Sunday, Dec. 8

Open house The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society hosts its 28th annual holiday open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Benson-Hammond Historic House Museum, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum. This year's theme is "A Gingerbread House Christmas." Docents in costume will welcome visitors for self-guided tours of the house, which will be decorated for the holidays with live greens from the property and using antique Christmas ornaments from the museum collection. In addition, more than 300 historic dolls will be on display. Punch and cookies will be served. Free admission. Information: aachs.org.

Holiday concert The a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock performs a blend of holiday favorites at 7 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $58, $53 for hall members. Information: 410-280-5640 or marylandhall.org.

'A Christmas Carol' The Dignity Players present a dramatic reading of the classic Charles Dickens tale at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis. Reading will be performed by Lois Evans, Mark Hildebrand and Eric Lund. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 410-266-8044, ext. 127 or go to dignityplayers.org.

Children's party A tree-trimming party will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road. Participants will be invited to tour the museum's 1860s waterman's home, create holiday crafts, trim the Christmas tree with naturally made ornaments, enjoy light refreshments, and visit with Santa. Admission is free. Information: 410-867-4486 or captainaverymuseum.org.

Monday, Dec. 9

Concert Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli performs at 8 p.m. as part of Anne Arundel Community College's World-Class Jazz Series in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 224, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Admission is $15; $10 for seniors, groups, AACC faculty and staff and students from other schools; $5 for AACC students with ID. Information: 410-777-2457 or aacc.edu/performingarts.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Camera club The Arundel Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in Room D114 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Monthly digital, black-and-white and color prints competitions will take place. Visitors welcome. Information: 410-518-6876.

Thursday, Dec. 12

Rotary Club The Annapolis Rotary Club meets at noon at the Annapolis Yacht Club, 100 Compromise St. Richard Branson, head of the Indian Creek School in Crownsville will speak on the "Status of Private Schooling Education." Information: 410-956-7672.

Friday, Dec. 13

Acoustic music 333 Coffeehouse presents singer/songwriter Grace Pettis at 7:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 DuBois Road. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors, students and members. Information: 443-333-9613 or fsgw.org/333.

Concert Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts presents the Annapolis Chorale performing "A Celebration of Christmas" at 8 p.m. at 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Joining conductor J. Ernest Green and the chorale are Grammy Award-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and vocalist Alex Sharpe. Tickets are $48, $15 for students. Information: 410-280-5640 or liveartsmaryland.org.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Lights parade The Eastport Yacht Club's annual Lights Parade will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek. Event features more than 30 boats of all shapes and sizes, power and sail, decorated with thousands of lights. Boats will circle the waterfront in two fleets, one in front of Eastport, the City Dock and the Naval Academy sea wall, and the other circling the length of Spa Creek inside the bridge. Information: eyclightsparade.org.

Carols by Candlelight The Annapolis Chorale along with Grammy Award-nominated Jenny Oaks Baker and vocalist Alex Sharpe perform carols for the season at 8 p.m. at St. Anne's Church in Church Circle in Annapolis. Tickets are $40, $15 for students. Information: 410-280-5640 or liveartsmaryland.org.

Dance performance Congregation Kneseth Israel presents the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble at 7 p.m. at 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis. Event features Israeli folk dancing and audience participation. Tickets are $18, $25 for families. For more information, call 410-263-3924 or go to knesethisrael.org.

Future

Michael Bolton concert Rams Head Promotions presents "An Evening with Michael Bolton" Dec. 17 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Bolton is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide. His hits include "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Said I Loved You But I Lied" and "How Can We Be Lovers." For tickets and information, go to ramsheadonstage.com.

Events and cancellations for the Anne Arundel County datebook may be submitted by email to arundel.calendar@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days before the event.