Calendar of events
Wednesday, Dec. 5
St. Mary’s County Arts Council First Wednes
day Workshop will be held at 22660 Washington St. in Leonardtown on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Artists of all skills levels and media are invited to visit. Email [email protected] smcart.org for more information.
The Leonardtown Lions Club will meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Members and guests meet at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting and dinner starts at 7 p.m. This month’s guest speaker will be Andrea Cumberland, District 22-C governor. For more, call George Kirby at 240-577-0029.
A free cancer support group is offered by the American Cancer Society and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom. Call 301-4756070 to register. Loaves Of Love Food Ministry and Pantry
at Real Life Wesleyan Church at 27399 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville offers bread, bagels and sweet treats to those in need on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m., when the pantry is also open, except on the second Wednesday of each month when fresh produce is distributed. Fresh produce distribution is also on second Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. In addition, the pantry is open Sundays 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, call 240-249-6098 or visit www.RealLife.us.
Bingo will be played on Wednesdays at Little Flower School in Great Mills. Doors open at 6 p.m. and early birds start at 6:45 p.m. Food and drinks available for purchase. For more, email [email protected]
The Great Mills chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 158, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at 20804 Rosslare Court in Lexington Park. For more information, call Carol Ann Coombs at 301-862-1339.
A club for breast-feeding moms is held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Health Connections in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-6505. A women’s step study Alcoholics Anony
mous group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.
Thursday, Dec. 6
The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society’s Renaissance Christmas concerts will be performed at Peace Lutheran Church, located at 11610 Rubina Place in Waldorf. The Thursday, Dec. 6, concert at 7:30 p.m. is free and donations will be accepted to benefit the church’s food pantry. The Saturday, Dec. 8, concert will include a full dinner at a cost of $40, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Sunday, Dec. 9 performance at 3:30 p.m. will be followed by a dessert reception and tickets are $12 to $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.chesapeakechoral.com or reserved by calling 301-6420594.
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 Thursdays 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 301737-5447. The St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks
board will meet on the first Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown, unless otherwise noted. For more, call 301475-4200, ext. *1811. The St. Mary’s Interfaith Council meets on the first Thursday of every month in the Lexington Park library for constructive dialogue and the promotion of well-being among residents of all faiths and spiritual practices. For more, email Michael Martines at [email protected] com. American Legion Post 255 invites all active-duty personnel and veterans to
join the monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the post home at 13390 Point Lookout Road in Ridge. The auxiliary meets at the same date and time. The SAL meets on the second Wednesday of each month.
American Legion Post 221 invites all active-duty personnel and veterans to join the monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at the post home at 21690 Colton Point Road in Avenue. The meeting starts at 8 p.m. Visit www.alpost221.webs.com, email al[email protected] or call 301-8844071 for more. Leonardtown Rotary Club meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday mornings in the dining room at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Visit www.leonardtownrotary. org.
Bingo will be played Thursdays at the Knights of St. Jerome’s hall in Dameron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., early bird games begin at 7 p.m. There will be food for sale. For more information, call 301-872-4566. The Southern Maryland Sound Barbershop
Chorus rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Church of The Ascension in Lexington Park. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-904-9591.
Overeaters Anonymous meetings, support for food addiction, are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Church of Christ on St. Andrew’s Church Road in California. Call Angel at 443-497-5810.
TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at Real Life Church in Mechanicsville. People who have had weight-loss surgery are also welcome. Weigh-in is from 5:45 to 6:25 p.m., followed by a meeting from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Call Debbie at 301-481-5061.
Celebrate Recovery will be held on Thursday at Hughesville Baptist Church, located at 8505 Old Leonardtown Road. Light snacks will be served at 6:30 p.m. and meetings will start at 7 p.m. This group is a Christ-based ministry that helps people deal with their hurts, habits and hang ups in a safe and confidential environment. For more, call 301-274-3672 or 240-254-2765 or visit www.hughesvillebaptist.com.
Al-anon meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Andrew’s Church in California.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road and at 7:30 p.m. at King/Queen Hall at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico.
Friday, Dec. 7
First Fridays festivities in downtown Leonardtown will be held Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be various activities, including a drum circle at 7 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Arts Council on Washington Street. Participating merchants will be offering one-evening only specials and sales as part of the “Keep the Cheer Here” theme. And sisters Layla and Lacie James will perform a free show at 5:30
p.m. at the arts council on Washington Street. North End Gallery will have a reception for its new art show, “The Light Within.” For more, visit www. firstfridaysleonardtown.com. The Madrigal Dinners at Historic St. Mary’s
City will be held on Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. The traditional evening of dining, music and wassail will be held in the state house in St. Mary’s City. Cost is $95 or $90 for members. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Mary Bohanan at 240-895-4991 or [email protected]tory.org, or Porzia Purvez at 240-895-4960 or [email protected] digshistory.org.
