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Calvert Library Prince Frederick is partnering with Chesapeake Garden Club to bring you a “Deck the Halls with Natural Elements” demonstration on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00pm.  Bring some of nature’s beauty inside. The Chesapeake Garden Club will demonstrate techniques in creating festive holiday centerpieces with natural materials found outdoors. If you bring along a vase, basket or container, the instructors will give you some ideas for how you might use it for your own centerpiece or holiday decoration once you get home. Please register by calling 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 or going to the library website at calvertlibrary.info.


Let  Christmas  Begin, A  CHRISTMAS  CONCERT, Presented By The Acappella Vocal Ensemble on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 37707 New Market Turner Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. The Acappella Vocal Ensemble is a Chamber Ensemble of 18-24 singers from the tri-county region of Southern Maryland dedicated to the performance of exceptional choral music.  The ensemble mission is to offer opportunities to singers from high schools, colleges, community choral groups and church choirs, to learn and participate in the art of choral singing.


The Chesapeake Community Chorus, an all-volunteer chorus that raises funds for local charities, is looking to add singers to the chorus.  No auditions are required.  Contact Larry Brown, Director, at 301-855-7477 or email him at lbrown9601@verizon.net. Our December practice session is as follows: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 4-6 pm, North Beach Union Church, 8912 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach. On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4 p.m., the Chesapeake Community Chorus will perform a concert at the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 3 Dalrymple Road, Sunderland, MD.  A free-will offering will be collected to raise funds for Calvert Hospice.  The public is invited to attend.  On Sunday, December 20, 2015, the Chesapeake Community Chorus will be caroling at locations throughout Calvert County.


Southern Maryland Community Network is hosting our Annual 5K Resolution Race on Friday, January 1st 2016 (New Year's Day).  The entry fee is $30 dollars and kids 9 and under are free.  Race packs include a commemorative t-shirt while supplies last.  This event supports mental health services in the Southern Maryland area.  Register online at active.com or the morning of the race beginning at 8:00 am.  The race starts at 9:00 am and timing services are provided by the Chesapeake Bay Running Club.  Call 410-535-4787 for further event information.


Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc.,in celebration of our twenty five years of service to our community, invites all our volunteers, (past, present or future) to join us on December 13, 2015 at Summerseat Farm at 26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, Md. from 1 pm until 4 pm for an Open House. There will be scrap books on display to share from yesteryears. If you have served all the past 25 years or are interested in volunteering, it will be a pleasure to see you to answer any questions you might have about our organization. Please RSVP by December 8, 2015 at 301-884-2905.


Naval Orange & Pink Grapefruit Sale. 33rd annual drive sponsored by St. John’s School, Hollywood.  Order by Sunday, Dec 13 with pick-up Saturday, Dec 19 and Sunday, Dec 20.  Full and half boxes available.  Details are and flyers are available on the school website.   You can help by sharing the flyer with your families, friends and co-workers.


We are hosting a food drive/raffle to raise money and canned, non-perishable goods for the Hughesville Baptist Church at the Santa's Littler Helpers Vendors and Crafts show at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center on December 12th from 10a - 3pm.  Raffle tickets will be $1 a piece, 6 for $5 or 1 can of non-perishable food a piece.  All monies and food donations will go to the Food Pantry at the Hughesville Baptist Church. 


Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, December 12,  9AM – 2PM, Jesus the Divine Word Church, 885 Cox Rd., Huntingtown MD.  All items for sale handmade by local crafters. Baked goods and lunch available for sale.


The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be having a Breakfast with Santa Sunday December 13th at the firehouse on 21660 Colton Pt. Road Avenue,  MD 20609. 9:00 AM until Noon. Menu will include Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Brown, Bacon, Sausage, Baked Apple Dessert, Coffee, Juice and Milk. Adults $10.00    Senior Citizens $9.00    Children 4 to 12 $3.00     3 and under Free


Breakfast with Santa:  Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus will be making a special visit to Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown, MD on Sunday, December 6th from 9am – 12 noon. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, fruits and pastries! Then get a chance to sit on Santa's lap. Cost: Adults: $8, Children 4-12: $5, 3 and under: Free  While you're there, allow your children to feel the joy of giving this Christmas when they buy presents at the Santa Shop. All gifts are $3. Shop for parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and pets! After shopping, the gifts will be wrapped and ready to go under your tree. 


Calvert Animal Welfare League, an all volunteer, non-profit cat and dog rescue is hosting its annual Joyful Paws Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. Until 3 p.m.  Professional photographer T.O. Galloway will be there to take family and pet pictures with the very best Santa Clause in Calvert County.  Vendors will be there to help you complete your holiday shopping.  You can also participate in a fabulous "bid or buy it now" silent auction, find festive holiday decorations in The Second Chance shop, and grab a bite to eat at the bake sale.  Of course, there will also be adorable adoptable cats and dogs, just waiting to find the perfect home in time for the holidays.   Take a joyful pause with CAWLs joyful paws before holiday madness sets in!  1040 Prince Frederick Boulevard, Prince Frederick Maryland.  For more information contact Calvert Animal Welfare League at 410-535-9300 .


Christmas Breakfast with Santa Claus On behalf of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department and the Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department we cordially invite you to come and enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat breakfast with Santa and the volunteers of the Fire Department and Auxiliary.  Date:   Sunday, December 13, 2015. Time:  8:00 am to 11:30 am. Place:  Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Dept. Menu: Bacon, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes, Home Fries, Applesauce, Coffee, Tea, Juice and Milk. Cost:   Adults $9.00, Seniors $8.00, Children (6-12) $5.00, 5 and under eat free.  ****Carry outs available - $8.00 **** There will be fire truck and sleigh rides available around town for adults and children of all ages!  Make sure you get your picture taken with Santa before you leave.


