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November 2013

Talent Machine’s Holiday Spectacular

Event Date:  Repeats every day until Sat Dec 21 2013 . December 19, 2013 - 7:30pm Actors aged 6 to 18 create The Talent Machine’s 25th annual seasonal show, A Happenin’ Holiday, with spirited musical numbers ranging from traditional to contemporary and special guests Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, dancing bears and trees. ThF 7:30pm; Sa 2pm and 7:30pm; Su 10am and 2pm at Key Auditorium, St. John’s College, Annapolis. $12 w/discounts: 410-956-0512; www.talentmachine.com. Location Saint John's College 60 College Ave Annapolis, MD United States See map: Google Maps

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Event Date:  December 7, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Come join us for yummy food, good company and a wonderful time with Santa. There will be door prizes, a children's craft table, Build A Bear raffle, cupcake decorating, and, of course, visit with Santa!! Menu: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Ham, Juice, Milk, and Coffee. Admission price: $3.00 per person; children, ages 2 and under, are Free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Location Our Lady of Perpetual Help 515 Loch Haven Road Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

A Conversation With Author Janice Gary

Event Date:  December 7, 2013 - 1:00am - 1:45am "Walking Out of Fear:" A conversation about the journey of letting go of fear with Janice Gary, author of Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance Location Celebrate Recovery 513 Center Drive Severna Park, Maryland 21146 United States See map: Google Maps

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Event Date:  December 7, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Come join us for yummy food, good company and a wonderful time with Santa. There will be door prizes, a children's craft table, Build A Bear raffle, cupcake decorating, and, of course, visit with Santa!! Menu: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Ham, Juice, Milk, and Coffee. Admission price: $3.00 per person, children ages 2 and under are Free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Location Our Lady of Perpetual Help 515 Loch Haven Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

Season’s Bounty Heralds the Holidays

For us at Bay Weekly, this week’s paper arrives like Christmas.     The wait has been long and ticklish with anticipation. Preparation has kept us busy for days and nights, our keyboards ringing like tools in elfish workshops. Visions of what’s to come have danced in our heads.     Now the wait is over.     With this week’s paper, Christmas arrives.     In this season of sharing, it falls from our hands into yours.

After generations harvesting wild oysters, Chesapeake watermen are learning to raise them

Where have all the nicknames gone?     Once upon a time you had one — Popeye, Spanky, Hambone — if you were an oysterman working the Bay.     Nowadays, oystermen are mostly gone, along with their nicknames. In Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, only about a dozen commercial oystermen still work.

In hatcheries, science works to jumpstart nature

Restoring oysters and an oyster economy in the Chesapeake starts in hatchery labs, where scientists are filling the gap in hopes nature will take over from there.     The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Hatchery in Cambridge — expanded last year to produce up to two billion spat a year — grows the larvae, nursing the tiny babies as they attach to a hard surface — old oyster shell. Other oyster babies are grown in a smaller state hatchery at Piney Point in St. Mary’s County.

Comet ISON is heading for the sun

If you haven’t looked for Comet ISON yet, now is the time. In just the past few days, the comet has grown more than 15 times brighter and is now visible to the unaided eye low in the east-southeast before dawn.

Thanksgiving’s main course, from free to $6.75 a pound

The bird of the season is a turkey.             We Americans devour over 45 million turkeys and over 675 million pounds of turkey each Thanksgiving. That’s the big day, but not the only day, we eat the big bird. If you’re an average American, you eat 17.5 pounds of turkey every year. That’s more than even Uncle Max could eat in one day.     Some of us will eat turkey for free; others will pay up to $6.75 a pound for Thanksgiving’s main course.

John Page Williams honored for 40 years of conservation

John Page Williams, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s senior naturalist, has been made an Admiral of the Chesapeake by decree of Governor Martin O’Malley. The rank, which dates back to the middle of the last century, recognizes a lifetime of environmental contributions.