St. Nicholas will have breakfast at Emmanuel United Methodist Church and he would like you to join him on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The church is holding its annual Breakfast with St. Nicholas from 8 till 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes and sausages. There are craft projects and Nativity characters to meet.

Of course, the highlight will be a time for the kids to talk to St. Nick himself. The cost is $8 for anyone 13 years old and up, $5 for ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under.

There will also be a cookie sale that day starting at 9 a.m. to benefit Mason's Mission Team. Large containers of homemade cookies are $12.


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Mason is a 9-year-old boy who has struggled with health issues that include having pneumonia 45 times in his young life. For more information, contact the church office at 301-725-5200.

Charity's Closet is collecting new toys and clothing for CHIPS, Children Having Incarcerated Parents, now till Dec. 11 at the store. Each year the National Women's Prison Project provides Christmas to over 500 children ages newborn to 17 years old.

You can drop off your gifts at the store in the Savage Mill. Charity's Closet is a resale boutique that offers quality used clothing for $5 an item. The store is always looking for volunteers and is an excellent place for teens to learn skills to get a job.

If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to successinstyle@verizon.net. The store is closed on Mondays. The proceeds from the store help support the program, Success in Style, which helps unemployed men and women with clothes for interviews and interview training so they have better success at employment.

Success in Style can be found in the North Laurel Savage Multi-Service Center on Route 1. The phone number is 410-880-5917.

Hammond Elementary School is going green. The school is participating in Waste Free Wednesdays. They ask the students to pack their lunches waste free and after each lunch the trash is weighed and the grade that has the least amount of trash wins a trophy. What a great way to teach kids to protect our environment.

Mount Zion and Glenelg United Methodist Churches will perform Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. at Mount Zion Church at 12430 Scaggsville Road. Come out to enjoy a free musical evening of this special performance.

The North Laurel Community Center has many programs going on this season, including Deck the Halls, a winter workshop for kids 3 to 11.

Kids will enjoy making decorations and decorating a live tree at the center. Enjoy some refreshments and get into the holiday spirit on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. All programs require you to register. The website is http://www.howardcountymd.gov/NLCC.htm.

Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating the Festival of Light. Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec. 8 and lasts till Dec. 16.