Bluegrass Festival

To Benefit Hospice

A bluegrass festival on Saturdaywill benefit Hospice of St. Mary's. The music will begin at 2 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. at the Valley Lee firehouse.

Performers will include Charlie Thompson and the Bottom County Bluegrass Band, Bubbly Abell and the Spool Creek Band, Bluegrass Gospel Express, Jack Tippett Band and Recent Edition.

Tickets cost $10 each. Children 11 and younger are admitted free. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 301-475-2023 or visit Hospice of St. Mary's in Leonardtown.

Charles Chamber Publishes

2003 Membership Directory

The 2003 edition of the annual Charles County Chamber of Commerce membership directory and community guide is available at the chamber's office, 6360 Crain Hwy., La Plata.

More information can be obtained at 301-932-6500, 301-870-3089 or

Auditions Set Today

For 'Guys and Dolls'

The Port Tobacco Players group is holding auditions this week for a summer production of the musical "Guys and Dolls." There is a session today at 7 p.m. at Mattawoman Middle School in Waldorf. Performances will be presented July 11 through 27 at the Charles County Government Center auditorium in La Plata.

Available roles are for men and women 16 and older. Bring a music selection and sheet music for piano accompaniment. For more information, call 301-932-6819.

CSM to Present

'Barefoot in the Park'

The College of Southern Maryland will present the Neil Simon comedy "Barefoot in the Park" at 8 p.m. March 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. March 24 at the La Plata campus Fine Arts Center Theater. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and children.

For tickets or more information, call 301-934-7828; 301-870-3008; 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828; or visit


Chamber Seeks Nominations

For Working Woman Award

Nominations for the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Working Woman of the Year award are being sought. The deadline is March 31. Nominations forms are available at chamber member businesses and at the chamber office. The winner will be announced April 24.

More information can be obtained at 301-932-6500, 301-870-3089 or

Home and Garden Show

Planned for June in Waldorf

The second annual Charles County Home and Garden Show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21 and 22 at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf.

Waldorf banking executive Robert H. Eaton has been named chairman of the event.

For more information, visit the chamber office in La Plata or call 301-932-6500. .

Calvert Students' Art

Displayed in Annapolis

A photographic exhibit, "The World Through My Window," featuring photos from fifth-graders at Mutual Elementary School in Calvert County is on display through April 1 at the State House in Annapolis.

The students were asked to photograph the natural environment -- things they encounter every day. Art teacher Beth Beighly worked with the students to create photo journals that include the youngsters' thoughts about their photographs. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Chestnut Land Trust.

It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit or the land trust, call 410-586-1570, e-mail or visit

Animal Specialty Hospital

Opens in Huntingtown

The Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital has opened in Huntingtown.

The hospital specializes in orthopedics, surgical oncology, neurology/neurosurgery, oral surgery/advanced dentistry and general reconstructive surgery.

The Westcoast Water Walker underwater treadmill for physical rehabilitation is available through the hospital.

For more information on the services, call 301-843-8290 or 410-414-8250.

Meeting About Watershed

Rescheduled for Wednesday

The community meeting to discuss the Breton Bay watershed restoration action strategy, postponed because of snow, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Leonardtown Middle School.

For more information call 301-475-4432.

Personal Watercraft

To Benefit Hospice

The Friends of Hospice Foundation will raffle two 2003 Bombardier Sea Doo personal watercraft on a dual trailer to benefit Hospice of Charles County. The machines will be on display at various locations through the end of June.

Tickets cost $20 each or three for $50. For more information or how to obtain tickets, call 301-934-1268.

Graduation Times Change

For Three High Schools

The Charles County public schools recently announced changes in the times for graduation ceremonies for three of the county's high schools.

Ceremonies that are scheduled on June 3 and their new times are: Thomas Stone, 9 a.m.; Maurice J. McDonough, 2 p.m.; and Henry E. Lackey, 7 p.m. Starting times for June 4 ceremonies are unchanged: La Plata, 9:30 a.m., and Westlake, 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 301-932-6610 or 301-870-3814.

St. Maries Musica

Seeks Men Who Sing

St. Maries Musica, a long established group of 20 singers, is seeking male singers -- bass, bariton and tenor.

Musica performs a wide variety of music. The spring schedule includes concerts and benefits with show tunes and popular music.

For information, call Barbara Lorton at 301-373-8181.

Group Becomes Full Member

In Points of Light Foundation

Volunteer Southern Maryland at the College of Southern Maryland has been awarded full membership with the Points of Light Foundation in Washington.

To become a member, VSM was evaluated in four major areas: how the center connects people with opportunities to serve, how it builds capacity for effective local volunteering, how it promotes volunteerism and how it participates in strategic initiatives to mobilize volunteers.

The foundation was founded in 1990 by former president George Bush.

-- Compiled by Bonnie Smith