Eat with Santa today at Elkridge fire hall

Ellicott City/Elkridge

December 09, 2007

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department plans an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa Claus from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Adults pay $7; seniors ages 55 and older pay $6. Children ages 5 to 12 pay $5, and children younger than 5 get in free. Baked goods will be available to buy.

Information: 410-313-4901.

Santa and missus to visit Elkridge

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Elkridge on a fire engine from Thursday through Dec. 17, weather permitting.

When neighbors hear "Jingle Bells" played on the air horn of the engine, they're invited to gather at the nearest street corner to meet and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The fire department will collect canned food for the needy and wrapped gifts, which should be marked with the words "boy" or "girl" and the appropriate age.

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

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 17th annual Christmas holiday food drive and is seeking donations, which are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, in care of the Christmas Food Drive.

Donations can be brought to the fire station (6275 Old Washington Road) or given to Santa when he visits neighborhoods.

Canned sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce, turkeys, hams, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed nonperishable items are accepted.

Information: Joe Slavotinek, 410-984-1796.

Road construction to begin this week

A county construction project to connect Montgomery Road to Marshalee Drive in Elkridge will begin on or about Wednesday.

Montgomery Road will temporarily close in the vicinity of 6425 Montgomery Road, between -- but not including -- Montery Road and Deborah Jean Drive.

The closure could last two or three weeks, depending on the weather.

Information: Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

Elkridge MOMS Club will meet Dec. 19

The MOMS Club of Elkridge, a support network for stay-at-home mothers, will meet at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 19.

Members can enjoy parks, movies, museums and other trips and activities for conversation and support from other mothers. Children are always welcome.

Information: www.momsclub

Mount Hebron High sponsoring tree sale

The Mount Hebron High School Viking Backers are sponsoring a tree sale in front of the school, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City.

Hours for the sale are 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices range from $35 to $90. Larger trees are available for higher prices. Tree sizes range from 4 to 11 feet.

Tree stands, wreaths, garlands, roping and bows also are available, and trees can be tied on the purchaser's vehicle on request.

Around Town

Midnight Madness -- Ellicott City's Historic District is celebrating the third day of its Midnight Madness/Hospitality Weekend today with refreshments, shopping promotions, dining and holiday entertainment. Free trolley service is to be available. The weekend includes musical performances by wandering costumed madrigal singers from Wilde Lake High School, songs by Tessa Truax and the band As If It's Tragic and Rae Bernard with Harmony of the Sol. Historic sites, which will be open until 4 p.m., include the Holiday Festival of Trains exhibit at the railroad station museum, the Firehouse Museum and the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. Midnight Madness and Hospitality Weekend are sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association.

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

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 branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for ages 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.

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Mount Hebron concerts -- Mount Hebron High School students will present a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school. An orchestra concert is planned at 7 p.m. Saturday. 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. 410-313-2880.

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