Mount Hebron High groups to perform

Ellicott City/Elkridge

December 03, 2006

The Mount Hebron High School choirs will present their Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the school auditorium.

The Madrigal Singers, Girls' Chorus, the Chorale, the Concert Choir, BarberShop and BeautyShop groups will perform.

On the program is Vivaldi's Gloria, performed with orchestra.

The school's bands will present concerts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will be featured.

The Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds and Dixie Jazz Combo will perform Dec. 20.

Admission is free.

Information: Bob Johnston, 410-313-2880.

Church to present musical drama

Bethany Lane Baptist Church, 3030 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, will present The Mystery of Christmas, an original musical drama, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

Tickets are free but must be reserved.

Information: 410-465-0150, Ext. 14, or www.bethanylane baptist.org.

The church's children's choir will present a Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. today.

Admission is free.

Miller library to offer program for children

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer "Gingerbread Man-ia," a program with stories, games and a craft for children ages 3 to 7, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 12; and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13.

Registration is to begin tomorrow.

Information: 410-313-1955.

Military

Graduates -- Air Force Airman 1st Class Marion O. Ballard, son of Jackie J. Ballard of Ellicott City and Markham O. Ballard of Houston, has graduated from the Traffic Management Apprentice Course at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

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. howardtransit.com.

Children's 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. today. 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.

Holiday decorations -- Master gardener Pat Greenwald will present "Natural Holiday Decorations," a program at the Miller branch library, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. 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.

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., 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.

Reflections winners -- Manor Woods Elementary School PTA will announce the winners of the school's Reflections Program at 2 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. The 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-level and state-level competitions. Themes are selected from ideas submitted by youngsters to the Reflections program. This year's theme is "My Favorite Place."

Holiday food drive -- 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 any time at the fire station, 6275 Old Washington Road, 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. 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. 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 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. Capt. Rob Lisle, 410-984-2101.

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