Calendar of events
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
Friday, Nov. 30
Have coffee with the sheriff on Friday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m. at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. Sponsored by the Triad/SALT Council, this is an opportunity to talk directly with Sheriff Tim Cameron (R). Contact Sarah Miller at [email protected] or 301-475-4200, ext. 71073, to RSVP.
A winter owl prowl hosted by the Southern Maryland Audubon Society will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 8 to 9 p.m. at Myrtle Point Park in California. Meet up at the gate for the field trip to call out resident owls at the park. Event is weather dependent, so RSVP with phone/email address to Bob Boxwell at bob[email protected]
hotmail.com or 410-610-5124. A lecture about recent research on Egyptian mummies by Sahar Saleem, professor of radiology at the University of Cairo, will take place Friday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in Cole Cinema at St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Campus Center. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The music department of St. Mary’s College of Maryland will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s holiday opera “Amahl and the Night Visi
tors” at the Bruce Davis Theater on the college’s campus on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. The concerts are free of charge and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 240-895-4498. The comedy “Christmas Belles”
will be presented by The Newtowne Players at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. Performances will be Thurs- days through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and military; and $10 for children age 12 and younger. Thursdays only, all seats are $10. Tickets may be purchased at www.newtowneplayers.org or by calling 301-737-5447.
A ham dinner with cabbage and boiled potatoes will be held at American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Friday, Nov. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10. For more information, call 301-274-3522.
Beth Israel Synagogue will hold Shabbat services with Rabbi Kenneth Cohen on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.bethisraelmd.org.
Helping Hands food pantry is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 28291 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville, located in the old church hall next
door to Immaculate Conception Church. For more, call 301-247-2785.
Celebrate Recovery, a free Christian-based 12-step program for adults 18 and up struggling with any hurt, hangup or habit, meets Fridays at Our Father’s House Assembly of God Church in California. A large group lesson will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and gender-specific small groups from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. are followed by refreshments. For more, email celebraterecov[email protected]fathershouseag.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Summerseat Farm will host its
Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafts, hay rides, cider and cookies, a visit
by Santa Claus and tours of the manor house at the historic farm in Mechanicsville. Cost is a requested $10 donation per family. For more information, call 301-373-6607 or visit www. summerseatfarm.org. Hospice of St. Mary’s annual
Festival of Trees will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. The free family friendly event will feature decorated trees and wreaths to admire and bid on in support of hospice. There will be live music, food, shopping and a visit by Santa. For more information, including a schedule of entertainment, visit www.hospiceofstmarys. org/festivaloftrees.
A WWII hangar dance to celebrate Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s 75th anniversary
will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Patuxent Naval Air Museum. Tickets are $70 per person and include a drink ticket, appetizers, buffet dinner and dancing to the Chesapeake Swing Band. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce. Get tickets at smcchamber.com/events. Call 301-737-3001 for more information. A concert featuring Jody Marshall
and Friends will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church parish hall, located on Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. This folk group will present lilting jigs, rollicking reels, three-part harmony vocals and knock-your-socks-off arrangements. Sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance. Tickets are $15 or $10 for members. For more, visit SMTMD.org. A holiday horse open house at
Greenwell State Park in Hollywood will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. This free family event offers a great time to take holiday photos with horses, make a festive craft, meet goats and sheep, and enjoy the beauty of Greenwell. For more, call 301-373-9775 or visit http:// greenwellfoundation.org. Holy Face Church annual Advent
festival will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday evening will feature a bonfire, hay ride, Christmas carols sung by the choir, and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be food and craft vendors. Sunday begins with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, followed by a children’s living nativity and story telling by St. Nick. Pigs feet, chitterlings, fried fish and
fried chicken dinners will be sold at Bethesda United Methodist Church on St. George’s Road in Valley Lee on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will also include sides of candied yams, collard greens, potato salad, corn bread, dessert and soda. Cost is $17 or $25 for a combo dinner of two entrees. Eat in or take out. For more information or to place pre-orders by Nov. 30, call 301-994-9416, 301-481-8264 or 240-434-6690. A Christmas bazaar and craft show
sponsored by the Golden Beach/ Patuxent Knolls Civic Association will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Golden Beach firehouse, located at 29848 Therese Circle in Mechanicsville. Kids can get pictures with Santa. There will be vendors, door prizes and food for sale. To rent a table, call Carol Farley at 240-299-9091.
