Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (May 4-6)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the 31st annual Havre de Grace Decoy Festival, the Out of the Park Yard Sale at Ripken Stadium and the kick off of First Fridays events in downtown Bel Air and Havre de Grace.

Friday, May 4

31st annual Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival, May 4 – 6

The 31st annual Havre de Grace Decoy  & Wildlife Art Festival will be held in three locations this weekend: the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum at 215 Giles St., the Havre de Grace Middle School at 401 Lewis Lane and the Havre de Grace Activity Center at 351 Lewis Lane. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The festival features 150 decoy carvers, artists, commercial outfitters, live and silent auctions and retriever dog demonstrations. For more information, call 410-939-3739, email or visit www.decoymuseum. com.

First Fridays in downtown Bel Air, May 4

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance First Friday’s events kick off at 5 p.m. May 4 at the corner of Office and Main streets.  The free event  is held every month through the month of October and features live music from local museums, a beer and wine garden, food from Main Street Tower, Rita’s Italian Ice and face painting by Bambini Family Entertainment. For details, visit:


First Friday in downtown Havre de Grace, May 4

On Friday, May 4th First Fridays will return to downtown Havre de Grace with more sales, music, and family fun! During this monthly event visitors will enjoy extended shopping hours from 5-9pm with lively street performers, and a special First Fridays offer at every participating merchant! First Fridays! presents FREE entertainment for the entire family whether its making crazy balloon hats with NOTHIN’ UP MY SLEEVE ENTERTAINMENT or making memories with friends as you go from tavern to restaurant for happy hour specials and excellent dining. Enjoy First Fridays! every month on the first Friday of the month. For details, visit

Sharing Hope Foundation’s  Spring Bingo, May 4

Sharing Hope Foundation, Inc. is having its annual Spring Bingo Friday night at the American Legion Hall. Handmade baskets filled with great prizes from local businesses. Proceeds will go to Hope4Kids (sending homeless children to summer camp) and the program’s transitional housing program.

Flower Sale to benefit Harford Friends School at Broom’s Bloom Dairy, May 4 & 5

The Home and School Association of Harford Friend’s School will be selling beautiful hanging baskets at Broom’s Bloom Dairy on Friday May 4th (4PM-9PM), Saturday May 5th (11AM-9PM) and Sunday May 6th ( noon-8PM).  These beautiful, premium quality baskets are locally grown and are sure to be perfect  for adding some color to your home and garden this season.  Remember,  Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th!  These baskets will make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Broom’s Bloom is located on Fountain Green Road ( Route 543).  Come on out and buy a basket and support the school.  While you’re there, check out the ice cream selection!

After school “Triple Play” bowling at Forest Hill Lanes, May 4

Looking for some after school fun for the kids on Fridays? Try Bel Air News & Views’ sponsor Forest Hill Lanes’ “Triple Play” bowling. Get 3 great things: Bowling from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm including shoe rental, a slice of cheese pizza and a small soft drink all for just $9 a person. For more information, visit or call 410-838-4477.

Exploration Art School art show to benefit Harford County Autism Society, May 4

Subtle Rebellion Salon + Gallery is hosting an art show to benefit the Harford County Autism Society from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4 at the gallery, 3007A Emmorton Rd. Abingdon. The art show will feature the work of the talented 5- to 17-year-old students of Exploration Art School. A donation of $5 will be requested at the door. For more information about Exploration Art School, visit

Magic the Gathering: Friday Night Magic, May 4

Every Friday Night ..Washington Street Books in Havre de Grace hosts Friday Night Magic. Known for being “Magic the Gathering’s Premier Store in Harford County”. They host Events every Friday starting at 6:00 pm. Washington Street Books is at 131 North Washington Street, Havre de Grace, Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit or call 410-939-6215.

Kabbalat Shabbat – Tefillah at Chabad of Harford County, May 4

May. 4, 2012 – 6:30 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat – Tefillah
Friday evening we welcome peace and tranquility into our lives to last the week. With the use of spiritual insight we can turn a prayer book into a reflective inclusive experience filled with humour, meaning, song and niggun chant. Get comfortable and enjoy the experience. This event is at Chabad of Harford County, 1543 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015

Saturday, May 5

Bel Air HS Band Boosters Swing Dance, May 5

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Bel Air HS Band Boosters will be sponsoring a Swing Dance, featuring the Bel Air High School Jazz Ensemble as the evenings performers. This event is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. with an hour of free professional Swing Dance lessons and the dance runs from 7-10 p.m.Tickets are $20.00 per person, advance purchase only. Tickets may be purchased through Music and Arts in the Festival Shopping Center or from any Bel Air High School Band student. For more information, you may contact Mr. Anthony Domenico, BAHS Director of Bands at

