Thursday 13

TECH EXPO, and open house for the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Eighth-graders, high school students and parents can learn more about the center's programs. St. Mary's County Public Schools staff will be available to explain requirements and the registration process. Representatives from post-secondary schools, apprenticeship programs, the military services and Forrest Center partnership organizations will be on site. Refreshments served. 6-8 p.m., Forrest Career and Technology Center, Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-0242.

WORKSHOP FOR SERIOUS POETS, work with Elisavietta Ritchie. Bring copies of your poetry nearly ready for publishing. 3-4:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.

Friday 14

REGISTRATION FOR SUPERVISORS' CLASS, held by the College of Southern Maryland, Feb. 21. Class looks at the mechanics of the arduous task of building a functional team, supervisory style and its impact on the formation of the team. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CSM, Prince Frederick campus, Prince Frederick. Call for fee. 301-934-7538 or visit www.csmd.edu/business/ctc/index.htm.

GENEALOGY CLASS, learn your roots. Lorraine Wallace will discuss various Web sites and how to effectively use them. She will demonstrate Family Tree Maker. 9 a.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-884-2211.

REGISTRATION FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE CLASS, offered by the College of Southern Maryland on Feb. 20. "Keep Your Customers Smiling," will teach the skills necessary to created customer satisfaction and improve a company's bottom line. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Lexington Park training center, Lexington Park. Call for fee. 301-934-7835, 301-884-8131 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7835, or visit www.csmd.edu/business/ctc/index.htm.

Saturday 15

PRESIDENTIAL PUPPET PRESENTATION, children are invited to watch "The Barker of Seville," an original musical comedy about a day in the life of an opera singer. Presented by the Blue Sky Puppet Theater. Hot dog and chips provided. Dress as your favorite president and win a prize (optional). 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Piccowaxen Community Center, Piccowaxen Middle School, 12834 Rock Point Rd., Newburg. $4. 301-259-2503, (Maryland Relay) 711 or Relay Service TDD:800-735-2258.

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Charles County. "Basic Money Management." 10-11 a.m., Christian Family Baptist Church, 7 East Hawthorne Dr., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5403 or 301-753-8195.

CPR/AED FOR PROFESSIONALS, sponsored by the American Red Cross/Calvert County chapter. A course designed for professionals who have a duty to respond to emergency situations. Learn skills for CPR and the automated external defibrillator. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Calvert chapter office, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $38. 410-535-5230.

ANNUAL AUCTION, held by the Mechanicsville Optimist Club "Friend of Youth." Food and refreshments available. Yard sale, 7 a.m.; auction begins, 9 a.m., Mechanicsville Fire Department social hall, Mechanicsville. Admission, free. 301-884-3628.

SWEETHEART DINNER AND DANCE, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Optimist Club. Entertainment by DJ Joe Webb. Hors 'dourves. BYOB, setups available. 6:30 p.m., dinner, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 9 p.m., Mechanicsville Fire Department social hall, Mechanicsville. $15 a person. 301-884-8082.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION, hosted by Thomas Stone National Historic Site. 11 a.m., "Slavery in the War of 1812," by Ranger David Lassman; 2 p.m., "Slavery on the Plantation," by Ranger Veronica Harvey; and 4-5 p.m., a special program "Natives of the Country," will focus on the African American experience in colonial and revolutionary Maryland. Guest speaker will be James K. Bryant II, an assistant professor of U.S. and African American History at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., Thomas Stone NHS, Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco. Free. 301-932-1776.

BOOK SALE, held by the Friends of St. Mary's Memorial Libraries. Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; tomorrow, noon-4:30 p.m., Millison Plaza, Lexington Park. Free. 301-884-2211.

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT, sponsored by the Southern Maryland Audubon Society. Results will be posted on www.birdsource.org. Data is used to monitor populations and their migratory patterns. 9 a.m.-noon, Chapman State Park, Mount Aventine. Free. 301-753-6754; Monday, 9 a.m.-noon, Myrtle Point, St. Mary's County. Free. 410-326-2042, Ext. 45.

