28th Midnight Merriment scheduled for Dec. 2

November 13, 2005

The Ellicott City Business Association will hold its 28th Midnight Merriment event on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City on Dec. 2.

Santa will arrive in a parade with an antique firetruck and cars on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. He will be available for photographs until 9 p.m.

Strolling entertainment will include carolers, choruses, bagpipers and musical guests. Free trolley service will be available until midnight.

Information: 410-750-7676.

Viking Backers to sell trees, greens

The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will begin their sale of fresh-cut evergreen trees and greens Nov. 26 at the school, 9440 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Ellicott City.

The sale will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Trees, which will include Douglas fir, Scotch pine and blue spruce, will range in size from 4 feet to 14 feet. Wreaths and roping will be available. New stock is brought in frequently.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund student activities such as language clubs, mock trial, cultural groups, performing and fine arts groups, the marching unit and sports teams, as well as improvements such as a new scoreboard, student agenda books and landscaping at the school.

Church to offer Medicare seminar

The health ministry of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City, will offer a seminar for seniors about the Medicare Part D prescription drug program at 10 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church.

Bill McAuliffe, a Medicare and long-term-care insurance specialist, will speak.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-465-2977.

St. Augustine School to hold bazaar

St. Augustine School, 5990 Old Washington Road in Elkridge, will hold its Christmas Bazaar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3.

Pictures with Santa, crafts and vendors, games for children, a Reindeer Lane gift shop for children, raffles, a Christmas tree silent auction and door prizes will be available both days.

A spaghetti dinner is planned for Dec. 2 and a Spanish lunch for Dec. 3.

Information: Marcela Schoenbeck, 410-796-2214.

Seniors to get legal advice

Attorney Kim Henry will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Department of Citizen Services Office on Aging's 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program.

Services include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale.

An appointment is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-1400.

Centennial to stage `Guys and Dolls'

Centennial High School's production of Guys and Dolls will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Saturday.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. They will go on sale tomorrow, during the school day.

Information: Kathryn Carlsen, music director, 410-313-2856.

Around Town

Bridge, pinochle -- Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center will offer free drop-in bridge sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and pinochle sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Table games also will be available. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. 410-313-7279.

The Sound of Music -- Mount Hebron High School will present The Sound of Music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school's new auditorium. Tickets, which are $9, will be available in the school cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily or can be reserved by calling 410-313-2880.

Holiday mart -- The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Holiday Mart, featuring hand-crafted gifts by more than 125 artisans, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane. The Centennial Madrigal Singers will perform at 10 a.m. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 12. 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452.

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