Rotary Club annual Bull & Oyster Roast

December 28, 2008

The Elkridge Rotary Club will hold its 45th annual Bull & Oyster Roast fundraiser at La Fontaine Blue in Glen Burnie from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Proceeds will support the club's community and international service projects.

Last year the club distributed almost $20,000 to various projects including the Dictionary Project, the Food Pantry, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program, five college scholarships, Susan B Komen Foundation, Elkridge Youth Organization, Foundation of Sustainable Development and well replacement in Ethiopia.

The evening will feature pit beef, ham, fried oysters and steamed shrimp. Live music will be provided by Great Escape. There will be a silent auction and a raffle for a flat-screen TV.

Tickets are $40 and are partially tax deductible. Tickets or information: Gail at 410-579-2242 or Gail365@hotmail.com, or Stan at 443-271-2531 or stanley60@verizon.net. The Elkridge Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Class of '78 reunion

The Howard High School Class of 1978 is holding its 30th reunion Jan. 10 at K&B Billiards on Washington Boulevard, Elkridge. Dress is casual. Members of other classes are welcome to attend. Cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door and includes light fare and drinks. Information: Connie Spindler Yingling at 410-203-9309 or connieyingling@hotmail.com.

Elkridge youth dance

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor a Winter Wonderland youth dance for ages 9 to 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 17 at the firehouse.

Tickets are available at the door only for $8 each. 410-761-6633, option 5.

Window decorating

The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Inc. (ECRF) is sponsoring a Holiday Window Decorating Contest for retail businesses within the Ellicott City historic district.

A People's Choice award will be chosen by popular ballot. Ballots for the people's choice award are available at the Howard County Tourism Visitor Information Center, 8267 Main St.

Visitors will be able to vote by returning their ballots to the center through Wednesday at 3 p.m. The popular ballot winner will be announced Jan. 5 and a ribbon will be awarded.

This years People's Choice Ballot will also serve as an entry form in a contest to win a $75 gift certificate to the retail shop or restaurant of the winner's choice in the Ellicott City Historic District.

Information: 410-313-1900.

Support group meets

The Howard County Young Widows and Widowers will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 7 at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. The group is a social and support group that meets the first Wednesday of each month. Information: 410-740-5858.

around town

Moms to meet : The MOMS Club of Ellicott City South, part of a nonprofit international organization that provides support for mothers who have chosen to stay home to raise children, meets to socialize, bring their children together and hear speakers. A nursery is open during meetings, although children are welcome to remain with their parents. Outings and activities are also planned, including a monthly event called "MOMS Night Out." Kerry Cranston, cranstonk@hotmail.com.

Get happy : Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, is offering "Get Happy Hour" programs for ages 50 and older who are interested in exercise classes but are working during the day. Carla Buehler, 410-313-1415.

* A Low-Impact Cardio Combo will teach basic cardio combinations in an easy format at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $64 for 13 classes.

* Yoga, for those who want to build strength and grace through gentle stretches, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $64 for 13 classes.

* Massage will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $50 for a 50-minute therapeutic massage. For appointments: 410-782-9938.

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