The public is invited to attend the Fourteenth Annual Silent Angel Memorial, which will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, MD, 20653. The Silent Angel Memorial was founded in 2002 by Mrs. Eileen Bildman, after her son Kevin was tragically murdered in St. Mary’s County in November of 2001.  During the ceremony, the families of homicide victims place an angel ornament on a Christmas Tree, and the name of each victim is read. Each ornament has the name of the victim and the date they became a “Silent Angel”.  Our hope has been to bring the community together for a memorial service that provides comfort and support to the survivors of homicide.  The foundation is non-profit and is supported solely by the community and sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.


Blood Drive:  The Waldorf Lions Club, in coordination with the Anne Arundel County Blood Bus, will hold a blood drive from noon to 5:30 p.m. on December 14th at the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, 3245 Old Washington Road.  To make a reservation call (443) 481-4215 or sign up on-line at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084caba92ea5fb6-waldorf  All December donors will be entered to win a chance at 12 gifts to include a 40" flat screen television.

The Christmas holiday season is rapidly approaching and Toys for Tots of Calvert County is once again trying to help as many children as possible have a more festive Christmas.  New, unwrapped toys will be collected through December 9, 2015 at over 70 drop-off sites located throughout Calvert County. The list of drop-off locations is available online at www.CalvertToysForTots.com.  When you donate to Toys for Tots, your donations stay local. Not only are you making sure a child has Christmas...it's a child in your own community.  For families in need of gifts, registration for the 2015 Toys for Tots campaign closes Friday, December 4th and can only be completed online at www.CalvertToysforTots.com.  Recipients must be residents of Calvert County who are not also receiving assistance through the Department of Social Services Angel Tree Program.


Lions Camp Merrick, a Summer Camp for children with special need, will be celebrating a Roaring 20's Jazz era "Great Gatsby Affair" on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Greater Waldorf JC Hall.  Dinner, Entertainment, Door prizes and much more. Please call our office 301-870-5858 for more information.


Come join us for an afternoon of filled of fun.  Shop an array of unique vendors and crafters.  Kids visit with Santa, play games and have your face painted.  There will also be door prizes, an auction and 50/50 drawing.  Proceeds benefit Windows of Strength, a 501 c 3 non-profit organization that assists organ transplant recipients and their caregivers with their non-medical costs that are not covered by insurance, government programs and other organization. WHAT:  Windows of Strength Holiday Gift Show. WHEN:  Sunday, November 22, 2015. TIME:  11AM-4PM. LOCATION:  Dunkirk Fire Department 3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk MD. FREE ADMISSION HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW


Mechanicsville Optimist Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale. When:  November 27 – December 24, 2015 (Once all the trees are sold all lots will close). Where: Mechanicsville VFD Carnival Lot and McKay’s Plaza (Charlotte Hall). Times: Monday-Friday from 5pm -9pm, Saturday from 9am – 9pm, Sunday from 9am – 6pm. Get your fresh cut Christmas Tree before they’re gone!! (Trees are always just fresh cut less than 10 days before delivery). All proceeds benefit youth and community programs in our area!! For more information about any of our community programs, fundraisers or becoming a member, Please Contact Bill Stone (240)925-0341, Danny Davis (240)298-1653 or mechanicsvilleoptimist@yahoo.com. The Mechanicsville Optimist Clubs thanks you for your support & extends warm holiday greetings to you and your family this holiday season.

Join the students and staff of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center for their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the school site across from the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Santa will make his grand entrance at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the Forrest Center’s Culinary Arts students. Admission to this event, which includes breakfast, is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 4 and younger.  Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday, enjoy some home cooking, and let the little ones check out the face painting room.  Your children can even decorate their very own gingerbread man for $2. For more information, contact Chef Amanda Granados at 301-475-0242, x28210 or aegranados@smcps.org.


The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Society, Inc. will have their 14th Annual Victorian Christmas on Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th with the museum opening at 11 a.m. each day. Admission is just $8 for adults and $2 for children. The house will be will be decorated as it would have been in the Victorian Period. There will be music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Civil War Soldiers and a walking tour of the house. Please join us as we celebrate our 14th Annual Victorian Christmas! 3725 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Road in Waldorf Maryland 20601 or call 301-274-9358.


The Republican Women of Charles County invite you to Meet Maryland Republican Candidates for US Senate and US Congress on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Express 6860 Crain Hwy, La Plata, MD 20646. 6:00 PM – Appetizers and Beverages. Tickets available for beer and wine. 7:00 PM – Dinner catered. $40.00 each. 8:00 PM – Speakers. Confirmed: US Senate: Richard Douglas & US House: Sam Faddis. For more information contact Katie Stickel @ 301-752-4986


On March 19, 2016, St. Mary's Ryken High School is sponsoring a Baskets and Bags Bingo, featuring prizes by name brand baskets and bags. This event benefits St Mary's Ryken Post Prom Lock In which is a drug and alcohol free party.  Admission is $20 which includes one book of 20 regular games.  Additional books are available for purchase.  Concessions will also be available for purchase. Location is at ST Mary's Ryken High School-226600 Camp Calvert Rd, Leonardtown.  Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7pm.  For more information, please call 301-769-1363


Epidermolysis Bullosa or EB is a rare disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes and in more severe types the internal organs. People who suffer from EB do not produce protein that holds the layers of skin together resulting in their skin being extremely fragile. The softest of touches can cause blisters and open wounds. Please help support EB sufferers by spreading awareness. Visit DebRA.org for more information.


