This Week Ahead

December 26, 2005

TODAY

HOLIDAY TOUR -- The Historic Annapolis Foundation will hold its annual Music and Candlelight for the Holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday at the William Paca House, 186 Prince George St. The 18th-century house is decorated with "Songs of the Season," visual renditions of Christmas carols. Tickets are $8, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6 to 17. 410-267-7619.

TOMORROW

HANUKKAH CELEBRATION -- A community Hanukkah celebration will be held at 5 p.m. at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. It will include food, entertainment and a menorah lighting. 410-356-5200

POETRY READING -- The Harford Poetry and Literary Society will meet at 1 p.m. at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road, Bel Air. There will be a reading by poet Michael Salcman, followed by a discussion and book signing. 410-692-5068.

WEDNESDAY

MAGIC SHOW -- The Mike Rose Magic Show will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Parkville library, 9509 Harford Road. The performance will include mind-reading and sleight-of-hand tricks for the family. Admission is free; children under 6 should be accompanied by an adult. The show also will be presented Thursday at 2 p.m. at the North Point library, 1716 Merritt Blvd.

THURSDAY

WINTER OPEN HOUSE -- The Jewish Museum of Maryland's winter open house will conclude with activities from noon to 4 p.m. at 15 Lloyd St. Benjamin Corey Feinblum will present a magic and comedy show at 2 p.m. Admission is $8, $3 for children, $16 maximum per family and free for museum member families. 410-732-6400 or jhsm.org.

FRIDAY

HOUSE OF WORSHIP TOUR -- The Tourism Council of Carroll County will sponsor its first House of Worship Tour from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The tour will include 13 houses of worship. In addition, St. John Roman Catholic Church will present a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Concert-only tickets are $5. Tour tickets, which include the concert, are $5, $10 per family, and $3 for children age 16 and younger. 410-857-5944.

SATURDAY

INNER HARBOR BASH -- Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular in the Inner Harbor will begin at 9 p.m. with live music, and will include a countdown to 2006 and fireworks at midnight. The entertainment will be at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, Pratt and Light streets. Admission is free. 1-877-BALTIMORE.

FIRST NIGHT -- First Night Annapolis will celebrate the new year from 2 p.m. to midnight. Hundreds of performers will showcase the arts in various downtown locations. The alcohol-free event starts with children's programs and ends with waterfront fireworks. A community processional will start at 5:30 p.m. from Maryland Hall to Church Circle. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the event for age 13 and older, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for children to age 5. 410-268-8553.

DUCK DROP -- Havre de Grace will welcome the new year with a "duck drop" and fireworks at midnight at Havre de Grace Middle School. The fireworks will follow the dropping of an illuminated duck decoy by the Susquehanna Hose Company's ladder truck. Admission is free.

SUNDAY

BIRD COUNT -- The Anne Arundel Bird Club will hold its annual Annapolis/Gibson Island Christmas Bird Count. Birders can count wherever and for however long they wish. There is a $5 participation fee. The tally will be held at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, Indian Landing Road, Millersville. Participants should register in advance at 410-647-7439 or 410-647-9513.

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