“Bark & Wine” at Fiore Winery to benefit Fallston Animal Rescue Movement, May 5

Best Friends Fur Ever is sponsoring a “Bark & Wine” event to benefit the Fallston Animal Rescue Movement (F.A.R.M.) from noon to 4 p.m. May 5 at the Fiore Winery, 3026 Whiteford Rd. in Pylesville. Tickets are $15. Event includes wine tastings, food, live music, games, puppy prizes and raffles. Limited seating is available. Bring blankets and chairs. Please RSVP by May 4  to (410) 671-7529.

John Archer School’s May Day Celebration, May 5

Come to John Archer School’s May Day Celebration, Saturday, May 5th 100 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air from 9am – 2pm (Rain or Shine) Admission is Free –Featuring Crafts, Plants, Awesome Silent Auction until 1:00pm, Children’s Games, Book Fair, Food and More! Proceeds Benefit Students with Special Needs

Bel Air Farmers Market, May 5

The Bel Air Farmers Market has opened for this season. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the parking lot of the Mary Risteau Courthouse off of Thomas Street and S. Bond Street.

Saturday night NIGHT STRIKE! bowling at Forest Hill Lanes, May 5

Bel Air News & Views sponsor Forest Hill Lanes’ ROCK ‘N BOWL is now NIGHT STRIKE! Same great program – Saturday nights from 11 pm to 1:30 am! Laser effects, great music, black-light, hot times and fun, fun, fun! Call ahead for lane availability! 410-879-4477 Visit

Spring Fling at Fallston United Methodist Church, May 5

Spring Fling at Fallston United Methodist Church 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 featuring moon bounce, food, games, plants, yard sale and vendors. The Fallston United Methodist Church is at 1509 Mountain Road (Route 152).

Out of the Park YARD SALE at Ripken Stadium, May 5

Out of the Park YARD SALE at Ripken Stadium, Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 8:30am-1:30pm. (Raindate: 5/6/12)
Huge yard sale at Ripken Stadium parking lot… 200+ individual yard sales in one spot! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! $3 admission- proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Rain Date: Sunday, May 6th. Vendor tables are on sale now. Call 410-297-9292 ext 320, or download a vendor registration form at

Ca$h Mob at The Whitehouse Trading Co. and Simply Charmed Boutique, May 5

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance is holding a Ca$h Mob from 10 am. to noon Saturday, May 5 at The Whitehouse Trading Co. and Simply Charmed Boutique, two stores now both located at 140-A N. Bond St.. Ca$h Mob is a new movement that asks participants to spend at least $20 cash at local merchants to promote small businesses. Buontempo Brothers on Main Street will offer a discounts to patrons who show them their Ca$h Mob receipt between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. For details, visit:

Relay for Life benefit at BB&T Bank, May 5

The BB&T Bank Branch on Baltimore Pike is hosting a community event to benefit the Relay for Life Saturday, May 5. The event is to include a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon and a car was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $10 for any size vehicle. All proceeds benefit the Relay for Life. The event will be held at 402 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air.

Shabbat Day Services at Chabad of Harford County, May 5

May. 5, 2012 – 10:00 am – Shabbat Day Services Services are traditional and conducted in Hebrew, with readings in English. In reality each individual among us knows how he or she best communicates with G-d. At Chabad the language you use or the pace you set for yourself are not of paramount importance. This event is at Chabad of Harford County, 1543 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015

Flea Market at the Plumpton Park Zoo, May 5

Flea Market at the Plumpton Park Zoo, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Flea Market – Craft Show – Yard Sale – for tables and spots available contact Cheryl Lacovara for details at for more information. There will also be food venders spots available. The Plumpton Park Zoo is at 1416 Telegraph Road, Rising Sun, MD 21911.


Sunday, May 6

Young Parent’s Group meeting at Fallston Presbyterian Church, May 6

Fallston Presbyterian Church has begun a Young Parent’s Group Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the downstairs Conference Room.  We are having great fun learning how to raise and grow our children in faith and fellowship.  Sunday school is available for all ages during the same time as well as child care for infants and toddlers.  Worship follows at 10:30 am with contemporary and traditional music.  All are welcome!!

