Anne Arundel County Digest

November 23, 2012

'Garden of Lights'

Brookside Gardens' winter walk-through holiday lights display with more than 1 million twinkling LED lights shaped into forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements is on view through Jan. 6 at 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. There will be nightly musical performances as well as refreshments and shopping. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; and until 9 p.m. New Year's Eve.

Admission is $20 per car/van Monday-Thursday; $25 per car/van Friday-Sunday. Advance tickets are $20 and good for any night. Only cash is accepted at the entrance; the last car is admitted 30 minutes before closing. Group tours must book and pay in advance. Information: 301-962-1453 or

Holiday open house

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at the Benson-Hammond House Museum at BWI Marshall Airport, Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road. Admission is free. Hours are 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Information: 410-647-0936.

Holiday music

Encore Chorale's "Holiday Concert," conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 19 at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Admission is free. Guest performers include the Indian Creek School Solo Choir and cellist Stephen Clark. Information: 301-261-5747 or

Baysox gift package

The Bowie Baysox offer a "Home For The Holidays" ticket package that features eight undated box-seat tickets and a free Manny Machado bobblehead. The package is available at until Jan. 4 for $88 and $7.95 for shipping and handling. To guarantee delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed by Dec. 13. (Those who wish to pick up their package at Prince George's Stadium will not be charged shipping and handling, and packages can be picked up Dec. 6 through Dec. 21). Information: 301-464-4880.

Book discussion

Historian Arthur Drea, author of "20th-Century Europe," will speak at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. The drives of indigenous people for independence, the world wars, changes in world powers, and the cause and results of economic movements are among the topics he writes about. Information: 410-222-1818.

New website

Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of the multiple resources in the region. For more information, go to

Christmas bazaar

The Deale Volunteer Fire Department holds its 36th annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 6007 Drum Point Road. The event features vendors, crafts and baked goods, free coffee and door prizes. Children can enjoy a visit with Santa beginning at noon. Information: 410-867-2439.

Holiday food drive

Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected at the Chesapeake Hearing Centers' six locations until the end of the year. The centers' goal is 1,000 pounds of food. In exchange for donating, a free pack of hearing aid batteries will be given. For more information or to find a drop-off location, call 410-647-7795 or go to

Children's Christmas party

A children's tree-trimming party will be held from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. W. Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served and crafts created. Information: 410-867-4486 or

Rotary gala

The Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual "Black Tie and Diamonds" event will be held from 6 p.m to 11 p.m. March 9 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street in Annapolis. The gala includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife. Tickets are $1,500 for a table of 10 and are on sale now. Individual tickets at $150 per person go on sale after Jan. 1. To purchase a full table, contact Rebecca Tingle at 410-267-7877, ext. 6, email, or call Ron Baradel at 410-268-6600. Information: 877-333-9667 or

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