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Wednesday, Dec. 12

Dinner with Santa will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Northeast Community Center. Cost is $5. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 410-257-2554.

Friendship United Methodist Church’s Senior Ministry will host a trip to see “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Cost is $85. For more information, call 410-257-7133.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Reading with Santa Family Fun Night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Children will have an opportunity to hear a story from Santa, and then take a book home. There will also be an opportunity for pictures with Santa; bring a camera. For more information, call 443-975-7357.

The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce will present Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus. Come network at the last BAH of 2012, learn about various programs CSM has to offer and enjoy food by Maryland Country Caterers and door prizes. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. To register, go to www.calvertchamber.org and go to the Calendar of Events section. For more information, call 410-535-2577.

New, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots through Thursday, Dec. 13, at more than 75 drop-off sites located throughout Calvert County. Cash donations are also being accepted at all drop-off locations. The entire list of drop-off locations is available online at www.CalvertToysForTots.com.

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Sea Squirts-Terrific Turtles from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. The free drop-in program is for children 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. The Discovery Room has lots of new reptilian residents, and program attendees will be introduced to several special turtles.

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. The MAC Lab houses more than 8 million artificats, including collections from every county in Maryland. The guided tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with conservators and collections. For more information, call 410-586-8501, or email jppm@mdp.state.md.us.

Friday, Dec. 14

The Twin Beach Players will present “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 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.

Barstow Acres Children’s Center will host “Positive Communication Skills” to help parents, teachers, therapists and day cares manage children with ADHD, autism and anger problems from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Cost is $20. For more information, call 410-414-9901.

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, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty, LLC, will host the 16th annual Holiday Open House from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 132 Main St., Prince Frederick. Come enjoy holiday fare and Christmas cheer. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The Southern Maryland Audubon Society will host a field trip from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Myrtle Point Park, St. Mary’s County. This annual event attempts to “call out” the resident owls at a local park. Meet in front of the park gates and attempt to attract owls by having them respond to recorded calls. Event is weather dependant; rain or high winds will result in cancellation. For more information, contact leader Bob Boxwell at 410-610-5124 or bobboxwell@hotmail.com.

Saturday, Dec. 15

The Twin Beach Players will present “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 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.

Eartha Handmade Tile will host a Holiday Open Studio from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 486 Main St., Prince Frederick. The event will feature food, drinks, a tile raffle and great holiday gifts. For more information, call 410-610-0456.

The United Methodist Women of Mt. Harmony-Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church will host a community breakfast with pictures with Santa from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 155 E. Mt. Harmony Road, Owings. Bring the children and have their pictures taken with Santa free, and enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring bacon, sausage, scrapple, creamed chip beef/sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, omelets, hash browns, pancakes/waffles, grits, biscuits, pastries, fruit and beverages. Cost is $8.50 for ages 8 and up, $5 for kids age 4 to 7 and free for children 3 and under. For more information, call 410-257-2761.

Sweet Dreams Candy Shoppe in St. Leonard will host a book signing for local author Katy Rosensteel for her first book, “LOL: Land of Legends,” a story of fantasy fiction for middle youth, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School will host the third annual Candy Canes & Cocktails silent auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Providence Room, 90 Alexander Lane in Solomons. Dress in cocktail attire and enjoy live music and dancing, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple. For more information, call 410-326-3171.

Santa and his reindeer will be at Wanda’s Waves from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in St. Leonard. Bring the children and a camera to get pictures with Santa. Kids will receive candy canes and reindeer food (compliments of the stylists of Wanda’s Waves) and a cup of hot chocolate (compliments of Buehler’s Market Place). For more information, call 410-414-9161.

The Northern High School Future Business Leaders of America will host a large animal adoption event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville. The event is part of a two-day animal adoption promotion weekend titled “Dear Santa, Don’t Forget Me.”

There will be a progressive dinner fundraiser for Barstow Acres Children’s Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. Enjoy jerk chicken, sweet potatoes, green beans, baked ham, coconut peas and rice, macaroni and cheese, rolls and dessert, while singing Christmas songs in the comfort of homes decorated for the season. Exact locations will be given upon purchase of tickets; the three homes are located in Prince Frederick, Huntingtown and Chesapeake Beach. There will also be vendor opportunities for $15 per person. For details, contact Sonia Hinds at 410-414-9901 or Jerry Ann Maten at 410-535-5033.

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, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Lusby. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

Adult Education orientation will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hunting Creek Annex, 4105 Old Town Road, Huntingtown. Anyone age 16 or older who is out of school and needs a high school diploma must participate in an Orientation and Skills Assessment before being assigned to an Adult Education Program class. Classes help prepare for the GED test or External Diploma Program. For more information or to register, call 410-535-7382, or go to www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/other/adulted/index.htm.

The Chesapeake Community Chorus will present “Music for the Season” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 3 Dalrymple Road, Sunderland. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, classical Christian and secular music by John Rutter, Samuel Ward, Peter Choplin and others, and will include nursery rhymes with guest Mother Goose for the young at heart. Other songs will include “America the Beautiful,” “Shenandoah” and “Thy Word is a Lamp.” A free-will offering will be taken to support the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. The chorus is a volunteer group of 30 singers in its 10th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert County. For more information, contact Larry W. Brown, director, at 301-855-7477 or lbrown9601@verizon.net.

The deadline for nonprofits to apply for the Southern Maryland GiveCamp will be Dec. 15. GiveCamp, a volunteer-run organization that brings together technology professionals to build technical resources for nonprofit organizations, will be April 5 through 7, 2013, at St. Mary’s College. To learn more and apply, go to www.somdgc.org.