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Dynard Elementary school is having a holiday bazaar on Wednesday December 17th from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. There will be something for everyone including a Santa shop , silent auction, tree auction, craft and vendors along with a bake sale and concessions from the 7th District Optimist Club. Special visit from Santa and Mrs.  Claus with pictures for the kids will also be available.

 

Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center is in place to rescue and raise the injured and orphaned wildlife of Maryland.  It is one of the largest wildlife rescue centers in the state and maintains a high release rate of 94%.  The Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center is looking for outstanding volunteers to continue their success in saving Maryland’s wildlife.  If you are unable to make it to the center and are still interested in helping the cause you can always donate to the center.  Your donations would go directly to feeding and saving the animals that come through our facility. In order to donate you can either visit our website at Orphaned-wildlife-rescue-center.com or click on the pay pal button, you can mail us directly at 12199 Bonanza Trail, Lusby Maryland 20657, or you can call us at (410) 326-0937.

 

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, St. Mary's Ryken High School will be sponsoring a Basket and Bags Bingo, with great name brand prizes.  This event benefits the alcohol and drug free Post Prom Lock In Party.  $20 entrance fee for a book of 20 bingo games.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7pm.  Event is held at St. Mary's Ryken High School gymnasium in Leonardtown.  For more information, please call 301-373-4182

 

The Captain Avery Museum now has 2015 Tour Bells for Sale! The Tour Bell is a beautiful green and red gift card that can be redeemed for the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) being held in May 2015. The pilgrimage in Southern Anne Arundel County is sponsored by the Captain Avery Museum. Offered at only $25,

the sales of the Tour Bells benefit the Captain Avery Museum. Tour Bells are available until January 30, and their compact size makes them an ideal stocking stuffer, Christmas card insert, or hostess gift. After January 30, tickets may be purchased at $30 each. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at $35 each. The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage is offering five unique tours highlighting some of the finest private homes, gardens and churches in the state. The day long excursions include catered lunches and guided tours as well as an informative, keepsake magazine for the recipient to enjoy and share. Contact the Cheryl Rigdon at 443-203-6882 or www.captainaverymuseum.org

 

The Hollywood United Methodist Church will hold it’s Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday, December 24th 2014 at 7:00pm. The service will consist of combined choirs. Our services are traditional and all are welcome to attend. Child care services will be provided. For more information, call the church at 301-373-2500. The Hollywood United Methodist Church is located at 24422 Mervell Dean Road Hollywood, MD.

 

Calvert Hospice will offer its Bridges grief support group for children, teens and adult family members who are grieving the death of a loved one beginning Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The FREE 7 session support group will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (Education Building) located at 90 Church Street in Prince Frederick.  Bridges is open to all Calvert County children and teens ages 6 to 17 dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pre-Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert@calverthospice.org.

 

Kody Norris & the Watauga Mountain Boys will be at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, Maryland on Sunday January 11, 2015.  The American Legion Bluegrass concert series is still the best Bluegrass bargain in town at $15.00 per person.  The show will begin at 2 pm with show host, Jay Armsworthy & Woody Norris.  Doors open at Noon. For more information, tickets, and directions, go to www.americanlegionbluegrass.com or call 301-737-3004.  All paid tickets will be held at the door for pick up on the day of the show.

 

SMILE Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. will be hosting its annual Christmas dinner on Christmas day, December 25, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will be held at the American Legion in Lusby, Maryland.  Santa will be there, too.  Everyone is welcome! For information on SMILE, check the web page at www.smileinc.org.

 

The Relay For Life of Charles County Chili Kick-off Event will be held on January 24th from 1pm to 4pm at South Potomac Church. The website for tickets is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chili-kick-off-tickets-14893983305. Entries for our chili cook-off will be accepted until January 20th. Please enter your chili into one of the following four caterogies: Hottest, Most Unique, Most Traditional, or Best Overall. Set up will begin 30 minutes prior to the start time. All entries must be pre-cooked. The entry fee is $10 per pot of chili. Payment will be accepted by arrival January 24th. You are welcome to enter more than one chili. We have a limit of 50 chili spots open. We will also have limited fundraising space open. If your Relay team would like to fundraise at kick-off, purchase a table for $20. Vendor table rental is $40. Chili Tasting packages will be available on site for purchase. For questions or more specifics please email kickoffrflcc@gmail.com.

 

Children's Programs at the Bayside History Museum, 4025 4th St, North Beach, Maryland:

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm: Make & Take a Snowflake!  Families come spend the afternoon creating a flurry of take-home craft snowflakes, hear a snowy story and see old-time pictures of the Twin Beaches in wintertime! Ages 3+, children must be accompanied by an adult. $5.00/child for supplies REGISTRATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE baysidechildrensprograms@hotmail.com or 301-855-4028 to register   www.baysidehistorymuseum.org

 

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 2pm: Valentine Postcard Workshop View some local vintage postcards, then spend the afternoon creating take-home postcard valentine crafts! Ages 3+, children must be accompanied by an adult. $5.00/child for supplies REGISTRATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE baysidechildrensprograms@hotmail.com or 301-855-4028  to register www.baysidehistorymuseum.org

 

Attention National Guard and Reserve Members. Does your civilian employer go above and beyond to support your military service? Nominate your exceptional employer for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense's highest honor recognizing employer support of the Guard and the Reserve. Nominations will be accepted until January 19th, 2015. Visit www.freedomaward.mil to nominate now.

 

Volunteers are the heart of hospice in Calvert County. Calvert Hospice volunteers help care for patients, support families, comfort the bereaved, assist with office work, provide community outreach and support special events/fundraisers.  Regardless of the type of volunteerism you may be interested in, everyone must go through training.  Our next Volunteer training dates are as follows: (You must attend all three days) Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training takes place at the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House located at 4559 Sixes Road in Prince Frederick.  For more info contact Anne Stavely at 410.535.0892, astavely@calverthospice.org or visit calverthospice.org.

The Charles County Antique Arts Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. on January 6, 2015, at the Charles County Social Services Building. Guest speaker will be Elaine Flynn from "Our Town Topics", a Tour Guide and speaker from Alexander, Va. Elaine makes "D.C. Come Alive", as she plays the role of Alice Roosevelt Longworth in "Scandals In The City". After this presentation, our members will truly understand that Elaine "lives and breathes Washington, D.C." Guests welcome. For more info., call 301-934-6949.

 

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is Open Late on the Third Thursday of the Month.  This month it falls on December 18th.  A great time to come Decompress before the Holiday frenzy really gets into action.  Bring your friends and co-workers to hang-out at the Museum. Regular Admission Fees apply.  Do not forget to mark your calendars for 15 January 2015.  Thank you for supporting the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

 

The St. Mary's Gymnastics Booster Club will be sponsoring a Drop and Shop for children ages 5-12 on Saturday, December 20th from 3-6 PM.  Cost is $15 per child which includes crafts, face painting, supervised open gym, pizza, drinks and snacks. The event will be held at the St. Mary's Gymnastics Center on 21770 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park. Registration is limited, so pre-registration is requested.  For more information or registration forms, contact youmansc@gmail.com.

