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Friday, Nov. 30
Mt. Gethsemane Holiness Church will hold a dinner starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at 676 Ponds Wood Road, Huntingtown. It will be catered by J&J Catering and will feature $15 crab cakes, $13 pig feet, chicken and fish, and $18 combination meals, plus potato salad, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, green beans and cabbage. For more information or to place an order, call Sister Carolyn Hall at 443-404-7067.
The Town of North Beach will present “Light up the Town” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Onlookers are invited to gather at the pavilion as the town flips the switch to light up its Christmas tree and holiday displays. For more information, go to www.northbeachmd.org.
The College of Southern Maryland Barbershop Concert will start at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center. The men’s barbershop chorus, Southern Mix, will perform holiday and other festive music, and will include guest singers from local schools. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 the day of the concert or $15 for the fall ensemble. For more information, email BxOffc@csmd.edu, call 301-934-7828 or go to www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Saturday, Dec. 1
The Calvert County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 70 Church St. in Prince Frederick. See historic Linden decorated for the season. Have a cup of cheer and a sweet treat. Browse the gift shop for items perfect for holiday gift giving, including books about Calvert by local authors, ornaments, note cards, balsam sachets and a new series of candles.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 25 Church St., Prince Frederick. Contact 800-REDCROSS, or go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code 05311380, to schedule a life-saving donation.
Hovanec Glassworks 2012 Holiday Open House will present Renee at Pu’uloa Petroglyphs Hawaii from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, call 410-326-1647.
Medart Galleries will host a Holiday Open House featuring artist Paul McGehee and students from Cardinal Hickey Academy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10735 Town Center Blvd., Suite 1, Dunkirk Gateway Business Center. There will be live music, refreshments and door prizes. For more information, go to medartgalleries.com.
The Lusby Business Association will present the Lusby Town Center’s third annual Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Lusby Commons shopping center. The community event will include a visit from Santa Claus, who will arrive in grand style courtesy of the Solomons Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Santa, along with local business owners, will kick off the holiday season with an official lighting of the town center tree. Other activities include live music, Christmas caroling, face painting, hot chocolate and pictures with Santa. The event is free. The town tree will be on display until Jan. 1, 2013. For information, go to www.shoplusby.com, or contact Nance Pretto Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Beach JollyFest on 7th will start with a Pat Carpenter Christmas Parade at noon and end with artists and holiday festivities Saturday, Dec. 1. Follow the parade to 7th Street between Bay Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue and enjoy more than 30 local artists and vendors selling art and merchandise, live music, warm wine and cocoa, holiday wreaths and foliage by Greenstreet Nursery, Charles Dickens character actors from the Twin Beach Players strolling and caroling and the Antique Holiday Open House. For more information, contact the town hall or Celia at The Wheel Clothing Store at 410-286-0000.
The final Maker’s Market of 2012 will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center. Find unique gifts for friends, family members, children and colleagues. It will feature handcrafted wood items, fresh produce, baked goods, knitted items, wool dog coats, performance art toys, jewelry and more. Admission is free. Parking is located in the parking lot and adjacent parking field; handicap parking is available through the main gate.
Trinity United Methodist Church will host its 48th annual Winter Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 90 Church St., Prince Frederick. Dinner includes fried oysters, ham, candied sweet potatoes, potato salad, green beans, hot homemade biscuits, dessert and coffee or iced tea. Carryout is available. Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under and free for children 6 and under. For more information, call 410-535-1782, or go to www.trinityumchurch.org.
Olivet United Methodist Church will host its Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 13575 Olivet Road, Lusby. The event will feature photos with Santa, local vendors, a bake sale, hot dogs, soda and chips. For more information, call 410-326-8400.
The Chesapeake Garden Club will host its annual holiday show starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at All Saints Episcopal Church at the intersection of routes 2 and 4 in Sunderland. The event will be held in the church hall and feature the sale of fresh holiday greenery, swags and centerpieces, a silent and live auction, light refreshments and demonstrations on decorating homes, mailboxes and doorways in a holiday motif. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.
Santa will be at the Prince Frederick Masonic Lodge from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 655 Main St. There will be free pictures, goodies and raffles for door prizes. Kids are invited to bring their Christmas lists. Proceeds go toward presents for the Project ECHO Christmas party. For more information, call Mike O’Kelley at 410-535-3472, or go to www.pfmasons142.org.
There will be a wreath-making workshop at 10 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, using plant materials from the Point Farm gardens. Materials include magnolia, boxwood, holly, pines, pine cones and magnolia seed pods. Participants will complete their wreaths with bows and other ornaments included in the price of the workshops. Cost is $25, or $20 for Friends of JPPM. Class size is limited and reservations are required; call 410-586-8501, email email@example.com or go to www.jefpat.org.
The Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church will host a Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings. For more information, call 410-257-3345, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will present Stained Glass Wreaths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Learn the basics of the copper foil technique and create sparkling stained glass wreaths just in time for the holidays. No experience is needed. Finished piece is approximately 12 inches in diameter. Call 410-326-4640 to register; cost is $65 for nonmembers, $60 for members.
