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Six local eateries offer Winter Restaurant Week deals [Ellicott City]

It happens only once a year — the Howard County Winter Restaurant Weeks. From Monday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Feb 2, over 20 county restaurants are participating in the three-course menu specials that start at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner.

It's a great way to try new places or enjoy a special deal from your favorite eatery.

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Numerous Ellicott City restaurants are participating, including Alexandra's American Fusion, Grille 620, Kelsey's Irish Pub, La Palapa Grill and Cantina, Stella Notte and Tersiguel's French Country. For pricing and menu information, go to http://www.howardcountyrestaurantweek.com/restaurants

St. John's Jewelers director of marketing Tracy O'Connor informed me about the Little Things for Cancer's 100 Hons and Elvis fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Seasons 52 restaurant, at the Mall in Columbia.

"100 Hons and Elvis will raise much needed funds to provide those affected by cancer with everyday support services. I want to celebrate my survivorship and give back to the community by helping others who are fighting the cancer battle, "says Susan Costenbader, breast cancer survivor and event host.

The Sunday afternoon ladies day of Bawl'more HON style fun will feature adult beverages, food, a fashion show, a team scavenger hunt, raffles and, of course, a plethora of cat glasses, spandex and beehive hairdo's. Tickets are $50 per person or $225 for a team of 5 HONS.

To purchase tickets, go to http://www.tlt4c.org and click "donate". For more information, contact Kelley Dubois at kdubois@thelittlethings4cancer.org

Interested in Russian history? On Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 8:15 p.m, Vladimir Marinich, retired professor of history at Howard Community College, will give a lecture on the Romanov Dynasty at the Miller Branch Library.

The lecture, co-sponsored by Howard County Library and Howard County Historical Society, will also include references to the many inaccurate interpretations of the czars during that time in history. For more details, call 410-480-3250 or go to hchsmd.org/events/

Calling all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who want to earn financial badges. Howard County Library is hosting a Money Matters Scout Badge Day, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Miller Branch. Girl Scouts (Daisies-Juniors) can work on Money Counts, Money Manager, and Business Owner badges, while Boy Scouts (grades 6-12) can complete activities for the Personal Management merit badge. Register at hclibrary.org. For more information call 410-313-1950.

Happy sixth anniversary to Main Street Ellicott City's The Wine Bin. To celebrate, the Bin is hosting a winemaker meet and greet on Saturday, Jan. 24, from noon to 6 p.m., with Rick Moshin from the Moshin Vineyards in Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, Calif.

That same night starting at 6:30 p.m., the Bin has teamed up with Tersiguel's to host a wine dinner featuring Rich Moshin and a special menu paired with Moshin Vineyard wines, followed by dessert and coffee back at the BIn. Spaces are limited for the $90 per person wine dinner. To make reservations, call 410-465-7802.

Did you know that Beans and Burgundy Bread restaurant on Route 40 in Ellicott City has live music. Catch the next jazz show on Friday, Jan. 23, when the restaurant will feature the Sojourne Band. The group consists of singer/songwriter Trina Coleman, her husband, guitarist Zachary Coleman, drummer Stephen McGrath and bassist Tim Long.

Trina's three-octave vocal range has been described as Regina Spektor meets India Arie. For more information, go to http://www.bbbread.com

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