A craft and vendor fair will be held at the Leonard Hall Recreation Center on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Garvey Senior Activity Center, and is open to the public featuring a variety of products. For more information, email gsaccoun[email protected] A holiday craft fair hosted by PABA
(Parents Affected by Addiction) will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Serenity Farms in Benedict. Proceeds will be donated to Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates. For more information, email Paba[email protected] yahoo.com or call 301-848-6449. Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire
Department Santa Bingo will be played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the firehouse. Doors open at noon and games start at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for 10 games. Ages 4 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be toy prizes, a raffle and refreshments for sale. For more, visit www.mvfd.com.
Angel Wings & Things thrift store is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former convent next to St. Michael’s School and church in Ridge. Donations are accepted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the school. Call Marti at 301-872-5454.
Bingo is hosted by Mother Catherine Spalding Academy in Helen every Saturday at the school. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., early-bird bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m. For more, call 301-884-3165.
Feral Cat Rescue is at Petco in California on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with adoptable cats and kittens. Visit www.feralcatrescue.com for pictures and bios. Gifts of cat food and litter will be accepted. To trap a cat to get it vetted, email [email protected]alcatrescuemd.org.
Sunday, Dec. 2
The annual Jones Thompson Gospel
Sing will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene on Sotterley Road, featuring the bands Bluegrass Gospel Express and Sonrise. For more information, call 240-925-5613 or 301-373-2130 or visit www.bluegrassgospelexpress.com. The St. Clement’s museum will host
its holiday open house on Sunday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. when visitors can enjoy free admission, children’s activities, refreshments, games and face painting, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a talk by Dr. Thomas Gerard, the first owner of St. Clement’s Island, and music by the COSMIC Flute Orchestra. For more information, visit www.facebook. com/SCIMuseum. The Health Share Holiday Home Tour
will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at seven homes in the 7th District. Cost is $50 for the entire tour or $10 per home, and proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Health Share. For more information, contact Sheryl Tart at 301-904-2801 or slipcovercot[email protected]
A book signing for “Whispers From the Colonial Past: A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic St. Mary’s
City,” will be held at the home of Betsy and Norman Mason in Wildewood on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. The book was written by Ellynne Brice Davis, illustrated by Joyce Judd and edited by Myra Raspa. A portion of the sales from each book will be donated to the St. Mary’s County Retired Teachers’ Association’s high school scholarship fund. Call 301-475-2577 or 301-7373404, or email Lyn[email protected] gmail.com or [email protected] verizon.net, for directions and for more information. The Knights of St. John International
Commandery 386, affiliated with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville, meets the first Sunday of each month at noon. This is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who must be recommended by their pastor. Knights of Columbus are also welcome to join. The Conversation Starters, a coalition hosting a weekly dialogue on race in the community, will meet on Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. For more, email ttopicofconversa[email protected] or call 240-7188282.
Monday, Dec. 3
The Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni
Association will sponsor its Eggs ‘N Legs Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 7, at the NAS Pax River’s Edge Club. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the cost is $15 per person with advance online payment or $20 at the door. Register by Monday, Dec. 3, at www.navyalumni. org or by email to Richard.L.Sny[email protected] or by calling 240298-2279. The Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve
Association meets the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the branch home, located ½ mile south of Patuxent River Naval Air Station’s Gate 2. For more information, call Karen at 301863-6117, Shirly at 301-481-9655 or the branch home at 301-8638291.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
The Kiwanis Club of St. Mary’s
County meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Golden Corral for the general meeting, and the third Tuesday of the month for its board meeting. For more information, call 301-872-4250 or visit www. stmaryscountykiwanis.org. Sea Scout Ship 548 and the Girl
Scout Mariners meet Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Small Craft Guild at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Youth and adults interested in sailing and water activities are invited. Call Doug at 410-326-4291 or visit www. seascoutship548.com.