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Upcoming Events and everything Ellicott City, MD. We post & Twitter any function or event you may have to help your event get a wee bit more additional exposure, a free service offered to the local community. Future events are posted to the Calendar of Events. Last time this page was updated December 2, 2016 5:48 PM

Ellicott Mills Brewery
Ellicott Mills Brewery

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The Vintage Vault & Gallery

30% OFF

Vintage & Antique Jewelry




and so much more!

All at Main St. at Turf Valley Resort 2700 Turf Valley Rd. Ellicott City, MD

Sterling, Victorian, Art Deco Rhinestones & Pearls Amber Tribal & Ethnic No piece from our fabulous collection is excluded!

The sale will run through Christmas and Chanukah, but no two pieces are alike, so shop early!





at Alexandra's Restaurant in the Turf Valley Resort Hotel


Pick up your $5 OFF Marketplace Coupon

at the Hotel Front Desk or Alexandra's




FRIDAYS  11-8*

*Sorry, we are closed on Fridays Dec 2nd & 9th

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Forget-Me-Not Factory

Dept. 56 Village Christmas Magic Event!

The Forget-Me-Not Factory is pleased to present:
Scott Enter and
Stephen Pepin

December 3rd, 2016

Come meet D56 Village designer Scott and get a Department 56 Village piece signed and see a Village landscape demonstration by D56 landscape artist Stephen Pepin!

New store hours: Everyday 10am - 6pm
Three floors of shopping magic!

Can't get enough bubble magic? Check out our website!! Free shipping on orders over $75!

8044 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043  |  Store Hours:  Everyday 10 - 6
1-866-4-GLITSY 1-866-4-GLITSY FREE / 1-866-445-4879 1-866-445-4879 FREE or 410-465-7355 410-465-7355  |

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Ellicott Mills Brewery
Ellicott Mills Brewery


December 2016


Christmas and New Year's Schedule

For 2016, Christmas Day will be observed on Monday, December 26. There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Monday, December 26. All recycling, yard trim & trash collection will slide and be made one day later that week. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be CLOSED on Monday, December 26.

For 2017, New Year's Day will be observed on Monday, January 2. There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Monday, January 2. All recycling, yard trim & trash collection will slide and be made one day later that week. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be CLOSED on Monday, January 2.
For a handy chart of curbside collections, visit our Holiday Slide Schedule site.

What's Going Down Your Drain?

Wow! We had a great response to our garbage disposal survey. Here's what we learned...

93% surveyed have a garbage disposal and 3/4 use it daily or at least 2-3 times per week, primarily for plate scrapings at the end of a meal. 

Why did we ask? What does this mean? 

Food that is sent down the drain is very costly to process (removing excess nutrients) at the wastewater treatment facility. Also, the oils and grease from your food builds up and may cause blockages in your home! 

There's a better way to handle those food scraps - through composting! We encourage folks to sign up and participate in our curbside Feed The Green Bin food scrap program. It's a user-friendly program, but there are still many residents who can participate, but haven't signed up yet. We're wondering why. Check out our how-to videos to see how EASY IT IS!

We've made Feeding The Green Bin even easier! Residents in the collection areas can now set out all of their food scraps for collection; including meat, fat and dairy

Help us grow our program! Visit to sign-up.

Not in the collection area? You can still participate by dropping off food scraps at The Alpha Ridge Landfill or by composting in your backyard.

Household Hazardous Waste Days 

HHW drop-off at the Alpha Ridge Landfill is closed for 2016. Good news! There will be special drop-off days on Saturday, January 7, February 4 and March 4More details here.

Why Recycle? 

Last month's Howard County stats motivated many families to do a little bit more! Remember, even one extra item in your recycling cart is great! 

This month we challenged the Recycling Division staff. Why Recycle? (in 25 words or less)

  • It's an easy choice to give that valuable resource the chance to live on and be made into something new.
  • To provide feedstocks for new products, reducing the need to harvest virgin resources.

To create jobs. To create awareness of consumption choices.

