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Assorted announcements for the 2019 Christmas season...

As always, be sure to scan the Community Calendar for daily Christmas-related events.

 
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Expert craftsmen with sensational gifts for your holiday giving, homemade gourmet cocoa and Glühwein, music and home-baked goods make the 13th Annual Christmas Market the place to be Sat, 14 Dec, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at All Saints' Episcopal Church Parish Hall, corner of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Bring your red or green boot mug from previous years to buy beverage refills. Rain, snow or shine! Free admission & parking. Proceeds benefit parish & community projects.

 

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Governor Larry Hogan, First Lady to Host Holiday Open House at Government House

All Marylanders Welcome for Public Celebration

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan invite Marylanders and their families to join them for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Government House in Annapolis. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and no reservations are required.

PARKING: Guests may park in the Bladen Street garage, which does not charge on weekends, or in other garages located on Main Street and West Street. Please click here for a detailed map showing more parking options in downtown Annapolis.

The First Family asks that guests consider bringing unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need during this holiday season. On behalf of Toys for Tots, the Maryland State Police will be collecting donations under a tent by the front gate.

The decorations for the open house will include Christmas trees provided by Lowe’s Bayshore Nursery in Stevensville, MD, and refreshments will include assortments of holiday cookies, brownies, and dessert bars prepared by Government House chefs. Hot Wassail will also be available for guests waiting in line outside of Government House and live music will be provided by Maryland high school groups, with a different performance each hour.

Holiday ornaments, designed by the first lady and provided by the Foundation for the Preservation of Government House of Maryland will be available for purchase inside. Proceeds will help support and maintain the historical significance of Government House with repairs, remodeling, and preservation.

Last week, the first lady also welcomed members of garden clubs from all 24 Maryland jurisdictions to the State House to personally deliver and decorate Christmas trees and wreaths in the rotunda. She presented a certificate of appreciation and Christmas ornaments to each club. Menorahs have also been placed in the State House and Government House.
 

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The 19th Annual Christ Church Celtic-Christmas Concert with Maggie Sansone, will be held December 8 at 3 pm followed by a small reception with the artists. This single show features Andrea Hoag, Sharon Knowles, Laura Byrne, and Connie Mckenna. This year we can sell tickets in advance by credit card over the phone.

Pre-purchased tickets: Can be held at the Will Call desk on the day of performance

Can be mailed to you for an additional $1

Ticket Prices

Adult $25 each

Child (12 and under $10 each)

For credit card sales there is a service fee of $1 per Adult ticket and $.50 per Child Ticket.

Credit Card Sales over the Phone: Call 410.867.0346

Monday and Wednesday 2 pm to 6 pm

Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm




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Holiday Exhibits at the Museums

A Very Retro Christmas Exhibit at Piney Point Lighthouse Museum
St. Clement's Island Museum Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit


December 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020 | 12PM-4PM

St. Clement’s Island Museum will host its annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit, daily, Dec. 1, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, from noon – 4 p.m., where families can enjoy a holiday exhibit of antique and collectible dolls (like Barbie, American Girl and more), classic trains and other vintage toys in this festive holiday display inside the museum. This event is a fun visitor experience where you can see a unique Christmas Exhibit in the museum setting and recapture or share your youth by running the model trains. This year’s exhibit will be all about Christmases in St. Mary’s County and how it has been celebrated by locals in the past. Visitors can try their hand as a conductor by running some of the model trains, play with dolls, write Santa a letter, read a Christmas story, and more. The Black-eyed Susan Doll Club of Southern Maryland will have collections of antique and modern dolls on display. The lifelike, hand-crafted felt creations of doll maker, R. John Wright, will be featured. There will also be an exhibit highlighting popular dolls and from the Victorian Era, 1920s, 1950s and 1980s. Look for “Holiday Touch Zones” and operate an O scale and a G scale Lionel train sets. Touch and learn about the different types of dolls children played with long go. Help decorate our schoolhouse - go to the Charlotte Hall Schoolhouse on the museum grounds and make Christmas decorations the way children used to make in school. Learn to make snowflakes, paper chains and reindeer. The cost for this exhibit is $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Seniors and Military, $1.50 Children, 5 and under are free. Exhibit is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum presents “A Very Retro Christmas Exhibit” available, daily, Dec. 1, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, from noon – 4 p.m., where all can experience a holiday display inside the museum and lighthouse keeper's quarters. Whether you recall the bubble lights on your parent's Christmas tree, the neighbor's huge blown-mold lawn displays, or the vintage dishes that came out for holiday dinners, we have your cup of nostalgia at Piney Point Lighthouse Museum this holiday season. Enjoy a family-friendly holiday exhibit where visitors can see “retro” exhibits featuring holidays over the years. The admission cost is $7.00 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, students and military and 5 and under are free. Exhibit is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Check out the great holiday exhibits at both St. Clement's Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum this December.
 
