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Welcome to the Southern Maryland 2006 Christmas Guide! This is a living, breathing document. We recommend that you check back regularly to see what's new. If you have suggestions for additions, or exisiting information about you or your events needs to be changed, please contact us.

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The Night Before Christmas

The History of Hanukkah

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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Karaoke!

Poinsettia Care

Hanukkah Singalong

The History of Kwanzaa

Christmas Tree Recycling...

After the Christmas Tree comes down this year, take it to be recycled.

St. Mary's County

Once again, Christmas Trees will be collected at the St. Mary's County Landfill and Convenience Centers at the end of the holiday season, free of charge. Undecorated trees may be placed in designated areas beginning on December 26, 2006, and continuing through January 31, 2007. These discarded trees will be ground into mulch.

At the close of the 2005 holiday season, the County collected nearly 20 tons of Christmas Trees at the Convenience Centers. The mulch from these trees, as well as the on-going yard waste collection at the landfill, is used by the Department of Recreation & Parks and the Department of Public Works & Transportation in maintaining County property. In addition, mulch is free to the citizens of St. Mary's County while supplies last.

For more information about the County's recycling program, contact the St. Mary's County Department of Public Works & Transportation at (301) 863-8400 or visit the County website www.co.saint-marys.md.us.

Charles County

The Charles County Commissioners announce that citizens may recycle their Christmas trees between December 26, 2006, and January 20, 2007, at 11 locations throughout the County.

The sites include the following Waldorf locations: the Charles County Landfill on Billingsley Road East; St. Nicholas Drive, off Smallwood Drive next to BJ's; the Route 205 Park 'n Ride; Pinefield Park on Pinewood Drive; and Calvary Gospel Church on Route 228.

Two sites are in La Plata: the Charles County Courthouse parking lot off Washington Avenue and Radio Station Road across from Laurel Springs Park.

The other sites include the recycling centers at Pisgah, off Route 425, Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, and Breeze Farm in Cobb Island; and Ruth B. Swann Park on Route 210 near Bryans Road.

The Landfill and Pisgah sites are open Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The Gilbert Run Park and Breeze Farm sites are open Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop-off is available 24 hours a day at the other sites.

Please drop off trees in the posted areas, and remove ornaments, plastic bags, and tree stands before recycling. The trees will be ground into mulch, which will be available next year to County residents free of charge.

For more information about recycling programs in Charles County, call the Department of Public Facilities at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778.
 

Calvert County

For a limited time, the Division of Solid Waste will be accepting Christmas trees at all sites for recycling free of charge through January 31, 2007. After January 31st, all Christmas Trees must be taken to the Appeal Landfill where there will be a fee charged.

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