Community Notes

Howard County Notes

STEVE POLTZ Dec 6, Rufus Roundtree and Da B'More Brass Factory, The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, doors: 7pm /show: 8pm. Tickets $10-$15. for more information.

RUFUS ROUNDTREE AND DA B'MORE BRASS FACTORY Dec 7, The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Doors: 7pm/show 8pm. Tickets $10-$15. for more information. for more information.

AN EVENING WITH THE CHUCK BROWN BAND Dec 14, The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, Doors: 7pm/show 8pm. Tickets: $24.75 - $29.75. for more information.

ART MARYLAND 2018 thru Dec 14, Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm, Presented by the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD. Call 410-313-2787

"HOLIDAYS, HOLY DAYS...HOLLYWOOD" CONCERT A free community "Holidays, Holy Days...Hollywood" concert is scheduled 4pm, Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville. St. Louis and Treble Choirs of youth from area schools will perform with Orchestra and guest artists. They will explore sacred and commercial music written for the feasts and festivities of season, from the Christmas Octave to the silver screen. No tickets are required, but best seating is available on a first-come basis. Ample free parking is available at the Church entrance off Route 108. For more information about the Dec. 16 concert or other classical and pop events in the Series through May - visit or call 410-531-6040.

HOLLY JOLLY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL - FEATURING SANTA CLAUS Dec 16, 11am-3pm, Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive, Elkridge, Maryland.

HOLIDAY JAZZ CABARET AT MARRIOTTS RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL The Annual Holiday Jazz Cabaret will be held Tuesday, December 18th at 7pm at Marriotts Ridge High School - 12100 Woodford Dr, Marriottsville, MD. Join friends and family for a relaxing and joyful evening. Enjoy fabulous treats (including a chocolate fountain!), appetizers and beverages while listening to some amazing holiday music performed by the MRHS Jazz Band, Women's Choir, Madrigals and several amazing soloists. Tickets are $12 and sold at the door.

AN EVENING WITH SUPERFLY DISCO Dec 22, The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, doors: 7pm/show:8pm. Tickets: $15-$20. for more information.

EBENEZER UMC CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS Ebenezer United Methodist Church invites the public to attend its special Christmas events and services at 4901 Woodbine Road in Winfield. The Christmas cantata, "The Winter Rose," will be sung at the 8:30am and 11am worship services Sunday, Dec. 16. The children's Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be held during the 11 a.m. worship service, Sunday Dec. 23.Christmas Eve services will include a traditional family worship with the Chancel choir at 8pm, followed by a candlelight worship, with special music, at 10pm. Monday, Dec. 24. Only one worship service will be held at 11am, Dec. 30, with no Sunday school. The Rev. Judith A. Emerson is pastor. Information: 410-795-6136 or

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS thru Dec. 30 This Howard County holiday tradition features a drive-through display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary light creations, made up of approximately 300,000 bulbs. 6 p.m. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $25. 410-740-7570 or

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.

HOWARD COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY HELP DESK offers a free help desk on the 3rd Saturday of the month 1-4pm at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. Genealogical research help into all areas of the US and other countries is available. Call 410-381-7899.

DO YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN? Free Cannabis Education and Patient Registration Workshops every Tues 9-10AM/Thurs 7-8PM! We look forward to meeting you! 443-539-7372

THE HOWARD COUNTY CAT CLUB NEEDS A NEW LOCATION We are still looking for a new place to call home...and save cats! If you know someone who has a walkout basement, in-law suite, outbuilding, etc., that might be willing to help us out, please let me know. We'd like to be within a 15-minute drive of Columbia, Maryland. Help us save more cats! Visit for more information.

BEARY MERRY AT THE MALL IN COLUMBIA thru Dec 31, 10am-9pm,10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 1600 - Management Office, Columbia. Beary Merry Scavenger Hunt: Simply follow the map to find bears that are hiding throughout The Mall in Columbia and check off where you saw them. When you find at least 7, head over to Gymboree for a beary special gift*.

BIG YEAR END SALE AT MAIN STREET ORIENTAL RUGS thru Dec 31, Main Street Oriental Rugs, 8290 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Call 410-313-9090 for more info,

TURF VALLEY RESORT PRESENTS - NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION December 31, 8:30pm-1:30am. Live music by the Klassix, The Main Event. Doors open at 8:30pm. Please visit event information. For tickets and overnight packages and/or more information call 410-465-3000.

