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Holiday events

November 22, 2010

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

NOVEMBER

NOV. 19 - 21

FIRST ANNUAL WreathFEST Neighborhood: Brooklyn Park Area When: Nov. 19: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 20: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 21: noon- 5 p.m. (winners announced at 1 p.m.) Venue: Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225-3649 Phone: 410-636-6597 Description: WreathFEST offers a unique holiday event featuring one-of-a-kind wreaths decorated by community organizations and businesses.Wreaths are available for purchase, so come out and celebrate community spirit and giving.

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BLOWN GLASS HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP Neighborhood: Woodberry When: Nov. 20: noon-3 p.m. (Hourly sessions starting at noon) Dec. 4: noon-3 p.m. Dec. 11: noon-3 p.m. Price: $40 per ornament Venue: Corradetti Glass Studio and Gallery 2010 Clipper Park Road, Baltimore, MD, 21211-1439 Phone: 410-243-2010 Description: Add a handcrafted touch of the holidays to your home with Cordetti's glass blowing workshops. During November and December, the studio offers workshop participants hands on experience making their very own blown glass holiday ornaments.

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FESTIVUS SALE When: Nov. 20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21: noon-4 p.m. Phone: 410-539-5954 Description: See unique trees, wreaths, tabletop decor and more. Event includes a silent auction, holiday goodies, ornaments and gifts. Benefits the MRT Foundation. This event takes place at a private residence at 22 St. Thomas Lane in Owings Mills. Park at St. Thomas Church and take the free shuttle.

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FUR SALE Neighborhood: Northwood When: Nov. 20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: Free Venue: League for People with Disabilities 1111 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD, 21239 Phone: 410-323-0500 Description: Donated fur coats, jackets and hats for men and women for sale to benefit The League for People with Disabilities. Also available will be clothing and accessories in leather and fabrics as well as holiday gift items.

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HOLIDAY COOKING WITH CHRISTIAN DeLUTIS Neighborhood: Downtown, Mount Vernon When: Nov. 21: 11 a.m. Price: $65 per person Venue: Sotto Sopra 405 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-625-0534 Description: Christian deLutis's optional hands-on cooking class will feature a gourmet holiday menu including traditional lobster bisque, quail wrapped in bacon and desserts like molasses spice cake and parsnip mousse. Participants will enjoy wine after the class as they eat the fruits of their labors.

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NOV. 24

9TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING EVE CELEBRATION Neighborhood: Downtown, Harbor When: Nov. 24: 8 p.m. Price: $15 Venue: Rams Head Live 20 Market Place, Baltimore, MD, 21202 Phone: 410-244-1131 Description: The Bridge returns for this annual party. Josh Phillips Fold Festival also performs.

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THANKSGIVING EVE BASH Neighborhood: Downtown, Harbor When: Nov. 24: 8 p.m. (Mickey Cucchiella), 10 p.m. (Timmy Hall & Alabama) Price: $17 Venue: Comedy Factory 36 Light St., Baltimore, MD, 21202 Phone: 410-547-7798 Description: Get ready for the stressful holiday week with a night of comedy. Mickey Cucchiella and Timmy Hall & Alabama perform.

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THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING COLLEGE NIGHT Neighborhood: Downtown When: Nov. 24: 10 p.m. (Doors open at 9 p.m.) Price: $12 with ID, $18 without Venue: Bourbon Street 316 Guilford Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21202 Phone: 410-528-8377 Description: Kenny Santucci hosts this Thanksgiving Eve event with DJ Sal Flip.

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NOV. 26

FESTIVAL OF TREES Neighborhood: Timonium Area When: Nov. 26: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 28: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Price: $5-$10 Venue: Timonium Fairgrounds 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD, 21093 Phone: 410-252-0200 Description: Kennedy Krieger Institute benefit features more than 500 trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. The three day event includes crafts, a silent acution and family entertainment, including a performance of "The Nutcracker" by the Columbia Chamber Ballet (at 5 p.m. Sunday).

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MOONLIGHT MERRIMENT Neighborhood: Belvedere Square/ Govans When: Nov. 26 Venue: Belvedere Square 529 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21212 Phone: 410-534-2358 Description: Belvedere Square's annual holiday celebration features themed drinks and a naughty Santa. Belvedere Square stores are open late and offer special discounts and Black Friday-only offers.

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NOV. 27

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Neighborhood: Annapolis Area When: Nov. 27: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Card-making and holiday favors 11 a.m.-noon, inspiring gift wrapping ideas 1:30-2 p.m.) Venue: Paper Source 1915 Town Center Blvd, Annapolis, MD, 21401-4801 Phone: 410-224-8300 Description: This holiday open house includes workshops on gift wrapping, so you can present packages with unique designs.

