Calendar of events
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
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 comedy “Christmas Belles”
will be presented by The Newtowne Players at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park through 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 301-737-5447. 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://
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 240-434-5531. Obesity prevention support classes are offered free on Fridays from 8 to 8:30 p.m. at Dance Studio Twelve Twelve, located at 23476 Three Notch Road in California. This is a lifestyle education program and freestyle dance is demonstrated for daily exercise. Visit www.DanceStudio1212.com/wellness.htm for more.
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] ourfathershouseag.org.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays at 7:07 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park and at 9:30 p.m. at the Beacon of Hope, located at 21681 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.
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 Sotterley 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 301373-2280. A free holiday choral concert by
Encore Chorale 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.
The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society’s Renaissance Christmas
concerts will be performed at Peace Lutheran Church, located at 11610 Rubina Place in Waldorf. 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.
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 443-4045746 or fu[email protected]cast.net or Gerry Wood at 301-863-9663 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
Christmas 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.
The Home Grown Farm Market at 21078 Three Notch Road, near the intersection of Hermanville Road south of Lexington Park, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 17. For more, visit homegrownfarmmarket.webs.com.
St. Andrew’s Thrift Store, located at 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road in California, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
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 301884-3165.
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.
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. For more, visit www.hvrs.org or call 301-3733131.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the All Faith Episcopal Church, located at 38885 New Market Turner Road in Mechanicsville, and at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, located at 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road in California.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets Sundays at 4 p.m. at Good Samaritan Church in Great Mills.
Monday, Dec. 10
A Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the 2nd District firehouse in Valley Lee. Call 800-REDCROSS for more information or to make an appointment. The CSM Dance Ensemble winter
performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the theater at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Building. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/ military with ID/youth. For more, email boxof[email protected] edu cal 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/community/ the-arts/theatre-and-dance/ dance/index. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 23-02 meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department at 13150 H.G. Trueman Road. The public is welcome to attend. For more, email Doug Yeckley at douglas.yeck[email protected]cast.net. The Southern Maryland Corvette
Club meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the town commissioner offices in Leonardtown. One does not have to own a Corvette to become a member. Visit www. southern maryland corvetteclub. com. St. Mary’s Bosom Pals, a breast
cancer support group, holds educational meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at various restaurants. Call Marcia Shapiro at 301-475-6760. Toastmasters Talk of the Town
meets on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at 11:45 a.m. at the Lexington Park library. Learn how to become a better speaker and presenter. For more, contact Jennifer Foxworthy at foxwor[email protected] or 410-4492173 or visit http://club9410. easy-speak.org. The Lexington Park Rotary Club
meets Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. at Elements Eatery and Mixology in Lexington Park. Those interested in membership can call Dan Parker, area governor, at 301-904-1743.
The Bread of Life food pantry is open every Monday from noon to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark UAME Church, located at 45685 Happyland Road in Valley Lee. For more information, call 301-9942090.
CABS (Companions and Buddies), a single adult social group of friends of approximate age of 50 and older, meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Garvey center in Leonardtown. For more information, call 240309-4336.
Al-Anon meets Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road. Call 800-425-2666.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
The Leonardtown Volunteer
Rescue Squad Auxiliary will hold a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. Present the server with a copy of the fundraiser flier to have a portion of proceeds donated. Get the flier at www. lvrs.org. The Fifth District Homemakers
meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. Call 301-884-7071.
Bingo is held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 255 in Ridge. Doors open at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, call after 6 p.m. at 301-872-5349.
The COSMIC Flute Choir meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Some proficiency is required. For more information, call Linda at 301-994-9688. The Southern Maryland Concert
Band rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Thomas Stone High School band room in Waldorf. For more information, call 301-884-5848.
Emotions Anonymous will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall, located at 28297 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville. The California chapter of TOPS,
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Tuesdays at Maximum Gym in California. Weigh-in is
from 7 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047.
TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 184, meets every Tuesday at the former Hollywood Elementary School building on Mervell Dean Road. Weigh-in is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting and group therapy. For more information, call Linda Faulstich at 301-9943142.
A Southern Maryland Nar-Anon
family group meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southern Community Center in Lusby. The group offers a recovery program for those affected by a friend’s or family member’s drug addiction. For more, email s.m.nara[email protected] gmail.com.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s campus, classroom 8, located at 25550 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, and at 8:30 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
The Bereaved Parents of the
USA, St. Mary’s chapter, will meet on second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Town Creek Professional Center, located at 22776 Three Notch Road Suite, #202, in Lexington Park. BPUSA is a self help group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child, brother, sister or grandchild at any age and from any cause. For more, call 240895-0129 or email kim[email protected] gmail.com. The Hollywood Volunteer Res
cue Squad Auxiliary meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the rescue squad building on Route 235 in Hollywood. Anyone wishing to become a member of the auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more, call 301-373-3131.
Thursday, Dec. 13
A Santa night sponsored by The St.
Maries Optimist Club will be held at the Lexington Park library on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. There will be activities, games, refreshments and a visit by Santa Claus. Coloring books and goodie bags will be given to the first 48 children to attend. For more information, email rufus. [email protected]
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. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER