Events & Activities

Paper Shredding – April 22

Saturday, April, 22, 2023 · 9am – noon

Meet us at 6110 Foreland Garth to safely and securely dispose of sensitive information.

FREE for all Long Reach residents (ID Required)
$10 for all others.

Limit 3 grocery bags/banker boxes per household. Please do not pack boxes or paper bags heavier than you can safely lift and carry from your vehicle without assistance. This is not a drive-thru event and assistance is not available.

First come, first served. The event is over once the truck is full.

Accepted Items: Don’t shred unnecessarily. Only shred documents that include (account numbers, passwords, PINs, signatures, Social Security numbers, date of birth):

  • Federal and State Tax documents
  • Credit card and other household bills
  • Medical records
  • Pay stubs
  • Mortgage documents
  • Insurance bills

Items Not Accepted:

  • Non-sensitive or non-recyclable materials such as magazines, flyers, newspapers, binders, x-rays.
  • File folders
  • Binder Clips
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Manila folders
  • Junk mail
  • Schoolwork
  • Event programs
  • Coloring books
  • Brochures
  • Advertising
  • Magazines
  • Calendars, etc.

Village-Wide Yard Sale – May 20

Saturday, May 20, 2023 · starting at 8 am

Have a sale in your own yard and we’ll take care of the advertising!

Here are a few things you may want to know:

  • The start time is 8:00 am – we do not set an end time.
  • We will post on our Facebook page, website, and send out an email newsletter listing participating street names. In order to be included in these lists you must sign up by Wednesday, May 17th.
  • You may put up signs advertising your sale and directing people to your house. Please put signs up no earlier than Friday and please REMOVE ALL SIGNS by Sunday. 
  • If you have further questions, please email

If you’d like to participate in the yard sale, please enter your information below. 

Note: In order to be included in our advertising, you must register by Wednesday, May 17th, 2023.

Bluebird Nest Box Project

Monitors Needed

Long Reach CARES is looking for volunteers to help monitor 9 bluebird nest boxes and 2 wood duck boxes this spring and summer. Monitoring training will be provided- no experience needed!

Nest boxes will be checked at least once a week during nesting season per North American Bluebird Society guidelines (wood ducks will be monitored on a different schedule). Nest boxes will be located on CA property in Locust Park, Phelps Luck, Jeffers Hill and Kendall Ridge.

Any interested monitor under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult for each nest box visit. We are planning on asking volunteers to commit to 4 week blocks of monitoring for each box.

Please email LR WAC ( if you are interested!

View the CARES slide show from February 21, 2023 about the project.

Columbia Cleans Day – CANCELED

The event scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 9am – Noon, has been canceled due to the inclement weather forecast. There is no rain date at this time. We will advertise any rescheduled event information.

“Beech” Trip – March 4

2nd Annual Winter “Beech” Trip 

Saturday, March 4, 12pm Noon

Pathway by Long Reach Village Center

Please join the Weed Warriors of Long Reach CARES for a special rescue. One of our beloved Long Reach beech trees is becoming overcome by vines. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to use hand saws to cut the vines smothering this beautiful tree growing very close to our village center (see blue circle on map). Terrain around this tree is steeply sloped and rocky.

This is truly an adventure for the bold of heart! However, this tree has friends who are also in danger, and they are on more flat, accessible ground! So please, no matter your ability, you are so very welcome in this fight. If possible, please bring your own hand tools (hand saws would be great!)

  • Bike parking- please bike directly to the blue circled area and park on the nearby grass
  • Bus access- both the 408 and 402 stop right by the village center
  • Car parking- please park at the Long Reach Village Center and carefully cross Cloudleap Ct to get to the blue circled area on the map

Camp Oasis – Summer 2023

Camp Oasis is a summer day camp for children ages 5-13 conveniently located at the Phelps Luck Neighborhood Center in Columbia, Maryland.

At Camp Oasis campers are grouped by age for engaging activities ranging from sports & games to arts & crafts. We visit the Phelps Luck Pool nearly everyday for swimming. Each camper receives a free t-shirt! On days that we can’t make it to the pool we hold special events like DJ dance parties, and more. Every session is different and there’s always fun to be had!

While providing a safe, caring, structured environment, Camp Oasis still believes in the magic of summer!

Five 1-week Camp Sessions are available. We also offer extended camp hours in the morning and afternoon, for your convenience.

For Session information and registration details, visit

Camp Oasis is operated by the Long Reach Community Association.

Let’s Go Birding! – March 18

Saturday, March 18 at 8am

Meet at Kendall Ridge Pool (off Tamar Drive)
Join Long Reach CARES (Community Action and Resources for Environmental Stewardship) as we go birding around Kendall Ridge Village and see what birds are enjoying the habitat in our open space this month. FREE – All levels of experience welcome!

Bring binoculars if you have them and dress in layers! Meeting at Kendall Ridge Pool and traveling on foot around the village from there. (Rain date is March 19, 2023, 8am)

FREE! For more details and to register, visit

Master Gardener Workshops – Spring 2023

Join us for these free, online presentations from the Master Gardeners of Howard County. 

Getting Your Garden Ready for SpringMonday, February 20 at 7pm

Escape the chill and gear up for Spring! Join our virtual meeting to learn how to grow a beautiful garden!

This session provides guidance on sustainable gardening best practices for the Spring season. The session is appropriate for beginning and casual home gardeners who can benefit from tips on what gardening tasks to do in the Spring, how best to do each task, and when during the season to do them. A full range of gardening types – vegetable, perennial, and native plant gardens – is discussed, along with design and on-going care recommendations.

Visit to register.

Preventing and Solving Vegetable Growing Problems Monday, March 20 at 7pm

Join us for an informative discussion about rearing a successful veggie garden!

Kent Phillips will share his insight and expertise on the ways to cultivate a beautiful vegetable garden. Kent Phillips’ presentation focuses on soil testing, pest prevention and disease prevention. Vegetables require soils with the proper pH and nutrients. Kent will discuss how to conduct a soil test, where to send the sample for analysis and how to interpret the results. The presentation also contains information on using integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce bad insects in the vegetable garden. Vegetables sometimes suffer from diseases such as powdery mildew and bacterial diseases of tomato. The most common of these will be discussed. Learn how to avoid common problems and solve others so your vegetable garden can yield the most product!

Visit to register.

Eagles, Owls & the Bird Atlas – Feb 16

February 16, 2023 at 7pm

Did you know that Howard County has at least 6 breeding pairs of bald eagles? Eagles and owls are the first birds of the nesting season and in this talk you will learn their calls and how to find them. You will also learn how to identify, support, and protect many of the other birds in your own backyard.

The Maryland/DC Breeding Bird Atlas is a citizen science project mapping the distribution of breeding birds every 10-square miles. Sue Muller, Howard County Co-Coordinator, gives an overview of the project and will show you how easy it is to help collect and contribute data as we enter the fourth year of a five-year study in 2023. This is an interactive webinar – come with your questions about birds!

This free, hour-long presentation will be held Online via Zoom.

Register at

The Nutcracker Performances

Ballet with Cindee Velle invites you to The Columbia Chamber Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.

Two Performance Dates:

  • Sunday, December 4, 2022 • 3 pm
  • Sunday, December 11, 2022 • 3 pm

$10.00 per ticket – General Admission (Tickets are non-refundable)

Ticket go on sale November 14th at 9 am. Visit to purchase tickets.

Performances will be held at Stonehouse (6110 Foreland Garth) in the Long Reach Village Center.

Questions? Contact