Fisher's Bakery, 8143 Main St., Ellicott City, has changed its name to "Sweet. A bakery & cafe."
The bakery will concentrate on custom wedding and other party cakes, catering, and a cafe and deli business for tourists, residents and workers in the historic district.
The bakery will remain partially open during the first week of January, when some minor renovations are planned.
The Web site, www.fishers bakery.com, will refer customers to a new site, www.sweet bakerycafe.com. 410-461-9275
The owner, Ellicott City resident Christopher J. Sikora, purchased the bakery from the Fisher family about two years ago.
Norbel student gets award for collage
Mai-Phuong Trinh, a student at Norbel School in Elkridge, was the recipient of the Maryland Art Education Association award for her paper collage. Students from area private schools who are members of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools were invited to submit work.
The collage was selected for submission to the competition by art teacher Marissa Ohnishi. It will be on display next month, along with work by students from other private schools, in the tunnel of the State House in Annapolis.
Howard High to greet incoming parents
Howard High School will hold an Incoming Parent Evening at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in the school auditorium. An English for Speakers of Other Languages program is to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion will cover the academic program, course registration timeline, ninth-grade team activities, career academies, AP Scholars program, performing arts, JROTC, and extracurricular activities.
The snow date is Jan. 15.
Elkridge firehouse plans breakfast
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 6.
Baked goods will be available.
The cost is $7; $6 for those ages 55 and older. Children ages 5 to 12 pay $5; children to age 4 eat for free.
Bridge players get advanced classes
Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer bridge classes at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
A new class for advancing players, "Bid Better, Play Better," will focus on bidding accurately and planning the play of the hand. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 15. Prerequisites are "Bridge Brush Up," "Bid and Play" or approval by the instructor.
The cost is $42.
Also new for advancing players is "Competing in the Bidding," to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 15. Prerequisites are the same as for "Bid Better, Play Better."
The cost is $42.
Information: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.
Food drive -- Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 17th Christmas 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). Canned sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce, turkeys, hams, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed nonperishable items will be accepted. Joe Slavotinek, 410-984-1796.
Montgomery Road -- A county construction project to connect Montgomery Road to Marshalee Drive in Elkridge will temporarily close Montgomery Road in the vicinity of 6425 Montgomery, between - but not including - Montery Road and Deborah Jean Drive. The closure could last two or three weeks, depending on the weather. Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.
Kiwanis Club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis Wallas Building, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or www.ellicottcity kiwanis.com.
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 those 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.