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Become involved through community groups, religion

County Executive Calvin Ball will speak with residents at the Elkridge Branch library on Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
County Executive Calvin Ball will speak with residents at the Elkridge Branch library on Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. (Brian Krista / BSMG)

As we enter 2019, I would like to wish each of you happiness, good health and a year full of opportunities to be your best self. We are so fortunate to live in a community that is so rich in history, natural beauty and possibilities. There are so many ways to get woven into the fabric of this vibrant community.

Consider getting involved in a community organization like; the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis, the Greater Elkridge Community Association, the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, the Elkridge Heritage Society, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department or volunteering to support students in their classroom or at a game with the Elkridge Youth Organization.

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If you are not actively involved in a church or place of worship, consider making 2019 the year you make a spiritual connection and find a place where you belong. Have a great 2019!

Elkridge residents have a tremendous opportunity to speak directly to newly-elected County Executive Calvin Ball on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Elkridge Branch library. As his announcement stated, Ball wants to hear from you about your experiences, ideas, hopes for Howard County especially Elkridge. This is an excellent time to express yourself and your views. Should there be inclement weather, the listening session will follow the Howard County Public School procedures for closures. Direct your questions regarding this event to Ball’s office staff at 410-313-1246.

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Congratulations to Don Watson on his recent retirement. Enjoy your grandchildren, home improvement projects and volunteer work at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, but make sure you take time to just relax and reflect on your accomplishments. Well done, Don.

The Elkridge Furnace Inn has scheduled several very interesting and fun events in January which demonstrate the intersection between food and history.

A Gourmand dinner adventure with foods from Tunisia, Morocco, Spain and Southern France, the countries that coincide with Hannibal’s trek with 38 elephants will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.

On Sunday Jan. 20, the Inn will host two Russian teas and on Tuesday, Jan. 22, Executive Chef Dan Wecker will lead a class on making stews and soups.

The Furnace Inn is finishing the month by offering a Period Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the 1810 Manor House. Diners should bring their artifacts, stories and curiosity for this unforgettable evening of local history and delicious cuisine.

You must register and pre-pay for all events on Eventbrite or call the restaurant at 410-379-9336.

Always wish you knew more about decorating cakes or cupcakes? Kupcakes & Co. is offering a cupcake decorating class on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1-2:30 p.m. During this class you will get instruction, three designs, six cupcakes to decorate, a goodie bag and a signature cupcake. Call the bakery at 443-552-3033.

Looking for something really different and fun to do on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m? Stop by Cindy’s Skylight Liquors and enjoy a Guinness tasting.

Congratulations are in order for Jeremy Merson and Kaycee Taylor Brown on their recent marriage. The couple exchanged vows on Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Mansion House at the Baltimore Zoo. Jeremy is a technician with Trinity Chimney Services.

The Howard County Beekeeping Association is presenting a six-week beginning beekeeping class in the dining hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The classes will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Students will receive all the information needed to understand the laws and regulations for raising bees in Howard County, as well as, the basics of beekeeping.

The Elkridge Rotary Club will host its 55th Annual Bull and Oyster Roast on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore. Tickets are $60 per person and $550 for a table of 10. The menu includes; pit beef, oysters on the half shell, cherrystone clams, pit turkey, pit ham, fried chicken, Italian sausage, pork barbecue, oyster stew, baked beans, hot dogs, cold salads, vegetables, draft beer, sodas, coffee and tea. Music will be provided by DJ Mark Whipple. There will also be door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. For more information contact Vince Burke 443-844-6455 or George Hacker 410-925-3851.

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