This Christmas season, the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society will present “A Rutter Christmas.”  The concert will include the performance of two masterworks of John Rutter. Gloria, composed in 1974, is a celebration of Christmas with “Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to People of Good Will.”  The concerts will be held at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd, in LaPlata, Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 6th, at 3:30pm. For more information, go to www.chesapeakechoral.com, call 301-642-0594, or look for Chesapeake Choral Arts Society on Facebook.


Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary will host their 31st Annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 29, 2015. We will be open from 10 am until 3 pm. Our new location will be the St. Mary's Co. Fair Grounds in Leonardtown, Md.  It will be Free Admission and Food will be available.


St. Michael's Catholic School in Ridge, MD will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival Sunday November 22, 2015 from 11:30am to 4:00pm, featuring an all you can eat buffet, vendors, baked goods and free children's events (including hay rides, pony rides, face painting and more!).  The school is located at 16560 Three Notch Road, Ridge MD.  The menu will feature roasted turkey, roast beef, Southern Maryland stuffed ham and all the amazing sides! Oysters will be available for purchase. Dinner will be served buffet style or use our convenient drive thru carry out!  Cost of the dinner is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children (6-12), children 5 & under eat free, $24 for carry outs.


Foundation 4 Heroes has been invited to the USO Christmas Party for over 500 Wounded Warriors and their families. After the event they are visiting the pediatric cancer ward to see the patients who were unable to attend. They have purchased over 1000 superhero capes and masks to be given away to the children. If you or your company would like to sponsor this event, visit their facebook page, website or email info@f4heroes.com. Major donors will receive social media, article mention and banner placement for recognition as a thank you.


Christmas in April is the largest home rehabilitation organization in America. Its mission is to build partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities of low-income, elderly, disabled and military veteran homeowners so they can live in warmth, safety, and independence. Christmas in April Calvert County is looking for new volunteer House Captains to lead the restoration effort for several Calvert County homes in April 2016. We need individuals with leadership skills and experience in home repair. Training will be provided. As a house captain, you will see the joy and appreciation of a homeowner whose house has just been restored by your team. It’s an amazing feeling that few people ever experience. To volunteer or to learn more about being a House Captain, please contact Steve Sanders, (443) 532-6334, or steve.sanders@exeloncorp.com.


Patuxent High School Presents a Holly Jolly Musical Fundraising Event on Saturday December 12th at Noon and 5:30 p.m. doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. And your ticket price includes a meal. This great show will be held at the Patuxent High School Auditorium and for tickets and more information email hollyjollyshow@aol.com


New Direction Community Theater presents The Scalawags’ Christmas. Return to the time of swashbucklers, scalawags, and pixies as we join Santa Claus in a desperate effort to free himself from the clutches of the naughtiest pirates to sail the seven seas. December 4-13, 2015 Fridays/Saturdays 7PM; Sundays @ 2P at the Long Beach Community Center 5825 Calvert Blvd, St. Leonard $8 Students/$10 Adults Reservations Recommended.  NDCTheater@org 443-624-4484.


The Charles County Antique Arts Association will hold its annual Holiday Brunch on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at the Charles County Social Services Building, 200 Kent Avenue, LaPlata, MD. Members are encouraged to bring their signature dishes and join in the fellowship. Members are also encouraged to bring any special Christmas ornaments or holiday items for display and discussion. No guests, please. A Happy Holiday Season from the members of the Charles County Antique Arts Association! For more information, call 240-271-9838.


On Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 10:30 am the Adult Choir of Hughesville Baptist Church will be presenting “We’re Glad You Came”. This is a musical celebration of the Savior’s Birth.  Our Church is located at 8505 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, Maryland. For more info on this event or our Church, please go to our web site: www.hughesvillebaptist.com also like us on facebook. Office phone numbers are: 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3672.


On Sunday, December 6, 2015 the Psalm Singers will be presenting their annual musical, “A Tree Lot Christmas” in the Fellowship Hall at Hughesville Baptist Church. The Psalms Singers is a group of children from 4 years old through 6th grade. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Our church is located at 8505 Old Leonardtown Road in Hughesville. Maryland. For more info on this event or our church, please go to our web site: www.hughesvillebaptist.com also like us on facebook. Office phone numbers are 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3672.


Children's Holiday Open House and Tree Trimming Party at the Captain Avery Museum at 1418 E. West Shady Side Road Shady Side, MD December 6th-1:00-3:00 p.m. FREE. Deck the Halls! Welcome in the season with holiday crafts, goodies, hot cider, hot chocolate and fun! Santa will be making a special visit from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Plus, there will also be a delightful reading of "The Night Before Christmas" by Avery descendant and Lothian Elementary Principal Melissa Brown which is a big hit every year. Come on over to the Avery waterfront!

The holidays of giving is upon us and with that comes lots of charities requesting donations.  Most of them are legitimate non-profits but, beware, there are some which are not. Please check out any new or unfamiliar charity to determine the status.  Legitimate non-profits will have a 501.c.(#) depending on their affiliation.  For example, a foundation is 501.c.3, social clubs are 501.c.7; fraternal organizations are 501.c.8 or 501.c.10, employee benefit groups are 501.c.4, 501.c.9 or 501.c.17 and veterans organizations are 501.c.19 or 501.c.23.  A legitimate non-profit will include that number on their documents and letters requesting donations. Having an EIN does NOT qualify any group to be non-profit. A search at one of either of these websites will let you know about the charity you are about to give a donation to this holiday season.  Where to check?  Try www.guidestar.org, or www.charitynavigator.org then there is always https://www.irs.gov/Charities-%26-Non-Profits.


