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Elkridge: Firefighters will serve up Breakfast with Santa

Well, naughty or nice, it's that time of year to make a case for yourself! Don't miss Breakfast with Santa at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, Dec. 16, 7-11 a.m.

Tickets for this all-you-can-eat feast are $8 adults; $7 seniors (55+) $7; $5 kids 5-12 years and those 5 and under eat for free.

Get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and spoil your sweet tooth at the bake sale table.

After breakfast, take the kids up to the Santa Secret Gift Shop in the garage behind the hall, a benefit for the Junior Firefighter program. Children can shop for gifts that range from $1 to $4, and the Junior Firefighters will assist with purchases and wrapping.

You are welcome to bring wrapped gifts for less fortunate children and canned goods to assist the food basket drive. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning getting in the spirit of Christmas!

As mentioned last week, the department's own "Santa Gene" is retiring and 2012 marks his final appearance on behalf of the department. The department invites everyone to come out and pay tribute to our beloved Santa by lining up on Old Washington Road in the heart of Elkridge on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. In the spirit of this 50+ year Elkridge tradition, Santa's "sleigh" will be the department's 1947 Fire Engine.

The annual tradition of Santa Claus and the Mrs. visiting our area is underway, so keep your ears open for the distinct sound of "Jingle Bells" on the fire truck horn. The elves on the truck will accept nonperishable goods or cash donations for food baskets, as well as wrapped, non-violent toys (marked for boy or girl).

If you're short on time but love to share the holiday spirit, take advantage of the Christmas Gift Wrapping and Cookie Sale at Melville Chapel United Methodist Church, on Furnace Avenue in Elkridge on Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can drop off your holiday gifts, run a few errands and come back later to pick up your presents, which will be wrapped and ready to give. Then take some time to savor the season's goodness with some holiday treats. For more information, call Sue Burke Harrison at 443-875-3516.

The Elkridge Senior Center, located inside the Elkridge Library, has some great fun in store for it's loyal visitors as the excitement of the holidays reach full throttle! On Monday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., enjoy Gingerbread House Creations with local high school students.

This is a free event; goodwill donations are appreciated. Pizza and cookies will be served following the building and decorating.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Holly Day Party will take place 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and will offer a delicious lunch and holiday entertainment. Enjoy a catered meal featuring crab cakes, beef tips, pasta and much more. Cost is $18/person.

The Fabulous 50+ Players will also join the holiday fun in festive costumes and a performance of holiday music and song. Also, last but not least, a visit that jolly ol' elf is expected to round out the fun!

On Friday, Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., you can enjoy a Paula Deen-Style Cooking Class. Watch "Chef Becky" create a yummy dish that you can sample. Copies of the recipe will be available to take with you. For more information on these, or any other events at the Elkridge Senior Center, contact Jeanne Slater, Center Director, at 410-313-5192.

The Spring peer program, a program of the Howard County Office on Aging, announces a new Caregiver Support Group that will meet the third Monday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m., at the East Columbia 50+ Center (located in the East Columbia Library), 6600 Cradlerock Way, in Columbia. This is a facilitated group for adult caregivers of other adults, and is focused on four key areas: practical/resource needs, emotional support, social networking, and leisure time. Respite care is not provided.

Also, Spring's "Power Over Pain" group will meet Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1-2:30 p.m., at the North Laurel 50+ Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel. The program is free and open to anyone living with chronic pain. Learn how to develop and sustain a positive attitude, gain information, make connections with others living with chronic pain, and find ways of coping. To register, contact Carmen Faye at 410.313.0380, or via email to For more detailed information on either of these programs, contact Karen Hull at 410.313.7466 or

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