Baltimore Humane Society to hold holiday event

The Baltimore County Humane Society will hold a Holiday Lights Open House from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to take a picture of their animal and/or child with Santa or a menorah for a nominal fee. There will also be school choruses, a bake sale and a giving tree, as well as a lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. It will take place at the Humane Society at 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown.

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CCBC Foundation to host open house

The CCBC Foundation will host its annual Holiday Lights community open house from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. The event will take place in the historic Hilton Mansion on the CCBC Catonsville campus at 800 S. Rolling Road. Activities for children and adults will be offered at the open house, including face painting, craft stations, balloon art and a visit by Santa and Santa's elves. Participants will also be able to watch a celestial show at noon in the Banneker Planetarium, which is located in the laboratory building on the Catonsville campus. Light refreshments will be offered. Due to the historical nature of the Hilton Mansion, it is not currently handicapped accessible.

The event is open to the public. For directions and a map of the campus, visit http://www.ccbcmd.edu and click on Catonsville. Call 443-840-3129 for additional information.

Red Cross calls for blood donations

The American Red Cross is asking for eligible donors to give a blood donation this holiday season. Donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donation locations and dates in Baltimore County are as follows: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church at 6950 Dogwood Road in Baltimore Dec. 1; 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation at 7401 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore Dec. 2; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the University Union at Towson University at 8000 York Road in Towson Dec. 3; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Commons Building at University of Maryland Baltimore County at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Baltimore Dec. 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Commons Building at University of Maryland Baltimore County at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Baltimore Dec. 5; 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company at 12020 Greenspring Avenue in Owings Mills Dec. 6; 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Union # 16 Ironworkers at 2008 Merritt Avenue in Baltimore Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Motors at 9800 York Road in Cockeysville Dec. 9; 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Point at Hunt Valley Church at 10950 Gilroy Road in Hunt Valley Dec. 10; 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 116 at 1090 Westminster Road in Reisterstown Dec. 10; 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Eastern Savings Bank at 11350 McCormick Road in Hunt Valley Dec. 11; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Whiting Turner-Hampton Plaza at 300 East Joppa Road in Towson Dec. 11; noon to 5 p.m. at the Baltimore City Fire Department Training Academy at 6720 Pulaski Hwy in Baltimore Dec. 12; 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Practice Dynamics Inc. - LifeBridge Health at 124 Business Center Dr. in Reisterstown Dec. 12; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PF Changs at 8342 Honeygo Blvd. in Baltimore Dec. 13; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Vision for Life Kingdom Builders at 1724 Woodlawn Drive in Gwynn Oak Dec. 13; 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Beth Israel Congregation at 3706 Crondall Lane in Owings Mills Dec. 14.

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