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December 2013

Five-and-Dine Dance

Dance to a DJ playing Motown and ‘50s’ tunes, enjoy free snacks and meet new people. 5:30-6:30pm dance lesson; 6:30-9:30pm dancing at the Elks Lodge, Gambrills. $10: 443-474-2668.

Stocking Stuffer Soiree

Browse and buy at Form and Fabric’s last minute shopping spree featuring six local artists and a wine and cheese reception. 5-7pm at the Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis: 410-222-1777;

Winter Colonial Survival ~ free

Learn about the challenges colonists faced as they prepared for their first winter in America in this interactive program suitable for all ages; dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 1-3pm at the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro: 301-888-1377;

Christmas Pageant & Concert ~ free

Enjoy a Christmas pageant and concert for all ages; refreshments follow. Noon at Holy Family Church, Davidsonville: 410-269-0586.

Church Holiday Giftique

Shop a variety of community crafters, artisans and merchants offering handcrafted jewelry, artwork, Christmas décor, hand-painted Christmas balls, cards and more. 11:45am-2pm at Unity by the Bay, Annapolis: 410-544-7990;

A Christmas Cantata ~ free

Hear A Night for Rejoicing, featuring music by church Minister of Music Ralph Manuel. 10:30am at Heritage Baptist Church, Annapolis: 410-263-6680;

HOWLaday’s 5K Doggie Fun Run

You and your pup work off holiday calories early at the SPCA holiday 5K fun-run. 9am at Quiet Waters Park (meet at parking lot across from park). $5 donation to benefit SPCA:

Candle Lighting Service

Join Unity by the Bay’s Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service, with Rev. Ethel Porter. 7:30pm at Unity by the Bay, Severna Park: 410-544-7990;

KIDS Winter Camp

Children ages 3 to 8 join in energizing fitness games, non-competitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and more; snacks provided (also Dec. 27, 30, 31) 1-4pm at My Gym, Annapolis. $35 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-774-5424;

Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Nutcracker

Rediscover the wonder of this timeless holiday classic danced by Maryland’s professional ballet company. Sa 7pm; Su 1pm and 4:30pm, with Sugar Plum Parties at noon and 3:30pm. Maryland Hall, Annapolis. $42 w/age discounts; rsvp: 410-280-5640;