Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Oct. 28-30)

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Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the 8th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk on Saturday, a launch party for author Bonnie Hinman’s newest book The Freckle Fairy at the Bel Air Barnes & Noble on Saturday and a variety of Halloween events throughout the area including Jim Kurtz’ synchronized Halloween lights display on Sunday and Monday and Hawk’s Hill Creamery’s Pumpkin Fest on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, Oct. 28

Half-Off Fridays! at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center, Oct. 28

Visit us at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center for “Half-Off Fridays!” Our gently-used items (clothing, housewares, furnishings, etc.) are 50% off all day. (Some exclusions apply.) Everyone is welcome. The center is located at 2500 Conowingo Road, Hickory (Bel Air), MD 21015. Funds raised help support the LMS ministries. Go to www.LutheranMissionSociety.org for more information. Folks in need of help can come to the Hickory Compassion Center on Saturdays at 10:15 AM for a bag of groceries and some clothing for the family. Supplies are limited – first come, first served. Call 410-974-9296 for more information.

Car cruise-in at Lowe’s in Abingdon, Oct. 28

Car cruise-in 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Lowe’s, 414 Constant Friendship Blvd., Abingdon. The event is free. For details, call 410-627-0027.

Hays-Heighe House open house, Oct. 28 & 29

The Hays-Heighe House will host a free open house at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 at Harford Community College, 410 Thomas Road in Bel Air. For details call 443-412-2539.

Harford Artist’s Association presents Pictures at an Exhibition continues through Oct. 30

The Harford Artist’s Association presents Pictures at an Exhibition Sept. 2 through Oct. 30 at the gallery, 503 E. Churchville Road in Bel Air. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The juried and judged art show will host a reception and awards ceremony 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Harford Artists’ Association Gallery is open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays

The Harford Artists’ Association Gallery is open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Bel Air. Become acquainted with the fine art of Harford County at this gallery, which hosts bimonthly shows that showcase fresh and captivating artwork at each visit. The gallery is currently located in the caretaker’s cottage of Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, but will move to 37 North Main Street, Suite 104 in Bel Air as of November 4. All displayed paintings in the gallery are for sale, as are designer jewelry, pottery and gifts.

Legends of the Fog, Oct. 28, 29, 30 and Nov. 4 & 5

Legends of the Fog—Friday, Saturday and select Sunday nights through November 5, various times, Aberdeen. Prepare yourself for a hair-raising, terror-filled experience like no other. Evacuate from zombie hoards on a horrifying hayride, check into a haunted house (fittingly named the Farewell Hotel), escape the spectacles of the sinister circus and make your way through the corn maze filled with “Cornstalkers” eager to scare those brave enough to enter. Admission is $30.00 per person and includes access to all four attractions. Tickets are available online and on-site at the box office. For the extra brave, wait until after Halloween and go on November 4 or 5, known as Blackout Weekend because all the attraction lights are off!

Valley of the Haunted, Oct. 28 & 29

Valley of the Haunted—Friday and Saturday nights, October 14 -30, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Camp Hidden Valley, White Hall. Hidden Valley Camp’s newest and scariest diversion is located deep in Harford County’s woods, notorious for eerie disappearances and gruesome findings. It is said the spirit of a woman named Mary still lurks in these woods, looking for a body to possess. The public is welcome to proceed along a 1.2-mile walking trail at their own risk–that is, if they have the nerve! A fearsome hayride, live bands and plenty to eat and drink will be available. General admission tickets are $15.00 online and $20.00 at the door.  All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County.

Ma & Pa Trail group hosts public walk along proposed route Oct. 30

MA & PA Heritage Trail, Inc., the group working to connect the Forest Hill and Bel Air legs of the MA & PA Heritage Trail, is hosting a walk for members of the public along the proposed route at 1 p.m. Oct. 30. Participants will meet at the Williams St. trailhead, where a bus will shuttle them to the starting point, at the Melrose Road trailhead off of Bynum Road in Forest Hill. Walkers will traverse a route that will approximate where the trail could be constructed, using public right-of-way that has already been secured by the county for the majority of the route. For details, visit http://ow.ly/d2Sr305zeLs.

