Concerts

THE CHRIS HUTCHINSON JAZZ ENSEMBLE -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Presented by SUNY Fine Arts Center, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd. $12; students, seniors and children, $10. 301-934-7703.

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

TCHOTCHKES -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays, March 7-April 16; reception, 6-9 p.m. March 7. "Tchotchkes! Small Things With Big Meanings" is a display sponsored by the St. Mary's County Historical Society illustrating how knickknacks pervade every aspect of our lives. Tudor Hall, 41680 Tudor Pl., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2467.

"PRELUDE TO SPRING" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Calvert Artists Guild sponsors this exhibit at Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons. Free. 301-475-2797, 410-586-2903, or 301-863-9663.

YOUTH ART MONTH -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays in March. Students from St. Mary's County public and private schools display 150 works of art, organized by the GFWC Woman's Club of St. Mary's County. Carter Building, Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-3225.

YOUTH ART AT NORTH END -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, through March; reception, 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Artists from several local public and private schools display their works. North End Gallery, 41625 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. 301-475-3130.

BILL BARNES -- Noon-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; one hour before College of Southern Maryland performances; through April 6. Artist talk, noon March 19. Paintings by Bill Barnes. 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

BILLY B -- 9:45 a.m. today. The Natural Science Song and Dance Man entertains preschool children. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd. $5. 301-934-7828.

KIDS 'N' CRITTERS -- 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday. Children 3-5 are invited to discover some of the ways nature tells us spring is coming. 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 www.calvertparks.org.

Lectures and Literature

DEMOCRACY THEN AND NOW -- 8 p.m. today. Josiah Ober, a professor of Classics at Princeton University, gives a public lecture titled "Ancient Athenian Democracy and Democracy Today: Culture, Knowledge, Power," followed by a reception. Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. Mary's City. Free. zpmessitte@smcm.edu.

MARK LEEPSON -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The author reads from his book, "Saving Monticello," about how Thomas Jefferson's home was saved 100 years ago. College of Southern Maryland, Building A, Leonardtown campus, 22950 Hollywood Rd. $2. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, www.csmd.edu/events/finearts/index.htm or BxOffc@csm.cc.md.us.

REMEMBER THE LADIES -- 7 p.m. Monday. Pick a lady, read her biography and discuss. This meeting is organized by the Twin Beaches Branch Library, but held at Bayhill Market, 7544 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-2411.

BISHOP VINTON RANDOLPH ANDERSON -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Bishop Anderson shares and signs copies of his new book, "My Soul Shouts!" Borders, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-705-6672.

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. Naval Academy English professor Mark McWilliams leads discussions of "Grapes of Wrath" in March and April. Registration is suggested. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Theater

"OF EBONY EMBERS" -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The Core Ensemble presents "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance," depicting the lives and art of Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay. Fine Arts Center, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd. $12; students, seniors, and children, $10. 301-934-7828 or www.csmd.edu.

"SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Calvert High's theater department performs the popular musical. Calvert High School auditorium, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $7; students and seniors, $5. 410-535-7330.

"NELLY BLY TAKES ON THE WORLD" -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Meg Kelly portrays America's first female investigative journalist. Prince Frederick Library, 30 Duke St. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Miscellaneous

COMPASS BASICS -- 2 p.m. Saturday. Families are invited to join a naturalist to learn the basics of navigating with or without a compass. Reservations are required. Kings Landing Park, Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. 410-535-5327, 800-735-2258 (TDD) or www.calvertparks.org.

SOLOMONS TOURS -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, through October. Reservations are required for a two-hour walking tour of Solomons. $10; seniors, $7; students, $5; children under 6, free. 410-394-0775 or www.solomonswalkabout.com.

FISHING AND OUTDOOR SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Reel Bass Adventure Guides explain "Where To and How To," and rope pros give splicing lessons. There will also be boat charters, new and used fishing tackle and equipment, door prizes and food. Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 15245 Prince Frederick Road, Hughesville. $4; 16 and younger, free. 301-834-3719, 301-645-3323 or donaldggardiner@hotmail.com.

CALL FOR ENTRIES -- Deadline is next Thursday for fine art entries to a show sponsored by Calvert Artists Guild. Annmarie Garden, Dowell Road, Solomons. Nonguild members, $25; members, $10. 401-586-2903, 301-863-9663, ArtGuildNews@aol.com or gbwood@olg.com.

Plan Ahead

"42ND STREET" -- Registration is required by tomorrow for a bus trip April 12 to the National Theatre in Washington with the Calvert County Cultural Arts Council. Price includes theater tickets, bus transportation, a boxed lunch and gratuities. $110; members, $100. 410-257-7005.

IRISH FIRE -- 8 p.m. March 14. Waterside 2003 features an Irish music and dance production. Calvert Marine Museum auditorium, Route 2/4, Solomons. $15; museum members, $13. 410-326-2042, Ext. 16 or 18.

"HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD" -- 2 and 7 p.m. March 15. The Ad Hoc Revue from the Little Theatre of Alexandria performs. Tea and crumpets will be served at the matinee showing. The evening event begins with cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Romuald Hall Fine Arts Center, St. Mary's Ryken High School, 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown. $20-$50. 301-609-8699 or julie.mitchell@mpi.com.

-- 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 donovanc@washpost.com or fax them to 202-334-5417. Deadline is 14 days before publication.