A short list of things to do and see in Columbia

July 22, 1999

African Art Museum of Maryland: Dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of traditional African art and culture, it offers exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and outreach programs for schools. 410-730-7105.

Eva Anderson Dancers, LTD: Creates and perpetuates American dance with an emphasis on African-American dance forms. 410-997-3899.

Candlelight Concert Society, Inc.: Presents concert and educational programs in Howard County as a performing arts series. 410-715-0034.

Columbia Art Center: Offers classes, exhibits, lectures, gallery sales, equipment and space rental. Classes for children and adults and summer camp. 410-730-0075.

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Inc.: Encourages, develops and promotes children and young adults in drama, dance and music. 410-992-4315.

Columbia Community Players, Inc.: Provides an outlet for the community to perform in dramatic productions and practice stagecraft. 410-290-0992.

Columbia Concert Band: Fosters musical art forms for wind instruments through composition, performance, education and training. 410-377-6262.

The Columbia Festival of the Arts: Presents artists at the local, national and international level in an annual arts celebration in Columbia. 410-715-3044.

The Columbia Ice Rink: Located in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Summer hockey instruction is also available. 410-730-0321.

The Columbia Orchestra: Provides classical musicians in Howard County an opportunity to perform and acts as a classical music education resource. 410-381-2004.

The Columbia Pro Cantare: Presents choral music to a regional audience. 410-730-8549.

Columbia SportsPark: Open from mid-February through December, the SportsPark at Harper's Choice Village Center features miniature golf, a skateboard park and batting cages. 410-715-3054.

Golf lessons: Both Fairway Hills Golf Club, 5100 Columbia Road, and Hobbits Glen Golf Club, 11130 Willow Bottom Drive, offer golf lessons by appointment with club professionals. Fairway Hills: 410-715-3083 and 410-730-1112; Hobbits Glen: 410-730-5980.

HoCoPoLitSo: The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society seeks to promote excellence in the literary arts by sponsoring readings and presentations year-round. 410-730-7524.

Lakefront Summer Festival: Sponsored by the Columbia Association, it features free concerts, films and regular "open mike" nights throughout the summer. Held on the lawn at the Columbia Town Center's lakefront off Little Patuxent Parkway. 410-715-3363.

The Meeting Point Cafe and Bookstore: A hidden gem in the American City Building on Lake Kittamaqundi and sponsored by the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) of Columbia, this cafe features espresso drinks, aromatherapy products, books, miniature fountains and eclectic gift items. 301-596-3675.

Oakland Manor: This 19th century estate -- available for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and meetings -- also provides English teas on Thursday afternoons and occasional public cultural functions. 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730-4801.

Rep Stage: Professional theater company in residence at Howard Community Collegeproduces five shows a year and a summer play-reading series. 410-772-4959.

Sunset Serenades Concert Series: Though technically part of Ellicott City, Columbia has claimed Centennial Park South and its annual summer concert series that features swing music, reggae, jazz and Dixieland bands every Wednesday at 7 p.m. A $2 parking donation is requested. 410-313-7275.

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