Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (May 2-4)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the return of First Fridays in Havre de Grace and Bel Air, the Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival in Havre de Grace and the 3rd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk at Harford Community College.

Friday, May 2

Havre De Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival, May 2-4

The 33rd annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival comes to Havre De Grace May 2 through May 4. Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4. Decoy Carvers, wildlife artists, hunting and fishing suppliers and outdoor guide services will be displaying and selling their works. There will also be retriever dog demonstrations, carving competitions, and more. For details, visit

First Fridays return to downtown Bel Air, May 2

First Friday’s return to Office Street 5-8 pm May 2 in Downtown Bel Air featuring the band Staggering Back!!!

First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace, May 2

First Friday’s return to Havre de Grace from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 2. Havre de Grace Main Street presents a family friendly, festive celebration on closed downtown streets. Live entertainment, cafe seating, merchant specials and more! For details:

Saturday, May 3

5th Annual Celebration of Cultures, May 3

The 5th Annual Celebration of Cultures will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bel Air Reckord Armory located at 37 North Main St. This FREE family event will feature a wide variety of diverse performances and activities. Performers will include Amartia, a belly dancer, the Ryan-Kilcoyne School of Irish Dancing, Chung’s Martial Arts Studio’s students, Greek dancers and storyteller Janice the Griot among others. There will be a children’s garden with authentic tepee, games from around the world, and face and henna painting. Ethnic foods, local artisans and vendors will fill out the day for the FREE event which is handicapped accessible. The event is sponsored by the Town of Bel Air, LASOS, Inc and the Harford County Department of Community Services. For more information contact either Melynda Velez or Christine McPherson at 410-836-0333 or at


3rd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk, May 3

The 3rd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, May 3, at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The race, on a USA Track and Field Certified Course, honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. The race is hosted by The Thompson Family, Harford Community College Foundation and The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. On-site race registration takes place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Participants may run as individuals or organize themselves as part of a team. For details:

War of 1812 Commemoration Weekend at the Lock House museum, May 3

Visit the Lock House as the British once again storm Havre de Grace! There will be an encampment, demonstrations, and period vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 817 Conesteo St. in Havre de Grace. For details,

Pianist Eric Zuber to perform at The Bel Air United Methodist Church, May 3

The Center for the Arts brings renowned pianist Eric Zuber to perform at 2pm at the The Bel Air United Methodist Church, main sanctuary at 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air, MD.  Tickets are $13 for Center for the Arts Members and $15 for Non Members.  Children 12 and under are free.  Seating is limited. To reserve tickets contact Sue Taylor at 410.428.0341 or purchase online at

Yard sales in Vineyard Oak, May 4

Two community yard sales at Vineyard Oak & Vineyard Oak North in Bel Air 7 a.m. to noon May 3 (rain date is May 4) at Route 543 between the bypass and C. Milton Wright High.

Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra presents “Maestro’s Favorites,” May 3

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra presents “Maestro’s Favorites,” at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St., Bel Air. Pre-concert lecture begins at 6:50 p.m. The performance includes Harford County Public School’s finest All-County students playing side-by-side with SSO musicians. For online ticketing and more information, visit

Sunday, May 4

Harford County Health Department’s annual springtime rabies vaccination clinic, May 4

The Harford County Health Department is sponsoring its annual springtime rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets that are three months old and over on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 from 2:00-4:00pm. The fee is $5 per animal. The locations include: Abingdon Fire Company, Harford County Equestrian Center, Susquehanna Hose Company, Whiteford Volunteer Fire Dept, Aberdeen Vol Fire Dept, Jarrettsville Vol Fire Dept, Joppa-Magnolia Vol Fire Dept, and Darlington Vol Fire Dept.

Tudor Hall tours May 4

On May 4, visit Tudor Hall, Harford County’s historic Booth family home and childhood home of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. We have our regular tour at 1pm and at 2pm we have a special presentation called “From Underwear to Outerwear: Exploring Civil War Era Dress” presented by living historians Karen Heier and Tina Siatkowski. Located at Tudor Hall, 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or Also follow us on Facebook for the latest news

BOOM Theatre Company presents “In Transit” at the Vagabond Sandwich Company, May 4

The BOOM Theatre Company will present  “In Transit” at the Vagabond Sandwich Company, 111 Thomas St., Bel Air, at 4 p.m. May 4 as a part of the 2014 Brave New Works Theatre Festival.  After a short dinner break, walk over to Barely Used Consignments (12 N. Main St., Bel Air) to see Kristy Simmons’ new comedy THE DOG THERAPIST. Both playwrights will be in attendance for their events, and audiences will have unprecedented access to chat with the artists behind each project. Admission to all Brave New Works Theatre Festival events is included with your Festival Pass, which can be purchased at any of the Brave New Works events. For more information, please visit the Brave New Works Theatre Festival Page on our website:

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Kiddie Academy of Forest Hill’s 20th birthday celebration, May 9

Kiddie Academy of Forest Hill is celebrating its 20th birthday with a event 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the school at 2003 Klein Plaza Drive. Join our staff, parents, and students past and present to celebrate 20 years! Food, fun, and festivities will be provided. Bring your own blanket.

