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Wednesday, Dec. 12

Applications for energy assistance will be taken by the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's County Department of Social Services at 23110 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. Applicants may bring completed applications with the required documents or complete applications on site that day. Call 301-475-5574, ext. 200.

The Pax River Quilters Guild will meet Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park for the group’s annual Christmas party. There will be games, raffles, grab bags and food. Bring a dish and a gift for the optional gift exchange. Guest and new members welcome. For more information, contact Lois Andereck at grannie98@md.metrocast.net or Patty Wathen at pwathen@md.metrocast.net.

The regular monthly meeting of the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be held Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the rescue squad building in Hollywood. Anyone wishing to become a member of the auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 240-298-7956.

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.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CCIS, located at St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital partners with the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society to offer this free program for cancer patients that is designed to help female patients improve their appearance and self-image by learning beauty techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Call Cathy Fenwick at 240-434-7241 to register.

The Chesapeake Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Wildewood Retirement Center. Call Margaret Sames at 240-434-5276. See http://chesapeake.freetoasthost.us.

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. 13

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.

Applications for energy assistance will be taken by the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's County Department of Social Services at 21775 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Applicants may bring completed applications with the required documents or complete applications on site that day. Call 301-475-5574, ext. 200.

A NAMI family support group for loved ones of persons with mental illness meets the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Alternatives for Youth and Families in Charlotte Hall. Call 301-737-1988 or see www.namisomd.org.

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. 14

An annual holiday open mic will be sponsored by the Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun CoffeeHouse on Dec. 14 at the Christ Church Parish Hall, located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission fee for this event is $5, and performers are admitted free. For additional information, or to sign up to perform (holiday-themed music, please), contact John Garner at garner@wildblue.net. It’s suggested that you bring a small appetizer or dessert to share. There will also be beverages available (donations requested). For directions or more information, go to www.smtmd.org.

Patuxent Voices, Southern Maryland’s premiere women’s a cappella group, will perform Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols’ followed by a selection of holiday favorites on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland; Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Middleham St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Lusby and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Church at St. Mary’s City. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

A field trip to look for owls will be held Dec. 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).

Christmas Comes to St. Mary’s at Historic St. Mary’s City will continue Dec. 14, 15 and 16. Entertainment may include wassailing, storytelling, musical offerings and puppet shows. A guided tour of holiday traditions will be offered each day at 1 p.m. and Saturdays bring community choruses to the Brick Chapel for a special holiday concert. On Dec. 14, the Great Mills High School Choir will perform. Admission to Christmas Comes to St. Mary’s is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 students and free for those 5 years of age or younger and Friends members. Call 240-895-4990.

The Flat Iron Farm Christmas Village and lights display is open for visitors to drive through Flat Iron Farm, listen to the music and watch the lights. Visitors can explore the Christmas Village, shop for handmade crafts, view the John Deere collection and train display. Visit the workshop and see Santa every Friday and Saturday night. The light display is open nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. The Christmas Village is open Thursday and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.

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. For more, visit www.annmariegarden.org or call 410-326-4640.

Bunco is played the second Friday of each month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at VFW Post 2632 in California. Open to the public; must be 21 or older to attend. To register, email lavfwbunco@gmail.com.

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. 15

A pre-Christmas gospel concert will be sponsored by Pray, Praise and Promise Mission on Dec. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the county fairgrounds in Leonardtown. The event will feature entertainment by 8-year-old soloist Jameshia Milburn, AFC Voices of Praise, CC Crusaders, Joyful Noise and many more. Donations of $10 will be accepted; vendors are welcome and food will be sold. For more, call 301-737-3227 or 240-237-0251.

The 13th annual home-baked Christmas cookie sale will be held by Hollywood United Methodist Church at 24422 Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood on Dec. 15 at the church hall. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the event will continue until they are sold out. Cost will be $10 per container. Visitors can choose their favorite cookies, and make a sweet start to the holiday season. For more information, call the church at 301-373-2500.

