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Wednesday, Dec. 26

Join an interpreter in the Calvert Marine Museum Estuarium for “Anatomy of an Oyster” from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. The program stars Rock E. Feller, the museum’s giant stuffed oyster. Learn about the anatomy and biology of this fascinating species. Fifteen minute programs start at the top of every hour, free with museum admission.

The artLAB at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will be open during the school break from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Break out of school boredom and come to Annmarie Garden to make a special seasonal project. The artLAB is free with general admission. For more information, go to www.annmariegarden.org, or call 410-326-4640.

Thursday, Dec. 27

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Little Minnows: You Can Draw Me-Chesapeake Bay Sea Life and More from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Sponsored by PNC Bank Grow Up Great Initiative, author Elaine Thompsen will teach children to draw a turtle swimming in a marsh by the bay, then have them paint it in with watercolors. Space is limited and preregistration is suggested. The program is free. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41, to register.

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Turtle Talks from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Discovery Room. Join an interpreter for an overview of the turtles in this area. Meet juvenile turtles and the museum’s newest turtle resident and touch a terrapin. Program is free with museum admission, and 15-minute programs start at the top of every hour.

Friday, Dec. 28

The Calvert Marine Museum will present “The World of the Megalodon” from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. Join an interpreter in the fossil hall for an overview of these gargantuan giants and learn what was in the water with them 8 to 20 million years ago. Program is free with museum admission, and 15-minute programs start at the top of every hour.

The Knights of Columbus Council 1470 will host a special New Year’s Bingo on Dec. 28 at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m. More than $5,000 in prizes are available. Contact Jamie Guy at 240-925-2265 with any questions. Funds raised support local charities, such as Christmas in April and Special Olympics.

Saturday, Dec. 29

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Horseshoe Crabs: Survival of the Fittest from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Discovery Room. Join an interpreter for a hands-on look at these ultimate survivors, get a chance to touch the crabs and explore a model showing their inner anatomy. Program is free with museum admission, and 15-minute programs start at the top of every hour.

Sunday, Dec. 30

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Seahorses from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. Join an interpreter by the seahorse exhibit to get a look at these “sea dragons” with monkey tails, learn about their exotic courtship and unconventional birth and explore their habitat, relatives and why there are so few left. Program is free with museum admission, and 15-minute programs start at the top of every hour.

The deadline for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to enter the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution George S. Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is Dec. 30. The contest is sponsored by the Thomas Stone Chapter of SAR and is open to students attending public, private or parochial schools and homeschooled students in Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. The topic for the essay is an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or the framing of the U.S. Constitution. For rules and more information, contact Tim Dyson at 301-643-5932 or tdyson2465@aol.com.

Monday, Dec. 31

There will be a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the American Legion Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. Festivities include hot hors d’oeuvres, a luscious dinner and dancing to the tunes of the Snakebite Band, followed by a champagne toast to bring in the New Year and a continental breakfast. Tickets are $45 each or $75 per couple and may be purchased from the bartender. For more information, call 301-855-6466.

Calvert County homeowners who have not filed a Homestead Eligibility Application have until Monday, Dec. 31, to submit an application to continue to be eligible for this credit. The Homestead Property Tax Credit helps homeowners deal with assessment increases on their principal residence. The credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Every county and municipality in Maryland is required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10 percent or less each year. For questions about the Homestead Tax Credit, call 1-866-650-8783; email the Homestead unit at homestead@dat.state.md.us; or go to www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/homestead.html.

The deadline to apply for the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee Inc. volunteer board of directors is Monday, Dec. 31. SMTCCAC is looking for recruits with backgrounds in finance or banking, early childhood education, economic development and community advocacy. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide services for eligible citizens that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, promote upward mobility and enrich the quality of life. Interested private businesses, organizations or individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume: Attn: Board Selection and Credential Committee, SMTCCAC Inc., P.O. Box 280, Hughesville, MD 20637. For more information, call 301-274-4474, ext. 253.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Project ECHO will host the third annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 484 Main St. in Prince Frederick. Those in the community who are interested in volunteering their time or talents at the shelter are welcome to drop by and explore their potential. Opportunities include working one on one with a resident to help them earn a high school equivalency diploma, assisting parents in reading to children and other volunteer initiatives. For more information, go to www.projectecho.net, or contact Trisha Gipson at trishgipson@projectecho.net or 410-535-0044, ext. 4.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s Exhibit Barn will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. The barn will be open every Tuesday during the winter season and features the exhibit “Farmers, Patriots and Traitors: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812.” For more information, call 410-586-8500.