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November 2013

Music at St. Margaret’s

Hear Eastern Shore piano jazz whiz Joe Holt weave songs in an irrepressibly happy counterpoint and marvelous extemporaneous improvisation. 7:30pm at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis. $15; rsvp: 410-974-0200;

Calvert Hospice Great Expectations

Ladies slip on a little black dress, men put on a suit and tie and enjoy delectable, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and the timeless music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others from the era while bidding on unique silent auction items and a live auction, the highlight of the evening at Calvert County’s red carpet Evening of Great Expectations, to benefit Calvert Hospice. 6:30pm at the Calvert Elks Lodge in Prince Frederick. $50+; rsvp: 410-535-0892;

Holiday Block Party

Join a holiday block party that includes performances from the Balloon Guy, a cappella group Nothing But Treble and Davy Dance Academy, a Toys for Tots collection, a St. Jude’s Fundraiser, a PAWS photo session and freebies and specials from the merchants. 6-8pm at Annapolis Towne Centre, Parole:

Grand Illumination at Homestead

Glittering lights ignite to kick off the holiday season at Homestead Gardens. Witness the spectacular display of 200,000 Christmas lights illuminated at once, then browse one of the region’s largest selections of holiday gifts and décor. 6-6:30pm lighting at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville: 800-300-5631;

KIDS Sweet Treat Express • free

Little conductors pull into the station to create train engines using Rice Krispie treats, candy and cookies at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum’s fifth annual Sweet Treat Express. 2-3:30pm at Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. rsvp: 410-257-3892.

Taste of the Past • free

Get inspired for your holiday baking on a trip back to our culinary past with a sample of holiday desserts. Noon-4pm at Belair Mansion, Bowie: 301-809-3089;

Holiday Extravaganza

Shop till you drop at Coffee Connections’ third annual Holiday Extravaganza with Santa, local wines, gourmet oils and vinegars, jewelry, handbags and accessories, toys, art, maps and holiday decor — plus flu shots. Benefits Rude Ranch Animal Rescue. 11am-4pm at Historic Baldwin Hall, Millersville: 410-320-4026;

West Annapolis Sidewalk Sale

Shop at the village of West Annapolis Saturday Sidewalk Sale. 10am-5pm on Annapolis St., Annapolis:

St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar

Fill your gift list with wares ranging from plants to attic treasures to unique crafts. Kids inspect a Maryland branch of Santa’s workshop and browse toys his elves have finished. St. Nick sits with children all day. Finish with a feast of crab cakes, ham and baked goods. 10am-5pm bazaar; noon-5pm dinner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Prince Frederick. Bazaar free; dinner $19 w/ discounts: 410-535-2897.

Calvert Historical Society Book Sale

Browse and buy hundreds of used books of all types at the Calvert Historical Society’s holiday open house. 10am-4pm at 70 Church St., Prince Frederick: 410-535-2452;