Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Feb. 17-20)

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Duo Funjin

Fun things to do around Bel Air this weekend include the Bull & Shrimp Roast to benefit John Archer School student field trips at Sterling Caterer’s Jarrettsville Gardens, the All County Jazz Concert and the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at Harford Community College featuring Duo Fujin. If there’s anything you’d like me to add to this list, just let me know!

Thursday, Feb. 17

Quarter Auction to benefit Hickory Hornets

Quarter auction to benefit Hickory Hornets Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Moose Lodge (behind Wargos) The auction starts at 7:00 doors open at 6:00 and paddles are only $3.00 and the 2nd paddle is $2.00.  The auction is a charity for the Hickory Hornets girls 13u.

Youth’s Benefit Elementary School’s Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) night

Youth’s Benefit Elementary School will be hosting a Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) night on February 17, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., weather permitting.  The school is working with students from the Aberdeen High School Math and Science Academy, as well as some outside organizations.  The high school students and scientists from outside organizations will be running stations for the Youth’s Benefit students.  So far, more than 500 people have signed up for this event!  For more information, contact the school directly at 410-638-4190.

Friday, Feb. 18

4th Annual North East Theatre Festival

Bel Air High School will host the 4th Annual North East Theatre Festival February 18-19, 2011. This is a regional high school theatre festival that brings together drama educators, professionals and students in an effort to celebrate their love and passion for the performing arts.  In addition to most of the high schools in Harford County, other schools attending will come from Baltimore, Montgomery and Caroline counties and Delaware.  Participants will attend workshops and nine mainstage performances presented by the various attending schools. Students will be able to interact with representatives from six different college drama programs, as well as professional theatre artists with local and regional credits.  Saturday’s festival schedule includes a keynote address followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Sterling K. Brown. Mr. Brown is a professional actor with on and off Broadway credits and a film and television background, including appearances on the last four seasons of Lifetime’s “Army Wives.”

Saturday, Feb. 19

Bull & Shrimp Roast to benefit John Archer School student field trips

John Archer School is holding its 2nd Annual Bull and Shrimp Roast 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Sterling Caterers’ Jarrettsville Gardens, 3825 Federal Hill Rd., Jarrettsville. The event to benefit John Archer student field trips is to include a money wheel, raffles and prizes. Music is to be provided by “Stash” of 98 Rock. Cost is $40 per person. For tickets, information, donations or to volunteer, contact Cheryl Lambros at John Archer School at 410-638-3810 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SwingTime Ballroom’s Chocolate Dance

Did you forget Valentine’s Day? Or is it a day you’d just like to forget? Don’t worry, it’s not too late to fix things. Whether you slept on the sofa or slept by yourself, come make up for it at SwingTime Ballroom’s Chocolate Dance. The Chocolate Dance features samples from Dove Chocolates and other chocolate desserts, snacks, soft drinks and a variety of ballroom and Latin dancing all night long. Guests are also welcome to BYO, in case you need a bottle of champagne to make up in style. A partner is never required for any of SwingTime’s classes or events since there are always people to dance with, so singles are encouraged to come and enjoy the dancing and desserts, too.Tickets are just $15 per person in advance, or $20 at the door. Order them today at http://www.swingtime.biz/fe19stinforc.html.

All County Jazz Concert

The All County High School Jazz Choir and High School Jazz Ensemble will be held Sunday, February 20, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Patterson Mill Middle/High School.  The concert will feature guest conductors Ms. Connaitre Miller for the Jazz Choir and Mr. Joseph Fischer for the Jazz Ensemble.  Ms. Miller is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Vocal Studies at Howard University in Washington, DC, where she directs the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble “Afro Blue” and teaches vocal jazz improvisation and vocal jazz arranging.  Mr. Fischer is in his 15th year as an educator and has served as Director of Bands at River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD, since 2003.  Under his direction, River Hill has earned many accolades, including recognition as an “Exemplary Music Program” by the Maryland Music Educators’ Association.

