CA’s fall events provide fun, learning for the whole family

September 9, 2016

CA’s fall events provide fun, learning for the whole family

School’s back in session, and CA isn’t slowing down in providing opportunities for fun, engagement and learning. From fun athletic events like Columbia BikeAbout and the Healthy Hero Fun Run/Walk to great opportunities to engage with CA at Excite Columbia to honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, there’s a perfect event for everyone.

And don’t forget that the Lakefront Summer Festival runs through Sept. 25 — find the festival schedule at

For a complete schedule of all fall events., visit

Columbia BikeAbout

Saturday, Sept. 17 9:30am (Riders can start until 10am)-1pm

The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system. This year’s route is 10.6 miles. The course will wind through Town Center, Hickory Ridge, Harper’s Choice and Wilde Lake with interpretive stops that include the past, present and future of Downtown Columbia.

Preregistration is not required but is encouraged via

Excite Columbia

Begins Tuesday, Sept. 20 6:30-8:30pm

Excite Columbia is a six-week program designed to educate, inform and give residents an in-depth view on how CA operates and serves the community. It gives participants a fuller image of what CA does, including the financial stewardship of Columbia and the way CA interacts with community partners.

Each week, expert speakers will present information and answers questions on a variety of topics. This year’s classes are mostly held on Tuesday evenings, with a few Wednesday nights as well.

For more information or to register, visit

Community Building Speakers Series

Tuesday, Oct. 4 7pm

CA is pleased to present “Sustaining Racial Integration in Housing in Columbia: Exploring the Model of Oak Park, Illinois,” the next event in CA’s Community Building Speakers Series at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

The featured speaker will be Rob Breymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, where he leads the nation’s most successful effort to promote integration and the affirmative furthering of fair housing in the private housing market. Advance registration is not required but is appreciated. Register online at speakers.

Healthy Hero Fun Run/Walk       

Saturday, October 15, 8-11am

A stroller-friendly, one-loop, 1.5 -mile race around Lake Kittamaqundi ends with giveaways, face painting, balloons, music, nutritious snacks and beverages (while supplies last).  Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite hero.

For more information, or to register, visit

Veterans’ Day

Friday, Nov. 11 noon-1pm

CA is hosting an event at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

The day’s events will include brief speeches from CA President/CEO Milton W. Matthews and CA Board member Reg Avery (Oakland Mills), as well as other community members.

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