Community Notes


SAUNTERING WITH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER FRANK MARSDEN Dec 3, 7-8:30pm. Wildlife photographer and naturalist Frank Marsden is a "wildlife whisperer" who has uncanny skill at getting close to wildlife. Every morning, usually at sunrise, he is out "sauntering" the meadows and woodlands and river edges in Harford County. Camera in hand, Frank captures images of animal life as they go about their natural behaviors, making their living. Many of his photos are taken at Eden Mill Nature Center in Pylesville, the county nature center he helped to create some 32 years ago. His photo images are gorgeous and mesmerizing - the perfect inspiration during these pandemic times. Join him on a virtual walk, virtually on zoom! Free, donations appreciated. Advanced registration required. Register at .

CREATING NATURAL HOLIDAY WREATHS Dec 4, 11am-11:20am. Join us as Nancy Grabowski, an experienced and creative landscape designer in Howard County, shows us how to create a natural wreath using a variety of fresh evergreen textures and colors with all natural materials including seed pods, cones, berries and fruit. Simply visit the Conservancy's FaceBook page at 11:00am to join us!

WINTER WILD WALK Dec 5, 9am-10:15am. Join us on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 9 am for a winter wild walk! Explore the beautiful grounds with naturalists to discover the magic of winter and to catch glimpses of wildlife. Approx. 1 hr 15 min in length. $10 per person. Register here

COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE Handel's Messiah and More, Sunday, December 6, 2020, 3pm. Columbia Pro Cantare will stream selections from past performances of Handel's Messiah and present live interviews with renowned CPC soloists. No charge. Visit to learn more.

PAINT IT! ELLICOTT CITY 2020 JURIED EXHIBITION recurring weekly Tues & Thurs thru Dec 10, 1-7pm, presented by Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD. Free. 410-313-2787 for more info.

COLUMBIA PRO CANTARE CHAMBER SINGERS: A CHRISTMAS NOEL Saturday, December 12, 2020, 4pm. The CPC Chamber Singers will stream its annual concert of festive music for the holidays from Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045. The ensemble will be under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson. Visit to learn more.

CHRISTMAS WITH ST. ANDREW'S GLENWOOD St. Nick's Drive Thru Breakfast, Saturday, December 12, 10-12. See St. Nick and turn in your wish list! Collect a Christmas Craft Bag, Christmas Worship Bag, bag from St. Nick's Mystery Shop, a blessing from the Rector, and Donuts to go from RISE Restaurant. Sharing tables will be available to participate in bringing donations for non-perishable food items for Guardian Angel Food Pantry in Baltimore and notes for Howard Community Hospital workers. Suggested donation $4.00/person or $15.00/family car. Rain date Sunday, December 13, 10-12. For more information visit

CHRISTMAS AT ST. LOUIS from Around the World, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, with choirs and guest artists. St. Louis Church, Clarksville, MD. For more information visit or call 410-531-6040 for tickets or more information.

ZERO WASTE LIVING DURING THE HOLIDAY Dec 18, 11am-11:20am. The Conservancy staff share some of their favorite ideas for an eco-friendly, zero-waste holiday, including which native plants you can add to your own landscape that will provide natural holiday beauty to your decorations. Simply visit the Conservancy's Facebook page at 11:00am to join us!

IN THE SPIRIT AT UNION CHAPEL Saturday, December 19, 3-7 & Sunday December 20, 3-7. An exclusive one-family-at-a-time Open House in the Historic 1834 Union Chapel, hosted by the rector, the Rev. Dina van Klaveren. Decked and boughed for your Christmas photo needs, take your family photo in front of the beautifully decorated Union Chapel tree. Sharing tables will be available to participate in bringing donations for non-perishable food items for Guardian Angel Food Pantry in Baltimore and notes for Howard Community Hospital workers. For more information visit

PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT THE MALL IN COLUMBIA Nov 20 thru Dec 24, 2020. The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD.

COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS: SPONSOR HOWARD COUNTY EVENTS HC DrugFree depends upon the generosity of individuals, PTSAs/PTAs, organizations, and businesses in the community to support our free services to the Howard County community. Any size gift is welcome. Contact us to sponsor an event or to make a one-time or monthly donation. Thank you for your support. HC DrugFree is a 501(c)(3). Donate online at or mail checks to HC DrugFree.

MASTERWORKS FINALE 4pm, Sunday, June 6, 2021, featuring The Columbia Orchestra and choirs. St. Louis Church, Clarksville, MD. For more information visit or call 410-531-6040 for tickets or more information.


VIRTUAL KIDS BOOK DISCUSSION - SING DOWN THE MOON For Native American Heritage Month, Friday, November 27, 4-5pm. For kids in 3rd-6th grade. In observance of Native American Heritage Month, we will be having a virtual book discussion for kids in 3-6th grades. Please read "Sing Down the Moon" by Scott O'Dell and come ready for a discussion and maybe a game! The book is about the forced march of the Navajo tribe in 1863, when they were forced to leave their homeland. You can find the book in the library and make a holds-to-go appointment to pick it up. Or you can read it online from MCPL's Hoopla link. From the MCPL website, click Books, then E-Books, then Hoopla. Registration is required. Zoom link will be sent to those who register. Register here


COUNTRY BREAKFAST BUFFET December 5, 7-11am, Church of the Ascension - Holy Cross Hall, 23 N Court St, Westminster, MD. $8 adults; $4 kids ages 4-8. Contact Cheryl Vecera 410-848-3251.

CARROLL COUNTY ARTISTS' STUDIO TOUR December 5 & 6, 10am-5pm. The 14th annual Carroll County Artists' Studio Tour is happening the first weekend of December 12/5-12/6/2020, 10am-5pm both days. It is free.

