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December

1…… Thurmont Lions Club’s 14th Annual Christmas Ornament Order Pickup, Lobby of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

1…… Balance & Strength Class w/Ruth, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 11 a.m. Also: Dec. 5,6,8,12,12,14,15,19,20,21,22.

1…… Cards & Games, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m. Also: Dec. 2,5,6,8,9,12,13,15,16,19,20,22,23.

1…… Pick Up Pre-ordered Ornament, Thurmont Lions Club at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Frederick Road, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

2…… Bingo (every Friday night), Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Dr., Thurmont. Doors open 5 p.m.; Bingo 6:45 p.m. Tip jars; food; jackpot up to $1,000. Benefits Thurmont Community Amb. Srv. www.thurmonteventcomplex.com.

2…… Pickleball (Fridays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Upstairs in Gym, Emmitsburg. 12:30 p.m.

2…… ZUMBA Gold, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10:15 a.m. Also: Dec. 9,23.

2…… Symphony Orchestra Concert, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. 8 p.m.

3…… Holiday Quarter Auction, Thurmont AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, 26 Apples Church Rd., Thurmont. Doors open noon; auction 1 p.m. Admission: $5 (includes two paddles). Food, 50/50, tip jars, raffles. Benefits building fund.

3…… Thurmont Main Street Pop-Up Shop, Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Thurmont. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors. Coco’s Grill food truck. www.thurmontmainstreet.com.

3…… Horse & Carriage Ride in Thurmont, Rides will board in Municipal Parking Lot (on South Center St. in front of American Legion, travel up E. Main Street, down Water St., then to Thurmont Community Park & back to municipal parking lot. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carriage rides are by reservation only: call town office 301-271-7313, press 0. $10/person (no matter the age).

3…… St. Rita’s KringleFest, 13219 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

3…… Holiday Bazaar, 101 S. Main St., Woodsboro. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

3…… Winter Choral Concert, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. 8 p.m.

3…… Santa Visits the Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

3…… Christmas Exstraganza, First Baptist Church, 7 Sunny Way, Thurmont. 2-4 p.m. Make gingerbread house, play Bingo, hear a story. Free admission. www.fbcthurmont.org.

3…… St. John’s Lutheran Church Presents the Emmitsburg Community Chorus, 8619 Blacks Mill Rd., Creagerstown. 4 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres in parish hall following service. Luminaries on display 5:30 p.m.

3…… Christmas in Thurmont Photos With Santa, Guardian Hose Co., 21 N Church St., Thurmont. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m.

3…… Christmas in Thurmont, Guardian Hose Co., 21 N. Church St., Thurmont. Crafts for Kids, Face Painting 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ESP Performing Company 4:30 p.m. Prize drawings 5 p.m. Guardian Hose Co. serving hot dogs & hot chocolate while supplies last.

3,4… ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. 2-8 p.m. Santa will visit 3-5 p.m. Bring a couple dozen cookies to add to our Cookie Table. Local musicians. www.thorpewood.org.

4…… Worship Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

5…… TUMC Clothes Closet Open House Christmas Party, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 6 p.m.

5…… Night of Christmas Spirit, Carriage House Inn, 200 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg.

5…… Place Your Orders for Slippery Pot Pie (chicken or ham) and/or Country Ham Sandwiches: $7/quart; sandwiches $6/ea. Call 301-271-2305 or 301-271-2655. Pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Trinity UCC, 101 E. Main St., Thurmont.

5…… School Skills for Preschoolers, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 11:15 a.m. Also: Dec. 12.

5…… YOGA, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 9:30 a.m. Also: Dec. 12,19.

5…… Exercise to Video (Mondays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 10 a.m.

5…… Free Community Meal Served the First Monday Each Month, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231 A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 5:30-7 p.m. All invited. 301-271-2379.

6…… Elementary Explorers: Discover Dairy: Adopt A Cow, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 4-4:45 p.m.

6…… Coffee & Chat, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 10 a.m. Also: Dec. 13, 20.

6-8… Exercise to Video (Tuesdays thru Thursdays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 9:15 a.m.

7…… Pickleball (Wednesdays), 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Upstairs in Gym, Emmitsburg. 1 p.m.

7…… 50/50 Bingo, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m. Also: Dec. 21.

8…… Pick Up Pre-ordered Ornament, Thurmont Lions Club at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Frederick Road, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

8…… Bunko, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E Main St., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

8…… Thurmont Lions Club’s 14th Annual Christmas Ornament Order Pickup, Lobby of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Thurmont. 5-7 p.m.

8…… Roy Rogers Fundraiser for Thurmont Senior Center, Roy Rogers Restaurant, Thurmont. 5 p.m.

9…… Christmas in Rocky Ridge, Rocky Ridge Vol. Fire Co., 13527 Motters Station Rd., Rocky Ridge. 5 p.m. Tree lighting 7 p.m. The Sauced Savage BBQ food truck & My Favorite Baker. Train display, crafts, make s’mores by the fire & free cookies and hot chocolate.

9…… Gamelan Gita Semara, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA. 4:30 p.m.

