Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Nov. 25-27)

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Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance’s Festival of Trees, Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s on Saturday, Small Business Saturday and the Nutcracker performances at the Amoss Center. Be sure to check out the “Coming Next …” section below for all the holiday events coming in December.

Friday, Nov. 25

Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Festival of Trees Preview Party, Nov. 25

Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Festival of Trees Preview Party, 5 – 8 pm Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Bel Air Armory. Tickets: $10 prior to the event. $15 day of event. Come “Wine Down” after a hectic day shopping or at work. Be the first to see the decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses at this year’s CCA Festival of Trees. Tickets are available at Tea by Two, Preston’s Stationery, A Cutting Edge Hair Salon, and Heartbeat or on our website. Your admission includes lite fare by Ellie Doyle, La Petite Chef, and a glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine will be $5.00. Entertainment provided by musician John Sobus. Please call Sandy at 410-838-3987 for information. http://www.chesapeakecanceralliance.org/FOT.htm

Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Festival of Trees, Nov. 25-27

Come celebrate the 6th annual Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Festival of Trees, a two day Christmas wonderland of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. Holiday boutiques, crafts, fresh greens, refreshments and children’s crafts and games will be featured. Scheduled events include a Wine Down, a Family Breakfast with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a puppet show. The 2011 CCA Festival of Trees benefits Upper Chesapeake Health’s Cancer LifeNet Programs which offer prevention, education, counseling and supportive care services to cancer patients and their families. The Festival of Tress is at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37 N. Main Street, Bel Air, Md. Events include: November 25, 5 – 8 pm: Wine Down; November 26, 8 – 10 am: Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s, Bel Air, Md.; November 26, 10 – 6 pm: CCA Festival of Trees at Bel Air Armory; November 27, 10 – 4 pm: CCA Festival of Trees at Bel Air Armory. Admission: CCA Festival of Trees: $6.00 (children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult); For $1.00 off coupon, please see the CCA $1 off admission coupon; Wine Down: $10.00 prior to event; $15.00 at door; Breakfast with Santa: Adults $7.00; Children $4.00 http://www.chesapeakecanceralliance.org/FOT.htm

Saturday, Nov. 26

Breakfast with Santa at Applebee’s, Nov. 26

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, November 26th from 8 am to 10 am at Applebee’s Restaurant, 1225 Churchville Rd., Bel Air, Md. Adults: $7.00; Children: $4.00 (12 and under). Kick off the holiday season and the Festival of Trees by enjoying “Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus” (Pancakes and Sausage). For tickets and information, please call 410-942-0743. Event supports Chesapeake Cancer Alliance. http://www.chesapeakecanceralliance.org/FOT.htm

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26

Downtown Bel Air and downtown Havre de Grace are participating in the national Small Business Saturday event Nov. 26 designed to encourage local shopping during the holiday season. Downtown Bel Air businesses will be offering promotions at shops, boutiques, retailers, pubs, restaurants, salons, and spas. Both municipalities partnering with American Express OPEN, the division of card products and services devoted exclusively to small business owners, on this national movement to encourage consumers to support local retailers. For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday

Nutcracker performance at Amoss Center Nov. 26 & 27 & Dec. 4

Ring in the season with a holiday classic and take a magical journey with Clara to the Land of the Sweets. With magnificent scenery, gorgeous costumes, and exquisite dancing, The Nutcracker is a holiday feast for young and old alike. You’ll leave the theater humming Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score – it’s a trip you’ll never forget! (Recommended for All Ages). Full Length Evening Performance . Saturday, November 26 at 8 PM. Youth Matinees with Post-Show Event
Sunday, November 27 at 1 PM and 4 PM and Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM and 4 PM. Enter the Land of the Sweets and join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince where you’ll meet Mother Ginger, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Uncle Drosselmeier. All of your favorite ballerinas will be signing autographs, so don’t forget your pen! (Recommended for Ages 5-12). At the Amoss Center, 401 Thomas Run Road,  Bel Air. Assigned Seating * Premier (All Ages) – $15 * Orchestra/Terrace Adult) – $12 * Orchestra/Terrace (Age 17 and Younger) – $8. For tickets, call 443-412-2211 or will be available at the box office.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Holiday Shopping Open House, Nov. 27

Please join hosts Jackie Parks, Annie Obenschain, Katie Ramirez, Tara Rose, Jill Reilly and Courtney Westermeyer for a holiday shopping extravaganza in the North Spenceola Clubhouse Nov. 27 and get some of those holiday gifts checked off your list! The event is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1999 Mardic Drive in the North Spenceola development. Shop for fabulous jewelry from Stella and Dot, fun and funky bags by Thirty One, simple healthy and natural foods by Wildtree, custom gifts and home décor from Rendi Style, cuddly owls and everything baby from TZ Burps and gourmet foods from Tastefully Simple! In the spirit of the season 10 % of sales will be donated to Harford Family House, giving back to the children of our communities. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/vLCLWV or call 443-243-3198.

Coming next . . . 