THE LITTLE MERMAID thru Jan 13 Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, this production includes family-favorite tunes like "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Times vary. Toby's Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. $47.50-$64.50. 410-730-8311 or

THE LITTLE MERMAID AT TOBY'S DINNER THEATER now thru Jan 13, 2017, Toby's Dinner Theater, 5900 Symphony Woods, Columbia. If you loved last season's Beauty and the Beast make your reservations now for The Little Mermaid. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) this show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." The entire family will love The Little Mermaid! 410-730-8311 for tickets.

MASTER GARDENER TRAINING Both new and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the 2019 Master Gardener Training Program offered by the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County Office. Training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and a variety of other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices. Training is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and will end on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. An orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Extension Office in Ellicott City. Cost of the training is $195. The mission of the Master Gardeners is to provide education to consumers; therefore, willingness to volunteer time is essential. Lack of hands-on experience in the garden should not deter potential applicants. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening - and especially those with other skills and interests, such as writing, graphics and computer knowledge - is encouraged to apply. The registration deadline is November 2, 2018. Class size is limited. Registration is required. To receive a Master Gardener registration packet, call the University of Maryland Extension - Howard County office at 410-313-2707.

Carroll County Notes

McDANIEL COLLEGE JAZZ NIGHT Dec 6, 7pm, WMC Alumni Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD. Directed by music lecturer Tim Jenkins, the McDaniel Jazz Ensemble performs diverse styles of jazz, including classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, Funk, Jazz-rock and classic blues. 410-857-259.

SUGAR, SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE HOLIDAY TEA TICKETS Dec 7 & 8 11am-2pm; Dec 9, 2pm, Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, Maryland. Reservations and pre-payment required. Tea is an experience designed for children age 6 and older. Adults accompanying children must reserve their own seat.

SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCE hosted by the Winfield Ladies Aux, Dec 9, 6:30-10pm at the Winfield Vol Fire Co Social Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD. Enjoy refreshments and a beautiful hardwood dance floor. DJ will provide music and take requests. Admission is $10. BYOB. For more info call 410-596-5997.

McDaniel Gospel Choir Concert December 9, 3pm, McDaniel College, WMC Alumni Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD, Free.

FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART HANDBELL CONCERT December 9, 4pm, Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD. Cost: $15 (Adults), $12 (Seniors), $5.

ADVENT CELEBRATION AT STRAWBRIDGE SHRINE December 9, 4:30pm, Strawbridge Shrine, 2650 Strawbridge Ln, New Windsor, MD, Free. Join us for our Annual Advent celebration at Strawbridge Shrine in a 1760 Log Meeting House replica in beautiful New Windsor, Maryland. Strawbridge Shrine is the birthplace of the Wesleyan Methodist movement in 1760's Colonial America and a historical ministry of the Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Church. Our countryside located campus includes the original home of the First Methodist Circuit rider in America Robert Strawbridge and his wife Elizabeth, the first convert to the Methodist movement, John Evans house and a replica of the Log Meeting House. This is a free, fun, family-friendly event with people in Colonial costumes, carol singing, candle light and followed by cookies and delicious hot spiced punch. To schedule a tour anytime for yourself or your group visit the website and click on "tours" or by phone. Tours are free and membership is available. Donations are always welcome.

EBENEZER UMC 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. The food pantry will be held Saturday Dec. 15, 2018. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road.Information: call the church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; e-mail; or go to

SANTA HOUSE December 16, 11am-2pm, Kennie's Market, 11 Grand Dr, Taneytown, MD. 410-756-4234 for more information.

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT Dec 20, 8pm, Baldwin's Station, 7618 Main Street, Sykesville, MD. $22. Call 410-922-5210.

TOBACCO CLINICS Ready to stop using tobacco? Free walk-in tobacco clinics are available for Carroll County residents. Participants may be eligible to receive vouchers for nicotine replacement patches, gum, or Chantix (with a prescription from your doctor). No registration or appointment needed. Sponsored by the Carroll County Health Department's Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. First Wednesday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Access Carroll, 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Third Thursday of each month, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at Carroll County Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster. For more information, call 410-876-4429 or see website at

CATKNITS Join Catknits on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month knitting/crocheting blankets and toys for our cats up for adoption. All skill levels welcome! We meet from 1 PM to 3 PM in our community cat room at the Humane Society of Carroll County, 2517 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158. For info contact Theresa Micheau, 410-848-4810 x 819.

