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Clarksville: Santa will share his pizza at 5th District Fire Station on Dec. 8

Gather the little ones and head to the 5th District Fire Station for Pizza with Santa Dec. 8 from noon to 2 p.m.

You'll find all the excitement down in the engine bay area. It's free for children 5 and under. For those ages 6 and above, the cost is $6.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church welcomes the community to come celebrate the Advent season, a period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus. The Sunday evening celebrations began with a Journey to the Manger live nativity on Dec. 2.

A sausage and pancake breakfast with St. Nick at Mt. Zion is set for Dec. 8. Reservations are recommended. There will be two seatings at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 2-12.

Plan to take pictures with St. Nick. Children can shop in the Secret Santa shop, where all items are $2. They can also visit a model train exhibit in the fellowship hall. Call 301-854-2324 or email reservations to mtzionhighland@verizon.net.

Come to Mt. Zion at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, for a pot luck supper followed by a musical program.

Mt. Zion and Glenelg United Methodist churches are joining forces to produce selections from Handel's "Messiah." Over 50 voices will be joined by soloists, organ, strings and trumpet for performances at Glenelg Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. and at Mt. Zion Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. There is no charge. A freewill offering will be taken.

The Longest Night is the service title for Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

Christmas Eve services include a 4 p.m. family service, a 7 p.m. candlelight contemporary service, a 9 p.m. candlelight traditional service and the 11 p.m. candlelight service with Communion.

Music fills the air, our homes and our hearts in December. Clarksville Middle School will present its orchestra concert on Dec. 12.

Catch multiple dance performances in December. The River Hill Winter Dance Concert will be a two-night event. Come to the school auditorium Dec. 13 and/or Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Yearning for more dancers? The Atholton High School dance concert is also a two-night event. Performances will be held Dec. 13 and 15 at 7 p.m.

For nearly 40 years, the Columbia Figure Skating Club has provided opportunities for recreation and competitive skating at the Columbia Ice Rink. For over 25 years, it has presented "The Nutcracker on Ice."

It's the only ice skating show of its kind in our area with nearly 100 performers ages three to adult. Many are advanced national competitors.

Look for some of our local youth. Maura Kilcoyne, a Clarksville Elementary student, and Kendall Clairmont, a Folly Quarter student, will be skating. Tiffany Wang, a River Hill student, is playing Clara this year.

Donna Timlen, show director, promises a production suitable for all ages to enjoy. Performances will be held Dec. 15 and 16. For tickets and more information, go to the club's website, http://www.columbiafsc.com/ or call 301-325-9547.

If this doesn't put you in the holiday mood, you might be a Grinch or a grumpy old Scrooge or just overextending. Take time in the hustle and bustle of Dec. to enjoy the season.

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