Nature Storytime at Eden Mill Nature Center, Dec. 1 & 15

Eden Mill Nature Center is proud to offer “Nature Story Time”at 11:00 am on the following dates: 12 / 1 and 12/15. All are welcome who enjoy children’s literature. Join us for a children’s story and craft related to a theme about nature. Pre-registration is required by calling 410-836-3050 or emailing edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.org for more information.

Havre de Grace Main Street First Friday’s “Light Up Night,” Dec. 2

Havre de Grace Main Street First Friday’s “Light Up Night” Friday kicks off the holiday season Friday, December 2nd at 6:00pm with Santa arriving in style, cruising on The Susquehanna Hose Company’s  fire truck up St. John Street to Washington St. in Havre de Grace. Experience the Winter Wonderland sponsored by the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce with lights throughout downtown and the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree donated by the Havre de Grace Masons, Susquehanna Lodge 130.  Enjoy the talents of the Havre de Grace High School Warrior Marching Band and the Havre de Grace Middle School Band. Experience the start of the holiday season by telling Santa your Christmas wishes at the new Santa Land on Washington Street and warm up with the charm of Havre de Grace.

Central Christian Church Kids Night Out, Dec. 2

Central Christian Church is hosting a fun-filled evening for kids ages 3-12 (must be potty trained) from 6-9:30pm Friday, December 2, at the Bel Air Armory: 37 N. Main Street. Drop the kids off and have a night out with your spouse or some time for Holiday shopping. Activities include: Dinner, Movie, Games, Balloons, Crafts & Inflatable Fun. Space is limited. Visit http://belair.cclife.tv/ministry/kids-night-out/ to print your permission slips.

Shopping After Dark in downtown Bel Air, Dec. 2

Shopping After Dark with Shops and Boutiques Open ’til 8pm; Carolers on Main with Harford Choral Society, 6-7:30pm; Toys for Tots donation Drop Off, 5-8pm at Bel Air Armory. http://bit.ly/w2sAIh

Church of St. Mark’s Winter Wonders Festival, Dec. 3

The Church of St. Mark, Fallston, MD will hold their Winter Wonders Festival on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 9 am till 3 pm in the Msgr. McCall Center. There will be over 30 Craft tables, a Christmas tea room and bake sale, and Santa’s workshop for the kids. As well as plenty of good food, pictures with Santa, our big raffle, hourly craft raffles, and lots of fun for the whole family. Mark your calendar and bring your family, friends and neighbors! St. Mark Roman Catholic Church is located at 2704 Laurel Brook Road. Come to the main parking lot on Laurel Brook and Old Fallston Rd.

Level VFC Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 3

Level VFC Breakfast with Santa. Saturday December 3rd from 9a-11a. Adults are $5 & Children 12 and under are FREE. Enjoy fire prevention giveaways & fire engine rides. To RSVP, call (410) 688-3819. http://www.levelvfc.com/fullstory.php?149840

Harford Ballet Company presents The Nutcraker, Dec. 3 & 4

The Harford Ballet Company will be presenting the Nutcracker at Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air, MD. Performances will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 6pm and on Sunday, December 4 at 1pm. A tea party will follow each performance so guests have a chance to meet the characters and enjoy refreshments. This production features guest professionals from New York City Ballet and a large children’s cast of select area students. Tickets may be purchased below, and are available at the following levels for each performance: Gold seating: $23, seats in the front of the theatre; Silver seating: $20, seats in the middle of the theatre; Bronze seating: $17, seats toward the back of the theatre; Tea Party: $7, general admission. *Tickets purchased online will be held at the ‘will call’ window on the day of the performance, or may be picked up at the HBC office during business hours until December 1, 2011. To order tickets, visit http://www.harfordballetcompany.org/Nutcracker

Steppingstone Museum annual Christmas Open House, Dec. 3 & 4

The Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace will hold their annual Christmas Open House December 3rd and 4th from noon-4 pm. The farmhouse will be decorated in true Christmas style with parlor music, apple cider, and cookies. http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org/Events.html

 

Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting, Dec. 4

The 22nd Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is 2:30pm-5:30pm Sunday, December 4th http://bit.ly/w2sAIh

39th Annual Candlelight Tour by the Susquehanna Lock House Museum, Dec. 11

The 39th Annual Candlelight Tour by the Susquehanna Lock House Museum on Sunday December 11th allows you to explore historic Havre de Grace and architecturally interesting homes, churches, and museums. Tickets are now on sale at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center on Pennington Ave.  Home tours begin at 4 PM and continue until 8 PM. Lock House Ladies Boutique is opened Saturday, December 10th from 9am-3pm and during the tour Sunday, December 11th 12noon-8pm at the Susquehanna Lock House Museum. There will be many Christmas crafts and baked goods that you surely won’t want to miss. Tour Tickets are $15.00 all to benefit the Susquehanna Lock House Museum.

