Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the 7th Annual Bulle Rock Turkey Trot to benefit the Susquehanna Hose Company on Thanksgiving morning, the 8th annual CCA Festival of Trees on Saturday and the 24th Annual Town of Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting on Sunday.
Thursday, Nov. 28
7th Annual Bulle Rock Turkey Trot, Nov. 28
On Thanksgiving morning, Havre de Grace-area residents can burn off some calories before the big feast and raise money for a great cause by participating in the 7th Annual Bulle Rock Turkey Trot benefiting the Susquehanna Hose Company. Open to the public for all age groups and fitness levels, the 5K run and 1-mile walk will occur Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Residents’ Club at The Residences at Bulle Rock (1200 Bulle Rock Pkwy.). Registration will begin at 8 a.m., a warm- up will occur at 8:45 and the races will kick off at 9:00. The 5K course will weave through The Residences at Bulle Rock and Bulle Rock Golf Course on paved roads and paths. A costumed turkey will greet participants and cheer them on at the finish line. The course will be well marked with monitors along the way, and Elite Race Management will record each participant’s finish times. For details, visit: http://bit.ly/1fNwJPY
Saturday, Nov. 30
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30
Start shopping Main Street businesses on November 30, Small Business Saturday, for special discounts or offers from 111 downtown businesses. Download the Holiday Shopping Coupon. Unique stores and downtown holiday charm await you on Maryland’s Main Streets this holiday season! Participating businesses listed below have special discounts or offers when you shop with them on Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2013 through January 1, 2014. Holiday Shopping Coupon must be printed or downloaded to your mobile device and presented to participating Main Street Maryland businesses listed to receive the special discount or offer.Offers vary by business. Coupon may only be used once for each business/offer. Some offers are only available on Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2013, check with business for details.
8th annual CCA Festival of Trees, Nov. 30
The 8th annual CCA Festival of Trees will be held Sunday, November 30,10 – 6pm and Sunday, December 1, 10-4pm at the Bel Air Armory. Decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses will be sold by silent auction all weekend. Also vendors, fresh greens, bake table, cafe and children’s crafts, activities and entertainment including a magic show on Sun. $6 adults, children 12 and under free. For $1 off coupon visit chesapeakecanceralliance.org
Sunday, Dec. 1
24th Annual Town of Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Dec. 1
The Town of Bel Air Christmas parade and festivities begin at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 with a concert on Courtland Street. The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Churchville Road and will proceed north to Lee Street where it will turn right and end on Hickory Avenue. Immediately following the parade, there will be Seasonal Music, Bonfire, Caroling, Hot Chocolate, Cookies and Santa Claus in Shamrock Park, along with a Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting. Scheduled to appear: Stilt-walkers and acrobats; local high school marching bands; costumed characters and mascots; beauty queens; performance units, dancers, floats and musical groups and even some special equestrian guests, ending with The Living Christmas Tree and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! The Celebration will be CANCELLED in the event of serious weather, including excessive cold. In the event that occurs, cancellation will be announced on WXCY-FM 103.7, WAMD-AM 680 and on WBAL-AM 1090 on Sunday, December 1st, 12:00 pm. There is no make-up date. For more details, visit http://www.belairmd.org/communitynotes/specialeventsprojects/christmasparade.asp
Menorah lighting ceremony in Shamrock Park, Dec. 1
Harford Chabad, an organization that provides services to the Jewish population throughout the county, will be hosting a menorah lighting ceremony in Shamrock Park at 5pm on December 1st, 2013 immediately following the Christmas Parade. Some refreshments will be provided, along with various family activities and prizes. The theme of this year’s ceremony is Bring Light to People’s Lives. Harford Chabad is encouraging people to bring items for SARC’s pantry which will be collected at the event. Items such as flatware, aluminum foil, dustpans, bath towels, socks, washcloths, hairbrushes, vacuums, glue, DVDs, DVD players, tensions rods for curtains, umbrellas, sneakers, ethnic hair care products, and Xbox and Playstation 4 video games. The list of the desired donation items is available on www.harfordchabad.org/sarc.
