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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Columbia Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Musical and Model Trains A Christmas Carol Lego Sale The Nutcracker Ballet Breakfast with Santa Christmas Variety Show Salute to Santa & The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Dept Sunday Santa Brunch Holiday Festival of Trains Santa Secret Gift Shop
While the two holidays fall in close proximity to each other and are celebrated in popular culture together, Hanukkah does not hold the religious significance for Jews that Christmas holds for Christians.
Each year, Hanukkah falls in close proximity or during Christmas according to the Hebrew calendar. Because of that, the two are celebrated side by side under the “Happy Holidays” moniker. But in terms of religious significance, Hanukkah doesn’t rank as high for Jews as Christmas ranks for Christians. “It’s hard to not make a big deal of out Hanukkah living in America, and I’m not sure it’s a bad thing,” said Rabbi Rhoda Silverman of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown. “That’s not a problem for me as long as we don’t forget about everything else that makes us Jewish.” Jonathan Schwartz, senior aide to Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and a member of Temple Emanuel, sees Hanukkah as having two roles in the lives of American Jews…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services wants you to see the difference between a dried-out tree and one that's been well-kept.
When it comes to Christmas trees, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services has some tips to help you stay safe On its Facebook page, HCDFRS lists these tips to reduce the chance of a tree going up in flames: Howard County's Merry Mulch recycling program has, since 1993, helped residents recycle trees for free. The trees are delivered to a compost facility where they are recycled into compost and mulch. Check back with Patch in a few weeks for updated information on Merry Mulch. And remember—water your tree. Watch the video—courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories—to see what a difference it can make. For more local news, sign up for the Ellicott City Patch newsletter . Keep the …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Historic District's transformation into a winter wonderland is underway.
Someone once said that the holiday shopping season in Ellicott City's Historic District is “unsurpassed.” The window decorating contest may be one of the reasons why. The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation is again sponsoring the holiday contest, in which storefronts are transformed into winter wonderlands. Windows must be completed by Midnight Madness, Fri., Dec. 7. There will be prizes in two categories: The Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice. And voters will have an opportunity to win, too. Judges are Victoria Goodman from Howard County Tourism & Promotion; Jackie Panowicz from Custom Media Options; Joan Waclawski from The Business Monthly; and a member of the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's board, according to Ed Lilley…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Places to shop and things to do during the holidays in Columbia.
Whether you live in Columbia or are visiting to do your holiday shopping, most people in the area know Columbia is a hub for major outlets. The mall is home to Sears, Lord and Taylor Nordstrom, the Apple Store and over 100 other stores. Shopping centers near Snowden River Parkway include a Home Depot, Wegmans, BJs Wholesale, Walmart and other major retailers. But the holiday season in Columbia is also filled with great events like Symphony of Lights and the Nutcracker on ice. Find out what's going on in Columbia for the holidays and for other shopping options, check out the Ellicott City Holiday Shopping Guide. Places to shop: Mall in Columbia – The mall is home to more than 100 stores. During the holidays the mall offers a festive …