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A round of applause for lacrosse coach Beth Kennedy [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

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I would like to extend belated congratulations to one of our community members, Beth Kennedy, who was honored at the annual Howard County Celebration of Sports on Oct. 15.

Beth has coached girls' lacrosse — both rec league and travel — in Howard County for nearly a decade. This year, the Department of Recreation and Parks named her a GoodSports Coach of the Year based upon her qualities of honor, civility, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and respect.

Thank you, Beth, for your dedication, and for being a positive role model for our youth!

Now that December has arrived, holiday happenings are in full swing everywhere, including the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours, at 1525 Marriottsville Road.

On Dec. 7, Gordon Creamer will present a seminar, "Gift of the Magi," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program costs $55.

Marcia McMullin, a registered nurse, will discuss "Living with Grief and Loss during the Holidays" on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $55.

The Church of the Resurrection Choir will lead visitors in song during an Advent Christian Concert on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., in the Bon Secours chapel. A freewill offering will be collected.

Finally, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Paula Jilanis will offer "The Year in Cycle: The Circle of Life." The day costs $55.

To learn more, go to rccbonsecours.com, or call 410-442-1320 to register for events.

The Marriotts Ridge High School Music Foundation invites you attend one or more of its upcoming winter concerts. On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Women's Ensemble, Madrigal Singers and Concert Band will perform in the auditorium at 7 p.m. The following evening, Thursday, Dec. 12, the Mustang Chorale, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra will each take the stage and then present a stunning combined finale. This concert also begins at 7 p.m. Lastly, the school's jazz ensembles will present a Holiday Jazz Cabaret on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Commons. For more information, go to http://www.mrhsmusic.net.

Parent volunteer Andrea Wills would like to spread the word that the Columbia Figure Skating Club is presenting its popular "Nutcracker on Ice" production on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 and 6 p.m., at the Columbia Ice Rink. The address is 5876 Thunder Hill Road, in the Oakland Mills Village Center of Columbia.

Tickets cost $12 each, and children two and under are free. To purchase tickets online or learn more, go to http://www.columbiafsc.com.

There's nothing like a beautifully decorated home at the holidays to help one feel festive — and perhaps inspired to try similar ornamentation. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Howard County Historical Society will offer its 37th annual Holiday House Tour featuring five properties — the Shrine of Saint Anthony and Folly Quarter Manor, both in Ellicott City, Richland Farm in Clarksville, Dalton in Columbia's Thunder Hill neighborhood, and Salopha in Sykesville.

Buses will leave promptly at 1 p.m. from Frederick Road at the Charles E. Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City and will return at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

Tickets cost $35 for Historical Society Members, $45 for guests of members, and $50 for the general public. The latter price also includes a free 2014 historical society membership. To purchase tickets online, go to hchsmd.org/events#HouseTour; tickets will also be available in the Miller Library parking lot on the day of the event. Call 410-480-3250 with any questions.

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