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Friday, December 2, 2011
Looking for a Holiday Event this weekend?
Mini Gingerbread Houses. Build and decorate a holiday candy house. Bring one bag of candy or decorations to share. Ages 5-8; 60 min. 12/03/11 1:30 PM Elkridge Branch *Registration is required. Register online or by calling 410.313.5085.
Ellicott City Firehouse Museum
Santa is coming to town! Santa will be at the Firehouse Museum in historic Ellicott City Saturday, December 3rd from Noon-4 PM to receive visitors of all ages. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the charm of the historic village during hospitality weekend. Kids can chat with Santa and tell all their wishes. Parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras. Sponsored in part by the Ellicott City Business Association. For more information, contact Ed Lilley at 410-313-1900
Gary Arthur Community Center
Join us for the 39th year of the favorite annual Howard County event "Holiday Mart" on December 3rd at Gary J Arthur Community Center! You’ll find seasonal gifts and merchandise created by 140 juried artisans. We will have door prizes and a children’s craft corner. Discerning shoppers know this is the place to find unique handcrafted items and home decor. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list and don’t forget yourself! Hot and cold beverages, lunch concessions and snacks for purchase. This event is fun for the whole family! For more information please contact the Gary J Arthur Community Center at 410-313-4840.
Ellicott City Midnight Madness
Please join Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and the Tourism Team and other community leaders as we open Howard County’s NEW Welcome Center on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 PM. The Center is located in the renovated and restored former U.S. Post Office on Main Street. The event kicks off Ellicott City’s 34th annual Midnight Madness, when all of the stores and restaurants stay open until midnight to celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season. Take a FREE shuttle from the George Howard Building or the Circuit Court House.
14th Annual Train Garden display
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is proud to present the the 14th annual train garden display, which starts this Saturday, December 3rd and runs until Sunday, January 1st. Admission to the event is free, but donations are accepted.The Department will also collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children starting Saturday, December 3rd through Wednesday, December 23rd. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the train garden, select Howard County Government facilities or any Howard County fire station. We invite you and your family to stop by and make the train garden part of your holiday tradition!
Address:4150 Montgomery Road Ellicott City, MD 21043 Hours of operation: Wed., Thurs., Fri. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
**Exceptions to the above dates and times are as follows: OPEN on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. until
To schedule a group tour or for more information, please call the Community Outreach Hotline at (410) 313-2036.
Howard County Government has set up a "Notify Me" system that is worth checking out to stay informed about what is happening in the County.
The Board of Education recognizes that selecting a Superintendent is one of its most important functions. The Board is interested in your input before making its selection. You can complete a survey online at www.hcpss.org or attend one of the Open Community Forums, 6-8pm on Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7.