Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Dec. 20-22)

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“The Melting Pot Big Band and Friends” perform at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at The Cultural Center at the Opera House, 121 N. Union St. in Havre de Grace.

Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the Harford Community Action Agency’s Coats for Kids Campaign at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center, the final Bel Air Farmers Market of the season in the Mary Risteau Courthouse parking lot Saturday morning and performances by “The Melting Pot Big Band and Friends” at The Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace on Sunday.

Friday, Dec. 20

Coats for Kids Campaign continues through Jan. 4

Shops in the Festival at Bel Air are supporting the Harford Community Action Agency’s Coats for Kids Campaign through Jan. 4. Donate new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves with tags still attached by dropping them off at participating stores. Those stores include Boy Scouts Bel Air Scout Shop, Caldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Family Recreation Products, Kids First Swim Schools, Neo Pizza, SlimLIfe Health & Wellness of Bel Air and Sylvan Learning Centers. The Festival at Bel Air is at MD 24 and Bel Air. S. Parkway. For details, visit http://harfordcaa.org/festival-at-bel-air-coats-for-kids-campaign/

Half-Off Fridays! at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center, Dec. 20

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.

Hays-Heighe House open house, Dec. 20

The Hays-Heighe House is open 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of most months. The Hays-Heighe House is at Harford Community College, 410 Thomas Road in Bel Air. For details call 443-412-2539 or visit https://www.harford.edu/community/hays-heighe-house.aspx

Saturday, Dec. 21

Bel Air Farmers’ Market, Dec. 21

The Bel Air Farmers’ Market celebrates 44 years of serving locally produced fruit, produce, meats and more to the Harford County community this season. The market takes place every Saturday April 13 through December 21 at the Mary Risteau Courthouse parking lot at 2 S. Bond Street in downtown Bel Air. Market hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. April through mid-November and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. mid-November until the Saturday before Christmas. For details, visit https://www.belairfarmersmarket.com/

Sunday, Dec. 22

“The Melting Pot Big Band and Friends” at The Cultural Center at the Opera House, Dec. 22

The Havre de Grace Arts Collective presents “The Melting Pot Big Band and Friends” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at The Cultural Center at the Opera House, 121 N. Union St. in Havre de Grace. Five trumpets, five saxophones, five trombones, and five rhythm professionals drawn from across Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC, and Virginia, perform swinging Christmas standards featuring special guest vocalists Tony Liberto and Karen Vincent. The 2 p.m. is sold out, but tickets are still available for $23 to $25 for the 5 p.m. show. For details, visit https://hdgoperahouse.org/event/get-tickets-the-melting-pot-big-band-and-friends/

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New Year’s Eve celebration at The Liriodendron Mansion, Dec. 31

The Liriodendron Mansion is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. The event features food and drinks from Pairings Bistro and an open bar. Tickets are $140 per person. To reserve a spot, call Pairings Bistro at 410-879-4424. The Liriodendron Mansion is at 502 West Gordon St. in Bel Air. For details, visit https://liriodendron.com/event/new-years-eve-at-the-liriodendron/?instance_id=54

Havre de Grace’s New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks, Dec. 31

Havre de Grace’s New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks takes place on the grounds of the Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace. The event starts at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and continues until 1 p.m. Jan. 1. For details, visit https://explorehavredegrace.com/event/new-years-eve-duck-drop-fireworks/

Chris Janson’s Real Friends Tour comes to the APGFCU Arena at HCC Jan. 11

Chris Janson’s Real Friends Tour comes to the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Tickets are on sale now for breakout country star Chris Janson’s Real Friends tour. A platinum-selling recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning singer/songwriter, Hanson is on tour to promote the launch of his new album, Real Friends. His lead single “Good Vibes” recently hit No. 1 on top country charts. 443-412-2211 or Tickets.harford.edu

Pete the Cat, The Musical at the Amoss Center, Jan. 24

Pete the Cat, The Musical comes to the Amoss Center in Bel Air at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Pete the Cat never loses his cool and Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets the Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art and, along the way, they share an adventure of friendship — all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus! 443-412-2211 or Tickets.harford.edu

Harford County’s Shark Tank 2020 at HCC Jan. 30

Harford County’s Shark Tank 2020 comes to Harford Community College’s, Chesapeake Theater at 6 p.m. Jan. 30. Audience members judge local entrepreneurs as they pitch their business ideas to the “sharks” to win valuable business services. Aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners are encouraged to apply. Five finalists will be awarded a prize package to move their business forward. The pitch page submission deadline is January 3, 2020. Want to pitch? Contact Armond Edmonds at aedmonds4@owlmail.harford.edu for more details. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door and include the event, networking, reception with food and beverages. 443-412-2211 or Tickets.harford.edu

Harford County Public Library hosts Noon Year’s Eve parties, Dec. 31

Harford County Public Library hosts several 2020 Noon Year’s Eve parties on Tuesday, December 31, at midday. The family friendly, fun-filled celebrations include a countdown to noon in addition to activities that include winter-themed crafts, dance parties and more. The parties take place at the Aberdeen Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Abingdon Library from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Bel Air Library from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Havre de Grace Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30  p.m.; and at the Joppa Library, Norrisville Library and Whiteford Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For details, visit https://bit.ly/2EvgrPs

Ongoing . . .

“Women of the Turf” Exhibition, Oct. 4-Dec. 20

The Women of the Turf exhibit, which honors women in Maryland and beyond who have excelled in all aspects of equestrian sport, including thoroughbred farm owners, trainers, jockeys, and journalists, will be on display at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College Oct. 4 through Dec. 20. Exhibit hours are Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, and first Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, except at the opening on October 4. For details, visit www.harford.edu/womenoftheturf.

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

For the complete calendar of events at Eden Mill Nature Center, visit online at http://www.edenmill.org/Winter_2016___2017.pdf

For events at Harford Community College, visit http://harford.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp

For events at The Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace, visit https://hdgoperahouse.org/event/

For events in Havre de Grace, visit https://explorehavredegrace.com/events/