Dance AQUA SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday. The Aqua Squares Square Dance Club of Calvert County holds a dance. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. 410-326-2676 or 301-373-2207.

MERRY-LANDERS SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday. Dances are held by square dance club the Southern Merry-Landers. John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Rd., Waldorf. $5.50; members, $4. 301-893-1974.

Exhibits DOLL AND TRAIN EXHIBIT -- Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Jan. 4. Head for the Little Red Schoolhouse on the grounds of the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum for your fill of trains and dolls, or stroll through the museum proper for an abundance of teddy bears. An exhibit about President Theodore Roosevelt celebrates the teddy bear's 100th anniversary. Children will be offered a special treat if they can correctly guess the number of bears on display. St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Colton's Point. $1. 301-769-2222.

CARLTON FLETCHER -- Noon-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and an hour before CSM performances, through Jan. 26. A retrospective of drawings and paintings by Carlton Fletcher. Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828.

For Children TINY TOT TROT -- 10 a.m. Jan. 4 and 8. A program for children 2-3 focuses on creatures that fly at night. Reservations are required. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Grays Road, Prince Frederick. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. 410-535-5327, 800-735-2258 (TDD) or

Lectures and Literature STEINBECK SERIES -- 7 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, January-April. Join Naval Academy professor Mark McWilliams for a discussion of "Grapes of Wrath," "Of Mice and Men," and "Cannery Row." Registration is suggested. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Miscellaneous NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA -- 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday. A New Year's Eve party includes dinner and dessert, wine, a champagne toast, party favors and live music by Richard Wagner and Rose Marie. Spinnakers Restaurant, Point Lookout Marina, 16244 Miller's Wharf Rd., Ridge. $65. 301-872-4340.

DRIVE-THROUGH DISPLAY -- 6-9 p.m. daily, through Wednesday, weather permitting. Annmarie Garden's 13th annual Garden in Lights promises even more lights and a longer drive-through. The garden is festooned with floating sea nettles, sea horses, boats, flowers, a mermaid, ice skaters and lighted fountains, as well as twinkling trees along the drive. Annmarie Garden, Dowell Road, Solomons. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, $8 a car; other days, $5 a car. 410-326-4640 or

WEEKLY AUCTIONS -- 6 p.m. Fridays. Chesapeake Auction House, 5015 St. Leonard Rd., St. Leonard. Free. 410-586-1161, 800-286-0033 or

Plan Ahead

NORTH END NEW MEMBERS SHOW -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 2-26; reception, 5-8 p.m. Jan. 11. Art by Christopher Barry, Nadine Bardin, Chicoine, Micky Kunkle, Joan Lawrence and Patty Runco. North End Gallery, 41625 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-3130.

COUNT BASIE TRIBUTE -- 8 p.m. Jan. 4. Wings Productions presents a tribute to Count Basie starring the Dave Tucker Band with narration by broadcaster and writer John Tegler. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. $20; children, $15. 301-475-3225 or 301-475-9039.

ERIC SCOTT -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Scott, a pop bass guitarist who has played with Deanna Bogart and Trish Murphy, plays with his own band, Divine Static. Studio Theater, Fine Arts Center, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd. $5. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-934-7788 (TDD).

"THE FOREIGNER" -- Jan. 10-26. Port Tobacco Players presents Larry Shue's comedy about a shy foreign visitor who overhears all the secrets of a Georgia community when its inhabitants assume he doesn't understand English. Port Tobacco Players Theater, 508 Charles St., La Plata. $12; students and seniors, $10. 301-932-6819 or

PAUL HADFIELD AS GENERAL FOOLISHNESS -- 2 p.m. Jan. 11. Paul Hadfield juggles, unicycles, walks ladders and more as part of the Performing Arts Series sponsored by the Calvert County commissioners, the Calvert County Library and the Calvert County Cultural Arts Council. Tickets available at any Calvert library and at Educate & Celebrate. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $5; students, $2. 410-535-0291.

DINNER THEATER TRIP -- 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Reserve tickets by Jan. 8 for a bus trip to Riverside Center in Fredericksburg to see "London of Charles Dickens," along with dinner, dessert and a drink. Bus picks up passengers in Hollywood, Waldorf and La Plata. $70. 301-884-8728, 240-925-0801 or 301-737-0620.

-- Carrie Donovan

The Southern Maryland Extra Entertainment Calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Carrie Donovan, Southern Maryland Extra, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 202-334-5417. Deadline is 14 days before publication.

A salute to the 100th anniversary of the teddy bear is part of the Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit at the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum.