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Free parking

Two hours of free parking are available to Annapolis shoppers at all two-hour metered parking spots through Jan. 1. Spaces on Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street, City Dock and Market Space are available. Motorists are not allowed to leave their cars in one spot all day.

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Theater

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum presents the holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Life" by the Pasadena Theatre Company at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave. in Glen Burnie. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 410-859-3308, 410-760-8386 or go to paalconcerts.org.

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Fruit sale

The Severn River Lions Club is selling Florida citrus fruit as part of its annual fundraising to benefit several community groups. Orders should be placed by Saturday, Dec. 6, for delivery between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 13 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Fruit remaining after 1 p.m. will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available for sale: ruby red grapefruit: $21 (2/5 bushel), $36 (4/5 bushel); navel oranges: $22 (2/5 bushel), $38 (4/5 bushel); mix of temple oranges and grapefruit: $23 (2/5 bushel); Georgia Elliot Pecans $14 (1 lb. bag).

To order: 410-518-9863, 410-647-7135, 410-544-1156, 410-647-7338, 410-439-5770 or severnriverlions.org/fruit.htm.

Donations needed

The Arundel House of Hope needs gloves, socks, hats and coats for its new program, Patriot House, for veterans transitioning back to independent living and for homeless adults served by the Winter Relief program. Donations may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays in Room 314 of the Careers Center classroom building on the Anne Arundel Community College Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway or in the lobby of at AACC's Arundel Mills classroom building, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Information: 410-777-7252.

Children's holiday party

A tree-trimming party will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Captain AveryMuseum, 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.All are welcome. Information: 410-867-0280 or captainaverymuseum.org.

'A Christmas Carol'

Tickets for the Colonial Players' 30th production of Richard Wade and Dick Gessner's version of the Charles Dickens classic holiday story are on sale at the theater, 108 East St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $10 per person, with a limit of six. Play runs through Dec. 14. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: thecolonialplayers.org.

Visits with Santa

Visit with Santa Claus at Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover, through Dec. 24. For hours and information: 410-540-5100 or go to arundelmills.com.

Baysox ticket packages

The Bowie Baysox are offering two ticket packages for the holidays. Each includes a Kevin Gausman bobblehead and eight undated tickets for the Baysox's 2015 season. The "Baysox Holiday Gift Pack" is $99.95 plus a $7.95 shipping and handling fee, and includes a baseball cap. "Home For The Holidays" package is $88 plus the same shipping and handling. Tickets packages are available at baysoxshop.com until Jan. 9. To guarantee delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed by Friday, Dec. 12. Information: 301-464-4880 or baysox.com.

'Critter Hour'

Visitors can join educators from the museum from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. Be prepared to get wet and muddy as participants explore oyster habitats, catch crabs and wade in the water to catch Chesapeake Bay critters. Activities vary each month and are appropriate for family members of all ages. "Critter Hour" is free and open to the public. Information: 410-295-0104 or amaritime.org.

Operation Paperback

This nonprofit collects used books nationwide and sends them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1 million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at slmmuscles1@aol.com. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.

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