Pets with Santa, Sunday, Dec. 1
Jarrettsville Veterinary Center is hosting a Pets with Santa event on Sunday, December 1 from 12 – 4 p.m. at 3961 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville. Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa and help support No Kill Harford. Take your own photo or have professional photos taken for donation. Your furry friends want to see Santa too!! Handcrafted gift items will also be available for sale. Call 410-692-6191 for more information.
Luna’s House Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 1
Luna’s House is hosting its Holiday Bazaar and 2nd Anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2801 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday food, fun and furry friends while shopping for gifts including jewelry, crafts and artwork. Pet photos with Santa will be available for $5. Admission is free. All proceeds go to the animals of Luna’s House. For more information visit http://lunashouse.org/.
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Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer to perform at Havre de Grace Library, Dec. 2
Acclaimed children’s music entertainers and Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will be performing on Monday, December 2 at 10:30 am at the Havre de Grace Library. Registration is suggested for the performance. Call (410) 939-6700 for more information. http://bit.ly/1dKIyFq
Deadline for Board of Education of Harford County Ethics Panel applicants, Dec. 6
The Board of Education of Harford County is seeking applications from interested county citizens to fill an opening on the school system’s Ethics Panel. The Ethics Panel reviews inquiries concerning potential violations of ethics on the part of school employees or Board members, provides advisory opinions regarding ethics issues and receives financial disclosure forms required to be filed by Board members and certain Board employees. Ethics Panel members serve for a term of five years, appointed at staggered intervals. Members are appointed by the Board of Education and may serve two full terms. Ethics Panel members serve without compensation but are reimbursed for travel and other expenses related to their service. Applicants should send a letter of interest accompanied by a biographical sketch to: Patrick P. Spicer, Esquire, General Counsel, Board of Education of Harford County, 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014 by December 6, 2013. For more information, please call 410-638-4005. http://www.hcps.org/
“Beatlemania Again” returns to C. Milton Wright High School, Dec. 7
The National Touring Beatles Stage Show “Beatlemania Again” is returning to C. Milton Wright High School on December 7th. Tickets will go on sale in October. This is a benefit concert for the school’s art department!
John Carroll Equestrian Team’s Christmas Bazaar, Dec. 7
The John Carroll Equestrian Team’s Christmas Bazaar is coming up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at John Carroll High School, 703 E. Churchville Rd. Crafts, jewelry, holiday vendors, trees, greens, and Christmas flowers for sale. Holiday concessions also available. Free admission.
Harford Artists Gallery Open House, Dec. 7
Harford Artists Gallery is hosting a Holiday Open House reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the gallery at 503 E. Churchville Rd. in Bel Air. All displayed paintings, jewelry, pottery, and gifts are by local artists and for sale. The gallery’s regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in November. Hours December through February are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The gallery is in the former caretaker’s cottage at Rockfield Manor.http://www.artinharford.org/gallery.html
Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House Holiday Weekend, Dec. 7 & 8
The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House Holiday Weekend is coming up Dec. 7 & 8 at the museum, 817 Conesteo St., Havre de Grace. The annual Christmas Boutique is being organized by the Lock House Ladies and will be held at the Lock House Museum between 9 am and 3 pm on Saturday December 7th and from noon to 6 pm on Sunday December 8th. You will find the spirit of the Christmas season here. Handcrafted gifts and decorations will be found, along with fresh loose greens, swags, centerpieces, and table arrangements. There will be a Gourmet Room filled with baked breads, cakes, candy, fruitcakes, and much more. The 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Havre de Grace which will take place on Sunday December 8th between 4 pm and 8 pm. A selection of homes and businesses with varying architectural styles from different periods in the City’s history in or near the historical center of Havre de Grace can be toured this year. Each tour stop will be seasonally decorated to complement the structures. Ticket sales start online November 1 and in stores November 14. Sale locations are the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, Decoy Museum, Java by the Bay, Concord Point Coffee, and in Bel Air Preston’s Stationary. Please visit our website at www.thelockhousemuseum.org for further information.
