Uh, oh, dear readers!!

It's Black Friday. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving holiday, perhaps with lots of relatives and friends. Many folks are now in the turmoil of holiday shopping madness, straight through until Christmas. Friends who work in the retail business reported to work to open stores early to shoppers. Lunacy! Happy Black Friday!

Happy birthday wishes to: Fellow columnist Joanne Bierly (Nov. 23); Perry Shaffer (Nov. 24); Amy Moxey and Autum Brown (Nov. 26); David Guldenzopf and Sarah Weitzel (Nov. 28); and Gary Kirkendall (Nov. 29) Happy birthday blow-outs to all!

Grace Place Service Center will serve a free, hot meal Nov. 27 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 to anyone in need who enters.


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Join the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St. for Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. with made to order pizzas for $5 to $7 each. Wing nights are sponsored on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. For details, phone Chris Heintz at the legion, 410-939-0234.

Christmas is coming to Havre de Grace faster than the Polar Express. Here's the rundown:

Stop into Simplicity Antique Boutique for their Christmas Wonderland, 456 Franklin St., 410-939-6129 or email Stephen Formwalt, formwalt@comcast.net

Mary Boehly informed me that the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's Graw Days ceramic horse medallions (Christmas ornaments) are available at the HDG Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for purchase. The 2012 medallion features "War Admiral;" $10. Past medallions are $15 each.

Additionally, look for the raffle of the Havre de Grace police child's pedal car. Tickets are $5, available at the Visitor Center, to benefit the activities of the HdG Arts Commission. The drawing is Dec. 7.

Dec. 1: Aberdeen will host "What Christmas Means to Me" in its 2012 Christmas Street Celebration: 7 to 11 a.m., breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church; Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aberdeen Fire Hall 410-272-7585; Aberdeen Room Museum, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 18 Howard St.; Nativity, 1 to 2 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church; parade on West Belair Avenue, 3 p.m,. with tree lighting and visits with Santa afterward in Festival Park.

Nov. 29: Harford Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary "Lights of Life" holiday tree lighting, 4 p.m., main lobby of the hospital on Union Avenue, Havre de Grace. Refreshments and entertainment following.

Dec. 7: Winter Wonderland in Havre de Grace. First Fridays Christmas Parade and Light Up the Night with Santa. 6 p.m, downtown Havre de Grace. 410-939-2100, hdgtourism.com, 410-939-1811, http://www.mainstreethdg.org.

Dec. 8 and 9: Christmas Open House at Steppingstone Farm Museum. Decorated farmhouse, parlor music, cider and cookies, museum shop open noon to 4 p.m. 410-939-2299, 888-419-1792, http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org

Dec. 9: 40th Candlelight Tour of historic Havre de Grace sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House. 4 to 8 p.m. Contact 410-939-5780, http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.

Dec. 8 and 9: Lockhouse Ladies Christmas Boutique (Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.)

Dec. 16 to 24: Susquehanna Ministerium 14th outdoor nativity scene challenge. Register by calling 410-939-5233 by Dec. 14 to be recognized for a residential or business award.

Dec. 13: Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce holiday party luncheon, 410-939-333 or hdgchamber1@comcast.net.

Dec. 14 and 15: The HDG Drama Guild presents a cafe 351 Diner Theater production of Steel Magnolias. Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at noon and 5:30 p.m. Tickets $22 to $15 are available at http://www.HDG DramaTroop.com/HDG Activity Center or HDG Visitor Center. Catering by Bill Bateman's Bistro of HDG.

Dec. 30: Susquehanna Ministerium open house of Havre de Grace churches, 2 to 4 p.m. 410-939-2464.

Dec. 31: New Years Eve Duck Drop, midnight, Havre de Grace Middle School grounds, 451 Lewis Lane, 410-939-2000

I cannot believe it's almost 2013 already. Where did 2012 go? Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!