Paintings, drawings, stained glass, carvings and engravings could solve your gift quandaries.
And all this art is available in a friendly, uncrowded shopping environment, the Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center.
The center and the Carroll County Arts Council present the Natureof Art, a juried show and sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.
The show includes environmental exhibits and photo contest winners from theOutdoor Writers Association of America. Admission is free. Information: 876-8550.
Put the holiday frenzy on hold for a few hours and let the songs and services of the season get you in the spirit.
Western Maryland College plans a Service of Lights at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Baker Memorial Chapel, Westminster.
The campus choir lends its voice. Sacred stories, told by a Native American and a Jew, also will highlight this year's interfaith service. Information: 857-2560.
Also at the college, the Chesapeake Brass Quintet offers a Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Baker Memorial Chapel.
Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for students. Information: 876-7906.
And Sunday, Carroll Community College presents "Seasonal Choral Concert", withtraditional favorites and classics, too.
The sounds are free and begin at 3 p.m. at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Information: 876-9620.
How about a little fantasy? Liberty High School's Drama Club will present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Saturday. Information: 795-8100.
If you are counting off the days until Christmas, you know you can't avoid the shopping altogether.
Celebrate in Mount Airy from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday as downtown merchants present Merry Mount Airy Christmas. Shops will offer light refreshments and door prizes. Information: 795-1122.
While you are in town Saturday, you might stop in at St. James Episcopal Church's Christmas greens sale andluncheon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 202 N. Main St. Information: 829-0325.
Before you get shopping Saturday, why not fortify yourself at an all-you-can-eat breakfast? Boy Scouts from Troop 321 are serving pancakes and sausage from 6 to 11 a.m. at Ascension Church, Court Street, Westminster. Cost is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Information: 848-3251.
If you don't want to drag the children along, Carroll Child Care Center Inc. can help. It will be open this Saturday and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children age 2 through 7. Cost is $5 per hour for each child.
The center plans many activities to keep your child happy and away from holiday crowds. Proceeds will benefit infant and science programs. Registration is required. Information: 848-5909.
And, of course, there are more and more bazaar happenings Saturday. Many have lunch on sale.
St. John Catholic Church has its annual Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Offer a bid on an Oriental rug, taste homemade candy and cookies or find a bargain in the marketplace. The church is on Monroe Street, Westminster. Information: 848-4744.
Just across the street, the Social Order of the Beauceant, also has its annual Christmas bazaar, featuring jewelry, greens and crafts. You can take a break with homemade soups and sandwiches from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 46 Monroe Street,Westminster. Information: 876-6067.
The Westminster Church of Godhas a Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Route 27 and Lucabaugh Mill Road. Information: 848-7827.
Get fresh greens for all you decorating needs as the Friends of the Village, CarrollLutheran Village Auxiliary, sponsor a greens and cookies sale.
You can find hand-made crafts and decorations, jewelry, bows and customdecorating, too, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 205 St. Mark Way, Westminster. Information: 848-6256.
Take your chances on a quilt, Christmas swan, teddy bear wreath and fruit basket as Long View Nursing Home raffles those items at its bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3332 Main St., Manchester.
Take some baked goods home, too. Information: 239-7139.
Finally, Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market continues this Saturday and next with 100 stalls full of hand-made gifts, arts and crafts from stocking stuffers to tree toppers. Parking and admission are free from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ag Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.
Hungry after all that shopping? Emory United Methodist Church is serving fried oysters and baked ham from 1 p.m. Saturday until it's all gone at Arcadia Fire Hall in Upperco.
Cost is $9.95 for adults and $5 for children. Menu features the famous "lip-licking" beans, too. Information: 833-5481.
Forget about fixing breakfast Sunday. Drive to Union Bridge, where the Fire Department serves all you can eat. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.
The fire hall is on Locust Street. Information: 775-7422.
Top off the weekend with a lesson in history at Antrim's Open House from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Taneytown. Cost is $4 a person and proceeds benefit the area's neighbors in need.
Youwill be treated to music, carriage rides and visits with Santa. Information: 756-6812.
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