Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Dec. 6-9)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include two holiday home tours: the Candlelight Tour of Homes in Havre de Grace and the AMC Annual Holiday House Tour, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra performance of “Mozart & Tchaikovsky – Jazzed Up for the Holidays” and the 3rd annual public Hannukah Celebration and Outdoor Menorah lighting Sunday at the Bel Air Armory.

Thursday, Dec. 6

HCPS Superintendent’s Budget Hearing, Dec. 6

Superintendent of Schools Robert M. Tomback will hold a budget hearing on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the assembly room of the Center for Educational Opportunity (253 Paradise Road, Aberdeen). The hearing will include a brief presentation on the process and timeline used to develop the school system budget.  The Superintendent’s FY14 Operating Budget has not yet been developed.  The public is invited to attend to provide input and share what they feel is important for consideration as the Superintendent begins to prepare his proposed operating budget for the 2013-14 school year. Those who are not able to attend are encouraged to submit suggestions and comments to Friday, Dec. 7

Tidewater Players presents ANNIE, Nov. 16-Dec. 9

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Nov. 16 through Dec. 9 at 121 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. All seats $18. Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. ANNIE is the perfect family-friendly musical! For more information, call (410) 939-TIDE (8433).

Deadline for applications to HCPS magnet programs, Dec. 7

Eighth grade students are reminded that all HCPS magnet programs are currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year.   The magnet programs are Harford Technical High School, the Science and Mathematics Academy, the Global Studies/International Baccalaureate Program, and the Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Program.  The application deadline is Friday, December 7, 2012.  Visit for more information about the programs and to submit an application.

Bel Air Honda to host Blood Drive, Dec. 7

Bel Air News & Views sponor Bel Air Honda is hosting a blood drive to help victims of Hurricane Sandy on Friday, Dec. 7. The drive will be held noon to 6 p.m. at the dealership at 1800 Belair Rd. For more information, contact or or by phone at 410-882-1200. Also, the dealership is collecting old cell phones which will be donated to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program which provides free communications tools to help military serving overseas stay in touch with their families. Follow Bel Air Honda on Facebook:


Phoenix Festival Theater presents “Babes in Toyland,” Dec. 7-9

The Phoenix Festival Theater presents “Babes in Toyland” at the Chesapeake Theater at Harford Community College Thursday through Sunday. Shows are 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $8 for students and children age 17 and under and $10 for adults. Purchase tickets online at

The BOOM Theatre Co. present “The Seagull” December 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15

The BOOM Theatre Co. is to present “The Seagull” December 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County (2515 Churchville Road, Churchville MD 21028). All shows begin at 7PM. This play set in a 19th century Russian lakeside estatecontains mature themes. Audiences are warned that there will be some smoke/haze effects used in the production, and that there may be a loud, startling noise. Seating is limited.  Tickets: $15/General Admission, $12/Students and Seniors. Guests purchasing tickets at the door will be asked to pay in the forms of cash or check. For more information visit,

Holiday Bazaar at Franklin Square Hospital, Dec. 7

Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 7 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. oin the former lobby at Franklin Square Hospital (across from the cafe) Great gifts for holiday giving will be available featuring local vendors and hand-crafter items.

One Night Only: African Children’s Choir brings vibrant message of hope to Amoss Center Dec. 7

The Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda will perform for one night only Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., at the Amoss Center on Harford Community College. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and can be purchased at Harford Technical High School.  For more information, contact Rosemarie O’Brien at or (443) 910-4097.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Christmas Boutique and Candlelight Tour of Homes in Havre de Grace, Dec. 8 & 9

The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House’s Christmas Boutique and the 40th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is coming up Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. Here are the details:

Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra concert, Dec. 8

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra performs “Mozart & Tchaikovsky – Jazzed Up for the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St. The concert ends with a sing a long. For tickets:

3rd Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Darlington/Dublin VFW, Dec. 8

The 3rd Annual Fundraiser for Toys for Tots and the local food pantry is 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Darlington/Dublin VFW at 3440 Conowingo Road in Street. Music by the JD Sage Band. Bring a new, unwrapped Toy and non-perishable food item and receive free admission and/or $10 donation. All donations stay local. For more information call (410) 457-5461.

Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale, Dec. 8

Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Bel Air Armory. Admission is free. Shoppers can select artwork in a variety of media and books from a wide variety of genres will be available.