THE SOUTH CARROLL LIONESS LIONS CLUB meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church Celebration Hall, 5600 Old Washington Road, Sykesville, Maryland. Membership is open to both men and women. You will not find a better service organization than the South Carroll Lioness Lions Club; come and join us! For more information, contact us at 443-745-1281 or

Montgomery County Notes

MEET AUTHOR MARK CYMROT - READING, Q&A, AND BOOK SIGNING Dec 6, 6pm, Writer's Center, 3508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD. Join The Writer's Center for an evening with author and attorney Mark A. Cymrot. His new memoir, Squeezing Silver, chronicles the thrilling real-life drama of one of the most important trials of the 20th century. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Mark A. Cymrot is the Leader of BakerHostetler LLP's international arbitration and litigation practice. He is the author of more than 30 publications and a frequent speaker on topics drawn from his career in high-stakes US lawsuits and international arbitration. Two of his cases were recently discussed in articles in The New Yorker. Squeezing Silver is the story of his role as a young lead counsel in Minpeco SA v. Nelson Bunker Hunt, which was tried in New York federal court in 1988.

CREAT YOUR OWN ORIGAMI GIFT BOX Dec 6, 6:30-7:30pm, Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Avenue, Kensington, MD. Learn all about Origami -the Japanese art of paper folding. Together, we will learn the intricate folds required to make a box you can use for any occasion. Feel free to bring your own paper (no smaller than 6" square) or use our decorative paper. Registration is required. or by phone 240-773-9515.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS Dec 6, 7:45pm, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD. Olney's holiday tradition continues for a 9th year. Every year more and more people make Paul Morella's solo performance of the ultimate Christmas classic part of their holiday tradition.

GERMANTOWN STAND UP COMEDY OPEN MIC Dec 6 - 27, 8-11pm, Seneca Bar (adjacent to Gumbo YaYa), 18056 Mateny Rd, Germantown, MD. Free open mic! An evening of stand up comedy open to the public. This mic happens every Thursday at 8pm, sign up starts at 7:30pm. Come enjoy up and coming comedians and Gumbo Ya Ya's unique blend of cajuna and Puerto Rican cuisine.

HIP HOP HAPPY HOUR Dec 7, 5-6pm, The Spring Yoga & Natural Health Center, 808 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Sandy Spring, MD. Kick start your weekend~ Join us the first Friday of every month at 5pm for Hip-Hop Happy Hour Flow! A one-hour upbeat ever-moving vinyasa yoga flow, back dropped by old-school and current hip hop music. More physical and faster moving than a traditional yoga class, you will leave warm, joy-filled, adrenaline revved, and ready to begin your weekend!

SIP AND SHOP LADIES NIGHT Dec 7, 6-9pm, Family Room, 6820 Olney-Laytonsville Rd, Laytonsville, MD. It's Ladies Night at The Family Room! Come get all your holiday shopping done and find a gift for yourself too. We'll be offering complimentary cocoa, cider and spirits as well as FREE gift wrapping! Grab your girls and shop till you drop!

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: FREDERICK DOUGLASS Dec 7, 6:30-8pm, Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bently Rd, Sandy Spring, MD. John Muller, journalist, historian, playwright, tour guide, and policy analyst in Washington, D.C., takes guests on the remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author. Includes happy hour drinks and snacks.

WORDS OUT LOUD SPOKEN WORD SERIES Dec 7, 7:30-9pm, Glen Echo Park, Arcade Building, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland, North Arcade Building, Rm 302. A special performance by the Surrey Street Poets (including Betsy Holleman Burke, Henry Crawford, Rocky Delaplaine, Majda Gamma, Leah Johnson, David Keplinger, Ellen Sazzman, and Amy Young) in celebration of their new anthology, Such Friends as These. Plus Open Mic and Literary Trivia Quiz.

WHEATON MOOSE PARADE OF TREES & VENDORS SHOW Dec 8, 8:30am-5pm, Wheaton Moose Family Center #1775, 2901 Bel Pre Rd, Silver Spring, MD. Holiday vendors & crafters show with a parade of tabletop trees donated which will be silent auctioned. Food, Vendors, Baked goods, parade of trees. Santa available for photos 10:30-2:30 for info call 443-235-4488.

