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On the first Thursday of the month, from now until February, you are invited to bring a sandwich to Harriet Chapel on Catoctin Furnace Road in Thurmont at noon to have a peaceful break, watching and discussing a video series by Max Lucado, called Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World. Each person will get a coloring book and markers for a relaxing activity as you watch the video. Drinks and snacks will be provided. If there is enough interest, an evening group will be formed. You can help by calling 301-271-4554 to register so there will be enough books, but registration is not necessary. View the advertisement on page 35 for more information.

Register now for the Lunch & Learn at the Carriage House Inn in Emmitsburg on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. Learn about options and benefits of Advance Funeral Planning. Call today to reserve your free meal and a seat. View the advertisement on page 45 for more information.

The Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company is holding a Country Butchering on November 18, 2017, at 13527 Motters Station Road in Rocky Ridge. A pancake breakfast will be served from 6:00-10:00 a.m. Orders must be picked up between 6:00-10:00 a.m. View the advertisement on page 20 to find out how to place your order (orders must be placed by November 10).

The 11th Annual Foothills Artists Studio Tour will be held November 18 and 19, 2017, the weekend before Thanksgiving, at eight locations in the western Adams County (PA) communities of Fairfield and Cashtown. Ten artists and artisans will open their homes and studios in a special pre-holiday show and sale, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days. Approximately half of the tour sites are in historic homes. Artists and artisans: Dorothea Barrick, Spring Branch Studio, 13 Polly Trail, Fairfield; Becky Carter, 13 Snow Bird Trail, Carroll Valley; Geoff Grant, Eden Farm, 378 Topper Road, Fairfield; Jack Handshaw, 1575 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield; Michael A McCullough, 1720 Hilltown Road, Cashtown; Sharon Pierce McCullough, 1720 Hilltown Road, Cashtown; Don Rinehart, 24 North Miller Street, Fairfield; Ann Ruppert, Windborne Farm Studio, 489 Crum Road, Fairfield; Rod Stabler, co-showing with Ann Ruppert at Windborne Farm Studio, 489 Crum Road, Fairfield; Geoffrey Thulin, Blue Orchard Studio, 1013 Old Route 30, Cashtown.

See first-hand where the artists create their work and have the opportunity to buy directly from them. The eight studios will feature original paintings, pottery, sculpture, furniture and woodworking, stained glass, printmaking, photography, fabric arts, and jewelry.

The tour is self-guided and may be completed in any order. The website, www.foothillsartists.net, includes a map of each studio’s location and street address, as well as links to each artist’s individual website. It also includes biographies and artwork examples for each artist. Limited refreshments will be served.

View the advertisement on page 15 for more information.

Dorothea Barrick, one of ten artists participating in the Foothills Artists Studio Tour, November 18-19, in the Fairfield and Cashtown areas.

The Guardian Hose Company’s Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Thurmont Activities Building at the carnival grounds. Crafters are needed; if interested, please contact Patty at 301-788-0432. View the advertisement on page 8 for more information.

Thurmont is the getaway to the gateway, with shopping, rich history, dining, arts, and so much more! There are so many upcoming not-to-be-missed events, including the Art & Wine Stroll on Friday, November 10; the Main Street Festival of Trees; Christmas in Thurmont on December 2; and much more. View the advertisement on page 3 for more details.

The Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company is holding several not-to-be-missed upcoming events in November! An American Girl and Longaberger Basket Bingo will be held on November 12, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m.; a Shop ‘Til You Drop takes place on November 25-26, and you can visit Santa; and a New Year’s Eve Bingo will be held on December 31. View the advertisement on page 10 for more information on all of these exciting events.

The Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, located on Motters Station Road in Rocky Ridge, will be holding a monthly Money Bingo every Saturday evening (first Saturday of each month), starting November 4, 2017. Bingo features new prizes: $500 and $1,000 jackpots at 57 numbers or less! View the advertisement on page 10 for more information.

Support the Catoctin High School Class of 2018 Safe & Sane by coming out for their upcoming fundraising events: Dining for Dollars on November 3 at Roy Rogers in Thurmont, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.; Paint Night w/Laura Day “Let the Sun Shine” on November 11, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.; and more! View the advertisement on page 18 for more information.