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Holding on to Thanks 10 Christmas Traditions 30 Great Gifts from NAPPA Sensory Friendly Santa Holiday Readers Giveaway Keeping Kids Active this Winter Calendar featuring Holiday Events
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Articles: 10 Special Christmas Traditions . . . . .18 30 Great Gifts for Giving . . . . . . . . . . . .14 A collection of NAPPA winners Deciding if Foster Care or Adoption is Right for You . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Holding on to the Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Keeping your Little Ones from Hibernating this Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Sensory Friendly Santa . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
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Worry Eaters by The Haywire Group are great little friends who’ll eat up your worries when times get tough.
Departments: Bridging the Gap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Birthday Parties
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Compassionate Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Frederick Pediatric Dentistry . . . . . . . .11 Business Feature Heads Up Calendar of Events . . . . . . .19 Living Healthier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Gluten or gluten-free?
Resources: Index to Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
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Movies Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day. Everyone's favorite friend, Peppa Pig, is ready to show preschoolers how much fun awaits this winter season.
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Shaun the Sheep: Shear Madness. It’s madness in the meadow with Shaun the Sheep and his flock of mischievous merrymakers! From the farm, to outer space and everywhere in between, Shaun and his barnyard buddies know how to have a woolly good time!
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Awesome Adventures: Rescue Friends. Calling all heroes! Follow Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Fireman Sam as they race to the rescue in this exciting collection from your favorite preschool friends!
Thomas & Friends: Sticky Situations. The engines on the Island of Sodor are in some sticky and slippery situations! All aboard for fun-filled tales as friends help each other through all kinds of sticky situations!
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Sweet Dreams. Put on your jammies and snuggle in for eight sleepytime Rudolph Plush Toy. Kids Preferred
adventures. Your favorite friends are waiting to cuddle up for a night of family fun!
spreads cheer with holiday classics from their Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer collection. This beloved character is a timeless holiday friend.
Chuggington: The Big Freeze. It’s winter time and icy temperatures are causing all kinds of problems throughout Chuggington. Find out how the Chug Patrollers save the town!
Rudolph Hand Rattle. Baby's first Christmas will be enhanced with this adorable Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer themed rainstick rattle.
Story Time with Barney. Barney shows that stories, imagination and friends can lead to Happily Ever After in this movie with all of his friends!
Ninja Nesting Dolls. These ancient warriors are not to be messed with! This set of 6 all stack within one another to create the perfect gift and decoration.
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Books The Central Park Tales. Written & illustrated by Marcus Meesters, The Central Park Tales is a delightful children's book about the adventures of the animals that live in Central Park. It contains 10 short stories with 60 beautiful color illustrations. Turkey Trouble. Through twists and turns in this
The Bauli Panettone & Bauli Pandoro cakes are all natural and made with simple ingredients: butter, sugar and eggs, along with sweet raisins and glazed orange peels.
whimsical story, children learn valuable lessons about life and friendship. The surprise ending proves that being kind and loving brings unexpected rewards. Written by Judy Walker.
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It’s Christmas Time: The Magic of Snowville. Masterfully written by K. Mobley and illustrated by Anthony B. Jackson, this story whisks children off to a distant, technologically-advanced planet, as two brothers race against the clock to save Christmas for their town. Lindbergh – The Tale of a Flying Mouse. One small step for a mouse;
Kind Notes. This jar of individual notes will bring the sentiment of opening a pleasant letter and send a smile your way every day or anytime you need.
one giant leap for aviation. Author & illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers young and old with the death defying feats of this courageous young mouse.
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Crock-Pot Dump Meals recipe book includes over 100 recipes the whole family will enjoy. Using 5 ingredients or less, these recipes can be easily be completed before you head out the door and are ready when you come back!
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins. First in a series that provides an introduction to timeless principles of achievement derived from the teachings of Bob Proctor, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, Wallace D. Wattles, and others. Written by Brooks Olbry
The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Challenging Job is the second installment in this series that provides young readers with an introduction to principles of achievement. Written by Brooks Olbry
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In the Time of Peacocks. As Cate works to carve out her identity in an unfamiliar world, she discovers her true beliefs and passions as she experiences longing, grief, guilt, forgiveness and the power of love. By Lynne Handy
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November is National Adoption Month disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Deciding if Foster Care or Adoption is Right for You
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BY RACHAEL MOSHMAN t may seem that adopting from the foster care system would be an easy process. After all, we hear that there are millions of children in the United States waiting for homes all of the time. With all of these children waiting for homes, many people assume adopting from foster care is quick and easy. My husband and I were surprised to find it is actually a very long and complicated process. It took a year to have a child in our home. Here’s how to get started. 1. Consider your family’s strengths and weaknesses. Most foster children waiting for adoptive homes are over the age of eight, have special needs, are of a minority or are part of a sibling group. Are you only willing to accept an infant or toddler? Are you comfortable parenting a child of another ethnic background? Are you open to adopting more than one child? There are no right or wrong answers, but it is important that you are honest with yourself.
2. Determine if special needs adoption is right for your family. Most states also refer to foster care adoption as special needs adoption. This is because the trauma most of the children in foster care have endured causes emotional and behavioral challenges. Research common mental health conditions in foster children, such as bipolar disorder, reactive attachment disorder, post traumatic stress
These vary by state and even county. For example, couple’s may need to be married at least two years or single parents may need to have been divorced for a minimum of one year. You may need to prove you have enough bedrooms to separate boys and girls. There may be qualifications regarding the amount of square feet in a home, minimum household income or legal history. It’s better to know if you meet the qualifications before investing too much time in the process.
4. Also make sure you understand your county’s position on foster children. Some states separate families who wish to be foster parents from parents who are hoping to adopt. The licensing is the same in other states. If you want to adopt a child, it is important that you are clear with the licensing agents and social workers that you are looking for a child that is legally free for adoption. The goal of foster care is typically to reunite the child with the biological family up until the time when parental rights are severed and the child becomes legally free for adoption. You are now ready to officially start the process! You will most likely need to take training classes and complete a home study. The process could take a year or more. Stay tuned for more information and tips on adopting from foster care. Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer and blogger. Find her at www.rachaelmoshman.com.
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Holding on to the Thanks BY
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I’m sandwiches – pieces of toast spread with mayonnaise and topped with thin slices of turkey and globs of homemade stuffing. The phone rings and I quickly lick my fingers, savoring the zip of sage, before grabbing the receiver. It’s my mother-in-law, calling with her annual day-after-Thanksgiving request. She’s not asking me to go shopping. Instead she’s calling with another question: what do my children want for Christmas? Pretty soon there will be others e-mailing and phoning to find out the same thing. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents will all want to know what my children would like for Christmas. I glance at my three girls, scattered around our kitchen setting out food and plates, preparing for our lunch. I know what their answer will be. It’s the same every year. They won’t want much, not yet at least. But they will soon enough, once I start prodding them. The irony of the situation slaps me like a linebacker hitting his opponent. The words of gratitude, the remembrances of all the plenty we enjoy, have barely died on our lips. The leftovers of our Thanksgiving dinner have yet to be relished. And now I have to ask my girls what they want. What possibly could they want? The rods in their closets are crammed with filled hangers. Bins of Polly Pockets, Legos, and American Girl doll accessories cover the toy shelves in our house. Our two-car garage can only fit one car beside the bikes and outdoor toys. They have all they need and much of what they hadn’t even thought to want. www.childguidemagazine.com
Every year the question of what my kids want for Christmas leads me to using tactics that would make a telemarketer blush. First I ask for their lists. But rarely are those lists long enough to match the number of people shopping for them. So I shove toy catalogs and store wish books into their hands. I remind them of things they’ve noticed on shopping outings. I urge them to think of something more, some object they think they’ll enjoy. I do these things in the name of pleasing others – pleasing those who love my daughters and want to show it by bestowing well-liked gifts. I do it to please my girls, however momentarily, in the receiving of those gifts. I do it to please everyone but myself. Each year when I badger my children for their wish lists, I feel a bit of myself slipping away. That part of me that says to “let them be.” The part that says they can enjoy Christmas without so much stuff. Am I selling us out, myself and my children? Am I bowing to consumerism to blot out gratitude so quickly? What if we made no wish lists? Would we continue to be thankful for what we already have? And my biggest question: how do I cultivate gratitude in my family amidst a consumer culture that has made an art of creating wish lists? How do I sustain the thankful spirit for more than 24 hours? My biggest wish this year is for a holiday from the holiday rush. I wish for Thanksgiving to extend beyond one parade-and-turkey-and-footballfilled day. I wish that Christmas would move back to its place (at least back to December) and stop stealing the show from Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for leftover turkey sandwiches. I’m thankful for three
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grinning girls sitting around my counter eating them. And I’m thankful for grandmas who faithfully call each year to find out what these children would enjoy receiving. The only thing I still need on this day after Thanksgiving is a little more time to enjoy how fortunate we are. My grip on the phone receiver relaxes as I turn away from my children and gaze at the Thanksgiving decorations on the fireplace mantle in the next room. “Can I get back to you on that?” I say to my mother-in-law. I breathe a sigh of gratitude as she agrees to let it go for today, because today I plan to continue making a list of what we have to be thankful for. And that’s the list I need most right now. Lara Krupicka is a parenting journalist who’s fortunate to have a terrific husband and three very lucky girls. She’s grateful for the abundance that her family enjoys and the people who enjoy bestowing it on them. November/December 2015
Keeping Your Little Ones from Hibernating this Winter BY
old weather means less outdoor playtime, and the winter months can put a stop to outdoor activities and your kids staying active. Exercise is just as important during the winter as it is in the spring, summer and fall. The dip in the temperature does not mean exciting, calorieburning activities have to end. There are many indoor options to tackle during the winter which are fun and enjoyable, that your kids will always remember. Offering stimulating, fun activities keeps kids focused and builds long-term habits that can last a lifetime. The key to keeping kids active is making sports and living a healthy, active lifestyle available and a necessity. There’s nothing better than getting the family together to cheer for each other while creating beautiful memories. The benefits of staying active during the winter are endless, such as improving in their sport and even learning a new sport or skill in the off-season. Parents and kids can take a run on an indoor track, play basketball or try a game of racquetball. Jennifer Myers, Director of Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, says, “Parents, it’s up to you to start the process. Encourage them, cheer for them, engage them and build their self-esteem. We are here to provide those new opportunities that parents and their children are looking for.” To get the fun started, call 304-728-3207. How many kids think of swimming during the winter? Swimming is a wonderful, full-body exercise where the children are using all their muscle groups at once, while getting an invigorating, refreshing workout. When kids are swimming indoors, they burn calories and get a full-body workout in 90 degree air and water temperature, which is ideal for an exhilarating workout. Swimming during the
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winter ensures that your child will feel great with all their muscles being stretched and exercised. Swimming is just as fun in the winter as it is in the summer, and it can be exciting to carry those summer memories into the pool during the winter. Chris Werner, Director of Marketing and Sales at KIDS FIRST Swim Schools, emphasizes the benefits of exercising during the cold months, saying, “Winter activity is very important, and we separate ourselves from the gyms, because all we do is swimming. Our 90 degree temperature is perfect for children’s and adults’ winter fitness.” The Hagerstown location is in the Southend Shopping Center on Maryland Ave. (301-7667946). Other locaions in our area include Frederick, Md., and Winchester, Va. If a child would rather take a break from being on a team during the winter or practicing an organized sport, an indoor fun center is the place to be. Children can get their physical exercise by bouncing, sliding and climbing off their excess energy. Spending a few afternoon hours or weekend days there will give your children the chance to jump and run freely, while staying active. They can practice hitting baseballs in batting cages, perfect their game of pool, give their arms a workout with air hockey, run through tunnels or slide down a fireman’s pole. Play a game of exciting, calorie-burning laser tag, which is nonstop running, and is sure to get your child’s blood pumping while having fun. What a great way to make memories with family and friends while staying active. Physical activity produces endorphins, making children feel naturally happy. Children will spend hours jumping, sliding, running, walking and bouncing away the winter while getting a great workout. Kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are staying fit, healthy and burning calories. Physical activity such as jumping and
running gets the blood flowing and the heart rate up, which is beneficial for longterm good health. Exercise will make your child ready for a nap, and they will sleep soundly, which restores the body. Your child will wake feeling wonderful and ready for a new day. Exercise helps your child focus, have more self-esteem and raises their confidence. Physical activity is great for brain health and with the added benefits of feeling great, your kids will get hooked on year-round exercise. After spending the day running and jumping, your kids will feel amazing and will be ready for more exciting, indoor fun that will make winter exercise a household favorite. Two fun centers in our area are Cluggy’s Family Amusement Center in Chambersburg, Pa. (717-267-3772) and Backyard Inflatables Indoor Fun Center in Frederick, Md. (301-972-0939).