 

Visitors seeking a unique holiday experience can look no further than the Christmas Open House hosted by the St. Clement’s Island Museum. The holiday event takes place on Saturday, December 13 and includes free museum admission! As an added bonus visitors can enjoy the 29th Annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit (Christmas by the Bay), holiday refreshments, and a program of fun and festivity! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 12 noon to 2 p.m. to greet children and listen to their very special Christmas wishes. Be sure to bring your camera! The St. Clement’s Island Museum is managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road, the end of Route 242, in Colton’s Point, MD. Please call the Museum Division offices at 301-769-2222 for more information or log on to www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

 

The next meeting of the Decoding Dyslexia Southern Maryland, Parent Support is Monday, December 15 from 7-8:30 pm. The DD-MD business meeting is from 6-7pm.  All are welcome to attend. Location:  Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 2341 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md 20619. Contact: Laura Schultz, DecodingdyslexiaMD@gmail.com or http://dyslexiasomd.weebly.com/meetings.html Decoding Dyslexia MD is a grassroots movement driven by Maryland families concerned with the identification and access to educational interventions for students with dyslexia in Maryland public schools. DD-MD was formed to provide parent support, empower families and inform policy makers about best practices to educate and support students with language learning disabilities like dyslexia.

 

SMILE Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. Food Pantry Christmas holidays closing/opening dates: The SMILE Ecumenical Ministries, Inc.  Food Pantry  will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015.

There will be a Perishable Food Distribution on Monday, January 5 and Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Food Pantry will reopen on Wednesday, January 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for regular distribution.

 

St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lusby will be having a Christmas Play on December 24, 2014 at 4 pm. The play is free to attend. For more information people can call the church office at (410) 326-4475.

The Mechanicsville Optimist Club would like to announce the Annual Christmas Tree Sales event. It will run until all trees are sold. Tree’s range from 6’ to 9’ with prices from $45 -$65. We also have table top trees for $25. All trees are freshly cut fraizer fur. Locations for tree sales are at McKay’s in Charlotte Hall and Mechanicsville Carnival lot across from Bank of America. All proceed go to help the local youth and community service programs.

 

During the month of December, the Tri-County Animal Shelter will run a holiday promotion to place loving animals into a new home for the holidays. The adoption fee will be reduced to $10 for kittens and $5 for cats. Dog adoptions will be reduced to $100.  All cats and dogs will have their first vaccine and micro-chip, as well as be spayed or neutered.  Animals will also be examined by a veterinarian, and cats tested for feline leukemia. Our adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/animalshelter/tri-county-animal-shelter. To check out the cat cam, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/tcas/catcam. Already have enough cats and dogs in your home? Remember the shelter also gets in rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pot belly pigs, turtles, lizards and even livestock such as horses. Call the shelter for adoption pricing. The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992.

 

A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller Sargon DeJesus, will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 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. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun (and exercise)! If you’ve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you have a good idea how much fun it can be. If you haven’t, it’s about time you tried it! Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7:00 to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $10 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members (band members are free). No special clothing is required! You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www.smtmd.org.

Operation Warrior Refuge is dedicated to helping the Military, Veterans, and ­first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and combat stress by giving them the tools they need to cope with the Symptoms of PTSD and combat stress. We value our warriors who have served our country during war time and strive to help them through their emotional wounds. For upcoming fundraising events in Southern Maryland, visit www.OWR22.ORG

 

Christmas Open House at Summerseat Farm with Santa and Hay Rides on Sunday, December 7, 11:00 to 3:00.  Come visit the farm animals, tour the decorated manor house, take a hay ride around the farm.  Children can see Santa Claus, have some cookies and make a Christmas craft.  We welcome the public to this special Open House.   Summerseat is located in Mechanicsville on route 235 north of Loveville Road.  See www.summerseat.org for further information.  Event is free; donations appreciated.

 

The Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be having a Vendor/Craft Show at the Rescue Squad Building, 21530 Colton's Point Road, Rt. 242, Avenue, MD on Sunday December 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and enjoy many gifts available from vendors and crafters, as well as food, drinks and homemade desserts.

 

Real Life Wesleyan Church on Old Village Road in Mechanicsville is hosting their annual children's Christmas Musical. There will be three opportunities for you to come check out the show: Friday, December 12th at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 13th at 6:00pm, Sunday, December 14th at 11:00am.

 

On December 21st, the Hughesville Baptist Church Choir will be giving the congregation a gift that’s bursting with joy and celebration!  MY HEART LONGS FOR CHRISTMAS will be presented during the 10:30 am Worship Service. This moving new musical was created by multiple Dove Award winner Tony Wood, along with notable songwriters Allie Lapointe and Nick Roberson and arranged and orchestrated by the well loved David T. Clydesdale. For more info, please dial 301-884-8642 or 301-274-3236.

The Volunteer Fire and EMS departments in Charles County are conducting a "Winter Coat Drive" with a 300 coat goal for this event. Your local Volunteer Fire and EMS Departments are asking citizens to drop off "gently used" coats, hats, gloves, and any other accessories that will keep the less fortunate folks in the county warm during the winter. If you need more information call Bill at 301-934-3581.

 

The 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee will have a Breakfast with Santa & Mrs Claus, All-You-Can-Eat; Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014; starts 8:00 a.m. & ends at 11:00 a.m.; Cost for adults is $8.00, children from age 6 – 12 is $4.00, and children 5 and under are free; Menu consists of scrambled Eggs, Home Fried Potatoes, Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage Links, Ham, Hot Biscuits, Creamed Chipped Beef, Spiced Applesauce, Grits, Assorted Juices, milk and coffee; For more information call 301-994-9999.

 

The Calvert Animal Welfare League is having a Joyful Paws Holiday Open House on SATURDAY December 6, 10 am til 3pm. Lunch will be available for purchase. There will be Pet and Family Pics with Santa, Vendors, Holiday decor in the Second Chance Shop, Quilt raffle, Silent Auction or Buy it Now items suitable for gift giving. And of course, the best pets in Calvert County available for adoption! 1040 Prince Frederick Blvd. Prince Frederick, MD. Cawl@comcast.net or 410-535-9300 for more information.

 

The Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is have its annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa on December 6 from 8 am -12 pm at Firehouse on 925. The Breakfast is $10 for adults $5 for kids 6-12 and kids under 5 eat free. The all you can eat breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits, fruit, coffee, juice and hot chocolate. Santa pictures will be taken. Any questions contact: Cindy Kersey 301-645-5292.

 

The Hollywood United Methodist Church will be having a Christmas cookie sale on Saturday, Dec 13, 2014. The sale will begin at 9:00 am in Galilee Hall (lower level). The church is located at 24422 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood Md. Call 301-737-6492 for further inquiries.

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Maryland is pleased to announce their winter In Our Own Voice presentation on Saturday December 6th 10am -12pm at the Realtor Center (where their office is located) in Hughesville. Hear stories of perseverance, strength and hope from those living with mental illnesses such as Bi-Polar Disorder, Major Depression and PTSD.  Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of your loved ones or friends who suffer from these often debilitating brain disorders.

