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Burn off some calories on a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot [Ellicott City]

This Thanksgiving, here's a way to burn off calories before you head to the holiday table — the Dancel Family Center YMCA is sponsoring its annual Turkey Trot Charity 5K on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, at  8:30 a.m.

The money raised will help support the Y's GIve Every Child a Chance campaign for kids living in poverty in Central Maryland communities.


The race starts on Long Gate Parkway, winds through Meadowbrook Lane, and finishes at the Long Gate shopping center. Awards will be given to overall top male and female and in each age group.  Entry fee is $35 on race day. For more information, call Kathy Kline at 410-465-4334 or go to

The friars of the Shrine of St. Anthony invite the community to its free Fall Festival and Open House on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy hay rides, snacks, cider, a bonfire, build your own Advent wreaths and Brother Gerry's Christmas train garden.


The Shrine is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City. For more information call 410-531-2800 or email

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Start your holiday shopping early at Howard County Arts Council's annual Open House and Holiday Sale on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Peruse local artists handcrafted items for sale including jewelry, wearables, accessories, paintings, photography, prints, wooden vessels and furniture, metalwork, and greeting cards. Refreshments will be provided.

The studios of HCAC resident artists and art organizations will also be open to the public during the event. The Arts Council is located at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. For more information,  go to or call 410-313-ARTS (2787).

The PTA Council of Howard County and the Howard County Education Association are hosting a Common Core Forum on Sunday, December 8 from 5 to 8  p.m. in the Reservoir High School auditorium.  The public is invited to listen to a panel discussion of national, state and local school officials and national experts followed by an audience question and answer session.

For more information , go to or call Christina Delmont-Small, PTACHC President at 703-434-2185

County Executive Ken Ulman will hold his first Citizens' Budget Hearing for the 2015 budget cycle on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the George Howard Building's Banneker Room. If you have an idea or opinion on the county's budget, this is your opportunity to speak.

Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 4, residents can sign-up online to speak at the hearing by going to Alternatively, residents can provide on-line budget testimony at the same link. Note that internet testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.

If you prefer to sign-up in person on the night of the public hearing, the sign-up begins  at 6 p.m.  Speakers must sign up individually. The George Howard Building is at 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. For additional information, contact the County's Budget Office at 410-313-2077.