1st annual Iron Chef Competition at John Carroll High School

Local chefs will compete to prepare the most delicious dish using a surprise ingredient in a benefit event for the Arena Club Aquatics Team Saturday, Feb. 19 at John Carroll High School, 703 E. Churchville Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and price includes a taste of sample portions from 10 vendors. There will be a silent auction that is to include items from the Ravens and other teams. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make A Splash Organization, which provides water safety and swim lessons to local children in need.

February Flip Pancake Breakfast

February Flip Pancake Breakfast 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 19 at New Covenant Grammar School cafeteria, 128 St. Mary’s Church Road, Abingdon. Menu includes: pancakes, toppings, eggs, sausage, doughnuts, coffee and juice. Cost: Adults (14 & Older) $4.00; Children (4-13) $3.00; Children under 4 years are free.

Peanut Butter Science

In honor of Black History Month, kids will celebrate the achievements of black scientist George Washington Carver by participating in experiments with peanut butter starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Joppa branch of the Harford County Public Library. Call 410-612-1600 to register.

Sunday, Feb. 20

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at Harford Community College

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at Harford Community College featuring DUO FUJIN Sunday, February 20 at 3 PM. Misty Theisen, flute. Marc Ballard, saxophone. $10 adults, $1 youth, HCC Students free. http://www.harford.edu/Cultural/eventDetail.asp?FA=Arts&intEventID=350

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St. Matthew Cooperative Nursery open house

St. Matthew Cooperative Nursery will be having an open house for enrollment in the 2011-2012 school year.  We offer a 2 day per week 3 year old program, a 3 day per week 4 year old program and a 5 day per week 4/5 year old program.  The open house will be held on Saturday, February 26th from 12pm -2pm in our classroom at St. Matthew Lutheran Church 1200 Churchville Road in Bel Air.  We invite all families who have a child who will be entering preschool in the fall to come see our facility and learn more about the programs we offer.  For more information, you can call Lora Pangratz, Director, at 410-838-3178 x108 or at stmatthew.nurseryschool@gmail.com.

Harford Habitat for Humanity’s annual Dream Builders’ Ball

Harford Habitat for Humanity’s annual Dream Builders’ Ball will be held on February 26th, 2011 from 6:30pm-11:00pm at Mountain Branch Golf Club. This black tie optional event includes a complimentary bar, formal dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. For more information, or to make a reservation, go to http://www.harfordhabitat.org/dreambuildersball. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

College and career expo

The Greater Edgewood Education Foundation, in partnership with HCPS, invites 8th – 12th grade students and their parents or guardians to attend a college and career expo on Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Edgewood High School, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road.  Registration is free; however, space is limited, so don’t delay! Click here for more information and the registration form.

Seventh Annual College Night

C. Milton Wright High School will host the Seventh Annual College Night on Monday, February 28, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. This event is free and open to all high school students and parents in Harford County.  More than 80 prestigious colleges, universities, technical schools and military contacts from the Mid-Atlantic region will be participating in the event. This event provides an opportunity for high school students and their parents to meet directly with college admissions representatives to learn more about academic studies, campus life, the admission process and tuition

Childbirthing technique information exchange

On Monday, February 28, from 7 to 9 pm, the Harford Acupuncture and Associates’ second Information Exchange of 2011 will be about childbirthing techniques, and taught by Sheila Brown, Hypnobirthing Mongan Method. Registration is required. When you call to register, please leave your name and phone number so you can be contacted if weather becomes an issue. A $5 donation is requested not required. This event will be held at Harford Acupuncture and Associates, 11 North Parke Street, Aberdeen Maryland. For more information, visit  www.harfordacupuncture.comor call the office at 1-877-272-5553.  You can also email Brown through the website.

Teacher of the Year nominations due March 4th

Harford County Teacher of the Year nominations are now being accepted!  For more details and a complete nomination packet, visit the Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) website, www.hcps.org.  All nominations are due to the Communications Office at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air by March 4th at 4:00 p.m.  Be sure to nominate the phenomenal teacher in your life! This year’s Teacher of the Year Banquet will be held April 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace.

