So you think you’ve got game?

We’re calling all Howard County middle school and high school students to come compete in a free evening of Xbox and PS4 game mania — with prizes (and bragging rights) to the winners of each tournament.

We’ll be playing NBA 2K18 (Xbox One), Madden NFL 18 (Xbox One) and Rocket League (PS4). First place in each game receives a $50 gift card.

Join us at the Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Space is limited, so register now — the deadline to register is May 31.

Register at

End of the School Year Middle School TakeOver

Friday, June 8, 7-11pm

Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Drive

Total VIP access to: rock climbing, iDance, swimming, roller skating, basketball, racquetball and more! Food and door prizes, too!

Price: $5. Open to all middle school students, including students entering sixth grade

Preregistration required by Wednesday, June 6 at

For more information, call 410-992-3726.

  • If you think there is nothing for youth and teens to do in Columbia, then here is your opportunity to get involved and be a part of the solution.
  • Columbia Association is seeking members for its Teen Advisory Committee and Middle School Advisory Committee, which help plan, organize and implement positive programs and activities. All middle and high school students who live in Howard County are welcome.
  • Students can develop leadership skills, meet like-minded peers from across the county and earn community service hours. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30pm at the Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.
  • Those interested in applying are asked to call 410-992-3726, email or visit the Youth and Teen Center.

Well, it’s a wrap! The 2017 Columbia Teen Idol was crowned on Oct. 15 at the 15th annual Hear My Voice Teen Day’s Columbia Teen Idol competition.

Congratulations to Nicole Wildy — our 2017 Columbia Teen Idol winner! Nicole sang “Rise Up” by Audra Day.

Second place went to Andrew Vesey, who performed an original rap called “Freedom.” Third place went to Abby McDonough, who sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Abby also won the People’s Choice Award. We congratulate all of our finalists for an awesome job!

The next rounds of auditions are expected to begin in September 2018. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations.

The competition is open to Howard County performers from sixth grade through 12th grade. All Teen Idol finalists must agree to participate in a community service project organized by CA’s Youth and Teen Center.

Date: Monday, June 11, 4-8pm

Join the Youth and Teen Center’s young chess players and your fellow neighbors of all ages at CA’s Community Chess Day!

Anyone can play — beginners and masters, young and old, and any level or age in-between. Community Chess Day is on Monday, June 11. Join any time between 4-8pm at the Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Play for bragging rights. We’ll provide boards or you may bring your own. Light refreshments will be served. And you’ll get a chance to play with the YTC’s CheckMates Chess Club, which gets mentored in both the game and life every week by members of the Howard County Police Department.

For more information, contact Safire Windley at 410-992-3726 or