Thursday 13

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR DINNER THEATER, hosted by All Faith Church. Menu includes spaghetti, salad, rolls and dessert. Wine, coffee and tea available. Live radio show of big band sounds of the 1940s. Dinner, 6 p.m.; show begins at 7. All Faith Church, Route 6, Charlotte Hall. Dinner and show, $35 per couple; $18 per person. Show only, $12. 301-884-3773 or 301-274-9211.

BUSINESS MEETING, for the La Plata Downtown Business Association. 8 a.m., La Plata Town Hall, La Plata. Free. 301-934-8421.

POET WORKSHOP, for the serious poet. Work with Elisavietta Ritchie. Bring copies of your poetry nearly ready for publishing. 3-4:30 p.m., Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

TEENS AND PRETEENS DISCUSSION, sponsored by the Interagency Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and Prevention and the local management board. Ken Ginsbury, from the Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, will present a program to parents and professionals who work with teens and preteens. He will address how to communicate with adolescents to help them build the strength to avoid high-risk behaviors. 7-8:30 p.m., Great Mills High School auditorium, Great Mills. Free. 301-475-4318.

Friday 14

LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION, hosted by Special Olympics of Maryland, Charles County. All proceeds go to Special Olympics, Charles County. Variety of items for home, sports and recreation, shopping, entertainment, dining and services will be auctioned. Guest auctioneer will be Charles County Commissioner W. Daniel Mayer. Cash bar, light refreshments. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., bidding begins at 7, Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Admission is free. 301-638-4420.

BULLDOG SPECIALTY SHOW, sponsored by the Bulldog Club of America, Division VII and the Capitol Bulldog Club Inc. More than 200 bulldogs in competition. Meet nationally recognized breeds. Shop for unique pet supplies and specialty bulldog items. 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Rd., Bel Alton. Admission is free. 703-534-0105 or 410-414-2938.

TEEN CLUB, open on Fridays for children in grades 6-12. Use of pool tables, table soccer, air hockey, other tabletop games, video games, arts and crafts, and outdoor fun. Memberships available. 6:30-10 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 24400 Mervell Deen Rd., Hollywood. $4; additional fees for concession stand. 301-373-6520.

COOKING WORKSHOP, learn various recipes. Sauces, spices and salad dressings, favorite desserts, fabulous fish, lamb and beef alternatives will be offered. A sous chef and assistant to executive chef at F. Scott's in Nashville, Tenn., will host the class. Today and tomorrow, each class is offered in 11/2-hour sessions. Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. $20; registration required. Stop by the nearest community center or at Parks and Recreation's main office in Prince Frederick or call 410-257-2554.

Saturday 15

FINANCIAL SEMINAR, "Bulls, Bears and the Market: How to Maintain Perspective in Changing Markets." Presented by Frank Link. Christina Hall, representing Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Prince Frederick, will respond to tax questions after the presentation. 9:30 a.m., Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free; registration required. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

DANCE CLASSES, offered by Dimensions Dance Company for teens and adults. No experience needed. All levels of ability welcome. Classes incorporate hip-hop, ballet and modern dance techniques. Wear comfortable clothes. 9:30-10:45 a.m., meeting room at Charles County Public Library, La Plata branch. Free. 301-246-9225.

BASKET BINGO, sponsored by St. Peter's Home School Association for ages 10 and older. Refreshments available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo begins at 7, St. Peter's Church Home School Association, 3320 St. Peter's Church Dr., Waldorf. $15, includes a package for 17 bingo games; $5 for special games; $5 for each additional package. 301-870-5832.

CHURCH DINNER, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church. Menu includes corned beef, ham and cabbage. 3-6 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 7 Potomac Ave., Indian Head. Adults, $13; children 6-12, $7; 3 and younger, $3. 301-753-6255.

