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Wednesday, Dec. 5

The local chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association invites all alumni, friends and fans of Navy football with base access to join them for its annual Eggs and Legs Breakfast on Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the River's Edge Club at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, a tradition prior to the annual Army-Navy gridiron contest. Cost is $15 for adults and half price for children 10 and younger. RSVP by Dec. 5 by visiting www.navyalumni.org; by email to elliot.riley@navy.mil or arnold.luminarias@navy.mil. Guests may prepay by credit/debit card online, via PayPal, through the Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association webpage link. Only cash payments will be accepted at the door.

A Toys for Tots Walk will be held Dec. 5 at noon at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

A talk about The Lost Towns Project will be hosted by the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission, St. Mary’s County Historical Society, St. Mary’s County Library and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Anthropology Club on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the government complex, Chesapeake Building, in the county commissioners meeting room in Leonardtown. Al Luckenbach, lead archaeologist, will give an illustrated presentation on the Pig Point site in Anne Arundel County. For more, call Grace Mary Brady at 301-475-4200, ext. 1549.

An open house will be held by the Capital Design Advisory Committee of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City on Dec. 5 at the college in Glendening Annex, Room 191, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. A public meeting will follow beginning at 7 p.m. in Cole Cinema of the college’s Campus Center. Open house displays will include the final design of the Maryland Route 5 safety and traffic calming project, updated information about the Anne Arundel Hall and Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center projects, the replacement of the storage barn at Historic St. Mary’s City, improvements to the Chancellor’s Point Center at Historic St. Mary’s City and the construction of an oyster reef at Horseshoe Bend in the St. Mary’s River. Further discussion of these projects will be held at the public meeting later that evening. Feedback from the community will be welcomed.

The Southern Maryland Audubon Society will hold a holiday round robin social Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall library. There will be holiday goodies and a chance to shop for gifts for feathered friends. Participants can also purchase gift adoptions of osprey, barn owl or kestrel with the society’s Adopt-a-Raptor program.

The cast and crew from The Newtowne Players production of “A Christmas Story” will participate in children's evening story time at the Lexington Park library on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., where they’ll teach and play street games from the 1940s. For more information, visit www.stmalib.org/kids/kids-program.

Christmas trees are for sale at the Center for Life Enrichment, located on Route 235 in Hollywood. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Freshly cut Douglas fir, Fraser fir and white pines of all sizes are available. Craft and bake sales will be held on the weekends during the sale. The sale will help support individuals with disabilities. For information, call 301-373-8100.

The Leonardtown Lions Club meets the first Wednesday of each month except September and December at The Olde Breton Inn, 21890 Society Hill Road. The general meeting begins at 7 p.m. For more, call George Kirby at 240-577-0029 or Carl Raley at 301-475-2037.

A free cancer support group is offered by the American Cancer Society and St. Mary’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom. Call 301-475-6070 to register.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 327 Leonardtown, meets Wednesdays in the Garvey senior center in Leonardtown. Weigh-in starts at 6:15 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Fran at 301-994-0529 or Tammy at 301-373-5855.

The Double Trouble co-occurring support group, a 12-step program for people dealing with two diagnoses, often addiction and mental illness, meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at On Our Own of St. Mary’s in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.

Bible study is held 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 21030 Point Lookout Road, Unit 1, in Callaway. Call 301-475-5025.

The Great Mills Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For location or more information, call Carol Coombs at 301-862-1339.

The Ridge Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Wednesdays at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge. Weigh-in is from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047.

A beginner Irish set dance class is held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 301-475-3542 or email cdpclark@tqci.net.

SMARTCO, Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium, meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the SMARTCO office in the Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Volunteers who work 50 hours receive a free personal computer. Call 301-737-0394 or visit www.smartco.org.

A club for breastfeeding moms is held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Health Connections in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-6505.

Al-Anon meets Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Beacon of Hope in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Callaway Baptist Church in Callaway.

A women-only Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church on Great Mills Road.

A women’s step study Alcoholics Anonymous group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.