Edgewood Library celebrates 50 years with open house Dec. 9
The Edgewood Library will celebrate 50 years of service to the community with a special open house on Monday, December 9th. Among the planned commemorative activities are historical displays, a cake cutting at 5:30 pm and a special holiday performance from the Edgewood High School Jazz Ensemble at 6:00 pm. Events and activities are open to the public and are for all ages. For details: http://bit.ly/1eiqq6H
Free State Montessori School Celebrates Annual Winter Craft Fair, Dec. 14
Free State Montessori School is proud to present their Annual Winter Craft Fair on Saturday, December 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival will feature craft vendors, a food court, pit beef, Santa’s workshop and a 50/50 raffle. The annual holiday event raises funding for Free State Montessori School located at 12536 Harford Road in Fork, Maryland. The event is free and open to the public. Free State Montessori School is handicapped accessible and has on site parking. For complete details and directions please contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-592-3324. Free State Montessori School was founded in 1980. The campus is located in the beautiful country setting of Fork, Maryland, and is well established with an enrollment of approximately 70 children from ages 2 to 14. The small size campus promotes a family-like atmosphere for the children, teachers and the parents. Their location offers easy access to the cultural and recreational opportunities of Baltimore and Washington D.C. To learn more about Free State Montessori School and other upcoming events please visit www.freestatemontessori.org.
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AleCraft Brewing Supply opens new store in downtown Bel Air
Founded by three Harford County homebrewers who sensed the need for a local source of homebrewing supplies, AleCraft Brewing Supply opened recently in downtown Bel Air. Visit the store at at 6 Office Street for everything you need for home brewing — a trend that started in 1978 when home brewing was legalized and took off in the early 2000 fueled by internet-based discussion forums, and online sales. Visit AleCraft’s Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/AlecraftBrewingSupply to enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, to be given away at the Grand Opening event. Online sales are to be available next month at www.alecraftbrewing.com. Store hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with longer hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information, call the store at 410-420-5102.
Forest Hill Nature Preschool & Childcare has openings now
Bel Air News & Views sponsor Forest Hill Nature Preschool & Childcare has openings now for children ages 2 to 5 at its Forest Hill location. Call 410-638-2761 to schedule a tour and meet the staff. Visit www.fhnaturepreschool.com for details. Forest Hill Nature Preschool & Childcare is at 207 Bynum Road in Forest Hill. Follow them on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/fhnaturepreschool.Openings available at First Presbyterian Preschool in Bel Air
First Presbyterian Preschool in Bel Air has openings in its Prep 3 program
First Presbyterian Preschool in Bel Air has openings in its Prep 3 program. This program is designed for young 3′s who miss the cut off for a 3 year old program, but will be 3 between September 1 and December 31. The class meets Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. For more information, contact director, Terri Rhodes at 410-399-9678.
Newly renovated Bel Air South Parkway Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins complete and store is now open
Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins located at 18 A Bel Air South Pkwy, Bel Air, MD 21015 recently completed renovations and is open to guests 24 hours a day with a new look. The new look includes, more seating, soft seating, cafe interiors, FREE WI-FI, TVs, music, outdoor seating.
R.E.H.A.B. Furniture & Finds is now open in Bel Air
R.E.H.A.B. Furniture & Finds is now open at 2034 Calvary Road in Bel Air. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. R.E.H.A.B stands for Repurposed and Refinished, Eclectic Items, Hardware and Housewares, Antiques, Bric a’ Brac and Bohemian Style. We take “loved” furniture…and renew it …then surround it with brand new items to bring you the best mix of vintage, eclectic, bohemian, industrial, french, painted, primitive and shabby home furnishings decor and accessories to choose from. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/rehab.furniture.belair or call (410) 914-5089.