It's time for the incredibly popular St. Mary's Splash, hosted by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland, at Point Lookout State Park, on December 12, 2015. Gates will open at 11 am, Registration will start at 12 pm and the splash will happen at 2 pm. Food will be provided for all participants. Web site to register is www.stmaryssplash.com. Don't miss an opportunity to help out over 7,000 athletes from Special Olympics Maryland.


The Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be sponsoring a Vendor/Craft Show at the Rescue Squad Building located at  21530 Colton’s Point Road on Sunday, December 6, from 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M.  Food, Drinks and homemade desserts will be available. There will be a pick-a-gift raffle and a silent auction. For table rental information contact Jackie at 240-925-8473 or email her at jewoddell@md.metrocast.net.


The 14th Annual Silent Angel Memorial will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department located at 46900 South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park, Maryland. Any questions or comments may be directed to Jodi Irwin, Victim Services at the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office (301) 475-4200, ext. 9104.


Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad Fire Department Brunch with Santa!!!! Ring in the Christmas season with Solomons VRSFD family Saturday December 5th from 11am-1pm. Enjoy a home cooked meal while the kids take pictures with Santa. All kids will receive a gift and will make their own Christmas ornament! Donations at the door. Please make your contributions to Toys for Tots. Any questions please contact Aubre at 843-812-0566 or visit www.svrsfd.org.


St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 8 AM to 12 PM. All vendors and Crafters are welcome.  An 8 X 10 space with 1 table may be rented for $25.00. For information or to reserve a space you must call 301-475-9543.


PABA - Parents Affected by Addiction - Next Meeting - Thursday November 19 @ 6:30 @ Charles Co., Sheriffs HQ in La Plata.    Guest Speaker will be Wesley - a person in ACTIVE RECOVERY - who manages SEVERAL Sober Living Homes - Transitional Homes (a place for one to live, once they leave their 28 day program) - for both Men AND Women in St. Mary's and Charles Counties. Lots of Helpful Information to be presented.  For MORE INFO., contact PABAParents@yahoo.com.


The St. Mary’s County Library is pleased to announce a special program, ‘JAMuary’. ‘JAMuary’ will include multiple programs through January 2016 for all ages. Through a grant, the St. Mary’s County Library will be purchasing 20 ukuleles for participants to use throughout the programming. On Saturday, January 9, two programs will be held called “Please to Meet Uke!” These beginner classes for the ukulele will be for children ages 6 to 10 years old from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. at the Leonardtown Library and for ages 11 to 14 years from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall Library. No music experience? No problem! Musician Nani Lowery will have you strumming in no time. (Ukuleles provided, Free! Registration required.)


It’s the 21st Annual Holiday Home Tour benefiting Health Share of St. Mary’s. Join us Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm. Tour 6 beautiful, private homes joyfully decorated for the holiday season. Gather a group of friends for a fun afternoon exploring and enjoying exceptional homes. Each residence is unique with architectural details and décor that will charm, fascinate, inform, excite, and occasionally amuse you. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the event at any of the 6 home locations. Tickets are $50 per person for all homes or $10 per house. Advance tickets may also be purchased at locations listed on Health Share of St. Mary’s Facebook page. ALL tour purchases are tax deductible and 100% of proceeds go directly to helping the working poor of St. Mary's County obtain medical treatment. For further information call Mary Leigh at 301-904-4070


The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club Maryland 4 Chapter, a 501c3, will be having their 6th Annual Toy and Cash Drive. On Saturday Nov 28, we will be at the intersection of RT 4 and Dares Beach Road starting at 10:00AM. On Saturday, Dec 5th, we will be at the intersection of 3 Notch Road and 1st Colony Blvd starting at 10:00 AM. Toys and money collected is used to buy Christmas Gifts for Children handpicked from Dept of Social Services of Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. ALL children receive a hat, gloves and a scarf set, their own Christmas sock filled with personal hygiene products, goodies, gifts they have wished for, and a Christmas card to call their own. Please help us help the children of our communities. Any question call Al at 443-532-7119.


The students will walk, jog, and run their way toward a healthier life while raising funds for Mechanicsville Elementary School PSTO. The school is implementing a program called My School Color Run where the students will each select a personal mileage goal, then spend up to eight weeks logging miles to reach their goal. Students will seek pledges based on their mileage goal. At the completion of the training period, the school will celebrate with a color run where participants will be doused in colored celebration powder. This program aims to engage the entire student body in a fitness initiative that is aimed to instill a life-long healthy way of living. The final color celebration run will be open to the public. Interested participants can register for the run by visiting www.MechanicsvilleMSCR.eventbrite.com or for more information contact Lisa Trossbach at mespsto1@gmail.com.


On Saturday November 28th it's All Aboard!  The Polar Express pulls into the La Plata Train Station Museum for the big celebration, turning a storybook tale into a real life magical experience for the whole family. The conductor will welcome visitors aboard to enjoy sing-along carols; complimentary hot chocolate and cookies; and free activities for kids before the North Pole bound train departs at 3:00 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive in grand style at 10:00 a.m. to board the Polar Express and give each child the first gift of Christmas, a bell that rings for all those that BELIEVE!  A professional photographer will be available or you can take your own family photos with jolly ole St. Nick and Mrs. Claus until 1:00 p.m. For more information visit the La Plata Business Association Facebook page. 


