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Holiday Guide 2009

Stuffed The 2009 City Paper Holiday Guide

The Gifts That Count The presents that have stayed in our writers' thoughts | By Raymond Cummings, Lauren Bender, Charles Cohen, Alex Epstein, and John Barry

The Wish List Gifts we wish we could afford

Posted 11/18/2009

Turkey Trot, 8 a.m. Nov. 26, Ma and Pa Trail, 314 Williams St., Bel Air, (410) 697-9622, $30, advance $25, walkers $17; 9 a.m. Nov. 26, Towson Family Center Y, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, (410) 823-8870,, $35, advance $30. We're seriously considering cheering you on at the finish line with a giant bowl of candied yams, but these 5Ks benefit the local Y, which provides all kinds of great programs for kids and families, so we won't disrespect with marshmellows, just cheers!

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Nov. 27-29, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, (443) 923-7300,, $10, children and seniors $5, children under 4 free. The Cow Palace at the fairgrounds is turned into a magical wonderland with hundreds of decorated trees, a holiday reading from Cal Ripken Jr., pony rides, a Santa theme park, and a performance from everybody's favorite kids' band Milkshake. Proceeds benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which will help even more holiday wishes come true.

Festival of Wreaths, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-6, Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-7272,, free. Bid on or gander at wreaths donated, designed, and commissioned by Carroll County businesses. The auction will benefit the Carroll County Arts Council.

Santa Clause Anonymous Holiday Giving, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson St., (410) 456-9269,, $65, advance $55. Santa Claus Anonymous celebrates its 75th anniversary with wine and microbrew tastings featuring local and international vendors. A silent auction and live music is included in this charity campaign to assist those in need this season.

Hoof It to Holiday Fundraiser for Neglected Horses, 7-11 p.m. Dec. 4, Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, (301) 854-5037,, $40, advance $35. Party hard to benefit the abused and neglected horses sheltered at Days End Farm, a charity that takes in 100 horses a year, and has cared for more than 1,500 over the course of 20 years.

Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 5, Doyle Dining Room, 4701 N. Charles St., (410) 532-5542,, $15, children 6-11 $10, children 2-5 $5. Find out if Santa prefers a glass of milk or orange juice with his breakfast while deploying your best toy strategy. Guests are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift donation.

Wreaths, Boxwood Trees, and Kissing Balls, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec.2-3 and 7-9, Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, (410) 557-9570, Craft wreaths, kissing balls, and miscellaneous holiday symbols made of flora for Ladew's annual garden sale.

Jingle Bell Run, 9 a.m. Dec. 6, DuBurns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave., (800) 283-7800, Fundraise monetary donations for the Arthritis Foundation by putting your joints to good use walking or running on a 5K route downtown.

WinterGreen Party, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Red Maple, 930 N. Charles St., (410) 385-0520, Get together with Baltimore Green Works for its annual Christmas party, which is decidedly more festive than the average office holiday party. Part of the evening's proceeds will go to Baltimore Green Works.

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