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SMADC Releases 2019 Farm Holiday Guide

Celebrate the Holidays in Southern Maryland. Find local events, farm-made gifts and festive food and drinks.

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission has released the 2019 edition of the Farm Holiday Guide, a free booklet featuring Southern Maryland farm products and events available during the holidays.

The Holiday Farm Guide connects consumers with Southern Maryland farms of all types as well as dairies, wineries, distilleries, breweries and also seafood producers that are open for business during the holiday season and throughout the winter months.

This year's guide showcases over 80 farms and agriculture-related businesses in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. Extensive listings offer an array of home-grown options for festive decorating, entertaining and gift giving. Find local 'choose and cut' Christmas trees and fresh-cut holiday greenery, quality meats and poultry, award-winning wines, beer, whisky and rum, freshly harvested oysters and seafood, farm-made cheese, produce, jams and pickles, plus unique handmade gifts and woven accessories.

Look for special sections in the guide that highlight resources and tips for buying firewood, where to order locally raised turkeys, and find farm-hosted tours, tastings, holiday-themed events and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

The "Holiday Farm Guide" is available now to view or download on the "Get Our Guides" page at SMADC.com. Starting early November, free printed guide booklets will be available in limited quantities at participating farms and businesses, and Southern Maryland public libraries and regional visitor/welcome centers. For more information, and to find a printed guide, visit "News & Events" on the SMADC website.

FIND A GUIDE AT THESE LOCATIONS

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St. Charles Towne Center Rings in the Season with Holiday Events

St. Charles Towne Center will soon get Waldorf-area shoppers in the spirit of the season! Throughout November and December, Charles County’s premier shopping destination is decking the halls with Santa photos, gingerbread house decorating, breakfast with St. Nick, holiday canvas painting, a Disney Junior Holiday Play Date and more!
  • Photos with Santa/Macy’s Court: November 15 – December 24
Families can capture special holiday moments with the jolliest man in town! For hours and Santa’s full schedule, visit simon.com/stcharlestownecenter and save time and avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass!
  • Caring Santa/Macy’s Court: December 8 from 8-9 a.m.
Caring Santa is a private photo event for children and young adults with special needs. St. Charles Towne Center has made adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. Caring Santa will be held during private mall hours to provide a more sensory-friendly environment.. Register in advance on simon.com/caringsanta and use the Macy’s lower level entrance and parking area
  • Pet Photos with Santa/Macy’s Court: December 15 from 8-10 a.m.
    Calling all festive, four-legged friends! Families are invited to bring their pets for an unforgettable picture with Santa Claus. Enter through the Macy’s lower level entrance and parking area (no reptiles or exotic animals permitted). To register in advance, visit simon.com/petphotossanta
Disney Junior spreads cheer, lower level, in front of Sears with festive activities from 12-3 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa and 19 Days until Christmas Party: December 7 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Little elves are invited to a morning with Santa, featuring a pancake feast, crafts, face painting and special giveaways! After breakfast, St. Nick will lead a jingle bell parade around the mall to kick off the 19 Days Until Christmas Party. The jolly celebration will include cake pop decorating, a DJ, pinatas and more holiday crafts. To RSVP, visit bit.ly/SCTCBreakfastWithSanta.
  • Story Time and Singing with Santa/Kohl’s: December 8 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Spread holiday cheer with special story time and singing with Santa! St. Nick will perform favorite tunes on the ukulele, while his favorite elf reads seasonal stories. In addition, guests can look forward to a milk a cookies snack, crafts, balloon twisting and even a special gift from Kris Kringle! To RSVP, visit bit.ly/SCTCStoryandSingingWithSanta.
  • Gingerbread House Decorating/Sears Court, Lower Level: December 14 from 1-3 p.m.
    Thanks to generous support from Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, guests can build their own gingerbread house, with a variety of sweet and salty options, while supplies last. Representatives from Cedar Point Federal Credit Union will choose their top three designs, and winners will receive an American Express Visa Gift card. For more information, visit simon.com/stcharlestownecenter.

