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Staff picks for Dec. 23-29

December 22, 2010

Train display opens
The display will include trains operating on the new permanent layout, and a small American Flyer Christmas display. 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 30. Antietam Station, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. Free, donations accepted. Call 301-824-2239, e-mail hmrrm@myactv.net or go to www.antietamstation.com.

Christmas Eve service with pets
A special Christmas Eve service for family, friends and neighbors and their cats and dogs. Pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Animals will receive a pet blessing, an animal goody bag and a holiday scarf. 4:30 p.m. doors open, 5 p.m. service begins. Mount Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ, 64 S. Main St., Keedysville. Call Leslie at 301-797-6290.

Chrismas Day celebration
A nondenominational celebration. Singing groups will perform. Bring gifts for Frederick County, Md., babies, including baby clothes, disposable diapers in all sizes, socks, wipes, lotion, powder, baby oil, shoes, socks, pull-ups and clean blankets. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick, Md. Call Pastor Luke J. Robinson at 301-524-2141.

Eclectic roots music
Frederick native Leif Nicolas Huber will perform with his band as Leify Green Conspiracy. Their eclectic music features African- and Latin-influenced percussion, a funk-rock groove, and Celtic- and Appalachian-style guitars and mandolin. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door. A cash bar will be available. Profits will fund the Frederick Arts Council’s Thelma Gross Music Scholarship Fund. See www.leifygreen.com for ticket information. Go to www.frederickartscouncil.org or call 301-662-4190.

Frederick Houses of Worship
Houses of worship welcome visitors with harp, choral, handbell and organ performances, refreshments, a live Nativity and carillon music. 4 to 9 p.m. Throughout downtown Frederick, Md. Free. Call 301-600-4047 or go to www.fredericktourism.org/landing/Holidays2010.

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