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CA’s Extreme Youth and Teens Summer Program

Columbia Association’s Extreme Youth and Teens Program offers 10 exciting summer day trips

Give your kid the best summer ever by engaging them in positive activities through the summer months. There’s no need to stay home with nothing to do, not when Columbia Association’s (CA) Youth and Teen Center is offering 10 exciting excursions that will take them on adventures in Maryland, New York City, Pennsylvania and Virginia, with activities that include the beach, the Big Apple, amusement parks, water parks and state parks.

Between July 5 and Aug. 4, youth and teens between the ages of 9 and 18 can head to:

The price — $480 for CA residents and $590 for non-residents — covers all 10 trips, entrance fees, transportation via CA van or school bus, some meals and a T-shirt. Adventures can also be signed up for on a trip-by-trip basis ($75 per trip for CA residents, $88 per trip for nonresidents) any time prior to each individual trip. Space is limited. Register online at or at CA’s Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, which is located at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. For more information, call 410-992-3726.

All trips will depart from the Youth and Teen Center. Departure and return times vary.

About Columbia Association

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



CA Lakefront Lunchtime Concert

Enjoy nine great performances at CA’s Lakefront Wednesdays Lunchtime Concert Series

Columbia Association’s (CA) free weekly Lakefront Wednesdays Lunchtime Concert Series began on June 22 and continues through Aug. 17 with nine performances at Lake Kittamaqundi in Downtown Columbia.

The concerts are held every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. This year’s performers include series favorites and popular local musicians from a wide variety of musical styles, including Americana, blues, electro-acoustic, folk, funk, jazz, pop, reggae, rhythm and blues, rock and more.

This year’s schedule of performers includes:

In addition to great live music, guests who sign in each week at the welcome tent will receive free cold drinks and will be eligible to win a weekly raffle.

About Columbia Association

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

CA summer free movie and concert 2016

See free movies, concerts and more nearly every night this summer at CA’s Lakefront Summer Festival

Another great summer of movies, concerts and much more has begun in Columbia. The schedule of movies and concerts at Columbia Association’s Lakefront Summer Festival includes completely free, family-friendly options nearly every evening of the week.

A full schedule can be found at

Movies will be screened at Lake Kittamaqundi under the stars on Mondays and Fridays through Aug. 15. (There will be no movie shown on Monday, July 4.)

Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections such as “Shaun the Sheep,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Up”, “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Aladdin.”

The Friday movies are mostly rated PG and PG-13, with selections such as “Spectre,” “Goosebumps,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part Two,” “Inside Out,” “Jurassic World,” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.”

And then, from Aug. 19 through Sept. 9, CA will show movies every Friday and Saturday. These titles include “The Incredibles,” “Furious 7,” “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Martian,” “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” and “Zootopia.”

All showings will begin at dusk, about 8:30pm. Movie nights have been hosted by Tom “Mr. B” Brzezinski for the past 45 years and are sponsored by Columbia Association with a generous grant from the Columbia Film Society.

Also, nearly 50 nights of music are scheduled through September. Concerts and performances are held on almost every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 14, with additional concerts on every Thursday and most Sundays through September.

Start times are as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 7:30pm
  • Wednesdays, 7:30pm
  • Thursdays, 5pm at the lakeside pavilion and 7pm on the concert stage. These shows are sponsored by Clyde’s of Columbia. The schedule of performers is available
  • Saturdays, 7:30pm
  • Sundays through Aug. 14, 6:30pm
  • Sundays in September, 3pm

Four Tuesdays — June 28, July 12, July 19 and July 26 — will feature talented youth musicians performing at CA’s Teen Open Mic nights. Sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m. and performances are first-come, first-served. No bands with drum sets will be allowed. For more information, please Teen Open Mic Nights are hosted in partnership with Collision Music.

And, finally, CA’s annual “Dancing Under the People Tree” free dance lessons will be hosted everyFriday from June 24 through Sept. 9. Instruction with music will be held under the People Tree from6:30 to 8 p.m., with Tatia Zack leading dances that are fun both for beginners and those with experience. And when the dance session ends, the movie begins.

About Columbia Association

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

River Hill High School Chinese AP IV class cancelled

Just learned that River Hill High School Chinese AP IV class will be cancelled from Fall 2016.  The school said this was because the budget cut. I really don’t like they keep using “budget cut”. How about insufficient funding?

The Chinese AP IV is considered as one of the flagship AP classes by the community, which has been enrolling many students with different racial and culture backgrounds.  Other AP language classes have not been cancelled with lower participation rate, low retaining rate comparing with Chinese AP class.  I did not understand. The community and teachers were not consulted at all before the announcement.


I love you in Chinese


2016 New Year Resolutions (The Villager 2016-1)

2016 New Year Resolutions

Dr. Chao Wu

We are finally stepping into the year of 2016. There are two recent developments in our neighborhoods:

  • County Executive Allan Kittleman is working with the United States Postal Service to bring the post office back to Clarksville.
  • Outside River Hill, Route 32, to the west of Route 108, is going to be expanded to four lanes to the Route 70 intersection . This will reduce the traffic jams and accelerate development to the west.

What is my New Year resolution? As the representative to the Columbia Council from River Hill and a CA board member, I resolve to:

  • Continue to bridge our residents’ concerns to the Columbia Association (CA) such that CA not only listens to our residents but also works hard to address their concerns.
  • Work closely with other CA board members to approve the new budget for fiscal years 2017-2018.
  • Advocate for election changes in villages which elect CA Board Members every year. Most other villages have elections every two years. I would like all board members to have a two-year term. This will bring more stability and continuity to the board.
  • Seek an affordable plan to fix and maintain the ponds in CA open space. CA is conducting a survey of all ponds. Fixing and maintaining the ponds are very expensive.
  • Prioritize CA facility improvements. CA is inspecting all buildings. The results of these assessments will inform the board as it makes improvement decisions pertaining to older buildings and how/when to build new facilities.
  • Evaluate the CA annual charge. The CA annual charge rate is 0.68 cent for every $100 of the property assessment value for the last ten years. The highest rate CA can charge is 0.75. However, CA has lost track of why the rate was originally set at 0.68. I am hearing complaints from residents that they pay both the annual charge and membership fees and feel the annual charge is a little high. I would like CA to conduct a study and  analyze this annual charge rate. Please share your thoughts on the CA annual charge and membership structure with me.

What are CA’s short-term and long-term vision and mission? These are not easy to answer. However, we are always focused on creating and maintaining a dynamic and harmonious community.

Chao Wu, Ph.D.

River Hill Representative to Columbia Council

Columbia Association Board of Directors

Email: Tel: 240-481-9637 Website:

Disclaimer: This letter only represents Dr. Chao Wu’s personal opinion. It does not represent River Hill Board of Directors nor Columbia Association’s Board.