  • Holiday Canvas Painting/Center Court: December 21 from 1-4 p.m.
    Deck the halls with a hand-crafted holiday painting! Artists of all skill levels can create their own special keepsake during a fun-filled afternoon out with friends. Canvases, brushes and paint will be provided, $5 to paint on glass, $10 to paint on canvas paid directly to the vendor, while supplies last.
Busy elves can make holiday gift-giving a breeze by surprising a loved one with a shopping spree! Shoppers can’t go wrong with the gift of a Simon Visa or American Express Giftcard – available for purchase at the Mall Management Office.

To learn more about holiday happenings at St. Charles Towne Center, visit http://simon.com/stcharlestownecenter.
 

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DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Calvert Marine Museum. Join us for a variety of activities and special events as we celebrate the season. For a complete listing, visit us on Facebook or at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Sunday, December 1 – Museum Store Sunday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Calvert Marine Museum Store is again proud to participate in Museum Store Sunday, a global one-day annual shopping event where patrons can shop for uniquely curated gifts while supporting the mission and fundraising efforts of local museums. On this day, CMM members will enjoy 25% off their entire purchase and have the opportunity to increase their discount to 30%, 35%, or 40% off their purchase. One lucky member may even get their entire purchase for FREE! Non-members will receive a 20% discount all day. Some exclusions apply; see Museum Store for details.

Tuesday, December 3; Thursday, December 5; & Wednesday, December 11 – Sea Squirts
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. FREE drop-in program for children 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. This month's theme is Lighthouse Discovery. Space is limited.

Saturday, December 7 – Solomons Christmas Walk
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The museum is open and FREE to the public. Enjoy musical entertainment, Santa, the Otter mascot, holiday crafts, and shopping in the Museum Store. While waiting to visit Santa stop by the Museum mezzanine to see "O" scale trains traverse through a miniature village. Santa’s Coffee House will be open with complimentary hot tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. Museum members save 20% off in the Museum Store all weekend.

Thursday, December 19 – Little Minnows
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. A program for children ages 3 to 5 years and their caregivers. This month’s theme is Shine on Me! Lighthouses. Fee is $5, CMM members are FREE.

Friday, December 20 – Coffee & Doughnuts

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Museum Store. Museum members are invited for coffee and doughnuts. Enjoy a 20% discount all day and, as a special treat for coming in early, receive a FREE gift with your purchase of $50 or more. Gifts are limited to one per membership, and only available while supplies last, so plan to arrive early!

Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store are closed.

Thursday, December 26 – Winter Wildlife
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Discover the animals that make the wintry waters of the Chesapeake their home. Check the daily events schedule at the admissions desk for special program times. FREE with museum admission.

Friday, December 27 – Winter Industry

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Learn about what winter work used to be like on the Chesapeake Bay. Discover the secrets of harvesting oysters and take a guided tour of the Lore Oyster House. *Programming will take place at the Lore Oyster House offsite exhibit, located 1/4 mile south of the Calvert Marine Museum.

