Saturday, January 21, 2023

Saturday: Wild and Precious?


Decisions, decisions. What will you do with your precious Saturday?

There’s a Lunar New Year celebration at the Mall in Columbia beginning at 1 pm. This is Howard County’s official celebration and will be hosted by County Executive Calvin Ball.

The Lunar New Year is a momentous holiday marked by community, family, and beautiful traditions. It is a celebration of shared history and culture, highlighting that diversity is our strength.

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m excited to once again host our annual Lunar New Year celebration in person on January 21st, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mall in Columbia. Join us THIS Saturday for a spectacular showcase as we ring in the Year of the Rabbit, featuring special performances and guests.

A very cool event that you can’t register for at this point (alas)  is the Seed Share at the Howard County Library’s Miller Branch today. They’ve reached their limit for attendants, which is a good thing for them. But if you haven’t already signed up this event is not for you. Maybe next year.

UPDATE: I’ve been informed that registration is not required and you don’t need to bring seeds to participate! 

What’s a seed share? 

What can gardeners do in the cold of winter when the ground is frozen? Plan for next spring’s garden and come to the Howard County Seed Share! A seed exchange is a great opportunity to acquire new varieties, save money, and reduce seed waste, while learning and sharing with fellow gardeners. 

I’m sharing it because I like the idea of a seed share and I’m also a big fan of the Community Ecology Institute, which is hosting the event. It’s presented in collaboration with University of Maryland Extension - Master Gardeners, Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services, Community Ecology Institute @ Freetown Farm, Watershed Stewards Academy of Howard County, and Yards Alive!

I love collaboration and partnerships.

Tonight, at the Interfaith Center in Owen Brown, One World Coffee House is presenting Matt Nakoa in Concert. I was drawn to this because the event makes it possible for you to attend virtually or in person. 

Coffeehouse Present Matt Nakoa at Owen Brown Interfaith Center – Sanctuary C
7246 Cradlerock Way Columbia, MD 21045 
Saturday January 21, 2023, 7:00 pm  
All tickets include access to OWC's Livestream of the event.

Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.” 

Tickets are 25 dollars and are available at this link. Hear a sample of Nakoa’s music here.

As much as people are bound and determined to be out and about again, the fact is that COVID is still out there and some folks need to be particularly careful about their health. It’s nice to see One World Coffee House acknowledging that and presenting a more inclusive concert experience.

Do you already have plans for your precious Saturday? Fill me in.

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