Monday 17

SOUTHERN MARYLAND AUDUBON SOCIETY, half-day trip to Myrtle Point in St. Mary's County. Diverse habitat. Geared for middle school and older. Leader is Bob Boxwell. 9 a.m., Myrtle Point. Free. 410-326-2042, Ext. 45.

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Baptist Women of Hughesville Baptist Church. Walk-ins welcome. 3:30-8 p.m., Hughesville Baptist Church, 8505 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville. 301-579-6928 or 301-884-5678.

AUDITIONS, for the St. Mary's College of Maryland theater's department's final show, Shakespeare's romantic comedy, "Love's Labour's Lost." Open to members of the community. Callbacks are scheduled for today and tomorrow, 6-10 p.m., St. Mary's College, Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center, St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4244 or mellistolaydo@smcm.edu.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETING, for Southern Maryland chapter. Chapter assists bereaved parents and siblings. 7:30 p.m., Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church, Waldorf. Free. 301-884-5503.

Tuesday 18

TEEN READING AND GAME CLUB, for grades six through eight. Hear about the latest books and play challenging games. 6:30 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

REGISTRATION FOR VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM, to become a master gardener. Landscaping, lawn care, organic gardening, vegetable and flower gardening, and diagnosing plant problems will be covered. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Charles County Extension Office, 9375 Chesapeake St., Suite 119, La Plata. $50. Registration required. 301-934-5403 or 301-753-8195.

BEGINNING FARMER WORKSHOP SERIES, topics include: basics of crop production, farm management, equipment review, pest management, farm loans, available grants and agency programs. First-come, first-served basis. Today, tomorrow and March 4, 11, and 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-4484.

JUMP START NIGHT FOR PARENTS, a seminar to provide students and parents with information on how they can advance their education through the Tech Prep and early administration programs at the College of Southern Maryland. 6 p.m., CSM, La Plata campus, La Plata. Free. 301-934-7703 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7703.

REGISTRATION FOR MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM, sponsored by Maryland Cooperative Extension, Calvert County. Held Feb. 23. Presentation by Joan Mullins, of Patuxent High School Horticulture Club. Coffee and cookies before heading outdoors to prune and mulch. Dress warmly. Bring pruning and mulching tools. Rain/snow date is March 2. Open to the public. 1-4 p.m., Patuxent High School, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Free. 410-326-1384.

AMERICAN GENEALOGY COURSE, sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Presented by John Humphrey, director of the Learning Center, National Genealogical Society. 7:30 p.m., John Hanson Middle School/Community Center, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. 301-843-2442, 301-645-7439 or wilmoth@crosslink.net.

CPR FOR SENIORS, Debra Story from the American Red Cross will discuss why CPR is important and provide information about a new program aimed at teaching seniors CPR. 11 a.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Senior Programs, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-638-4420.

Wednesday 19

SPIN MEETING, for Southern Maryland Software Process Improvement Network. Sponsored by ManTech. Guest speaker will be Melanie Benhoff of Integrity Applications Inc. 5 p.m., room 120, Frank Knox Building, Lexington Park. Free. 301-342-6191.

Thursday 20

BOOK DISCUSSION, on "The Black Prince," by Iris Murdoch. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

BLOOD DRIVE, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., NAVEOD Technology Center, 2008 Stump Neck Rd., Indian Head. 301-934-2066 or 301-753-4042.

BOOK CLUB, held by Calvert Library. Discussion on Charles Dickens, "Bleak House." 2 p.m., Southern branch, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT SERIES, Steinbeck's America. Join the discussion on "Cannery Row," by Naval Academy literature professor, Mark McWilliams. 7-8:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

SKI CLUB MEETING, for the Southern Maryland Ski Club. Meetings are open to anyone interested in skiing. Trips are reasonably priced and most include transportation, meals, lodging and lift tickets. 7 p.m., SMECO building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. 301-843-9876 or visit www.somd.com/sports/skiclub/index.html.

AFRICAN AMERICAN CELEBRATION, program includes Soul In Motion African Dancers and Drummers, gospel singers, food for the soul potluck lunch and prizes. 10 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

COFFEE, TEA AND TALK, join the Area Council on Aging and learn about the Indian Head senior center. 9:30 a.m., Indian Head Community Center, Senior Programs, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Free. 301-743-2125.

-- Bonnie Smith

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