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

Photo of last Friday's Ravens Rally at Looney's Pub courtesy of Bel Air Downtown Alliance

Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include another Ravens Rally at Armory Park and a no-cost flu vaccine clinic at in the Harford County Council Chambers both on Friday and an opening celebration at the YMCA of Abingdon on Saturday. Looking for something to do with the kids early next week when Harford County Public Schools are off Jan. 21-23? Dark Horse Saloon has a kids eat free night on Tuesday and U.S. Taekwondo Academy is offering a day camp to keep kids active those three days. See below for details:

Thursday, Jan. 17

Harford County SECAC meeting, Jan. 17

We invite you to attend our first Harford County SECAC meeting of the New Year for an expanded discussion on the topic “Exploring the Use of Assistive Technology in Harford County Public Schools.”  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us this coming Thursday, January 17th from 6:30 to 8:15PM. Our meeting will be held in the Harford County Public Schools Board Room, 1st floor, A.A. Roberty Building, 102 South Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014. For further information, please call us at 410.588.5246,    e-mail us at or find us on Facebook at Harford SECAC.

Friday, Jan. 18

Ravens Rally in Bel Air’s Armory Park, Jan. 18

Bel Air Downtown Alliance is hosting another Ravens rally from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at Armory Park, 41 N. Main St. The event to fire fans up for the Raven’s AFC championship game Sunday against the New England Patriots, is to feature WXCY FM’s Tyler Daniel, The Bus Boys and their Fan Bus, and Natty Boh Gear with plenty of swag and giveaways. PLUS, WOLO – Mobile Food Truck/Catering and Flavor Cupcakerywill be on hand, along with face painting by Bambini Family Entertainment, Inc. and more fun fromGIRLEEgurlz! Mr. Boh himself is also expected to make an appearance. For photos of last Friday’s rally at Looney’s Pub, visit

No-cost flu vaccine clinic, Jan. 18

The Harford County Health Department is offering no-cost seasonal flu vaccines from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in the Harford County Council Chambers, 212 South Bond Street. For details,

Saturday, Jan. 19

Opening celebration at YMCA of Abingdon, Jan. 19

YMCA of Abingdon (Walter & Betty Ward Center) has an Opening Celebration for their building expansion & 2 pools. 11a-1p. Face Painting, Moon Bounces, etc. The YMCA is at 101 Walter Ward Blvd.

Grand Opening workouts at CrossFit Everlast, Jan. 19

Come celebrate our Grand Opening at CrossFit Everlast! We will hold workouts at 10am, 2pm, and 5pm. After the 5pm workout we will cookout, have some drinks and have some fun! There might be a “Centurion” in their as well. Come any time or stay all day! CrossFit Everlast is at 227 Gateway Dr Suite E-F, Bel Air. For more information, visit them on Facebook:

Sunday, Jan. 20

Opera Arias and Duets, Jan. 20

Soprano Mary Anne Barcellona and Baritone Jason Stearns to perform Opera Arias and Duets at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Jon Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike in Hydes. A freewill offering will be taken. For more information, call 410-592-6206.

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Harford County Government closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Jan. 21

Harford County Government will be closed Monday, January 21, 2013 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. County Government will re-open for business on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Upper Chesapeake Chorus Open House, Jan. 21

Upper Chesapeake Chorus is hosting an Open House January 21 and 28 from 6:45-8:30 PM at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 Mt Royal Ave, Aberdeen MD. Find your voice with the award-winning Upper Chesapeake Chorus. We are women making friends and learning more about singing. Singing with the chorus will change your life – for good! For more information, visit or contact Linda Brown at 410-569-2104 or

Day camp at U.S. Taekwondo Academy during three-day HCPS holiday, Jan. 21, 22 and 23

U.S. Taekwondo Academy is holding day camps to keep kids busy during their three days off of school Jan. 21, 22 and 23. To register, visit U.S. Taekwondo Academy is at 109 N. Main St.

Kids eat free Tuesday nights at Dark Horse Saloon, Jan. 22

Kids eat free Tuesday nights at Dark Horse Saloon, 119 South Main Street in Bel Air. Get one free kids meal with every adult meal. Tuesdays 5-9 pm at Dark Horse Saloon. Also, Thursday Nights are Country Nights. Line Dancing Lessons to start soon. For more information, visit

Crohn’s & Colitis monthly support group meeting, Jan. 22

A support group for people dealing with Crohn’s & Colitis is forming. The group welcomes people who have the disease and their family and friends. The next meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Maryland Room at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, 500 Upper Chesapeake Drive in Bel Air. The group plans to meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except during the months of December, March, June, July and August. For more information, contact Carin Dlin at

Free fitness and nutrition seminar, Jan. 25

Good Cause in Havre de Grace is hosting a free fitness and nutrition seminar at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Restore Church, 616 Ontario St. Join us for a night of fitness and nutrition.  Learn how you can do simple, at-home exercises to achieve your fitness goals.  Also, hear about nutritious meal planning for your entire family!  Attendance is free and all are welcome!  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Bousa at Childcare will be provided.

