Cinco de Mayo events around Howard County

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Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year, giving us all a nice cushion in which to celebrate. The Howard County area has plenty of bars and restaurants holding events if you’re looking for places to go.

La Palapa & La Palapa Too

Both restaurants are holding events on Friday, May 4 and May 5, 2018 for Cinco de Mayo. La Palapa in Ellicott City will be celebrating all day with tents in the parking lot, DJs, live music, food and giveaways starting at 10 a.m.. Visit the Facebook page for details. La Palapa Too in Laurel is also celebrating on a smaller scale beginning at 11 a.m.. Both locations are starting early on Friday May 4 with $3 Dos XX Special Lager, Tecate cans and $5 La Palapa Margaritas.

Looney’s Pub Maple Lawn

Starcrush is headlining on Cinco de Mayo along with $4 Corona Light drafts and $5 Sauza Margaritas.

Facci Ristorante

The Laurel location  is offering up food specials and 5 different 5$ margaritas all day!

Cinco de Mayo

Yes, in case you didn’t know, there is a restaurant chain in Maryland called “Cinco de Mayo“. There are currently three locations; Columbia, Westminster and Martinsburg. Beginning at 10 a.m. on May 5, the Columbia location will be serving up Margaritas and giving away t-shirts and other freebies throughout the day.

Tax Day deals and freebies for 2018 around Maryland

Chuck E. Cheese’s delicious thin + crispy pizza. (PRNewsfoto/CEC Entertainment, Inc.)

The day is finally here, Tax Day. Whether you got a refund or had to pay, local businesses want to help you put this day rear view with these freebies and deals.

Planet Fitness

From Apr. 14-21, 2018, Planet Fitness is offering a free Hydromassage at any one of its 1500 locations. All you need to do is visit the website and a print out a coupon.

Chuck E. Cheese

 Kids get a freebie this year from Chuck E. Cheese. The arcade chain is offering a free large cheese pizza for every for every large pizza purchased between Apr. 17 and 19.


Enjoy a short stack for just $1, Tues. Apr. 17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Must be a Pancake Revolution member, sign up at Sign up and you’ll get a free short stack upon joining, a free stack for your anniversary and birthday, along with other offers throughout the year.

P.F. Chang’s

Too exhausted to go out after finishing up those taxes? Get 15% off takeout on Apr. 16 and 17 with promo code TAXDAY. Visit to order.

California Tortilla

Get free chips and queso with your meal on Apr. 17 by saying the phrase “chipping in” when you place your order.

BJ’s Restaurants

The day after Tax Day is free Pizookie Day! Head over to BJ’s on Wednesday, Apr. 18 to claim your freebie with a $9.95 purchase, dine in only.

Boston Market

Boston Market is offering a special deal on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018. For just “$10.40” you’ll get a half chicken individual meal with two sides , cornbread and a drink.

Sonic Drive In

All day on tax day get half price cheeseburgers at all locations. There is a limit of 5 per person.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Potbelly is using tax day to boost its reward program. The first 75,000 people to join the rewards program will get a free sandwich and current members will get a buy one get one added to their account. Must use the Potbelly app to redeem.

Howard County Recreations & Park offering discount theme park tickets

Update for 2019: Howard County will be participating again this year. I spoke with the county and they haven’t got the link up yet.

Save up to 50% per ticket!

Thinking of visiting a theme park or two this summer? Howard County has a ticket program that can save you big bucks at the gate. Now through the end of summer, visit five sites (see above) within Howard County to purchase discounted tickets for selected theme parks in Maryland and Virginia. You must appear in person to buy tickets – no online purchases available. Visit Hoco Parks & Recreation for more information.

Century 21 New Millennium Open House Spring 2018

Good news!  The snowstorm isn’t going to hit Maryland this weekend! That means you’ll have plenty of time to check out Century 21 New Millennium’s Open House weekend. To see a list of the open houses click here. If you would like a custom list tailored to neighborhoods, contact me at (702) 340-8000 or fill out the form below and I’ll be happy to send you one!

Four ways to get ready for an Open House

Putting your home on the market can be both exhilarating and terrifying. How long will it take to sell? Will I get the price I want? Before you can put a sign in the front yard, there are some things you should take care of first. A little cleaning and light remodeling will insure a quicker sale and a smooth transaction.

Clean and de-clutter

Buyers should be focused on your home’s features and architecture, not toys on the floor and kitchen clutter. Go through the house and remove excessive family pictures and knick-knacks, clear kitchen and bathroom counters and find temporary homes for big items like treadmills. Don’t cheat by putting everything in the closets! Closet space is one of the top features buyers look for so make sure they are all nice and tidy.

Add A Fresh Coat of Paint

Homebuyers like to walk through a home and reflect on what it would be like to live there. The bold paint colors you love may not appeal to everyone and can distract the buyer. A fresh paint job with bright, neutral colors will make rooms look bigger and give your home that “new” home smell.

Freshen Up Floors

Flooring is one of the most important components of your home. Be sure to get those carpets cleaned, polish wood floors and do a little deep cleaning on grout in the kitchen and baths. If your flooring is too old to be salvaged, consider installing something new. A buyer will consider how much they have to spend on new flooring when writing up an offer.

Call in the Handyman (or Woman)

Leaky faucets, missing roof shingles and broken doors are all things that will be discovered in a home inspection. Pet doors installed in fire rated garage doors and non-permitted room additions will also have to go. Better to get these items fixed now before they become a problem when you’re under contract. If you these fixes look to large for you to tackle, call in a professional. The money you spend now could lead to a higher sales price and less hassle during the sale.