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rederick Pediatric Dentistry, owned by Drs. Joe and Martha Camacho, is growing faster than ever and recently opened a second office in Hagerstown. Parents should feel assured that their child’s fear and anxiety toward the dentist is normal, and some dentists can even relate to it. “I was nervous about going to the dentist when I was a little kid, and I had no reason to be,” said Dr. Michael Virts, pediatric dentist. It is important to know that going to the dentist is easy, that they are there to help and that a parent can go back with you during the visit.
Every child should have their first visit by the time they are one year old. “Even if the general dentist says they do not see kids until they are 3 or 4, we still need to see them as babies,” said Virts. If your child gets used to going to the dentist, he may not be as scared. “You can show him pictures form the office’s website or Facebook page, so he can see the people that work there, or go on a tour ahead of time and explain things because kids are scared of the unknown. When they are more comfortable, they have a better experience,” said Virts. Both the Frederick and Hagerstown location are beautiful and spacious with private rooms. “We do not believe in open
rooms of chairs, because it does not work well,” said Virts. Remember that cavities can attack the teeth as soon as teeth appear in the mouth. “Even though they are just baby teeth an infected baby tooth can cause a serious infection and hospitalize a child, so we get any problems addressed right away,” said Virts. The advantage to pediatric dentistry is that the dentists are compassionate enough to work with kids and go slowly. They take the time to explain what they are doing, and kids can watch familiar television shows in the office. “The other reason for a pediatric dentist is that we have an additional two to three years of training – beyond that of normal dental school – where we learn how to see children with medical special needs, emotional needs or sensory concerns like autism. We see those things all the time,” said Virts. The staff at Frederick Pediatric Dentistry pride themselves on being people just like you and I. “We are all well-rounded individuals who have families, love children, love to travel, love music, are very worldly and can talk about all sorts of different things other than teeth,” said Virts. Virts emphasized that all of the dentists are fun people on the side and familydriven.
He closed by sharing the importance of dental care and making good choices such as not drinking too much juice or eating too many fruit snacks. “Following up with the dentist every six months will ensure a lifetime of positive dental experiences and good overall dental health,” said Virts. Treatments are individualized and parents are involved in the decision. Other specific things to pediatric dentistry are oral sedation, toothcolored restorations or white fillings to be more conservative, and laser dentistry for tongue and lip tie revisions to make nursing easier. The history of this practice dates way back in time. “The original practice was started by Dr. Joe Camacho and his wife Martha in 1997 in Frederick. Since then we have changed locations once and then added this second location recently,” said Virts. Frederick Pediatric Dentistry is accepting new patients and the second location is making it easier than ever for people to come. “There are just not a lot of options for pediatric dentistry in this area, so when parents find out about it, they just flock to it,” said Virts. © 2015 Jamie Lober
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decade ago the terms gluten and gluten free were fairly unknown. Now as the holidays approach, gluten free products, foods and menu choices are everywhere. The question arises, is gluten free simply a fad diet or should parents be concerned about how much gluten their children eat? If your child has repeated stomach aches, frequent diarrhea or unexplained skin rashes, could it be a reaction to gluten? Let’s start by taking a look at gluten. Gluten is a glue-like protein found in most grains including wheat, barley and rye. In today’s world of processed and fast foods, gluten comes in everything from deli meats and soy sauce to vitamins, canned soups, salad dressings and chocolates. When someone with celiac disease or with a serious sensitivity eats gluten, the gluten attacks the lining of the small intestine and damages the tiny fingerlike growths called villi that absorb nutrients from food. If the damage continues, the villi stop absorbing the needed nutrients. Celiac has many symptoms – chronic diarrhea, anemia, malnutrition, headaches, fatigue, skin rashes and stomach pain. It is very difficult to diagnose, taking five to six years for a confirmed diagnosis. Celiac disease is also hereditary, meaning it runs in families. Statistics show that 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease. However, estimates show another 18 million Americans could be suffering from gluten sensitivity. If you are concerned about possible gluten sensitivity for yourself or a family member, it is important to talk to your doctor right away. The University of Maryland Medical Center established a dedicated celiac and gluten related disorders program in 1996 to diagnose and care for celiac patients. Dr. Runa Watkins, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine says, “Because we have one of the only dedicated celiac clinics in the area, there’s been more awareness, ” about celiac disease. As national awareness of gluten has grown, health professionals agree most Americans might benefit from less gluten in their diets if they replace bread, pasta or other carbohydrates with fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meat, fish and chicken. What is not healthy is exchanging gluten for gluten-free processed foods that are high in saturated fats along with lots of salt, sugar and calories. Nutritionists advise anyone looking to reduce gluten in their diet should eat naturally gluten-free foods like beans, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and the majority of dairy products as well as sweet potatoes, rice and quinoa. What does all this talk about gluten mean for the average family? As the holidays approach, it might be wise to avoid many of the holiday sweets, cakes and cookies as well as alcoholic beverages, many of which contain gluten, and are also filled with empty calories, sugar and fat. Gluten free is not necessary for everyone, however, a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, and few processed foods is a nutritious choice for all families.
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Bridging the Gap ANGELA ROYSE PELLEMAN Homeschoolers and Public School Students Mixing at a Birthday Party ~ Icing on the Cake! BY
Bridging the Gap promotes friendships with children who have various schooling styles. Birthdays are an important milestone. Growing up means birthday parties. Children love all kinds of birthday parties, because they enjoy being around other kids their age. This year, consider inviting a new friend to your child’s birthday party; invite someone who isn’t part of his or her usual playgroup. What kind of party and when? Will your party be at home, or will you have another venue? Pick a date and time that will allow for most guests to be able to attend, whether they are homeschooled, or attend public or private school. Many kids, regardless of schooling style, have sports or lessons on Saturdays. Late afternoons, or Sundays, may be a better option. Parties hosted at your home, allow guests to visit your house for the first time. Parties hosted away, may allow you to visit more with parents, while someone else takes care of the details. Your guest list. Some children are more comfortable with a small guest list; others want to invite everyone they know! Your child will want to invite the core group of friends that he or she plays with on a regular basis. If your child is homeschooled, help him or her to also choose a small number of friends who attend public school, and vice-versa. From this small group, help your child try to choose some friends who know each other. These guests will come to the party knowing a couple Public school student friends, which will make them feel more Layla, left, and homecomfortable. Most kids befriend each schooler Abigail, right, are other quickly anyway, so don’t be both 6 years old. Layla’s concerned if you’re unable to do this. first visit to Abigail’s house Ideas for making a new guest comfortable. Help your child to greet
was for her birthday party. The two friends met through ballet class.
guests when they arrive. If a new friend and an old friend arrive at the same time, make it a point to have your child greet the new friend first. Then, introduce both friends to each other. Make more introductions gradually, so children won’t feel overwhelmed. Invite the new friend’s parent to stay for a while. It usually only takes a few minutes for kids to run off and enjoy the party. Parents who spend time together, often become friends too. Inviting the sibling of a new friend, can also make your new guest comfortable. It’s a party: “The more, the merrier!” Sweet Friendships. Using the above ideas, my homeschooled daughter has expanded her friendships into a great mix of friends who attend different schools. Sometimes she’s invited to parties where she’s the only homeschooler. However, she now has several friends at these parties, because we’ve chosen to reach out, and include new friends at her own celebrations. Games, presents, and activities make birthday parties fun, but friendships are truly the icing on the cake! Angela Pelleman homeschools her twin teenage boys and her K-1 daughter. She also has over ten years experience teaching in the public school system. Angela is a freelance writer. Her blog can be found at www.angelaslittleattic.com.
