Spring 2013: 5 ways to celebrate the season

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March 05, 2013|By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group

1 How sweet it is
Celebrate the 12th-annual Chocolate and Candy Festival on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bel Air Armory. The event includes hundreds of desserts and other goodies from local vendors. Sponsored by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance. More at downtownbelair.com or 443-823-1797.

2 Ready, set, hunt!
Take your little ones on the Easter egg hunt of a lifetime at Bel Air’s Rockfield Manor from noon to 2 p.m. on March 16. Open to children 6 and under. Bring your own basket. More at rockfieldmanor.com or 410-638-4565.

3 Run for a cause
The annual Women’s 5K by the Bay in Havre de Grace on April 15 benefits Habitat for Humanity. Registration starts at $25 and is open to female runners and walkers of all ages. For details, call 410-399-9948.

4 Stroll through the gardens
Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton opens for its 42nd season on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. Look forward to a host of activities and events throughout 2013 including My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase Races & Champagne Reception on April 13, which benefits the gardens. Visit ladewgardens.com and marylandsteeplechasing.com for more information.

5 Author! Author!
Jeff Shaara, author of the current best-seller “Blaze of Glory,” will be the featured speaker at the annual springtime fundraiser for the Harford County Public Library Foundation. Shaara, son of Michael Shaara who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Killer Angels,” took on the mantle of writing Civil War histories after his father’s death. April 19, 7-9 p.m. at the Jarrettsville Library. Tickets are $55 and include beer, wine and light fare. More at hcplonline.org or 410-273-5600.

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