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The Hills of Milltown 5K is coming up this Sunday, Mother's Day, May 8. The race will start behind the Log Cabin at 8 a.m. and benefits the Ellicott City Partnership beautification projects and the Blossoms of Hope Claudia Mayer/ Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. Come run with your Mom! For registration information, see www.hillsofmilltown5kchallenge.com. Also, at least two restaurants in town are offering special Mother's Day menus. Tea on the Tiber, at 8081 Main St, will have three seatings for a special tea, at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. A variety of sweet and savory items, tea and a special gift for Mom are all included in the price of $45. For reservations call 410-480-8000. Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant is also offering a special menu for Mom. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is $45 for adults, $20 for children ages 12 and under. Dinner is available from 3 to 7 p.m. and is $59 for adults, $30 for children. For reservations call 410-465-4004 or visit its website at www.tersiguels.com.

There was a fantastic turnout for the Spring Fest on April 23. Many thanks to all who worked so diligently to make it happen. I saw very good directional signage and lots of baby carriages — two indicators of a great event. Hope you were there. The next big event for Main Street is the Main Street Art Gallery Hop, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. Participating shops will be open late and will offer special sales and treats. The galleries taking part include The Clayground, Still Life Gallery Fine Art, The Vintage Vault and Gallery, HorseSpirits Arts Gallery and Cotton Duck Art and Apparel. For details visit www.EllicottCityArtsCoalition.com. In other art news, Still Life Gallery Fine Art is holding a wine and cheese opening reception for plein air artist Alison Menke on Sunday, May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. In the last year, Menke has won best in show and first place four times in regional plein air competitions. The Gallery is at 8173 Main St. Contact them at 410-461-1616. Also, HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, at 8090 Main St., is showing "Cameras and Brushes — an exploration of place and color," featuring photos and paintings by artists Eric Hagemann and Laurie L. Hansen through May 12. The gallery is open Wednesday through Monday. It can be reached at 410-461-3505.

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Historic Ellicott City Inc. is planning several events. The first is an operating model train display, celebrating the 186th anniversary of railroading in America, on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Ida, across from the courthouse parking lot. This will be an operating display of New Windsor 1.5" scale group's exact replicas of some of America's most important trains, displays by the B&O Historical Society and Museum and the Western Maryland Historical Society. Admission is $5 for adults, free to children under 12. HEC Inc. has also announced its 2016 decorator show house. It is Avoca, a historic home built in the early 19th century and located off of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. The event will be held from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23. For information on volunteering at this event, or for ticket information, visit www.historicec.org.

The Whipps Annual Plant Sale will take place on Friday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church at the corner of Frederick and Chatham roads. This sale features many unusual and hard to find varieties, some donated by Master Gardeners. Also, free compost bins will be available on Saturday. All proceeds go to the upkeep of Whipps Cemetery. For more information contact Aleta Gravelle at 410-274-7795 or agravelle@verizon.net.

You know that summer can't be far away when the Wine Bin announces its outdoor movie schedule. Prepare to be shaken, if not stirred, by the two Bond movies leading off the program. On May 27 they are showing "Skyfall" and on May 28 it's "Live and Let Die." As always these events are free and open to the public.

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