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Compassionate Kids Meet Kacie Strother!
junior at Hampshire high school, Kacie is also co-captain for her varsity cheerleading squad. On the pageant circuit, she promotes her platform of helping children with cleft palate. When you first meet Kacie, you’ll know why she is the former Miss Northern West Virginia Outstanding Teen 2015. With her bright, sparkling eyes, and red, shiny hair with blonde highlights, she’s an obvious beauty. But even more beautiful, is the story behind her winning smile. She, herself, is a cleft palate survivor, with a barely noticeable scar. She is one strong girl, who doesn’t want the scar on her lip brushed out in photos. “I don’t want that cropped out…my scar. That’s me. Leave it in.” Her scar tells her story, giving hope to many children who struggle with cleft palate. “I don’t remember my surgery…shots, needles,” says Kacie. “They had to lay me on my bed.” But she does remember the emotional trauma, which can be the worst. “My roughest point was in middle school,” says Kacie. “I’d put pancake make-up on, because kids would see my scar and ask me about it.” Kacie continues, “I was being bullied by a teacher.” The trauma became worse, when she began having suicidal thoughts, and needed an I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan) in order to continue with school and have success. FPS, Family Preservation Services was a great resource for helping the family in their time of need. Though it’s difficult to share, Kacie says she is willing to do anything to help a kid
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with a problem. At the tender age of two, Kacie was always thinking of somebody. When her Uncle Mikey was sick, she’d call him on his worse day. He called her “angel girl,” which is why angel wings, on a heart, are her logo for her platform, “Let’s F.A.C.E. It. Together!” On Kacie’s website, letsfaceitwithkacie.org, F.A.C.E. stands for Fear, Adversity, Cleft, Endure. There, children with cleft palate can find her story, mission, and encouragement, and inspiration. Kacie says it simply, “I overcame it, and I want them to overcome.” Kacie has spoken at CAMC (Charleston Area Medical Center) with the F.A.C.E.S clinic. As her eye caught a little boy with cleft palate, she noticed his tears. “I had to take a breath,” says Kacie, “because I was about to bawl…I looked at Mommy to try to keep it together.” CAMC wrote an article and created a YouTube video about Kacie, who also raised money to provide gift bags to cheer the children in the hospital. The bags contained superhero capes with her logo, blankets, and toys. Kacie was also touched that the students at Capon Bridge Middle School, along with local elementary schools, made inspirational cards for her to pass out to the children at the hospital. She spoke at two of the schools, each where a child with cleft palate, attends as a student. Kacie has both created, and participated in, many fundraisers in order to help children with cleft palate. She even raised $500 at a car show for the Mia Moo foundation. Mia Moo is a cleft palate fund, created on behalf of Mia Robertson, who was born with cleft palate. Mia is the daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson, of the hit TV show, Duck Dynasty. In addition, Kacie organized a princess party this year, for the Children’s Miracle Network. Little girls, including one with cleft palate, and one from Children’s Miracle Network, were pampered for the day. The girls were pampered, getting their nails done, and receiving crowns, sashes, and photos with Kacie. Kacie has volunteered at “Dreams Come True Camp,” a camp for children with facial deformities. She also created a “Go Fund Me” page, which is currently inactive, because she’s in the process of federal paperwork to establish 501c. In the future, Kacie is interested in receiving a cosmetology license, and pursuing a business degree. She likes the idea of becoming a beautician or a therapist. She sadly recalls a precious little boy from the hospital, with cleft palate, who had a hard time speaking. He also had difficulty using a straw, because it kept going up his
nose. Whatever Kacie decides to do in the future, she is determined to use her gifts to help others. “Even if,” says Kacie, “I can just touch one.”
Helpful links on cleft lip/palate: Let’s F.A.C.E. It. Together! (Kacie’s place to share stories about cleft palate, find inspiration, and let others know they are not alone on their journey) www.letsfaceitwithkacie.org Kacie’s story that appeared in CAMC newsletter: http://cmc.org/body.cfm?id=13&action= detail&ref=943 Kacie’s YouTube video about cleft palate: https://m.youtube.com/watch/v=jMyldKck3sY Dreams Come True Camp (Camp for children with facial deformities) www.craniofacialfoundation.org/www/docs/2 Mia Moo (Duck Dynasty Fund supporting research into causes and treatment of cleft lip/palate) www.Miamoo.org Family Preservation Services (counseling and social services as an alternative to traditional institutional care, trauma informed care for mental health issues) www.fpscorp.com Cleft Mom Support (a favorite of Dorinda Strother, Kacie’s mom) Facebook - Cleftmomssupport CAMC Physicians Group Cleft Center/FACES (the ONLY Cleft Center in WV recognized by the American Cleft Palate Association) www.camc.org
Compassionate Kids features kids of all ages, who have compassionate hearts along with a desire to serve and help others. These kids use their unique gifts and talents in order to benefit others. Compassionate Kids columnist, Angela Royse Pelleman, seeks to encourage kids to be compassionate, using their own unique talents and gifts to contribute to a charity that speaks to their hearts. If you know a Compassionate Kid, contact Angela at email@example.com or Child Guide’s editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sensory Friendly Santa BY KRISTIN DETROW or many parents, watching their kids hop on Santa’s
F lap and offer up their wish list is a much loved
tradition. Dewy eyed, they snap pictures and listen intently. This yearly pilgrimage is often a precious time for moms and dads. The yearly trip to Santa is a no go for many parents of children with autism and intellectual disabilities. Some of these children can’t tolerate the crowds, bright lights, sounds, or being placed in the lap of a strange bearded man in a red suit. It was this reality that prompted the leadership of P.R.A.Y. (Providing Relief for Autistic Youth) to design an event that would bless local families with a opportunity to have their own encounter with Father Christmas. Beth DeLauter, mother of twins with autism and founding member of P.R.A.Y., understood that the holiday season can be a stressful time for special needs families. Beth read about a special needs holiday outreach in another state and decided to tweak it to fit the needs of local families. P.R.A.Y. has held the Sensory Friendly Santa event for the last four years.
P.R.A.Y. volunteers didn’t know what to expect that first year. The experience of one of their first participants confirmed that this was something they needed to continue doing. “I saw how hard it was for ‘J’ to even come into the building at first,” Beth recalls. “We worked with her mom, everyone pitched in to help her have a great experience. Every detail was customized just for her. By the end, she was smiling and even gave Santa a big hug. It was beautiful. We all had the same reaction. ‘We must keep doing this.’” They provide a wish list for their child, communicate their unique needs, and share information necessary for their child to enjoy their experience. For example, blinking lights might be a trigger for some children. P.R.A.Y.’s team of volunteers, or “action elves” as a participant called them, makes sure that accommodations are made. Each family is given their own 20- to 30- minute block
of time with Santa. A photographer is on hand to provide a complimentary family photo. Santa gives the children gifts purchased based on their wish list. Parents also receive a family gift. After visiting Santa, participants enjoy refreshments, games, and craft time with P.R.A.Y. volunteers. Every activity is tweaked to accommodate the needs of the child. “We work to avoid overstimulation, eliminate triggers and provide sensory pleasing activities, Beth says. “Santa and the elves are briefed before each child arrives. Volunteers are trained on awareness, what to expect and how to accommodate,” Beth says. There is no doubt that Santa, Hagerstown local Bob Pompell, is the star of the event. Bob starts preparing for the event by growing his white beard out in the summer. He eagerly anticipates playing the role of Santa for the kids and looks the part. “The feeling is hard to put into words,” Bob says. “I get choked up thinking about it. I receive unconditional love from the kids and that’s what I try to give them in return. I try to meet their needs and show them that they are loved and special just as they are.” Bob also recalls his first encounter with “J.” “J wouldn’t come back to the room, so I went to where she was and started playing with her,” Bob says. “She gave me the biggest hug. I have been feeling that hug ever since.” Tracey Parks and her daughter Jordyn attended the very first Sensory Friendly Santa and have since returned each year. “It has been an amazing experience for our family. The individual sessions with Santa have helped with anxiety and sensory issues. It has allowed us an opportunity to enjoy Santa that we would not otherwise have,” Tracey says. “Beth and her team, especially Santa Bob, are gifts from God. They love our kids for who they are.” Funding for this event is raised by an annual yard sale as well as tax deductible donations made to P.R.A.Y. throughout the year. To make a donation or to register, contact Beth DeLauter via email at email@example.com. Kristin Detrow is a wife and mother of twin boys and daughter, recently adopted from Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI) in Uganda. Kristin is a freelance writer and published author.
Ten Special Christmas Traditions BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN
very year on December 1st, my internal Christmas clock kicks in and I start craving my Great Aunt Eva’s amazing fudge and sugar Christmas cookies. I start looking forward to all the good times to be had leading up to Christmas day. Christmas need not be a stressful time when there are so many fun family traditions to try out! Grab your calendar and block out some time for these special Christmas traditions you and your kids will love and cherish.
Have the kids write their letter to Santa asking for what they’d like for Christmas. Check out www.emailsanta.com to email Santa, play games, watch Christmas webcams and more. There’s even a countdown with how many “sleeps” until Santa comes. Oh, and did you know that Santa tweets? Also check out www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com so you can personalize and then print out a letter.
Take a couple of family pictures. We like to put on headbands with snowman and reindeer sticking up on springs just to be goofy for our Christmas cards. Then we like to take one where we are dressed more laid-back so we can display that photo all year in a frame. Photo Christmas cards. Why not go easy on yourself by uploading the family picture you took to a photo website like www.winkflash.com or www.snapfish.com and have them print out your Christmas cards for you. Just write addresses on envelopes and mail! Oh, and you might want to include your … Christmas letter. When it’s not possible to include your letter with your cards, just send it out via email. Some people think Christmas letters are silly, but I love receiving updates from family and friends so I also enjoy giving updates on my family.