Jim Kurtz synchronized Halloween light display, Oct. 30 & 31

Bel Air’s holiday light enthusiast Jim Kurtz has decked out his property with Halloween lights synchronized to the music of the Addams Family, Ghostbusters, It Must Be Halloween, Monster Mash and Thriller. The display will be up fro 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. See the display at 1205 Corinthian Ct.  Bel Air. For a preview, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpWujo7G2SI

Saturday, Oct. 29

Bel Air Farmer’s Market, Oct. 29

The Bel Air Farmer’s Market is held 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Nov. 19 in the parking lot of the Mary Risteau Courthouse off of Thomas Street and S. Bond Street. For details, visit http://www.belairfarmersmarket.com

Havre de Grace Farmers Market, Oct. 29

The Havre de Grace Farmers Market runs Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon. The Market season starts on Saturday, May 7th. The last Market for the 2016 season will be Saturday, November 19th. The HdG Farmers Market is located in Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress Ave. For details, visit http://www.havredegracefarmersmarket.com.

8th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk, Oct. 29

The 8th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk, presented by the Kent Schwab Allstate Agency, will kick off Halloween weekend on Saturday, October 29, at Harford Community College. On-site registration for the 5K takes place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium from 8 to 8:45 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m. Jamie Costello, an anchor at ABC2, will serve as master of ceremonies. For details, visit http://ow.ly/67dt304BDSY.

 “The Freckle Fairy” book launch party, Oct. 29

Award-winning author, and former Harford County resident, Bobbie Hinman is celebrating the launch of her newest book The Freckle Fairy with a party at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Bel Air Barnes & Noble, 620 Marketplace Dr. For details visit: http://ow.ly/VbxK304QEmv

Pumpkin Fest at Hawk’s Hill Creamery, Oct. 29 & 30

Pumpkin Fest—Saturdays, Sundays and days when public schools are closed through October 30;
11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays, Hawk’s Hill Creamery, Street
Pick your own pumpkin from one of the best pumpkin patches in Harford County. There are thousands of pumpkins to choose from in all sizes and varieties, including white pumpkins. When you’re finished in the patch, hop onboard a scenic hayride, get lost in the kid-friendly corn maze, create your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, get your face painted or explore the food and drink options for sale. No outside food or drink is allowed; admission is free.

Haunted Lock House at Susquehanna Museum’s Lock House, Oct. 29

Haunted Lock House—October 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Susquehanna Museum’s Lock House, Havre de Grace
For one night only, journey through the lock house-turned-haunted-house at Susquehanna Museum. Ghosts, goblins and other scary surprises await visitors around every corner as they wander through the rooms of the lock house. A treat at the end awaits visitors courageous enough to venture through the abode. Admission to the scare-filled lock house is $2.00 per person.

Pumpkin Picking at Applewood Farm Oct. 29 & 30

Pumpkin Picking at Applewood Farm—Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Applewood Farm, Whiteford. Scour the field for the perfect pumpkin at Applewood Farm. When you’ve found just the right one, take part in any of the additional fun included in admission: hayrides, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, mazes, games and more. Food and drink will be sold at the Applewood Café. Admission is $4.00 per person and children under three are free. Cash payments only at gate, but Visa and MasterCard are accepted once inside and on the farm.

Sunday, Oct. 30

2016 Harford County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Oct. 30

The Alzheimer’s Association invites the community to make a difference in the lives of the 100,000 Marylanders living with Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the 2016 Harford CountyWalk to End Alzheimer’s, taking place Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Harford County Equestrian Center (608 N. Tollgate Rd.) in Bel Air. For details, visit http://ow.ly/UhZe304dCLm

Fallapalooza 2016 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oct. 30

Join us at Oak Grove Baptist Church located near Harford Community College across from McDonalds in Bel Air on Sunday, October 30th from 3-5:30 pm. We will have entertainment, archery, hayride, inflatable games, car show, trunk or treat, and much more. All activities are free / food for purchase (cash only). A donation of a can of food for our food pantry is much appreciated. No registration required to attend – all are invited! Got questions? Contact us at 410-838-9898 or email to trey@oakgrovebaptist.com.

The Liriodendron Art Gallery is open Sundays and Wednesdays, Oct. 30 – Dec. 11

The Liriodendron Art Gallery is open Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., October 30 – December 11, Bel Air. This fall, “Scapes” will grace the halls of the second-floor gallery of the historic Liriodendron Mansion. A series of oil paintings inspired by Silly Putty sculptures and scraps of realistic images, the overall collage effect of these works is intended as a reflection of digital age fragmentation by artist Cindy Mehr. While you’re there, stop by the fourth floor that serves as home to Liriodendron’s year-long exhibitions. Free admission.

