Ellicott City's Historic District will celebrate its 30th annual Midnight Madness on Friday evening, rain, show or shine. Hospitality Weekend is planned for Saturday and next Sunday.
Refreshments, shopping promotions, dining and holiday entertainment will be offered until midnight Friday and through the rest of the weekend. Free trolley service will be available.
Santa will arrive by firetruck at the B&O Railroad Station Museum at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Musical performances by wandering costumed madrigal singers from Long Reach and River Hill high schools, the Centennial High School jazz ensemble, vocalist Tessa Truax and her band, As If It's Tragic, and bagpiper Jack Groves.
Sites including the Holiday Festival of Trains exhibit at the railroad station museum, the Firehouse Museum and the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin will be open until midnight Friday, and until 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 9.
Midnight Madness and Hospitality Weekend are sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association.
Mount Hebron groups set concerts
Mount Hebron High School students will present a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the school. An orchestra concert is planned at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.
A band concert featuring the Dixieland jazz combo, jazz ensemble and symphonic winds will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. A second concert featuring the symphonic band and wind ensemble will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
Admission is free.
Kiwanis Club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis Wallis Building, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.
Underage drinking -- The PTSA of Mount Hebron High School will present a program on combating underage drinking in homes, schools and communities at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Officer Mark Heron of the Howard County Police Department will discuss the consequences of underage drinking, what happens when adults serve alcohol to minors, how to report alcohol parties and other issues. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. 410-313-2880.
Knitting for charity -- A community-service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. Group sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center. 410-313-7279.
Chess -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for age 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome, but they must know how to play chess. Snacks will be provided. Registration not required. 410-313-5077.