KENSINGTON PARKRUN Dec 8, 9am-10am. Kensington parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5K run/walk on Rock Creek Trail. We are part of the larger parkrun global community - more than 1300 events intended to build healthy and well-connected communities. All ages and abilities welcome! Every Saturday morning at 9:00am. Kensington. Rock Creek Trail, mile marker 6.5. AKA Puller Park. Beach Dr. near Parkwood and Puller Drs.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR & LUNCH WITH ST. NICK Dec 8, 10am-2pm, Salem UMC Community Hall, 12 High Street, Brookeville, MD. Take your own photos with St. Nick. Browse the book nook, unique treasures, theme baskets, fresh-baked goodies. Children's craft-making & lunch available. Good lunch eats & St Nick selfies. All welcome. 301-774-7772

THE CRATER SISTER'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Dec 6 thru Dec 16, Best Medicine Rep Theater, Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. Holiday Punch has a whole new meaning in this world premiere, holiday musical, presented by Best Medicine Rep Theater Company. How does a demanding star salvage her TV comeback when the cast and crew resign? Become even more demanding! Watch her life fall apart, as she learns the lesson of the holidays. Written by John Morogiello and Lori Boyd. Starring Lori Boyd, Claire Derriennic, Rebecca A. Herron, and James Morogiello.

WEST COAST SWING MONDAY'S "DANCE WITH DEBBIE" Monday night crew (Alyssa, Katie, Jeff, Jung & Margie), Dec 10 & 17, 7:30-8:15pm Basic/Adv Basic WCS with (Debbie); 8:15-9:00pm Int/Adv WCS with (Debbie & Margie); 9:00-11:30pm Dance Party with DJ (Margie). $15 for lessons & dance or $10 for dance. Debbie: 301-653-9632 or

THE CITY OF GAITHERSBURG WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is getting ready to welcome visitors for its 23rd spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly through December 31. Please note that the festival will be closed on December 25. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, conveniently accessible from I-270. Fees: Cars, SUV's, Mini-Vans Monday - Thursday: $12. Cars, SUV's, Mini-Vans Friday-Saturday: $17. 15 to 30 Passenger Vehicles: $25. 30+ Passenger Vehicles: $50

TRIVIA NIGHT Come join on Wednesdays for Geeks Who Drink Trivia night at The Urban Winery. Enjoy drink specials and prizes! 3rd place will select a category for the following week. 2nd place will receive a $15 UW gift card. For 1st, the winning team will receive a $25 UW gift card! So round up to fellow Trivia Night enthusiasts and we will see you. Wednesdays thru Dec 26, at 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Urban Winery, 949 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FAB FRIDAY HAPPY HOURS Dec 7, 21 & 28, 6pm-midnight, ShadowLand Laser Adventures, 624 Quince Orchard Road. Excitement, energy, laughs.... they all await at the area's BEST entertainment center in the heart of Montgomery County. And now on Fridays from 6pm to 12mid all adventures are just $6. So strap on a high-tech suit, enter the HUGE multi-level arena and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime ! PLUS - on Fab Friday enjoy pizza for just $1 a slice. And during Fab Friday, the winner of every game plays "Shoot to Thrill" - Take one shot... and if you hit the target WIN two free adventures. Visit for details.

GAITHERSBURG WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL thru December 31, 2018, 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD. 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. Call 301-258-6350 for more information.

BROOKSIDE GARDEN OF LIGHTS thru January 1, 2019, 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD. Brookside Gardens is hosting its annual Garden of Lights outdoor holiday lights exhibit; experience magical winter lights in this wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling lights depicting flowers, animals and nature. Visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy seeing the G-Scale model trains wind through a festive landscape. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa inside the Visitors Center as you listen to one of the nightly musical performances. Call 301-962-1453 for more information.

FFSRC FUN RUN & WALK Dec 6 thru Jan 3, 6:30pm, Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg 255 Kentlands Blvd, Gaithersburg, Maryland.Come join us for a run (or walk!) at our FFSRC (Fleet Feet Sports Run Club) Fun Run & Walk. The FFSRC is a FREE run and walk club open to everyone - new runners, experienced runners, walkers and everyone in between!

KENSINGTON FARMER'S MARKET Every Saturday, year-round, 9am-1pm, Kensington Historic Train Station 10417 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD. Local and regional vendors offer fresh baked goods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic meats, seafood, cheese, artisan breads, olive oil and prepared foods. Click the vendors to the left to explore their specialties.

