Banish holiday weight gain. Dr. Amir A. Rashidian, local author of “The StressProof Life,” presents “Thankful for Health: Healthy Eating During the Holidays” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Common Market, 5728 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. Avoid bloating and weight gain this holiday season. Advance registration is required, and the cost is $15. For more information, call 301-663-3416 or visit

Holidays in Historic Frederick begins. The Holiday Art Competition kicks off the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. Artists were invited to depict their version of Holidays in Frederick, and from the submissions, judges will select the winning art to be featured in the 2017 Holidays in Historic Frederick marketing campaign. You can vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Admission is free. For details, visit or call 301-600-2841.

Scents & Sweets competition. This annual competition and auction is open to professional and amateur bakers and florists, and features gingerbread structures and floral arrangements. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the William R. Talley Recreation Center, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. Each entry is voted on by judges and the public, and visitors can bid in the silent auction to take home one of the entries. Details are at 301-600-2841 or

Remembrance service. Hospice of Frederick County hosts this annual service open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and wants to commemorate his or her life during an evening of music, candlelight and personal reflection. The service begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Monocacy Valley Church, 9861 Old National Pike, Ijamsville. For more information, call 240-566-3037.

“It’s A Wonderful Life.” View this holiday classic on the big screen at 7 p.m. Friday at the Weinberg Center for Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Admission is free, but reservations must be made through the Weinberg Center’s box office by calling 301-600-2828. The film is underwritten by Frederick County Bank and is a thanks to the community for its support of The Religious Coalition.

Frederick by candlelight. The annual Candlelight House Tour features eight homes built between the late 1700s and the mid-1900s in downtown Frederick. The self-guided tour takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the tour. For more information, call 301-600-2841 or visit

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