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Santa will tour neighborhoods, thanks to our firefighters [West Friendship]

If you hear the sound of sirens this week, it is probably Santa and his helpers from West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 making the yearly rounds through the neighborhoods.

This week's stops include Barley Field Way, Lancelot Cross, Willow Green Way, Hardin Field on the evening of Dec. 12, Carroll Mill Road, Etchison Road, Mount Albert Road, Benson Branch Road, Fawnhaven Court, Pointer Hill Court and Woodspurge Court on the evening of Dec. 13.

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And, Triadelphia Road, Emerald Valley Road, Evergreen Way, Golden Oak Court, Conchita Drive and Benson Estates Drive on the evening of Dec. 14., Buckskin Wood Drive, Buckskin Lake Drive, Ridgewood Drive, Walt Ann Drive, Hunt Ridge Road, Scheel Drive and Lakeway Drive on the evening of Dec. 15.

And, River Valley Chase, Fox Valley Road, Parliament Place, Stiles Way, Snow Chief Road, Andrea Drive and Kennard Drive on the evening of Dec. 16, Clover Hill Drive, Barnard Way, Fox Meadow, Wellworth Way and Winfield Road on the evening of Dec. 17.

And, Brantly Court, Mustang Path, Windridge Court, Clarks Meadow Drive, Bucks Overlook Court, Day Farm Road, Michelle Drive and Dalhart Road on the evening of Dec. 18.

Santa and his team will arrive in each neighborhood between 6:30 and 9 p.m. each night.

Lots of holiday offerings in the community this week. A "Greccio Live Nativity" is in place at the Red Barn at the Shrine of St. Anthony at 12290 Folly Quarter Road on Dec. 14-15, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Members of the St. Louis Catholic Church youth group ministry will join with members of the Shrine of St. Anthony for a living nativity, commemorating the birth of Jesus. Refreshments will be served after the Living Nativity.

Ever wonder what the winter holidays were like 100 years ago? What was the toy of the day? The answers are found at our local living history museum in West Friendship.

The annual Holiday Open House at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club in West Friendship will be held on Dec. 14 and 15, noon to 4 p.m. A train garden, refreshments, tours of the museum, antique displays of Christmas time in days gone by and festive decorations are all part of the fun. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road. No admission for this family friendly event.

The second annual international holiday bazaar at Glenelg Country School was held on Dec. 7. Hosted by the Glenelg Country students, the event raised funds for school service projects and aid to the victims of the recent Philippine typhoon disaster.

Another addition to your holiday events list. Andrea Wills reminds the community of the annual Columbia Figure Skating production of "The Nutcracker on Ice", which features fine figure skaters from the western end of Howard County. The show will be performed Dec. 14, at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and on Dec. 15, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. The shows will be held at the Columbia Ice Rink. For ticket information, go to the club website at http://www.columbiafsc.com.

Brother Gerry Seipp is once again welcoming the public to enjoy his outstanding and huge holiday train garden. Brother Gerry loves trains and has been collecting since his boyhood days in Baltimore. The train garden will be open for viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in December and January. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Sandi Hawkins and fellow West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department auxiliary members are so pleased with the great amount of donations that filled the Station 3 Toys for Tots bins. A great community effort. Well done. Volunteers will continue to accept new unwrapped toys until Dec. 13.

Station 3 is also the spot to go for a Holiday Train Show, which runs until Jan. 5. The display is open to the public at West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department at the corner of Route 32 and Route 99 Monday through Friday, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last minute gift list? Visit the Pink Cabbage at the corner of Triadelphia Road and Route 144 on Dec. 14. Bring a new unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and enjoy a discount on a lovely item from the shop.

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