Plenty of hol­i­day hap­pen­ings to en­joy

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

The last few months have been a roller coaster of heated Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, protests and elec­tion mad­ness. But the end of this tu­mul­tuous 2016 is fi­nally ap­proach­ing and, with it, that spe­cial time of year when we can — and should — set aside our po­lit­i­cal hangups and fo­cus on things that mat­ter a bit closer to the heart: fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

There’s some­thing about De­cem­ber and the ap­proach­ing hol­i­days that ig­nites a spirit of to­geth­er­ness in us. For some, that spirit man­i­fests it­self in char­i­ta­ble giv­ing and vol­un­teerism. For oth­ers, it means spend­ing more time with loved ones and mak­ing last­ing mem­o­ries. For those who are look­ing for ways to en­joy time with both fam­ily and com­mu­nity, Charles County has an abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties lined up this week­end and be­yond to keep the hol­i­day spirit rolling. After all, Christ­mas is only a lit­tle more than two weeks off.

Chil­dren can en­joy Break­fast with Santa in La Plata this Satur­day morn­ing from 8 a.m. to noon in the La Plata Town Hall. Reser­va­tions are re­quired. Also in La Plata, the Port To­bacco Play­ers will be per­form­ing “Irving Ber­lin’s White Christ­mas” at 8 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days and 3 p.m. Sun­days through Dec. 18.

For those in­ter­ested in mu­si­cal salutes to the yule­tide sea­son, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will present its chorale and chamber con­cert at 8 p.m. at the La Plata cam­pus Fine Arts Build­ing the­ater. The James E. Rich­mond Science Cen­ter will host “Win­ter­fest!” fea­tur­ing hol­i­day mu­si­cals “Let it Snow” and “Sea­son of Light” in the build­ing’s 60-foot Dig­i­tal Dome The­ater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Town of In­dian Head will host its sixth an­nual memo­rial rib­bon cer­e­mony and free com­mu­nity din­ner from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Vil­lage Green Pav­il­ion. The town will also host its an­nual Hol­i­day Fes­ti­val and Craft Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the pav­il­ion, fea­tur­ing live en­ter­tain­ment, crafters, pho­tos with Santa and the Painter Fam­ily’s An­tique Run­ning Trains. And Santa will make an­other ap­pear­ance in the town dur­ing the an­nual In­dian Head Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and Res­cue Squad’s Santa Run Thru Town from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23.

There are many other events and ac­tiv­i­ties in Charles County for the hol­i­days. Check out our com­mu­nity sec­tion or our web­site at www.somd­ in­de­pen­dent for even more de­tails.

We in­vite and en­cour­age you to take ad­van­tage of some of th­ese com­mu­nity events and cre­ate more fond fam­ily mem­o­ries of this most won­der­ful time of the year.

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