Community Notes

Howard County Notes
THE HOWARD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S 2017 Lunch And A Lecture Series date: Dec. 1: "Floods of The Patapsco River Valley" by Shawn Gladden. The lunchtime lectures will be held at the HCHS Museum, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Bring your own lunch; drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are free to HCHS members and $5 for nonmembers. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; lectures run noon-1 p.m. followed by an optional tour of the museum from 1-1:30 p.m. Visit to order tickets and for more details.

VENDORS WANTED FOR OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS VILLAGE of the Great Lisbon Farmers Feed the Hungry (Horse and Tractor) Parade, Main Street, Lisbon, MD on Dec 9, 2017. Looking for artists, artisans, craftsmen, photographers, knitters, sewers, bakers, specialty food, local retailers, nonprofits, etc. Set up donation (nonrefundable) is $40 until Nov 17, $50 after that until Dec 1, the final registration deadline. Parade proceeds benefit area food banks and the Lisbon VFC. For more info visit, call 410-489-4752 or email

US NAVY CONCERT BAND Dec 2, 7pm, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD. Call 202-433-2525 or visit for more info.

MAKE A CORN HUSK DOLL Dec. 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine). Corn husk dolls can make a great holiday gift or ornament. We will look into the prominence of these dolls among colonial settlers as well as other historical activities. Afterward, we will explore our collection of 18th century inspired games. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $1/craft. Events are free unless otherwise noted; donations are always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

OWL PROWL Dec. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Meet an ambassador owl from our aviary and take a night hike to listen for owls. Learn about owl biology, conservation, diet and habitat. $5/person. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

THE COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE WILL PERFORM Handel's Messiah, Sunday, December 3, 2017, 7:30 pm, at the Jim Rouse Theatre. Joining artistic director Frances Motyca Dawson and the 100-member chorus for the performance will be guest soloists Amy Van Roekel, soprano, Leah Serr, mezzo, Charles Reid, tenor, Steven Eddy, baritone, Henry lowe, positiv organ, and Festival Orchestra. There will be a pre-concert talk on the music at 6:30 pm, and a post-concert reception. Tickets are $23, $20 (students and sr. citizens) in advance; $2 more at the door. Children 5-15: $10. Discounted group rates available. To order tickets, visit, or call 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107.

WHERE THE WINTER WILD THINGS ARE Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-Noon at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine).Join us for a reading of the classic story Where the Wild things Are. Then, accompany a naturalist on a winter walk to see what other wild things we can find! Topics of discussion to include hibernation, migration and snow adaptation. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

DEER OR REINDEER? Dec. 9, Noon-1 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine). What's the difference between a white-tailed deer and reindeer? Find out with antlers and artifacts, a craft and a short hike. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

FEATHERS IN FOCUS Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Shine only).Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, capture our Scales and Tales animals in a natural setting. A naturalist will bring out 3-4 birds of prey to photograph and discuss. $15/photographer. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

STARGAZING Dec. 9, 8-10 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Join the Westminster Astronomical Society for their monthly program. Telescopes will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Setup assistance available. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

THE COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE CHAMBER SINGERS will present its annual holiday concert of festive music, "A Christmas Noel," Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045. The 20-member group will perform festive works from the Renaissance to the present, both a capella and accompanied by piano and organ. Tickets are $15, $13 (students and sr. citizens) in advance; $2 more at the door. Children 5-15: $10. To order tickets, visit, or call 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107.

SNOWFLAKES: SPECTACULAR AND SCIENTIFIC Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-Noon at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine). Join a naturalist and learn about the scientific process behind the formation of snowflakes. Pay homage to that process with some poems and stories, and design your own ornament using recycled materials. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $2/craft. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

HIBERNATING HERPS Dec. 10, 2-3 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Ever wonder how or why some animals hibernate? Do you wish you could hibernate? Come out and learn about our animal ambassadors that hibernate and those that do not. $5/person. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

"THE CRACKED NUT", A DANCE PERFORMANCE presented by Kinetics Dance Theatre's Student Companies, Dec 9 & 10, 7pm, Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD. Tickets: $8 presale, $10 at box office. Tickets are available at Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, MD and online until 5pm on December 8th.

HOWARD COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ROUNDTABLES and Celebration of 20 year plus members, Dec 13, 7-9pm, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia. Table topics on Research methods, places and tools. Free. Everyone invited.