 

Connect Southern Maryland will be hosting a free Health Insurance Enrollment Event on Wednesday December 3, located at the College of Southern Maryland, 115 JW Williams Dr. Building B Meeting Room 103-105. Connect Southern Maryland is a non-profit, free service that helps individuals and families enroll in health insurance plans through the State of Maryland’s own healthcare market place, Maryland Health Connection.  Come out between 2:00 pm- 8:00pm and sign up to avoid paying fines, and get protected from unexpected, high medicals expenses.  Even if you already have health insurance through the Marketplace, Connect Southern Maryland can help you get coverage for 2015.  Call our toll-free number 1-855-339-3007 or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

 

On Thursday, December 18, at 7pm, join Calvert Library for a holiday tradition...hot cocoa, a concert and sing-along! We'll start with a film featuring the original Grinch.  Then very popular vocalists Emily Bowen Mudd, Nathan Bowen, Jennifer Cooper and Peter Crews will share some of their favorite tunes and get you in the holiday frame of mind. The concert will culminate in a whole family sing-along!  This event has been going on in some form or another for several years and the library looks forward to seeing friends old and new.  For more information call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

 

Join the American Chestnut Land Trust on Friday, December 5th:10:00am – 3:00pm for a Wreath Making Workshop & Greens Sale Prep. Join in on ACLT's preparations for the annual Greens Sale on Friday, December 5th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Warrior's Rest Sanctuary. Learn to create and decorate holiday wreaths. You can choose to join us, for free, and donate all of your handmade wreaths to the Greens Sale, or you can pay $25 for materials, make at least two wreaths, and take one home with you. Lunch is provided for all registered participants. Visit www.ACLTWEB.org to register!

 

Join the American Chestnut Land Trust on Saturday, December 6th: 11:00am – 2:00pm for the ACLT’s Holiday Greens Sale and Hayride! Bring the kids and your holiday spirit! Enjoy a hayride and holiday cheer while you shop for fresh decorating greens, wreaths and swags  at this year's annual Greens Sale to benefit the Warrior's Rest Sanctuary.  Location:   ACLT’s Southside Trailhead 1985 Scientists Cliffs Road, Port Republic, MD.   See you there!  www.ACLTWEB.org

Come on out for some fun and support the Rope ’N Wranglers 4-H Club at their 5th Annual Quarter Auction!   This event will feature over 15 different vendors with an opportunity to win items for only 1 or 2 quarters. Snacks will be available for purchase. We even anticipate a special guest appearance from a special  big guy himself! Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014. Doors Open at 1:00 pm. Auction Begins at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds In the “Tolerance Hall” at 42455 Fair Grounds Road in Leonardtown, MD. For reservations or questions, contact Lisa at 301-904-9239 or tys_mommy@yahoo.com

 

You are cordially invited to: The Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of “The Hive”. Come see the new home of FIRST TEAM 836 The RoboBees. When: 6:30 – 8:00 PM on December 8th, 2014 Where: Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center - Robotics Lab in Leonardtown, Maryland. Hors d'oeuvres will be served

RSVP: Team836@RoboBees.org

 

Join us at the James E. Richmond Science Center for our “Let It Snow!” Saturday special on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  There will be 3 showings of the Let It Snow movie between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Other activities include showings of “Dream to Fly” movie, the science of snowflakes, hands on science stations, hot chocolate station and fun snow activities in the Discovery Lab!  For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter.  The Science Center is located at 5305 Piney Church Rd., Waldorf, MD 20602 – located inside of St. Charles High School, 301-934-7464.

 

The Waldorf Lions Club will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Waldorf Firehouse on Route 925 Old Washington Road on December 8th from noon until 5:30 pm. Walk ins are welcome after 1:00 pm. If you need more information you can call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

 

Here are upcoming events at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department: Saturday November 29th 2014, 5:30pm to 8pm it's the Bay District Winter Wonderland. There will be fun for everyone! Tree Lighting will take place. Guests will enjoy a magic show, music, moon bounces, Crafts for the kids, Fire Truck Rides, and much MORE! Pictures with Santa! Food will be available for purchase. And on Sunday December 7th 2014 from 8am to 1pm it's Breakfast with Santa. $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, FREE ages 4 and younger. Come enjoy an assortment of Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, French Toast, Coffee, and Juice. Get your picture taken with Santa.  50/50 and gift raffles.

 

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is hosting a Christmas Concert by The Acappella Vocal Ensemble (AVE) on Sunday, December 7th at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free. Any donations benefits the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Building Fund. Please join us for a lovely afternoon and invite your family, friends and neighbors. St. Paul's Lutheran Church is located at 37707 New Market Turner Road in Mechanicville Maryland. For more information you can call 301-884-5184.

 

Evergreen Elementary will be having thier Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00-2:00pm. Please join us for an afternoon of fun and holiday shopping with over 40 vendors to shop from! Everything from handmade crafts to the top selling Home-Based Business Consultants. All with CASH & CARRY items to make you shopping a breeze! ADMISSION: $1.00 The school is located at 43765 Evergreen Way California, MD.

 

The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad invite you to thier Annual Christmas Festival & Silent Auction. “A Vintage Christmas” will take place on Friday, November 28, 2014 from 9:00 am - 8:30 pm. Free admission event featuring a scenic holiday train display, face painting, as well as a wagon and toy raffle worth over $500. Many handmade items from local craftsmen, decorated Christmas trees and wreaths will be auctioned. All proceeds benefit the LVRS Auxiliary. Visit our website for more information! www.lvrs.org

 

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, join Calvert Library Prince Frederick as we present a classic romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  Find out if fate, with a little help from a young boy, can bring them together at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.  Lights go down at 6:00 p.m., and the film will be followed by a short discussion ending by 8:30. Popcorn and coffee will be served.  For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

Christmas Breakfast with Special Guest Santa Claus Sunday, December 7, 2014

8:00 am to 11:30 am at Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Dept. There will be photos with Santa, fire prevention, and a 50/50 raffle. Menu prepared by Auxiliary to the Leonardtown Vol. Fire Department. Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Home Fries, Apple Sauce, Coffee, Tea, Juice and Milk. To Benefit Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department. Adults $10.00, Children 3-10, $5.00 Under 2 - Free

 

On Friday, December 5, the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League will host their 1st annual Santa Paws Boutique - a pet friendly family shopping and holiday festival at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, Maryland.  Enjoy festive lights and music, shopping from over 50 local small businesses, family and pet photos with Santa, a gingerbread doghouse and dog treat doghouse competitions, a brown bag auction, and much more.  The event runs from 5:00PM until 9:00PM.  Admission and parking are free.  There will be a special dinner with Santa at 6:00PM with limited seating and advanced tickets to the dinner are required.  For information, visit www.smawl.org or call 410-474-2958.  Proceeds support the rescued animals of SMAWL.

 

Twin Beach Players presents Babes in Toyland, weekends November 28th thru December 14th. The theater is located at the North Beach Boys and Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Avenue, North Beach, MD. Come and see this wonderful production for the Holidays that has some beloved characters from our childhood that learn a few lessons along the way with a little holiday spirit. It's a show you won’t forget!

 

Riverdale Ministries invites you to join them for their 28th annual 'The Living Christmas Tree' on Friday December 13th and 14th at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. For more information visit www.riverdaleministries.org

 

Tuesday, Dec 9th, is “Manga Otaku Mini-Manga  Night” at Calvert  Library Twin Beaches Branch! Teen and tween otaku (i.e., fans of Japanese comics and anime) will draw and write their own mini comics! Artist and illustrator McNevin Hayes will guide you through the basics of story layout, thumbnails,  and character construction.  Japanese style snacks will be provided. The event will run from 7 to 8:30 PM.  Be sure to register; space is limited. For information visit us online at calvertlibrary.info or call 410-257-2411.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Church of the Ascension 21641 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park on Thursday, November 27 from 12 – 3 p.m. Family dinner; all are welcome.  FREE. Call 301-863-8551 for more information.

 

Calvert High School Theatre will be presenting Little Women by Marisha Chamberlain - a stage adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel - at 7PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 20, 21, 22 with a 1PM matinee on Saturday.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.  All proceeds will benefit future Calvert High productions.

 

Saturday, December 6, Crossroad Christian Church (150 Ball Road, St. Leonard, 20685) is holding its Annual Holiday Bazaar from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This event is open to the public. Come join us for your Holiday shopping. We have many vendors, including lots of hand-made crafts! FREE Door Prize ticket for each patron and prizes will be drawn continuously throughout the day. You won't want to miss our gift basket raffles! There will be food sales, so take a break from shopping for lunch. For more information (vendors and patrons), please visit our website at www.crossroadchurch.com or contact Michelle at (410) 586-1272, ext. 104,  or email: michelle@crossroadchurch.com.

 

December 13 and 14, 2014 – Chesapeake Choral Arts Society presents: Great Composers, Great Works at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center, in La Plata, MD.  The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Michael Santana and Leroy Pressley, will perform Great Composers, Great Works to include: Johann Sebastian Bach — Dona Nobis Pacem (from the Mass in B Minor), Ludwig van Beethoven — Hallelujah (from Christ on the Mount of Olives) and more. The CCAS Winter 2014 concert will be performed at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 - $15 and can be purchased at the door (cash/check only), online at www.chesapeakechoral.com, or by calling 301-642-0594.

 

West Charles Community Church is having a free hunter's breakfast on November 29th from 4 to 6 am at the Nanjemoy Community Center located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road.  Call 240-585-0657 or 301-751-5273 for information.

 

Hospice of Charles County proudly announces their hosting of the Charles County Holiday Festival, on Saturday December 6, 9AM to 4PM and Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 11AM to 4PM. Saturday, children of all ages can come out and have breakfast with Santa and Pitch at 8AM, 9AM, or 10AM.  In keeping with the time honored traditions of the Festival of Trees, both days will allow patrons to enter Blue Crabs Stadium, beginning at 11AM, and be transported into a Winter Wonderland where they can view costumed decorated trees that align the halls of Santa’s workshop. This is a rain or shine event, for your comfort the event will take place in an enclosed and heated setting. General admission is $5.00/person. Breakfast with Santa only is $5.00/person. Breakfast with Santa and general admission $8.00/person. Moonlight & Mistletoe Dinner $60.00/person. For more information go to www.hospiceofcharlescounty.org .

 

Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church St., Prince Frederick, Md. will host its 50th Annual Winter Festival on Saturday December 6th  from 12-6 p.m.  Ham & Oyster Dinner - Adults $19, Children 12 and under $10, Children 6 and under Free.  Dinner includes: Fried Oysters, Ham, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Hot Homemade Biscuits, Dessert, Coffee or Iced Tea.  Carry Out available.  Youth group will also be selling ice cream sundaes.  Check out the Country Store, Attic Treasures, Baked Goods and Craft tables.  Also for sale Gourmet cupcakes, wreaths, fruitcakes and nuts!  Information 410-535-1782.    www.trinityumchurch.org

 

Are you starting to think about Holiday Gifts for those hard to buy for family and friends? The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum has a solution for you.  The Flightline Gift shop is filled with unique merchandise for the certain someone who is or has served this Country in uniform or your avid aviator or modeler young and old. For more information please call the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

 

Still have not found that perfect Holiday Gift? The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum has a solution for you.   They are hosting a “Gifts from the Gee-Dunk” Holiday Bazaar. Local Artists and Venders will be at the museum on Sunday 14 December from 11-4.  Leonardtown High School Habitat for Humanity Club will be on-hand throughout the day to help with your Holiday Gift Wrapping. For more information please call the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

 

From Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 7, the Charles County Holiday Trail will offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, while visiting county landmarks. Admission costs, dates, and times vary with location. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit www.CharlesCountyHolidayTrail.com.

 

The 13th Annual Silent Angel Memorial will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 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.

What did it take to get through the winter 350 years ago?  Forget a quick trip to the store—you needed enough food to last until the next harvest, a secure shelter that would keep out the elements, and clothes to keep you warm.  At Hearth and Home in Early Maryland, today’s families can explore the skills that allowed Maryland’s first citizens to weather the cold.  Hearth and Home will take place on November 28 and 29, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC). Begin your visit at the HSMC Visitor Center at 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City.  Admission is $10 for adults, $9 seniors, $6 students, and free for those under 6 years and Friends members.  Bring a non-perishable food item for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1!  For more information, contact 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or info@hsmcdigshistory.org.

 

Spend New Year's Eve at the St. Mary's County Elks Lodge for their Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos. There will be an Italian dinner, champagne, party favors and more. Dinner is 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with the piano show starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and the proceeds will go to sponsor the civic events the Elks Lodge sponsors all year. To purchase tickets call 301-863-7800. Or visit www.cuttingedgeduelingpianos.com

 

Join the students and staff of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center for their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 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 next meeting of the Decoding Dyslexia Southern Maryland, Parent Support is Monday, November 17, from 7-8 pm followed by a DD-MD business meeting from 8-9pm. Location:  Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 2341 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md 20619. Decoding Dyslexia MD will hold a business meeting at the Leonardtown Library from 10am-12 on Friday, November 21. 2014.  Contact: Laura Schultz, DecodingdyslexiaMD@gmail.com or http://dyslexiasomd.weebly.com/meetings.html

 

The Mechanicsville Vol. Ladies Auxiliary is holding there 30th annual Holiday Bazaar. Sunday November 30th from 10am- 3pm at the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Social Hall. Admission to the event is Free. Come enjoy the Homemade crafts, vendors, raffles,  food and more. Don't forget Santa will make an appearance and be available for pictures  from 12-1pm. Hope to see you there! For questions or more information call 301-884-4519. Or email Meghannet@yahoo.com.