Home School Program- Hibernation, Adaptation, Migration! at Eden Mill, Dec. 5, 12 & 19

Eden Mill Nature Center will be offering this 3-week homeschool session on Mondays, December 5th, 12th, 19th for ages 6-12 from 9:30-11:30am OR 12:30-2:30pm. Fee is $24/ members with $20 for siblings or $30/non-members. Pre-registration is required by calling 410-836-3050 or emailing edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com. Visit www.edenmill.org for more information.

Tiny Wonders at Eden Mill Nature Center, Dec. 8 & 14

Eden Mill Nature Center is proud to offer “Tiny Wonders.”  What do preschoolers wonder about?  Let us answer their questions on topics of high interest for 2-5 year olds.  A former teacher works to cultivate a child’s natural curiosity through stories, music, crafts, movement and dramatic play.  Tiny Wonders will be offered on December 8th from 10-11:30 am (Hiding From Winter), and December 14th (Mouse House) from 10-11:30 am. The fee for each date is $8 per member and $6 per member sibling or $10 per non-member.  Pre-registration is required by calling 410-836-3050 or by emailing edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com.  Visit www.edenmill.org for more information!

Patterson Mill Middle/High School Vera Bradley, Willow House & Longaberger Bingo, Dec. 9

Patterson Mill Middle/High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air, is sponsoring their 5th Annual PTSA Bingo on Friday, December 9th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start at 7:00 p.m. Vocelli’s, Chick-Fil-A, snacks, candy and drinks will be on sale. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Contact Vicki Manning (410)569-2683 or Sue Parks (410)803-9015 for tickets. You can also purchase tickets at the school office between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (see Susan Gray). Proceeds benefit student programs and enrichment at the school.

Gingerbread Fun at Eden Mill Nature Center, Dec. 10

Eden Mill Nature Center will feature a family party called “Gingerbread Fun” for families with children ages 3-8 years on Sat. Dec 10th from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Fees include the supplies to decorate an edible gingerbread cookie, tree and house. Songs and stories will be included in the fun! $13child/nonmember and $10 child/ member. Call 410-638-3050 to pre register or email edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com. Visit www.edenmill.org for more information!

Junior Naturalist- Red and Evergreen at Eden Mill Nature Center, Dec. 10

Eden Mill Nature Center offers Red and Evergreen for ages 6-9 on Dec. 10th from 10:00am – 11:30am. ‘Tis the season for evergreen trees to be seen on farms, roadsides, and on top of cars. Learn what makes and evergreen and evergreen and different types you may find around Eden Mill Park. We will make a fun craft for you to hang on an evergreen tree too! Parents do not attend these sessions. Fee: $5/Member or $8/Non-Member. Pre-Registration IS required by calling 410-836-3050 or emailing edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com. Visit www.edenmill.org for more information!

Night Hike at Eden Mill Nature Center, Dec. 10

Join us on a guided hike with our naturalist. Learn about night vision and experience hiking on the trails at night without using a flashlight! You never know what we may see, or hear! Join us on Saturday; Dec.10th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Fee is $3/member or $10/member family of 4. Non-member fee is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling 410-836-3050 or emailing edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com for more information. Visit www.edenmill.org for more information!

A Nautical Christmas at the Maritime Museum, Dec. 11

A Nautical Christmas will be had by all at the Maritime Museum, December 11th from 10AM – 8 PM. join them for seasonal munchies, music, crafts, and decorations. http://www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org/calendar.php

 

Nature Storytime at Eden Mill Nature Center, Dec. 1 & 15

Eden Mill Nature Center is proud to offer “Nature Story Time”at 11:00 am on the following dates: 12 / 1 and 12/15. All are welcome who enjoy children’s literature. Join us for a children’s story and craft related to a theme about nature. Pre-registration is required by calling 410-836-3050 or emailing edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.org for more information.

1st Annual Holiday Movie Night in downtown Bel Air, Dec. 16

Friday, December 16th:  1st Annual Holiday Movie Night with “Elf”, Starring Will Farrell, 6-9pm at the Bel Air Armory; Admission is FREE, Popcorn for $1.00; Christmas Carols, 6-7pm; Bring a New, Unwrapped Toy for Toys for Tots to Receive FREE Popcorn http://bit.ly/w2sAIh

Havre de Grace Church Tour, Dec. 26

Be sure to add the Havre de Grace Church Tour to your traditions. The splendid self guided tour of the Churches is free and open to all on December 26th at 2-4PM.

Havre de Grace New Years Eve Fireworks, Dec. 31

How better to ring in the New Year than with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display December 31st. Begin your New Year at one of Havre de Grace’s impeccably decorated Bed and Breakfasts. Dine at any of the excellent restaurants and finish your evening celebrating the end of 2011 with a fireworks display like no other at the Havre de Grace Middle School. Susquehanna Hose Company wishes all a Happy and Safe New Year by sponsoring a family friendly event that counts down to the New Year featuring a lighted duck being dropped from the evening sky. Sound your duck calls and count down to the most spectacular fireworks in Harford County! More to be found at www.hdgtourism.com.