Lutherville: Thanks to those who provided holiday bright spots

We've all been admiring the festive decorations on so many homes in Lutherville. Several communities have held decorating contests to recognize the most special of these homes.

The Lutherville Community Association has selected homes in particular categories. Kudos to the homeowners of the following, and thanks for making our community bright for the holidays:

• Kids' Choice — 706 Goucher Ave.

• Most Creative — 214 Division Ave.

• Simply Charming — 519 Hilltop Drive.

• Griswold Award (for excessive lights and decorations) — 801 Morris Ave.

• Best Overall — 319 Melancthon Ave.

Meanwhile, the Orchard Hills community has selected the following homes for awards. Congratulations to the families at these addresses: 1301 Burleigh Road; 16 Cavan Drive; 12, 16, 25 and 138 Dublin Drive; 101 and 115 Hedgewood Road; 307 McPherson Court; 100, 128, 143 and 151 Othoridge Road; and 124, 1324 and 1326 Warwick Drive.

If you haven't taken a ride past all these homes, don't wait too long!

Roller skating for children ages 5 to 12 returns this week to Ridgely Middle School, 121 E. Ridgely Road. Sponsored by Towsontowne Recreation Council, this fun family activity begins Jan. 5, with sessions on Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16, and March 2 and 16.

The skating sessions are held 4 to 6 p.m., and the cost is $5 per session. Patrons should bring their own skates, since very few loaners are available.

For more information, contact the Towsontowne Recreation Council office at 410-887-5913.

Art Blooms, a slide show of the images from the 2012 "Art Blooms: A Floral Fiesta" exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, will be presented at the January meeting of the York Manor Garden Club, scheduled for Jan. 17.

The annual Art Blooms exhibit features floral displays depicting various works of art. The club usually meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in members' homes, with the exception of this February when there is no meeting.

New members are always welcome. Call club president Ann Collins, at 410-918-0028, to learn more about the group.

The Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council's aerobics program is starting its winter session just in time to help us dance off those holiday pounds. The afternoon session is held at 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Kurtz Avenue, and begins next Monday, Jan. 7. Evening classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Ridgely Middle School, and begin Jan. 8.

Register before the first class at each session, which will run into mid-March. Call instructor Karen Yeagle at 410-321-6399 for more information.

Yoga class registration for youngsters and adults will be held Monday, Jan 7, from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., in the gym lobby at Ridgely Middle School. For more information about that program, email

Online registration for the youth baseball program, for ages 5 to 18, is already under way. Clinics are held for ages 5 to 8, with league play for ages 9 to 18. Go to for more information, and to register. Late registrations will start on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Registration for girls softball, for ages 5 to 18, will be held Saturdays, Jan. 19 and 26, and Feb. 2 and 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, in a new location — the activity room at Lutherville Elementary School, 1700 York Road. For more information, go to

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