A look at the week ahead

Friday, Dec. 18, 2009

Friday, Dec. 18

The Leonardtown Lions Club and the students of St. Mary's Ryken High School jointly participate in the St. Mary's County Christmas Caring program to provide Christmas gifts for area children. Gift tags for these children may be taken from the Christmas tree in the Leonardtown True Value store by anyone who wants to share their Christmas spirit. The gifts are to be returned to the store by Dec. 18. The Lions Club will pick up and deliver the gifts.

The Leonardtown Lions Club will be sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive Dec. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in California. To schedule an appointment call 800-GIVE-LIFE. Walk-ins are welcome. 

A free family game night will be hosted by All Faith Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall on Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Board games and activities for children and adults of all ages will be hosted. Snacks will be provided. Call 301-884-3773.

A steak and shrimp dinner will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 221 in Avenue on Dec. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu includes a 12 oz. New York strip steak for $13 and a pound of steamed shrimp for $13. Sandwiches will be available.

An auction will be held Dec. 18 at the Trinity Church Parish Hall in St. Mary's City. Doors open at 5 p.m., and auction begins at 6 p.m. The will be free wine and cheese tasting and other refreshments, including stuffed ham. Call 301-862-4597.

A holiday family fun night will be held by Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jarboe Educational Center in Lexington Park. There will be arts and crafts, music and light refreshments. Children will have their picture taken with Santa Claus and will receive a gift. Call 301-866-5332 or 301-866-5996 or e-mail mavis@tcysb.org. No fee.

An adult shabbat service with Rabbi Hannah Greenstein will be held at Beth Israel Congregation at 21780 Bunker Hill Drive in Lexington Park on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Shabbat tot service will be held at 5:30 p.m. For more, call 301-862-2021.

Christmas trees will be sold by the Mechanicsville Optimist Club through Dec. 23 on weeknights from 5 to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at lots at McKay's in Charlotte Hall and the Mechanicsville VFD carnival lot. Maryland vegetable crab soup, hot chocolate and apple cider will be available on weekends at the carnival lot. All proceeds go to supporting the youth of the community. Call 240-925-0341.

The 24th annual Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit will be presented by the St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point beginning Dec. 2. The month-long exhibit features antique and collectible dolls and toys, and working miniature trains. The theme of this year's exhibit is "Christmas in Maryland" which continues the year-long celebration of Maryland's 375th birthday. The exhibit will be available through Jan. 3. Call 301-769-2222 for more information or visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.

Garden In Lights, a walk-through light show, is offered at Annmarie Garden in Dowell from Dec. 4 to Jan. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. on scheduled nights, weather permitting. The walk is closed Dec. 24 and 25. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors; $2 for children 5 to 12; children younger than 5 and AMG members are free. 

Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays at 7:07 p.m. at Three Oaks in Lexington Park.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.

Saturday, Dec. 19

Hollywood United Methodist Church will hold its 10th annual home-baked Christmas cookie sale on Dec. 19 at the church hall. Doors will open at 9 a.m.; sale will continue until sold out. Cost is $10 per container. Call 301-373-2500.

Members of The Washington National Opera will give a concert of carols of Christmas and songs of the season on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church in California. A wassail reception will follow. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Contact Lyn at 301-862-9541 for reservations. Visit www.sanfordconccertseries.com.

"Amahl and the Night Visitors," by Gian Carlo Menotti and a selection of Christmas carols will be presented by The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Theatre at the College of Southern Maryland's La Plata campus. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students and seniors. Contact the theater box office at 301-934-7828 or e-mail bxoffc@scmd.edu. For more information call Carol Charnock at 301-934-5447 or visit www.chesapeakechoral.com.

A children's craft will be offered at Cecil's Old Mill in Great Mills on Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine. Santa will be visiting and will be available for photos. The event is free. For more information call 301-994-1510.