Trees. The great Christmas debate is about the tree: real or fake? Whether you drag your tree out of storage or go to a lot to pick out a fresh one, you have quite a bit of fun in store decorating it!
Google “holiday lights + your town” then drive around looking at holiday lights with your family. Play Christmas music on the radio to get in the spirit. Jot
down your favorite places to go so you won’t forget to see them again next year.
Go visit Santa at a local mall or other location where Santa can be found during the Christmas season. Most kids love sitting on Santa’s lap and telling him what they want for Christmas. Then you have my kids, who always look a little panic-stricken in the photos. Still, it’s a fun thing to look back on! Everyone loves a Christmas treat! Spend a day baking and decorating cookies and treats for friends, families, neighbors, teachers, service people and strangers. Nursing home and assisted living residents just LOVE to see little kids, whether they bring treats or not. My dad was a mailman for many years, and he always felt appreciated during the holidays by the families that would make him goodies. Help someone in need. Kids especially love charities like Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse (www.SamaritansPurse.org), which lets you pack a shoebox with gifts for a child somewhere in the world. You can even track your box online to see which country it ends up in. You could also contact The Salvation Army (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org), homeless shelters or churches for a list of wants for each member of a local family who is in need. This will be one shopping trip your kids will never forget because they will be celebrating the true meaning of Christmas by helping others. Stories. As the Christmas season comes to a close, so make sure you read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible on Christmas Eve. Kerrie McLoughlin shares her holiday adventures raising 5 kids at TheKerrieShow.com.
Heads Up Through December 12 The World of Jan Brett, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. & Mon., 1-4 p.m. View over 50 original paintings by Jan Brett, and enjoy active play throughout the museum related to the stories of Jan Brett. Regular admission fees. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com.
Bears! Storytime with Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont (MD) Regional 3 Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 1:30-2 p.m. Join a Ranger from Cunningham Falls State Park as they tell you tales about bears in the forest. Fun storytime best for preschoolers, ages 3-5. 301/600-7200. Banner School Open House, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Visit Frederick Co.’s only non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school for PreK-8th grade. 301/695-9320. www.bannerschool.org. & 21 & Dec 19 Tour Handley Library, Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. Wed., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 2-3 p.m. Behind the scenes tour, concentrating on architecture and history. Free. Reservations helpful. 540/662-9041, x11. Tales As Tall As The Sky, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. American Tall Tales are brought to life. Smart Series. Recommended for grades K-4. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Construction Junction, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 10:4511:15 a.m. Build and create with blocks, dough, sand, and more. Preschool age with an adult. 301/845-8880. Family Owl Walk, Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 6 p.m. “Creatures of the Night.” Meet at Visitors Center. Brief pre-walk information session prior. Adult must accompany children. Free. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Free Family Movie, Blue Ridge Summit (PA) Free Library, 15055 Summit Plaza. 6 p.m. “Inside Out.” Rated PG. 717/794-2240. My Dolly & Me Tea Time, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-7 p.m. Special tea time for your child and their special doll. Tea, snack, special arts & crafts and other fun activities. Ages 3-6. $12. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:307 p.m. Reading aloud to a specially trained “listening” animal. 301/845-8880. www.fcpl.org. BINGO Night, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 6:30-7:30 p.m. BINGO night for the whole family. 301/600-7250. , 12, 19 & 26 Teen Night, Blue Ridge Summit (PA) Free Library, 15055 Summit Plaza. 3:30-5 p.m. 717/794-2240. November 5, 12, 19 & December 3 Powhatan School Open House, 49 Powhatan Lane, Boyce, VA. 8:15-11:45 a.m. Shadow day option for grades 2-6. Register online or call 540/837-1009 to R.S.V.P. www.powhatanschool.org. First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. “Gingerbread Friends” by Jan Brett. Story, activities & craft. Program for ages 2-5. $4 per child. Preregistration recommended. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. FUN Friday Craft Hour, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Fun and easy crafts that improve fine motor
November Lions Club Annual Model 4 1997.Waynesboro Train Show, Mont Alto (PA) Fire Hall, Rt. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Approx. 100 vendors and several operating train layouts, door prizes, food & refreshments. Mont Alto Fire Dept offers free fire truck rides to all children with a paid admission. $3/person, $5/immediate family. 717/762-4044. The Gathering, Clarke Co. Fairgrounds, 890 W. Main St., Berryville, VA. 10 a.m. Native American Harvest Dance, Virginia Gourd Festival, living history exhibitors, multicultural Thanksgiving, military veteran and uniformed services tribute, and more. $5. Free for ages 4 & under. www.harvestgathering.org. St. John’s Open House, St. John Regional Catholic School, 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 1-3 p.m. School provides a Christcentered environment and exemplary education for students in grades Pre-K through 8. 301/662-6722. www.sjrcs.org. “Hansel and Gretel,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. 1 p.m. $5. Free admission for under age 2. 304/2584074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Reading aloud to a specially trained “listening” animal. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. “Excalibur,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. 3 p.m. Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Ballet and All That Jazz retell the story of King Arthur’s legendt. Admission. 301/7902000. www.mdtheatre.org. , 5-8 & 12-15 “Frankenstein, An Original Met Production,” The Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Chilling and classic tale of a mad scientist’s experiment gone wrong. Admission. 301/694-4744. www.marylandensemble.org. Red Cross Babysitter Training, Clarke Co. Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ages 1115. $81. 540/955-5140. www.clarkeco..gov. Sensory Playtime, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 11:20-11:50 a.m. Storytime for children 0-30 months includes tactile balls/toys, musical instruments, stuffed animals, scarves, parachutes, and sensory craft time. 301/845-8880. & 3 Schools Out for the Day, Clarke Co. Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Recreational activities. For grades K-5. $25. $16 for after school participants. 540/9555140. www.clarkeco..gov/parks. , 9, 16, 23 & 30 Lego Night, Blue Ridge Summit (PA) Free Library, 15055 Summit Plaza. 3-7:30 p.m. 717/794-2240.
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COMPILED BY SUZANNE HOVERMALE skills and stimulate imaginations. All materials provided. 301/600-7000. , 7 & 8 Howard Co. Crafts Spectacular, Howard Co. Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Over 200 crafters. Santa will be in main building Sat. & Sun., 1-4 p.m. $5, person; $7, three day pass; free, children under age 10. 301/271-4432. www.atozcrafts.net. -8 & 13-15 “The Wizard of Oz,” The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Chambersburg Community Theatre. Admission. 717/263-0202. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. “Legally Blonde,” Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Other Voices Theatre at the Performing Arts Factory, 244 S. Jefferson St., Frederick. Admission. 301/662-3722. & December 4 JCCC Middle School Teen Dance, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6:30-10 p.m. D.J., concessions, and games. Bring Jefferson Co. School ID card. For students in grades 6-8. $8. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. to February 14 Christmas at The Roundhouse Museum, Hagerstown (MD) Roundhouse Museum, 296 S. Burhans Boulevard. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 1-5 p.m. “The Trains of Christmas,” railroad artifacts, photos, trains for kids to run and gift shop. $5, adults; $.50, ages 4-12; free, ages 3 & under. 301/739-4665. www.roundhouse.org. Craft Fair, John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 301/733-0391. Christmas Craft Show, Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail E., Greencastle, PA. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fall and winter items for sale. Local artisans, crafts, food and beverages, door prizes, and more. 717/5970800. www.greengrovegardens.com. Open 6K Cross Country Race, Sam Michael’s Park trails, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m. All ages. $6. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Golden Legacy Family Day, Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Opening day of Golden Legacy Exhibit. In partnership with the Washington Co. Free Library, the museum will present art activities, workshops, celebrity readers and more. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Wee Warrior Dash, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10:30 a.m. Join the JCPRC, Two River’s Treads and Freedom’s Run for a 1-mile fun run obstacle course. Call for details. Ages 3-15. Free. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Explore & Create, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Pumpkin Day.” For preschoolers and their parents to explore history and science. Pre-registration recommended. Ages 2-5. $5, adult & child pair. 301/600-1650. www.recreater.com. All About Herbs for Kids, Teaching Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Ages 8-12. $34. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Family Movie, Washington Co. Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m.
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“Inside Out.” Free. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. Holiday Open House At Everedy Square and Shab Row, East and Church Streets, Frederick. 3-9 p.m. Festively decorated shops and eateries. Hospitality, costumed characters, live music and free carriage rides. 301/662-4140. Social Etiquette, Centerville Rec Center, Centerville Elemenary, 3602 Carriage Hill Dr., Frederick. 4-6 p.m. “Part 1: Social Etiquette.” Learn lifetime skills. Ages 7-12. $38. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Frederick (MD) Light the Night Walk, Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St. 4:30 p.m. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk fundraiser. 443/471-1600. & 8 Astronomy Weekend, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 301/842-2155. Cherokee At Fort Frederick, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Native American Indian Heritage Month Program. Park entrance fees apply. 301/842-2155. Trails & Trees Studio Tour, Berkeley Co., WV. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Opportunity to roam the scenic back roads to visit 16 artists at 11 studios in historic Berkeley Co. www.trailsandtrees.org. 1st Weekend Handmade Market, War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Quality handmade market. www.facebook.com/SCCHandmadeMarket. & 21 Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:30 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. 540/869-9000, x215. & December 5 Introduction to Horses, Elmington Farm, LLC, 345 Elmington Lane, Berryville, VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. For all ages. Parent must accompany children under 18. $25. Addi’l siblings $15. 540/955-5140. www.clarkeco..gov/parks. to January 17 Golden Legacy: Original Art From 65 Years Of Golden Books, Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Most extensive showing of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most influential picture-book series, Little Golden Books. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. 83rd Annual Veteran’s Day Parade, Square Corner Park, Brunswick, MD. 1 p.m. opening ceremony, 2 p.m. parade. One of the oldest Veteran’s Day parades in the country. Floats, marching bands, Color Guard, antique cars, dignitaries, and more. www.BrunswickMD.gov. Japanese Culture Day, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave. 4-5 p.m. Anime film and sushi. Race to finish rice with chopsticks. For tweens and teens. 301/600-6329. Family Yoga Night, Middletown (MD) Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. 6-6:45 p.m. Have fun learning yoga moves while getting exercise. For all ages. 301/371-7560. Trinity School Open House, 6040 New Design Rd., Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Fully accredited, independent, co-ed K-8 school. 301/228-2333. www.trinityschooloffrederick.org.
