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The Ellicott City Partnership has several events planned for the spring season. First, on April 25, is the Spring Fest. This is a day of free live music, Earth Day activities for the kids, great local food and craft beer.

Three venues in the historic district will be set up for most activities. Planning for a crowd, the Partnership is also providing free shuttle service during the event, which runs from noon to 7:30 p.m.

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The Partnership has also announced the date of this year's "Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge." It will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 23. Proceeds benefit the beautification fund of the Partnership, with up to $1,000 to be donated to Blossoms of Hope, which supports the Claudia Meyer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. For more information about both of these events, go to http://www.visitellicottcity.com.

Girls' Night Out

The next Girls' Night Out is scheduled for April 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. Start out at The Wine Bin and sample a glass of wine, enjoy some jazz, and pick up a goodie bag filled with coupons and information. Then proceed down Main Street and visit participating shops and restaurants for special deals and discounts.

Howard County Historical Society

The historical society's annual membership meeting has been rescheduled for April 12 at the Miller Library at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., historian Tracy Melton will lecture on the turbulent times of the early 19th century in and around Baltimore. The lecture is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested. Call them at 410-480-3250 or email to info@hchsmd.org.

Music at the Museum will feature Scotty Paynter on April 11 at 5 p.m. Paynter will be performing reggae music. Tickets are $15. You are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy during this event. The Wine Bin offers a 10 percent discount on a bottle of wine to folk attending the event.

The society will host the Genealogical Society help desk on Saturday, April 18, from 1 to 4 p.m., in their space at the Miller Library. This is a great resource to help you get started on building your family tree.

The historical society's popular Antiques Appraisal Fair is returning on April 19. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Miller Library. Todd Peenstrut, an appraiser, and Steve Gouterman, a gemologist, will be on hand to give you an idea of what your treasures are worth.

Even if you don't have something you want appraised for yourself it is worth attending to get an idea of what other people's antiques are worth. The cost is $12 for admission and one appraisal to the public, $8 for Society members. To attend without getting an appraisal the cost is $5.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

The Greenway is sponsoring an Earth Week workshop on rain gardens on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at Banneker Park in Oella. Krisztian Varsa, a watershed restoration specialist, will speak.

On Wednesday, April 22, at 10 a.m., the Greenway is hosting a garden cleanup around the welcome signs for Ellicott City and Oella on the corner of Frederick Road and Oella Avenue. It is suggested that you park in Lot A (next to the Trolley Stop) to participate.

GreenRow Books

GreenRow Books, at 8132 Main St., continues to expand its book club offerings. On April 19, from noon to 5 p.m., the shop is offering "Middle Grade and Mystery at the Miller" featuring authors Jonathan Auxier, Kate Milford and Aaron Starmer for middle school students at the Miller Library.

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On April 19 at 3 p.m., the teen book club will be discussing "#SAFB meets the Riverman" at the shop, where the books are also available for purchase.

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