Monday, December 30 – Boat Building – A Winter Project

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Summer is the time for sailing boats, and winter is the time for working on them. Just like the real boat builders, we will build and decorate our own toy boat for the warmer days to come. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. FREE with museum admission.

Tuesday, December 31 – NOON Year’s Eve Party for Members Only!

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Make a party hat, New Year’s Wish Ornament, and join the dance party with Bubbles the otter. Toast in the NOON Year with sparkling ginger ale and fishy snacks when the ball drops at high noon. Family program for ages 4 and older. FREE with museum membership. The museum is closed to the public.

Tuesday, December 31

The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store will be open for members only from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Explore how the prehistoric past, natural environments, and maritime heritage come to life and tell a unique story of the Chesapeake Bay. The Calvert Marine Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults; $7.00 for seniors, military with valid I.D, AAA and AARP members; $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042.
 

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Buying locally-grown trees, including choose-and-cut trees, supports family-owned farms and businesses, preserves farmland, and protects the environment. To find a Christmas tree farm near you, visit www.marylandsbest.net. For more information about the benefits of purchasing a Maryland-grown tree, please check out the Maryland Christmas Tree Association’s website: www.marylandchristmastrees.org.

After the holidays are over, check with your county about its tree recycling programs. For other tree recycling tips, visit: www.realchristmastrees.org/All-About-Trees/How-to-Recycle.
 

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Free Parking During the Holiday Season

Annapolis (November 22, 2019) – Anne Arundel County will offer free parking in the Whitmore Parking Garage in downtown Annapolis during several days of holiday shopping designed to highlight local businesses. The Whitmore Parking Garage is located at 25 Clay Street, across from the Arundel Center.

"Residents from across the county come to Annapolis to enjoy Midnight Madness and Small Business Saturday, and we are pleased to support these events with free parking," said County Executive Steuart Pittman.

The shopping events are sponsored by the Downtown Annapolis Partnership and begin Saturday, November 30th, with the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday. Organizers host the event to remind shoppers that when they patronize a small business, they are voting with their dollars to keep these unique locally-owned stores in our community.

The first three Thursday evenings in December feature late night shopping fun in downtown Annapolis, as part of Midnight Madness. Shops and restaurants stay open late, and there is entertainment throughout the downtown area including West Street, Maryland Ave, Main Street, and the city dock area. The window displays are decorated for the holidays, and the city shines with festive lights, trees, and garland.

The free parking at Whitmore Parking Garage is available during the following times:

Small Business Saturday - November 29th: All Day

Midnight Madness Thursdays - December 5th,12th, & 19th: 4 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Whitmore Parking Garage is also free every Sunday year-round from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on the events visit http://www.downtownannapolispartnership.org
 
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It's all happening at the zoo - at night during the holidays

By Julianne Heberlein

WASHINGTON - Lion lanterns are one of the features of the Smithsonian's National Zoo annual ZooLights festival. (Heather Kim/Capital News Service) WASHINGTON - At the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the immersive outdoor art installation "Entre Les Rangs” is meant to depict a walkable wheat-like field of light. The installation, part of ZooLights, is made up of glowing crystalline reflectors. (Heather Kim/Capital News Service) WASHINGTON - Visitors pass under the entrance to Zoolights, the annual holiday light festival at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. (Heather Kim/Capital News Service)

WASHINGTON - Each holiday season since 2007, after the animals go to sleep, the rest of the Smithsonian National Zoo comes to life as a colorful winter wonderland.

More than half a million LED lights are transforming the zoo's grounds into a bright holiday celebration this year, with a new outdoor art installation, 3D glowing animal sculptures, a laser light show and a virtual experience featuring the zoo's pandas.

The ZooLights display started 13 years ago to increase foot traffic during the zoo's off-season, zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson said.

"Because we're so weather dependent, we wanted to have a special community-focused event," Baker-Masson said. "ZooLights seemed to be the perfect answer and it has been."

