Concert Series Set at St. Mary's College

The 1999 River Concert Series, a series of outdoor performances on the town house green on the campus of St. Mary's College, begins June 19.

The series features musical styles ranging from Broadway to bluegrass. Each concert will spotlight a musical theme and feature a celebrity guest or performer. All of the concerts are free.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the grounds open for picnicking at 6:30. The principal sponsors of the series are Aldridge Ford, New Nay Media and the Arts Alliance of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The scheduled performances are:

June 19 -- Broadway, Bernstein and all that Jazz, featuring soprano Susan Bender and WETA's Judy Gruber.

June 25 -- What do you get when you cross a Wolf, a Firetruck and a Spanish Wizard? featuring Fox 5's Hillary Howard narrating "Peter and the Wolf" and Channel 9's David Statter narrating "Hosedown: A Firefighter Fable for Orchestra and Firetruck."

July 9 -- Bluegrass on the Green, featuring the No Class Today Blue Grass Band.

July 16 -- Victory at Sea, featuring guest conductor Larry E. Vote and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters.

July 23 -- European Jazz, featuring pianist Maxim Anikushin.

July 30 -- Governor's Cup Concert, featuring vocalist Delores King and jazz trumpeter Tom Williams.

Smallwood Park Opens Cabins for Disabled

Smallwood State Park has opened its first cabins that are fully accessible to the disabled.

The four new cabins overlook Mattawoman Creek at the park in western Charles County. They were dedicated at a ceremony last month conducted by the State Forest and Park Service and representatives of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The structures, equipped with ramps, special parking areas and sidewalks, were partially financed by the veterans group, which also donated the architectural plans for the ramps as part of its barrier-free design program.

Each of the cabins sleeps up to four people and comes equipped with heat and air conditioning. Each is built on a space the size of a single camp site.

The state park, near Marbury, lies on the grounds of the estate of Revolutionary War general William Smallwood.

Charles Schedules Seminars on Permit Issues

The Charles County Planning and Growth Management Department has scheduled a series of seminars on various aspects of the process for obtaining county permits.

The permits administration office will conduct the free seminars each month through January. They will begin at 9 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room in the County Government Building in La Plata.

Those scheduled so far include: June 23, overview of wayside stands and signs; July 28, vacant commercial property maintenance code; Aug. 25, single-family dwelling permitting and inspection; Sept. 22, commercial site plan process; Oct. 27, wood stove and fireplace permits and inspection; Nov. 17, home occupation permits; Dec. 15, electrical inspection process; Jan. 26, plumbing inspection process.

Additional information on the program is available from Cheryl Wedding at 301-645-0681.