 

Visit the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Society, Inc.'s 13th Annual Victorian Christmas on December 6th and 7th. 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. Claus, Civil War Soldiers and a walking tour of the house. The Mudd house is located at 3725 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Road in Waldorf Md. for more information call 301-274-9358.

 

The Great Mills High School Engineering Club will sponsor the  Sixth Annual Southern Maryland Jeopardy Tournament on Friday, January 16th at 6:30 pm in the GMHS auditorium.  Local businesses can sponsor employees to be a contestants in the tournament.  The winner will receive a trophy as well as bragging rights for your company for a full year.  The public is welcome to be a member of the studio audience.  Admission is $5 per person.  Please visit our website at http://schools.smcps.org/gmhs/clubs/84-engineering-club for registration information.

 

Trinity United Methodist Church choir and chamber orchestra will be presenting The Mystery and the Majesty on Sunday, December 14 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. From jubilant glorias to gentle manger lullabies, this inspirational cantata celebrates the wonder and splendor of Christmas.  Traditional carols and newly composed seasonal anthems blend with thoughtful narration to help create a meaningful and unforgettable musical experience.

 

Mark Your Calendar! SANTA IS ON HIS WAY TO...Margaret Brent Middle School HOLIDAY BAZAAR!!! Please join the Margaret Brent Middle School and the Relay For Life Team on Saturday, December 6, 2014. 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Located at M.B.M.S. $1.00 Entrance Fee; 12 and under free. 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! If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact: Danielle Welch @ 301-672-0891 or email to Daniellemwelch@aol.com Tables : $30.00 plus raffle donation.

Three Oaks Center Homeless Center in Lexington Park is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and permanent for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. We also provide a women’s shelter in the Lexington Park area in addition to serving our veterans. Each year Three Oaks conducts a Art Show and Silent auction to support and benefit the center. The name of the event is WARMTH, meaning Working Artists Raising Money for The Homeless. There will be myriad displays of Original paintings, Signed prints, photographs, painted glassware, pottery, sculpture, fiber arts and much more. All donations, proceeds from silent auction, and 30% of all art sales will benefit the center. Art is donated by local artists.  Donations for the events are $8.00 per person or 2 for $15.00. For additional information please call 301-863-9535 or visit www.threeoakscenter.org for our online auction.  The event will occur on November 29, 2014 from 2pm-7pm at the “Camalier House” located at 22635 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

 

Calvert High School Powder Puff Football. Friday, November 14, 2014. Freshmen girls vs. Sophomore girls 6PM. Junior girls vs. Senior girls 7:30 PM. Calvert High Stadium Field. Admission $3. The concession stand will be open. All proceeds benefit CHS PTSA Scholarships.

 

Connect Southern Maryland will be hosting a free Health Insurance Enrollment Event on Saturday December 6, located at the Health Partners building at 3070 Crain Hwy in Waldorf, MD.  Connect Southern Maryland is a non-profit, free service that helps individuals and families enroll in health insurance plans through the State of Maryland’s own healthcare market place, Maryland Health Connection.  Come out between 9 am and 4 pm and sign up to avoid paying fines, and get protected from unexpected, high medicals expenses.  Even if you already have health insurance through the Marketplace, Connect Southern Maryland can help you get coverage for 2015.  Call our toll-free number 1-855-339-3007 for more information.

 

Southern Maryland Dirt Riders (which is a group of riders from the age of about 4 years old and up) gather toys for the very deserving children who by no fault of their own have a need for the services of The Center For Children in La Plata, Maryland. Monday evening December 8th, Santa and Mrs. Claus along with the members of the Southern Maryland Dirt Riders will deliver toys to these children at the Waldorf Jaycees Building. The public is welcome to attend. If you would like to help this organization in the future events visit www.smdr.org.

 

Sons of the American Legion of Post 238 in Hughesville, Maryland presents the next concert in the series of 6 shows for the 2014 – 2015 concert series.  The show will be Sunday November 16, 2014 featuring Bluegrass greats “The Lost & Found”.  Opening the show will be Josh Grigsby & County Line from Colonial Beach, Virginia.   It will be an afternoon of “Virginia” Bluegrass. The show begins at 2:00 pm and the doors open at noon with a Fried Chicken Dinner for sale at a separate price.  Admission is “STILL” the best entertainment bargain in town, $15.00 per person.  Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult. For more information call 301-737-3004 or visit

www.americanlegionbluegrass.com

 

Solomons Island is about to host a world wide event like never before. Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity-The Mrs. World Beauty Pageant will be held on November 19th, at 8PM in the Patuxent Auditorium at 12485 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby, MD. Tickets are available at the Holiday Inn Solomons front desk, United Way of Calvert office in Prince Frederick, or through email request: 2014mrsworld@gmail.com. There are 41 confirmed contestants from around the world! Preliminaries will be held November 17th, at 7PM in the Patuxent Auditorium. Tickets for the preliminaries are $30, Tickets for the Finals on November 19th are $40, or enjoy both evenings for $50! Proceeds benefit the United Way of Calvert County & Patuxent High School.

 

Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, right down Sotterley Lane! It’s time to kick-off your Christmas season at Sotterley’s Family Plantation Christmas on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Begin the day with Breakfast with Santa! We offer two seatings; 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Purchase your tickets online today at: www.sotterley.org. For the rest of the day’s magical festivities, you won’t need a reservation ~ just show up and pay at the gate. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, visit the animals in our petting zoo, take a pony ride, sing along with carolers, create-your-own holiday crafts, take a wagon ride and much more. The cost is $5 per person at the gate; children 2 and under FREE. Additional donation for pony rides and wagon rides.

 

On Saturday, November 15, help celebrate 150 years of freedom at the 19th Annual Maryland Legacy Day!  Come out to the Prince George’s Community College, Largo Hall Community Room, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., for a day of free door prizes, live performances, and a panel discussion on slavery and emancipation in Maryland.  November is selected for this special program to remind all that on November 1, 1864, Maryland freed all slaves within the state.  For registration information, contact the Program Chair, Nathania Branch Miles, at (301) 322-9409. This free program is sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.-Prince George’s County, MD Chapter and is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council through Federal appropriations through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Saturday, Nov. 15 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Vendors, Crafts, Food, and an amazing Silent Auction with a total value of over $3,000 worth of auction items and a Children’s craft room so moms can shop in peace! 37707 New Market Turner Rd, Mechanicsville – the little church on the hill off of Rt. 5.

 

Waldorf Jaycees Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday November 22nd at the Jaycees Building in Waldorf from 9am - 2pm. Come and Enjoy a Day Filled with the Holiday Spirit while you do your shopping in one of the largest Craft Fairs in Charles County!!  Our largest room will have over 75 tables offering wonderful holiday home-made crafts and treats!  The Holiday Shopping room will be filled with home based vendors from Charles County! If you have any questions you can email them to waldorfjcs@comcast.net or call (301) 843-2233.