Holiday Open House at Painted Daisy Consignment Boutique, Dec. 8

Santa will be making an appearance at Painted Daisy Consignment Boutique’s Holiday Open House on Dec. 8. The Holiday Open House is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Santa will be available for pictures from noon to 2 p.m. at the store at 8 Newport Drive Suite E, next to That Bouncy Place and across the street from Pizza Hut. Call (443) 640-6260. Visit Read more about them at


Christmas Boutique and Candlelight Tour of Homes in Havre de Grace, Dec. 8 & 9

The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House’s Christmas Boutique and the 40th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is coming up Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. Here are the details:

Grand View Farm visit, Dec. 8

Grand View Farm invites individuals and families to the farm at 1939 High Point Road in Forest Hill Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the farm, see the animals. Fresh brown eggs and chicken will be available for purchase at their farm store. For more information, call 410-937-2221. Visit Grand View Farm on Facebook at

Mt Tabor United Methodist Church indoor rumage sale/flea market, Dec. 8

Mt Tabor United Methodist Church is having an indoor rumage sale/flea market this Saturday, Dec 8 at 8 am. The church is located at 2350 Conowingo Rd, Bel Air. (Just after the RT 1 by pass on the left going north)

Sunday, Dec. 9

4th Annual “Wrap It Up!” event at The Rage Box, Dec. 9

The Rage Box is featuring its 4th Annual “Wrap It Up!” event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Rage Box Dance Center, 121 A Industry Lane in Forest Hill. The event includes a Secret Santa Gift Shop where kids can shop for gifts priced $15 and less. Parents can shop holiday vendors including Mary Kay, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Sassy Tails, ViSalus and more. Santa himself will drop by from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for photos. Drop-in Holiday Hip Hoppin’ Classes with Melissa Locke. Class Times:  12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. You don’t have to be a current Rage Box Student to Attend. Bring your friends and family.  The event is for all ages and the hip hop class is open to all levels. Class Cost:  $10. (All proceeds go to benefit the Rage Box Company program). For details, visit

AMC Annual Holiday House Tour, Dec. 9

AMC Annual Holiday House Tour is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at homes from Fallston to Havre de Grace. Cost is $20. The tour includes visits to Broom’s Blooms Dairy, Christopher’s Train Garden and the Bulle Rock President’s Center for refreshments. The event supports cancer research. Tickets are available at Preston’s Stationery, Richardson’s Florist, Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Tea by Two, Simply Grande Home Furnishings and Jonathan’s Weddings and Flowers. For more information, call 410-734-4808.

Bel Air Community Band concert, Dec. 9

The Bel Air Community Band Winter Concert is this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Bel Air High School auditorium at 100 Heigh St. Admission is free.

Public Hannukah Celebration and Outdoor Menorah lighting, Dec. 9

Chabad of Harford County will be holding the 3rd annual public Hannukah Celebration and Outdoor Menorah lighting on Dec. 9th 2012, 4:30pm at the Bel Air Armory. For details:

Generation Church presents “Christmas at the Movies,” Dec. 9

Generation Church which meets at Regal Cinemas in Abingdon on Sundays is having “Christmas At The Movies” in which we are showing clips from our favorite Christmas movies. This week is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Sunday at 10am in Theater 1 (admission is free)

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Zumba at the Bel Air Armory, Dec. 11 & 13

Zumba Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 pm at the Armory. Come experience a great time. Get an exhilarating workout with a Latin rhythm twist that will keep you coming back for more. You don’t have to know how to dance to take Zumba. It’s all about having fun and burning over 600 calories in 1 hour. See you there!!!

Z-Time Trivia at Applebee’s, Dec. 12

Z-Time Trivia at 8pm on Wednesdays at Applebee’s.

Oak Grove Baptist Church presents “Jingle in the the City,” Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 14, 15 & 16

Bel Air News & Views sponsor Oak Grove Baptist Church is celebrating the season with performances of  “Jingle in the the City: A 1940s Christmas in New York” at the church, 2106 Churchville Rd. “Jingle in the City” takes you to a jazz-filled New York City in the 1940s. Follow a little band of orphans who steal the hearts of all while learning the true meaning of belonging and love. Tickets to the two-hour long performances are free but must be ordered in advance at Email or call 410-838-9898. Performance dates are Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m.; Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.

