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 "The Grapes of Wrath," with Naval Academy literature professor Mark McWilliams. 7-8:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick branch. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR, hosted by St. Mary's County Hospital Foundation, Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation and Civista Health Foundation. The focus will be on areas of investment, estate and charitable planning with James F. Connell, founder of consulting firm Connell & Associates. Refreshments and complimentary session materials provided. Two sessions, 9-11 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middleton Hall, Waldorf. Free. 301-475-6455, 301-609-4132 or 410-535-8178.

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION, hosted by Richard R. Clark Senior Center. Join Park Ranger Scott Hill at Thomas Stone National Historic Site as he relates the history of the historic home and the women who owned and inhabited it. Slide and narrative presentation. 11 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

FAMOUS WOMEN IN HISTORY DISCUSSION, on women who have affected history and fashion over the years. A surprise guest may appear. 10:30 a.m., Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-246-9612, 301-609-7639 or 301-753-1647.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND SKI CLUB MEETING, open to anyone interested in skiing. Trips this season include Seven Springs, Pa.; Canaan Valley, W.Va., Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Stowe, Vt. Free. 301-843-9876 or visit

ORIENTATION PROGRAM, for St. Mary's County Office on Aging's Learning Is ForEver program, offering educational and enrichment opportunities to seniors. Participants may upgrade their computer skills, research their ancestry and explore the history of the county. Meet program instructors and mentors. 1:30-4 p.m., Loffler Senior Center, Chancellors Run Rd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-737-5674.

Friday 21

DEADLINE FOR PET PHOTO CONTEST, sponsored by the Humane Society of Charles County. Photos will be displayed during the month of April. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at this year's Walk for the Animals, April 27 at Gilbert Run Park. Photo categories are: most beautiful eyes; best eyes; pet-owner look-alikes; best action shot; and best friends. Photos must be received by 6 p.m. Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. $5 for each photo submitted. 301-645-8181.

HOLLYWOOD TEEN CLUB, open on Fridays for children in grades 6-12. Memberships available. Have outdoor fun or use pool tables, foosball, air hockey game, tabletop games, video games, and arts and crafts. Concession stand requires additional fee. 6:30-10 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 24400 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood. $4. 301-373-6520.

DEADLINE FOR MULCH SALE, sponsored by the Calvert High School Athletic Boosters and Class of 2006. Proceeds benefit the school's stadium and the class. Orders will be taken, for delivery April 5. Hardwood mulch comes in three-cubic-foot bags. Bag, $3.50; 15 bags, $3 each. 410-535-1761 or e-mail

TELECOMMUTING OPEN HOUSE, sponsored by Southern Maryland Telecommuting Center. Learn the benefits and get information about services, amenities, vacancies and rates. Get guidance on how to propose telecommuting to your employer. Noon-4 p.m., Prince Frederick Shopping Center, 110 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 301-934-7628 or visit

HEALTH FAIR, sponsored by Calvert County Office on Aging and Calvert Memorial Hospital. Health screenings and exhibits. Open to the public. 8:30 a.m.-noon, Calvert Pines Senior Center, Prince Frederick. Screenings either free or low-cost. 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

LENTEN FISH FRY, hosted by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82. Menu also includes hush puppies, coleslaw, green beans, fried potatoes, iced tea and coffee. 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 82, La Plata. $6. 301-934-8221.

Saturday 22

4-H HORSE CLUB MEETING, hosted by Maryland Cooperative Extension, Calvert County Office. The office is forming a new club for boys and girls ages 5-18. Learn more about horses, riding and horsemanship. 3 p.m., Reverie Acres, Port Republic. Free. 410-535-3662, 301-855-1150, 410-495-7605 or visit

MYSTERY ADVENTURE, sponsored by Calvert Library. Come for detective games, whodunits and snacks. For ages 6-12. 10-11 a.m., Fairview branch, Owings; and 2-3 p.m., Twin Beaches branch, Chesapeake Beach. 410-535-0291.

CHURCH DINNER, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist. Menu includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, beverage and dessert. Proceeds benefit church scholarship funds and other projects. 3:30-7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Prince Frederick. Advance tickets and senior citizens' meals are discounted. Adults, $9; children 4-10, $4; children 3 and under, free. 410-535-1782.

INDOOR WINTER FLEA MARKET AND YARD SALE, 8 a.m.-noon, Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-586-1101.

BABY BINGO, for ages 3-5. 10 a.m., Southern Community Center, Lusby. Free. 410-586-1101.

DESIGN A KITE, children will make their own kites and compete in a contest. 10 a.m., Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-586-1101.

MATH LAB, for Calvert County middle school students. Parents should plan to sit with students and teachers during each session. Students should bring their class math books and notebooks. Sessions last as long as needed. 9 a.m.-noon today, April 5 and May 3, Plum Point Middle School, Huntingtown, and Southern Middle School, Lusby. Free. 410-257-1622.

Sunday 23

VACCINE AND MICROCHIP ID CLINIC, hosted by the Humane Society of Charles County. For safety reasons, cats and ferrets must be in carriers, and dogs must be on leashes. 1-3 p.m., Humane Society facility, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. Rabies shots, $7; microchip ID, $15; county dog license, $2 if dog is spayed or neutered, $15 if not. 301-645-8181 or visit

Monday 24

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEETING, Southern Maryland chapter, for bereaved parents and siblings. 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Route 231, Prince Frederick. Free. 301-855-3068.

EXERCISING WITH ARTHRITIS, learn the basics of adding exercise to your daily routine and the Arthritis Foundation's exercise guidelines. Offered through Health Connections. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

Tuesday 25

SPRAWL AND SMART GROWTH WORKSHOP, sponsored by the Sierra Club-Southern Maryland Group, led by Macy Nelson and Community and Environmental Defense Services President Richard Klein. Learn how to determine whether a proposed development project affects a neighborhood, waterway, forest, wetland or community, and how smart-growth principles are applied to development. 7 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 800-773-4571.

WOMEN'S BUSINESS INSTITUTE WORKSHOP, sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland. Receive information on how government purchases goods and services. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., La Plata campus. $60. Registration required. 800-762-7232, 301-934-7581 or visit

HOMEWORK HOTLINE, for Calvert County middle school students, in subjects of math, science, social studies, reading and language arts. Do not call with questions about specific instructions from teachers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 410-535-7355.

Wednesday 26

BOOK CLUB, at Calvert Library. Discuss "The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd, a novel of love and courage. 2-3:30 p.m., Fairview branch, Owings. Free. 410-257-2101.

DEADLINE FOR PARENTS NIGHT OUT, held Friday for kids ages 5-13. Pizza and sodas available. Children can enjoy games, arts and crafts and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Henson Community Center, Mathew Henson Middle School, 3535 Livingston Rd., Indian Head. $5. 301-375-7875.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, Cindy Olmsted, long-term care coordinator, will provide information for those who care for older adults. Open to the public. 2 p.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

RESPIRATORY ILLNESS DISCUSSION, given by Tomasha Colvin, clinic coordinator of respiratory therapy at Civista Medical Center. 11 a.m., Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-246-9612, 301-609-7639 or 301-753-1647.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Calvert Hospice. Meets Wednesdays through April 23 for those caring for a loved one or friend who is chronically or terminally ill. 6:30-8 p.m., Asbury-Solomons Island. Free. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY, 6 to 7:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. 410-257-5683 or

Thursday 27

POETRY OPEN MIKE, present your original or favorite poetry in a friendly forum. 7 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Fee charged. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISCUSSION, get updated information and learn about services available. Open to all regardless of age. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

-- Bonnie Smith

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