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NOV. 30

DINNER WITH A DIETITIAN: HEALTHY EATING AND ENTERTAINING Neighborhood: Brooklyn Park Area When: Nov. 30: 6 p.m. Venue: Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium 3001 S. Hanover St., Baltimore, MD, 21225 Phone: 410-350-2563 Description: Harbor Hospital registered dietitians Christina Groce, M.S., RD, LDN, and Sandra Koehler, RD, LDN, will show you how to keep a healthy diet and the best food choices to make. This interactive seminar also will give you alternative recipe ideas for making your favorite foods healthier during the holiday season. Registration is required and a light meal will be served.

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DECEMBER

DEC. 2

WASHINGTON BALLET Neighborhood: Northwest, Washington D.C. When: Daily Dec. 2-Dec. 5 Dec. 8-Dec. 12 Dec. 14-Dec. 19 Dec. 21-Dec. 24 Dec. 26 Price: $43.20-$106 Venue: Warner Theatre 13th & E streets N.W., Washington, DC, 20004 Phone: 202-783-4000 Description: It's "The Nutcracker", D.C. style, with George Washington as the Nutcracker and England's King George III as the Rat King.

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MONUMENT LIGHTING FAMILY FESTIVAL Neighborhood: Mount Vernon When: Dec. 2: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Price: Free Venue: The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-547-9000 Description: Come and celebrate the annual lighting of the Washington Monument at the Walters with a free, family-friendly event. Seasonal performances, music, refreshments, kids art activities and more.

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DEC. 3-4

A CHARLIE BROWN JAZZ CHRISTMAS Neighborhood: Westminster Area When: December 3: 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. December 4: 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Price: $8-$10 Venue: Carroll Arts Center 91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD, 21157-4800 Phone: 410-848-7272 Description: This popular annual holiday event is sure to bring smiles to everyone's face. Vince Guaraldi's original jazz score is brought to life by the Eric Byrd Trio.

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JEWISH ROOTS Neighborhood: Mount Vernon When: Dec. 3: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10-$20 Venue: The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-547-9000 Description: The Poulenc Trio's Hanukkah celebration features a world premiere of Yiddish Lexicon by Jakov Jakoulov.

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FAMILY PLANTATION CHRISTMAS When: Dec. 4: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Price: $5 Venue: Sotterley Plantation 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD, 20636 Description: An old fashion Christmas at the Sotterley Plantation complete with a visit from St. Nick, a horse-drawn taxi ride around the plantation, games and crafts for children, Santa's secret shop, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, museum shop, fresh green wreath sale, and a scavenger hunt.

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HANDS ON HANUKKAH When: Dec. 3: 10:30 a.m. Venue: Jewish Museum of Maryland 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD, 21202 Phone: 410-732-6400 Description: This toddler-friendly event includes music, crafts and food. For children 4 years and younger with an adult.

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BETH AM'S 36TH ANNIVERSARY AND SHABBAT HANUKKAH Neighborhood: Bolton Hill/Mount Royal, Druid Hill When: Dec. 3: 6 p.m. (Followed by dinner) Dec. 4: 9:15 a.m. (followed by luncheon) Price: $12-$15 Venue: Beth AM Synagogue 2501 Eutaw PI, Baltimore, MD, 21217-4006 Phone: 410-523-2446 Description: The celebration includes a musical kabbalat shabbat and a shabbat dinner (reservations and fee required).

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HOLIDAY HEAP Neighborhood: Charles Village When: Dec. 4: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Free Venue: St. John's United Methodist Church 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore, MD, 21218-4531 Description: Find a unique gift at Holiday Heap. Charm City Craft Mafia hosts this indie craft fair.

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39TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE Neighborhood: Towson Area When: Dec. 3: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Price: Free Venue: Towson University 8000 York Road, Towson, MD, 21252 Phone: 410-704-2000 Description: Start your holiday shopping by attending this annual event where ceramic students and faculty present functional and fine art ceramic works for sale. There's a huge selection of craft items that include stoneware and earthenware.

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CHARM CITY KLEXMER'S ANNUAL HANUKKAH CELEBRATION Neighborhood: Downtown, Mount Vernon When: Dec. 4: 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Price: $12 Venue: An Die Musik 409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-385-2638 Description: Charm City Klezmer performs Eastern European folk music.

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DEC. 5

MERRY MART Neighborhood: Canton, Highlandtown When: Dec. 5: 11a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Free Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD, 21224 Phone: 410-276-1651 Description: Steer clear of the mall and head to this holiday shop-around for one-of-a- kind or handcrafted gifts. You'll find jewelry, stuffed critters, origami lights, hand knits, soaps, totes and more.