BASKET BINGO, hosted by Northern High School Music Boosters. Pizza, barbecue and sodas available for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo begins at 6, Northern High School, Chaneyville Road, Owings. $20 for 20 games; early bird basket drawing for people who purchase advance tickets. 301-855-7935 or 301-855-3717.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY DANCE, hosted by the Hollywood Teen Club. Admission includes pool table, table soccer, arcade games, table tennis and air hockey. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m., doors close at 10 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 24400 Mervell Deen Rd., Hollywood. $5; a $1 discount will be given to anyone wearing all green. Concession stand additional fees. 301-373-6520.

CPR/AED TRAINING, offered by the Calvert County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Course includes adult, infant, child CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Calvert County chapter, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $35, includes all materials. Registration required. 410-535-5230.

SAT MATH PREPARATION CLASS, learn more effective test-taking methods and math thinking skills. Learn pacing and take the test to gauge your progress. Open to students in grades 9-12. Bring a lunch. Three consecutive Saturday sessions. First session today, 1-7 p.m., Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. $250. 301-855-4957.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION, presented by Thomas Stone National Historic Site. Throughout the day, park staff and volunteers will discuss the role of women in Maryland history with informal discussions and costumed interpreters. An exhibit from the Maryland State Archives, "Colonial Encounters in the Chesapeake," will be on display at the new Southern Maryland Heritage Visitor Center. Special programs presented at 11 a.m., "The Women of Haberdeventure" presented by Park Ranger Scott Hill; 3 p.m., "Colonial Women of Charles County," presented by Christine Arnold-Lourie, a professor at the College of Southern Maryland. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco. Free. 301-392-1776.

IRISH HAM AND CABBAGE DINNER, hosted by Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Dinner includes all the trimmings. 3-7 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1250 Emmanuel Church Rd., Huntingtown. Adults, $12; children 4-12, $6; 4 and younger, free. 410-535-3177.

Sunday 16

PURIM PARTY, held by the Congregation Sha'are Shalom, the Reform congregation of Southern Maryland. Traditional reading of the story of Queen Esther, costumes, games and other activities. 9-11 a.m., Congregation Sha'are Shalom, 109 Post Office Rd., Waldorf. Free. 301-645-4606.

Monday 17

POETRY CAFE, join internationally acclaimed poet Elisavietta Ritchie to discuss and write poetry. Bring copies of your poems. 6:30-8 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Fredrick branch. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETING, for the chapter of Southern Maryland. Chapter assists bereaved parents and siblings with grief. 7:30 p.m., Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church, Route 5, Waldorf. Free. 301-884-5503.

Tuesday 18

TRAINING FOR TUTORS, sponsored by the Charles County Literacy Council Inc. Learn to tutor adults. Tuesday and March 25. 6-9 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. All materials free to students and tutors. 301-870-5974.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR PARENTS NIGHT, hosted by John Hanson Community Center, for children 6-12 on Friday. Arts and crafts, games and more for children. Dinner will be provided. 5:30-9:30 p.m., John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. $5. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.

CPR/AED/FIRST AID, offered by the Calvert County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Course includes adult, infant and child CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) training and first aid certification. 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Calvert County chapter, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $42, includes all materials. Registration required. 410-535-5230.

LONG-TERM CARE TALK, learn more about the rising costs of nursing home and extended home health care. Learn what the government will pay for, recent regulatory changes and tax incentives. Guest speaker is Ken Norris, John Hancock Financial Services. 10:30 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

NUTRITIONAL SCREENINGS, presented by nutritionist Lisa Furlow. Information on heart health, low-sodium foods, healthful recipes and eating guidelines. Noon-1 p.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015; 10:30 a.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Senior Programs, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-638-4420.

Wednesday 19

LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY, hosted by St. Nicholas Lutheran Church. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 9, St. Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. Free. 410-257-5683 or visit www.saintnicholaslutheran.org.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR PARENTS NIGHT, hosted by Stoddert Community Center, for children 6-12 on Friday. Arts and crafts, games and more for children. Dinner will be provided. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Stoddert Community Center, 2040 St. Thomas Dr., Waldorf. $5. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.

Thursday 20

BOOK CLUB, hosted by the Calvert Library. "American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles," by Thomas Keneally. 2 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick branch. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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

-- Bonnie Smith

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