The week ahead

Baltimore & Region

December 05, 2005

TODAY

OPEN HOUSE ON SHIP -- The Environmental Protection Agency will hold an open house on its new research ship, the Bold, from noon to 5 p.m. The 242-foot ocean survey vessel will be docked in the Inner Harbor near the National Aquarium, and EPA scientists will be on board. Admission is free.

UTILITY COSTS -- Higher utility bills this winter will be among the topics discussed at a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at Towson High School, 69 Cedar Ave. 410-841-3332.

TOMORROW

CPHA ANNUAL MEETING -- The 64th annual meeting of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association will be held from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore. It will feature a talk on a new national report, "Shared Prosperity, Stronger Regions: An Agenda for Rebuilding America's Older Core Cities." www.cphabaltimore.org or 410-539-1369, ext. 232.

LIBRARY CELEBRATION -- The Aberdeen branch of the Harford County Public Library, 21 Franklin St., will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a holiday open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

HOUSE TOUR -- The 1774 Hammond-Harwood House, decorated by 11 local garden clubs for an 18th-century holiday, will be open for candlelight tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 19 Maryland Ave. in Annapolis. The Singers Madrigal will perform seasonal music, and a candlelight preview party will be held. Tickets are $15. 410-263-4683, ext. 13.

THURSDAY

HOLIDAY CONCERT -- The Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission will sponsor a holiday concert featuring the Harford Choral Society at 7:30 p.m. in the Ceremonial Chambers of the historic Bel Air courthouse, South Main Street. Admission is free; children must be at least age 10 to attend. 410-638-4540.

FRIDAY

COIN SHOW -- The Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. It will continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The convention will take place in halls A and B. Admission is free. 301-424-1876.

TREE LIGHTING -- The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Howard County Aglow," a tree-lighting festival, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Route 108 entrance to Centennial Park South, Ellicott City. Music and a bonfire are planned in the park, which will be lighted with hundreds of luminarias. Admission is free. 410-313-7275. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452.

SATURDAY

SALE AT STABLE -- Freshly cut greens, wreaths, and handmade crafts and decorations will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Mount Clare Museum House's stable in Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd. Admission is free. 410-837-3262 or www.mountclare.org

SUNDAY

CITY HALL OPEN HOUSE -- Mayor Martin O'Malley will host a holiday open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St. The free event will include music, entertainment and light refreshments.

WATERFOWL HIKE -- The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center will hold the program "The Gang's All Here" at 1 p.m. at 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville. An outdoor hike to look for waterfowl that winter in the bay area, and an indoor presentation about the birds, will be included. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. 410-827-6694.

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