10…. Museums by Candlelight, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums, 1611 N Market St., Frederick. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Explore holiday traditions while taking a self-guided tour of the museum facilities. Walk-in event. www.rosehillmuseum.com. 301-600-1650.

10…. Holiday Craft Bazaar, Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Dr., Cascade. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

10…. Yuletide Celebration, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Ln., Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 4-7 p.m.

10…. Blood Drive, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Road, Thurmont. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 301-271-4511

10…. Thurmont Main Street Pop-Up Shop, Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Thurmont. 0 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors. Rock & Rollin’ Roasters food truck. www.thurmontmainstreet.com.

10…. The Amish Outlaws with DJ Fire, Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Dr., Thurmont. Doors open 6 p.m.; music 9:30 p.m.-midnight; DJ Fire 7-9:30 p.m. $10/person (available at door, Friday Night Bingo, or eventbrite.com). Cash bar, kitchen open, tip jars, 50/50. ATM available. 18 & older – photo ID required.

11…. Memories of Fort Ritchie, 14421 Lake Royer Rd., Cascade. 3-5 p.m. Reminisce w/others who lived and worked on Fort Ritchie. Free admission; light refreshments.

11…. Worship Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

11-18 Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest. Have exterior of your home or business decorated by Dec. 11; judging Dec. 11-18. Cash prizes. Three categories: Most Creative, Most Traditional, Best Business. Winners announced on town website & social media by Dec. 21.

12…. Library Learners: Ancient Egypt, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

13…. Elementary Explorers: Board Games, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 4-4:45 p.m.

13…. Knitting & Crocheting Group, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E Main St., Thurmont. 11 a.m.

15…. Handmade Gifts, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 6 p.m.

15…. Making Chocolate Candies for Holiday Season, 50-Plus Senior Ctr., 300A S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg.

17…. Fort Ritchie Community Center Breakfast with Santa, 14421 Lake Royer Rd., Cascade. 9-11 a.m.

17…. Thurmont Main Street Pop-Up Shop, Thurmont Plaza, 224 N. Church St., Thurmont. Vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Sauced Savage food truck. www.thurmontmainstreet.com.

18…. Cantata Worship Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 10 a.m.

18…. ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont. 2-8 p.m. Santa will visit 3-5 p.m. Bring a couple dozen cookies to add to our Cookie Table. Local musicians. www.thorpewood.org.

19…. Blood Pressure Checks by Thurmont Ambulance Company, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont.

20…. Crafting Fun With Pauline’s Pals, Thurmont Senior Center, 806 E. Main St., Thurmont.

22…. Blood Drive, Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade, MD. 12:30-6 p.m. 301-241-5085.

23…. December 23rd Program, Apples UCC, 7908 Apples Church Rd., Thurmont. 7 p.m.

24…. Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, Graceham Moravian Church, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Rd., Thurmont. 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. www.gracehammoravian.org.

24…. Christmas Eve Services, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 5:30 p.m. Family Service; 7 p.m. Traditional Service. www.thurmontchurch.com.

24…. St. John’s Lutheran Church Service of Lessons, Carols & Communion, 8619 Blacks Mill Rd., Creagerstown. 5 p.m.  Followed by a FREE fried chicken dinner w/cheese platter, cranberry relish, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate & water.

24…. Christmas Eve Service, Harriet Chapel, 12625 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont. Carol Sing 7 p.m.; Holy Eucharist 7:30 p.m. www.harrietchapel.net.

24…. Christmas Eve Services, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. Worship Service, Potter’s Hands Puppets & Special Music 7 p.m.; Worship Service with Special Music, Choir & Handbells 9 p.m. www.wellerchurch.com.

25…. Christmas Service, Thurmont UMC, 13880 Long Rd., Thurmont. 9 a.m. www.thurmontchurch.com.

25…. Christmas Service, Weller UMC, 101 N. Altamont Ave., Thurmont. 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

28…. School’s Out LEGO Build, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 1 p.m.

30…. Christmas Concert Featuring the Emmitsburg Community Chorus, Lewistown UMC, 11032 Hessong Bridge Rd., Thurmont. 3 p.m. Light refreshments. Free will offering will benefit chorus.

31…. New Year’s Eve Bingo, Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Dr., Thurmont. Over $10,000 in cash payouts. Doors open 5 p.m.; meal 6-8 p.m.; games 8 p.m.  $50/ticket (includes 9 pack of 27 games-$250 ea.; 3 games-$1,000 ea.; jackpot-$1,500). Tip jars & 50/50. www.thurmonteventcomplex.com. Tickets at Friday Night Bingo or www.eventbrite.com.

31…. New Year’s Eve Bingo, Vigilant Hose Company Activity Bldg., 17701 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg. Doors open 5 p.m.; games 8 p.m. $50 in advance (includes 9 pack, $50 for 50 games including four $1,000 jackpots; all other games pay $200; dinner platter included). Snacks & refreshments available for purchase. Tickets: Mary Lou 240-285-3184 or Pam 240-472-3484.