  • To invest in the health of the environment. Sorting our waste gives us a clear picture of how much we consume and how we can minimize our carbon footprint.
  • To reduce waste and contribute to our economy. Recycling is a cause that benefits everybody rather than a small group. 
  • Everything has value & waste is dumb. Environment. Jobs. No one wants to live next to a landfill or incinerator. 

Bureau of Environmental Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514
Columbia, MD 21046

Wilde Lake Community Association

Ash Tree Removal to Begin 

Due to emerald ash borer infestation, Howard County's Department of Public Works will be removing ash trees along various county-owned roadways throughout Clarksville, Columbia, Ellicott City, Glenelg and Jessup beginning late fall/early winter. Weather permitting, the trees (stumps and all) will be removed by the end of winter, and have all the trees replaced, where appropriate, by next spring or fall. The county will be not removing any trees located on private property.
The roadways included in this round of tree removal are: (Wilde Lake streets highlighted in yellow)
Golden Harvest Court, Lilac Bush Lane, Meadow Wood Way, Morning Dew Court

Audubon Drive, Barley Corn Row, Bluecoat Lane, Cedar Lane, Dark Hawk Circle, Darting Bird Lane, Distant Rock Path, Dovecote Drive, Dry Barley Lane, Dry Stone Gate, Eden Brook Drive, Etta Court, Fire Cloud Court, Foreland Garth, Freetown Road, Frostwork Row, Herding Row, High Hay Drive,Kindler Road, Longlook Lane, Loventree Road, Little Patuxent Parkway, Millbank Row, Millet Seed Hill, Moonfall Way, Old Columbia Road, Parallel Lane, Quarterstaff Road, Roan Stallion Lane, Saddle Drive, Sea Light Lane,Sea Water Path, Second Time Lane, Seneca Farm Road, Shaker Drive, Short Wheel Way, Single Wheel Path, Sleep Soft Circle, Stevens Forest Road, Stray Camel Way, Summer Cloud Way, Swansfield Road, Tamar Drive, Tree Top Circle, Twin Rivers Road, Vollmerhausen Drive, Windstream Drive, Young Buck Circle

Ellicott City
Bright Rocket Way, Columbia Road, Michaels Way, Northbrook Court, Paul Mill Road

Ash trees are the most common type of landscaping tree used in the United States. The emerald ash borer is a serious, exotic, invasive insect that feeds on and can cause significant damage to ash trees, including death, particularly in one to three years after infestation. The insect is not harmful to humans.
Signs of the emerald ash borer infestation include death of twigs and branches at the treetops, discolored leaves, water sprouts and D-shaped holes in the bark where the larvae emerge. Residents who spot signs of infestation on their ash trees are asked to contact Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) at 410-841-5920. For more information on the emerald ash borer, visit MDA’s website at
For questions or concerns about the ash tree removal, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or email

Working Together on a Path to rECovery

Both meetings will be held at the 
Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043 


Driving Directions
While you're in the neighborhood, take the opportunity to patronize the businesses on Main St. before the meeting on Dec. 1st to get your holiday shopping done early or to have lunch after the meeting on Dec. 10th.
Contact: Karitsa Norman

Stay in touch with us online: 

An interpreter will be available if requested seven working days prior to the meeting. Please call the Department of Community Resources and Services at 410-313-6400 (voice) or use Relay at 7-1-1, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are transitioning to a new phase of the recovery and rebuilding process so please click the link below if you would like to be included in future emails during the development of the Master Plan for Ellicott City. 

Join Our Mailing List!

We need your help to rebuild Ellicott City! 
Join us December 1 and/or December 10th to share your views.

Howard County has two upcoming community meetings planned for residents and stakeholders from the greater Ellicott City area. The purpose of these meetings is to begin to form a planning vision for the entire Ellicott City watershed area with a focus on rebuilding together, stronger and more resilient.
Registration is now open (see link below) for the two final visioning meetings, each with a specific theme, community dialogue, and a presentation by a representative of nearby cities that have experienced floods so we can learn from their successful rebuilding efforts. At both of the meetings, there will be an opportunity to share your ideas for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient Ellicott City.
Register Now for One or Both!
I can't make it

Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm
Rebuilding & Economic Development: 
Presentation by the City of Frederick

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 am
Rebuilding & Historic Preservation   
Presentation by the City of Annapolis



Make your Holidays Memorable by Supporting Historic Ellicott City this Holiday Season!