Frederick County Notes

CANDLELIGHT TOURS Dec 1-6, 4:30pm, 5:30pm & 6:30pm, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD. Free.

TAKE A TURN AT THE WHEEL Always wanted to try throwing clay on a Potter's Wheel? Here is your chance! The Potters' Guild of Frederick holds an introductory evening at the potter's wheel on the 2nd Saturday of each month from thru Dec 8, 6-9pm at the Frederick Clay Studio, Frederick Clay Studio, 119 N. East St., Frederick, MD. No experience is necessary. The Guild instructors provide all the materials and tools needed for the evening. All you need to bring is yourself and an old towel. To register and pay for the event, go to and click on "Classes". Pieces made by the participants are finished by the Instructors and ready for pick-up about 3 weeks after the course. Presented By The Potter's Guild of Frederick. $100 registration fee. Call 301-360-0640 for more information.

SCHIFFERSTADT ARCHITECTURAL MUSEUM TOUR thru - December 9, 2018,1-4pm, recurring weekly on Saturday & Sunday, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD, $5.

FESTIVAL OF TREES November 23-December 9, 2018, Wed-Sun 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm, Museum of Frederick County History, 24 E. Church Street, Frederick. Free to view. Tickets to vote: $1.

STITCHES IN TIME thru December 15, 10am-12pm, recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday, Monocacy National Battlefield, 4632 Araby Church Rd., Frederick, MD. Free

SILVER BELLS 11/24/2018, 11/30/2018, 12/1/2018, 12/2/2018, 12/7/2018, 12/8/2018, 12/14/2018, 12/15/2018, 12/16/2018, 12/20/2018, 12/21/2018 & 12/22/2018, Fri & Sat 6pm & Sun 12:30pm, Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick, MD. Friday evenings & Sunday matinees: $46Saturday evenings: $50.

FOUR SHOPPING SATURDAYS IN FREDERICK 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 & 12/22, 5-9pm, Downtown Frederick, Frederick, MD.

CHRISTMAS AND THE CIVIL WAR 12/2/2018, 12/16/2018 & 12/23/2018, 2:30-3:30pm, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701. Included with museum admission and FREE for NMCWM members.

SANTA TRAIN thru Dec 24, 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.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN 12/1/2018, 12/2/2018, 12/8/2018, 12/15/2018, 12/16/2018, 12/22/2018, 12/27/2018, 12/29/2018, 11:30am-12:30pm, Other Voices Theatre, 244 S. Jefferson St., Frederick, MD. $12.

THE "CHRISTMAS SHOP" an extension of the Thrift Shop at Marvin Chapel, is now open in the church basement the same hours as the thrift shop - 10a.m to p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Along with the many, many Christmas items a Silent Auction will again be featured. Some of the auction items include several Longerberger baskets, an antique child's EasyBake oven, large decorative bowl, Bombay Company corner cupboard, chime wall clock, vintage "teaTime" child's dishes, and antique Keystone Moviegraph. The auction closes at 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 8th. Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 5101 Woodville Road, just 1/4 mile north of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mt Airy. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. and all are welcome.

FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION ADVENTURE PARK USA December 31, 9pm-12:30am, Adventure Park USA, 11113 West Baldwin Rd, Monrovia, MD. Looking for something to do with the WHOLE family on New Year's Eve? Bring your children, relatives and friends! Includes unlimited laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, spin zone bumper cars, dinner and video games. Call 301-865-6800 for more information.

FIRST DAY HIKE January 1, 10am-3pm, Cunningham Falls State Park, Manor Area Visitor Center, Cunningham Falls State Park, Manor Area Visitor Center, 6709 Cunningham Falls Park Rd, Thurmont, MD. Free.

CARTOON FEST 2019 January 5, 2pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. $7.

FIRST SATURDAY: "AFTERGLOW" January 5, until 9pm, Downtown Frederick, 19 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD. 301-698-8118.

SAILING THROUGH WINTER SOLSTICE thru Feb 3, Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD. Lighting up the night is an age-old custom during the dark of winter. Visit this exciting "take" on that theme. Some seven sailing boats, festooned with unique designs, will be bringing joy to Carroll Creek. The display helps raise funds for local charities too. Call 301-600-4023 for more information.