The Humane Society of Charles County will host the "2015 Holiday Craft Fair" on December 6th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The craft fair will be held at Thomas Stone High School located at 3785 Leonardtown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601. Proceeds from this craft fair will benefit the non-profit Humane Society of Charles County.


Christmas in April Calvert County is looking for house captains to join our organization. We need you to help us lead teams of volunteers to work on homes on our workday. Work involves attending a couple house captains meetings (and meeting the best volunteers in the county!), working with an area coordinator to assist you in visiting the home that is assigned to you and your crew, and ordering the supplies that you will need for the workday. We welcome groups from our community including all businesses and non-profits! We will only assign a house based on the skill level of you and your group. Our organization is 100% volunteer with 100% of the donations going back into our community. We currently work with about 800 volunteers and are targeted to work on 50 homes this year. We depend on you to help us accomplish our mission: to keep our low income homeowners (including the elderly and veterans) safe and comfortable by making repairs that they can’t make, and that will allow them to remain in their otherwise unsafe homes. Please call with questions or to volunteer for this very important role in organization: Bill: 410-474-5607; Glenn: 240-398-1185; or Steve: 443-532-6334. Visit our website: www.christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org.


Project ECHO’s 4th annual Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning at The Arc of Southern Maryland located at 355 W Dares Beach Rd. Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Registration opens at 6:00 am, race begins at 7:00 am. Early registration is available online and at Project ECHO until November 18th. To register or for more details find us at: www.projectecho.net www.5kturkeytrot.vpweb.com www.facebook.com/projectechoinc/ Project ECHO is the homeless shelter of Calvert County that serves men, women and children. Residents stay rent-free in a safe, sober, substance-free environment for up to 90 days while they work toward stabilizing their lives. Last year ECHO provided more than 13,000 bed nights and nearly 24,000 hot meals to members of our community.


The Civil Air Patrol will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, December 2nd, at the Walter Francis Duke Terminal Building, at St. Mary's County Regional Airport, from 7 to 9 PM. Civil Air Patrol cadets have the opportunity to fly, explore careers in aviation, and build leadership skills. Students must be in the sixth grade or higher to join the cadet program, but all are welcome to attend the Open House. You can find out more about the Civil Air Patrol at their website, http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

Please join The Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum as we celebrate the 2015 holiday season! Sweet Treat Express Workshop: Saturday, November 21 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach. Families! Come build a train engine out of sweets! FREE, DROP-INS WELCOME. Questions? 301-855-4028. Reading of The Polar Express: Friday, December 18 at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Join us for our annual dramatic reading of the classic tale: The Polar Express including songs, a holiday craft and light refreshments. All three readings are identical. FREE, DROP-INS WELCOME. Questions? 410-257-3892


The Benedict Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Auxiliary will be holding it's 2nd annual Santa Fun Run 5K on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Serenity Farm 6932 Serenity Farm Rd. Benedict, Md. Gates open at 2pm, walk/run starts at 3:30pm. $25 online registration, $30 onsite registration/day of. To Register, visit our website www.bvfdrs.com and follow the link. For more information call 301-399-6280 or 301-274-3890.


It’s time for the 27th Annual Festival of Trees benefitting Calvert Hospice at St. John Vianney in Prince Frederick! The festival features beautiful trees, vendors, poinsettias, raffles, and Santa! The event runs Friday, November 27 from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, November 28 from 9 am – 8 pm. We still need tree decorators, and we need volunteers to help with the event. Please call the office at 410-535-0892 for more information on both of these opportunities.


Calvert Library Prince Frederick will be hosting a holiday cookie decorating class on Thursday, December 3, to teach tweens (5th-7th graders) how to professionally decorate holiday cookies. A professional chef will demonstrate decorating techniques and then participants will decorate their own cookies using royal icing to outline the cookies and different colors to fill in the inside. Homemade gifts are always the best kind! All materials will be supplied.  Feel free to bring pictures to inspire your designs or simply use your imagination!  The workshop begins at 6:30pm and should be finished by 8:00pm. Registration is required. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.


Why spend hundreds on a holiday wreath when you can make one yourself at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum holiday wreath workshop. The workshop will be held on December 5th, with workshop sessions at 10 am or 12:30 pm. Class size is limited and reservations are required. Fee for the workshops is $25 or $20 for members of the Friends of JPPM. Receive a $5 discount with a wreath form from a previous year. For more information or to register, call 410-586-8501 or email jef.pat@maryland.gov


On Veterans Day the James E. Richmond Science Center, located next to Blue Crabs Stadium is hosting a special presentation of D-Day: Normandy 1944 in the Digital Fulldome Theater (360 surround). Veterans (active duty and retired) are invited to attend free of charge. It all happens on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 PM • 3:00 PM • 6:00 PM • 7:15 PM. For more information visit http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter/veterans-day-salute/


A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD) will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, MD. The doors open at 7:00pm and the dancing begins at 7:30. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www.smtmd.org. The contra will be preceded at 5:00 by the SMTMD Annual Meeting at which the slate if Board Members will be elected to take office beginning January 1, 2015.  All members are invited.


