From movies to music, outdoor entertainment abounds in July [Ellicott City]

With summertime officially here, Ellicott City is alive with outdoor activities.

Located in the downtown district's historic 1930 firehouse, the Wine Bin hosts an annual free summer movie series every Saturday night at 9 p.m.  The fun starts a half hour before the movie in the parking lot with wine tasting and coolers of ice to chill your beer and wine.


The Bin also offers popcorn and bottled water for sale (proceeds are donated to the Voices for Children of Howard Count). This summer's movie line-up includes "Life of Pi," "Some Like it Hot," "Star Wars," "Princess Bride," "Young Frankenstein," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and more.

The next movie is "The Avengers" (PG-13) on July 6. For more information, contact the Wine Bin at 410-465-7802.

Dorsey Village Center presents a free outdoor Summer Concert Series in the courtyard every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. Each weekly performance features a different type of musical genre.

The July schedule includes the jazz band the Richard Walton Group on July 11, the steel drum group Pan Fried Steel on July 18 and the Ellis Woodward Trio on July 25 playing summer favorites with vocals, guitar, sax, bass and keyboard (no performance on July 4).

Enjoy dinner while listening to a free show. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from the Village Center's many shops — Subway, Trattoria Amore, Yama Sushi, Honeybaked Ham, Giant Foods, Casey's Coffee and Hunan Legend. Don't forget the new Whirlz Frozen Yogurt shop featuring a variety of frozen yogurt flavors and unique toppings as well as home baked waffle cups and a hot chocolate drink bar.

Plan to get to the concert early if you want to nab one of the limited number of tables and chairs available or bring your own chairs.

Sponsored by the Howard County Striders, the 35th annual Centennial Fun Run is off and running. Arleen Dinneen has been organizing this summertime Tuesday evening family-oriented, one-mile run through her Centennial  community since her kids were little. It has become a tradition in the neighborhood that attracts both new and familiar faces — some of whom have been coming back for years and now bring their own children and grandchildren.

At 7:30 p.m., the race begins at Dinneen's house at 10114 Colonial Drive, Ellicott City. The finish line is also at Dinneen's house, where runners/walkers and their families are invited to stay after the race for a community get-together that features different weekly themes.  There is a nominal $1 per person or $2 per family donation for each Fun Run.

The July schedule of events organized by Dinneen includes a July 9 Good Neigh"bear" night and a  911 simulator courtesy of State Farm's Scott McGrew, a July 23 Birthday Bash and Anniversary Celebration with music and limbo on the lawn provided by Orlando Phillips, an Aug. 6 Chalk Night and Neighborhood Night Out with the Howard County Police Department and an Aug. 13 Pizza Party.

Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, distribute cards and fill water jugs.  For more information or to volunteer contact, Arleen Dinneen at 410-465-7735.

It's almost showtime for Howard County Summer Theater's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  This popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opens Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at Mt. Hebron High School.

The show runs through July 13 with performances on July 6,10,11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and two matinees on July 7 and 13 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at and at the door. Proceeds from this show will benefit Prepare for Success and Meals on Wheels.