Fire company is sponsoring a holiday food drive

Ellicott City/Elkridge

November 26, 2006

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 16th Christmas Holiday Food Drive for needy families in the Elkridge area.

Donations of food, checks or cash are welcome. Checks should be made payable to the Christmas Food Drive, c/o Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. Donations will be accepted at any time at the fire station, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, or can be given to Santa and Mrs. Claus when they visit Elkridge neighborhoods Dec. 13 to 17.

Turkeys, hams, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed, nonperishable items are needed for holiday food baskets.

Information: Joe Slavotinek, 410-984-1796.

An all-you-can-eat Breakfast with Santa is planned from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Fire Department.

The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for those ages 55 and older. Children to age 5 eat for free.

Information: 410-313-4901.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride a fire engine to visit neighborhoods in Elkridge, weather permitting, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, 14 and 15 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17.

When neighbors hear Jingle Bells sounded on the air horn of the engine, they should gather at the nearest street corner. Wrapped gifts for needy children will be gratefully accepted. The gifts should be labeled "boy" or "girl" and marked with the age of a child who might enjoy them.

Every child who visits with Santa will be given a candy cane.

Information: Capt. Rob Lisle, 410-984-2101.

Around Town

Road construction -- Because of construction on Toll House Road in Ellicott City, Howard Transit Yellow Route service between Long Gate Shopping Center and the Howard County government complex will be diverted to U.S. 29. Intermediate stops on Main Street, Ellicott Mills Drive, Frederick Road, Toll House Road and Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City will not be served. The diversion will be in effect until construction is complete. For updates: 800-270-9553, or www.

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club for people who speak English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers a parent-child book club, for ages 11 to 17 and a parent, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required.

Help with homework will be available for those ages 11 to 14 at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested.

Chess clubs are available for ages 11 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all levels of skill are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary. 410-313-5077.

Nativity -- Nativity sets from around the world, family heirloom Nativities and sets made by children will be included in a display of more than 200 sets at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. The exhibition will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. 240-461-3466.`Midnight Madness' -- The Ellicott City Business Association will sponsor its 29th "Midnight Madness in Ellicott City" on Friday, when shopping and dining will be available in the town's historic district until midnight. Local shops and restaurants will offer holiday specials, refreshments and entertainment. Santa will arrive by firetruck at 7:30 p.m. Costumed madrigal singers will perform, and jazz and brass bands will play. A roaming bagpiper and magician will be on hand. Festivities also are planned through Saturday and Dec. 3, with music by string ensembles and a street magician.

Craft show -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Holiday Mart, a juried craft show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. Admission is $4 at the door; $1 for children ages 3-12. 410-313-7275; TTY, 410-313- 4665.

Kids' show -- Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, will present A Broadway Cabaret! -- for children ages 3 and older and adults -- from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Children will be invited to make rain sticks and animal masks as props for one of the dances in the cabaret, and they will be taught some of the movements so they can join the dancers. Dances are taken from well-known shows such as The Lion King, Grease, Starlight Express and Bye Bye Birdie. The interactive cabaret includes costumes, props and instruments. Tickets for children are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the event. 410-480-1686.`Messiah' -- The 24th Messiah sing-along is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the church. Free sheet music will be available for choral parts, and all skill levels are welcome. Admission is free. 240-475-8768.

Holiday decorations -- Master gardener Pat Greenwald will present "Natural Holiday Decorations," a program at the Miller branch library, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4. The presentation is part of the "Gardening Tips at the Library" series. Registration is required. The Miller branch is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

Reflections winners -- The Manor Woods Elementary School PTA will announce the winners of the school's Reflections Program at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the cafeteria. The Reflections program, sponsored by the National PTA, asks children to create works of art in the areas of literature, music, photography and the visual arts. Those who win at the school level can proceed to county- and state-level competitions. Themes are selected from ideas submitted by children and youth to the Reflections program. This year's theme is "My Favorite Place."

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