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


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include Harford Day School’s KidFest & Camp Open House on Saturday, a Neil Diamond & Karen Carpenter tribute featuring Sammy K & Kemi Doran at the American Legion in Hickory also on Saturday and the Queen of the Chesapeake East Coast USA Maryland State Pageant at the Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen on Sunday.

Friday, Jan. 25

Ravens’ linebacker Paul Kruger to sign autographs at Dark Horse Saloon, Jan. 25

Coming up this Friday, Jan. 25 at Dark Horse Saloon, Ravens’ linebacker Paul Kruger makes a pre-Super Bowl stop at Dark Horse to sign autographs starting at 5 p.m. Tickets to the autograph-signing event are $25 (one autograph per ticket) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Harford County Special Olympics. For details:

Free fitness and nutrition seminar, Jan. 25 (Postponed until Feb. 1 due to weather)

Due to the forecasted snow, we are POSTPONING our “A Healthier You” seminar scheduled for tonight.  This FREE fitness and nutrition seminar will now be NEXT FRIDAY, February 1st.  It will still be at 7pm at 616 Ontario Street (Restore Church’s Building).

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.

Saturday, Jan. 26

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

Grand opening of Crossfit in Havre de Grace, Jan. 26

Crossfit in Havre de Grace is having its grand opening on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crossfit is located at 516 Young Street. Come find out what you have been missing in your workout!! Learn about CrossFit. Enjoy a bite to eat while you watch demonstrations,competitions and meet the instructors and fellow CrossFit members. For additional information call 443-206-3339.

Sunday, Jan. 27

2013 United as One Gospel concert tour at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Jan. 27

The 2013 United as One Gospel concert tour is Jan. 27 at Aberdeen Proving Ground North Post Theater. Show starts at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. The concert features James Fortune & FIYA, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, Vashawn Mitchell and Zacardi Cortez. The event is hosted by Shuckey Duckey. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance with military ID. For more information, visit or call 410-278-4011.

The Winter Doldrums: A Sunday afternoon of music and fine arts at HCC, Jan. 27

The Winter Doldrums: A Sunday afternoon of music and fine arts is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Harford Community College Chesapeake Center and Student Center. Enjoy the HCC’s annual faculty concert and fine arts faculty’s annual exhibit of paintings, sculptures, photography, digital art and ceramics. Reception to follow fearing jazz and refreshments. Tickets available at the door or visit

Queen of the Chesapeake East Coast USA Maryland State Pageant, Jan. 27

The Queen of the Chesapeake East Coast USA Maryland State Pageant takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Holiday Inn Express, 1007 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen. For details, visit

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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.

Kids eat free Tuesday nights at Dark Horse Saloon, Jan. 29

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

Informational meeting on new state-mandated stormwater remediation fee, Jan. 29

Harford County Government will hold an informational meeting to discuss a new state-mandated stormwater remediation fee and its impact on Harford’s citizens. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at C. Milton Wright High School (1301 North Fountain Green Road, Bel Air). For details:



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


Z-Time Trivia at Applebee’s, Jan. 30

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

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.

Harford County noon Ravens Rally at corner of Main St. and Churchville Rd. in Bel Air, Feb. 1

Harford County will be hosting a Ravens Rally to cheer the Ravens on to the Super Bowl at noon Friday, Feb. 1 at the corner of Main Street and Churchville Road in Bel Air. The event is to include music, food and face painting and prizes will be given out for the best-dressed Ravens fan.

Bel Air Downtown Alliance’s Halfway to First Fridays and Ravens Rally Part III-Superbowl Edition event at Main Street Tower, Feb. 1

Whoa Baby! Do we have a FANTASTIC double-whammy lined up for you! Join us on Friday, February 1st, 5-9pm at Main Street Tower for our 3rd Annual Halfway to First Fridays PLUS our Ravens Rally Part III-Superbowl Edition! There will be LIVE music, food and drink specials, raffles, giveaways, The Bus Boys and The Fan Bus, Natty Boh Gear, Mr. Boh, and so much more! Our rallies helped to get our Ravens to NOLA, now it’s time to get them the CHAMPIONSHIP! Be PURPLE, Be Local, and Be A Part Of It!

“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

Sterling Caterers Super Bowl party, Feb. 3

Get your tickets now for the Super Bowl Party at Bel Air News & Views sponsor Sterling Caterers. Watch the Feb. 3 game on a 12-foot screen and enjoy a tailgate/stadium-style menu, a Big 6 Wheel, draft beer and wine and a Ravens memorabilia silent auction at Jarrettsville Gardens, 3825 Federal Hill Road in Jarrettsville. Five autographed Ravens footballs will be given away. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds are to benefit Phoenix Recovery Center scholarships. Tickets are $30. Call 410-557-6921 to order yours. Click here to follow Sterling Caterers on Facebook:



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.

Patterson Mill High School Class of 2013’s 4th Senior Fashion Show & Prom Expo, Feb. 10

Patterson Mill High School Class of 2013 presents their 4th Senior Fashion Show & Prom Expo “Red Carpet Affair” from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m Sunday, February 10th at 85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air, 21015. Admission is $10. Tickets are on sale now or at the door. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance, please contact Lisa Chenoweth at 443-866-2271 or email

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.

Prescription drug abuse prevention classes Feb. 20 and March 18

The University of Maryland Extension, Harford County office and the Harford County’s Office of Drug Control Policy are bringing classes to educate the public on prescription drug abuse to Harford County on Feb. 20 and March 18. Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 7pm, University of Maryland Harford County Extension Office, 2335 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill, MD. Open to adults, parents, community members and concerned citizens. Monday, March 18 @ 6:30pm, Havre de Grace Community Center, 351 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace, MD. Open to adults, parents, teens 13 years or older, community members and concerned citizens. For details:


Good Cause’s 2nd Annual “Snowflake”  dinner banquet, Feb. 22

Join us at the 2nd Annual “Snowflake”  dinner banquet on Friday, February 22, 2013 and help us raise awareness for Good Cause and the people we serve.  The event will be catered by a local favorite, Olive Tree. We’re providing tasty fondue appetizers and delicious desserts. It will be held at Havre de Grace’s well known St. Patrick’s Fellowship Hall (615 Congress Ave, HdG). Doors open at 6 PM! There will be both a silent and live auction with a professional auctioneer. Live entertainment will be from 6 PM till dinner starts at 6:45 PM. The mayor of Havre de Grace, Wayne Dougherty, will be our guest speaker. I will share on what we have done in the last 2 ½ years, what the future holds for us and how you can partner for the betterment of local single parents and families. Fight with us by purchasing tickets at $35 each with a portion being tax deductible. Purchase your tickets online here or email Rebecca at If you are interested in becoming a 2013 Good Cause sponsor, please email Leah, my executive assistant, at to sign up and start being recognized as we intersect and impact a couple thousand people this year!

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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