Quil­ters sup­port the An­gel Tree, Meals on Wheels

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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.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY MICHAEL REID

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.

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