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Bring your appetite for soup and chili to upcoming events [Ellicott City]

On Sunday, March 18, Ellicott City has two culinary events for soup lovers and cooks.

The 10th Annual Soup’r Sundae hosted by The Faith Community Partnership of Bethany United Methodist and Glen Mar United Methodist churches and Wilde Lake High School is scheduled from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake High school cafeteria. The event will benefit Grassroots, Howard County’s 24-hour crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless.

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Enjoy all-you-can-eat soup, bread and ice cream, music, children’s entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets to this family-friendly fundraiser ($20 for adults and $5 for children under 12) are available online at souprsundae.eventbrite.com or by contacting cathyvsmith@verizon.net. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only).

In the downtown historic district, Ellicott Mills Brewing Co.hosts its 14th annual chili contest from 1 to 5 p.m. Cooks must register for the event by calling 410-313-8141 or stopping by the restaurant. Contestants then bring a warmer filled with any style of homemade chili (plus any topping if applicable) to Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. by 1 p.m.

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Tasters and sample the chili and vote for their favorite dish. Happy hour specials available all day. Prizes awarded to the best in class chili makers. The contest is a free community event. However, attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods or new or gently-used clothing. Donations will benefit veterans organizations. The restaurant is at 8308 Main St.

On Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its spring show “Beauty and the Beast on Ice” with 4 and 6 p.m. shows each day at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Watch as competitive skaters bring this classic Disney tale to life. The show’s elaborate costumes and scenery, coupled with stupendous choreography (a collaboration between long time show director Path Muth and the artistic director Tim Murphy of The Next Ice Age, a professional dance company on ice) make it appealing to audiences of all ages.

To purchase tickets go to columbiafsc.com. Tickets are $15 for ages 3 and up and free for children under age 3. Follow CFSC on Facebook facebook.com Instagram @columbiafigureskating and Twitter @Columbia_fsc for updates and show highlights.

Have a question, concern or idea about the county budget? County Executive Allan Kittleman is holding his second FY19 citizens’ budget hearing Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City.

Residents can sign-up to testify during the hearing or give budget testimony online. Go to www.howardcountymd.gov/budgettestimony to register to speak at the hearing or provide online budget testimony. Residents are reminded that internet testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.

Registration to speak at the hearing is also available in-person beginning at 6 p.m. Each speaker must be registered. Call the county budget office at 410-313-2077 for additional information.

Calling all history buffs. The Howard County Historical Society’s Lunch Dates with History lecture series presents “Footsteps – Commander Roberts, Gen. George G. Meade Camp #5 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War” on Friday, March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Museum of Howard County History.

Renowned re-enactor Eddie Roberts will present an informative and unique Civil War learning experience. Roberts’ one-of-a-kind, interactive presentation livens up Civil War history by giving first-person expression to the feelings, passions and meanings of the period. Audience participation is encouraged throughout Roberts’ story that details contrasting perspectives of two of his Civil War ancestors.

Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats provided. Tickets are free for HCHS members and $5 for non-members. Go to hchsmd.org to register. Doors open at 11:30 am. Optional tour of the museum from 1 to 1:30pm. The museum is at 8328 Court Ave. in historic Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-480-3250 or email info@hchsmd.org.

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