Thursday, Dec. 6

The Watoto Children’s Choir, made up of African children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war poverty and disease, will perform at St. Mary's Ryken in Leonardtown Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Romuald Hall Theater on the school’s lower campus. This performance, sponsored by SMR and the Knights of Columbus, is free and open to the public. While there is no charge to attend the performance, donations are welcome. See www.watoto.com.

A responsible personnel certification for erosion and sediment control “Green Card” class will be offered Dec. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Agricultural Service Center Conference Room, Suite C 26737, Radio Station Way, in Leonardtown. Cost is $35 per person, payable to St. Mary’s SCD and mailed or delivered to St. Mary’s SCD, 26737 Radio Station Way, Suite B, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Registration deadline is Dec. 6. See www.stmarysscd.com. For questions or to register, contact Haley Carter at 301-475-8402, ext. 3, or Haley.Carter@stmarysscd.com.

A free marketing workshop for Southern Maryland's farm-raised meats producers (all species, including poultry) will be held Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m at the SMECO auditorium in Hughesville. The workshop will cover the key elements for successful meat marketing; understanding and navigating regulations, marketing and packaging tips; finding customers and more. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission in partnership with University of Maryland Extension. Register by Dec. 6 by email to Susan McQuilkin at smcquilkin@smadc.com or call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

The Newtowne Players will perform “A Christmas Story” by Philip Grecian on Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park. Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and $12 for students, senior citizens (65 and older) and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase. The theater is also asking for donations for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign. Each toy should be unopened and unwrapped. Bins will be provided in the lobby during the run of “A Christmas Story.” Reservations are recommended by calling 301-737-5447 or visiting www.newtowneplayers.org.

An informal public meeting to receive public input on guidelines for permitting aquaculture in the St. Mary’s River oyster sanctuary will be held by state government staff on Dec. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 22211 Three Notch Road, in Lexington Park. See www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/draftregulations.asp. Area residents are invited to attend this meeting and voice their opinion. Those who cannot attend may write to DNR by the deadline for input, which is 4 p.m. on Dec. 12. You are invited to copy emailed input to St. Mary’s River Watershed Association at info@stmarysriver.org.

The Shawl Ministry of St. Mary’s meets the first Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Leonardtown library meeting room. The ministry creates handmade shawls and lap blankets for hospice patients and those undergoing treatment at the St. Mary’s Hospital CCIS. New members are welcome. Call Marianna Nystrom at 240-298-1887.

A zumba fitness class will be sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Mechanicsville fire department social hall. Classes are $6 per class or you can purchase punch cards (six classes for $30). A portion of the proceeds goes to the ladies auxiliary. For more information, email MeghanneT@yahoo.com or theredding6@gmail.com.

The Southern Maryland Sound Tri-County Barbershop Chorus rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland in Building B, Room 214. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-373-2781.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall in Mechanicsville. People who have had weight-loss surgery are also welcome. Weigh-in is from 5:45 to 6:25 p.m., followed by a meeting from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Call Barbara Alton at 301-884-6185.

The Wildewood Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Wildewood Community Center, No. 1. Call Mary Clark at 301-373-5832.

The Leonardtown Rotary Club meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the dining room at St. Mary’s Hospital. Visit www.leonardtownrotary.org.

A free bowl of homemade soup to warm the body and a scripture of the week bookmark to feed the soul is given Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Charlotte Hall. All are welcome. For more information visit www.mtcalvaryumc.com or call 301-884-7320.

Al-anon meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Andrew’s Church in California.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at King/Queen Hall in Chaptico.

Narcotics Anonymous meets 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.

Friday, Dec. 7

A First Friday holiday reception for the artists of the North End Gallery as they present their 26th Annual Holiday Show will be held Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs from Nov. 20 until Dec. 30. The gallery will be open daily for this holiday season. The North End Gallery is located at 41652 Fenwick St. in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-3130 and at www.northendgallery.org.

Field trips to look for owls will be held Dec. 7 and 14 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Myrtle Point Park. The leader will be Bob Boxwell (410-610-5124, bobboxwell@hotmail.com). Participants will meet in front of the park gates and attempt to attract owls by having them respond to recorded calls. This event is weather dependent. Rain or high winds will result in cancellation. Please dress for the weather, but avoid “noisy” clothing (please, no snowsuits).

Contributors to the Fall 2012 issue of the Connections literary magazine will read from and discuss their works as part of CSM’s Connections Literary Series on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Center for Business and Industry, Dr. John Sine Room BI-103. Free. Call 240-725-5499 or see www.csmd.edu/connections.

The Port of Leonardtown Winery will mark Leonardtown Holiday First Friday on Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be live music from Jennifer Cooper and Carl Reichelt from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity to shop for special gifts, including photography from Dean Souleles and other local artists. Admission is free; fee for wine tasting.

Garden In Lights, an outdoor light show, will be held at Annmarie Garden from Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., on scheduled nights (weather permitting). The Arts Building will have entertainment, exhibits, the annual ornament show and sale, sweet treats, hot chocolate and coffee, shopping opportunities and more. Admission to Garden In Lights is free for Annmarie Garden members and children (4 and younger); $6 per person otherwise. Garden In Lights is closed the evenings of Dec. 10, 11 and 12. For more, visit www.annmariegarden.org or call 410-326-4640.

The Leonardtown Arts Center located at 22660 Washington St., second floor, announces OFF THE WALL: An Art Market in LeonARTown on First Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature handmade art objects, prints, paintings, photographs, bags, jewelry, recycled ornaments and more.

The Solomons Christmas Walk will be held Dec. 7 and 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Solomons. There will be live entertainment, crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa and the otter both nights. No charge.

Boat captains and crews are invited to participate in the Solomons Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 8 during the 28th annual Solomons Christmas Walk. All boats, any size, shape, or make are welcome to decorate their ship’s starboard side and more to show your holiday spirit. Prizes will be awarded. Visit www.solomonsmaryland.com for more information and to register.

First Friday is marked in Leonardtown every month from 5 to 8 p.m. by many of the town’s shops, galleries and restaurants with art, food, shopping and other specials. For a list of First Friday participating businesses, see www.leonardtownfirstfridays.com or call 301-475-9791.

Blood pressure checks are offered from 9 a.m. to noon the first Friday of the month at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Charlotte Hall.

A Bible study is held Fridays at 7 p.m. at 45675 Edge Mill Court in Great Mills. For information, call 301-862-1502.

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step program, meets Fridays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Encounter Christian Center in Charlotte Hall. Child ministry is available at the same time for ages 5 to 12. Call Marc at 301-806-6272 or Judy at 301-535-5321.

Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays at 7:07 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Solomons Jingle Bell Run 5K Run/Walk will be held Dec. 8 at Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina. The Rudolph Romp (for ages 1 to 10) is $5 for a shirt, otherwise free, and begins at 8:10 am. The 5K Run or Walk is $30 if register online Dec. 6 by noon or $35 on race day. The race start 8:30 a.m. Awards begin at 9:30 a.m. See http://jinglebellrunsolomons.kintera.org/. For more information, email Kelly Imhof at theimhofs@verizon.net.

A Toys for Tots collection will be held Dec 8 from at Kmart, Walmart and Dress Barn.

A contra dance sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Elgin Perry, will be held Dec. 8 at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m.; dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for members. An ice cream social will follow the dance. For more information, see www.smtmd.org.

An alternative Christmas shopping event will be hosted by Lexington Park United Methodist Church, located at 21760 Great Mills Road, on Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature gifts made by Third World artisans. Proceeds from purchase go back to the artisans and their communities.

Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy presents Allen Edwards from Branson, Mo., “The Singer,” on Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at Leonardtown High School. All seats are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Call 301-247-3283 for tickets or go to southernmdmom.org.

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the school, located across from the fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Santa will make his entrance at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be prepared by the Forrest center’s culinary arts students. Admission to this event, which includes breakfast, is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12. An omelet bar is available for an additional $2. Santa’s Workshop will be available for children to purchase small gifts (less than $10). Children will be assisted by Forrest center students. These gifts will be wrapped for the children. For a small fee, students from the center’s graphic Communications program will photograph your child with Santa while they let him know their holiday wishes. There are a variety of activities for children of all ages. Proceeds will benefit the Forrest center’s student programs and SkillsUSA chapter. Call 301-475-0242.

