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Members of Triadelphia Adventist Church can be spotted out in the cold, dressed as people might have been attired in the days of Charles Dickens as they go caroling through the neighborhood.

Members at Christ Lutheran Church have taken a different approach to caroling this year. They will host "Reverse Caroling" on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. in the church at 12570 Route 108. They invite you to come inside and be warm as you join in singing carols.

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An added feature will be brief background information on some favorite Christmas carols and songs. All singers and listeners are invited to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies afterward.

It'll be a great event for those who love to sing at Christmas and those who love to listen. Bring the entire family, neighbors and friends.

For more information, go to http://www.christlutheran.net. You may also call the church office at 301-854-2100 or send email to office@christlutheran.net.

If you're looking for a gift for a cat lover, you might want to stop by Clipper's Canine Cafe in Savage Mill. The Howard County Cat Club will offer a wide variety of T-shirts and handmade jewelry for sale Dec. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m.

The T-shirts can also be ordered at http://www.howardcountycats.org/store/c1/Featured_Products.html.

Ed and Mary Ellen (Mel) Ludy Ernst are quite certain that there's no place like home for a holiday. The weatherman indicated severe thunderstorms and heavy rain at best between Naples, Fla., and Dayton. That didn't dampen their spirits.

Mary Ellen insisted the trip wasn't bad at all. They made the long interstate journey just to spend a few days with family over Thanksgiving and then drove right back.

Christmas is a special time of year at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church that lasts for weeks. The choir cantata will be featured at the 10:30 a.m. service on Dec. 21.

Christmas Eve services at Linden-Linthicum will be held at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Dec. 24. Each will offer a different program. Check online for details or call the church office at 410-531-5653.

Congratulations to Zachary Scott on making Dean's List at Towson University. Zach plans to graduate in May with a major in Business Finance and a minor in Economics. After that, he'll be looking for a job in financial planning and Asset Management. Way to go, Zach.

Is the promise of a future special event a suitable gift? How about a cruise or foreign travel? Did you know the Howard County Library Glenwood Branch now offers passport application services? The service is available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The University of Maryland and Delaware Cooperative Extension will offer Annie's Project (Farm Management Classes for Women) starting Jan 21 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is an 8-session course. The $75 cost includes meals and materials. You must register by Jan. 1. To learn more, go to http://www.extension.umd.edu/annies-project or call 410-313-1980.

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