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HOLIDAY EVENTS

NOVEMBER

NOV. 19 - 21

FIRST ANNUAL WreathFESTNeighborhood: Brooklyn Park AreaWhen: 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 Center194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225-3649Phone: 410-636-6597Description: 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 WORKSHOPNeighborhood: WoodberryWhen: 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 ornamentVenue: Corradetti Glass Studio and Gallery2010 Clipper Park Road, Baltimore, MD, 21211-1439Phone: 410-243-2010Description: 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 SALEWhen: Nov. 20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Nov. 21: noon-4 p.m.Phone: 410-539-5954Description: 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 SALENeighborhood: NorthwoodWhen: Nov. 20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Price: FreeVenue: League for People with Disabilities1111 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD, 21239Phone: 410-323-0500Description: 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 DeLUTISNeighborhood: Downtown, Mount VernonWhen: Nov. 21: 11 a.m.Price: $65 per personVenue: Sotto Sopra405 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-625-0534Description: 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 CELEBRATIONNeighborhood: Downtown, HarborWhen: Nov. 24: 8 p.m.Price: $15Venue: Rams Head Live20 Market Place, Baltimore, MD, 21202Phone: 410-244-1131Description: The Bridge returns for this annual party. Josh Phillips Fold Festival also performs.

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THANKSGIVING EVE BASHNeighborhood: Downtown, HarborWhen: Nov. 24: 8 p.m. (Mickey Cucchiella), 10 p.m. (Timmy Hall & Alabama)Price: $17Venue: Comedy Factory36 Light St., Baltimore, MD, 21202Phone: 410-547-7798Description: 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 NIGHTNeighborhood: DowntownWhen: Nov. 24: 10 p.m. (Doors open at 9 p.m.)Price: $12 with ID, $18 withoutVenue: Bourbon Street316 Guilford Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21202Phone: 410-528-8377Description: Kenny Santucci hosts this Thanksgiving Eve event with DJ Sal Flip.

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NOV. 26

FESTIVAL OF TREESNeighborhood: Timonium AreaWhen: 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-$10Venue: Timonium Fairgrounds2200 York Road, Timonium, MD, 21093Phone: 410-252-0200Description: 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 MERRIMENTNeighborhood: Belvedere Square/ GovansWhen: Nov. 26Venue: Belvedere Square529 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21212Phone: 410-534-2358Description: 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 HOUSENeighborhood: Annapolis AreaWhen: 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 Source1915 Town Center Blvd, Annapolis, MD, 21401-4801Phone: 410-224-8300Description: 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 ENTERTAININGNeighborhood: Brooklyn Park AreaWhen: Nov. 30: 6 p.m.Venue: Harbor Hospital Baum Auditorium3001 S. Hanover St., Baltimore, MD, 21225Phone: 410-350-2563Description: 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 BALLETNeighborhood: Northwest, Washington D.C.When: DailyDec. 2-Dec. 5Dec. 8-Dec. 12Dec. 14-Dec. 19Dec. 21-Dec. 24Dec. 26Price: $43.20-$106Venue: Warner Theatre13th & E streets N.W., Washington, DC, 20004Phone: 202-783-4000Description: 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 FESTIVALNeighborhood: Mount VernonWhen: Dec. 2: 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.Price: FreeVenue: The Walters Art Museum600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-547-9000Description: 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 CHRISTMASNeighborhood: Westminster AreaWhen: December 3: 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.December 4: 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.Price: $8-$10Venue: Carroll Arts Center91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD, 21157-4800Phone: 410-848-7272Description: 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 ROOTSNeighborhood: Mount VernonWhen: Dec. 3: 7:30 p.m.Price: $10-$20 Venue: The Walters Art Museum600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-547-9000Description: The Poulenc Trio's Hanukkah celebration features a world premiere of Yiddish Lexicon by Jakov Jakoulov.

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FAMILY PLANTATION CHRISTMASWhen: Dec. 4: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Price: $5Venue: Sotterley Plantation44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD, 20636Description: 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 HANUKKAHWhen: Dec. 3: 10:30 a.m.Venue: Jewish Museum of Maryland15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD, 21202Phone: 410-732-6400Description: 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 HANUKKAHNeighborhood: Bolton Hill/Mount Royal, Druid HillWhen: Dec. 3: 6 p.m. (Followed by dinner)Dec. 4: 9:15 a.m. (followed by luncheon)Price: $12-$15Venue: Beth AM Synagogue2501 Eutaw PI, Baltimore, MD, 21217-4006Phone: 410-523-2446Description: The celebration includes a musical kabbalat shabbat and a shabbat dinner (reservations and fee required).

