The holiday rush is on. Try to enjoy every single minute of it.
Each year Santa takes time out from his busy schedule for Pizza with Santa at the Fifth District Fire Station. The memories will be made on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $6 for ages 6 and up. It's free for ages 5 and under. Bring your camera.
Our next stop, on Dec. 7, might be Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brighton Dam Road to sing carols, listen to Christmas music and verse and generally get into the spirit of the season. You are invited to enjoy traditional dessert treats after the program. It all begins at 4 p.m. and it's free.
Enjoy soloists, chorus, organ and the Festival Orchestra as the Columbia Pro Cantare continues its tradition of performing the Christmas section and selections from Parts II and III of Handel's "Messiah" in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake on Dec. 8.
Barbara Renton will present a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a post-concert reception.
For tickets and information call 410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107 or go to http://www.procantare.org.
For almost 40 years, the Columbia Figure Skating Club has provided area skaters with opportunities for recreational and competitive skating at the Columbia Ice Rink in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Look for some of our local students, Raaya Khleit, Maura Kilcoyne, Anna Sretinski, Nora Sussman, Tifany Wang and Taylor Younkins skating in the club's annual production of "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 14 and 15.
Tiffany Wang, a River Hill sophomore, is soloing as Snow Queen. Taylor Younkins is also a River Hill student.
Maura Kilcoyne, soloing as Party Clown, is in fifth grade at Clarksville Elementary.
This is the only ice skating show of its kind in the Baltimore-Washington area and features almost 100 performers ranging in age from 3 through adult. Many of these are advanced skaters who have competed in regional and national competitions. The show is sanctioned by US Figure Skating with Patricia Muth as Artistic Director.
Show times on Dec. 14 will be 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Performances on Dec. 15 will be 4:30 amd 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.columbiafsc.com.