Free Xtend Barre Bel Air classes and seated massages at Massage Heights to benefit Harford Family House, May 9

Xtend Barre Bel Air is offering a free Xtend Barre class fundraiser on May 9 to help supply Harford Family House’s supply closet in time for Mothers Day. Anyone who donates a personal care item or cleaning supply can attend any of the day’s scheduled classes for free. Register in advance for class Xtend Barre Bel Air is in the Greenbrier Shopping Center, 223 Brierhill Drive, Suite L. Xtend Barre Bel Air is also  offering free seated massages from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May  9 for anyone who brings an item to donate to the Harford Family House supply closet. Get the free seated massage next door at Massage Heights. Get $10 off the introductory rate if you book a one-hour massage during the event. For details, visit

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Operation Kidsafe Free Child Safety event May 9 & 10

Operation Kidsafe Free Child Safety event comes to Fiat of Fallston on May 9 and Bel Air Honda on May 10. Parents can attend this free event and get a lifetime record of their child’s digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Parents will also get valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service. The event is 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 9 at Fiat of Fallston and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Bel Air Honda. Both dealerships are at 1800 Belair Road.



Bel Air High School Band Boosters 3rd Annual Swing Dance, May 10

The Bel Air High School Band Boosters is hosting its 3rd Annual Swing Dance featuring the Bel Air High School Jazz Ensemble from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 10 at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St. The event features three hours of live jazz with light refreshments. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance only from any Bel Air High School musician or online at Free swing dance lessons will be offered at 6 p.m.

BOOM Theatre Company present Joshua Fletcher’s TRUST at Tudor Hall, May 10

The BOOM Theatre Company will present Joshua Fletcher’s TRUST at 7 p.m. May 10 on the grounds of the historic Tudor Hall, 17 Tudor Lane. Guests are kindly reminded to drive slowly on Tudor Lane and on the driveway! Admission to all Brave New Works Theatre Festival events is included with your Festival Pass, which can be purchased at any of the Brave New Works events. For more information, please visit the Brave New Works Theatre Festival Page on our website:

 ”Harford Games” at John Carroll School, May 10

LASOS is presenting the “Harford Games” May 10 at John Carroll School, 703 Churchville Road. The event includes relays, an obstacle course, archery and mind jogging challenges. Register as a four-person team for $20 per person or individually at $22 and get partnered with other players. Age groups range from 10 to 18. This event is being supported by Harford County Community Services, Harford Community College, Harford Chamber of Commerce, APGFCU, Office of Drug Control Policy and Harford County Sheriff’s Department. To register go to type in Harford Games or call 410-836-0333 for more information.


Forest Hill Nursery School’s first annual Truck Touch Event, May 10

Forest Hill Nursery School will be having their first annual Truck Touch Event May 10th from 11am-2pm. The school is located inside the Advent Lutheran Church in Forest Hill (across from Pizza Hut on Route 24 in Forest Hill). Harford County Library’s Rolling Reader, Homeward Bound will be there to give your favorite stuffed animal a check up, Fox 45’s Weather Authority Storm Tracker will be there, a Firetruck, K-9 unit, Farm Equipment and more! The cost is $5 per child and adults are no charge. Tours of the pre-school will be offered at 11:30am and 1:00pm for prospective families. The co-op preschool has been in operation since 1972 in Harford County and is entirely run by the parents of students.

Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby Contest at Harford Mall, May 10

Harford Family House will be announcing the winner of the Harford’s Most Beautiful Baby Contest at an event at Harford Mall May 10. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. with a baby crawl race and look-a-like contests. The winner of the contest and the $11,000 prize package is to be announced at 2 p.m. Here are the details:

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NMTC Science Cafe featuring invasive Wavyleaf Basketgrass, May 13

The Maryland technology association NMTC is hosting a Science Cafe on invasive Wavyleaf Basketgrass from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 13 at the Abingdon Public Library, 2510 Tollgate Road. Wavyleaf basketgrass has the potential to become a serious invader in Mid-Atlantic forest understories, with tenacious seeds to help it spread. Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp will introduce Project Wavyleaf, a citizen science initiative to map wavyleaf basketgrass via a cell Dr. Beauchamp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sciences at Towson University. Her research focuses on disturbance ecology, forest succession, restoration, and the impacts of invasive plant species. To register, email or call the NMTC office at 443-360-9134.




Out of the Park Yard Sale at Ripken Stadium, May 17

The Out of the Park Yard Sale at Ripken Stadium is coming up May 17.  The event is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature more than 100 vendors. Deals on household items, antiques, clothing, jewelry, craft items, clothing, sports memorabilia, furniture, and much, much more! Booths also include products such as Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, and Avon to name a few.  Admission is free! Vendor booths available. For more details or to book your booths today, call Liz at 410-297-9292 x320.


The Arena Club Wellness Fair, May 20

The Arena Club is hosting a Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the club, 2304 Churchville Road. The event includes a variety of fitness classes and events from aerial yoga to Agape pain assessments and screenings. Local vendors including Chesapeake Skin Solutions and Advanced Eye Care will be on hand along with Harman’s Farm selling locally grown produce and free refreshments from McShane’s.

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,

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Harford Ballet Company presents “Cinderella” at Bel Air High School June 14 and 15

Bel Air News & Views sponsor the Harford Ballet Company presents “Cinderella” June 14 and 15 at the Bel Air High School auditorium, 100 Heighe St. Get your tickets now for the performances at 6 p.m. June 15 and 1 p.m. June 15 featuring students of the Dance Conservatory of Maryland. Tickets are $17 to $23 and are available at

Ongoing . . .

Fallston Community Pre-K Registration 2014-2015

Happy New Year from Fallston Community Pre-K! Registration is open for the 2014-2015 year. We have programs for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Call the office for a tour of our updated classrooms and to view curriculum at 410-879-7729. Spaces are limited.

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.

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Blood Drive

American Legion Post 128 blood drive, May 5

The American Legion Post 128 is hosting a blood drive for the Red Cross from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 5 at the post, 44 N. Parke St. in Aberdeen.