Sunday, Dec. 5
Holiday 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., Linthicum. Information: 410-647-0936.
"Adopt an Angel" toy drive takes place through Dec. 15 at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover. Shoppers can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Guest Services Center to benefit the program at Fort Meade which assists military families during the holidays. Information: 410-540-5110 or arundelmills.com.
'Read Between the Wines'
A book fair and wine tasting, hosted by the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Loews Hotel, 126 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Information: 410-263-0907 or annapolissymphony.org.
A children's "Tree Trimming Party" will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served and no reservations required. Information: 410-867-4486 or shadysidemuseum.org.
'At the Movies' concert
The Anne Arundel Community College Concert Band presents this concert featuring music from "The Lord of the Rings," "Phantom of the Opera," "Star Trek" and "Le Miserables," among others. 3 p.m. at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway. $10, $7 for students, AACC faculty and staff, seniors and groups, $5 for students with valid AACC IDs. Information: 410-777-2457 or
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Holiday by the Bay concert
The Naval Academy Band performs its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. at Mahan Hall, and again at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Chesapeake Arts Center. Program includes the traditional Jewish lullaby "Raisins and Almonds," Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," and a singalong with Santa Claus. Free. Mahan Hall is at 106 Maryland Ave. on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Shuttle service available from the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Chesapeake Arts Center is at 194 Hammond Lane in Brooklyn Park. Information: 410-293-0263 or http://www.usna.edu/USNABand.
Thursday, Dec. 9
Elephant Club Breakfast
Meeting will be 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park. Speakers: election director Joseph A. Torre III and deputy director David Garreia of the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections. Open to the public. $4 fee. Information: 410-437-2213 or elephantclub.us.
The Annapolis Chorale presents its annual Celebration of Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Guests include Broadway stars Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey performing holiday and Broadway tunes. The Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Youth Chorus will perform holiday classics and carols. Cost: $42. Tickets and information: 410-280-5640 or marylandhall.org.
Midnight Madness shopping
Historic Annapolis' shops stay open until midnight for holiday shoppers. Food and refreshments will be offered at many shops, and there will be live music. Information: http://www.annapolismidnightmadness.com.
Friday, Dec. 10
The Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert led by Anna Binneweg at 8 p.m., featuring Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with Colin Davin on guitar and Hector Berlioz's "Symphonic Fantastique." The show will be at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the AACC Arnold Campus, 101 College Parkway. Admission is $10, and $7 for students, AACC faculty and staff, seniors and groups; $5 for students with valid AACC ID. Information: 410-777-2457,
Saturday, Dec. 11
Annual event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deale Fire Hall, 6007 Drum Point Road, Deale. Crafters and vendors will offer their wares, and lunch with Santa for the kids will be held at noon. Information: 410-798-0299 or 410-867-2439.
St. Andrew's United Methodist Church holds an indoor country flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4 Wallace Manor Road in Edgewater. Spaces are $10; tables are $5. The thrift shop will be open. Information: 410-269-7671.
Lunch with Santa
The Arundel Volunteer Fire Department welcomes Santa with lights and sirens blazing at 11:30 a.m. at the station, 2380 Davidsonville Road, Gambrills. Kids can have lunch with Santa and Mrs. Clause, get their pictures taken, watch Hugs the Clown make balloon animals, and make crafts. $5 per person includes hot dog, chips, soda and cookie. Reservations: 410-721-1967.
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