Give your post-Thanksgiving kitchen a break and experience what and how the colonists prepared food in the “olden days.”  Round up the family for a visit to Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) and learn what a “kingly feast” truly was.  This hearth and home event is a lively exploration of 17th-century foodways focusing on most things venison.  Hearth and Home will take place on November 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All activities are included in general admission to the museum:  $10.00 adult, $9.00 for senior, $6.00 for children age 6-18, and free for those 5 years and younger and Friends members.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and enjoy a $1 discount. Start your visit at the HSMC Visitor Center (18751 Hogaboom Lane).  Hearth and Home in Early Maryland is presented with generous support from the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation.  For more information, contact (240) 895-4990, (800) SMC-1634, or info@hsmcdigshistory.org


On Saturday Nov. 28th, 2015 the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Dept. will hold an All-U-Can-Eat Hunters Breakfast from 3am-9am! The cost is $10 per person and includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee orange juice and milk! Bring your friends, join us before and/or after going into the woods for your hunt and support your local volunteers! Call Andrew at 301-751-6154 for any questions or visit www.nvrsfd.com!


The Ward Museum Presents, “The Silver Bells Holiday Quarter Auction” December 5, 2015 at 6p.m., Auction Preview Starting at 5p.m.! The scent of holiday spirit will be in the air with a variety of holiday baked goods and cocktails for sale.  Program Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, which includes a paddle and your first roll of quarters. Additional Paddles for sale at the door for $5 each. You don’t want to miss out! Each item is only 1-4 quarters to bid on! In addition to the Quarter Auction, a Live Auction will take place for our more generous donations from local businesses.


Church of the Ascension will again host Thanksgiving Dinner for the community on Thursday, November 26, from noon to 3 p.m.  The dinner is free and all you need to bring are your friends and/or a good appetite.  Everyone is welcome.  We're serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, etc.  And, of course, what would Thanksgiving be without dessert!!  The Church is at 21641 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.  Call the Church office at 301-863-8551 for more information.  

Pitch Tournament – High- Low- Jack - Game. Date: Friday, November 20, 2015. Where:  Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. Time: Doors open at 6:15 PM, Tournament starts at 7:30 PM. Must be on time as all tables have to start at once! Cost:  $20.00    NOTE:  Each bump will cost an additional $1 per partner at your table.  Bid 4 and have a chance to win the Buddha Bump Money Fund. Payouts: 1st Place: $250. Prize money is guaranteed with 80 or more players.  RSVP by November 18th and one lucky winner’s registration fee will be FREE.  For more information email: Jennifer.russell@smeco.coop  or call 301-904-0169. Cell phone:   301-904-0169  Monday thru Friday after 4:30 PM – Saturday or Sunday (anytime). Sponsored by: The Auxiliary of The Leonardtown Fire Department.


Auction to benefit Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 6 P.M. Preview at 4 P.M. Immaculate Conception Church Hall (located up the hill behind the church) at 28297 Old Village Avenue, Mechanicsville, Maryland. Live auction, Country Store, bake table, raffles, food table, basket table, and Christmas table, and lots of fun and excitement. Quilts, furniture, antiques, picnic tables, gift sets, dinners, sports memorabilia, collectibles, Afghans, rockers, and many other items made and donated by the parish community. Food (stuffed ham sandwiches, fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, and vegetable crab soup) and drinks available from 4 P.M. For information, contact: Evelyn Arnold (301) 884-4567 or the Rectory (301) 884-3123


Come celebrate International Games Day @ Your Library on Saturday, November 21, with Calvert Library Video Game Tournaments! Sign up for one of our two gaming tournaments to challenge your friends and see who can make it all the way through the bracket. The competition starts at 10:00am with a Mario Kart Wii Tournament for players ages 8-12. Players will race through the flower, fire and star cups to see who the number one driver in the county is. Things heat up at 1:30pm with a Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament for players ages 13 and up.  Players will challenge each other in timed stock matches to see who comes out on top! For more information, call Calvert Library at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 - Special Olympics St. Mary’s County, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Running Club, will hold its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Prediction Run/Walk and 5K Race. Participants may choose to either predict their 5K finish time for the opportunity to win a Thanksgiving turkey, or run a traditional 5K which will award medals to the top three finishers by age group. The race will start and finish near the Visitor’s Center in historic St. Mary’s City. Long sleeve commemorative t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 100 paid entrants and random door prizes will be awarded. For more information on the event and registration options, please visit www.cbrcmd.org . All entry fees are tax deductible and will be used to benefit Special Olympics St. Mary’s County.


There will be a Quarter Auction to Benefit the Rope 'N Wrangler's 4-H Club at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds on Sunday, 12/6/2015 with Doors Open at 1:00 pm and Auction Starts at 2 pm. Come out for some fun and support the Rope 'N Wrangler's 4-H Club a their 6th Annual Quarter Auction. This event will feature over 15 different vendors with an opportunity to win items for only 1 and 2 quarters. It's always a blast and a great way to support our local youth. Vendors will have items for cash and carry. This is another great way to get some of your holiday shopping done. For Reservations contact Lisa at 301-904-9239 or by email at tys_mommy@yahoo.com


The Living Christmas Tree will take place at the Riverdale Ministries at 1177 Largo Road in Upper Marlboro on Friday December 11th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday December 12th and 13th at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This is a can’t miss event for the whole family. Featuring a dynamic choir in a 30 foot tree, live orchestra, thousands of twinkling lights and a heartwarming holiday drama. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors and children 10 and under. Get your tickets at www.livingtreetickets.com or call 301-249-9111.


Holiday Sharing Program, now until end of December:  Holiday Sharing matches donors to seniors and/or families in need during Thanksgiving & Christmas.  Donors shop for food, clothing, and toys for the holiday and personally deliver to the household. The Program is seeking additional donors to meet the growing need in the county and individuals and businesses can register to become donors at: www.dhr.maryland.gov/annearundel. Volunteers are also needed staff the office through the end of the year.  This program has been in operation for 35 years at DSS. For questions, please contact us at 410-269-4462 or HolidaySharing.aacodss@maryland.gov.