Harford County Public Schools Parent Satisfaction Survey deadline, Jan. 25

HCPS would like to know what our parents think about their child’s school and the school system as a whole. Based on feedback regarding the Parent Satisfaction Survey last year, we have made improvements and updated the survey. By completing the survey, parents can provide the school/school system with important information about how we can improve your child’s educational experience. This survey is voluntary, but is greatly appreciated as it helps to improve our schools. The survey can be found in both English and Spanish on the homepage of the school system website at, or a paper copy can be requested from your child’s school. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete and one survey may be completed for each child who attends a Harford County Public School. The survey will be open through Friday, January 25.

Patterson Mill High School sophomore to be honored as finalist in “Champions of Courage” Black History Month Essay Competition Jan. 26

Samantha Herman, a Patterson Mill High School sophomore, is one of just 20 Baltimore-area students who will appear on WBFF-TV FOX 45 and WNUV-TV The CW Baltimore saluting their personal heroes during Black History Month this February.  The students are the finalists in the 26th annual “Champions of Courage” Black History Month Essay Competition presented by M&T Bank.  More than 3,500 entries were received from middle and high schools – public, private and parochial – throughout the Baltimore metro area. The competition challenged students, grades 6 through 12, to write a brief essay saluting their personal “Champion of Courage” as positive role model who has touched their lives by sharing the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In addition, each finalist will be honored at a Gala Awards Program at the Tremont Grand on January 26, 2013.  At the awards breakfast, the top three essayists will be announced and will win more than $3,000 in scholarships and cash prizes for their schools.

Neil Diamond & Karen Carpenter tribute at American Legion post, Jan. 26

The American Legion 500 N. Hickory Ave will be having a tribute to Neil Diamond & Karen Carpenter featuring Sammy K & Kemi Doran on Sat Jan. 26, 2013. Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $20.00 each. Includes food (lite fare), soda, and beer.
We will have a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at the American Legion. Please see the bartender for tickets.

KidFest/Camp Harford Day School Open House, Jan. 26

The KidFest/Camp Harford Day School Open House from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 is a free event and fun for the entire family. There are vendors featuring services and products, face painting, games, singing, a Zoo Mobile Program, camp activities, and an opportunity to explore the school. We welcome all to our friend raiser. Harford Day School is at 715 Moore Mill Road in Bel Air. For more information, call (410) 838-4848 or


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:


Donald R. Morrison to be inducted into the HCPS Educator Hall of Fame, Jan. 28

Donald R. Morrison will be inducted into the HCPS Educator Hall of Fame on Monday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. during the Board of Education meeting.  Please join us in celebrating Mr. Morrison’s 23 years of extraordinary service to the students, staff and community of the Harford County Public Schools as a teacher and administrator.

Harford Business Roundtable for Education General Membership meeting, Jan. 29

Harford Business Roundtable for Education General Membership meeting is 7:30 am. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 29 at Maryland Golf and Country Club. Speakers include President of Harford Community College Dennis Golladay, Harford County Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti and Coordinator of Harford County Public Schools magnet programs Frank Mezzanote. To make a reservation for the free event, contact Betsy Campion at or 410-838-5480. For details, visit

HCPS  STEM and Beyond Night at Magnolia Middle School, Jan. 30

HCPS will be hosting a series of STEM and Beyond Nights that will feature approximately 40 interactive workshops to create awareness and excitement about STEM careers.  Additional, an exhibit hall will be available to broaden family awareness about school and community resources, programs and activities that students can attend year round.  These events are designed to motivate and engage HCPS fourth and fifth grade students, who will join sixth graders at their area middle schools to participate in hands-on STEM activities. The schedule for 2013 dates for STEM and Beyond Night for middle school attendance areas:

·         Magnolia Middle – January 16, 2013

·         Havre de Grace Middle – January 30, 2013

·         Bel Air Middle – February 20, 2013

Deadline for Sixth Annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award nominations, Jan. 31

Know a parent who deserves statewide recognition for his or her work to improve public education? Nominate him or her today!  The Maryland State Department of Education is currently accepting nominations for the Sixth Annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award (PIMA) Program. The Maryland PIMA is an annual award for parents (and others with legal responsibility for a child) whose exemplary contributions to public education have led to improvements for Maryland’s public school children, teachers, schools, programs, and/or policies.  To learn more about the program and how previous winners were involved, and to download an application, go to  Completed applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2013.

