Happiness, village centers, volunteers and what’s up HoHu and the county — where to be when

International Day of Happiness at Union Jack’s – March 20th

You can try to keep up with The Jones, define yourself through others’ definition of “right” and struggle to be some sort of picture-perfect human being. Or you can be happy. Join the happiness movement with this Live Happy party and celebration at Union Jacks Columbia,  Thursday, March 20 (today … the first day of Spring!), from 4:30-6:30 pm. Free to attend. Cash bar. Photos and “Why I’m Happy” badges posted to a virtual wall garner contributions to Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Columbia Market Analysis and Economic Development Services – March 25th

Imo, Any time Jane Dembner is involved at a public meeting for CA, it’s a good idea to go. She’s involved in some of the more strategic, long-term changes for CA … and she can put on a good meeting. This is the second meeting re a study to “evaluate current and projected demand for development in Columbia’s village center, as well as an interrelated analysis of the Dobbin Road/Snowden River Parkway/former General Electric manufacturing area.” A collaborative effort between Columbia Association, Howard County Economic Development Authority and Howard County Development of Planning and Zoning, at this event the consultants will discuss some of the initial market findings they’ve uncovered for the village centers and GE-Dobbin Road-Snowden River Parkway corridors. Free, register here.

Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award – March 28th (lunch)

This is one of the sweetest events, imo, in Howard County each year. It’s the Academy Awards of HoCo’s nonprofit scene in which individuals, teams and orgs are honored for their (often tireless) contribution to the human services sector of our county. Contact ACSHoCo for tickets. HoCoBlogs has been a sponsor for several years, including being a media sponsor. We have two  tickets to gift to local bloggers who are willing to write about the event after they’ve attended.

Planning Board Meeting re #DowntownColumbia, HoHu, Merriweather & more – April 17th

Not everyone’s cup of tea, for sure, but sometimes being present, listening, watching people’s responses and experienceing information in a more sensory way has deeper meaning and impact. If you’ve been curious about downtown Columbia, Merriweather improvements, Howard Hughes’ role, the 30-year plan and more, you might want to check out this event. Learn more here, here and here.

Save the date

April 10th - Big, network-y, mingle-y party at Synergy Pilates & Yoga; new wellness center with all kinds of goodness . Door prizes. Light fare by Gadsby’s. 6-9 pm. More info coming.

May 28th - HoCoBlogs party - We’ll be back at Alexandra’s Restaurant at Turf Valley on May 28th. Save the date. Hope to see you there!

My gift – Happy!

If, by chance, you’ve yet to see this, imo, addictively awesome video, “Happy,” it’s my pleasure to introduce it to you here. If you’re already a fan, one more watch can only add to your happiness! (Many thanks to Tom Coale for introducing this video to me by way of a Facebook post!)

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