A customer appreciation open house will be held by The Craft Guild Shop in Leonardtown on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the shop’s year-round Christmas display, a variety of handmade items and enjoy some light refreshments. The Shop is located on Route 5, next to the Maryland Antiques Center. Call 301-997-1644 or visit www.craftguildshop.com.

The Sixth Annual Christmas Market will be held Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, at the corner of routes 2 and 4, in Sunderland. No admission fee. Proceeds benefit parish and community projects.

The Little Explorers program for children ages 3 to 5 at Historic St. Mary’s City’s is continuing. Most gatherings include a story, a song, a craft and a visit to one of the museum’s living history sites. On Dec. 8, the theme will be “Circle of Holidays.” Participants should meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary. Little Explorers programs run from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is $4 per child for non-members and $3 per child for Friends members. Accompanying adult are free. For more information, contact the museum at 240-895-4990 or info@stmaryscity.org.

The Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association will be holding its annual Christmas bazaar and craft show on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Golden Beach firehouse at 29848 Therese Circle in Mechanicsville. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa. Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. Sorry, no pets allowed. There will be more than 25 vendors, door prizes, baked goods and food for sale. Tables are available for rent for vendors for $25. Please pre-register for the table by calling Kathy Owens at 301-884-8432. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped gift to donate for local families.

Family Plantation Christmas at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood will be held Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Let Santa know what you want for Christmas, purchase treats from Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, sing along with carolers, make holiday crafts or shop from craft vendors, visit the Sotterley Museum Shop and purchase seasonal greens and hand-crafted items from Sotterley’s Garden Guild. Patuxent Voices, a women’s acapella group, will perform Christmas favorites. Cost is $5 per person at the gate.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is hosting its first in a series of bimonthly Meet the Airplane events on Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. Come to the museum and get to know the airplanes on the flightline. The focus airplane is the E-2. Come meet the airplane and find out more about why it’s there and what it does. Food will be available and there will be live music by GeeZer. The St Mary’s County Amateur Radio Association will be on hand. There will be raffles. Hank Caruso will sign Aerocature prints at the Museum Gift Store. Call 301-862-1900.

The St. Clement’s Island Museum Christmas open house will be held Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Free admission to see the 27th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. Meet Dr. Thomas Gerard to explain the “12 Days of Christmas.” There will be free refreshments and bike raffle. Call 301-769-2222.

Point of Leonardtown Winery will hold a holiday open house Dec. 8 and 9. Come sample our wines at $5 per glass while shopping for gifts from local artisans and local wines.

A Schwan’s truckload fundraiser will be held by the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary on the second Saturday of each month at the firehouse in Ridge. Schwan’s will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to fill orders. To guarantee the availability of the items, preorders may be made at www.schwansfundraising.com/orderForm.aspx using Event ID 39903, Ridge VFD Auxiliary, Ridge, MD 20680. Catalogs may also be requested via the website. For more, call 301-872-5671.

All Saints Episcopal Church Thrift Shop in Avenue welcomes the holiday season with Christmas items. The shop is open for buyers or donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. The shop is in the church hall on Oakley Road, two miles beyond the church.

Overeaters Anonymous of Lexington Park meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church on Great Mills Road. For more information, call Robin at 240-561-6899.

The Home Grown Farm Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located on Route 235, just south of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, there will be locally grown fruits, vegetables, organic produce, flowers, eggs, baked goods, crafts, Southern Maryland meats (on Saturdays only) and more from Southern Maryland farms as well as Maryland dairy products. See http://homegrownfarmmarket.webs.com/.

Bingo is hosted by Mother Catherine Spalding School in Helen every Saturday at the school. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., early-bird bingo will start 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m. For more information, call 301-884-3165.

Animal Adoption Days are held by the Animal Relief Fund from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Well Pet Clinic in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Call 301-866-0303.

Feral Cat Rescue is at Petco in California on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with adoptable cats and kittens. Visit www.feralcatrescue.com for pictures and bios. Gifts of cat food and litter will be gratefully accepted. Call 301-475-5059.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Leonardtown.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Leonardtown.