“You Can Afford College” financial aid event at Harford Community College, Feb. 2

Harford Community College (HCC) is hosting its financial aid event of the year, “You Can Afford College,” on Saturday, February 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Joppa Hall on the HCC campus (Snowdate: February 9). Families can complete their 2013-2014 FAFSA, with professional assistance. You should bring the following for both student and parent: FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (, PIN Number to sign electronically (, Social Security Number, 2012 Federal Income Tax Returns (2011 Federal Return if you have not yet filed for 2012) and 2012 W-2 Statements. For more information: 443-412-2257 or

Nomination deadline for Maryland Teacher of the Year, Feb. 4

HCPS, as well as 23 other public school systems in the state, will participate in the 2013-14 Maryland Teacher of the Year program. As in the past, any full-time classroom, resource or media teacher who spends the majority of their time teaching is eligible; school counselors are ineligible to participate. Teachers who intend to retire during 2013-14 are not eligible to be Teacher of the Year. Nominations may be self-submitted, or may be submitted by administrators, parents, colleagues, students or others. For more information and a copy of the nomination packet, visit www.hcps.orgThe nomination deadline is: February 4, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Nominate that special teacher in your life today!  In addition, HCPS is soliciting support in providing gift cards or certificates to be given to a finalist in the HCPS Teacher of the Year program. If you are able to provide a donation, either one for the Teacher of the Year winner, or five (one gift for each finalist), please call us at 410-588-5203 to arrange for pick-up. Thank you for your support of our teachers, students and school system. Without the outpouring of support by our generous business community, this recognition program would not be possible.

Neuter-a-thon at Perryville Outlet Center, Feb. 16

Homeward Bound Mobile Veterinary Services is hosting its first Neuter-a-thon Feb. 16 at the Perryville Outlet Center. The event starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 to neuter and $5 for rabies vaccine. If your cat has already received a rabies vaccine, you must show proof. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 12. For more information, call 443-309-2786.

HCPS schools to be recognized at EGATE awards reception and awards ceremony Feb. 28

The Maryland State Department of Education and the State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education initiated the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) School Awards Program. This recognition program honors Maryland elementary, middle and high schools that offer gifted and talented programs aligned with the objectives and criteria of the Maryland Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Program Guidelines.  Hickory Elementary School has been named a 2012 EGATE School.  This year, 15 applications were submitted, and only eight were approved.  The EGATE process is a rigorous one, but is a useful tool for overall school improvement.  Each EGATE school submitted a comprehensive application which provided documentation of twenty-one different criteria under four program objectives from the Criteria for Excellence: Gifted and Talented Education Program Guidelines.  As an EGATE school, Hickory Elementary will be recognized with Governor’s proclamations at a February reception, will proudly display the EGATE banner, will host celebratory visits and will serve as models for other schools seeking to achieve EGATE status.  In addition, Jessica Hoover, assistant principal at Fountain Green Elementary School, was recognized as Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education – Teacher as Leader and will receive her award at the upcoming reception.  The EGATE awards reception and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kossiakoff Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD.

Bel Air Honda Operation KidSafe free child safety, March 15 and 16

Bel Air News & Views sponsor Bel Air Honda is hosting a two-day Operation KidSafe free child safety event March 15 and 16 at the dealership at 1800 Belair Rd. in Fallston. The event features free digital fingerprinting and photos made with specialized military equipment that can help aid law enforcement in finding a missing child. The event is 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16. For details call 410-893-0600 or visit Bel Air Honda on Facebook

5th Annual Volunteer Expo, Saturday, March 23

The Harford County Department of Community Services Volunteer Harford is proud to announce the 5th Annual Volunteer Expo, Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Patterson Mill Middle High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road in Bel Air. The Volunteer Expo will feature vendors looking for volunteers; the Expo provides the perfect opportunity to hear from and learn about exhibiting organizations and agencies and learn about available volunteer opportunities. The Volunteer Expo is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Everyone is welcome to attend – individuals, seniors, families, youth groups, scout troops, etc. For more information, contact the Department of Community Services Volunteer Harford at 410-638-4444 or visit

Deadline for HCPS Music Competition Contest, April 19

Students in grades 9-12 of any Harford County public school are invited to submit an original, unpublished composition for entry in the third annual HCPS Music Competition Contest.  All materials must be submitted to Mr. Shane Jensen at Patterson Mill High School by April 19, 2013.  The winner’s name will be announced on the HCPS website and on the Harford County Cable Network and he or she will receive either a Pro Tools SE package (valued at $199.00) or a Sibelius Student Package.  For contest details, rules and the entry form, please click here.

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