Holidayfest is a Celebration of the reemergence of local business to to the Historic District of Ellicott City. Help us to spread the word and join in support to shop local with us this Holiday Season! 

Under The Big Tops
on Tonge Row

Start your Holiday season Saturdays in town under the Big Tops on the Courtyards of Tonge Row as host businesses the Little French Market Cafe, River House Pizza Co and ScoopAHHdeedoo sponsor a continuing series of displaced Ellicott City businesses and other participating small business vendors in this open-air
Food, Farmer & Flea Market-style Event!

Saturdays through November & December

Special Guests Shoemaker Country, Southwest Connection, Hi Ho Silver Company and Mat About You join us for this first-in series event.  Additional first-in-series vendors include She's Gone Nuts, Maryland Cheesecake, Rustique Sourdough Creations and White House Dough-Nuts


Make your way Uptown for Champagne and Chocolates at the Wine Bin featuring an all-new Sweet Cascades Chocolates counter but don't forget to visit all of the opened or opening businesses along the way including Matcha Time Cafe, LaPalapa, Classic Interiors, SuCasa, Tersiquel's French Country Restaurant, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Sunflower Trading Company, Main Street Oriental Rugs and the new and expanding Marketplace featuring the A La Mode Boutique and Wind River Clothing & Gifts


Grab a few gifts and gift certificates Midtown at A Journey From Junk, Salon Marielle, Pure Wine Cafe, Ooh La Lal Salon, Clay Ground, Salon Envy, Oriental Art Gallery, Pam Long Photography, Syriana, Reyes Jewelry Exchange and Taylors Collaborative


Continue on Downtown to visit new and reemerging businesses including the HorseSpirits Art Gallery, Park Ridge Trading Company and the Antique Depot.  Keep your fingers crossed for the Forget-me-Not Factory fairies to get the doors open and also to see a sighting of wings rising over the Phoenix!

Coming Soon

Through the dust clouds you will see glimmers of many new and several of your favorite businesses working feverishly to come back soon including Sweet Elizabeth Jane, Discoveries, Great Panes, Tea on the Tiber, Bean Hollow and More so keep coming back!!

Click Here for Full List of Open Businesses


If you lived and worked here, you would LOVE it!

Residential and commercial real estate opportunities are available!







Live Christmas Jazz
Dec 2-4th from 7-9:30pm

Kogiyaki, Ellicott City! 9469 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042 | 410-680-8034 | instagram@kogiyaki |

Open Hour: MON: CLOSED | TUES-THURS: 10:30AM-12AM | FRU-SAT: 10:30AM-1AM | SUN: 10:30AM-12AM

Symphony of Lights Drive Through
November 30, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. Called “must see” and chosen as a Baltimore Sun “Swift Pick,” this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. During the past 21 years, nearly 2 million individuals have visited the lights, and proceeds from the event have raised more than $7.5 million to benefit Howard County General Hospital, the only hospital in Howard County.

Symphony of Lights logo

New in 2016

Visitors will enjoy exciting new Symphony of Lights elements including:

Hidden Word Contest

This Year's Festivities
Drive Through the Light Displays
November 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Wednesdays through Sundays only

Experience the display of light creations, illuminated by a fantasy of color, design and animation. In 2016, drive through visitors will enjoy a new laser light show and 3-D holiday video!

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink at The Symphony of Lights
November 20, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Experience Howard County’s only outdoor ice skating rink. The perfect holiday activity for families and groups!

Dazzle Dash Fun Run/Walk and 5K
November 20
A festive community event to celebrate the opening of the Symphony of Lights. Friends and families gather to walk or run through the magical outdoor display of lights. Experience the excitement as the holiday season begins and enjoy games and activities for children of all ages, refreshments, music, entertainment and giveaways.