Avoid the midnight madness on Black Friday. Instead, come to the Tri-County Animal Shelter to celebrate Black Fur-day throughout the week. Black dogs and cats often take longer to get adopted because their fur can be thought as plain-looking or they do not appear as friendly as lighter-colored pets. To disprove these myths, we are showcasing our furry friends with a reduced adoption fee. For any animal whose coat is 75 percent black, we will reduce the adoption fee by 75 percent. Just a reminder, the shelter will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information call: 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992.


During the month of November, any Tri-County shelter animal 5 years old and over will be available for a reduced adoption fee. Senior dogs are available for $25 and senior cats for $10. There are many benefits to adopting an older animal. Senior pets have developed personalities so you can tell if the animal is a good fit for your family. Most older animals are already housebroken and calmer than their younger counterparts. Adopt an older, gentler soul today. For more information call: 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992.


The members at John Wilmer Trotter/Robert Dean Stethem VFW Post 8810, Waldorf, will host a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 21, 2015, from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m.  The Post is located at 2310 Old Washington Rd.  Vendors will be available to offer items suitable for holiday or anytime gifting, with a percentage of sales donated to our charities.  There will be food and beverages available for purchase (Cash Only). ATM Located on site.  Please help spread the word for this worthy cause and event. We look forward to seeing you on November 21st.  No attendance fee, public welcome.  301-645-6331.


Calvert Hospice announces Navigating the Holidays, a program for those coping with grief during the holiday season. Participants will understand the need for mourning in healthy ways, create realistic goals and expectations, gain ideas and resources to share with others, and find joy in the midst of sorrow.  To register or receive more info, contact Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert@calverthospice.org.

The Charles County Volunteer Rescue Squad is having a Christmas Craft and Vendor Bazaar on December 12th from 9-2. Come out and do some last minute holiday shopping as well as helping to support local business and the Charles County Volunteer Rescue Squad!


SOUTHERN MARYLAND COMMUNITY RESOURCES provides monthly programs and activities for little cost in collaboration with local professionals, churches and service organizations.   Programs are held throughout the Southern Maryland Tri-county area. We have developed social, recreational and educational programs where individuals with developmental differences can contribute their unique gifts and develop their potential. For more information visit WWW.SOMDCR.ORG or call Bonnie Elward at 301-997-8143.


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17– STEAK DINNER.  Order your Steak direct from the Grill-Master.  The $15.00 price tag includes all the trimmings and a beverage.  From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-Level dining room.  Public welcome.  For more information, call (301)855-6466.  www.ALpost206.org


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17 – AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY 206 MEETING.  Begins at 7:00 p.m. in Upper Level Hall of the Chesapeake Beach Stallings-Williams Post.  All members are encouraged to attend and bring their ideas to share.  For information, call President Marcellas at  (301)399-7995.  www.ALPost206.org


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18 -  PIZZA NIGHT - The Sons of the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206 will host their Wednesday Pizza night from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lower Level Dining Room at the Chesapeake Beach Post on Route 260 at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East.  Cost is $8 plus $1 per extra topping.  For information, call (301) 855-6644.  www.ALPost206.org


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 - MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  All members of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 are encouraged to attend the regular meeting, starting at 7:00 p.m., in the Upper Level Meeting Hall at the American Legion Post in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260.  For information call 301-855-6466. www.ALpost206.org


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 – SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS DINNER.  Join us for an informal dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Stallings Williams Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room.  The dinner includes all the trimmings, salad & beverage for a cost of $12.  Call for more information (301) 855-6466.  Public welcome.  www.ALpost206.org


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 – ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR.  The ever-popular Annual Bazaar features something for everyone.   Raffles, Bake sale, crafts, gifts, decorations, numerous vendors, and Santa.  From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., come for a light breakfast and stay for the Special Lunch.  Hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Stallings Williams Post 206  in the Post Upper Level Main Hall on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. There is no Admission Fee and the Public is welcome.   For more information, or to rent a table ($30 & up), call  Brenda Miller (443)964-5722.  www.ALpost206.org


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24 –MEATBALL SUBS WITH CHEESE DINNER”. Join us for an informal dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Auxiliary Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room.  The cost is $10, including sides & beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466.  Public welcome.  www.ALpost206.org


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25 -  PIZZA NIGHT -The Sons of the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206 will host their Wednesday Pizza night from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lower Level Dining Room at the Chesapeake Beach Post on Route 260 at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East.  Cost is $8 plus $1 per extra topping.  For information, call (301) 855-6644.  www.ALPost206.org


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 – MOTOWN DANCE -The Sons of the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206  will host its bimonthly Motown Dance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Upper Level Ballroom of the Post at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East.  The cost of $10 includes draft beer & fountain sodas.  For information call (301) 855-6644.  Public Welcome. www.ALPost206.org.


The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Society, Inc. invites you to the 14th Annual Victorian Christmas December 5th & 6th, 2015. The museum will open at 11:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.  Admission price is $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.  Reservations are not required.  The house will be decorated as it would have been in the Victorian period.  There will be music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Civil War Soldiers and a walking tour of the house.  Please join us as we celebrate our 14th Annual Victorian Christmas! (3725 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Rd., Waldorf, MD 20601—301-274-9358)

Great Mills High School Lighthouse Productions presents William Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Shows are at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 10-12 with a matinee show at 2:00 pm on Saturday.  General admission tickets are $7 and SMCPS staff and student tickets are $5. 