A holiday food drive concert will be presented by Ministry of the Cross Urban Outreach on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Oasis of Victory Church, located at 21779 Tulagi Place in Lexington Park. Entertainment will be provided by Posse 4 Christ, Angela Donadio, NicoisMusic, Ason, Jubilant Nation, TNL Praise Band, Artavia McClary, Chevela and Spiritual Voices and the Dominion Apostolic Praise Team. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation. For information on donations or sponsorship, contact Mickey at 202-437-4199 or awilsonsounds@gmail.com.

A gingerbread house workshop will be sponsored for the community by the Girl Scout Unit 10-12 on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in the new auditorium. Cost is $5 and checks should be payable to SU 10-12. You must reserve your seat in order to attend by going to www.signupgenius.com, then click “Find a Sign Up” tab, Enter: susanmwhelan@md.metrocast.net in the search box and select “Gingerbread House Workshop-Public.”

A children’s Christmas party will be sponsored by the Third District Optimist Club at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown for children up to 10 years old on Dec. 16 from1 to 3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their camera; there will be a special visit from Santa on a fire truck. There will be games and snacks while supporting a worthy cause. For information call Kitty at 301-475-5177.

Santa and Mrs. Claus return to the Leonardtown Square on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids are invited to bring their wish list, and remind your parents to bring a camera for photos. If there is inclement weather, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Winegardner Auto Showroom. For more, see www.leonardtown.somd.com or call 301-475-9791.

Santa Claus will visit the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Children are invited to bring their wish lists, come and sit on his lap, color pictures, make oatmeal glitter for his reindeer and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 240-298-7956.

Soccer tryouts for the U16 girls travel soccer team playing in WAGS Division 2 will be held Dec. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park on Field 2. The team is comprised of high school varsity players from Calvert, St. Mary's and Charles counties. Contact Manager Stephanie Myles at 301-904-3102 or mrssmyles@aol.com with any questions or to join the team for a training session prior to tryouts.

A local robotics team 2843 will host a robotics qualifier at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown on Dec. 15. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The team is conducting a food drive and would welcome any contributions from the public. More information about the event's schedule may be found at www.ssirobotics.the-spanglers.net (click on the qualifier icon).

The All Saints Episcopal Thrift shop in Avenue will be open at its usual time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. The shop will be closed for the last two Saturdays in December for the holidays. Many Christmas items are still on sale.

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.

Sunday, Dec. 16

A quarter auction to benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School will be held Dec. 16. Doors open at 1 p.m.; the auction begins at 2 p.m. Vendors include Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs, Avon and many more. For more, visit www.mdquarterauctions.com/menu.html. Don’t forget to bring quarters. For more information, contact MCS at 301-884-3165.

The Lexington Park United Methodist Church will present a special music cantata, “Noel and Alleluia, Jesus is Born!”, under the direction of Joey Hoopengardner, on Dec. 16 at 8 and 11 a.m. at 21760 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Everyone is welcome.

Solomons 11th Annual TUBACHRISTMAS Celebration will be hosted by Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Alexander Lane in Solomons on Dec 16 at 4 p.m. The TUBACHRISTMAS performance is open to the public and free of charge. All low brass players in the local area are welcome to play in the group (details at www.tubachristmas.com). TUBACHRISTMAS features traditional Christmas carols arranged for tuba and baritone horn players as well as opportunities for the audience to sing along.

Doughnuts with Santa will be held by the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad on Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Visitors can have their photo taken with Santa. Printed 4x6 pictures will be available by 1 Love Photography for suggested donation of $5 going to the Ridge Rescue Squad Auxiliary.

Hot soup is served at the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park each Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome; the meal is free. Call 301-863-8551.

Bingo is hosted by St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood on Sundays to benefit St. John’s School in the Monsignor Harris Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6. Dinner and other refreshments will be available. Call 301-373-2281.