There are only a few days left to enjoy Howard County Restaurant Week specials that end Jan. 28.
Twenty-three county restaurants are participating in this annual winter event, including six in Ellicott City — Portalli's, Alexandra's American Fusion, Stella Notte, Tersiguel's French Country, the Diamondback Tavern, and Kelsey's Restaurant and Catering.
Ellicott City residents Cindy and Gary Ouellette's popular Union Jack's of Columbia is also on the list of participating restaurants.
Each restaurant chef has prepared a prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menu infused with an international flavor to reflect this year's theme, "Save and Savor Global Flavor."
It's a great way to try a new restaurant or enjoy your favorite eatery at discounted prices that range from $10.13 to $40.13.
Make reservations and browse the various restaurant menus by going to Howard County Tourism's website at http://www.visithowardcounty.com/howard-county-restaurant-weeks.
It may be cold outside, but it's not too early to start thinking about summer camps. Howard Arts Council in Ellicott City has begun registration for its visual and performing arts summer programs for students entering grades K-7.
Campers must be at least 5 years of age by Sept. 1 to be eligible for registration. Before-care beginning at 8 a.m. and after-care until 6 p.m. is also available. Summer camps begin June 24 and run in one-week sessions through Aug. 16. For registration information. go to the arts council website at http://www.hocoarts.org or call them at 410-313-2787.
In soccer news, the Soccer Association of Columbia's Boys U17 premiere team recently participated in the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, Fla., where the team joined club teams from across the nation along with hundreds of college coaches.
Coached by Matt Shagogue, a Reservoir High school teacher and the River Hill High School soccer coach, the SAC BU17 premiere team won its first game 2-1 against the Colorado Storm and tied its second game against the Cajun Fury of Louisiana.
SAC's third game, a 4-2 win against the Albion Hurricanes of Houston, Texas, put the SAC team in the finals, where they took second place against the Atlanta Fire United. A great finish, considering SAC scored the only two goals in the entire tournament against the Atlanta powerhouse, losing in a hard-fought finals match 4-2. In total, SAC scored 9 goals during the tournament with Heston Priestley and Jake Tourney as leading scorers.
The team consists of numerous Howard County players, including Jack Jacobs (Atholton), Jack Brown, Heston Priestley and Garrett Scheetz (Centennial), Khalil Anderson, Jeffrey Kammerer and Amir Najib (Marriotts Ridge), Zach Riso and Jake Turney (River Hill), Zach Smythe and Brian Dubois (Wilde Lake), along with Dante Raggio and Peter Gagnon (Loyola Blakefield), Nick Over (Winters Mill) and Austin Alonso (Glen Burnie).
In basketball news, the Columbia Ravens 7th Grade girls' basketball team participated in the Maryland Flames Team Dedication Holiday Tournament. The team took home 2nd place - quite an accomplishment considering the girls played up a year in the 8th grade division. Coached by Jim Cardea and Ryan Bartley, the team consists of Maya Allmond, Courtney Furr, Madeline Winters, Sydney Bender, Peighton Stone, Claire Priestley, Cecelia Bartley, Katie Cardea and Madison Eich.
Mark your calendars for Silhouette Stages's popular Cabaret Night, Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 8 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The show features local performers including singers, actors, dancers, comedians and Ellicott City resident David Gertler and his performing partner David Schwartz of improv troupe Infinite Moose.
This family friendly event costs $10 per ticket and includes food and drink at intermission. Beer, wine and snack plates are available for table service at an additional charge. Purchase tickets online by going to the website at http://www.silhouettestages.com or at the door.