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Today is a special day for Eddie Cleary of Owings. The Northern Middle School sixth grader is turning 12 on Dec. 12, 2012.

“I think it’s awesome because not many people have a birthday on 12/12/12,” Eddie said, adding that he plans on celebrating after school with “a really big seafood feast.”

He said he was hoping to receive either an iPod or cellphone as gifts.

“My mom might give me something special,” Eddie said, adding that he feels like he is especially lucky to have so many 12s associated with one birthday.

His mom, Laura Cleary, said she was going to suggest he do something special at 12:12 p.m. that day.

“I think it’s amazing. It’s pretty rare that someone turns 12 on 12/12/12,” Cleary said.

She said that since Eddie was born in 2000, it’s always easy to figure out how old he’s turning every year.

Nonetheless, Clearly said the coincidence with the 12s “just dawned on me last year.”

Since Eddie is the youngest of four, Cleary said his siblings might even be a little envious of the special attention this birthday will get.

“They’re excited for him, too,” she said.

Project ECHO open house to recruit volunteers

Project ECHO will host its third annual open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 1. A press release states the open house is for those in the community who are interested in volunteering their time or talents at the shelter. The release states the first initiative is to recruit volunteer tutors to work one on one with a resident so they can complete their high school equivalency diploma. The second initiative is to recruit volunteers to assist parents in reading to the children.

For more information, go to www.projectecho.net, or contact Trisha Gipson at trishgipson@projectecho.net or 410-535-0044, ext. 4. The ECHO House is located at 484 Main St. in Prince Frederick.

JPPM docent classes start in January

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is recruiting docents for its 2013 class. Classes will begin in January and the 10-week training course will cover many topics, including an introduction to archaeology, the archaeology at JPPM, the War of 1812, JPPM’s Indian Village, Point Farm (the estate home of the Pattersons) and a general orientation to the park and its facilities, a press release from JPPM said.

Benefits to becoming a docent include a Friends of JPPM family membership, a 10 percent discount in the Show Barn Museum Shop, Friends’ newsletter and a discount on special event entry fees and workshops. The training course will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23 through March 27. Class size is limited and registration is required. Tuition and fees are $15. Class materials will be provided.

For more information, call or email Kim Popetz at 410-586-8502 or kpopetz@mdp.state.md.us.

See ‘A Christmas Carol’ this weekend

The Twin Beach Players will present “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland, 9021 Dayton Ave. in North Beach. Tickets are $12 for general admission; Twin Beach Players members, seniors, students and military tickets are $10. For more information, go to www.twinbeachplayers.com, or call 410-286-1890.

Come to Relay For Life kickoff

The kickoff for the American Cancer Society’s 16th annual Relay For Life of Calvert County will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Calvert High School cafeteria at 600 Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick. Encouraged to attend are all team captains and participants; community leaders; those who want to start a new team; and businesses and organizations that would like to be part of the relay.

For more information, call Jennifer Faulkner at 888-603-4304, or Paula Rosnage at 410-535-1668, or email them atJennifer.Faulkner@cancer.org or paulaccrelay@comcast.net.

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