The Annual  Fall Craft Show will be held at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, November 22nd.    The firehouse is located at 24801Three Notch Road in Hollywood, MD.  The Craft Show is open to shoppers and browsers from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  There is no admission fee for shoppers and browsers and there is ample parking, free of charge. The Ladies Auxiliary will have various lunch items for sale throughout the Craft Show that will include,   hamburgers, hotdogs, homemade beef barbecue sandwiches, homemade soup, and stuffed ham sandwiches.   Stuffed ham will be available for purchase by the pound too.  A dining area will be available for shoppers to sit and relax while eating their lunch. For further information about the Fall Craft Show, please visit the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s website at www.hvfd7.com.


The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Fraternal Order of Police and the Calvert County Optimist Clubs are sponsoring the Shop With a Cop program. The Shop With a Cop program joins underprivileged children with local police officers, providing the children with money to shop for Christmas presents for their families and themselves. To make a donation please make your check payable to: Calvert Shop With A Cop at P.O. Box 851, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.


The American Legion Auxiliary Stallings-Williams Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach will host its popular Annual Xmas Bazaar on Saturday November 21, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The Post is located on Route 260 at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East. The Bazaar is a Southern Maryland main-stay, having been held around the Thanksgiving holiday for many years, to officially kick-off the Holiday Season.  Vendors will be available to offer Holiday-themed items and items suitable for gifts. Also the Auxiliary will offer light breakfast and specialty luncheon meals and drinks, plus a bake table, various raffles, music, and many other tables plus Santa to round out the festive mood. As space is limited for this event any Businesses interested in participating should take immediate action to ascertain availability of a table.  Applications can be obtained by calling Brenda Miller at 443-964-5722 email B.Miller8069@comcast.net.


The Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad is having a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 19th from 8 am – 11 am. All are invited for a home cooked breakfast and a visit with Santa Claus. Bring your camera and get a photo with Santa. Admission by donation. Visit www.pfvrs.org for more information.


Margaret Brent Middle School HOLIDAY BAZAAR!!! Please join the Margaret Brent Middle School Relay For Life Team on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Located at M.B.M.S. Just $1.00 Entrance Fee; 12 and under free. There will be Vendors; Crafters; Door Prizes; Raffles; Silent Auction; Food; Baked Goods Table; Fun times for kids with craft table and Meet and Greet Santa; Bring cameras! Tables : $30.00 plus raffle donation. If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact:. Danielle Welch @ 301-672-0891 or email to Daniellemwelch@aol.com


The Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association will be holding it's annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show on Sunday, December 6th, 10 am - 3 pm, at 28120 Old Flora Corner Road in Mechanicsville, MD  20659. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. Santa will arrive at 11 AM. Sorry no pets allowed. Kids do your Christmas shopping for your family at our Kids Table. There will be over 30 vendors; door prizes; and food for sale. Vendors - rent a table for $35. Please pre-register for the table by calling Kathy Owens at 301-884-8432. Please bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped gift to donate to needy families in the area.



Spring Dell Center has been supporting adults with developmental disabilities for over 45 years, twenty-two of those years have included a successful auction and dinner that has provided resources for various programs provided by the agency.  Again this year, the organization will hold a live and silent auction/dinner scheduled for November 20, 2015 at the Jaycees Center, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD.  The event will have over 200 items, generating funds to support programs for individuals with disabilities that are not funded by the state. Advance tickets are $40 and $50 at the door.  Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. To join the event with a donation and/or sponsorship, or to gain additional information regarding the event, call 301-934-4561.  Information may also be obtained by visiting springdellcenter.org.


Craft show in Huntingtown is seeking hand made crafters for its Second Annual Craft Show on December 12.  Information and registration are available on our website, JesusDivineWord.com


The Cobb Island Vol. Fire Dept. Auxiliary will be having a Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale on Sat., November 21 from 10a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 17069 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island.   Anyone interested in renting a table please contact 301-885-9584,or visit www.CIVFD.com for information. Refreshments will be available.


Calvert Hospice announces that the next session of Bridges, our support group for children and adultswho are grieving the death of someone close. The session begins on October 8 and continues each Thursday until November 19. The group will meet at Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick from 6:30 –8 pm. Children and teens are divided into age-appropriate peer groups where creative activities and discussion are used to assist with coping and healing. Adult family members learn the similarities and differences between child and adult grief and gain knowledge about supporting their children as well as themselves. Adults will meet in an adult support group at the same time their children are in their peer groups. For more information or to register, contact Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or mruppert@calverthospice.org.


Expert craftsmen, gourmet cocoa, Glühwein, and home-baked goods make the 9th Annual Christmas Market the place to be Sat, 12 Dec, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at All Saints' Episcopal Church, corner of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Rain, snow or shine! Free admission & parking. Proceeds benefit parish & community projects.


Calvert Hospice’s 27th Annual Festival of Trees is right around the corner! The festival will be held at St. John Vianney in Prince Frederick on November 27 from 5 – 9 pm and November 28 from 9 am –8 pm.  The theme of Festival of Trees is “A Season to Remember.” This year’s festival will feature: beautifully decorated trees, family entertainment, several vendors, a poinsettia display, and Santa! The following opportunities are available: Festival Sponsorship, Tree Sponsorship, Poinsettia Purchase and Program Advertisement. Calvert Hospice is also looking for volunteers to decorate trees, assist with registration, and help with many other important tasks to make this final Festival of Trees a success. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amanda Peterson at 410-535-0892 or apeterson@calverthospice.org









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