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HOLIDAY HEAPNeighborhood: Charles VillageWhen: Dec. 4: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Price: FreeVenue: St. John's United Methodist Church2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore, MD, 21218-4531Description: Find a unique gift at Holiday Heap. Charm City Craft Mafia hosts this indie craft fair.

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39TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTTERY SALENeighborhood: Towson AreaWhen: Dec. 3: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Dec. 4: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Price: FreeVenue: Towson University8000 York Road, Towson, MD, 21252Phone: 410-704-2000Description: 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 CELEBRATIONNeighborhood: Downtown, Mount VernonWhen: Dec. 4: 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m.Price: $12Venue: An Die Musik409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-385-2638Description: Charm City Klezmer performs Eastern European folk music.

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DEC. 5

MERRY MARTNeighborhood: Canton, HighlandtownWhen: Dec. 5: 11a.m.-5 p.m. Price: FreeVenue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD, 21224Phone: 410-276-1651Description: 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 CELEBRATIONNeighborhood: Downtown, Mount VernonWhen: Dec. 5: 2 p.m.Venue: An Die Musik409 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-385-2638

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FOLKSBIENE YIDDISH THEATRE: MAKHT A TSIMES (MAKE A FUSS!)Neighborhood: Park HeightsWhen: Dec. 5: 3 p.m.Price: $20-$30 Venue: Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Center of Baltimore5700 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21215Phone: 410-542-4900Description: 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 UNWRAPPEDNeighborhood: Canton, HighlandtownWhen: Dec. 9: 8 p.m.Dec. 10: 8 p.m.Price: $13-$15Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224Phone: 410-276-1651Description: Get in the holiday spirit with Mink Stole and Her Wonderful band.

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DEC. 10-19

HOLIDAY SPECTACULARNeighborhood: Mount VernonWhen: 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 Hall1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-783-8000Description: 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 NIGHTNeighborhood: Mount Vernon, Station NorthWhen: Dec. 11: 7 p.m.Price: FreeVenue: Pennsylvania Station1515 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Description: "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 SHIAKHNeighborhood: Canton, HighlandtownWhen: Dec. 11: 8 p.m. (Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.)Price: $14-$16Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224Phone: 410-276-1651Description: 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 MARTWhen: Dec. 11: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Price: FreeVenue: First Unitarian Church2W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-327-3300Description: 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 SATURDAYNeighborhood: Federal Hill, HarborWhen: Dec. 11: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Venue: American Visionary Art Museum800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD, 21230Phone: 410-244-1900Description: 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 QUINTETWhen: Dec. 15: 7:30 p.m.Price: $49.50Venue: The Birchmere3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA, 22305Phone: 703-549-7500Description: Kick off the holiday season with the music stylings of Aaron Neville

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DEC. 17-18

HOLIDAY SPECTAC-U-THONNeighborhood: Canton, Highlandtown When: Dec. 17: 7 p.m., 10 p.m.Dec. 18, 7 p.m., 10 p.m.Venue: The Patterson/Creative Alliance3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224Phone: 410-276-1651Description: 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 POPSNeighborhood: Annapolis AreaWhen: Dec. 17: 8 p.m.Venue: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts801 Chase, St., Annapolis, MD, 21401Phone: 410-263-5544

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BALTIMORE'S CONSORT'S HOLIDAY CONCERTNeighborhood: Mount VernonWhen: Dec. 17: 7:30 p.m.Price: $12-$20Venue: The Walters Art Museum600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-547-9000Description: This ensemble performs early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain.

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DEC. 24

COMEDY CANTONESEWhen: Dec. 24: 7:45 p.m.Price: $30, includes buffet and showVenue: Magooby's Joke House9603 Deerco Road, Timonium, MD, 21093Phone: 410-252-2727Description: Comedy Cantonese features Jewish humor, Chinese food and more.

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DEC. 26

JEWTOPIA LIVENeighborhood: DowntownWhen: Dec. 26: 2 p.m., 7 p.m.Price: $32.50-$52.50Venue: Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD, 21201Phone: 410-837-7400Description: 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.

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