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winning vocalists and dancers, and message of Christmas. Reservations, 301/797-7999. www.antietamrecreation.com. Veteran’s Day 5k Run/Walk For Wounded Race For School Choice, Baker Park, Warriors, Sky Meadows Park, 11012 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. 5K run, 9 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 10 a.m. Funds a.m.; Storybook Characters 1-mile Fun Run, raised will benefit the Wounded Warrior 10 a.m. Fee. http://mmci5k.myevent.com/ Project. $30. www.otrsports.com. 540/592Dash for Drew, Greencastle-Antrim High 3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks. School, 300 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, PA. Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Williamsport (MD) 9:30 a.m. 2 mile race. All proceeds go to the American Legion Post 202. 11 a.m. Ceremony Drew Michael Taylor Foundation to fund honoring WWII veterans. Drew’s Hope. 717/532-8922. www.williamsportmd.gov. www.drewmichaeltaylor.org. thru December Holiday Art & Gateway Gallery Model Train Auction, 643 Craft Market, The Berkeley Art Works, Kriner Rd., Chambersburg. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. Wed.-Thurs., 717/263-6512. www.GatewayAuction.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 Free Storyboarding Workshop, Washington a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-3 p.m. Unique Co. Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown (MD) City original creations by local artists and artisans. Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 1-3 p.m. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. Learn how to draw human figures, use Play Dough Play Date, Jefferson Co. perspective, and illustrate a story similar to Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s comic-book and cartoon form. Ages 10-17. Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-7 p.m. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Make play dough from scratch. Your child can “Discovery Science: Solar Energy,” color their own play dough to take home. Ages Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., 3-6. $12. www.jcprc.org. Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Maryland STEM Festival. , 18-19 & December 3, 9 & Phil Kelly, owner of Millenium 3 Energy, will be 10 A Country Gospel Christmas, The exploring the cutting-edge scientific concepts Pennsylvania Opry, The Star Theatre, 23 W. behind solar energy and will answer Seminary St., Mercersburg, PA. 2 p.m. $39. questions. All ages. 301/790-0076. 717/328-5959. www.discoverystation.org. “Let’s Move,” Rose Hill Manor Park & Social Etiquette, Centerville Rec Center, Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. Centerville Elemenary, 3602 Carriage Hill Dr., 9:30-11 a.m. “Wobble & Weave.” All adults Frederick. 4-6 p.m. “Part 2: Table Manners.” must be accompanied by child. Ages 2-6. $4. Learn lifetime skills. Ages 7-12. $38. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Little Hands Cooking, Teaching Kitchen at & 21 Little Illustrators, Washington Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Co. Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 9Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. “Alphabet 9:45 a.m. Reading a book and creating a Soup.” Ages 2.5-5 years. $22. 301/600unique work of art. Ages 3-6. $20, non2936. www.recreater.com. members; $18, members. www.wcmfa.org. Frederick Area Preschool Fair, Elks Lodge, , 15, 20, 21 & 22 Forbidden 289 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. 6-8 p.m. Learn Broadway: Greatest Hits-Volume 1, about area preschools and child care centers. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Black Box www.momsclub-fredericknorth.com/ Theatre, 7 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Musical comedy Revue, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. revue presented by the Theater Department. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. Fusion of gospel $5. 301/766-8840. and soul. Admission. 301/600-2828. & 28 Family Film & Picnic, www.weinbergcenter.org. Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., & 14 Mount Airy Holiday Preview, Stephens City, VA. 1-2:30 p.m. Bring a picnic Downtown Mt. Airy, MD. Fri., 5-8 p.m.; lunch. Teens serve popcorn and lemonade. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown shops Movies: “Open Season” (11/14) and decorated, activities, and strolling carolers. “Pocahontas” (11/28). Free. 540/869-9000. www.mountairymainstreet.org. to December 27 “The Nutty A Night at the Library, Bowman Library, 871 Nutcracker,” Wonderment Puppet Tasker Rd., Stephens City. Fri., 8 p.m. to Sat., Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. & 8 a.m. Middle & high school students. “The Sun., 1 p.m. $5. Free for under 2. 304/258Night at the Museum” trilogy, games, food, 4074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. hanging out with friends, and no sleeping. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Registration required. Space limited. Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., 540/869-9000, x215. Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Reading aloud to a , 14 & 15“A Charlie Brown specially trained “listening” animal. 301/600Christmas,” Way Off Broadway Dinner 1630. Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. Fri. & My Dolly and Me Cooking, Teaching Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. A Special Dessert Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Theatre Holiday Event. Stage adaptation. Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Admission. $25. 301/662-6600. Creek Pike, Frederick. 4-6 p.m. “Fall www.wayoffbroadway.com. Favorites.” Learn about various time periods , 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 “The as we explore and recreate dishes. Ages 5-12. Christmas Experience,” Antietam $30. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Recreation, 9745 Garis Shop Road, Hagers& December 15 Craftworks town. Dinner & show. Family activities, awardDrum Circle, Craftworks at Cool
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EMAIL CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM Spring, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 6:30-9 p.m. For all ages. Free musical jam session. 304/728-6233. www.wvcraftworks.org. & December 16 Wee One Fun, Luby House at Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8516 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 10-10:45 a.m. Explore our world through stories, songs, games, and live animals. Child/parent class. Ages 2-3. $8 per class. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Free Teen Movie, Blue Ridge Summit (PA) Free Library, 15055 Summit Plaza. 6 p.m. “Warm Bodies.” Rated PG-13. 717/794-2240. Panda Stories: A Storytime in Chinese and English, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 6:30-7 p.m. Share stories, sing songs, and learn new Chinese words. Ages 3-5 with adult. 301/600-7000. Scherenschnitte Workshop: Intricate Paper Cutting, Renfrew Park, Visitors Center, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Traditional German folk craft of paper cutting. Ages 15 & up. $25, Renfrew members; $30, non-members. Materials fee of $12. Preregistration required. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Mommy & Me, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Themed programs. ‘“C” is for Corn.’ Ages 1-1/2 to 2-1/2. $5. Preregister, 301/600-1650. www.recreater.com. Public Square Tree Lighting, Hagerstown (MD) City Center. 5:30 p.m. Holiday activities followed by tree lighting at 7 p.m. 301/7398577, x183. www.hagerstownmd.org. Free Movie Night, Smithsburg (MD) Library, Community Room, W. Water St. 7 p.m. “What We Did On Our Holiday.” PG-13. Reservations, 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. HollyFest, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 8 p.m. Free holiday event featuring the talents of area school students and children’s groups. 301/7398577, x183. www.hagerstownmd.org. -22 & 27-29 Maryland Christmas Show, Frederick Co. Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Maryland’s premier Christmas event. $7, adults; $4, ages 10 & under; $2 for parking. 301/845-0003. www.marylandchristmasshow.com. & December 18 Home School Days, Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-2:45 p.m. Alges 5-12. $5 per class. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. 53rd Annual JFK 50 Mile Marathon, starts in downtown Boonsboro, MD and finishes in Williamsport, MD. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. America’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon foot race, with participants from throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Race fee. www.jfk50mile.org. Holiday Craft Fair & Chili Cook-off, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafts, chili cook-off, and entertainment. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Wreath Making, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Learn the basics of making wreaths and use natural materials
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from pine to holly to make your own wreaths to take home. Ages 8 & up. $25. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Baby Signs Playgroup, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Opportunities to learn and practice sign language to help you bond with your little ones. For ages less than 1 year, 7 months. Free. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Cooking for Kids, Teaching Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10-13 or 2-4 p.m. for ages 6-9. $20. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “Dino Art!” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. David Hluchy leads a special Saturday Plus program perfect for dinosaur lovers of all ages. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Free Family Movie, Boonsboro (MD) Branch of the Washington Co. Free Library, Community Room, 401 Potomac St. 12:15 p.m. Rated PG. 301/432-5723. Tree Lighting Ceremony, Westview Promenade, Buckeystown (Rt 85) at Crestwood Blvd., Frederick. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Skate on iceless rink. Costumed characters, music & dance performances. 410/561-1300. & 22 Kris Kringle Craft Show, Hagerstown (MD) Community College ARCC Arena, 11400 Robinwood Dr. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Two-day extravaganza with over 260 juried crafters. $2 admission. Accepting non-perishable food donations to benefit Parent Child Center of Washington Co.. 301/582-1233 or 301/3311233. www.kriskringlecraftshow.com. Festival of Trees, Youth Development Center, 3 Battaile Dr., Winchester. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Decorated trees, wreaths & centerpieces for sale, auction & holiday shoppe with entertainment. 540/662-4564. www.myydc.org.
, 28, December 5, 12 & 19 21 Frosty The Snowman, Washington Co. Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 11:30 a.m. Admission. 301/739-7469. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com.
-22, 28, December 5, 1221 13, 19 & 27 “The Great Elf Adventure,” Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick, MD. Holiday adventure. Admission. For performance times and ticket information, 301/662-6600. www.wayoffbroadway.com. Polymer Clay & Mixed Media Group, Craftworks at Cool Spring, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, monthly gathering for community artists ages 12 & up. Bring a lunch, small project to work on, and any tools/supplies needed. For . 304/728-6233. www.wvcraftworks.org. “Peppa Pig’s Big Splash,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 6 p.m. Fully immersive musical production based on the hit Nick Jr. TV show, featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as an interactive sing-a-long. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org.
