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Sisters will soar for Columbia Figure Skating Club [West Friendship]

Local ice skaters Allison and Elena Bonier have been honing their turns, spirals, spins and butterfly jumps in preparation for the Columbia Figure Skating Club's production of "Movies and Minions" set for March 21, 3 and 6 p.m., and March 22, 2 and 4:30 p.m., at the Columbia Ice Skating Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road.

The sisters are delighted to perform in the "Frozen Princesses" scene together. Other local skaters set to perform in the gala ice show include Montana Ignacio and McKenna Schindler. Ticket information is available at http://www.columbiafsc.com

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Mark your calendar now for western Howard County's famed Ham and Oyster Supper. The Lisbon United Methodist Church invites the community to the annual feast on March 21, 1-5:30 p.m.,

Family style or carry out, the dinner includes ham, oysters, homemade salads, green beans, corn, rolls, relishes and more. Tickets are $17 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 years.

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Lisbon United Methodist is at 15875 Frederick Road (Route 144) in Lisbon. Questions? Call the church office at 410-489-7245 or the supper cochairwoman Nora Riley at 310-489-4302.

Love to dance? Come out to the Howard County Historical Society auditorium at 8328 Court Ave. in the historic district of Ellicott City on March 14, 7 to 9 p.m. Bring your own wine and enjoy the big band strains of Ain't Misbehavin'. Questions? Go to http://www.hchsmd.org/events for ticket and event information.

Little people are invited to join in the St. Patrick's Day fun at the Glenwood Branch Library on March 17, 10:30 a.m., for "Leprechauns for Lads and Lassies". Register your wee one at 410-313-5577.

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day is West Friendship author Ellen Cook Nibali'slatest children's book, "The Puzzles of St. Patrick: from Slave to Saint". The children's picture book with art by Lon Eric Craven, dispels some myths about St. Patrick while adding accurate and adventuresome material on his life.

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The book is the second in a series by Nibali, which began with her acclaimed "The Secret of St. Nicholas". Beautiful color illustrations, fascinating facts about St. Patrick and his early life and adventures and the true story of his daring escape from slavery and eventual return to Ireland.

His real life story astonished the author, and she believes children and parents alike will embrace a picture book as compelling, adventurous and colorful as the real Patrick. Books may be purchased online at http://www.fairlandbooks.com.

The annual Kids Nearly New Sale comes to the Howard County Fairgrounds this weekend with more than 140 vendors selling all manner of kids clothing, books, toys, equipment, DVD's, games, outdoor play sets and more. The big sale is set for March 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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