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For those looking to purchase presents that are a little different this holiday season, Calvert Marine Museum recommends the public check out its store.

The store’s manager and buyer, Maureen Baughman, said the store, which has been open for almost 40 years, has a strong focus on “Made in America” and products that pay tribute to the Chesapeake Bay.

She said the store is often known for its large selection of books, several of which focus on the War of 1812.

“That’s been a really popular topic with the anniversary coming up,” Baughman said.

She said the store contains a large selection of jewelry, including a new line featuring “branches and birds nests” made out of sterling silver and semi-precious stones.

“You look at them and you just swoon,” Baughman said.

She said there is also a large selection of children’s toys, including puppets of Chesapeake Bay animals, kids’ books and activities.

An item she said that has been “flying out the door” is the museum’s turquoise dishes. Baughman explained that while the dishes look like they are made out of sea glass, they are actually made out of recycled alabaster glass.

Other household items the store contains include pillows, rugs and towels, she said.

Baughman said CMM members always receive 10 percent off their purchases and will receive 20 percent off during the Solomons Christmas Walk, which will be Dec. 7 and 8.

The store is open daily from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and will have extended hours during the Solomons Christmas Walk from 6 to 9 p.m.

Northern High FBLA hosts animal adoption events

The Northern High School Future Business Leaders of America organization is holding two animal adoption events. The first will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.15, at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville. The event will feature refreshments and activities for children and adults.

The second event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. the next day on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Lucky Duck Pet Stuff in Chesapeake Beach. This event will feature photos with Santa Claus, promotional events for the store and refreshments.

Book donations needed for Angel Tree

Donations of unwrapped new or gently used books are being accepted for the United Way of Calvert County’s Angel Tree Book Drive. According to a press release from the organization, its aim is to collect more than 600 books for children, ranging in age from birth to 16, with the support of Department of Social Services, St. Nicholas Lutheran Church and many local agencies and businesses.

Donations will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 6, at locations throughout Calvert County, including: all Calvert Library branches, Calvert County senior and community centers, all Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative locations, the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert County Courthouse and Community Resources Building, St. Paul United Methodist Preschool, Prime Time Children’s Center, Grover Place Children’s Center, Mt. Hope Community Center, Department of Social Services, The Calverton School and the United Way House in Prince Frederick. For more information, call 401-286-0100 or email

Gift-wrapping volunteers wanted

Volunteers are needed for the organization My Sister’s Keeper’s gift wrapping fundraiser at St. Charles Town Center in Waldorf. According to an email from the nonprofit, “gifts are wrapped for a modest donation to the organization.”

The email said gift wrapping dates are Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 23 and 24. For more information, contact Marcia Hart at 240-346-8532 or email