Happy Thanksgiving! 26 Turkey Trot, Talley Rec Center/Band Shell on 2nd Street, Baker Park, Frederick. 1K fun run, 8 a.m.; 5K run/walk, 8:30 a.m. The Friends of Way Station, Inc.-Shakin’ a Tail Feather. Event benefits individuals in the community who are living with mental illness. $8-$25/person. www.waystationinc.org/turkeytrotinfo.htm. Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race, Hagerstown (MD) Community College, ARCC, Robinwood Dr. 8:30 a.m., Mashed Potato Kids Race; 9 a.m., 5K run/walk. 5K, kids’ races, food and toy drive. Proceeds benefit student athlete scholarships. Fee. 240/313-2808. raceit.com/search3/event.aspx?id=34430. Frosty Friday, Downtown Frederick. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Shopping, fun events, live entertainment, extended hours, carolers, holiday music, pictures with Santa and carriage rides. 301/698-8118. Lunch and a Movie, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 12 noon-2 p.m. Bring a blanket and your lunch. For children with an adult. 301/600-7200. Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square, Martinsburg. 6 p.m. Christmas season kicks off with tree lighting and full evening of activities. www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com. Charles Town Tree Lighting, Jefferson Co. Courthouse, Charles Town. 7 p.m. Kick off the shopping season. Tree lighting, caroling, holiday reading by Santa Claus, and more. www.ransonwv.us. Santa’s Arrival at Everedy Square and Shab Row, East and Church Streets, Frederick, MD. 7 p.m. Entertainment and activities all day, Santa Claus arrives at 7 p.m. Carols and refreshments. Parents bring cameras. 301/662-4140. to December 3 Doors to Christmas, Martinsburg. Twenty-five beautifully designed Christmas wreaths are decorated by local businesses. Wreaths are on view at the historic 1902 building Fri. through Thursday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Wreaths may be bought in live auction on Thursday. www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com.
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Society of Frederick Co., 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vote on themed trees decorated by local businesses and nonprofit organizations. 301/663-1188.
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Hotel, Corner of German and Princess Sts.. 10-4:30 p.m., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 27. Wreaths and greenery, specialty clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods, teas, candies, and other festive foods, pottery, birdhouses, candles, soaps, photography & more. All hand made by local crafts persons. 301/432-0281. to January 8 Walking In A Winter Wonderland, Clearbrook Park, 3300 Martinsburg Pike, Frederick, VA. 5:30 p.m. Frederick Co. Park & Recreation’s annual light show. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Lights out at 10 p.m. www.visitwinchesterva.com. Model Railroad Train Sale, Washington Co. Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg, MD. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Supports museum activities of Antietam Station. 301/800-9829. www.antietamstation.com. Craft Fair & Family Expo, Quality Hotel, 4328 William L. Wilson Hwy, Harpers Ferry.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop local! Free indoor moon bounce, small animal demos, face painting, balloons, and crafts. First 100 families to arrive will receive a goodie bag. For more information go to www.aMomsCatalog.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 301/600-7250 and Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 11 a.m.-12 noon. 301/6007200. Reading aloud to a specially trained “listening” animal. www.fcpl.org. “A Magic Show,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Dean Burkett, “Mr. Magic,” will be presenting a fun magic show that is perfect for little ones. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Holiday Open House, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday treats cooking over the hearth in the Log Cabin, costumed interpreters telling stories of holidays past, and sounds of the season from music in Mount Bleak House. 540/592-3556. Tuba Christmas, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 12 noon. 80 regional tuba and euphonium players performing 4-part Christmas carols on the stage. Admission free with cash or canned food donation. Items collected benefit Community Action Agency of Frederick City. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Weinberg Winterfest, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 4 p.m. Sing-along featuring the mighty Wurlitzer organ, silent film “Soup to Nuts,” and a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free with cash or canned food donation. Items collected benefit the Community Action Agency of Frederick City. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Old Town Christmas Parade, Martinsburg. 5:30-9 p.m. www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com. Ranson Tree Lighting, Lancaster Circle, Ranson, WV. 6-8 p.m. Kick off the shopping season. The Mayor and Santa Claus will light the tree. Horse drawn wagon rides, Santa visit, school group performances, and more. www.ransonwv.us. Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Enjoy a movie, free popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly environment. www.BridgeofLife.org. & 29 Homefront Holidays, Brunswick (MD) Heritage Museum, 40 W. Potomac St. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Experience the holidays during World War II. Living historians, holiday treats made from ration recipes, and an American Girl tea centered around the Molly character. www.BrunswickMD.gov.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Presents:
Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books November 7, 2015–January 17, 2016
The Great Big Fire Engine Book, Tibor Gergely, 1950.
Opening Day: Golden Legacy Family Day Event November 7, 2015 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free Art Activities, Workshops, Celebrity Readers and More! November 8, 2015 2:30 p.m. Lecture : Leonard S. Marcus Ticketed Event/$10.00 advance/$15.00 door More information at wcmfa.org or 301-739-5727 The exhibition and associated events are presented in partnership with the Washington County Public Schools with additional support from the Washington County Free Library Benjamin and Christine Webber, and Hub City Labels, Inc. This exhibition was organized by the National Center of Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.
31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Sat. & Sun., 1:30 p.m. Adaptation of Barbara Park’s popular book. $14. 301/694-4744. www.marylandensemble.org. “A Branson Country Christmas,” The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 3 p.m. Admission. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Rohrersville Band Holiday Concert, Rohrersville (MD) Band Hall, Main St. 3 p.m. Annual Christmas concert. 304/992-9767. www.rohrersvilleband.com. , December 5 & 12 Winter Concert Series, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. Nov. 29, 4 p.m.; Dec. 5 & 12, 7 p.m. Enjoy the Advent and Christmas season with weekly concerts. 301/447-6606.
Ornament Making at the Smithsburg (MD) Library, Community Room, 66 W. Water St. 6:30 p.m. Make ornaments for your tree. 301/8247722. Annual Holiday Music in the Library, Sharpsburg (MD) Library, 106 E. Main St. 7 p.m. Music will be presented by Jennifer and Scott Silbert, and other talented musicians. Cookies and tea. 301/432-8825. Scents & Sweets Competition and Auction, William R. Talley Receation Center, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. 5:30 p.m. View beautiful holiday gingerbread structures and floral arrangements. Free to attend. www.celebratefrederick.com. BINGO Night, Brunsick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 6:30-7:30 p.m. BINGO Night for the whole family. 301/600-7250. , December 5-6, 12-13, 19- “Celtic Woman,” Luhrs Performing Arts Center, 20 & 26-27 Holiday House Tours, Shippensburg (PA) University, 1871 Old Main Dr. 8 p.m. “Home for Christmas – The Symphony Sky Meadows Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Tour.” $69-$95. 717/477-7469. Delaplane, VA. 11 a.m. Discover how the holidays were celebrated in the past. 540/592- www.luhrscenter.com. 3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks. Kathy Mattea, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. “Songs and the Ceremony, Old Town Winchester. 7 p.m. Season.” Admission. 301/600-2828. Bands, floats, and specialty units, along with www.weinbergcenter.org. Santa. www.visitwinchesterva.com. -6 & 11-13 “The Music Man,” The Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, WV. Admission. 304/725-4420. www.oldoperahouse.org. First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Meet Author Jan Brett, Rose Hill Manor St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. “The Animals’ Park & Children’s Museum, 1611 N. Market Santa” by Jan Brett. Story, activities & craft. St., Frederick. 5-6 p.m. Free event in Program for ages 2-5. $4 per child. Preconjunction with the museum’s Jan Brett registration recommended. 301/600-2936. Exhibit. www.fcpl.org. www.recreater.com.
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Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 2-5 p.m. All levels welcome, ages 12 & up. $25, non-member; $20, member. 304/728-6233. www.wvcraftworks.org. to December 20 The Magic of Christmas, Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. Original Christmas musical. Admission. 301/662-6600. www.wayoffbroadway.com. Santa Trains, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Fee. 301/898-0899. to January 3 “Junie B. Jones In Jingle Bells Batman Smells,” The Maryland Ensemble Theatre,
Heads Up December cont. from page 21 City Park Illumination, Hagerstown (MD) City Park. 6-8:30 p.m. Lighting of Christmas Tree. Reception in the Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts Atrium. Family Night at Mansion House Art Gallery. Free. www.hagerstownmd.org. First Friday Art Walk, Old Town Winchester. 6-9 p.m. Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops stay open late. www.visitwinchesterva.com. Tree Lighting Ceremony at Veteran’s Park, W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 6:30 p.m. Light displays, caroling, and special presentations. 301/824-7234. Library Open House and Tree Lighting, Smithsburg (MD) Library, 66 W.Water St. 6:30 p.m. Hot cocoa & cookies, free craft kit for kids & used book sale. 301/824-7722. Boonsboro Old Time Christmas, Boonsboro (MD) Shafer Park, 37 Park Dr. 6:30-8 p.m. Parade with Santa, lighting of town tree, music, luminaries, cookies and hot chocolate. 301/432-5141. www.town.boonsboro.md.us. Christmas Parade and Byron Park Lighting, Byron Memorial Park, Park Rd., Williamsport, MD. 7 p.m. Parade starts at the Williamsport Water Tower, and travels through town, Conocheague Street and ends in Byron Park. 301/223-7711. & 5 Christmas at Renfrew, Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Fri., 5:30-8 p.m.; Sat., 2-8 p.m. Christmas on the Farm. Decorations and demonstrations. 717/762-4723. www.renfrewmuseum.org. Candlelight Tours and Open House, Abram’s Delight, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Winchester. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 3-7 p.m. The oldest house in Winchester decorated with holiday floral arrangements by local garden clubs. 540/662-6550. www.winchesterhistory.org. Candlelight Tours and Open House, George Washington’s Office Museum, 32 W. Cork & Braddock Streets, Winchester. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 3-7 p.m. House is decorated for the holiday season and living history interpreters will be throughout the house and museum grounds. 540/662-6550. www.winchesterhistory.org. Candlelight Tours and Open House, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum, 415 N. Braddock St., Winchester. Fri., 6-8 p.m.; Sat., 3-7 p.m. Experience a Confederate Christmas. House is decorated for the holiday season and living history interpreters will be throughout the house and museum grounds. Enjoy Southern hospitality in the house that General Jackson’s wife called their wartime home. 540/662-6550. www.winchesterhistory.org. -5, 11-13, 18 & 19 “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” The Washington Co. Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m.; 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Admission. 301/739-7469. www.washingtonco.playhouse.com. -5, 11-12, 17-19, 26, 28 & 29 “The Christmas Experience,” Antietam Recreation, 9745 Garis Shop Road, Hagerstown. Dinner and show. Family activities, award-winning vocalists and dancers, and the true message of Christmas. Reservations, 301/797-7999. www.antietamrecreation.com. -6 & 11-13 Hager House German Christmas Tours, Jonathan Hager House Museum, 110 Key St., Hagerstown City Park. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. Experience Christmas throught the eyes of Hagerstown’s German founder. 301/739-8393. www.hagerstownmd.org/hagerhouse. -6 & 12-13 45th Annual Harpers Ferry (WV) Old Tyme Christmas, High St. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Traditional Christmas celebration. Live entertainment, children’s activities, and extended shopping hours. www.historicharpersferry.com. to January 3 “The Gifts of the Magi,” Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 pm Thurs.-Sat., 3 pm Sun. A young married couple discover the true meaning of the holiday. Admission. 301/694-4744. www.marylandensemble.org.