The Mechanicsville Vol. Ladies Auxiliary is holding there 30th annual Holiday Bazaar. Sunday November 30th from 10am- 3pm at the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Social Hall. Admission to the event is Free. Come enjoy the Homemade crafts, vendors, raffles,  food and more. Don't forget Santa will make an appearance and be available for pictures  from 12-1pm. Hope to see you there! For questions or more information call 301-884-4519. Or emailMeghannet@yahoo.com

 

The new award-winning, short documentary about the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury will be screened at the CSM La Plata campus on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10:30am in the BI Building (8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646), at the CSM Leonardtown campus on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6pm and at the CSM Prince Frederick campus on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6pm (115 J.W. Williams Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678). All screenings are free to the public.

 

On November 8, kids ages 9-12 are invited to cruise on down to Historic St. Mary’s City , step onboard a tall ship,  and learn the truth about a pirate’s life.   We’ll sort out history and Hollywood.  Find out if pirates really made captives walk the plank.  Hear the story behind the Jolly Roger flag and learn what’s behind those pierced ears.  See weapons like those used by pirates, including small arms and swords, and watch as sailors fire a ship’s cannon. Play a round of Pirates and Privateers – will you be victim or victor? Meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary (47414 Old State House Rd., St. Mary’s City) at 10:30 a.m. for this one-hour long program.  Entry is $10 for an adult/child pair ($8 for Friends members) and includes full-day admission to the museum.   Space is limited, please pre-register by contacting HSMC at 240-895-4990 or  events@hsmcdigshistory.org.

 

St. Mary’s Adult Medical Day Care (24400 Mervell Dean Rd, Hollywood) is holding its fall fundraising dinner on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 3:30pm to 7:30 pm.  The menu includes fried chicken or fried fish, freshly made sides, rolls, and homemade desserts.  Dinners are $12 and $15 and are available for dining in or carry-out.  Call Dorothy or Betty for more information at 301-373-6515 or email marketing@stmarysamdc.com.  Proceeds benefit the center’s bus fund.  St. Mary's Adult Medical Day Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is Open Late on the Third Thursday of the Month.  Come Decompress after work by checking out the renovated Exhibits.  Food and drink are available through the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association.  Regular Admission Fees apply.  Members are always Free.  The next Late Night is 20 November 2014 but if you cannot make that mark your calendars for 18 December.

 

What: Swing and Ballroom Dance. When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Lesson 7 to 8 p.m. Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Where: Little Flower School, Route 5, Great Mills. Cost: $8/person, $15/couple, $5/seniors and students. Details: Join us for the last dance of 2014! We’ll teach a beginner-level ballroom lesson from 7-8 p.m. followed by dancing to music of all kinds from 8-11 p.m. No experience required! Singles always welcome! Bring a snack to share; water and soda will be provided. Dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. For more information, e-mail somdballroom@gmail.com or call 315-250-5110.

 

2nd Annual Vendor Show (All info/Details attached) on November 23 from 9 am - 4:30 pm at the Prince Frederick Rescue Squad. Table space is just $30. Vendors can call Jason at 240-508-2276. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearence will Super Heroes as well. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Foundation 4 Heroes which is the Southern Maryland Super Heroes. Check them out as they help children all over the world (http://f4heroes.com/)!

 

Mt. Zion United Methodist Men invite you to attend their Annual Winter Dinner at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Mechanicsville on Saturday, Dec 6.  Doors open at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. Carved Top Round with Horseradish Sauce and Dijon Mustard, Marinated Chicken Breast in a blend of olive oil and garlic, baked potato with butter and sour crème, seasoned vegetable medley, tossed garden salad, rolls, butter and dessert.   $25 per person by reservation only by calling Frank Hill at 301-884-3811 or 301-481-5536 by November 28.   Entertainment by Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition and there will be special presentations.  Visit us at www.mtzionmech.org

 

Chopticon is High School is selling Chopticon High School 50th Anniversary Shirts. You may order the following now through Saturday, December 6th 2014: Short Sleeve T-shirts, long sleeve T-Shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. You will receive your shirt(s) in time for Christmas. Please visit https://www.promoplace.com/atlanticmarketinggroup/stores/chopticon to place your order.

North Point High School is proud to present their fall play 'The Mouse That Roared' on November 13th, 14th, and 15th. This comedy about a small nation that accidentally takes over the United States will leave attendees sore from laughter. All shows will begin at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For more information you can call North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland.

 

It is that time of year again!  Friends of Calvert Library are hosting their Fall Pub Quiz on Friday, November 14.  Calvert Library Prince Frederick doors open at 6:30pm and the quiz begins promptly at 7pm.  You must have a picture ID verifying that you are 21 or older to enter.  Teams of up to six people can be registered through Calvert Library’s online calendar at calvert.lib.md.us.  However, participation is first-paid, first-served, so come to any Calvert Library location and pay your stake so that your team will be ensured a spot in the competition.  This event fills up quickly and there are only a few team spots remaining. There are lots of rules, some may even be made up on the spot(!), and the format is detailed on the Calvert Library website (calvertlibrary.info). For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 –CHICKEN BRUCHETTA DINNER.  Join us for an informal dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Riders Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room.  Chef Judi will present a menu led by Chicken Bruchetta Shells with all the trimmings and a beverage..  The cost is $10, including beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466.  Public welcome.  www.ALpost206.org

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22 – ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR.  The ever-popular Annual Bazaar features something for everyone.   Raffles, Bake sale, crafts, gifts, decorations, 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 206 Auxiliary in the 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 25 –“CASUAL TUESDAY 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.  Under the supervision of the incomparable Chef Judi, the menu will include Shrimp with all the trimmings and a beverage..  The cost is $10, including beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466.  Public welcome.  www.ALpost206.org

 

The 7th annual production of The Passion of Christ Southern Maryland will have planning meeting on November 24, 2014 at 7 PM, at St. Paul UMC, 11000 HG Trueman Road, Lusby.  This meeting (and the production) is open to all to participate.  We are constantly looking for new leadership and this meeting will provide the opportunity for you to join with other individuals and churches to explore supporting and guiding this production.  This is an opportunity for local business to get involved with a community event that draws 500+ people each year. Interests include food-vending service, T-shirts and clothes, public relations, or help with the set.   If you are a church leader, this is an opportunity for your members to participate in a wonderful ministry presenting the story of Jesus' last week on earth with dialogue, song and dance.  For more information see:  Passion of Christ Southern Maryland on Facebook.  The play itself will be outdoors, the first weekend of April, at the corner of HG Trueman and Cove Point Roads in Lusby.

 

Southern Maryland Community Network's Annual 5K Resolution Race will be held on New Year's at at 9:00 a.m. Entry fee is $30 (kids 9 and under are free). Register on active.com or the day of. All runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Call 410-535-4787 for more information. Proceeds benefit mental health programs.

