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Schools to celebrate security program

Harford County public schools will hold an opening celebration for the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Magnet Program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joppatowne High School cafeteria.

Information: 410-612-1510.

HCC schedules trips to N.Y., N.J.

Harford Community College is offering travel tours through the continuing-education division.

Trips include:

Radio City Music Hall, celebrating the 75th year of its Christmas show. The Rockettes will take audiences on a tour of Manhattan on a double-decker bus to see New York landmarks including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and returns at 8 p.m. The cost is $125.

Cape May, N.J., to see Victorian houses, 20 bed and breakfast inns, guesthouses, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays for the annual Candlelight House Tour. A heated trolley will take participants to the sites, which include two refreshment stations with cookies, wassail, tea and coffee. The bus departs from HCC at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 and arrives in Cape May around 12:30 p.m. Travelers can have lunch and see the town before the candlelight tour begins at 5:30 p.m. The bus will leave Cape May at 9 p.m. The cost is $79.

Visit for a complete list of fall and holiday programs.

Information: 410-836-4175.

Elementary schools to hold open house

The 21st-century community learning centers at Aberdeen Middle, Lisby/Hillsdale Elementary, and Hall's Cross Roads Elementary will hold an open house and Lights On Celebration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The open house will celebrate the importance of after-school programs for all students.

Information: 410-297-2119.

Open house to focus on magnet program

Harford County public schools will hold an open house Wednesday for the Science and Mathematics Academy magnet program at Aberdeen High School.

The magnet program, offering a specialized curriculum, is available to eighth-graders by application.

Visit for the time and for more information.

ESL advising offered at HCC

Harford Community College will offer English as a Second Language advising.

ESL is for foreign-born adults age 16 or older who would like to improve English skills, including listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Advising sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bel Air Middle School; 10 a.m. Friday at Aberdeen Community Center, Dec. 4 at Edgewood Public Library; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Edgewood High School; and Dec. 11 and 17 in Room 132 of Edgewood Hall at HCC.

Free beginning and intermediate classes begin every six weeks.

Information: 410-836-4115.

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