“Operation Santa” toy drive at Looney’s Pub, Nov. 30-Dec. 14

Looney’s Pub is organizing an “Operation Santa” toy drive for the children of New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. They are asking for unwrapped toys to be dropped off at Looney’s North or Looney’s Maple Lawn between Nov. 30 and Dec. 14. Santa and his caravan will be picking the toys up on Dec. 15. Special thanks to Roger Penske for donating all the moving vans and to Looneys for their support of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. For details:


SwingTime Ballroom holiday celebration to benefit Anna’s House, Dec. 14

SwingTime Ballroom in Fallston is hosting a holiday celebration Dec. 14 to benefit Anna’s House of Bel Air. The event includes a 7:15 p.m. beginners dance lesson followed by open dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Light fare and sodas will be offered along with pictures with Santa. Admission is $15 at the door and $10 with the donation of an unwrapped toy. For more information call 410-877-2633 or visit online at The studio is located in Fallston by the Harvest Fare at the junction of Belair and Mountain Roads (Rts 1 & 152).

Breakfast with Santa at Fallston United Methodist Church, Dec. 15

Fallston United Methodist Church’s Mothers of Preschoolers group is presenting Breakfast with Santa at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, breads, OJ, coffee and more. No waiting in a long line for your picture with Santa. Get your number and enjoy breakfast while waiting to be called. Take a picture with your own camera. All proceeds benefit the FUMC MOPs. Cost is $6 per person, children under age 1. RSVP to Shaunna at

US Army Jazz Ambassadors holiday concert, Dec. 15

The US Army Jazz Ambassadors will be performing their holiday concert, Sound the Bells, in Harford Technical High School’s Amoss Center on December 15, 2012, at 3:00 pm. Tickets are free but must be requested in advance from the Army Field Band website:  Several Harford Tech students will perform with the group.

Lunch with Santa at Dark Horse Saloon, Dec. 15

Dark Horse Saloon is featuring Lunch with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 15. Santa will be handing out treats for the children and available for pictures. Please bring a donation for Toys for Tots. Children lunch buffet $4.99. One free buffet with every adult meal purchase. Dark Horse Saloon is at 119 South Main Street in Bel Air. For more information, call 443-371-7993.

Harford Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 15

Celebrate the holiday season with Bel Air News & Views sponsor the Harford Ballet Company‘s production of The Nutcracker! The performance features guest professionals from the New York City Ballet and a large children’s cast of select area students. A tea party will follow each performance so guests have a chance to meet the characters and enjoy refreshments. Tickets prices start at $17 and they can be ordered online Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 at Aberdeen High School. For more information, call 410-877-0777.

Bel Air Community Chorus’ ”A Family Holiday Spectacular,” Dec. 16

The Bel Air Community Chorus presents its winter concert “A Family Holiday Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 in the Bel Air High School auditorium. The performance is to feature selections including “Joy to the World,” “T’was the Night After Christmas,” “Behold a Star from Jacob Shining” and “This Little Babe.” Admission is free. For more information, call 443-752-6555 or visit

Sterling Caterers  annual Surf & Turf New Years Eve Dinner & Dance, Dec. 31

Bel Air News & Views sponsor Sterling Caterers is hosting its annual Surf & Turf New Years Eve Dinner & Dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at Jarrettsville Gardens, 3825 Federal Hill Rd. in Jarrettsville. Tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple for an evening of dining and dancing to the music of Premier Mobile DJs. The event is for people age 21 and older and features a full open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. For tickets call 410-557-6921. Click here to follow Sterling Caterers on Facebook:


SwingTime Ballroom’s New Year’s Eve White Party, Dec. 31

SwingTime Ballroom in Fallston is hosting a New Year’s Eve White Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. The ballroom will be transformed into a black light wonderland of color. Cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Party favors, glow sticks, light fair and refreshments are included. For more information call 410-877-2633 or visit online at The studio is located in Fallston by the Harvest Fare at the junction of Belair and Mountain Roads (Rts 1 & 152).

Harford County Executive David R. Craig to host public hearing on 2014 budget Jan. 28

The Office of the Harford County Executive announced a public hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget is scheduled 6 p.m.  Monday, Jan. 28 in the Aberdeen High School auditorium. Here are the details:

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