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BALTIMORE CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Neighborhood: Downtown, Mount Vernon When: Dec. 5: 2 p.m. Venue: An Die Musik 409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-385-2638

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FOLKSBIENE YIDDISH THEATRE: MAKHT A TSIMES (MAKE A FUSS!) Neighborhood: Park Heights When: Dec. 5: 3 p.m. Price: $20-$30 Venue: Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Center of Baltimore 5700 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21215 Phone: 410-542-4900 Description: Folksbiene New York National Yiddish Theatre brings their troupe to the JCC for a new performance of "Makht a Tsimes!" (Make a Fuss!), a Yiddish production with English and Russian subtitles.

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DEC. 9-10

MINK STOLE UNWRAPPED Neighborhood: Canton, Highlandtown When: Dec. 9: 8 p.m. Dec. 10: 8 p.m. Price: $13-$15 Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224 Phone: 410-276-1651 Description: Get in the holiday spirit with Mink Stole and Her Wonderful band.

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DEC. 10-19

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Neighborhood: Mount Vernon When: Dec. 10: 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11: 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12: 2 p.m. 2 p.m. Dec. 15: 2.p.m. Dec. 17: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 18: 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19: 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Venue: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-783-8000 Description: This year, the BSO goes Vegas, baby. The Holiday Spectacular features holiday tunes performed by the BSO, host Maureen McGovern, rhinestone-clad Santas, dancing dogs, showgirls and more.

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DEC. 11

UNSILENT NIGHT Neighborhood: Mount Vernon, Station North When: Dec. 11: 7 p.m. Price: Free Venue: Pennsylvania Station 1515 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Description: "Silent Night" is so last Christmas. Instead, celebrate "Unsilent Night," an annual boombox Christmas parade in Baltimore. Participants are invited to bring their own boombox, and CDs and tapes -- and parts of New York composer Phil Kline's "outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boomboxes" will be distributed. On the signal, the gathered crowd will press "play" and parade through the city.

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COLOSSAL KLEZMER SHIAKH Neighborhood: Canton, Highlandtown When: Dec. 11: 8 p.m. (Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.) Price: $14-$16 Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224 Phone: 410-276-1651 Description: In this Yiddish battle of the bands, it's Charm City Klezmer versus The lost Tribe. The evening starts with a dance lesson.

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SQUIDFIRE'S ART MART When: Dec. 11: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Price: Free Venue: First Unitarian Church 2W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-327-3300 Description: Squidfire and more than 20 other vendors participate in Art Mart. Find your favorite clothing and accessory designs from Squidfire, as well as works from other local crafters. This is a great opportunity to find a unique gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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SOCK MONKEY SATURDAY Neighborhood: Federal Hill, Harbor When: Dec. 11: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Venue: American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD, 21230 Phone: 410-244-1900 Description: You can either use this as a relaxing event or as a last minute gift provider. Bring two socks to get in and then go from there. Instructions, sewing needles, thread, eyeballs and friendly sock monkey fellowship are provided.

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DEC. 15

CHRISTMAS WITH AARON NEVILLE & HIS QUINTET When: Dec. 15: 7:30 p.m. Price: $49.50 Venue: The Birchmere 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA, 22305 Phone: 703-549-7500 Description: Kick off the holiday season with the music stylings of Aaron Neville

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DEC. 17-18

HOLIDAY SPECTAC-U-THON Neighborhood: Canton, Highlandtown When: Dec. 17: 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Dec. 18, 7 p.m., 10 p.m. Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224 Phone: 410-276-1651 Description: Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey return for the Holiday Spectac-u-thon. Whether you've been naughty or nice, check out Charm City's finest in burlesque acrobatics.

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ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, CAPITOL QUARTET: HOLIDAY POPS Neighborhood: Annapolis Area When: Dec. 17: 8 p.m. Venue: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 801 Chase, St., Annapolis, MD, 21401 Phone: 410-263-5544

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BALTIMORE'S CONSORT'S HOLIDAY CONCERT Neighborhood: Mount Vernon When: Dec. 17: 7:30 p.m. Price: $12-$20 Venue: The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-547-9000 Description: This ensemble performs early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain.

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DEC. 24

COMEDY CANTONESE When: Dec. 24: 7:45 p.m. Price: $30, includes buffet and show Venue: Magooby's Joke House 9603 Deerco Road, Timonium, MD, 21093 Phone: 410-252-2727 Description: Comedy Cantonese features Jewish humor, Chinese food and more.

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DEC. 26

JEWTOPIA LIVE Neighborhood: Downtown When: Dec. 26: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Price: $32.50-$52.50 Venue: Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 Phone: 410-837-7400 Description: Based on Bryan Fogel's book and show, "Jewtopia" combines theater and comedy. Topics covered include: "how to pick the perfect restaurant table," "how to properly disinfect your hotel room" and more.