Tail Lights Photo

Bike the Lights
November 29
Experience the Symphony of Lights on two wheels! Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are welcome. Family and friends may walk with the bicyclists.

Military Appreciation Nights
December 1 and December 8
Bring your valid military ID and receive $10 off the cost of the drive through admission.

Twinkling Tots
December 6
Families can celebrate the season with a leisurely walk through the dazzling light displays. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome.

Tail Lights
December 13
Treat yourself and your dog to a walk through the Symphony of Lights course.- Participate in our “Best Dressed Pet Contest” and make this dog-friendly walk your new holiday tradition!

Group Walk Through the Lights
November 28 and December 20
Perfect for youth groups, scout groups, school groups and more! Experience the Symphony of Lights in a group setting by taking a stroll through the lights displays. Limited dates and availability. Groups must pre-register online.

Midnight At 7
December 31
Back by popular demand! See Howard County dazzle with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Kids can’t stay up until Midnight? No problem—fireworks begin at 7 p.m. (weather permitting). Celebrate with your family and friends as you walk through the animated light displays and enjoy family-friendly entertainment as 2016 comes to a close.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering for a Symphony of Lights event, please sign-up here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of the Symphony of Lights offers your business direct exposure to more than 150,000 attendees. Additionally, because all proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital, sponsoring the Symphony of Lights demonstrates your commitment to community and philanthropy.

Interested in sponsoring?Please contact Emily Shreve at 410-720-8706 or

Questions? Call the Symphony of Lights hotline at 410-740-7666.

All proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Symphony of Lights
| View Main Gallery |

Bit of a rainy day which made the lights shimmer off the ground making for a spectacular viewing. If you would like to visit the 2008 Symphony of Lights please click on the following link to find out more. Please enjoy the gallery.

Midnight Madness Ellicott City
December 2, 2016 @ 6:00 pm Howard County Welcome Center

Howard County Welcome Center 8267 Main St Ellicott City, MD 21043

|  Event website  | Email |

Bring the family into town for Old Ellicott City’s 38th annual Midnight Madness celebration! Visit with Santa and sip hot treats while strolling our picturesque historic district. Find that unique gift for your special someone as all of our shops will be open late and our restaurants will be serving festive selections late into the evening! Tree lighting ceremony at 6pm.

Strolling carolers, period actors and more make this an evening not to miss! A free shuttle bus from the Howard County Courthouse parking lots will be available 6pm – 2am.

2016 Jingle Bell Run Ellicott City
December 3, 2016 @ 9:00 am – December 4, 2016 @ 12:00 am Centennial Park Maryland

JOIN Team WRJ Baltimore TODAY!

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. In communities nationwide, this annual event brings together people from all walks of life to shout “Yes, we will live life to its fullest while searching for a cure!” As a Champion of Yes, kick off your holidays by helping conquer arthritis once and for all!

Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit … and be a Champion of Yes!

Registration: 7:30AM
Opening Ceremony:8:30AM
Children’s Fun Run: 8:45AM
Warm Up Stretch: 8:50AM
Official Run/Walk: 9:00AM
Awards & Closing Ceremony: 10:00AM

Adult Early Bird Registration Fee: $25.00
$10 Fee increase on Sept 3

Adult General Registration: $35.00
$5 fee increase Nov 19

Adult Late Registration: $40.00
Registration closes Dec 3

Child Registration: $20.00
Child Registration – 17 & under

Kids Fun Run (not chip timed): $15.00
The Kids Fun Run is intended for children 6 years of age and under. It is an untimed run, and the course is approximately 1/8 of a mile. Registration fee includes a t-shirt and a prize at the end of the run for all participants. The Kids Fun Run will start at 8:45 AM.

Jingle In Your Jammies: $35.00
I AM NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE JINGLE BELL RUN… AND I WANT TO FUNDRAISE FROM HOME, IN MY JAMMIES!*All Jingle in Your Jammies participants will have their t-shirts mailed.

