so that information can be found in one place;

  • making navigating the website and finding information on it easier;

  • improving the way events and news are listed;

  • including interactive calendars;

  • and incorporating a notifications system so that people can stay informed on events and news without needing to keep returning to the website.

All of that, and much more, has been included in the new ColumbiaAssociation.org. The website also has a language translator that can translate the site into more than 50 different languages, reflecting the needs of our diverse community. In addition, an “I Want To” section assists visitors with finding the programs and services they are looking for.

Community members can let CA know what they think of the new site by filling out the feedback form at ColumbiaAssociation.org/feedback.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Spots Remain for Next Two Mini-Course Sessions on Columbia’s Early History

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Two sessions remain in Columbia Archives’ mini-course on Columbia’s early history, and it’s not too late to sign up for one or both.

The sessions will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, and Monday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Slayton House, located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Registration is encouraged but not required via CreatingColumbia.Eventbrite.com.

  • The Feb. 10 session will concentrate on the mystery of just who was making major purchases of thousands of acres in Howard County, and county residents’ subsequent reaction to the announcement about who was buying the land, and why.

  • The Feb. 17 session will examine the formation of The Work Group, a think tank of experts who helped turn Rouse’s idea of creating a better city into a reality.

These sessions will be led by Columbia historian Barbara Kellner, director of Columbia Archives. For more information, call 410-715-3103 or email Barbara.Kellner@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Columbia Archives collects and preserves the history of Columbia. The public is welcome to visit Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArchives.org or contact Archives staff at Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3103.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Louis van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars to Teach Dance Fitness Master Class on March 15 in Columbia

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Louis van Amstel — the dance champion, coach and choreographer whose television work has included performances on the hit show Dancing with the Stars — will be coming to Columbia to teach a master class.

That master class will be in van Amstel’s new LaBlast dance fitness program. LaBlast is a fun-filled, high-energy dance fitness class that challenges and inspires people of all ages and fitness levels as they dance to a wide variety of music. Types of dance include cha cha, disco, the hustle, jive, the Lindy Hop, merengue, paso doble, quickstep, salsa, samba and the Viennese waltz.

The master class will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Supreme Sports Club Arena, located at 7080 Deepage Drive in east Columbia. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.

The program is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Participants can pay at any CA fitness facility or via telephone at Columbia Athletic Club (5435 Beaverkill Road in Harper’s Choice, 410-730-6744); Columbia Gym (6151 Daylong Lane in River Hill, 410-531-0800); and Supreme Sports Club (410-381-5355).

KidSpace will be available. It is free for KidSpace members and $8 per child for all others.

For more information on the event, please email Group.Fitness@ColumbiaAssociation.org. And for more information on van Amstel, go to LouisvanAmstel.com.

In addition, there well be LaBlast certification training for those seeking to become instructors. This will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Supreme Sports Club. The early bird rate through Feb. 16 is $289 (use code EARLY), and then goes up to $319. Sign up — for certification training only — is through LaBlastFitness.com/training.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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Artwork Sought for Ghanaian Exhibit at Columbia Art Center

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Columbia Association (CA) is seeking a variety of artists and collectors of Ghanaian art for an upcoming exhibit that will introduce the community to Ghanaian artwork, while also celebrating Columbia’s new sister city of Tema.

“The Art of Ghana: A Contemporary and Traditional Art Exhibit,” will run from Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 18, at the Columbia Art Center. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, jewelry, etc. It is being put on in collaboration with CA’s International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.

There are no fees for participating. Artwork can be for sale or not for sale. Any sales from the gallery will result in a 70/30 split, with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the artist. Artists can also choose to donate a larger portion of their commission to CA’s Team Sister City Committee Fund.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. Exhibitors will be invited to discuss their gallery works with guests during an afternoon of Ghanaian food, music and conversation.

Interested artists and collectors should email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org for an Exhibition Entry Form, which must be received by email, fax or U.S. mail no later than March 15. Forms should be addressed to Laura Smit, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Maryland, 21044. Acceptance letters and additional event information will be sent out after applications are received and reviewed.

Tema, a planned city of more than 160,000 people on the coast of Ghana, is located just east of the country’s capital, Accra. It is Columbia’s third sister city. The Tema Sister City Committee is focusing on developing virtual exchanges via online video chats between high schools in Columbia and secondary schools in Ghana; connecting Rotary clubs and religious institutions in both towns; showcasing Ghanaian art and music programs; and conducting artist exchanges.

CA’s International Exchange & Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia’s sister cities, and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests and the International Book Club. For more information, email International@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-3162.

Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, go to ColumbiaArtCenter.org or call 410-730-0075.

About Columbia Association

Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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This Week@CA, Feb. 3, 2014 Weekly Video News Update

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Columbia Association Supports the Community in Healing

CAlogoTREE_colorDear Columbia and Howard County community members,

We at Columbia Association remain heartbroken by the tragedy that transpired last weekend at The Mall in Columbia, but we have been heartened to see the outpouring of warmth and unity that has been seen in our community in the aftermath of such a harrowing event.

Please continue to keep the victims and those who knew and loved them in your thoughts during this difficult time. The Mall in Columbia is holding a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. at the outdoor memorial outside of Starbucks. Candles will be available for attendees.

CA is committed to the safety of its employees, members and the overall community. During the police response on Saturday, CA monitored the situation and placed its Membership Service Center and Columbia Swim Center on modified lockdown. CA will review its response and examine whether there are any lessons that can be learned and if any adjustments can be made to its plans.

CA also has general security measures in place in its buildings and facilities, has consulted outside experts when the need arises, and has a strong partnership with the Howard County Government and its emergency services.

Warmest regards,
Phil Nelson
President, Columbia Association

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