Concerts COUNTRY CURRENT -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The U.S. Navy Band's country and bluegrass ensemble performs at St. Andrews Church, Route 4, California. Free. 202-433-2525 or

SUNRISE QUARTET -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Violinists Teri Lazar and Claudia Chudacoff, violist Osman Kivrak, and cellist Diana Fish perform string quartets by Mozart and Ravel and an original composition by Osman Kivrak. Christ Church, 110 E. Charles St., La Plata. Donations accepted. 301-932-1051.

Dance STEPPIN' 2003 -- 6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. curtain Saturday. The Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse sponsors a Step Competition with teams from Calvert County schools and surrounding counties. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center, Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. $7; children, $5. 410-535-3733.

AQUA SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday. The Aqua Squares Square Dance Club of Calvert County holds a dance at the 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 at John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Rd., Waldorf. $5.50; members, $4. 301-893-1974.

Exhibits HIGH FIVE -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, tomorrow through Feb. 9; reception, 1-4 p.m. Sunday (snow date Jan. 19). High school students from five area schools display their art, chosen by art teachers. Mattawoman Creek Art Center at Smallwood State Park, Sweden Point Road, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159.

NORTH END NEW MEMBERS SHOW -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 26; reception, 5-8 p.m. Saturday. New gallery artists Christopher Barry, Nadine Bardin, Chicoine, Mickey Kunkle, Joan Lawrence and Patty Runco are welcomed to North End with a show of their own. North End Gallery, 41625 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-3130.

CARLTON FLETCHER -- Noon-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and an hour before College of Southern Maryland 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 KIDS 'N' CRITTERS -- 10 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday. Children 3-5 can join a naturalist for a program about owls. Reservations are required. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Gray's Road, Prince Frederick. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. 410-535-5327, 800-735-2258 (TDD) or

MLK DAY -- 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mr. Trey shares stories and activities about the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Borders Books, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-705-6672.

Lectures and Literature LIBRARY LATTE -- 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy a cup of coffee with the Friends of the Library. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

BOOKS AND MORE -- 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss the writings of Robert Graves. Bayhill Market, 7544 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-2411.

POETRY OPEN MIKE -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Present your original or favorite poems. Sign up with Robyn Truslow. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

CHERYL BERNARD -- 2 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance." Southern Branch Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

CELEBRATE STEINBECK -- 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, January-April. Brush up on your Steinbeck over the coming months with a discussion series devoted entirely to the chronicler of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. Join Naval Academy English professor Mark McWilliams to discuss "Of Mice and Men" in January, followed by "Cannery Row" in February. "Grapes of Wrath" will be split over March and April. Registration is suggested. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Sports and Recreation RIDE TO THE WILD SIDE -- 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Adults are invited to join a naturalist in an excursion to the Eastern Shore to observe flocks of snow geese, bald eagles and other wildlife at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge and Horsehead Wetlands Sanctuary. Transportation is provided. Reservations are required. $10; Battle Creek Nature Educations Society members, $7. 410-535-5327 or 800-735-2258 (TDD).

RELAY FOR LIFE -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Teams of 8-15 people are needed for an American Cancer Society walking/running fundraiser. Each team member is asked to raise $100. Chancellors Run Park Community Center, 21905 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills. 301-863-0016 or 888-603-4304.

Miscellaneous BERRY BIRDIE WREATH -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Families take a walk and gather branches, vines and berries to make a wreath for birds. Reservations are required. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Grays Road, Prince Frederick. $6 (per wreath); Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $4. 410-535-5327, 800-735-2258 (TDD) 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

"CHASING THE BLUES" -- 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The Calvert County Cultural Arts Council presents an ensemble of local musicians Richard Smucker, Susan Yoe, Roy Johnson and Company. A range of musical styles will be offered in this Sundays of Note concert. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Prince Frederick. $6; members, $5. 410-257-7005.

ST. PETERSBURG FESTIVAL -- Feb. 22. Registration is due by Jan. 27 for a bus trip to Baltimore for the Vivat! St. Petersburg festival of Russian art, music and culture. Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, lunch and gratuities. $60; Calvert County Cultural Arts Council members, $50. 410-257-7005.

-- 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.

The Sunrise Quartet performs works by Mozart and Ravel and an original composition by Osman Kivrak Sunday afternoon at Christ Church in La Plata.