Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Dec. 27-29)


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Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include visiting holiday train gardens, viewing holiday light displays and a Holiday Open House at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center.

Friday, Dec. 28

Holiday train gardens

Interested in seeing a holiday train garden this season? Harford County is home to several train gardens and there are many more throughout the region. The website Grandpa’s Holiday Train Garden Page for 2013 features an extensive listing of train garden locations and hours. Click here to see the full list: For a list of nearby locations, visit

Holiday light displays around Bel Air

Looking for holiday light displays around town? There are several in the Bel Air area and others that are worth the trip. Here’s a list of a few:

St. Matthew Lutheran Church “drive-thru” Christmas lights display through Dec. 31

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is hosting a “drive-thru” Christmas lights display in cooperation with local holiday lights aficionado Jim Kurtz continuing through Dec. 31 at the church property, 1200 Churchville Rd. in Bel Air. Here are the details:

Saturday, Dec. 29

Railroad Station Museum in Stewartstown, Dec. 29

The Railroad Station Museum in Stewartstown, Pa. is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s decorated for the season and features a operating model train. Carolers from local Girl Scout Troops are scheduled to sing. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For more information, call 717-654-7530. The station is at 21 W. Pennsylvania Ave.

Holiday Open House at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Dec. 29

Holiday Open House at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all ages. Hang out with the critters, visit with a naturalist and enjoy refreshments. The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is at 700 Otter Point Rd., Abingdon.

Sunday, Dec. 30

New Year’s celebration at Edgewood library, Dec. 30

New Year’s celebration at Edgewood library 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 30 for ages 24 months to first grade. Ring in the new year preschool style. Registration required. Call 410-612-1600. For details:

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New Years Eve Surf & Turf Dinner & Dance Jarrettsville Gardens, Dec. 31

NEW YEARS EVE SURF & TURF DINNER & DANCE Jarrettsville Gardens 8pm-1am Shrimp Cocktail, Passed Hors d’oeuvres, Prime Rib, Crab Cakes, Chicken Marsala, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Petite Green Beans & Parisan Carrots, & Dessert Display! ~OPEN BAR~ Champagne Toast at Midnight! Music by Jenny Z Mobile DJs ! Party Favors! $50 per person $90 per couple!
For Tickets call 410-557-6921 or

Bel Air Athletic Club’s 7th Annual Noon Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

Bel Air Athletic Club’s 7th Annual Noon Year’s Eve Event is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31at the club, 658 Boulton St. Enjoy a morning of special performances, crafts, music and dancing followed by a big bang balloon drop at noon. Light refreshments. Cost is $8 per person and ages 2 and under are free. To register, call 410-838-2670, ext. 297 or

Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge 2014 in Easton, MD May 31 – June 1, 2014

Participants will enjoy the quaint, scenic, waterfront communities of Tolghman Island, Oxford, St. Michaels and Trappe. After enjoying lunch along Saturday’s routes, cyclists will ride on the Oxford Bellevue ferry to continue cycling along the routes. Chesapeake Challenge is fully supported with rest stops every 7-15 miles stocked with snacks, ice cold drinks, and cheering volunteers. All along the routes you’ll find Support and Gear vehicles, professional medical volunteers and bike mechanics to keep you going to the finish line. Complimentary meals beginning Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch are provided to all participants and volunteers. Be sure to join us for a fun Saturday night themed party where we honor our top teams and individuals. All participants agree to raise at least $300 to fund research into the cause, cure and treatment of MS. For details, visit

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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 at 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 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.

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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 for details. Forest Hill Nature Preschool & Childcare is at 207 Bynum Road in Forest Hill. Follow them on Facebook at 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 or call (410) 914-5089.