CIDER MAKING BEGINNER WORKSHOP 12/1/2018 & 2/9/2019, 9:30am-12:30pm, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, 5533 Gapland Rd., Jefferson, MD. $150. 301-834-8920.

CREATIVE OUTLET January 5 - March 2, 3-5pm, recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick, MD. 301-698-0656. $2.

SILENT FILM: "PANDORA'S BOX March 16, 7pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. $7 - Adult.

SILENT FILMS "The Kid Brother" (1927) and "A Trip to the Moon" (1902), March 16, 3pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick, St, Frederick, MD. 301-600-282. $7 - Adult.

MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL March 9 - 17, 9:30am-2pm, recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday, Cunningham Falls State Park, William Houck Area, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD. $3 per person. 301-271-7575.

"Faure's Requiem" Frederick Symphony Orchestra and the Frederick Chorale March 17, 7:30-9:30pm, Hood College, Coffman Chapel, 521 Coffman Chapel Dr., Frederick, MD 21701. 301-685-3585. Tickets range from $19 to $30

RANKY TANKY March 24, 3pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. $20-$30

FLYING DOG FILM SERIES PRESENTS: "Blazing Saddles" (1974), March 27, 7:30pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. $7 - Adult.

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS March 28, 7:30pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. $20-$27 Students - $12.

RED GREEN - THIS COULD BE IT! March 29, 7pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. All seats - $54.60.

LUCIA MICARELLI March 30, 8pm, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. 301-600-2828. $25-$35

GAMES CLUB OF MARYLAND thru May 18, 1-7pm, recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday, Beans in the Belfry Meeting Place and Cafe, 122 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. 301-834-7178. Free.

General Notes

US NAVY SAXOPHONE QUARTET December 10, 7:30pm, Mercy Ridge Retirement Community, 2525 Pot Spring Rd., Lutherville, Md. Call 202-433-2525 or visit for more info.

US NAVY BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT This year, performances will take place on: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at DAR/Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-433-2525 or visit for more info.

WALKING IN A CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND North Pole Lights Walk, thru December 22, 2018 (Friday & Saturdays only), Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm, 8109 Telegraph Rd, Severn, MD. Take a self guided walk to the North Pole and visit Santa in his cabin. Explore new trails with lighted Christmas scenes. See Polar Bear Central and Gingerbread house. Visit the barn for hot chocolate. Call 410-551-2237 for more information.

EVE OF THE EVE DINNER CRUISE December 30th, Baltimore Inner Harbor. Get an early start on New Year's celebrations, a 2 -hour cruise with incredible Inner Harbor views, signature buffet-style dinner menu, live DJ entertainment and festive holiday decor. Board: 4:30pm, Cruise: 5-7:30pm. for more information.

NEW YEAR'S EVE LUNCH CRUISE December 31st, Spirit Cruises, Baltimore Inner Harbor. A 2-hour, family-friendly cruise to celebrate the New Year, signature buffet-style lunch menu, live DJ entertainment and festive holiday decor, Board: 11:30am, Cruise:12-2pm. for more information.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORK DINNER ABOARD SPIRIT OF BALTIMORE Dec 31, Baltimore Inner Harbor. 3-hour cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore, count down to 2019 with a spectacular fireworks display (weather permitting),butlered hors d'oeuvres + New Year's Eve buffet-style dinner menu, platinum open bar + champagne toast at midnight (all guests must be 21+), DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor. Board: 9pm, Cruise: 9:30pm-12:30am. Price: from 179.90. for more information.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORK BASH ABOARD INNER HARBOR SPIRIT Dec 31, Baltimore Inner Harbor. 3-hour cruise aboard Inner Harbor Spirit , count down to 2019 with a spectacular fireworks display (weather permitting), signature buffet-style dinner menu, Premium open bar + champagne toast at midnight (all guests must be 21+), DJ entertainment, dancing, and festive holiday decor. Board: 10pm, Cruise: 10:30pm - 1am, Price: from 149.90. for more information.

CHARM CITY COUNT DOWN HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE 2019 Dec 31, 9pm-2am, Hilton BWI Airport Hotel, 1739 Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD. Premium Bars & Gourmet Buffets, Live Music & Entertainment, Over 12 Different Party Zones, Midnight Champagne Toast & Baltimore's Biggest Balloon Drop. This year's theme is Midnight in Hollywood.