On Wednesday evening, families and couples stopped to take in the glow of the new animal-shaped lanterns lining the central walkway as the warm, sweet smell of funnel cake wafted through the crisp air. A pair of monkeys, a flock of flamingos, a group of cheetahs, a family of lions, a couple of pandas and a herd of zebras, among other animal shapes, illuminated the grounds.

Rebecca Hankins, a Washington resident, attended ZooLights for the first time in 2016. This year, she came back with a friend to take in the new attractions.

"The animal lanterns were really cool," Hankins said. "The new additions made (ZooLights) more interactive for kids and friends this year."

The immersive outdoor art installation, "Entre Les Rangs," located adjacent to the zoo's lion and tiger exhibit, becomes a walkable, wheat-like field of light. This week, visitors strolled through hundreds of glowing crystalline reflectors as they swayed with the wind.

A laser light show dances along to Christmas carols like "Walking in a Winter Wonderland," with animations of animal characters, including rabbits, ostriches and songbirds, projected on the side of the Elephant Community Center.

"(ZooLights) just keeps getting bigger and bigger with LED lights, more trees are wrapped, more decorations and more activities," Baker-Masson said.

Aside from this year's new additions, returning attractions include the ZooTubes slide down the hill near the lion and tiger exhibits, the Zoo Choo Choo train ride, a classic carousel and live musical performances from local groups and schools.

Sarah Heydemann and Alexandra Waters, both Washington residents, attended the light festival for the first time together this year.

"ZooLights is like a very quiet outdoor club," Heydemann said, commenting on the lively and upbeat atmosphere.

Both of them visited the new outdoor art installation but Waters said the light reflectors were not lighting up to their full potential.

Still, Waters said she "would definitely come back -- probably tomorrow."

The light festival is free to the public and will be open each evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m until Jan. 1, except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
 

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Maryland State Police Holiday Toy Drive

The men and women of the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack will be team-ing up with the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy again this holiday sea-son to help support needy families in our community. Please help make this Christmas a little brighter for these families by donating any of the items listed below. You can drop off your donations (new & unwrapped) to the MSP Leonardtown Barrack Lobby @ 23200 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown MD. Gift cards should be given directly to the Duty Officer at the front desk. We are open 24 hours a day!

Toy Drive (Sex & Ages: Girls 4, 5, 9; Boys 10mon, 10 yo twins, 13)

Clothing Sizes:

Girls—5T or xxs, size 5 night robe & size 10 slippers
Boys: 18mo; Size 12 Levi 501 Jeans (twins); Adult size 30x32 Levi 501 Jeans & Medium long sleeve shirts

Books:

The Collector by K.R. Alexander; Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days; Harry Potter-The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Other:

Art Kit, Science kit and miniature toys (9 yr Girl); Gaming Headphones, Game Stop gift cards, (3) Nintendo Switch Lite in black, (2) Crayola Inspiration Art Cases; Disney Spiderman Mask & Cape, 5 and Be-low gift card, Disney Black Panther Mask & Cape; Crayola Frozen Inspiration Art Case, LOL Surprise-OMG Swag Fashion Doll and Winter Dollie Fashion Doll & Sister, Targe gift card, Step2 Modern Cook & Play Kitch-en Set w/play food; Disney baby musical crawling pals plush and Disney Baby Peek a Boo Plush-Mickey Mouse, Disney Frozen Ultimate Arendelle Castle Play set w/ights and balcony, Leap Frog Scouts Get Up & Go Walker, furReal Cubby-The Curious Bear Interactive Plush toy; Disney Forzen 2–4pc Magical Journey Toddler bed set (Plum, Lavender & White), Disney Princess Ralph Breaks the Internet Dolls: Rapunzel and Tiana, Elsa and Anna; Cry Babies Dreamy Baby Doll.

Gift cards to Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Foodlion, Weis.

