Troupe to Present Craft Fair

The La Plata High School Show Troupe will present its annual fall craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the school's cafeteria.

Crafts and baked goods will be sold to benefit the troupe, a song-and-dance ensemble of nearly 40 high school students who perform about 10 shows a year throughout Charles County. For more information, call 301-609-8034.

After Arson, a Fund-Raiser

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2632 in California and the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department are sponsoring a fund-raising dinner and performance of "USO Musical Tribute" by the Port Tobacco Players Encore Group.

The event is set for Nov. 7 at the Mechanicsville firehouse, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event, which cost $20, are available at the firehouse or by contacting Janet Standish, secretary and fund-raiser chair for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She can be reached at 301-373-5173 evenings or call Elizabeth Yerdon at 301-863-9520 during the day.

The VFW hall was destroyed by arson in December. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will help furnish a new hall. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Instruments of Generosity

Dowell Elementary School's PTA opened its musical instrument drive on Tuesday and will continue it through Oct. 29. Instruments are collected to benefit students who cannot afford to rent them to study music.

The main drop-off will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at Woodburn's in Solomons. New or used instruments will be accepted, and receipts will be issued for tax purposes. Cash donations also are sought to help repair broken instruments.

If a donor cannot make it to the drop-off, arrangements can be made for a volunteer to pick up an instrument. Special accommodations for harps and pianos are available.

For more information or to donate an instrument, contact Bridget Stuart at 410-326-5055 or by e-mail at

A Chance for Promotion

The St. Mary's County Economic and Community Development Department is offering advertisements to local watermen, farmers and farm families in the sixth annual "Holiday Shopping From Our Farms and Waters" brochure.

The brochure lists Christmas tree growers, evergreen products, poinsettia suppliers, crafts, agricultural products, baked goods and seafood products grown or produced locally for holiday season sales.

Any producer wishing to advertise in the brochure should call Donna K. Sasser of the department's Agriculture and Seafood Division at 301-475-4404. The publication is distributed in mid-November.