 

If you are a Parent of a teen or Adult child struggling with addiction and feel alone, please know, you are NOT. This is a growing epidemic among our young adults in Southern Maryland. Now being addressed as a Health Care Crisis. PABA, ( Parents Affected By Addiction ) will be meeting on Thursday, November 13 @ the Charles County Sheriffs HQ in La Plata. Doors open @ 6  -  Meeting begins @ 6:30.  ALL ARE WELCOME. This is a meeting of parents, grandparents, family members helping each other, through listening and understanding, addressing concerns and providing support  AND trying to find ways to prevent the continued crisis thru Education. If you would like to attend, or just want more information, resources for help, contact Pabaparents@yahoo.com

 

Pathways is holding its third annual dinner/dance and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Solomons.  Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door, and $40 for groups of ten or more.  This year includes an on-line auction lasting from September 22 to November 12. Bid on great travel packages, sports memorabilia and one-of-a-kind experiences!  For details visit www.pathwaysinc.org/fundraiser/htm.

 

The Chesapeake Community Chorus is an all-volunteer chorus that performs concerts to benefit charities in Calvert County. On November 11, 2014, the chorus will sing patriotic music during the Veterans Day Programs at the Prince Frederick Court House at 11 a.m., and at the Veterans Memorial Park at 1 p.m. in Chesapeake Beach.   The public is invited to attend.  Contact Larry Brown, Director, at 301-855-7477, or email lbrown9601@verizon.net for further information regarding the Chesapeake Community Chorus.

 

On November 14th there will be a designer purse Bingo at Little Flower School at 20410 Point Lookout Road. Doors open at 6 pm. Bingo begins at 7 pm. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes a book of 20 games Special games available for $1 each. Call 301-994-0404 or email LFSoffice@littleflowercatholic.org for advance tickets or to reserve your table. Buy your ticket now and you will be entered into a drawing to win a special designer item! Raffle baskets, 50/50 and door prizes!!  Refreshments available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Little Flower School.

 

The Benedict Volunteer Fire Dept. and Rescue Squad will be holding a SANTA FUN RUN 5k. The run is Saturday Dec. 13, 2014 at Serenity Farm, Serenity Farm Rd., Benedict, Md. 20612. Gates open at 2pm  with the Run/walk starting at 3:30 pm. Registration is now open, go to www.bvfdrs.com and follow the link to register for more info call 301-399-6280.

 

Attention students!  The Maryland Emergency Management Association is offering one $1,000 scholarship for the 2015 school year in Southern Maryland. The Association’s objective is to assist students pursuing a career in Emergency Management or in a related field (examples include Public Safety, Disaster Relief, Public Services, Weather Services, Corporate Risk Management or Meteorology) while promoting Emergency Management in the State of Maryland. Applicants must be a senior enrolled in an accredited Maryland High School.  Applications can be obtained from local high school guidance offices or can be requested from the St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services & Technology via e-mail at ema@stmarysmd.com. The application process also requires a written essay to be submitted as well. The deadline for both is April 1, 2015.

 

“Much Ado About Nothing,” William Shakespeare’s witty, comic romp, opens on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Nov.16, in the Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Ticket prices are $4 for teachers, students, St. Mary’s College staff, senior citizens, and Arts Alliance members; $6, general admission. To make reservations, call the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 or email boxoffice@smcm.edu.

 

The Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad will be holding a Bull/Oyster Roast on November 15, 2014 @ 5PM - 7PM with a dance to follow featuring the "Country Memories" band. The cost is $30.00 per person and it is BYOB with mixers provided by the squad. For further information contact the squad at 410-535-9836.

 

Auction to benefit Immaculate Conception Church’s Parish Hall on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6 P.M. Preview at 4 P.M. at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall (located up the hill behind the church) 28297 Old Village Avenue, Mechanicsville, Maryland. Live auction, Country Store, bake table, raffles, food table, garden table, and Christmas table, and lots of fun and excitement. Visa and M/C accepted. For information, contact: Evelyn Arnold (301) 884-4567. Paul Bean (301) 884-4484. Georgia Russell (301) 904-3807. Rectory (301) 884-3123

 

The Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department will host both the Sam Grow and Justin Crenshaw Bands for a show! Admission is $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association with the 2015 Firemen's Convention. There will be many awesome raffles and door prizes, and food and alcohol will be available for sale. You must be 21 to enter! Grab some friends and make plans to come on out and support the SMVFA/NVRSFD. This will be an awesome event that you won't want to miss! Thanks for your support! For more info visit www.smvfa.net, www.nvrsfd.com or call Andrew at 301-751-6154!

 

Come celebrate with us at the Relay For Life of St. Mary's County Open House!  We'll be at the James Forrest Technology Center in Leonardtown, MD on November 19th, from 6-8 pm.  This event is open to the public, and the 2015 Event Leadership Team will be on-hand to answer all questions. Survivors and team members are encouraged to attend.  There will be fun, games, door prizes, and refreshments.  Registration for the 2015 Relay For Life of St. Mary's County is FREE! To find out more about Relay For Life of St. Mary's County, visit our website at, find us on Facebook, or contact Event Chair Melanie Smith, info@stmarysrelay.org.

 

The 26th Annual Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees, a community event and Calvert Hospice fundraiser that ushers in the holiday season is right around the corner!    This year’s theme is “Making Spirits Bright” and the three-day event will once again be held Thanksgiving weekend at St. John Vianney in Prince Frederick with the following hours: Friday, November 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival features: exquisitely decorated trees, family entertainment, a wide-variety of vendors, model train displays, Santa’s Workshop, Quilt Raffle  and the annual Gingerbread House competition. The The following opportunities are available: Festival Sponsorship, Tree Sponsorship, Poinsettia Purchase, Program Advertisement and Volunteer. If you or your business would like to support this year’s festival, please visit calverthospice.org or call 410.535.0892.

 

Help support Windows of Strength, a 501 c 3 non-profit organization assisting organ transplant recipients and their caregivers with non-medical costs.  Join us for our annual holiday gift show.  Enjoy an afternoon shopping an array of unique items.  Kids visit with Santa from 12:30-2:00PM.  Free photo’s with Santa, face painting and games.  Door prizes. Gift show co-hosts – North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.  Proceeds benefit Windows of Strength. WHEN:  Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 11:00AM-4:00PM. WHERE:  North Beach VFD – 8536 Bayside Road, North Beach MD. CONTACT: Windows of Strength PO Box 584 Chesapeake Beach MD  20732

443-951-5125. Email:  mywish@windowsofstrength.org Website:  www.windowsofstrength.org

 

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE (Food also for sale) at the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department, EMS and Aux. Attention Crafters and Vendors: The CIFVD & EMS will be holding a Holiday Craft Sale with Crafters & Vendors on Sat., December 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 17069 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island. Table rental is as follows:  $20 for 1 table; $35 for 2; $50 for 3.  Electrical outlets are limited and will assigned on a first come basis.  The CIVFD will be preparing food items for sale in the kitchen.  All proceeds benefit the CIVFD & EMS.  For information or a crafter or vendor wanting space, call (301) 259-4375 or (301) 259-2730.

 

Are you a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault? The Crisis Intervention Center in Calvert County Maryland is pleased to announce it's support group for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Meetings are held weekly and provide a safe place to come for healing and support.  The Crisis Intervention Center offers short term crisis services, court advocacy as well as long term therapy for victims free of charge.  Don't suffer in silence any longer.  Please call 410-535-1121 for further information.