The Calvert Animal Welfare League will host a Joyful Paws Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the adoption center, 1040 Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick. Bring family, friends and dogs for a day of fun with food, activities and holiday vendors. There will be raffles, gift baskets, a handmade quilt drawing and photos with Santa. For more information, call 410-535-9300, or email email@example.com.
The Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby will hold a craft fair Saturday, Dec. 1, in the clubhouse. Contact the office at 410-326-3182 to reserve a table. Cost is $15. All proceeds will go to families in need.
There will be an opening reception for Artworks@7th’s featured exhibit “Holiday Show,” from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring all member artists, which runs through Sunday, Dec. 30, at 9100 Bay Ave., North Beach. For more information, go to www.artworksat7th.com.
Jennifer Cooper and Carl Reichelt, the GrooveSpan Duo, will perform from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Back Creek Bistro, 14415 Dowell Road, Solomons. The duo will provide jazz favorites while patrons sip wine, savor fine cuisine and enjoy the waterfront sunset at Calvert Marina.
The College of Southern Maryland will host the 257th Army Band at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center. The National Guard unit returns by popular demand. The concert is free, but reservations are encouraged. Call 301-934-7828, email BxOffc@csmd.edu or go to www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Sunday, Dec. 2
The 13th annual St. Leonard Polling House Holiday Caroling will start at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Join in the spirit of the season with cookies, cocoa and song. Santa will make a special appearance at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Zinn at 410-586-0682.
Mt. Gethsemane Holiness Church will host the 17th Church and Pastoral Anniversary Services on Sunday, Dec. 2, and running through Sunday, Dec. 9, at 676 Ponds Wood Road, Huntingtown. Sunday will feature Bishop Robert Holland of The Love of Jesus Church at 11 a.m. and Bishop Luther Moore of Community Church of Christ at 5 p.m. For a complete list of services throughout the week, call 443-404-7067.
The American Chestnut Land Trust will host an Arboretum Work Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Warrior’s Rest Sanctuary. Join a volunteer crew as they maintain historic trees and trim the evergreens in preparation for the annual greens sale and hayride. Bring work gloves, clippers and a smile. Call 410-414-3400 to register.
The Humane Society of Calvert County will hold a fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Perigeaux Winery in St. Leonard. Figurative artist Greig Leach will be on hand to offer affordable watercolor portraits of visitors’ pets; prices vary according to size. Half of the proceeds will be donated to help maintain the HSCC no-kill shelter. Perigeaux, located at 8650 Mackall Road, will offer Sunday wine tasting activities as well.
Hovanec Glassworks 2012 Holiday Open House will present Renee at Pu’uloa Petroglyphs Hawaii from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. For more information, call 410-326-1647.
The Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Associates will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Station 3, 46900 South Shangri La Dr., in Lexington Park. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 through 12 (kids under 5 are free). Come enjoy an assortment of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, apples, fruit, pancakes (plain, blueberry and chocolate chip), French toast, coffee and juice. There will also be pictures with Santa, a 50/50 raffle and gift raffles. For more information, go to www.bdvfd.org.
Monday, Dec. 3
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will host artLAB Mom’s Club from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 3. Discover little ones’ creative potential in the artLAB. Lightly guided sessions help children make great art, creative costumes and new friends. Sessions are for kids ages 3 to 5. No registration is required. Cost is $7 per parent/child pair and $2 for each additional child.
A Monday Memories Tour of Point Farm will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. All are welcome to enjoy the memories of Calvert County, the Patterson family, JPPM or those who once worked the land that is now JPPM. The public is welcome to share stories or listen to the memories of others. Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. For more information, call 410-586-8501, or go to www.jefpat.org.
There will be a dance performance at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center. Holiday songs, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and compositions from other seasonal events will be featured with choreography focusing on gifts, dolls and other toys. A special focus on memory and the family are also featured in this performance. In keeping with the theme, audience members are asked to bring a toy, which will be donated to the Children’s Aid Society. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 day of concert, or fall ensemble tickets are $15. Email BxOffc@csmd.edu, call 301-934-7828 or go to www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Historic St. Mary’s City will host “The Power of History,” a lecture by Ruth J. Abram, founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan, at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. The free lecture will take place in the Visitor Center auditorium (18751 Hogaboom Lane). For more information, call 240-895-4990 or 800-SMC-1634, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host a three-week holiday card class for girls of all ages, with the first session running from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Additional classes are Dec. 10 and 17. Cost is $5 per class. Sign up to create a few holiday cards and other gift items. Mothers and daughters, or girls of any age who want to get creative, are invited to sign up with Donda at email@example.com, or call 301-645-1837.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host an anger management class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 4 through 18. Students in middle and high school will work together on getting better control of their emotions. They will learn techniques to improve self-image and learn conflict resolution skills and stress relief and relationship techniques. For more information, call 301-645-1837.
The deadline to preregister for Calvert County Parks and Recreation Northern Area’s “Reindeer Round Up” on Dec. 11 and Dinner with Santa on Dec. 12 is Tuesday, Dec. 4. For more information about these events and to preregister, call 410-257-2554.