SLAVIC SOUNDS

The dark, haunting sounds of classical European choirs will fill the Mount Airy Mansion when the Bratislava Conservatory Chamber Choir of the Republic of Slovakia performs as part of the historic mansion's fine arts series. The Bratislava choral group is made up of 14 Slovak musicians between the ages of 19 and 22. They sing sacred, secular and folk music ranging in style from Strauss to African chants. When not on tour, the chamber choir sings with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Cappella Istropolitana. Following the concert, mansion staff will host a "meet the artist" reception and give informal house tours. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at 8714 Rosaryville Rd., Upper Marlboro. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. 301-856-9656.

STATE OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Real-life human and animal characters from Maryland have influenced popular children's books, including "Jacob Have I Loved," "Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)," "Stormy, Misty's Foal" and "Stepping on the Cracks." The director of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Maralita Freeny, will give a lecture, "Of Crabs and Ponies: Depictions of Maryland in Children's Literature." The discussion is part of the "Cafe for the Mind" series, held four times a semester by the library system and Prince George's Community College. Coffee will be provided at the free event, 7 p.m. Monday at New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton.

BLACK WILD WEST

George Circling Eagle has made it his life's mission to unveil the largely untold stories of the black Wild West. A traveling speaker from New Jersey, Circling Eagle uses slides and quotes to illuminate historical facts about the black Wild West as well as tales his grandmother told him as a child. Circling Eagle, whose roots are Apache, Cherokee, African American and Mohawk, brings to life stories about black explorers, pioneers, cowboys and Indians. His presentation covers the 24 all-black towns that arose in Oklahoma between 1890 and 1900, black cowpunchers on the Chisolm Trail and the Buffalo Soldiers of the U.S. Cavalry. In conjunction with Native American History Month, the Upper Marlboro Community Center presents Circling Eagle for its "Black West" discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free, but reservations are required. The center is at 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-2828.