The last day to drop off donations is Friday, December 20, 2019

 

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Local Government Schedule Changes for Christmas and New Years Holidays

Calvert County Government

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces county offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in observance of the Christmas holiday. County offices will also close at noon Tuesday, Dec. 31 and remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year's Day. In addition:

--- County senior centers will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27. County senior centers will also close at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 31 and lunch will be served at 10:45 a.m. The centers will remain closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on days the centers are closed. However, participants will be provided shelf-stable meals in advance.

--- There will be no county bus service Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27. Regular service will resume Saturday, Dec. 28. County bus service will be open Tuesday, Dec. 31 with normal operating hours and will close Wednesday, Jan. 1.

--- Calvert Library locations will close Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 for the holiday and will reopen Thursday, Dec. 26 with normal hours of operation. Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1. Online services and electronic checkouts will be available.

--- All community centers will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27. Community centers will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1.

--- All recreation parks including Dunkirk, Hallowing Point and Cove Point parks will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 only. Winter hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

--- The Appeal Solid Waste Facility, which includes the landfill and transfer station, and all county customer convenience centers will close Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. Solid waste facilities will remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

--- The Water & Sewerage billing and customer service office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27. The billing and customer service office will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and remain closed on Jan. 1. On-call crews will be available for water and sewer service emergencies only at 410-535-3491.

--- The Solomons Septage Receiving Facility will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and will reopen with normal hours of operation Thursday, Dec. 26. The facility will also be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1.

--- Chesapeake Hills Golf Course will close at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 and remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25. The golf course will be open with normal operating hours Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

--- The Calvert Marine Museum will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 and remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25. The museum will be open exclusively for members and close at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 and remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Museum Store will close at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The store will remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

--- The Solomons Visitor Center, located in the Calvert Marine Museum, will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The center is currently operating on a winter schedule of Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

--- Flag Ponds Nature Park will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The park is operating on a winter schedule and is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Memorial Day.

--- Kings Landing Park will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

--- Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed and remain closed through spring while undergoing renovations to the nature center.

--- The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The aquatic center will remain closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020.

--- Breezy Point Beach & Campground is closed for the season.

--- The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter and Animal Control Division will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Friday, Dec. 27. Animal shelter normal hours of operation will resume Saturday, Dec. 28. The shelter will close at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and remain closed Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Charles County Government

The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of December. All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

--- Tri-County Animal Shelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) will close at 2 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19

--- The Nanjemoy Community Center, and all senior centers will close at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)

--- The Port Tobacco Recreation Center, all indoor pools, and all school-based community centers are closed.

--- Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will close at 4 p.m. for senior center activities. No recreational activities to be held.

--- VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, St. Charles C. Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, Charlotte Hall. Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D. Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector. Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy. Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.

--- Charles County Public Library (All branches) is closed.

--- The Charles County Landfill and all recycling centers will be closed.

Wednesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

--- All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.

--- VanGO will not be operating.

--- The Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, and all school-based community centers are closed.

--- All indoor pools will be closed.

--- White Plains Golf Course and White Plains Skate Park will be closed.

--- The Charles County Landfill and all Recycling Centers are closed.

--- Curbside recycling will be delayed one day for the entire week.

--- The Crain Memorial Welcome Center is closed.

--- Charles County Health Department is closed.

--- Charles County Public Library (All branches) is closed.

Thursday, Dec. 26

--- All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.

--- The Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.

--- The Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will be open 1 p.m. -9 p.m. for recreation activities only.

--- All indoor pools will be open 1 p.m.—8 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point).

--- Historic Port Tobacco Village is closed.

--- The Charles County Landfill and all Recycling Centers, including Gilbert Run Recycling Center and Breeze Farm Recycling Center are open.

Friday, Dec. 27

--- All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville are closed.

--- The Nanjemoy Community Center, all senior centers, and all school-based community centers are closed.

--- The Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will be open 1 p.m. -9 p.m. for recreation activities only.

--- All indoor pools will be open 1 p.m.—8 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point).

--- Historic Port Tobacco Village is closed.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

--- Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics and Recreation Center, all indoor pools, and all school-based community centers are closed.

--- Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center will close at 4 p.m. for senior center activities. No recreational activities to be held.

--- VanGO last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6 p.m. on the 301 Connector, Berry Road, Brandywine Connector, Pinefield, Indian Head, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, St. Charles C. Last departures from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the Business A, Business B, Charlotte Hall. Last departure from the Waldorf transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. for St. Charles D. Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 6:30 p.m. on the 301 Connector. Last departures from the La Plata transfer point will be at 5:30 for Bryans Road, La Plata and Nanjemoy. Last departure from the La Plata transfer point for Newburg will be at 4:30 p.m.

--- Charles County Public Library (All branches) will close at 5 p.m.

--- The Charles County Landfill and all Recycling Centers are closed.

For more information contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

St. Mary's County Government

All St. Mary's County Government administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Thursday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday. Offices will reopen Friday, Dec. 27. Offices will also be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, and Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, for the new year's holiday. Offices will reopen Friday, Jan. 3.

All three Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 for Christmas and Jan. 1 and 2, 2020, for new year's. No Home-Delivered Meals deliveries will be made on these dates.

The St. Clements Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas. The museums will be open Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 from noon—4 p.m.

All St. Mary's County Library locations (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. All library locations will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

The St. Mary's Transit System (STS) System will operate until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, be closed Dec. 25, and return to a regular operating schedule Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. STS will be closed Jan. 1 and return to a regular operating schedule Jan. 2.

The Statewide Specialized Transit System (SSTAP) service will operate Monday, Dec. 23, be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and return to normal service Thursday, Dec. 26. SSTAP service will be unavailable Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, and will return to regular service, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

The St. Andrews Landfill and six Convenience Centers will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Additionally, the six convenience centers will open early for operations Thursday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 27, at 8 a.m., The purpose of opening early is a convenience to our customers and allows us to be able to accommodate the increased usage of the facilities by County residents during the busiest holiday season. The Landfill hours of operation will remain unchanged during these two days (8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.). The convenience centers and landfill will return to regular operating hours Saturday, Dec. 28.

As a reminder, Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Landfill and Convenience Centers free of charge. Undecorated trees may be placed in the designated areas at these sites beginning Dec. 26, 2019, continuing through Jan. 31, 2020. Last year, the County collected nearly 2 tons of Christmas trees, which were mixed with the collected yard waste and ground into mulch. Just over 5 thousand tons of mulch is available annually at the St. Andrews Landfill site and is provided to the citizens of St. Mary's County free of charge while supplies last.
 

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Charles County: Recycle Christmas Trees from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12

The Department of Public Works Environmental Resources Division announces Christmas tree drop-off locations will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 12. Trees must be ornament, tinsel, and plastic bag free. Collected Christmas trees will be shredded into mulch for Charles County residents, while supplies last, at no charge. A list of drop off locations and hours is listed below.

24 Hour Drop-off Sites (Christmas tree recycling sign will be posted)

-- Calvary Gospel Church, Route 228, Waldorf

-- Charles County Courthouse, Baltimore Street, La Plata

-- Pinefield Park, Pinewood Drive, Waldorf

-- Route 5 Park N’ Ride, Mattawoman-Beantown Rd, Waldorf

-- Radio Station Road, La Plata

-- Ruth B. Swann Memorial Park, Route 210, Bryans Road

-- St. Nicholas Drive, Waldorf

Facility Locations and Hours: (Please see below new facility hours beginning Monday, Jan. 6.)

-- Breeze Farm Recycling Center (15950 Cobb Island Rd, Cobb Island): Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Charles County Landfill Recycling Center (12305 Billingsley Road, Waldorf): Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Gilbert Run Recycling Center (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall): Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Piney Church Yard Road Mulch Facility (5370 Piney Church Road, Waldorf): Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-- Pisgah Recycling Center (6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata): Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New Facility Operating Hours beginning Monday, Jan. 6:

Breeze Farm Recycling Center & Gilbert Run Recycling Center: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Charles County Landfill Recycling Center & Pisgah Recycling Center: Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
 
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