Quilters support the Angel Tree, Meals on Wheels
When it heard there was a need, the Calvert Quilting Guild delivered in the form of quilts and placemats for the Angel Tree Project and Meals on Wheels, respectively.
The guild, which has 45 members, sewed 145 placemats and more than 30 quilts to help brighten the holiday season for others.
The Calvert Quilting Guild, which began work on the placemats and quilts in the spring, selects a different charity each year.
“This group is phenomenal,” said JoMarie Coster, who is in her fourth year with the guild. “That’s the thing about quilters, we’re all very giving. If we hear of something somewhere or if someone comes in and knows of someone, before you know it, we’ve got something sewn for them. Quilters just want to sew and give.”
“We put out the call and the members responded, and it was fantastic,” said treasurer Karla Sisson. “They are just very generous with their time and their talent.”
Guild members plan to donate the brightly-colored quilts — which range from a crib-sized 45 by 52 inches to a twin bed-sized 56 by 72 inches — to the Angel Tree Project’s Giving Tree next week.
The tree allows parents to select quilts for children ages 18 months to 15 years.
“Kids like the bright colors, and that’s why they were used a lot,” Sisson said, referring to the quilts, which have themes such as dinosaurs, patriotic, autumn and camouflage. “It’s awesome. It’s a small guild, but we get to know each other and work well with each other, and it’s been really great.”
The placemats, which are also brightly colored in every style imaginable, were scheduled to be dropped off with Meals on Wheels deliveries the week of Thanksgiving. “We’re bringing some joy to a widow or widower who’s sitting there eating their meal all by themselves,” Coster said. “This cheers them up and spruces up their house a little bit. The guild was wonderful with this. There were no guidelines to it, it was just ‘make it happy’; and it gave the quilters an opportunity to show off their talents.”
The Calvert Quilting Guild meets 6:30 to 9 p.m. every second Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick.
For more information on the guild, go to calvertcountyquiltguild.org.
Commission plans a holiday party
The Calvert County Commission for Women invites the public to its holiday party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at calvART Gallery, 110 Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick. Join in festive cheer, conversation and culinary delights while viewing a winter wonderland full of visual treats created by local artists at this informal meet-and-greet. For more information, email cshar[email protected]hoo.com.
Local horse rescue to host ‘reindeer’ event for kids
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue will host Rudolph’s Reindeer Roundup from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7940 Flint Hill Road in Owings.
Santa put Rudolph in charge of pulling the sleigh this year and needs help getting the stable ready, finding and gathering the reindeer and making sure they are rested and ready for Christmas Eve. Kids are invited to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of stories, barn decorating, filling horses’ stockings, making crafts, snacks, “reindeer” rides, horse leading and grooming and more, at a cost of $30 per child.
Parents are welcome to attend as well.
Sign up at Eventbrite: https://fhhr_reindeerparty/eventbrite.com.
Choir’s Renaissance Christmas concerts planned this month
Southern Maryland’s Chesapeake Choral Arts Society will hold its annual Renaissance Christmas concerts Thursday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at Peace Lutheran Church, 11610 Rubina Place in Waldorf.
This year’s performance will be Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” which was inspired by medieval poetry and elements of Gregorian chant.
A concert and cookie sale will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Proceeds benefit the church. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.
The annual Renaissance Christmas concert and dinner will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Dinner is a choice of ham, turkey with stuffing or vegetarian lasagna, and dessert. Seating is limited. Tickets are $40, $35 for seniors, students and military.
The annual Renaissance Christmas concert and dessert reception will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Reservations are suggested. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, students and military.
For more information on any of the concerts, call 301-642-0594, or go to www.chesapeakechoral.com.
Safe Nights offers warmth to homeless
Calvert County’s annual Safe Nights program providing winter shelter for the homeless is open for the 2018-2019 season.
Safe Nights provides winter protection for Calvert County’s homeless by offering shelter in a clean and safe environment. Host shelters provide a warm bed and breakfast, a bag lunch and dinner.
Shelter hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week and the program is offered for approximately 20 weeks.
To qualify, individuals must be homeless, 18 years of age or older, show identification and proof of Calvert County residency, be ambulatory and capable of self-care, pass a background check and sign the guest shelter agreement and agree to abide by its provisions.
A one-time, in-person registration is required each season, and walk-ins are not accepted.
For more information, call 443-486-8670, or
email calvert[email protected]
End Addiction Resource Fair coming up
Twin Beach Opioid Abuse Awareness will host an End Addiction Resource Fair from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Road in Chesapeake Beach.
The public is invited to learn about prevention, treatment and recovery services provided by local organizations to help individuals and families suffering from substance abuse disorders. Parents and guardians can learn the signs of teen substance abuse at the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit, and attendees also can take part in prescription drug dropoff and disposal offered by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a free naloxone training, which comes with a free kit.
For more information, go to www.twinbeachoaa.org or call Kristen DePhillip at 301-706-0371.
Citizens Academy seeks applicants
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announced recently that applications are being accepted for the third annual Calvert County Government Citizens Academy.
The informative, nineweek program is tailored for residents interested in learning more about the inner workings of local government.
The Calvert County Citizens Academy, which meets 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings from Jan. 10 through March 7, will offer residents an in-depth look at how the government works.
The free initiative features site visits and discussions with county employees who will give residents a unique insight into their daily work.
The 2019 Calvert County Government Citizens Academy program is accepting applications from up to 25 county residents ages 18 and older on a first-come, first-selected basis.
Call 410-535-2003, or go to www.calvertcountymd. gov/CitizensAcademy.
The Calvert Quilting Guild recently made more than 30 quilts, which will be donated to the Angel Tree Project.
The Calvert Quilting Club recently donated 145 placemats to the Calvert County Office on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.