Tales and Treats at Steppingstone Farm Museum, Oct. 30

Tales and Treats—October 30, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Steppingstone Farm Museum, Havre de Grace
Become acquainted with Steppingstone Farm’s historic haunts at this family-friendly Halloween happening. Hear stories and songs from the beyond and take a lantern-lit walk on the grounds before gathering around a bonfire for s’mores and hot cider. Admission to this night of family-friendly fright is by donation.

Howl-O-Ween Tails and Treats Pet Fest at Concord Point Lighthouse, Oct. 30

Howl-O-Ween Tails and Treats Pet Fest—October 30, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace. Bring your furry friends to this festive, pet-friendly event. Enjoy a costumed-pet parade at 3:00 p.m. as well as pet-related vendors, treats and activities for the kids all day long. Registration for the costumed-pet parade begins at noon and prizes will be awarded to the three pets with the best costumes. Admission to this afternoon of animal merriment is free.

Coming next . . . 

Mia’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, Nov. 5

A Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for a local 7-year-old battling leukemia will be held 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at Ayers Chapel United Methodist Church, 3046 Ayers Chapel Rd Whitehall, MD.  The menu includes Menu: AYCE Pancakes, sausage links, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, juices, milk, coffee/tea. CASH ONLY!  Ages 11 and older $8, ages 5-10 $4, under 5 free.

“An Evening of Cocktails & Conversation” with New York Times-bestselling author Craig Parshall, Nov. 10

Harford County Bar Foundation will hold “An Evening of Cocktails & Conversation” with New York Times-bestselling author Craig Parshall on Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at One Eleven Main, 111 Main Street in Bel Air. Tickets cost $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, two wine/beer beverages, a non-alcoholic specialty drink and a Tyndale book (“The Third Target,” a J.B. Collins novel by Joel C. Rosenberg). A limited number of tickets are available and should be reserved by calling the Harford County Bar Foundation at 410- 836-0123 or sending a check (made payable to the Bar Foundation) to 17 West Courtland Street, Suite 130, Bel Air, Md., 21014. For details, visit http://ow.ly/waZY304ihBJ.

Bel Air Drama Company’s 2nd Annual Mystery BINGO fundraiser, Nov. 11

The Bel Air Drama Company is hosting their 2nd Annual Mystery BINGO fundraiser on November 11, 2016 at Bel Air High School (doors open at 6 pm; Bingo starts at 7 pm). Tickets are $15 each on-line or $20 at the door (while they last). Buy a group of TWELVE tickets and get your table reserved! Awesome baskets, raffles, door prizes and surprises. PLUS, a special tribute to honor our Veterans! Concessions will be available. All proceeds benefit the Bel Air Drama Company. For tickets go to www.seatyourself.biz/belairdrama

African-American Democrats of Harford County monthly meeting, Nov. 15

Join the African-American Democrats of Harford County for our monthly meeting! We will convene at the Boxcar Restaurant in Edgewood (2131 Old Edgewood Road) at 6:30 pm Nov. 15 to discuss our upcoming events and various ways to get involved with AA Dems. Note: AA Dems meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Dancing for the Arts at Maryland Golf and Country Club, Nov. 18 & 19

Dancing for the Arts is coming up November 18, 7:00 p.m. and November 19, 2:00 p.m., Maryland Golf and Country Club, Bel Air. Fans of “Dancing with the Stars” or ballroom dancing won’t want to miss this event, that pairs local “celebrity” dancers with professional ballroom instructors as they waltz, tango and foxtrot their way to raise money to help build a new Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25.

Community Dinner at VFW POST  6054, Nov. 21

VFW POST  6054 will be hosting a Community Dinner noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday November 21, 2016. The event is free to the community. VFW POST  6054 is at 206 Spesutia Rd. in Aberdeen.

African-American Democrats of Harford County monthly meeting, Dec. 20

Join the African-American Democrats of Harford County for our monthly meeting! We will convene at the Boxcar Restaurant in Edgewood (2131 Old Edgewood Road) at 6:30 pm Dec. 20 to discuss our upcoming events and various ways to get involved with AA Dems. Note: AA Dems meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Ongoing . . . 

For the complete calendar of events at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, visit online at http://www.otterpointcreek.org/events/.