Choir Concert Canceled at CSM The D.C. Boy's Choir concert scheduled for today at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center on the La Plata campus has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts caused by the inclement weather.

Ticket holders may call the college box office at 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, for refunds.

Event Offers Lessons in Child Care William Shakespeare said, "Those that teach young babes, do it with gentle means and easy tasks."

The caretakers in a child's life -- child care providers, parents and family members who informally care for them -- serve as the teachers and guides for children.

On March 1, child care providers, parents and informal providers are invited to the College of Southern Maryland for this year's Early Childhood Conference, "Celebrate Children." The event will be at the La Plata campus in the Center for Business and Industry.

The annual conference, now in its 21st year, provides participants with six hours of approved training. The courses are tailored for child-care center staff members and directors, family child care providers, elementary school teachers, school-age group leaders, parents and informal providers.

The conference features a keynote address, "Honoring Ourselves, Honoring Our Children," by children's entertainer Anna Moo. Moo has received Parent's Choice Gold Awards, American Library Association Awards and Grammy ballot inclusions. Her music has been recognized for its multicultural celebration of friendship and spirit. Conference participants will receive a free Anna Moo CD.

Workshops during the conference will include minimizing the risks of environmental health hazards, staff management techniques and team building, food safety, emergency preparedness, and discipline and guidance.

In addition to the college, sponsors of the conference include the Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties' Family Child Care Associations; Southern Maryland Association for the Education of Young Children; Tri-County Community Action Head Start; and the University of Maryland Extensions in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties.

The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with a presentation of certificates to participants who complete all the day's activities. The cost is $10 for participants in the tri-county area. Breakfast, a box lunch and an afternoon snack are included.

To register, call Mary Hunt, 301-934-7512 or e-mail, or call John Terlesky, 301-934-7645 or e-mail, or visit

Lecture on Teenage Girls Norine Johnson, former president of the American Psychological Association (APA), will give the first Nitze Scholar Lecture of this season at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The lecture -- "Beyond Appearance: A New Look at Adolescent Girls" -- is based on over 10 years of research by Johnson and will be presented in St. Mary's Hall at the college. The event at 8 p.m. Wednesday is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andy Kozak at 240-895-4402.

"Today's adolescent girls are faced with a quickly changing world that often feels like a rafting trip on a wild river," Johnson said in a written statement announcing her appearance. "Firsthand accounts of teen girls from the APA Presidential Task Force on Adolescent Girls and my current work with girls will be used to illustrate how they view their world -- including gender identity, sex, body image, bullying, violence toward women, and the impact of world crises on teen girls."

The author of two books and numerous articles on women's issues and adolescent girls, Johnson has always had a special interest in the mental health needs of children and has done much of her professional work with children over her 30-year career.

Nitze lectures are sponsored by the Nitze Scholars Program at St. Mary's College. The program invites prominent individuals to campus to give lectures and presentations for the benefit of students and the surrounding community.

Film on Polish Holocaust The ninth annual Holocaust Series continues with the viewing of the film "Poland Under German Occupation: The Lodz Ghetto." The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 321 at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The event is free and open to the public.

Bjorn Krondorfer, associate professor of religious studies, will introduce this documentary about one of the largest ghettos in Poland. Scripted from secret diaries left behind, it chronicles the struggles of the longest surviving ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe. Running time is approximately 118 minutes. The film is being shown during a regular class session, but all visitors are welcome.