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Mother Seton School Breakfast with Santa and 5 Christmas Bazaar, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 8 a.m.-12 noon. Pancake breakfast and unique Christmas Bazaar. Santa Claus will be there to take photos with your children. Free admission to Bazaar. Pancake breakfast is $7/ages 7 & up; $5, ages 3-6; free, ages 2 & under. 301/4473161. www.mothersetonschool.org. Family Movie Morning – Classic Christmas Movies, Keedysville (MD) Library, 22 Taylor Dr. 9 a.m. Bring your family for a fun morning of Christmas classic movies, donuts, and hot chocolate. For all ages. 301/432-6641. Holiday Magic, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Joe Allen’s Magic at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. View the Jan Brett exhibit, meet Santa in the carriage museum, and a surprise visitor in the log cabin. $5. Pre-registration recommended. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Traditional Christmas Village, Historic Village of Catoctin Furnace, 12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Catoctin Furnace Historical Society decorates wreaths to your design. Sip cider, enjoy baked goods and shop for handmade gifts. 443/463-6437. Holiday in Boonsboro (MD) Town Square and surrounding areas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open houses, refreshments, special offers, book signing and tour of the Inn Boonsboro. 301/4325141. www.town.boonsboro.md.us. Snakes, Snickerdoodles, and Santa, Washington Co. Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 10:30 a.m. Holiday program. $5. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Baking for Kids, Teaching Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 8-12 or 2-4 p.m. for ages 5-7. $20. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School,” Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg (PA) University, 1871 Old Main Dr. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. All-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park’s popular book. Program appropriate for audiences in grades K-5. $15. 717/477-7469. www.luhrscenter.com. Jingle Bell Rock Party, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City. Fri., 11 a.m.-12 noon. Family holiday celebration. Make jingle bell bracelets and elf headbands, sing along with puppets, hear holiday stories, decorate bells and candy canes, and enjoy a snack. 540/869-9000. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks (MD), 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike. 1-2 p.m. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a specially trained “listening” animal. 301/874-4560. www.fcpl.org. Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:30 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. 540/869-9000, x215. Lego Robotics, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. David Dulberg, teacher from Emma K. Doub Elementary School, and the Robotics Club will be presenting a hands-on learning program. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Family Movie, Washington Co. Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “Rise of the Guardians.” All ages. 301/739-3250, x270. www.washcolibrary.org. Belle Grove Holiday Tea, Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd., Middletown, VA. 2 p.m. Enjoy high tea and then tour the Manor House decorated in the theme of “Holidays Around the World.” $30. $50 for two. www.bellegrove.org. 46th Annual Evans Home Doll Auction, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. 2-4 p.m. Take home a porcelain or vinyl doll dressed in a one-of-a-kind outfit. Proceeds benefit the Evans Home. 540/662-8520. www.evanshome.org. Charles Town-Ranson Christmas Parade, Along Mildred Street or Washington Street, Jefferson Co., WV. 3 p.m. Annual parade with floats, marching units, and local organizations. 304/725-2311. www.ransonwv.us.
Creative Outlet Drop-In Art Session, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Super Secret Elf Workshop. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. 15th Annual ThorpeWood Open House, 12805-A Mink Rd., Thurmont, MD. 3-8 p.m. Christmas decorations, cookies & hot cider, music, Santa, and more. Bring homemade cookies to share in our cookie buffet. Free. www.thorpewood.org. A Main Street Christmas, Downtown Mt. Airy, MD. 4-8 p.m. Streets in Historic Downtown area are closed. Tree lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with vocal music provided by local school groups. Band concert by combined local school bands. 7 p.m. Giant Twinkling Santa Parade brings Santa to town on a fire truck. www.mountairymainstreet.org. Jingle Bell Run/Santa Stroll, Square Corner Park, Brunswick, MD. 4:30-6 p.m. All participants receive a jingle bell. Come in your favorite holiday costume for costume-judging contest or wear an outrageous holiday sweater for the uglysweater contest. Light refreshments and sing-a-long before the City holiday tree lighting about 6:15 pm. www.BrunswickMD.gov. Holiday Happening, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken. Enjoy a fun craft and cookies to decorate. Concessions for adults to purchase. Stay for the fun movie night. All ages. $8. 304/7283207. www.jcprc.org. Battlefield Memorial Illumination, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Driving tour begins at entrance to park off Route 34, east of Sharpsburg. Volunteers place and light over 23,000 candles on the battlefield, each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. 301/791-3246. “Michael Clayton Moore’s Silent Night,” The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Admission. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. www.silentnightband.com. Movie Night at the JCCC, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 7:309:30 p.m. Enjoy “The Polar Express” on a giant inflatable movie screen. Refreshments for additional fee. All ages. Free. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. The Spires at Christmas, Kussmaul Theatre, Frederick Community College, 7932 Oppossumtown Pike, Frederick. 8 p.m. Brass Band Concert of traditional Christmas music featuring vocalist Holly Shockey. Admission. 301/662-8320. & 6 Holiday Workshops, Foundation of the State Arboretum, Blandy Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 9:30 a.m.-12 noon and 1:30-4 p.m. both days. Create a traditional evergreen wreath made from fresh local greens and adornments. Register online. 540/837-1758, x224. www.blandy.virginia.edu. Holiday Open House and Village Tour, Washington Co. Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 1-4 p.m. Visit Santa Claus in a n authentic sleigh for picture taking opportunities. Children’s workshop and craft area with 4-H Youth Development, special holiday decorations, punch and cookies, Artisan bread tasting, and special Holiday Village Tours. www.ruralheritagemuseum.org. “The Nutcracker,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD. Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Holiday classic performed by The City Ballet School and the Western Maryland City Ballet Company, with internationally acclaimed artist Brooklyn Mack (The Washington Ballet) and Andrea Faria. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Candlelight House Tour, Various locations in downtown Frederick. Sat., 5-9 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-4 p.m. Self-guided tour of private homes elaborately adorned with holiday décor. Fee. 301/600-2489. www.celebratefrederick.com. -6 & 12-13 Colonial Christmas at The Adam Stephen House, 309 E. John St., Martinsburg. 4-8 p.m. Colonial holiday activities and light refreshments. Free admission. www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen. , 6, 8, 11, 12 & 13 Charlie Brown Christmas, Springfield Barn, 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. Fri.-Sun., 3-8 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Many Christmas trees,
decorated by area groups, on display. Beautiful trees, horse drawn wagon rides, music, trains, Santa Claus, and more. www.williamsportmd.gov. , 12 & 19 Three Saturdays in December, Market & Patrick Streets, Downtown Frederick. 3-9 p.m. Over 80 shops, galleries and restaurants will be open late. Shopping, carriage rides, hot chocolate, and live entertainment. 301/698-8118. , 12, 13, 19 & 27 “A Furry Christmas Carol,” The Performing Arts Factory, 244B S. Jefferson St., Frederick. Sat., 11:30 a.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Animals take the stage as the well-known characters of this family holiday favorite. $12. Admission includes show, cookies & a drink. 301/6623722. www.othervoicestheatre.com. Christmas Craft Bazaar, Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail E., Greencastle, PA. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Area’s finest vendors host this fabulous craft show. Local wreath sale and holiday cheer. 717/5970800. www.greengrovegardens.com. Live Nativity, Urbana Fire Hall, 3602 Urbana Pk., Frederick. 6-8 p.m. Tells the true reason for the season. Live animals, beautiful costumes, professional music and narration. 301/662-5769. Free Movie Night, Boonsboro (MD) Branch of the Washington Co. Free Library, 401 Potomac St. 6 p.m. “Elf.” For teens and up. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. Meet Junie B. Jones, Middletown (MD) Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. 6-7 p.m. Junie B. Jones, presented by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, will be at the library. Kids of all ages are invited to come meet her and hear her read. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. Movie Matinee, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 35 p.m. Chill after school with your friends and a movie. For middle school and high school teens. 301/845-8880. www.fcpl.org. Crafty Christmas Time, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-7 p.m. Make crafts, coloring, snack, music & Christmas children’s movie. Ages 3-6. $12. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Breakfast for Dinner with Santa at IHOP, Westview Promenade, Buckeystown (Route 85) at Crestwood Blvd., Frederick. 6-8 p.m. Visits with Santa are free; purchase food directly from IHOP. 410/561-1300. -13 & 16-20 Totem Pole Presents A Christmas Carol, The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. Thurs., 2 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Rediscover the magic of the Christmas Spirit with this holiday classic. $20-$36/person. 717/337-8200. www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Little Hands Cooking, Teaching Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. “The Gingerbread Man.” Ages 2.5-5 years. $22. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Funkstown Olde Tyme Christmas, Main Street of Funkstown (MD) and Funkstown Park. 6-9 p.m. A visit from Santa, wagon rides, craft show, dinner at Fire Hall, raffles, music, and Christmas in the park. 301/7910948. www.funkstown.com. Kris Kringle Procession, Baker Park Bandshell, Downtown Frederick. 6:30 p.m. Old World Holiday magic featuring German/English characters of yesteryear.