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Harford County AAUW’s Food Fight, May 7

The American Association of University Women is hosting a “Food Fight” fundraiser May 7 to support its scholarship fund. This year’s event is 6:30 p.m. at the Harford Community College’s Student Center patio. Chefs from Pairings Bistro, Bruce Bitner’s, Manor Tavern and Laurrapin Grille will compete for awards before a panel of VIP judges. Tickets to watch are $7 for adults, $5 for students and $20 for families of four or more. For tickets,

Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co. quarter auction, May 11

The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co. is having a quarter auction Friday, May 11 to benefit the fire prevention program. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Paddles are two for $5. Vendors include Thirty-One Gifts, Avon, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Mia Bella Candles, Longaberger and Scentsy. The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Co. is at 1403 Old Mountain Road South in Joppa.

Racing to Feed the Hungry Daily 5K Run, May 12

Ames United Methodist Church is hosting the 4th Annual 5K Run & 2K Walk Racing to Feed the Hungry Daily on May 12. Runners start at 8 a.m. and walkers start at 9 a.m. at Annie’s Playground in Fallston. Pre-race day registration packets can be picked up 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 11 at Charm City Run in Bel Air. Participants are asked to bring at least one canned good to benefit the Harford Food Bank. Register by April 15 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Click here for registration information:


Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd  Spring Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast, May 12

The youth of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd will host a Spring Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, May 12 at the church, 1515 Emmorton Road, Bel Air. The day begins with breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Celebration Hall, followed by the bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the church grounds. There will be games and crafts for kids, a moon bounce, a dunk booth, lunch items available for purchase, and a vendor fair. All proceeds will benefit the Christians in Action youth group and the German Youth Exchange, and will be used to help send youth on retreats and trips. Bazaar tickets are five for a dollar. If you would like to rent a vendor table, please contact the church at (410) 838-8081.

U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency End of Operations celebration, May 17

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) marked the end of its stockpile operations, destroying nearly 90 percent of the United States’ declared chemical agent stockpile. Destroying the stockpile safely and on schedule is a major achievement for CMA and its systems contractors. A formal ceremony will take place on May 17, 2012, at 2 p.m., at the Chemical Demilitarization Training Facility (CDTF) on Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood Area), Md. The event recognizes this achievement for CMA and the workforce. It is open to Aberdeen Proving Ground’s workforce.

Yard and bake sale to benefit firefighter, May 19 & 20

The Fallston Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a yard and bake sale May 19 & 20 to benefit Washington, D.C. firefighter Anthony Pumilia who is at Johns Hopkins Hospital fighting a brain tumor. He’s had four surgeries since August of last year and has a long road ahead of him. The yard and bake sale is 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Fallston Volunteer Fire Company, 2201 Carrs Mill Road. All proceeds go to support the Pumilia family. The organizers of the fundraiser are accepting any type of donations for the yard sale, but they has that large items be dropped off closer to the yard sale date. Donations can be dropped off at 1310 Ipswich Dr., Bel Air. Please contact Jessica at or 443-910-5374 to schedule a drop off time.

Port City Bass Anglers 8th annual kids fishing festival and reel kids casting event at Bynum Run Park, June 9

Port City Bass Anglers will hold its 8th annual kids fishing festival and reel kids casting event at Bynum Run Park in Churchville Rd in Bel Air, Md. At this event junior anglers will participate in a tournament and have a fun day of fishing that will be split into two age groups from 5 yrs old thru 15 yrs old. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM at the park entrance. The event will take place from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The members of Port City will assist each youth in the competition. Prizes and trophies will be given out to the youth at the end of the event. There will be free food and drinks for all registered participants and their guardians. It’s a fun time enjoyed by all and we encourage you to bring your kids out for this free, fun day, a great time well spent with your kids!! Last year’s event drew over 100 Kids from the area.  We have had as many as 280 in one day.  Any additional literature or assistance is greatly appreciated.  In the last 8 years, through donations, we have been able to supply over 100 fishing rod/reel combinations as door prizes each year and other awards. Port City Bass Anglers is a member the Maryland Chapter of the FLW/TBF


Joppatowne High School to host Cyber Camp, July 9-20

Joppatowne High School will host Cyber Camp July 9-20, 2012. This two-week experience provides hands-on activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the field of cybersecurity. Attendees will learn and apply basic concepts of programming, forensics, cryptography and program management. The program is open to current 9-12 grade HCPS students and is limited to the first 20 students registered. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2012. Click here for more information.

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