NEW YEAR'S ANNAPOLIS December 31, New Year's Annapolis is a family-oriented celebration based on the "First Night" concept that provides attendees with a fun-filled and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year's Eve. The event includes music and two fireworks displays, an early show for families and early-risers and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2019. Downtown Annapolis. Call 410-280-0445 for more information.

NEW YEAR'S EVE IN OCEAN CITY December 31, Fireworks at midnight. As part of our Winterfest celebration, join us to ring in the New Year with a firework display at Northside Park at midnight. Winterfest will stay open extended hours for this special festive night! Northside Park, Ocean City, MD. 1-800-626-2326.

CHESAPEAKE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION December 31, 10am-5:30pm, Chesapeake Children's Museum (CCM) is open 10am to 3pm with crafts to help you celebrate the new year. Crowns, noisemakers, and Chinese yo - yo's! Free with admission. Then head over to Weems-Whalen Field for the City of Annapolis Children's Celebration. CCM will be providing Crafts from 3-5:30pm, then there will be a Fireworks show!

MIDNIGHT NOON-MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER Dec 31, Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD. Children can enjoy the ball drop before bed time. There will be fun New Year's festivities throughout the day including a live concert by popular kids band Milkshake performing their Grammy-nominated tunes. The entire Science Center will open early at 9am so families can arrive and enjoy even more. Admission covers access to all the Science Center has to offer including Midnight Moon activities. Call 410-685-5225 for more information.

NOONTIME NEW YEAR December 31, noon, Port Discovery Baltimore, 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD. Out with the old, in with the new! Celebrate the wonderful memories, fun and adventures of 2018 - and the magical new things to come in 2019 - at a New Year's celebration for kids in Baltimore! Revelers small and tall are invited to join in festive celebrations to ring in 2019. Call 410-864-2700 for more information.

KRUMPE'S DONUT DROP December 31, 5-7:30pm, 10 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD. Times Square has nothing on Hagerstown! In addition to dropping the big doughnut, Krumpe's gives away 5,000+ donuts to New Year's Eve revelers. Gather on the square in downtown Hagerstown for free popcorn, coffee, cocoa and yummy Krumpe's Donuts available too. Call 240-347-0465 for more information.

BIG NIGHT DC NATIONAL HARBOR Dec 31, 9pm-3am, Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor. The DC Area's Largest New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Themed party areas encompassing the ballroom complex of the resort. Mardi Gras, Vegas Casino Lounge, ShamrockFest Stage, Retro - Best of 70's, 80's & 90's dance tunes, Electronica Club, Hip Hop Club Room, Karaoke Zone, VIP Lounges, open bar and more.

NEW YEAR'S EVE MURDER MYSTERY TRAINS CUMBERLAND/FROSTBURG December 31, 4pm and 10pm, 13 Canal Street, Cumberland, MD. Guests will enjoy a show and very special dinner and Champagne toast at midnight! During the performance,"Murder Most Fowl" the great TV chef Appletini is filming his latest show aboard the train for New Year's Eve. Will it be a delight for all involved ... or will some end up as yesterday's menu? Call 301-759-4400 for more information.

NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIN, WISP RESORT December 31, The McHenry Lodge at Wisp, 296 Marsh Hill Rd, McHenry, MD. This is just the place for a New Year's Celebration. The DJ plays the music that makes you want to dance. The bars and restaurants will be open so you can eat, drink and be merry. the New Year's Eve Celebration is family friendly. Call 855-238-0192 for more information.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS thru January 1, 2019, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD. Don't miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event of more than one million twinkling lights! This year's festival features fun new displays. Call 301-699-2456 for more information.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET thru January 1, 2019, Hampden, Baltimore City. One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including staying on all night on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Free.

CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC FEATURING ICE! thru Jan. 1, 2019, 201 waterfront St, National Harbor, MD 20745. Marvel at more than 2 million holiday lights, acres of decorations and holiday activities that will get you in the spirit of the season. ICE! is back with A Charlie Brown Christmas theme and more than two million pounds of colorful ice sculptures. Call 301-249-1500.

SIX FLAGS AMERICA HOLIDAY IN THE PARK thru Jan 1, 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.

NEW YEAR'S DAY LUNCH CRUISE January 1st, 2019, Baltimore Inner Harbor. A 2-hour cruise with incredible Inner Harbor views, signature buffet-style lunch menu, live DJ entertainment and festive holiday decor. Board: 11:30am, Cruise: 12-2pm. for more information.