Things to this weekend around Bel Air (Jan. 10-13)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include cheering the Ravens on to the AFC Divisional Playoff vs. the Denver Broncos at a rally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday in Bel Air’s Armory Park, a fundraiser for the St. Margaret Youth Ministry Programs featuring a night of local bands at St. Margaret’s school gym on Saturday and auditions for “The Little Mermaid” at Harford Community College on Sunday.

Thursday, Jan. 10

The Harford Artists Gallery Starving Artists Show continues through Feb. 24

The Harford Artists Gallery Starving Artists Show is held Jan. 4 through Feb. 24 in the cottage gallery at Rockfield Manor, 503 Churchville Rd. in Bel Air. All gallery artwork is $99 or less. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. A reception is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. For more information, call 410-420-9499 or

Friday, Jan. 11

Ravens Rally in downtown Bel Air, Jan. 11

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance has planned a 4:30 p.m. rally Friday, Jan. 11 in Armory Park on Main St. to fire up fans for the Ravens’ AFC Divisional Playoff against the Denver Broncos. For details:

31 Purses, Vera Bradley Bingo at C. Milton Wright, Jan. 11

31 Purses, Vera Bradley Bingo at C. Milton Wright on Jan. 11. Doores open at 6 p.m. and the games start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and the event benefits the C. Milton Right 2013 Project Graduation.

Basket, Vera Bradley and Pandora Bingo at American Legion Post 128, Jan. 11

Basket, Vera Bradley and Pandora Bingo at American Legion Post 128, Jan. 11. Early bird starts at 6:45 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team. The American Legion Post is at 44 N. Parke St. in Aberdeen.

Saturday, Jan. 12

The Bash “One Night Only” fundraiser for St. Margaret Youth Ministry programs, Jan. 12

The Bash “One Night Only” comes to St. Margaret School gym in Bel Air Saturday, Jan. 12. Bands are Secret Mountains, Nate Allan, Me & This Army, Slanted Sound and Mirror Tunnel. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. with Mirror Tunnel. Tickets are $5 at the door. Show lasts until 10:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the St. Margaret Youth Ministry Programs. The event is presented by St. Margaret School is at 141 N. Hickory Ave.

Forest Hill Rec baseball/softball registration, Jan. 12

Forest Hill Recreation’s baseball/softball registration is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lakes Elementary School, 100 Osborne Pkwy. Online registration is also available at

Longaberger Basket Bingo at Port Deposit VFW, Jan. 12

Longaberger Basket Bingo at Port Deposit VFW 8185 on Jan. 12. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. The event benefits Relay for Life team, Bethany’s Angels.

Family Fun Fest at APG Federal Credit Union at HCC, Jan. 12

HCC is hosting Family Fun Fest, a community open house, on Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to join Harford Community College’s celebration of the opening of the newly renovated Susquehanna Center and the new APG Federal Credit Union Arena. This free event will offer family fun activities such as face painting, balloon creations, fitness demos, Zumba, theater performances, the HCC Fighting Owls basketball doubleheader, the energetic entertainment of the Zooperstars, inflatables, and much more! In addition, guided tours of the beautiful, new facility will be available. For details,

Spa on the Boulevard to open, Jan. 12

The Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center in Abingdon, home to Wegmans, JCPenney and Joe’s Crab Shack is getting a new tenant. Spa on the Boulevard is due to open at 3491 Merchant Boulevard Saturday, Jan. 12. The new spa is owned by The Salon by Debbie Corporation, which also has locations in Hunt Valley and White Marsh. For details, visit

Sunday, Jan. 13

Auditions for “The Little Mermaid” at Harford Community College, Jan. 13

Auditions for “The Little Mermaid” at Harford Community College, Jan. 13. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Auditions are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dancers should be 11 year old and older. Looking for skill in ballet, modern, hip-hop, tap and jazz. Dancers should bring all shoes. The production is May 17 through May 19. For information, call 443-412-2217.

Coming next . . .

Public input session on Harford County Public Schools FY14 Operating Budget, Jan. 14

The Board of Education of Harford County will hold public input sessions to gather feedback for the FY14 Operating Budget on Monday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the A. A. Roberty Building Board Room and Wednesday, January 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the A. A. Roberty Building Board Room.  The public is encouraged to access the budget information on the Budget webpage ( and to email comments and suggestions to throughout the process. Remember, all Board meetings are streamed live on the school system website at

HCPS  STEM and Beyond Night at Magnolia Middle School, Jan. 16

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

Harford County’ 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Open House, Jan. 16

To help citizens understand Harford County’s 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the Department of Planning and Zoning will be conducting an informational open house on January 16, 2013. The open house will be held in the 2nd floor conference room of the County Administrative Building at 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air. The session will be conducted from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and participants are welcome to stop in anytime during the period to learn more about the Plan. Public comment will be accepted through January 31, 2013. For more information or disability related accommodations please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-638-3104. For details, 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

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


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.

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 The 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.


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.