Black Box Theatre invites the family to 'Merry Wives' [Ellicott City]

Valentine's Day is opening night for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at Howard County Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre.

Directed by Ian Gallanar, the comedy will run from Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, March 9, with evening and matinees performances. Senior and student discounts, as well as handicap seating, are available. 

This is a family-friendly show that the CSC is recommending for children 9 years and older. To purchase tickets online or for more information, go to Howard County Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre is at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. 

Celebrate St. Valentine's Day with a dinner at the Shrine of St. Anthony's on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening for couples begins with a Mass at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner served by the Friars. 

The celebration will reflect on the power of love both human and divine and conclude with a closing prayer at 8:30 p.m. TIckets are $80 per couple and registration is required.

For further information, contact he Shrine office at 410-531-2800 or go to The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City. 

Here's a way to show your love for a veteran this Valentine's Day — participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 fundraiser to benefit their Veterans Relief Fund. In partnership with Bob Evans restaurant in Ellicott City, the public is invited to participate in the Saturday, Feb. 15, fundraiser by dining at the restaurant between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.  

When customers present a flyer at the time of purchase, Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of their bill to the Veterans Relief Fund. Flyers can be downloaded from the Post's website at Bob Evans is at 4900 Beaver Run, off of Executive Park Drive, Route 100 at Exit 1 B-C.  Contact VFW Post 7472 Service Officer Al Hernandez at 410-465-1801 for more information. 

The Barnes & Noble bookstore in the Long Gate Shopping Center will feature a special Valentine's Day Storytime on Thursday, Feb. 13. at 11 a.m.  The children's event includes Valentine's stories such as "Love Monster" by Rachel Bright, the tale of a google-eyed monster trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. 

The event is free and open to the public. The bookstore is at 4300 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. For more information call the store at 410-203-9001 or go to their website at 

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