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Outdoor party to celebrate spring is April 19 [Ellicott City]

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Enjoy the outdoors at Historic Ellicott City's annual Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 19, from noon to 7:30 p.m.  The festival includes free, live music from 22 bands, family activities such Earth Day-themed projects, food, shopping and craft beer gardens.  

The music venues will be on three main stages — the Wine Bin, Ellicott Mills (parking lot D) and Let There Be Rock Stage (Tiber Park) — featuring the Rebels, the Herd of Main Street, Let There Be Rock School of Columbia, Foreplay and Tillers Prospect. 

A free shuttle is provided to main street for those who park in the Courthouse parking lots.  Free parking is also available in Lots A, D and F.  Metered parking is offered in Lots B and C and along Main Street and Maryland Avenue. For a more detailed listing of the live music lineup, go to http://www.visitellicottcity.com and click on the "Events" tab. 

In anticipation of the upcoming free USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, the festival organizers have sent top scientists and engineers to area schools to ignite student's interest in math and science. 

Recently, the University of Maryland's Dennis vanEngelsdorp, one of the nation's most prominent bee advocates and researchers, and Lockheed Martin engineer Kim Burke, a leading authority on vertical launching, submarines, and combat systems, visited Howard County schools.  

On Tuesday, April 22, Terence Boylan, singer/songwriter and science supporter, will visit Resurrection-St. Paul School students in Ellicott City to talk about the amazing things that kids invent. 

Meet Burke, vanEngelsdorp and Boylan and many more at the Washington,D.C., expo that allows kids and adults to experience over 3,000 hands-on activities and live performances by science celebrities and experts. 

Don't miss the expo's new X-STEM: Extreme STEM Symposium — a "TED-style" event featuring interactive presentations and workshops by STEM visionaries presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune — on Saturday, April 24. For more information about the festival, go to http://www.usasciencefestival.org.

Congratulations to Folly Quarter Middle School student Christopher Messer.  He is one of only two Howard County students who received recognition as a Maryland History Day scholar at the Maryland State and House of Delegates sessions recently. Messer is a finalist in the National History Day competition for his junior individual exhibit entitled "Operation Urgent Fury: A Turning Point in U.S. Military History."

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