Monday, December 12th from 6pm-7:30pm

HopeWorks Office 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310 Columbia, Maryland 21045

Join us on Monday, December 12th from 6pm-7:30pm at the HopeWorks Office for an evening workshop with the OneLove Foundation. “Escalation” is a 40 minute film on dating violence in college, followed by a powerful discussion. Parents of young adults, we hope to see you there!

Christmas for Kids
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Christ Lutheran Church Clarksville Pike/Rte. 108

Busy parents are invited to bring their children to the 2016 Christmas for Kids at Christ Lutheran Church (on Clarksville Pike/Rte. 108, just south of Guilford Road near Route 32) from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, on Saturday, December 17.  Christmas for Kids is offered free to the community by Christ Lutheran Church, and the children of the area, no matter their background or affiliation, are invited to attend. At the same time, parents will be given a few extra hours on a weekend to take care of their holiday preparations — or simply catch their breath!

Hear the News the Angels Bring!, this year’s program, focuses on the “good news of great joy … for all people” (Luke 2:10) that is the Christmas message so that children understand the importance of the holiday and what it all means. At a time when children tend to look forward to getting toys and games, this year’s program will help children look forward to Jesus’ coming to give them what is most important. The event will include the Christmas story, music, special crafts, and a snack — and fun! The day's activities are for children age 4 through 8th grade.

Due to space limitations, pre-registration is requested. To register a child, please visit the church web site — — or call Audrey at (410) 730-5209 (Christmas for Kids registration only). Interested parents may also call the church office at (301) 854-2100 or email for more information.

Historic Ellicott City Rises!  Join Celebrations at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery!


Dear Friends, Historic Ellicott City continues to Rise like the Phoenix after the 30 July 2016 Flood!  More than 35 Shops and 7 Restaurants are now open for business - with many more on the horizon!  Ellicott City is hosting the following Holiday Events & I invite you to join HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in celebrating them! 
Black Friday:  

  • Friday 25 November, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Relaxed day to Shop Locally on Main Street
  • HorseSpirit Arts Gallery:  Coffee & cupcakes served.  

 Small Business Saturday & Reopening Ceremony for Historic Ellicott City:

  • Saturday, 26 November, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Reopening Ceremony – 10:00 am
  • UPBEAT Day to Shop Locally!
  • HorseSpirit Arts Gallery:
    • Raffles for $50 Gift Certificate!
    • Festive cakes, cookies, candy & beverages served!  
    • Possible Elf sighting!
  • Shuttle bus service available until 8:00 pm 

Midnight Madness: 

  • Friday, 2 December, 6:00 pm – Midnight
  • High-Energy, Fun-Filled Evening to Shop for all your Holiday Gifts!
  • Street Carolers and Santa!
  • HorseSpirit Arts Gallery:
    • Open for business:  11:00 am - Midnight
    • Raffles for $50 Gift Certificate!
    • Festive food & beverages served with Holiday Spirit & Reindeer Antlers
  • Shuttle bus service available 6:00 pm to 2:00 am 

I really hope you will join us. Ellicott City’s rising has been possible through your generosity and continued patronage – which I appreciate beyond measure.  Please remember that there is no parking on Main Street right now.  During Small Business Saturday & Midnight Madness, shuttle bus service is provided.  You are also welcome to drop off your friends/loved ones at the Gallery’s door and then park in one of the many lots off Main Street.  And remember to walk all way to the end of Main Street - as shops are open there too!

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery Holiday Hours:
Monday, 21 November, 2016 – Sunday, 8 January, 2017

  • Monday  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday  CLOSED
  • Wednesday  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday  11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday  11:00 am – 8:00 pm or later
  • Saturday  11:00 am – 8:00 pm or later
  • Sunday  11:00 am – 6:00 pm

In closing:  It is wonderful to be back in business!  Thank you so much for your continued generosity and support.   I feel honored to be part of this AMAZING community.  Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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