The Solomons Christmas Walk will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to many activities on the island, including musical live entertainment, visitors can enjoy Annmarie Garden in Lights and the lighted boat parade in Solomons. The Calvert Marine Museum will offer free admission. For more information, visit http://solomonsmaryland.com/ solomons-christmas-walk.html. 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 $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.navyalumni.org or email Richard.L.Sny[email protected] or call 240-298-2279.
A pitch card party to benefit Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month through May at the squad building on Flora Corner Road. Snacks and beverages will be available. Admission is $7; must be 16 or older to play. For more, call 301-884-4108.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville will hold an open house Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring entertainment for the entire family, including the telling of the story of St. Nicholas, carols, appetizers and a bonfire. For more information, visit www. mtzionmech.org.
Beth Israel Synagogue will hold Shabbat services with Rabbi Kenneth Cohen on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www. bethisraelmd.org.
A seafood dinner featuring oysters and other seafood platters will be held at the Hughesville American Legion on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7 to $18. For more information, call 301-274-3522.
Bingo is held each Friday at the Father Andrew White School gymnasium in Leonardtown. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #1470, doors open at 5:30 and games start at 6:55 p.m. For more information, call 240-4345531.
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.
Overeaters Anonymous meets on Fridays at 9 a.m. at Christ Church on Broome’s Island Road in Port Republic. For more, call Debbie Stockton at 301-642-0146.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.
Saturday, Dec. 8
The St. Mary’s College of Maryland chamber
singers with orchestra under the direction of Larry Vote, professor of music, will perform Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 to 11 a.m. Santa will make his entrance at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast provided by the school’s culinary arts students. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 3 and younger. For more, contact Amanda Granados at 301-475-0242, ext. 28210, or aegrana[email protected]cps.org. Winter Wonderland Workshops by the Sot
terley Garden Guild will be held on Dec. 8 at the museum in Hollywood. Wreath and swag making will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and tabletop arrangements and okra angels making will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Advanced registration required and light refreshments will be provided. Cost is $30 per workshop. Order tickets at www.sotterley. org or call 301-373-2280. A free holiday choral concert by Encore Cho
rale will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Lexington Park United Methodist Church. For more information, call 301-261-5747, email [email protected]corecreativity.org or visit www. encorecreativity.org. The eighth annual Christmas Gospel Concert
presented by The New Briscoe Brothers will be held at the Leonardtown firehouse on Saturday, Dec. 8, to benefit The Mission homeless shelter. Doors open at 5 p.m. and concert starts at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12. For more, contact Stacey Briscoe at 301-884-2977.
A food drive hosted by Lexington Park Community Oriented Policing Unit will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Square in Lexington Park. Along with collecting nonperishable food items for food pantries, the COPs unit will also be collecting donations of baby food, diapers and wipes for Care Net Pregnancy Center. Email Cpl. Timothy Snyder at timothy. sny[email protected] for more information.
The Calvert Artists’ Guild will meet on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at Solomons Asbury ClubHouse in Solomons. There will be an election of officers and a budget report, and Deborah Daniel will present highlights from the National Folk Festival. Free to the public. For more information, contact Jan Barr at 443-404-5746 or fu[email protected] comcast.net or Gerry Wood at 301-8639663 or gb[email protected]look.com. The Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of
the Naval Academy Alumni Association will host an Army–Navy game day party on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pax River Ale House in Lexington Park. Please RSVP to Rick
Snyder at Richard.L.Sny[email protected] or 240-298-2279. All Saints Episcopal Church annual Christ
mas market will be held at the church in Sunderland on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be gifts for sale, gourmet cocoa, music and baked goods.
Bible study will be held Saturday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. with the St. John’s Catholic Church Men’s Group to discuss Sunday’s readings. Doors open at the church in Hollywood with light breakfast and coffee at 6:30 a.m. Contact Dan Seep at 757-291-0262.
Animal Adoption Days are held by the Animal Relief Fund from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Well Pet Clinic in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Call 301-866-0303.
Narcotics Anonymous meets on Saturdays at noon at Beacon of Hope, located at 21681 Great Mills Lane in Lexington Park, and at 7 p.m. at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s campus, in Leonardtown.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. on Saturdays at First Saints Community Church in Leonardtown.
Sunday, Dec. 9
An open house event to Christmas in April,
St. Mary’s County, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville. Volunteers past and present can attend, and there will be a silent auction, musical entertainment and refreshments. For more information, call 301-884-2905.
A quarter auction hosted by St. Mary’s County 4-H program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. Doors will open at noon and bidding starts at 1 p.m. For more information and reservations, contact Barbara Dobbins at 301-475-4478.
Breakfast with Santa will be held at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Loretto Hall, in Chaptico on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. For more information, contact Brenda Russell at rs[email protected] or at 301-247-1871.
Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad building on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. There will be model trains on display. Visit www.hvrs. org or call 301-373-3131.
Breakfast with Santa will be held at the 7th District firehouse in Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and younger.
Breakfast with Santa will be held at the 2nd District firehouse on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call 301-994-9999.
Bingo is hosted by St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood on Sundays to benefit St. John’s School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6. Dinner and other refreshments will be available. Call 301-373-2281.