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Baker Park Bandshell closing ceremony and tree lighting. 301/600-2489. www.celebratefrederick.com. Candlelight Walk, Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. 2500 luminaries lining 3 miles of cemetery roads. Horse-drawn buggy rides, tree lighting, music and refreshments. 301/739-3630. ww.rosehillcemeteryofmd.org. Free Movie Night, Smithsburg Library, Community Room, W. Water Street. 7 p.m. “The Santa Clause.” Rated PG. Call for reservations. 301/824-7722. & 12 Santa’s Headquarters, Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Fri., 5-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet jolly old St. Nick while parents take their own photos. Children can also create a keepsake. Free admission. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. , 12 & 13 “The Nutcracker,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Maryland Regional Ballet presents a classic holiday ballet. Guest artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classic Ballet. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. -13 & 18-20 “Dashing Through The Snow,” Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. Comedy. Admission. Audience encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item. 304/263-6766. www.apollo-theatre.org. Holly Jolly Old Town Celebration, Old Town Winchester. Caroling & holiday activities – free holiday wagon rides, specials at shop & restaurants. www.visitwinchesterva.com. Hometown Holidays, Throughout downtown Brunswick, MD. All day. Breakfast with Santa, holiday open house of downtown businesses, Brunswick Heritage Museum by candlelight, children’s activities, children’s party, Santa, hometown church tour, and more. 301/834-7500. Reindeer Run, City Center, Public Square, Hagerstown. 8 a.m. Police Athletic League hosts their 3rd annual Reindeer Run. Fees and registration required. 301/739-8577, x116. Storybook Holiday, Throughout City Center in Downtown Hagerstown. 8 a.m. Presented by Frostburg Student Education Assoc. and City of Hagerstown. Free holiday activities and entertainment. 301/739-8577, x116. www.hagerstownmd.org. Breakfast with Santa & Friends, Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. 8-10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast and meet Santa and his favorite friends from “Frozen.” Admission. 301/865-6800. Dolley Madison Garden Club’s Christmas Market, Charles Town Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Washington St., Charles Town. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gifts, food, music, fun for kids, and more. Proceeds go to community beautification projects in Jefferson Co.. 304/535-8285. Museums by Candlelight, numerous historic sites and museums in Frederick Co., MD. 12 noon-7 p.m. Self-guided event with special programming and hands-on fun at most locations. Enjoy period demonstrations, living history, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations, and historic settings by candlelight. 301/600-4047. www.visitfrederick.org.
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Family Film & Picnic, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:30 p.m. Families encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Teens serve popcorn and lemonade. “Prancer.” Free. 540/869-9000. “Christmas Pajama Party,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2-3:30 p.m. Scavenger hunt, yummy goodies, and Santa Claus. Children must be dressed in appropriate and warm clothing. For all ages. Registration is required. Space is limited. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Rest Haven Cemetery’s 28th Annual Festival of Lights, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. 4-5 p.m. Memorial concert by the O’Hurley’s General Store String Band at 3 p.m. Lighting of candles at 4 p.m. Bagpipe music from 4-5 p.m. 301/733-3573. www.rsthvn.com. My Dolly and Me Cooking, Teaching Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 4-6 p.m. “Doll Cookie Exchange.” Learn about various time periods as we explore and recreate dishes. Ages 5-12. $30. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Jingle Bell/Santa Stroll, Square Corner Park, 1 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. 4:30-6:15 p.m. Join Santa for the fun-run. Participants receive a jingle bell. Costume contest, cookies, hot chocolate, sing-a-long and city tree lighting ceremony. Fee. 301/834-7500. Visit with Santa, Clarke Co. Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 5-7 p.m. Children have playtime, receive a special gift and get their picture taken with Santa. For ages 2-8. Adult supervision required. $5. 540/955-5140. www.clarkeco..gov/parks.
Elf PJ Party, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5-9 p.m. Go finish shopping while your children enjoy basketball, movies, crafts, moonbounce, festive treats. Pizza for dinner. Ages 5 & up. $20. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. “Le Petit Cirque De Noel” Holiday Show, The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Pint sized pro cirque style show. Admission. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. December 12 & 13 “The Nutcracker,” Shepherd University, Frank Center for the Performing Arts, Shepherdstown, WV. Sat., 2 & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Shepherdstown School of Dance. $18, in advance; $25, at the door. Order online or tickets available for purchase at Encore, 108 E. Washington St. 304/876-3040. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. MSO Home for the Holidays, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Carols and seasonal favorites performed by the MSO, guest artists, and local choirs. Sing-a-long led by Santa Claus. 301/7974000. www.marylandsymphony.org. Brunch With Santa Sunday, Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail E., Greencastle, PA. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Spend your afternoon with Santa and his helpers. Build gingerbread houses, decorate ornaments, hear stories from Mrs. Claus, get a family portrait, and more. $15, adults; $10, children. 717/5970800. www.greengrovegardens.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. 301/600-1630 and Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick.
Heads Up December cont. from page 23 2-3 p.m. 301/600-7000. Reading aloud to a specially trained “listening” animal. www.fcpl.org. Teen Craft: Sweet Holiday Gifts, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 4-6 p.m. Make a delectable sugar body scrub or hot chocolate mix as a treat for yourself or a gift. For teens ages 12-18. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Mini Cupcake Wars, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave. 4-5 p.m. Design and decorate your own mini cupcakes. The will be judged and prizes awarded. For grades 6 & up. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. Frozen Tea Party, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-7 p.m. An evening of Frozen themed fun. Dress as your favorite movie character and be ready to sing along. Ages 3-6. $12. 304/7283207. www.jcprc.org. Friends and Family Night, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6:157:45 p.m. Create 2 holiday pins out of Pluffy Sculpty clay. All ages – 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult. $20. $5 supply fee due to instructor. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Mommy & Me, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Special time for little ones and their caregivers to enjoy themed programs. ‘“H” is for Holiday.’ Pre-registration recommended. Ages 1.52.5. $5. 301/600-1650. www.recreater.com. Keepsake Gingerbread House, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-7:30 p.m. Decorate your very own wooden Gingerbread House. Ages 6-12. $30. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Festival of Lights, City Hall, 101 N. Court St., Frederick. 7 p.m. Holiday greetings, carols and an inspirational message. Participants fill the courtyard during a moving candle lighting ceremony. 301/600-2489. www.celebratefrederick.com. BISFA Holiday Spectacular, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7:30 p.m. Special, one-night only production will feature the diverse talents of the entire Barbara Ingram School for the Arts student body. Fun for the whole family. Songs, dance, stories and visual images about the holiday season. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. to 20 “A Christmas Carol,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. MET’s Fun Company. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.marylandensemble.org.
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2nd Annual Holiday Open House, Keedysville (MD) 19 Library, 22 Taylor Dr. 9 a.m. Food, crafts, music, and more. All day. For all ages. 301/432-6641. Cooking for Kids, Teaching Kitchen at Ballenger Creek Park, Ballenger Creek Community Building, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 10-13 or 2-4 p.m. for ages 6-9. $20. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “Discovery Science: Quadrantids Meteor Shower,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Program will highlight special tips for viewing the fast approaching 2016 Quadrantids Meteor Shower. All ages. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. “An Irish Christmas,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland. Christmas carols, storytelling, Irish dancers, and more. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. , 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30 Winter Break Day Camp, Clarke Co. Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Recreational activities. For children in grades K-5. $25. $16 for after school participants. 540/955-5140. www.clarkeco..gov/parks. Movie and Popcorn, Middletown (MD) Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. 3-5 p.m. Watch a movie and eat popcorn with friends. For middle school and high school teens. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. The Frederick Children’s Chorus presents the sing-along version of Handel’s “Messiah.” Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org.
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worship sites in Frederick’s downtown historic district on Church Street, 2nd Street, and All Saints Street. 301/6004047. Winter Break Art Camp, Jefferson Co. Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Make and explore a variety of art mediums. Ages 6-12. $20. $10 materials fee due to instructor. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Winter Wonderland Crafts, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Drop into the Children’s Department any time throughout the day to make a fun and creative winter craft. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Lunch and a Movie, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 12 noon-2 p.m. Bring a blanket and your lunch and enjoy a great movie with your family and friends. 301/6007200. www.fcpl.org. First Night Winchester, Winchester, VA. 10 a.m. Largest, safest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budgetfriendly, non-profit New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley. Entertainment, musicians, dancers, arts & crafts, magicians, comedy, and more. Evening culminates at midnight with the Apple Drop and a spectacular Fireworks display. Admission buttons $10. Children 10 & under are free. www.firstnightwinchester.com. Family New Year’s Celebration, Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Unlimited indoor attractions, dinner and video games. Admission. 904/249-9784. The Donut Drop, Public Square, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. What’s Nxt presents this annual Krumpe’s New Year’s Eve Donut Drop. Family oriented event for all ages. Festivities before the donut falls. 301/739-8577, x116. Scottish First Footing, Square Corner Park, 1 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Ring in the New Year with a celebration involving Bag Pipes and refreshments. 301/834-8215.
animal. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Historic Houses of Worship Tour, Hagerstown. 3-7 p.m. Self guided tour of 19 churches within a 5 block radius of Hagerstown City Square. Seasonal music and decorations with historical and architectural interpretation. Free. 240/420-1740. Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Williamsport (MD) Polar Bear Plunge, River Bottom Park Enjoy a movie, free popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly at the boat ramp. 12 noon. Kick off the New Year! Events environment. www.BridgeofLife.org start at 9 a.m. Games and photo opportunities. 301/223Polymer Clay & Mixed Media Group, Craftworks at 7711. Cool Spring, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 11 a.m.-4 Cartoon Fest 2016, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. p.m. Free monthly gathering for community artists, ages 12 & Patrick St., Frederick. 2 p.m. Classic cartoons from the up. 304/728-6233. www.wvcraftworks.org. 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s. Admission. 301/600-2828. Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, –CG Frederick. 4-9 p.m. Self-guided walking tour of 13
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