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Winter chill no deterrent to outdoor baking market [Mostly Main Street]

The Historic District Farmers Market may be closed for the season, but you can still take advantage of the Winter Baking Market, in the parking lot behind the Little French Market Café in Tonge Row on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nathan Sowers will be there offering an array of his wonderful breads as well as pizza made on the spot. You don't even have to worry about standing around waiting for your order to be prepared in the cold and damp — Nathan provides beepers so you can wait in the warm comfort of your car until it's ready. Great way to take the chill off.

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Restaurant weeks

Howard County restaurant weeks are upon us, lasting from Jan. 19 to Feb. 2. Two restaurants in the Historic District are participating — Tersiguel's and LaPalapa. Check their websites for more information.

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Film series

The First Lutheran Church, on the corner of Frederick and Chatham Roads, just outside the Historic District, is offering a Faith and Film Series, free and open to the public. The films will be shown on Wednesdays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

They will also offer a Disney-themed family film night on March 6. To learn more, call them at 410-465-2977.

Meet a possum

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Benjamin Banneker Park, next door in Oella, has some creative programming going on. On Friday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m., the topic is "School's Out, Oh! Possum." Here kids get to meet a live possum.

At 7 p.m. that day, the park features a "Star Party" involving a planetarium and telescopes. On Saturday, Jan. 24, you can learn how to make baskets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 410-887-1081.

Tastings

The Wine Bin on Main Street is kicking off the New Year with a variety of interesting activities sure to warm you up during this cold weather. On Friday, Jan. 23, it is hosting a scotch tasting at Fireside Stone and Patio on Frederick Road just over the Patapsco River Bridge. Starting at 7 p.m. they are offering single batch limited edition whiskeys. The cost is $30 and space is limited.

Also on the 23rd, the Bin is hosting a wine and beer tasting party at the shop from 6 to 9 p.m. If you say "I love the Bin" at the register, you get a discount on selected items. This party also includes live music and prizes.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, there will be a winemaker meet-and-greet there from noon to 6 p.m. Winemaker Rick Moshin of Moshin Vineyard in Sonoma, Calif., will be signing bottles of his small lot, hand-crafted wines. Then at 6:30 p.m. Moshin will move across the street to Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant to again greet guests and enjoy a special menu paired with Moshin wines.

The party will move back to the Bin after dinner for coffee and dessert. This special evening is $90 per person. For more information, and to make reservations for these events, call 410-465-7802.

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