Bel Air Downtown Alliance’s 10th Annual Chocolate & Candy Festival

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, the  Bel Air Downtown Alliance will be celebrating their 10th Annual Chocolate & Candy Festival at the Bel Air Reckord Armory in Downtown Bel Air from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Admission for the event is just $5.00 and children under age 6 are FREE.  Each paid admission will receive three tickets allowing them to sample from our chocolatiers, candy makers, and sweet treat merchants.  The year, the  Bel Air Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that Moore’s Candies, Wockenfuss Candies, Bel Air Bakery, Stephanie’s Sweets, The Flavor Cupcakery, Bomboy’s Home Made Candy, Bel Air Kettle Corn, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Mary Sue Candies, Shamrock Coffee, Tastefully Simple, Rita’s Italian Ice in Forest Hill, and Coffee Coffee will all be in attendance with their delicious and decadent treats as samples and available for purchase.  In addition, there will be a  Children’s Activity Area, sponsored by the Bel Air Athletic Club and My Gym of Bel Air, with chocolate and candy themed activities for the kids, as well as, the  2nd Annual Downtown Bel Air Scavenger Hunt designed to send you out on an exploration of the local shops and boutiques to find candy and prizes.

Youth’s Benefit Educational Foundation first annual Longaberger Basket Bingo

The Youth’s Benefit Educational Foundation will host its first annual Longaberger Basket Bingo on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School’s Lower Building (1901 Fallston Road in Fallston, Maryland) at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $15. Space is limited. If not sold out, tickets will cost $18 at the door. Extra cards, raffles, specials and food will be available for purchase. Contact Denise Kraus at (410) 262-0801 for tickets, to make donations or to sponsor a basket. http://tinyurl.com/4b3to2f

Bel Air High school class of 2011 annual Vera Bradley Longaberger bingo

The Bel Air High School class of 2011 is holding their annual Vera bradley Longaberger bingo on Friday, March 4th at the high school, bingo at 7pm, tons of doorprizes, tickets are 15 dollars each! Contact Cathy Himpler 410 893-1429,or 410 598 -8108.

Performance of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at Patterson Mill High School

Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air, MD proudly presents the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods”. Based on classic fairy tales like “Cinderella”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Jack and Beanstalk”, this musical takes those stories that we all know and adds humor, a magical witch and a baker with a problem. This show provides fun for all ages. Join the cast and crew for an amazing evening of musical entertainment.
Ticket prices are: $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors.
Friday, March 4th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 5th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 6th at 2:00 pm
Call 410-638-4640 or email Shane.Jensen@hcps.org for additional information and ticket reservations. Tickets will also be available online for credit card sale. For online purchases go tohttp://pattersonmilldramacompany.ticketleap.com/into-the-woods.

Vendors needed

Vendors and Crafters Needed for show on March 6th. First booked, first honored. Email FlickerScents@comcast.net for details. One table-$30.00, 2nd table- $20.00. All tables must have covers….skirts not required.

9th Annual Camp & Education Fair – Saturday, March, 12th

Whatever your child’s age or interest, a well-chosen summer or academic program can provide your child with great fun, good friends and learning too. Come to the County Parents Magazine Camp & Education Fair on March 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Margaret Elementary School in Bel Air, MD to talk one-on-one with camp and school representatives. This free, fun-filled day is designed to be a great resource for families. Gain personal insights, register your child for a program or take home information and applications. Conveniently explore camps and educational options all in one place. Families can also enjoy  performances, demonstrations and activities. The first 400 families to enter will receive a FREE Camp Sack. There is no charge for admission. St. Margaret Elementary School is located at 205 Hickory Ave., Bel Air, MD. For more information visit http://www.countyparents.com or call 410-893-1511.

Futures11

HCPS will host Futures11, an annual event at Harford Community College for high school juniors.  Approxmately 450 students from Harford Technical High School, the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High School, the Biomedical Sciences Program at Bel Air High School, the International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School, the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program at Joppatowne High School and the Academy of Finance Program at Edgewood High School will take part in the event on March 24, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.  Workshop topics include networking, college admissions, financing college, hot jobs 2020, preparing for interviews and much more!  Business leaders and partners in education who wish to become involved in this event should contact Michele Shaivitz at Michelle.Shaivitz@hcps.org or 410-588-5331.

More events listings can be found at …

http://harfordmd.com/events.php

http://www.hdgtourism.com/calendar.php