Saturday shabbat services will be led by Rabbi Hannah Greenstein at Beth Israel Synagogue in Lexington Park on Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. That evening, there will be family board game night at 6:30 p.m. followed by pizza. Call 301-862-2021.

A no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament is held by American Legion Post 255 every third Saturday of the month. There is a $60 buy-in. Sign-up begins at 1 p.m. and play begins at 2 p.m. Top prize will be $2,000 based on 80 players. Interested players can call 301-904-8244 or the post home at 301-872-5349 to pre-register or for additional information.

A steak night is held at 5 p.m. the third Saturday of every month at the VFW Post 2632 in California. Crazee Craig provides karaoke. For additional information call 301-863-9520.

Animal Adoption Days are held by the Animal Relief Fund from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Well Pet Clinic in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. For additional information call 301-866-0303.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul's United Methodist in Leonardtown.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul's United Methodist in Leonardtown.

Sunday, Dec. 20

St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood hosts bingo on Sundays to benefit St. John's School in the Monsignor Harris Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6. Dinner and other refreshments will be available. Call 301-373-2281.

Feral Cat Rescue is at Petco in California on 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 gratefully accepted. Call 301-475-5059.

Monday, Dec. 21

The St. Mary's County Democratic Club and Democratic Central Committee Christmas party will be held Dec. 21 at Fitzie's Marina from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Contact Cindy at 301-737-7978.

A NAMI Connection recovery support group for adults living with mental illness meets the first and third Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 29770 Three Notch Road at the Pathways office, Suite 202, in Charlotte Hall. For more information on NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups, visit http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=NAMI_Connection.

A women's candlelight step meeting is held Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at On Our Own of St. Mary's in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.

The Southern Maryland Community Gospel Choir rehearses Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown. Call Pat McEntee at 301-994-1745.

A singles group has a casual informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. every Monday except holidays at the Garvey center in Leonardtown. Group activities include potluck dinners, picnics, cards, board games, movies, trips, walks and dancing. Most are in the 50-plus age group. Call 301-863-6308.

A Moms in Touch group meets Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at a private home. This is a group of mothers who meet for one hour each week to pray. For information, other group times and locations call 301-373-3814.

The Patuxent Pearls meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Church in Prince Frederick. The ladies four-part harmony group is a chapter of the Sweet Adelines. Call 301-373-3665.

The Southern Mix Chorus, a barbershop chorus, meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the La Plata College of Southern Maryland campus in Room 143 of the fine arts building. For more information call George Lancaster at 301-934-9145.

Double Trouble Recovery Support Group meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at On Our Own of St. Mary's Wellness and Recovery Center in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066. 

Al-anon meets at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Andrew's Church in California.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

A Naval Academy information reception will be held by the Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy on Dec. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. At 6 p.m., a ceremony will be held to recognize Southern Maryland high school seniors who are completing the Naval Academy application process this year. Presentations will provide information on the application and selection processes, student life, academics, degree programs and hands-on training experiences with the fleet while at the Naval Academy. Representatives from the U. S. Naval Academy Office of Admissions will be present to discuss specifics of the selection process and counsel prospective applicants on what they can do now to position themselves as strong candidates for selection to any of the service academies. Any student seventh grade and up is invited to attend. High school guidance counselors and educators are expressly invited. For further information, visit the Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Web site at www.navyalumni.org.

The Ridge Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. The Lions are a community-oriented service organization and are looking for volunteers to help serve the community. Contact Addie McBride at 301-481-6767 for more information. The regular meeting place has changed.

The Fifth District Homemakers meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. Call Gloria Fusco at 301-472-4020.

Volunteers with a sewing project meet Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to make baby quilts for several orphanages in Guatemala. Materials are provided. The group meets at the Patuxent River Assembly of God on Route 4 east of Route 235. Call Molly Frink at 301-373-2432 or e-mail molly.862@pragnet.

The COSMIC Flute Choir meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on Town Creek Drive in California. Open to local residents, high school age and above. Some proficiency is recommended. For information or for a registration form, call Linda at 301-994-9688 or Lisa at 301-994-0736.

