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December 2013

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Grades 4-6 enjoy Night at the Museum play. 6:30-7:30pm at Twin Beaches Library, Owings: 410-257-2411;

KIDS Study with a Yorkie Tutor

School-agers work with Ladybug the Yorkie tutor to improve reading skills. 3:30pm at Crofton Library; rsvp: 410-222-7915;

KIDS Story Time

Babies up to 18 months enjoy stories and songs. 9:30 & 10:30am at Annapolis Library: 410-222-1750;

KIDS Story Time

Babies up to 2 years enjoy stories and songs. 9:30am at Severna Park Branch: 410-222-6290;

Annmarie Pet Night

Bring your well-behaved pet on a short (six-foot and under) leash to enjoy the beautiful walk through the glittering woods. 6-9pm at the garden. $6 w/discounts (pets $1): 410-326-4640;

Celtic New Year

Join Maggie Sansone and friends for an evocative 15th Anniversary New Year’s Day concert with a Celtic/jazzy sound. 5pm at Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. $23.50; rsvp: 410-268-4545;

North Beach New Year's Plunge

Strip down to dive into 2014 and earn a certificate for braving the elements at North Beach’s Polar Bear Swim. Watch or join inm then warm up at a beach bonfire, sipping hot cider and roasting marshmallows. 12:30pm sign up; 1pm take the plunge at North Beach waterfront, by the pier: 301-855-6681;

5K Resolution Race

Run a certified racecourse, with awards for overall top male and female plus 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place by age. Post-race enjoy hot soup and cider to benefit Southern Maryland Community Network mental health programs and the Erica Weems Scholarship Fund. Registration 8am; race 9am at Network HQ. 305 PF Blvd., Prince Frederick. $25: 410-535-4787 x309;

First Day Hikes

Celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes. Twenty-one Maryland state parks are participating in the third annual first day hikes event. Find a complete list of first day hikes in Maryland at

New Year’s Eve Aboard the USS Constellation

The historic sloop USS Constellation’s 13th annual celebration features catered supper, champagne, cannon-firing, tours and giveaways — plus a deck-view of fireworks. 10pm-1am at Pier 1, Inner Harbor, Baltimore. $85 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-539-1797;