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Bluegrass Gospel The 17th annual Jones Thompson Concert featuring The Bluegrass Gospel Express and The Hollywood Harmoneers will be held 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, 24710 Sotterely Road, Hollywood. Call 301-373-2130 or 301-373-8370.

16th annual open pottery studio show and sale Potter Sarah Houde will host her 16th annual open pottery studio show and sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec 1-2 at her home, 44035 Drum Cliff Road, Hollywood. Stress-free shoppiing while enjoying christmas cookies and no parking hassles. Bring a canned food donation for Church of Ascension Food Pantry. Raku demo each day at 2 p.m. Call 301-373-2297.

‘The Nutcracker’ The College of Southern Maryland presents holiday songs, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," and compositions from other seasonal events will be featured with choreography focusing on gifts, dolls and other toys 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the CSM La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road. A special focus on memory and the family are also featured in this performance. In keeping with the theme, audience members are asked to bring a toy which will be donated to the Children's Aid Society. Advance tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors or military with ID and for youth high school and below. Admission at the door is $20; $15 seniors, military or youth. Call 301-934-7828 or email bxoffc@csmd.edu.

Artworks@7th’s holiday gift show Artworks@7th invites the public to an opening reception for its holiday gift show, featuring small works by over 25 local artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, cards, fabric art, ornaments and more. The show runs through Dec. 30. Artworks@7th, 9100 Bay Avenue, North Beach, is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Call 410-286-5278 or go to www.artworksat7th.com

‘Clazzical jam’ At 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Mary's College of Maryland, come enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by the “Clazzical Jam” jazz group. Guests will hear Don Stapleson on flute and fellow St. Mary’s alum Peter Fields on guitar. Stapleson and Fields will be joined by Fred Lieder on the cello. The concert will be held in Montgomery Hall, room 25. It is free and open to the public. Call 240-895-3073, E-mail ajstanfield@smcm.edu or go to www.smcm.edu/news.

‘A Christmas Story’ The Newtowne Players, 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park, will present "A Christmas Story," Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Call 301-737-5447 or go to www.newtowneplayers.org or www.facebook.com/newtowneplayers.

Northern Virginia Youth Ballet, The Studio Cooperative and the College of Southern Maryland will present The Nutcracker Ballet 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This production is unmatched in the area featuring sets and costumes handmade from Russia for NVYB, and professional lighting and special effects.” The matinee performance at 2 pm will be available only for the following groups: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Senior Centers, hospice rehab center groups. Tickets for this performance only will be $10 per person. Tickets purchased prior to the 6 p.m. performance are $15 for adults and $12 for youth, seniors and military, $20 for adults and $15 for youth, seniors and military at the door. Call 301-934-2251.

Kids, meet Santa The Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Associates, 46900 S. Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, are hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa at Station 3, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1pm. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 5-12 (kids younger than 5 are free). Featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, apples, fruit, pancakes (plain, blueberry, and chocolate chip), French toast, coffee, and juice. Go to www.bdvfd.org.

‘Holiday Salon at MCAC’ Find thoughtful and original gifts for family and friends without the holiday hubbub in the quiet of the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury through Dec. 16. MCAC is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Fridays- Sundays.

Go to www.mattawomanart.org or call 240-682-3229 or 301-743-5159.

‘The Crucible’ Henry E. Lackey High School, 3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head, will perform “The Crucible” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2. “The Crucible,” written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for students, senior citizens and military members, and $6 for thespians. Call 301-743-5431.

‘Gridlock’ Miss Motley’s Café at Bel Alton Community Development Center will host Gridloc 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 30 at 9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton. Tickets are $10. Cash bar and food for sale. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call 301-392-9794.

Barbershop concert The College of Southern Maryland will hold a barbershop concert 8 p.m. Nov. 30 on the La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Call 301-934-7828 or go to www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Maker’s Market at Annmarie Garden Enjoy the final Maker’s Market of 2012 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell. Find unique gifts for friends, family members, children and colleagues. December’s Maker’s Market is extended by two hours giving guests more time to shop; don’t forget to stop in the Gift Shop at Annmarie as well for even more shopping opportunities. Call 410-326-4640 or go to www.annmariegarden.org.

Xmas shopping at CMM ’Tis the season to shop locally for holiday gifts and discover Chesapeake Bay treasures at the Calvert Marine Museum Store, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. Open daily from 10:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., the CMM store has operated for more than 38 years, with all proceeds benefiting the programs and exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum. Go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2750.

PTP auditions Producer Rick Pitonyak and Director Timothy LaBelle announce auditions for The Complete Works of Wiliam Shakespear (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at 508 Charles St., La Plata. Come prepared to perform a one minute monologue and expect to perform cold readings from the script. Roles available include three men all 17 years). Performances are May 17 - June 2. Call 301-752-3787.

‘The Power of History’ Historic St. Mary’s City will host “The Power of History,” a lecture by Ruth J. Abram, founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. The free lecture will take place in the HSMC Visitor Center auditorium, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. Call 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634 or go to info@stmaryscity.org.

257th Army Band at CSM CSM Presents 257th Army Band. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. The National Guard unit, the 257th Army Band returns by popular demand. Free with reservations encouraged. Go to BxOffc@csmd.edu, www.csmd.edu/Arts or call 301-934-7828.

CSM Music Student Honors Recital The CSM Music Student Honors Recital will be held 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM music students will perform. Free. Go to BxOffc@csmd.edu, www.csmd.edu/Arts or call 301-934-7828.

CSM Chorale Concert CSM’s Chorale Concert will take place 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. The CSM Chorale will feature a mix of contemporary and gospel styles with holiday classics such as the music to “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”Individual tickets are $5 in advance or $7 the day of the concert. Go to BxOffc@csmd.edu, www.csmd.edu/Arts or call 301-934-7828.

St. Maries Musica Southern Maryland’s own premier madrigal group, St. Maries Musica, will present, “A Mystical Christmas” for their upcoming Winter 2012 season. The group of singers will regale the audience with holiday-themed songs in the baroque, jazz, gospel and contemporary styles. The schedule for this season will include 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s campus, 25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown; 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at 1400 River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center, NAS Patuxent River. Call 301- 342-3656 for reservations (required); 7 p.m. Dec. 5 Historic St. Mary’s City state house (open house); and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California (free community concert donations encouraged). Call 301-994-9441.

Chesapeake Garden Club Holiday Show The Chesapeake Garden Club, continuing a holiday tradition that began in 1977, will host its annual holiday show 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland. The annual event features fresh holiday greenery, swags and centerpieces, a silent and live auction, light refreshments and demonstrations on decorating everything for the house, mailbox and doorway in a holiday motif. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. A design demonstration begins at noon. Call 301-812-2526 or 301-855-3710.