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.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, #MD 184 meets every Tuesday at St. John's School in Hollywood. Weigh-in is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting and group therapy. Call Emma Bowles at 301-884-2952 or Linda Faulstich at 301-994-3142.

The Southern Maryland Concert Band rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Thomas Stone High School band room. Call 301-855-9933 or 301-884-5848.

Sea Scout Ship 548, for teen boys and girls in Calvert and St. Mary's counties, meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Avenue. Visit www.SeaScoutShip548.com or call Doug at 410-326-4291.

Girl Scout Mariners, for girls ages 11 to 17 in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Avenue. Visit www.marinerScoutShip1548.com or call Betsy at 443-624-2621.

A transitional age youth support group meets Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at On Our Own of St. Mary's Wellness and Recovery Center in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.

Al-anon meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Placid Harbor, the Winpisinger building, located on Clarke's Landing Road, off Route 235, in Hollywood, in the machinist's building.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Social Security representatives is available at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The Chesapeake Toastmasters Club for public speaking training meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Wildewood Retirement Center. See http://chesapeake.freetoasthost.us.

A postpartum depression support group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. E-mail ppdsginstmarys@verizon.net.

The Lunch Bunch at Hollywood United Methodist Church meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the church hall on Mervell Dean Road for study, devotions and fellowship. Call 301-373-2500.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 327 Leonardtown meets Wednesdays in the Garvey Senior Center in Leonardtown. Weigh-in starts at 6:15 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Fran at 301-994-0529 or Tammy at 301-373-5855.

The Double Trouble co-occurring support group meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at On Our Own of St. Mary's Wellness and Recovery Center in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step program meets Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Encounter Christian Center in Charlotte Hall. Call Marc at 301-806-6272 or Judy at 301-535-5321.

Bible study is held 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 21030 Point Lookout Road, Unit 1, in Callaway. Call 301-475-5025.

The Great Mills Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Hickory Hills Community Center in Great Mills. Call Carol Coombs at 301-862-1339 or Kathie Harvey at 301-737-3391.

The Ridge Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Wednesdays at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge. Weigh-in is from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047 or Hilda Trossbach at 301-872-5505.

A beginner Irish set dance class is held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 301-475-3542 or e-mail cdpclark@tqci.net.

SMARTCO, Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium, meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the SMARTCO facility in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Volunteers who work 50 hours receive a free personal computer. Call 301-737-0394 or visit www.smartco.org.

A club for breastfeeding moms is held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Health Connections in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-6505.

The Sotterley Garden Guild meets 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, weather permitting, to maintain the historic Sotterley gardens in Hollywood. No experience necessary. For additional information, call Bob Aldridge at 301-475-9233.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in California.

A women-only Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church on Great Mills Road.

Thursday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve services will be held Dec. 24 at Hollywood United Methodist Church. There will be a 6 p.m. service with choral presentations and choral candle lighting service and an 8 p.m. service with special music. Call 301-373-2500.

A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at Dowell Elementary School on H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby. All are welcome. 

The service is sponsored by Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church. For more information call the Rev. Bruce Wietzke at 301-373-3299 or visit www.shepherdofthebay.com.

Al-anon meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Andrew's Church in California.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at King/Queen Hall, located on Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico.

Narcotics Anonymous meets 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.

Friday, Dec. 25

The sixth annual free Community Christmas Dinner will be sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Aloysius Catholic Church on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown. This dinner is free and is for anyone desiring a good meal and/or wanting to share the spirit of Christmas with others within the community. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call St. Vincent de Paul Society at 301-481-2942.

Saturday, Dec. 26

An adult dance will be held Dec. 26 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church hall in Compton. The cost is $15 a couple, and this is a BYOB event. The music will be provided by Southern Tradition.

Monday, Dec. 28

The Airport Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Dec. 28 has been cancelled in order to avoid conflicts with the holidays. For more information, call the St. Mary's County Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-863-8400.