Put "Winter Craft Bazaar" at the top of your list. Sponsored by students of home economics at North Carroll Middle School, the first Winter Craft Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
This event is designed to benefit others.
For weeks, students have stitched, glued, painted and planned how their homemade crafts could build into donations for medical research, the homeless, park beautification and increased educational programs at the school.
Students involved are earning service hours, required for public school graduation. Nearly two dozen parents have become involved to help students with large-scale projects for the bazaar.
"A lot of students put in hours because they enjoy doing what they're doing," said Kathryn Rudy, home economics teacher and organizer of the bazaar.
Local vendors of crafts are expected to line the hallways of the school.
"Elfnick's Cave" is planned to entice children. All items will cost $1 or less, and will be gift-wrapped free. Students, playing helpful elves, will assist children age 9 and younger in this children-only shop.
Proceeds from the shop will benefit a family adopted by the school through the Neighbors In Need program.
The school PTO will hold a bake sale, and Students Helping Others Understand Them will have a food table to benefit its program of outreach to troubled students.
Christmas trees have arrived at Robert's Field, thanks to Cub Scout Pack 790 of Hampstead. The trees, cut Saturday, are selling from the field next to Ace Hardware at Robert's Field Shopping Center.
Local businesses are supporting the tree sales. The use of an outdoor shed has been donated by Straight Line Fence of Manchester. Wood for the fire barrel, essential for warmth and conversation, has been donated by Schaeffer Mulch.
The JCK Tree Farm of Taneytown, after cutting trees selected by the Scouts, cut and donated an extra 20 or so trees to benefit the pack.
Scouts will sell trees from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until all trees are sold.
A Christmas concert by the Concert Choir of North Carroll High School will be the feature of the December meeting of the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs Women's Club of Hampstead, on Tuesday.
This concert has been the highlight of the women's club annual calendar for almost 30 years.
Under the direction of Charles O'Day, the concert choir gives this performance as the first of its holiday season.
The Women's Club of Hampstead President Sandy Yospa extends an invitation to members of community groups and area senior citizens to attend the concert. Officers of the district and regional federations of women's clubs have been invited, and members of the Women's Club of Hampstead are encouraged to bring guests.
The concert begins at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1375 N. Main St., Hampstead. There is ample parking in the rear. St. Mark's is accessible to the handicapped.
In the hills just north of Butler is the Basignani family winery. Folks in North Carroll have probably driven past, unaware of European vines and underground cellars at 15722 Falls Road, about a half mile north of Duffy's Gun Room.
This weekend, Basignani is inviting wine lovers to an open house for tours, tasting and "wine talk."
"You don't have to know a whole lot about wine to enjoy it," said Bert Basignani from the winery, which is newly decorated for Christmas. "We'll have all our wines open so everybody can taste them, and offer cheese, crackers and hot cider."
In past years, he noted, hundreds of people "drift in and out" for the two-day event, to taste wine and "pick up some for the holidays." This year, the open house is held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $2 per car, with $1 refundable on a wine purchase.
"I've been growing grapes and making wine [at this location] since 1974," said Mr. Basignani. "We began growing grapes for other wineries, and then established our winery in 1986."
He applied the Italian family name to his winery, Basignani. But most of the grapes he grows are French-American hybrids associated with German-style wines, he said.
"We'll have tours of the cellars and have a look at how we make the wine," he said. The winery offers six different wines: three reds and three whites.
His wife, Lynn, acts as hostess for the event and assembles gift baskets that typically combine one or two bottles of wine with extra-virgin olive oil.
Other gift items available include a limited supply of T-shirts and sweat shirts featuring the splashy winery logo. New this year are wine glasses engraved with the Basignani logo of leaves and grapes.
Information: (410) 472-4718.
Reindeer have touched down at Spotter's Court in Robert's Field, we've been told. A pack of log-and-twig reindeer is now pulling the Trainor family Christmas tree up to the front door.
They're the first residents prepared for the annual Field Homeowners Association Outdoor Holiday Decorating Contest.
Both daytime and evening decorations will receive prizes this year. For lighted homes, judges will travel the neighborhood Dec. 16 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Information: Maureen Laderer, 239-7398.