BACKYARD BIRDS Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-Noon at Hilton Nature Center (Shine only). Discover the birds that spend winter in your own backyard. We'll observe the birds along the Sensory and Santee Branch trails, and make bird feeders to take home! Recommended for ages 7 through 14. $3/craft. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

POPS CONCERT features Nutcracker, Toyland, Carols in St. Louis Church. The St. Louis Concert Series presents "Christmas Pops," a program featuring the St. Louis Choirs and Orchestra 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The holiday program will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland" and favorite Christmas carols. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 443-535-1691. St. Louis Church is at 12500 Clarksville Pike in Howard County, off Rte. 108 near Rte. 32 and Ten Oaks Road. Ample parking on site. Friends and family are invited. Donations and sponsorships are accepted via website or by check.

WINTER ADAPTATIONS Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-Noon at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine). It takes a lot of work to sleep it off! Discover how local animals and plants can survive through the bitter winter months. Celebrate your favorite hibernators with an animal mask or track craft. Recommended for ages 6 through 12. $2/craft. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

FIRST DAY OF WINTER HIKE Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Shine only). Welcome winter with a moderate hike on the Pigs Run, Forest Glen and Santee Branch trails. Learn how the park's forests and wildlife adapt to the cold and snow. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

TRACKS & T-SHIRTS Dec. 23, 1-2 p.m. at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center (Rain or shine). Learn a little bit about the animal tracks that might be found within the park. Then we'll decorate a T-shirt or other piece of fabric with an image of animal footprints. It could be just what you need for that last-minute gift for the nature-lover in your life! Bring your own item to decorate; paint and stencils to be provided. $2/person. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

ROCKY RACCOONS Dec. 29, Noon-1 p.m. at Hilton Nature Center (Rain or shine.)Learn about these familiar yet fascinating furry animals and their role in the park's forests through hands-on activities and artifacts. Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

WINTER BIRD HIKE Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-Noon at Lost Lake (Shine only).Observe cardinals, sparrows, woodpeckers and more at Lost Lake and along the Grist Mill Trail. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours! (Limited supply). Please call 410-461-5005 for additional information or to register.

THE KIWANIS CLUB OF ELLICOTT CITY meets Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Bob Evans Restaurant, 4900 Beaver Run Court (off Executive Park Drive at Rte 100). Please contact Harry Slade with questions at 410-418-8218.

LOOKING FOR DONATIONS OF FABRIC, LACES, TRIMS, ELASTIC colorful sheets and pillow cases, any sewing materials. We are a group of church ladies from the community making dresses for poor countries including places here at home. Next mission is Mexico and we are running low on supplies, 410-795-3252.

Carroll County Notes

CRAFTERS/VENDORS WANTED for our annual "A White Rock Christmas" Bazaar on December 2. from 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. White Rock Independent Methodist Episcopal Church, 6300 White Rock Rd., Sykesville.For more information call 410-627-0310 or email

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST Prospect United Methodist Church will be having an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday December 2nd from 7:00am to 12:00pm at the church hall located at 5923 Woodville Road, Mt. Airy. Adults $7, Children 6 - 12 $5, Children under 6 free. Regular and Buckwheat pancakes, sausage and drinks included. There will also be Bake Table, Yard Sale, and Gift Basket Silent Auction.

WHITE ROCK INDEPENDENT METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH will hold it's annual "A White Rock Christmas" Bazaar on Saturday, December 2, 9am-3pm at 6300 White Rock Rd., Sykesville, MD. Featured will be handmade crafts and gifts, African American holiday decor and arrangements, vendors including Collective Goods (formerly known as Books Are Fun), and Usborne Books and baked goods. Food available for sale including dinner platters. Join us for fun, food and fellowship. For more information call 410.627.0310 or email

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH ELDERSBURG will present its annual production of their narrated Live Nativity on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. on the church grounds. Costumed performers and live animals will highlight the occasion. Following the performance, hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the church fellowship hall. The church is located at 1700 St. Andrews Way, Eldersburg, next to the public library. For information, call the church office at 410-795-8082. Visit

