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See robots in action at River Hill High's tournament [Clarksville]

The season is inescapable. There's a chill in the air and a warmth in the heart. December is a month like no other. Some are shopping wildly while others say, "Bah, humbug," and try to ignore the whole thing. Go with the flow. Enjoy all the special treats. Soon it will all be over and there will only be cold with maybe some new happy memories to cheer you.

Science, technology, engineering and math can be lots of fun. Just wait until you see the robots in action.

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River Hill's FIRST Robotics Challenge Team 4067, River Hill STEM Boosters, RHHS administration and Boy Scouts will host a FIRST Robotics tournament on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Students from all over Maryland and surrounding states will be competing in this national qualifier with 18-inch robots they have made from scratch. The theme is Cascade Effect. Best viewing time is said to be around 2 p.m. Bring the whole family.

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If you have a child age 9-13 who might enjoy having loads of fun with STEM, while you're at the school for the FIRST Tech Challenge, speak to one of the Boosters about a possible summer camp.

Learn more about all the STEM activities by going to http://www.RHHSSTEMBoosters.org.

The Frederick County Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will host a holiday brunch beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House. There's no program or lecture. Friends and family will share fellowship with those having a hearing loss.

Atholton Athletic Boosters will hold the annual tree sale the first two weekends in December. Shop early Dec. 6 and 7 or take your chances Dec. 13 and 14. Sale hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale is held at the baseball field at the high school, 6520 Freetown Road. They have douglas fir and fraser fir trees. All proceeds benefit Atholton athletic teams.

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Listen for the siren and watch for the lights as Santa comes to the Fifth District Fire Station Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each child will have an opportunity to chat with Santa as he sits by the Christmas tree in the engine bay. There will be drinks, pizza, cookies and cupcakes for all. It's $6 for ages 6 and up and free for those ages 5 and under.

The Columbia Figure Skating Club will present "The Nutcracker on Ice" Dec. 13 and 14 with over 100 skaters from age 3 to adult. Many are advanced-level skaters who have competed in national competitions. This is the only show of its kind in the Baltimore-Washington area and has been presented in out area for 25 years. Most folks say it gets better every year.

Show times are Saturday, Dec. 13, 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Look for Clarksville skaters Brooke Fox as a Teen Party Guest and Chinese Dancer, Maura Kilcoyne as Snow Maiden and Teen Party Guest, Anna Sretinski as a Youth Party Guest and French Doll, Nora Sussman as an Adult Party Guest and Snow Crystal , Tiffany Wang as Adagio Dancer, The Nutcracker and Adult Party Guest and Taylor Younkins as a Teen Party Guest and Harlequin.

Artistic Director Patricia Muth says this year's performance is a must-see event for the holiday season. For tickets and information, go to http://www.columbiafsc.com.

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