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 new food pantry building, behind the church and its new addition, 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. The food pantry will be held Nov. 21 and Dec. 19, 2020. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road. Information: Church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; e-mail; or go to

CARROLL COUNTY FARM MUSEUM will be holding a socially distanced holiday tour this year on the weekends of Dec 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 from noon to 4 pm. Santa will be available for no contact conversation with children through the gate at decorated log cabin. Food and drink available for purchase. Visit our gift shop for toys, as well as ornaments handcrafted by our blacksmiths and tinsmiths. Masks and social distancing are required inside and outside on the Museum grounds for everyone over the age of five. Take home craft kit for each child while supplies last. Admission $3 age 9 and over or $10 per family. Rain or Shine.


GHOST TOURS OF HISTORIC FREDERICK Sat, Nov 28, 7-8:30pm, Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery, 124 North Market Street, Frederick, MD. $13 Adults.

DISTRICT ARTS PRESENTS "ALWAYS LOOKING UP" Nov 4 thru Nov 20, 12-6pm, weekly on Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, 15 North Market Street, Frederick, MD. Free.

MARYLAND CHRISTMAS SHOW Fri, Sat & Sun, 10-6pm, Nov 20-29, presented By Maryland Christmas Show, Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. $8 adult, $4 child, $2 parking.

HOSPITALITY CULINARY & TOURISM INSTITUTE "To Go" Dinner Experience thru December 3, 2020, recurring weekly on Thursday, 200 Monroe Restaurant, 200 Monroe Ave., Frederick, MD 21702. $35/guest includes gratuity and tax.

BRUNSWICK HOLIDAY PARADE Dec 5, 6-8pm, City of Brunswick, 1 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. Free.

HERITAGE FREDERICK'S GENEALOGY WEEKEND PACKAGE thru Dec 6, 2020, 10am-4pm, recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday, Heritage Frederick, 24 E. Church St., Frederick, MD. $20 per person. 301-663-1188 X105.

JIM BRICKMAN - COMFORT & JOY AT HOME Dec 6, 4-6pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD. $40, $75, $125.

DOOR TO BETHLEHEM Dec 4-6, 5-7:30pm beginning every 15 mins, 339 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, $6 per person, Age 6 and under free.

CIVIL WAR CHURCH SERVICE & LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM Nov 22, 1pm & Dec 12, 6pm, Historic Rocky Springs Chapel, Inc., 7817 Rocky Springs Rd., Frederick, MD.


THE DOWNTOWN SATURDAY BAZAAR Saturdays 12-5pm, thru December 19, parking lot, 331 N. Market St., frederick, MD. Free.

SANTA TRAIN 11/28, 11/29, 12/5, 12/6, 12/12, 12/13, 12/19, 12/20, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. Adults: $18, Seniors 55+: $17, Children 1-12: $14, under 1 free.

MARVIN CHAPEL'S THRIFT SHOP is continuing to open as usual, 10am-2pm, on Fridays and Saturdays, adhering to the strict guidelines set forth to protect all from the covid virus - face masks, distancing, and hand sanitizing. The shop is well-stocked with Fall and Winter merchandise. Clothing is $3 per bag and there are weekly specials. Marvin is planning on opening their Christmas Shop in the church basement on Saturday, Nov. 7th., from 10a.m. til 2p.m. ( same hours as the thrift shop following the same strict guidelines used in their thrift shop. Due to the epidemic no food will be served this year. Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 5101 Woodville Rd, just north of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mt Airy.

CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP virtual edition, presented by visit Frederick, recurring daily Dec 14 -Jan 5, 2021, 4-9pm, Visit Frederick Online Event. Free.

TOURS IN THE BARREL ROOM Saturdays thru Jan 30, 2021, 3pm, Tenth Ward Distilling Company, 55 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD, $10.

MEATEATER: OFF THE AIR February 12, 8pm, The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD. $45-175.

MEN ARE FROM MARS - WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE! February 27, 8pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Standard - $60.

THE LEPRECHAUN LUAU March 6, 4-8pm, Frederick Community College Fieldhouse, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD. $65.

FREDERICK RESTAURANT WEEK March 1-7, recurring daily, Downtown Frederick & Frederick County.

ROCKY BLEIER: THE PLAY March 18, 7:30pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD. $32, $37, $41.

MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL recurring weekly on Sat & Sun, March 13-21, 2021, 10am-2pm, Cunningham Falls State Park, William Houck Area, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD. $3/person.

VINYASA YOGA Saturdays thru September 18, 1-1:45pm, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5103 Pegasus Ct, Frederick, $10 Drop in Rate.

TAKE A TURN AT THE WHEEL 2nd Sat of the month, March 12-Nov 13, 2021, 6-9pm, Frederick Clay Studio, 119 N. East St., Frederick, MD. $100 Registration Fee.


THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER STREAMING VERSION December 13, 7-8:25pm. A holiday mash-up for the whole family, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker - recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center - is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky's timeless music. Online event: for tickets.

ACCORDION/CONCERTINA/FREE REED MUSICIANS The Maryland Accordion Club meets 2-5pm, on the first Saturday of each month, May thru June, in Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, MD. Our current members reside in Anne Arundel Baltimore, Carroll, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties, DC, DE, and VA. In 2020, the club begins its 18th year as a MD 501-C3 Non-Profit Organization. Each meeting includes an "open stage" session where accordionists, concertina, harmonium, and players of other free reed, acoustic, and folk instruments perform at every proficiency level in styles ranging from classical to jazz across world-wide traditions. Visitors/Listeners are welcome. For more email or call 443-610-3667.