CHURCH TO HOLD FOOD PANTRY Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold the "Rock of Help" Food Pantry for anyone in the community in need of food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the church, 4901 Woodbine Road, near Winfield. Non-perishable foods, assorted frozen foods, plus a non-food household item, and children's shoes, are available. Those coming to the food pantry are asked to fill out a short information sheet, then the church gives them a list of available foods to check off what they need. The food pantry will be held Dec. 16, 2017. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road. For information, call the church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

HOLIDAY OF TREES, WREATHS & CENTERPIECES by Taneytown Heritage & History Museum, November 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, New Windsor State Bank, Taneytown. Individuals, businesses, organizations and groups entries are displayed. Public votes for winners. There is a silent auction. All proceeds benefit THMA a 501 (c) 3 organization.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO NEW WINDSOR ON A BIG RED FIRE TRUCK He will be pulling out of the Fire Hall at 6:30pm. Dec 7, he will visit Glen View Drive, Overbrook Drive and Smiley Drive. Dec 13, he will visit Atlee ridge, Hallowell Drive, Clear Ridge Road and Uniontown. On Dec 18, he will visit New Windsor, Blue Ridge Manor and Springdale Village. In case of rain or snow, he will be around on Dec 22nd. Courtesy of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company.

SUGAR PLUMB SHOPPE Open Saturdays and Sundays: December 1 - 22 Noon to 4 p.m. Cookies $1,Bucket of Cookies $10, Hot Cider/Hot Chocolate $. Located in the Living History Center, Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street Westminster, MD.

EBENEZER UMC CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold special Christmas worship services at 4901 Woodbine Road near Winfield. Due to Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve falling on Sunday, there will be only one worship service at 10 a.m., and no Sunday school, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The children's Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be held during the 10 a.m. worship service, Dec. 24. Special Christmas Eve services will include a traditional family worship with the Chancel choir at 8 p.m., followed by a candlelight worship, with special music, at 10 p.m. The Rev. Judith A. Emerson is pastor. Information: 410-795-6136 or

CARROLL COUNTY ALATEEN MEETING Every Tuesday at 8 pm, St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church, 700 Kreider's Cemetery RD, Westminster, MD 21158. In Alateen meetings, young people share their own experiences-everyone in the meeting has been affected by someone else's drinking. Some currently live with a problem drinker, others do not. Alateens share their feelings, encourage each other, and share how the Alateen program has helped them.

MARVIN'S CHAPEL'S THRIFT SHOP With the cool weather fast approaching, the ladies at Marvin Chapel Thrift Shop have replaced summer clothing with all fall and winter apparel. At $2/bagful, there are may real bargains. Backroom items are still 50% off and weekly specials are listed on the board as you enter. The Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. Marvin Chapel is located at 5101 Woodville Road, just north of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mount Airy. Worship services are at 9:30am on Sunday mornings and all are welcome.

Frederick County Notes

MOZART REQUIEM Nov 30, 8pm, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" December 1, 7pm, WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 20 West Patrick St., Frederick. Free.

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS AT CATOCTIN BREEZE VINEYARD December 1, 6:30-7:30pm, CaTOCTIN BREEZE VINEYARD, 15010 Roddy Rd, Thurmont, MD. $17/person.

IHCC MD CHAPTER 39 HARVESTER HOLIDAYS Dec 2, 9am, Fredrick, MD. For pull information contact, John Roop 240-674-6815 or John Schneider 443-519-7840. Visit

CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN December 2 & 3, 12-4PM, Linganore Wine Winery, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mt. Airy, MD. Come shop local vendors as we turn our Abisso Hall into a Holiday Bazaar... Sip, Shop and be Merry! Free.

CHRISTMAS IN NEW MARKET December 2, 10am-4pm, 39 W Main St, New Market, MD. Free.

CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY December 2, 4pm, MIDDLETOWN MAIN STREET, 31 W Main St., Middletown, MD.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S CHORALE CONCERT at the Seton Shrine, December 2, 7-8pm, NATIONAL SHRINE OF ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON, 339 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD. Free.

SHADOWS OF THE 60'S: A HOLIDAY TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN December 2, 8pm, WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 20 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD. All seats $40.

CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR December 2, 2017 - December 3, Sat 5-9pm, Sun Noon-4pm, HOSPITALITY CENTER - WILLIAM R. TALLEY RECREATION CENTER, 121 N Bentz St, Frederick, MD. Advance Ticket - $25Tour Day Ticket - $30Home & Garden Ticket Package - $40.

LIVE NATIVITY December 3, 6-8pm, Urbana Fire Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD. Free.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE FREDERICK CHORAL December 3, 2017 - December 4, 2017, Sunday 4:00-5:30; Monday 7:30-9:00, ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH, 118 E. 2nd St., Frederick, MD. Free and open to the public.

FESTIVAL OF TREES November 24 - December 7, Wed-Sat 1am-4pm; Sun 12-4pm, HERITAGE FREDERICK, 24 E Church St, Frederick, MD. Free to view, Tickets to vote: $1 per ticket.

KRIS KRINGLE PROCESSION December 8, 2017, 6:30-8pm, MARKET STREET & BAKER PARK BAND SHELL, 121 N Bentz St, Frederick, MD. Free.

SCHIFFERSTADT ARCHITECTURAL MUSEUM TOUR thru December 9, recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday, 1-4pm, Schifferstadt Architectural Musem, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD,301-663-3885.

DUKE ELLINGTON'S NUTCRACKER December 9, 3pm & 7:30pm, FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD. Various Seating and Pricing Options.

HOLIDAY SANTA VISIT & TOYS FOR TOTS December 9, 12-3pm, WESTVIEW PROMENADE, Buckeystown Pike (Rt 85) & Crestwood Blvd., Frederick, MD. Free.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS Presented By BRUNSWICK MAIN STREET, December 9, 1-4pm, Downtown Brunswick, 1 West Potomac Street, 8 North Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD. Free.

FERMENTED FUN! BREWERY TOURS AND TASTINGS, 12/10, Hampton Inn, 5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, 301-834-9950. $75 per person.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS December 15, 7-8pm, CITY HALL COURTYARD, 101 N. Court Street, Frederick, MD. Free.

A CHILDREN'S THEATER CHRISTMAS CAROL 11/25, 11/26, 12/2, 12/9, 12/10, 12/16, 11:30am to 1:30pm, Way off Broadway Dinner Theatre & Children's Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick, MD. 301-662-6600. $17 per person for lunch and show.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 15-17, Fri 7:30PM, Sat 2 & 7:30PM, Sun 2PM, WEINBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 20 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Adults -$24; Seniors (62+) - $20; Students (7-18) - $20; Children (3-6) - $12.

SANTA TRAIN Nov 23 - Dec 23, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 West Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 301-898-0899. Adults: $16 Seniors (55+): $15 Children (1-12): $13 Babies under 1: Free.

A CHRISTMAS STORY 12/1/2017, 12/2/2017, 12/3/2017, 12/8/2017, 12/9/2017, 12/10/2017, 12/14/2017, 12/15/2017, 12/16/2017, 12/17/2017, 12/21/2017, 12/22/2017, 12/23/2017, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Thurs, Fri and Sat 8 pm; Sun 3 pm, $20 tickets.

THE "CHRISTMAS SHOP" held at Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church annually is now open and will remain open Fridays and Saturdays from 10a.m. till 2p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 30th. Many, many Christmas decorations and gift items are available. A silent auction will be held again this year. Among the auction offerings is a framed artwork by Barry Richardson as well as 2 ceramic Christmas trees, a hand crocheted bed spread,a Lenox Christmas bowl,2 vintage dolls (one with clothing marked Madam Alexander), a vintage child's tool set, a Blue glass pitcher with 4 glasses, and a ceramic "horse in basket" The bidding for these items will close at noon on Saturday, Dec. 16th. The Christmas Shop, which is part of Marvin's Thrift Shop operation, is located in the church basement and is open the same hours as the thrift shop - 10a.m. to 2 p.m. - on Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting. Donations are welcomed during these hours. The Thrift Shop phone number is 240-344-8718. Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 5101 Woodville Road, just North of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mt. Airy. Worship Services are 9:30 a.m. Sunday and all are welcome.

GREAT FREDERICK FAIR FARMERS' MARKET Frederick Fairgrounds, E. Patrick St, Frederick, MD, open Saturdays 8am-2pm year round except holidays.

J BAR W RANCH 10530 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge. Frederick's best kept secret in family fun! Activities include battle of the beast event, pro-bull riding, cowgirls barrel racing, Muttton bustin', face painting, food, fun & much more. Visit for more information.

LOEW VINEYARDS 14001 Liberty Rd, Mt. Airy, MD. Wine tastings, winery & vineyard tours, and picnic grounds. Visit for more information.

LINGANORE WINECELLARS 13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mt. Airy. Winery tours and tastings offered daily. Open year round to the public, with monthly activities in the tasting room. Visit for more information.

MAYNE'S TREE FARM 3420 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, MD. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pick your own fruits, vegetables and pumpkins, cut your own Christmas tree, moon bounce and pedal tractor course. Pumpkin barn set up for group and bus tours and gatherings. Visit

CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN ORCHARD 15036 North Franklinville Rd, Thurmont. We offer several pick your own crops, black raspberries, dark sweet cherries, blueberries, sour cherries. For approximate picking dates you need to call 301-271-2737. Pick your own pumpkins (on the weekends in October only). Enjoy creating a beautiful bouquet from our large cut your own flower garden as well as a self guided walking tour of our orchard. Maps will lead you around to signs that identify crops. Guided education school and bus tours - must call to set up. Visit for more information.

Montgomery County Notes

BETHESDA'S WINTER WONDERLAND December 2, 2017 from 1-4pm. This community event features live performances, ice sculpting and Santa Claus too. Wander over to Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda and enjoy the festivities.

DAVE KOZ, DAVID BENOIT, RICK BRAUN & PETER WHIT Dec 4, 8pm, The Music Center At Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD. Visit for information and/or tickets.

CANADIAN BRASS Dec 8, 8pm at the Music Center At Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln, Rockville, MD. Visit for information and/or tickets.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM Dec 9 & 10th, 12-5pm, at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd, Derwood, MD.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC: STAN ENGEBRETON - HANDEL'S MESSIAH Dec 16, 8pm, Music Center At Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, MD. Visit for information and/or tickets.

MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Dec 22, 8pm, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Music Center At Strathmore, Visit for information and/or tickets.

FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE HISTORY FARM PARK Membership meetings, 7pm on 12/12, at the Agriculture History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD. Call 301-670-4661 or visit for more information.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP second Wednesday of each month, 2-3:15pm at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road on the Sandy Spring, Maryland, campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village. Free. Confidential. For more information or to register, contact Toni Davis, 301-388-7209 or

PFNCA EXERCISE FOR PARKINSON'S CLASSES each Monday and Wednesday, 3:3-4:30pm at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road on the Sandy Spring, Maryland, campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village. Exercises are designed to improve posture, balance and circulation while also increasing strength, muscle control and mobility in those with Parkinson's or other neurodegenerative diseases. Free. For information or to register, contact Toni Davis, 301-388-7209 or

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP third Wednesday of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 18131 Slade School Road on the Sandy Spring campus of Brooke Grove Retirement Village. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, this group is designed for those who have a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia and provides an opportunity for individuals and families to find support, gain understanding, share caregiving tips and discover other helpful information. Free. For more information, contact group facilitator Bill Neely, 301-924-5176 or

GARDEN OF LIGHTS thru Jan. 1, 2018.Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD. Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Call 301-254-6257 for more info.

CATHERINE RUSSELL & JOHN PIZZARELLI Jan 5, 8:00pm, Music Center At Strathmore, Visit for information and/or tickets.

GAITHERSBURG WINTER LIGHTS FESTIAL thru December 31, 2017, 6-9 pm (10pm Fri & Sat), closed on Christmas. Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove. Rates vary for cars, SUV's, Mini-vans, large vans, mini-buses, buses. Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

General Notes

US NAVY COUNTRY CURRENT BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE Dec 2, 2pm, Anne Arundel County Public Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD. Call 202-433-2525 or visit for more info.

MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS PARADE - BALTIMORE December 3, 2017. The 44th Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will feature about 160 marching units, floats, local TV and radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, great bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course - the big man himself - Santa!

BEL AIR CHRISTMAS PARADE & TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION December 3, 2017 from 2:30-4:45pm. Treat yourself to a traditional parade that is almost 30 years old. The Parade Route revolves around historic Downtown Bel Air. A Tree Lighting follows this family friendly community event.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec 7, 10am, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec 8, 10am & 11:30am, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, MD.

BALTIMORE CHANUKAH FESTIVAL Dec 12, McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor. Celebrate the start of Chanukah with the lighting of Maryland's largest menorah, complete with live music, kid's activities and fireworks.

MISTLETOE MELTDOW: FERGIE Dec 14, 8am, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS HOLIDAY SHOPPING - ANNAPOLIS Thursdays, December 7 &14 from 6pm-Midnight and December 21 from 6-11pm. Don't miss Midnight Madness where stores in downtown Annapolis will stay open late to give bargain-hunters a reason to enjoy the spirit of Annapolis - the town will be inundated with live music, holiday entertainment and cheer throughout the season. It's also the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and take advantage of special deals in the middle of holiday festivities.

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE Dec 22 8pm & Dec 23 3pm & 8pm,Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

WALKING IN A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND - NORTH POLE LIGHTS WALK thru December 23, 4:30-7pm Fridays and Saturdays. Take a self-guided walk through our shimmering Winter Wonderland,and stop by Santa's Cabin to put in your Christmas request. The gardens have new trails with lighted scenes of Christmas. See the flower fairies decorate the gazebo, Polar Bear Central, Gingerbread house, Forest Animals, and Enchanted Fairy Garden. Be sure to come back to the barn to warm up with hot chocolate. Don't miss this year's special guest from the North Pole, Prancer! Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm. Severn.

GERMAN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Come and enjoy an authentic German Christmas market right here in Charm City! From Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23) through December 24, Christmas Village in Baltimore returns to Baltimore's Inner Harbor to transform West Shore Park into European wonderland. Our huge heated festival tent and the beautiful outdoor wooden booths around the majestic Christmas Tree will harbor 45 vendors and their high quality arts and crafts from all over the world, to offer you the perfect Holiday shopping experience within a festive atmosphere! Don't miss famous German vendor Kathe Wohlfahrt - with the skyline of an ancient German town as a backdrop, shopping for genuine German Schwibbbogen and Pyramids gets even more enjoyable. When you are done with Christmas shopping, have a seat in our Bavarian Beergarden and enjoy the German delicacies offered by our vendors, such as Brautwurst, Pretzls, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Mulled Wine or a good German beer. Daily performances of local choirs, bands and performers and special themed weekend events will sweeten your visit at Christmas Village in Baltimore!

LIGHTS BY THE LAKE thru Dec. 24, 2017. Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Rd, Flintstone, MD. Features over 150,000 lights synchronized to music in an animated show lasting more than 30 minutes. Park & watch the show surround you. Then come inside for refreshments & special events. Event Hours: 6-10pm. Costs: General: $7.

CENTRAL MARYLAND ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB, INC meetings every 4th Thursday, 7:30pm Jefferson Community Center.

ALL ABOARD FOR TRAIN RIDES! December 31, 11am-2pm, B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD. Train rides are offered Thursday & Friday at 11:30am, Saturday at 11:30am & 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. Take the Mile One Express train for a round trip train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad right-of-way in America. Please note that some dates are excluded or scheduled modified.

ARTS OF ASIA Weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD. Some of the most exceptional collections of Asian art in North America takes center stage on Sunday, October 1, when the Walters Art Museum opens its new installation Arts of Asia. The dramatic display offers a rich exploration of artistic traditions from diverse cultures and regions across India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia. The stunning array of more than 150 works spanning 2,000 years includes 30 objects that have never been on view.

CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC FEATURING ICE! thru Jan. 1, 2018, 201 Waterfront St, National Harbor, MD. The must-see holiday attraction is back with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme. Enjoy more than two million pounds of colorful ice sculpture that tells the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Call 301-965-4000 for more info.

SIX FLAGS AMERICA HOLIDAY IN THE PARK thru Jan. 1, 2017. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! Weekends & select days. Call 301-249-1500 for more info.

LIGHTS ON THE BAY thru Jan. 1, 2018, Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD 21409. Don't miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features dozens of animated and stationary displays. Rates available for cars, vans, buses.

TANK AND THE BANGAS Jan 4, 8pm, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jan 5, 8pm, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - Baltimore, MD.

AFTER FABERGE thru May 27, 2018, 10am-5pm, The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD. Five digital prints by artist Jonathan Monaghan present finely-crafted, surreal versions of the famous Fabergˇ Imperial Easter eggs, two of which are in the Walters' collection. His large-scale prints blend the dazzling detail of the original masterworks with modern culture.