Concerts BATTLE OF THE BANDS -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Local rock bands include Next Exit Down, OBNC, John Doe and the Unknown Articles, Hydra FX, Anomale, Karmella's Game and Come of Age. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; bring canned goods. 410-535-7351 or 410-535-7330.

EVOLVE -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Members of the band play music from the CD "Long Walk Home." Borders, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-705-6672.

"CHASING THE BLUES" -- 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Dance 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, through Feb. 9. Students from five area high 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. 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 WINTER WAGON RIDE -- 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Children 3-5 can take a tour of the park with a ranger to search for animals. Bring a sandwich; hot soup will be provided. 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 CHERYL BERNARD -- 2 p.m. today. Discuss "Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance." Southern Branch Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

ELIZABETH BERG -- 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discuss the novel "Open House" with the book club. Fairview Branch Library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. Free. 410-257-2101.

CELEBRATE STEINBECK -- 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, through 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 WEEDING THE WOODS -- 8-11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month. Join a monthly effort to eradicate invasive alien plant species. Meet in the parking lot of Myrtle Point Park, Patuxent Boulevard, Myrtle Point. Free.

Theater "THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 26. The Port Tobacco Players present 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. The company's holiday shows sold out, so reservations are a good idea. Port Tobacco Players Theater, 508 Charles St., La Plata. $12; students and seniors, $10. 301-932-6819 or

Miscellaneous TALENT SHOW -- 6 p.m. Saturday. The Calvert High School Key Club sponsors a talent competition for teenagers. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. 410-535-7351 or 410-535-7330.

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

MUSICAL "SNOW WHITE" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends, Jan. 24-Feb. 2. Presented by College of Southern Maryland's Children's Theatre Company. Fine Arts Center Theater, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd. $12; students, seniors and children, $10. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-934-7788 (TDD), or

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.

ATLANTIC CITY TRIP -- Feb. 23 and 24. Registration is required by next Thursday for a trip to Claridge Casino in Atlantic City. Price includes hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), bus trip with videos, snacks and soda, show "The Legends," breakfast, and a $15 coin rebate. Depart from Hollywood, Waldorf and La Plata. $113. 301-884-8728, 240-935-0801 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.

Rob Leeper, front, and Matt Jordan are characters in the Port Tobacco Players production of "The Foreigner," running through Jan. 26.