December 27, 2011
It wouldn't be Christmas in Harford County without a visit to the annual Christmas Train Garden sponsored by the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company. The train garden is up and running at the firehouse at 3825 Federal Hill Road in Jarrettsville. The train garden, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is open to the public. There's no admission charge. There is a scavenger hunt for pieces inside the gardens. If someone can find the snowman with the bird nest hat, then they will receive a voucher for Keyes Creamery.
September 1, 2011
As long as the weather holds, 10 hot-air balloons will be launched into the air Saturday from the Harford County Equestrian Center. They'll go up as part of SARC's Family Fun Day, one of two events this weekend to help raise money for SARC's programs, which include a 24-hour helpline, a safehouse, counseling, crisis intervention, a teen corner, hospital companions and legal advocacy and representation. For more information about SARC (Safety, Awareness, Resources, Change), visit http://www.sarc-maryland.org . The 2nd Annual Rising Above It Balloon Festival, with family-friendly activity sponsored by the county nonprofit that provides resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking, also includes the Balloon Glow Gala.
January 29, 2011
Michael Pesi may have met the woman of his dreams in the modest surroundings of a Merchant's Tire waiting room, but when it came time to propose marriage, he thought big. He considered whisking girlfriend Aletta Muzila off to New York and popping the question over dinner at their favorite celebrity chef's restaurant but nixed the idea. "It was trite," Pesi concluded. "It's been done before. " So the Parkville entrepreneur and investor came up with a more unusual scheme. He took Muzila, a psychotherapist, to his childhood home in West Virginia last Thanksgiving and tricked her into going out to the mall with relatives.
February 19, 2010
Tom Vidnovic remembers it sounding pretty silly on a cold January day about three years ago, when a friend suggested they go traipsing through the woods to look for a plastic container someone had hidden. He probably thought it was even sillier when his friend insisted on bringing along a hand-held Global Positioning System navigational device to help in the search. Vidnovic ended up finding the container before his friend did - "beginner's luck," he insists - and hasn't stopped looking for similar containers since; so far, he's found a little more than 3,100 of them.
December 3, 2009
HOLIDAY HEAP: If you've got shopping to do and the recipients on your "nice" list are notoriously hard to buy for, you'll be at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This DIY craft bazaar features handmade wares from more than 50 vendors. Admission is free. Go to charmcitycraftmafia.com/Holiday_Heap_2009. THIS IS NOT A SHOW: See R.E.M. at Ottobar, 2549 Howard St.! OK, this is not a live show by the band, but a free screening of the band's documentary at 7 p.m. This is the only place in Baltimore you'll be able to see the hourlong film shot over five nights of working rehearsals in Dublin, Ireland.
January 10, 2008
Alt-rock concert Cozy up on a couch and hear edgy singer/songwriter Orna Ment perform at College Perk Coffeehouse tomorrow night. The local alternative rock artist has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the Los Angeles area. Last month, she released her first full-length solo CD, ORNAmuseMENT: Chasing the Muse. The artist describes her style as similar to "PJ Harvey meets Sarah McLachlan or Tori Amos meets KT Tunstall." The show starts at 8 p.m. College Perk is at 9078 Baltimore Ave.