Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Jan. 29-31)

Kal Kallaugher, to speak at the Bel Air library Sunday
Kal Kallaugher, to speak at the Bel Air library Sunday

Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include HCC Actors Guild performances of With a Bang performs in the Black Box Theater at Harford Community College, a “Stealing Freedom” lecture, book signing, and discussion with author Milt Diggins at the Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington and a talk by Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, the editorial cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist magazine at the Bel Air library.

Friday, Jan. 29

Actors Guild in With a Bang performs in the Black Box Theater Jan. 29, 30, 31 & Feb. 5,6, 7

HCC Actors Guild in With a Bang performs in the Black Box Theater at Harford Community College’s Joppa Hall at 8 p.m. Jan. 29, 30 and Feb. 5 and 6 and again at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. The end is coming – the book says so. The author is now dead and his daughter is being tapped by an array of unwilling angels to take up the task and finish the book to save the world. As the end draws nigh in a torrent of blood and magic, the world comes closer to conclusion. But how will the book end? or 443-412-2211.


Saturday, Jan. 30

Stealing Freedom lecture at the Hosanna School Museum, Jan. 30

Join us for this free lecture, book signing, and discussion with author Milt Diggins 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington. After extensive research, his new 2015 publication reveals the stories of notorious 19th century slave catchers, kidnappers, their accomplices from Cecil and Harford Counties, and the state that valued their services. Diggins is an independent scholar who has contributed articles to the Maryland Historical Magazine and the Cecil Historical Journal. For details, visit

Sunday, Jan. 31

Baltimore Sun editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher to discuss his work at the Bel Air library Jan. 31

Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, the editorial cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun and The Economist magazine, will discuss the use of cartoons to influence the public, government and politics at 2 p.m. Jan. 31, at the Bel Air Library, 100 E. Pennsylvania Ave. For details, visit:

The Winter Doldrums-A Sunday Afternoon of Music and Fine Art at Harford Community College, Jan. 31

Enjoy the HCC Music faculty’s annual concert The Winter Doldrums-A Sunday Afternoon of Music and Fine Art at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Chesapeake Center, then stroll over to the Student Center and admire the Art + Design faculty’s annual exhibit of paintings, sculpture, photographs, digital art, and ceramics in the Chesapeake Gallery. Join the HCC Artists in Residence “After Hours” at a reception featuring hot jazz, cool drinks, and tasty treats.LIVEatHarfordCC.comor 443-412-2211.

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Harford Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame event rescheduled for Feb. 5

Due to Harford Community College’s inclement weather closing, the Athletic Hall of Fame has been rescheduled. Members of the Harford Community College Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored on Friday, February 5 during the Fighting Owls women’s and men’s basketball games in the APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College. The reception and women’s basketball game begin at 5:30 PM, the induction ceremony starts at 7:15 PM, and at 8 PM the men’s game starts and the reception closes.

John Carroll School Jazz Ensemble and the Bel Air Community Big Band Cool Jazz concert, Feb. 6

The John Carroll School Jazz Ensemble and the Bel Air Community Big Band are bringing their Cool Jazz concert to John Carroll School Feb. 6. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with an auction and reception and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The concert features classic big band era instrumentals and vocals, with a touch of blues, rock, and more.  Tickets are $20. They may be ordered online and will also be available for sale at the door. Cash, checks, or credit cards will be accepted. Seats are general admission. For more information, please contact Lauren Milan (link sends e-mail) sends e-mail) (410) 879-5053. All proceeds will benefit the John Carroll Music Department.  The John Carroll School is at 703 Churchville Road in Bel Air. Purchase tickets today!

Indoor story walk at the Aberdeen library kicks off Feb. 7

Freedom Story Walk! Celebrate Black History Month by walking the indoor Story Walk Feb 1-29 at the Aberdeen Library featuring “These Hands” by Margaret H. Mason. Upon completion, add your hand print to our Peace Wreath. Kick off the celebration with special activities: Sunday, Feb 7th from 2-4 pm. For details, visit

Community meetings to discuss University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s new medical campus in Havre de Grace to be held Feb. 8 & 24

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) invites the community to attend a meeting to learn more about the plans to develop a new medical campus in Havre de Grace near the intersection of Route 155 and I-95. Meetings will be held Monday, February 8, at 6 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 215 Giles Street, Havre de Grace, and on Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. at the Bulle Rock Golf Course Clubhouse, 320 Blenheim Lane, Havre de Grace. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet the key planners and receive updates on this exciting, new medical campus and the plan to offer easy access to some of the most in-demand health care services. To register to attend a community meeting, visit

Maryland Conservatory to perform “Schroeder’s Beethoven” on Feb. 11 as part of Harford County Public Library’s “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibition”

