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December 2015

Tawes Garden Winter Walk Through Maryland in Miniature

     Take a Winter Walk Through Maryland in Miniature for an easy stroller-friendly hike for families and well-behaved dogs on leashes. Scout for songbirds and other wildlife among areas that demonstrate Maryland’s native mountain west, central piedmont and coastal plain regions; learn how this once-inhospitable lot was transformed into a five-acre oasis. Meet at 1pm at the weekend entrance on Herbert M. Sachs Dr. between the Courts of Appeals building and the Maryland Judicial Center. rsvp: 410-260-8189.

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

     Join the Puppies on the Patuxent Hike for an easy-to-moderate 1.5 mile hike along the Patuxent River, suitable for strollers. Stops at the boardwalk and Catfish Pond for views of wildlife. Meet at Frank Oslislo Visitor Center at either 9am or 2pm. rsvp: 301-888-1377. Join a First Day Hike at state parks across the land. Hikes are guided and free. rsvp requested.      For all these adventures, dress for the weather, bring water, a camera, binoculars and bird guides.
Plunge into the Water      Are you thick skinned enough to run into the January Bay? On Jan.1 at 1pm, join the plunging crowd at North Beach. Register ($25) to raise funds for Meals for Wheels with the reward of a T-shirt and I Plunged certificate. Or plunge for fun and free. Warm up after with hot drinks and a bonfire on the beach. rsvp: 301-855-6681.  

North Beach Polar Bear Swim

Dive into 2016 and the Bay to benefit Calvert Meals on Wheels. Warm up at a beach bonfire with hot cider; roast marshmallows. 1pm, North Beach waterfront, $25 (for t-shirt & ­certificate): 301-855-6681.

5K Resolution Race

Start your New Year running a 5K to benefit Southern Maryland Community Network; post-race awards ceremony with refreshments. Registration 8am, race 9am, 305 Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick, $30 (free ages 9 and under), rsvp: 410-535-4787 x309.  

Roaring ’20s NYE at Anthony’s

Guys grab fedoras, dolls don flapper dresses for a speakeasy party complete with karaoke, dancing, midnight toast and party favors. 9pm-2am, Anthony’s Bar and Grill, Dunkirk, $10: anthonysdunkirk.com.

The Late Boomers in Concert

Popular band celebrates New Year’s Eve with honky-tonk, swing, country blues and bluesy-grass music. 9pm-midnight, 49 West, Annapolis, $20, rsvp: 410-626-9796.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve

Enjoy live music and carolers. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake leads the countdown to midnight when the harbor erupts with spectacular fireworks. 9pm-12:30am, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, free: baltimore.org.

New Year’s Eve at Chesapeake Beach

Ring in the New Year in style with party favors, a champagne toast, continental breakfast and cash bar; Johnny Seaton performs. 8pm, Chesapeake Beach Resort, $35, rsvp: cbresortspa.ticketleap.com.

Old Stein Inn NYE

Enjoy a German New Year’s Eve dinner, then live music in the heated biergarten. The Old Stein Inn, Edgewater, rsvp: 410-798-6807.