Anne Arundel County


Sunday, Dec. 2

'Messiah' concert The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club performs the 66th annual Handel's 'Messiah' Choral Concert with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and four soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company at the academy's Main Chapel. Cost is $20-$35. Tickets and information: 410-293-8497 or go to;=list.


Children's Christmas party 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. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-867-4486 or

Holiday open house The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Benson-Hammond House Museum at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road. Admission is free. Hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 410-647-0936.


Monday, Dec. 3

Photo club The Digital Photography Club of Annapolis meets at 7 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Don Dement presents "Know Your Camera." Information: 410-267-0461 or

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Meeting The Annapolis Horticulture Society meets at 7 p.m. in St. Anne's Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. Jonathan Wright, horticulturist at Chanticleer Gardens, will speak on "Small Space — Big Impact." Information:

Photographers meet The Arundel Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in Room D114 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Club member Brian Flynn will speak. Visitors are welcome. Information: 410-518-6876.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Holiday program The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society hosts its annual holiday program, "Family Holiday Stories and Traditions," at 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road. Refreshments and networking follow the program. Information: 410-760-9679 or

Rotary Club The Annapolis Rotary Club meets at noon at the Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise St. Local author-historian Jane McWilliams will discuss her book, "Annapolis: City on the Severn." Information: 410-956-7672.


Friday, Dec. 7

Book discussion Historian Arthur Drea, author of "20th-Century Europe," will speak at 11:15 a.m. at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. The drives of indigenous people for independence, the world wars, changes in world powers, and the cause and results of economic movements are among the topics he writes about. Information: 410-222-1818.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Stargazing A "Community Observing Night," sponsored by the Anne Arundel Community College Astronomy Club, begins at 7 p.m. Bring your telescope and binoculars or use one of the eight telescopes provided by the club to view planets, stars and the moon. The astronomy lab is in the rear of lots A and B beside the Resource Management Building, Arnold Campus, 101 College Parkway. Free. Information: 410-777-1820 or

Holiday event Adkins Arboretum hosts an evening of caroling, stargazing and music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 12610 Eveland Road. Performing seasonal music will be the Wye Parish Choral Scholars, Judge Peter Edison and Dovetail, an acoustic duo featuring Jodie Littleton and Pres Harding. Tickets $30; $25 for members. Children's tickets are $20; $15 for members. Information: 410-634-2847, ext. 0, or go to

Christmas bazaar The Deale Volunteer Fire Department holds its 36th annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6007 Drum Point Road. The event features vendors, crafts and baked goods, free coffee and door prizes. Children can enjoy a visit with Santa beginning at noon. Information: 410-867-2439.



Holiday concert The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by singer-songwriter and pianist Tony DeSare, performs "Swingin' Season's Greetings" at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $45; $10 for students. Information: 410-263-0907 or

Folk music 333 Coffeehouse presents Tinsmith at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 DuBois Road in Annapolis. Admission is $10; $8 for students, seniors and members. Information: 443-333-9613 or

Holiday music Encore Chorale's Holiday Concert, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Admission is free. Guest performers include the Indian Creek School Solo Choir and cellist Stephen Clark. Information: 301-261-5747 or

Reunion The Cardinal Gibbons High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion April 20 at Reflections Banquet Hall, 8015 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-382-6919 or email

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