The Harford County Public Library’s “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibition is to feature “Schroeder’s Beethoven,” a musical tribute to be performed by pianist Duke Thompson and students of the Maryland Conservatory of Music 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church Chapel, 1200 East Churchville Road in Bel Air. Admission is free. For details, visit

Civil War to Civil Rights: A Concert, Feb. 13

“Civil War to Civil Rights: A Concert” is to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington. Hear creative music compositions that span two centuries from early composers Scott Joplin, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and William Still to contemporary musicians, James Weldon Johnson, Odetta, Nina Simone, the Staple Singers and more. Cost is $10; Students $5; 12 and under, FREE. Tickets can be purchased through our website at

Addressing the Fundamental Causes of Inequality Internationally discussion at AAUW meeting at HCC Feb. 15

Addressing the Fundamental Causes of Inequality Internationally is the topic of the February 15th AAUW meeting which is open to the public. Eileen Menton, formerly of the Department of Justice and now a contractor for the Consumer Product Safety Commission will be speaking at HCC in Room 212 of Havre de Grace Hall at 7:00 pm. She will discuss how the international community is addressing inequality within the framework of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development with the goal to end poverty, inequality, injustice and environmental destruction over the next 15 years.

The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. go to for more information.

Veterans Book Group at the Bel Air Library begins Feb. 17

The Veterans Book Group begins on Wednesday, February 17th and will meet at the Bel Air Library for a total of five sessions. Each session will run from 6 – 8pm and dinner is included. Books will be handed out at the meeting prior to the scheduled discussion.  Should one miss a discussion, the selected readings will also be available at the circulation desk of the Library three weeks before the book’s discussion.  Participants should plan to attend all sessions. For details, visit

Winter Wine Expo at Harford Community College, Feb. 21

Harford Community College’s Winter Wine Expo is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the APG Federal Credit Union at Harford Community College. The event features wines from around the world, craft brews and food from local restaurants. Tickets are $50 at the door and $40 in advance. Designated driver tickets are $20. Must be 21 years old to attend. For tickets, visit or 443-412-2211, or call Wine World Beer & Spirits at 410-569-8646.

Interplay Workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County, Feb. 21

INTERPLAY – The next Interplay Workshop will be on February 21st from 3 – 5:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County located at 2515 Churchville Rd. Churchville.  InterPlay is a practice and philosophy toward wellness rooted in the power of play, which helps us unlock the wisdom of the body. InterPlay’s creative process uses easy-to-learn forms of movement, stillness and storytelling that anyone can do. All body shapes and sizes and all degrees of comfort with movement are welcome. InterPlay is a global movement dedicated to helping the whole person thrive: body, mind and spirit. Facilitator: Rev. Lisa Ward. Childcare is available upon request. Fee: $5.00. Contact or call 410-734-7122 to reserve your spot.

Scientist and author to discuss their book “Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA” at the Abingdon Library Feb. 21

“Over the Fence: Talking with E.G. Vallianatos and McKay Jenkins” takes place Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. at the Abingdon Library. Vallianatos, a former EPA scientist, and Jenkins, an environmental writer who was literally poisoned by his own environment, will discuss their book, “Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA.” Bob Mumby, host of “The Harford Edge,” on WAMD, will moderate the discussion. For details, visit

Cal Ripken, Jr. book signing at Abingdon library, March 1

Join Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr., at a book discussion and signing on Monday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Library, 2510 Tollgate Road in Abingdon. He will discuss and sign copies of “The Closer,” his newest children’s book. Joining Ripken will be the book’s co-author, Kevin Cowherd. Ripken will sign copies of “The Closer” and be available for photos with guests. Please note that the signing will include just the book, “The Closer.” Single tickets to the event cost $50 per person and include a copy of the book and a voucher for a ticket to a 2016 Aberdeen IronBirds game. A “Double Play” ticket for $90 includes two tickets to the March 1 event, two copies of the book and two vouchers to an IronBirds game in 2016. Festive fare will be provided by Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli and Coffee Coffee. Only 200 tickets are available for the March 1 event and may be purchased at Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. For details, visit


Annual ATHENA Award and Women’s Leadership Breakfast, March 4

The Annual ATHENA Award and Women’s Leadership Breakfast will be held Friday, March 4, from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road in Edgewood. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Harford Community College organizing the ATHENA Award/breakfast. The ATHENA Award is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession; served the community to improve the quality of life for others; and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. Tickets to the breakfast are $40 per person; $45 per person with a donation to the Books in Hand Program; $350 for a table of 10 or $400 for a table of 10 with a donation to Books in Hand. Tickets should be purchased by February 26 by visiting For details, visit