 

The Woman's Club of St. Mary's County will  be having a used clothing drive to raise money for their Scholarship Fund.  It will be held on Friday,  November 14th from 10 AM to 1 PM on the upper level of the parking lot at the Hollywood VFD, rain or shine.  Needed: clean wearable clothing for all season's and all sizes of men's, ladies and kids clothing as well as shoes.  Blankets, tablecloths, sheets, draperies, curtains, pillows, towels, small rugs, quilts, comforters and pots and pans may also be donated.  All items should be placed in a 30 gallon, tightly tied plastic bag.  Items not accepted include VCR Tapes, CD's, books, oversized play sets, car seats, outdoor play sets or exercise equipment.  Your donation is tax deductible. A receipt will be provided upon request.  If you have any questions please contact Betty Currie at 301-373-4816 or Noreen Neel at 301-994-1038.

 

Deer hunting season has begun; learn what you can do with the hide.  Historic St. Mary’s City is hosting a Hide Tanning Workshop on Saturday, November 1; from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Discover how to tan deer skin in the same manner as the Native People of Maryland.  This is a dirty job using raw animal parts and period correct tools – please dress accordingly! Admission is $14 ($12 Friends members) and reservations are required - contact HSMC at 240-895-4990 or info@digshistory.org.  Check in at the Visitor Center (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) before moving to the Indian Hamlet for the Workshop.  This event is appropriate for those age 13 years and older and teens under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Historic St. Mary's City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital.  For more information, call 1-800-762-1634, 240-895-4990, or visit the museum’s web site, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

 

The Kiwanis Aktion Club will be having a Quarter Auction on Friday, December 12th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. help raise funds to battle kidney cancer. Doors open at 5 and the Auction starts at 6. $3 each or two paddles for $5. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and receive an additional paddle free! For more information call Jennifer at 301-934-4561 or 301-536-0516.

 

Two Holiday Events at Sotterley! Sotterley Christmas Traditions by Candlelight. December 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 & 20, 2014. Tours every 15 minutes from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Advance reservations required. No walk-ins. $15 per person. Purchase tickets online: sotterley.org. And Family Plantation Christmas on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to kick-off your Christmas season at Sotterley’s Family Plantation Christmas on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Begin the day with Breakfast with Santa! We offer two seatings; 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The cost is $5 per person at the gate; children 2 and under FREE. The cost of Breakfast with Santa is $12 per person (which includes general admission for the day’s events) and requires advance reservations: 301-373-2280.

 

Chrysalis House, Inc. is a leading behavioral health agency for women and their children that provides comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment. We’re looking for women and men who are passionate about having an impact on the lives of our clients.  Join our Board of Directors.  No previous board experience is required and we offer a free trial period. Contact Terry Berg at 410 974-9695 or terrymagb@gmail.com for information about board membership. A variety of other volunteer opportunities are also available including; administrative assistant, receptionist, daycare assistant, groundskeeper, retail boutique assistant, and much more. Check out www.chrysalishouses.org for more information or contact Kristin McMahon, Director of Development at 410-974-6829 ext. 5123.

 

Second Annual “Stuff a Truck” Event to Benefit Toys for Tots of Calvert County:  Toys for Tots of Calvert County will be collecting toy donations at our “Stuff a Truck” Event Saturday, November 29, 2014 (9 am – 12 pm) at 150 Solomons Island Rd in Prince Frederick MD.  We anticipate over 1,000 children will benefit from Toys for Tots of Calvert County this year. Please help us make a child’s Christmas brighter by donating new, unwrapped toys.  Our wish list includes action figures, Doc McStuffin,  Monster High and Nerf toys, educational toys, handheld electronics, journals, Legos, make-up kits, sports equipment (soccer balls/footballs/basketballs), and stocking stuffers.  We appreciate your support!  For more information about Toys for Tots of Calvert County, please visit www.CalvertToysforTots.com.

 

The Ladies Auxiliary Members for the Hughesville and Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Departments are sponsoring a purse bingo on Saturday November 15th with doors opening at 4:30 p.m., and games beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall. Advanced admission is $25, Admission at the door is $30 and includes a book of 20 regular games and five special games. For more information call Judy at 301-884-5680 or Marlene at 301-274-4581.

 

Herald the start of the holiday season with feasting, fire light, friends, and beautiful music at a colonial Madrigal Dinner.   Historic St. Mary’s City will host the 43rd annual series of celebrations in the State House of 1676 during the first two weekends in December. This year, the musical program will be performed by two groups.  PING, an elite 12-voice a capella ensemble from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will sing on December 5 and 7.  Dressed as Renaissance troubadours, St. Maries Musica, will offer exquisite harmonies on December 6, 12, and 13. Join the colonial hosts in the Great Hall (State House of 1676, 47418 Old State House Road) at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. for the Sunday dinner.  Make a night of it!  HSMC’s Inn at Brome Howard is offering special post-event rates.  Contact Tara at 240-434-3209 to book a room. Admission is $85 for the general public ($80 current Friends members).   Reservations are required and open to the general public on October 10 (October 8 for Friends members).  Contact Muffin at 240-895-4991 or events@stmaryscity.org to insure your place at the feast.

 

Expert craftsmen, gourmet cocoa, Glühwein, and home-baked goods make the 8th Annual Christmas Market the place to be Sat, 13 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! No admission fee. Proceeds benefit parish & community projects.

 

PaxSpace is a member-operated Makerspace, where people can meet and work on their projects. Our main purpose is to address, coordinate, and provide education and scientific awareness to Southern Maryland to bring back the American spirit to be makers instead of just consumers. Not sure what a Makerspace is? Come by our Fall Open House on Sunday, November 16, 11am-5pm to see our space and meet our members. With our three (almost four!) 3D printers, CNC router, laser engraver (coming soon), computer lab, electronics shop, and full wood shop we are sure there is something for everyone. In addition to having the space open for tours we will also be building a Laser Engraver!! Please visit www.paxspace.org/fall-open-house for more information.

American Legion Post 221, located at 21690 Colton Point Rd (Rt. 242), in Avenue, has a Steak, Shrimp, & Fish Dinner Night on the third Friday of every month from 5pm - 8pm. This is an excellent opportunity to get out and meet people in the community. There are several menu items for the adults and kids to enjoy at a reasonable price (http://alpost221.webs.com/steakshrimpfishmenu.htm). You can call (301) 884-4071 for further information. You can also visit our website at http://www.alpost221.webs.com/.

 

The Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association will be holding it's annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show on Saturday December 6th, 10 am - 3 pm.  In the event of freezing temperatures, the bazaar will be postponed to Sunday, December 7th.  The bazaar will be held at the Golden Beach Fire House at 29848 Therese Circle (off Golden Beach Road), Mechanicsville, Maryland. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. Santa will arrive at 11 AM. Sorry no pets allowed. There will be over 30 vendors; door prizes; baked goods and food for sale.  Please bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped gift to donate to needy families in the area.

 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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