Sunday, Dec. 4

'Home for the Holidays' The Brooks Tegler Army Air Force Big Band performs holiday classics at 7 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $28; $23 for hall members. Information: 410-280-5640 or go to


Open house The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society holds its annual "Holiday Open House" from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Benson-Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum. The theme of this year's celebration is "A Civil War Christmas." The second-floor display room will showcase vintage children's games. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-768-9518.

Tree-trimming party Kids of all ages are invited to a free tree-trimming party from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. Participants can enjoy refreshments and make crafts as they celebrate the holidays as they did in the 1860s, with stories and songs of the era. Santa will visit and hear children's Christmas wishes. Information: 410-867-4486 or

ALS fundraiser More than 55 regional artists will offer handcrafted jewelry, children's clothing and accessories, pottery, paintings and more, at the ALS Artisan Boutique's fundraiser being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road. The event, which will benefit the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is free and open to the public. Door prizes, raffles, a silent auction, refreshments and an appearance by children's books illustrator Lisa McCue will also be featured. Information: 301-978-9855 or

Monday, Dec. 5

Meeting The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville St. in Annapolis. During the meeting, Ja-Zette Marshburn, recipient of the commission's Walter Hill Fellowship in Archives, will give a presentation covering the history of the commission from 1969 to 1990. Information: 410-216-6180.

Maritime museum The Annapolis Maritime Museum will hold its annual meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 723 Second St. Information and reservations: 410-295-0104 or email

Photo club The Digital Photography Club of Annapolis meets at 7 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone will give a presentation on "Fine Art Photography." 410-267-0461 or

Tuesday, Dec. 6

'Holiday by the Bay' concert The Naval Academy Band will perform its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. at Mahan Hall, 106 Maryland Ave., at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. The program includes Victor Herbert's "March of the Toys," and Russian Christmas music by Alfred Reed. Musician 1st Class Colin Renick will be featured on bass saxophone, performing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The Next Wave Jazz Ensemble will perform holiday favorites, including Harry Connick Jr.'s version of "Sleigh Ride." Shuttle service available from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Information: 410-293-0263 or

Wednesday, Dec. 7

'Sound the Bells' A holiday concert by the Army Field Band's Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus will be held at 7 p.m. at Meade Senior High School, 1100 Clark Road. Free. Information:

Horticulture meeting The Annapolis Horticulture Society will meet at 7 p.m. at St. Anne's Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. Guest speaker is author Ray Rogers. All are welcome. Information:

Thursday, Dec. 8

Political movie Common Cause and the Anne Arundel League of Women Voters will sponsor a showing of "Gerrymandering" at 7 p.m. at the Annapolis Area Library, 1410 West St. The documentary explains how the two major political parties use census figures every 10 years for purposes of redistricting state legislative and congressional districts in each state. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. Information: 410-268-5152.


Friday, Dec. 9

Holiday concert Encore Chorale, a choral program for singers ages 55 to 96, will perform a concert of holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Admission is free. Information:

Saturday, Dec. 10

Farmers' market Vendors sell home-grown and handcrafted items from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Dec. 24 at the Holiday Farmers' Market, Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Parkway. Among the items available are wreaths, fresh greens, baked goods, coffee, herbs, candy and seasonal produce. Information: 410-349-0317 or


Holiday event The Sons of the Severn Chorus will present an afternoon of music, storytelling, and celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. The concert will feature the Sons of the Severn chorus, chapter quartets, and a special reunion performance by Maryland Express. Tickets are $25 and include a post-concert reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, hot beverages and cookies. There will also be a cash bar. Information: 410-674-7165 or

Concert The Annapolis Youth Chorus will perform a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Anne's Church on Church Circle in Annapolis. The treble-voiced choir, under the direction of Jill Woodward, will perform a variety of traditional holiday carols as well as choral works. Also appearing will be Carolene Winter and the Annapolis Chorale's a cappella women's group. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-263-1906 or

'Rob Levit Holiday Showcase' The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $15; $10 for hall members. Information: 410-280-5640 or

Pops concert The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jose-Luis Novo, performs its Lexus Holiday Pops concert, "Simply Sinatra Christmas," at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. The show will feature Steve Lippia performing some of the most well-known Frank Sinatra songs, as well as a variety of popular Christmas songs. Tickets are $45, $10 for students. Information: 410-263-0907 or

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