FIRE-DEAN -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Songwriter-guitarist Fire Dean performs urban folk. Borders, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-705-6672.

"LIFE ON THE EDGE" -- 7 p.m. today; 4 p.m. tomorrow. A musical presented by the Youth Choirs of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Several songs by Stephen Curtis Chapman included. Good Shepherd Church, 305 Smallwood Dr., Waldorf. Free; a "love offering" is collected during each performance. 301-843-6797.

PRE-SPRING GO-GO -- 9 p.m.-midnight tomorrow. A concert for high school students. High School ID required, no exceptions. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $8. 410-586-1101.


AQUA SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday. The Aqua Squares Square Dance Club of Calvert County holds a dance at 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.

BELLY-DANCING CLASS -- begins Monday. Focus on the movements common to all styles of Middle Eastern dance. Intermediate class, more advanced movements, drum solo and finger cymbals taught. Also traditional ethnic dance styles. 10-week program. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $71. 410-586-1101.

BELLY DANCING FOR BEGINNERS -- begins Tuesday. Shake, rattle and roll with Zelda. Dance to strengthen and tone the body. Provides cardiovascular benefits and promotes cultural awareness. 10-week class. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $61, cassette tape included. 410-586-1101.

BALLROOM DANCE WITH DONNA BIRD -- Begins Wednesday. Perfect start for new dancers. Introduces favorites such as the foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, tango and more. Partner required. Six-week class. Southern Community Center, Lusby. $41. 410-586-1101.

BALLROOM DANCE WITH NEAL VALIANT -- Begins Monday. Learn the foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha-cha, tango, polka and electric slide. Couples only. Eight-week program. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $41. 410-586-1101.

SENIOR CITIZEN PROM -- 6-9 p.m. Friday. "Enchanted Dreams." Put on your evening finery and enjoy a buffet, music, dancing, door prizes and escorts. Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata. Free. Registration required. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.


GARDEN SHOW -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through April 20. An all-media member show. Mattawoman Creek Art Center at Smallwood State Park, Sweden Point Road, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159.

TCHOTCHKES -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays, through April 16. "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.

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. 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. Paintings by Bill Barnes. Artist talk, noon Wednesday. 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.

ART EXHIBIT 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Wine and cheese preview reception and auction. Fundraising event to support senior citizen programs in Charles County. Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. $6. 301-934-5423.

For Children

INDOOR MINIATURE GOLF -- 6-9 p.m. Saturday. A family event to support the Bayside Boys and Girls Club. Includes an 18-hole golf tournament, dinner and prizes. Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. 301-855-2380.


And Literature

CIVIL WAR BOOK -- 2 p.m. today. The Book Club discusses "American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles," by Thomas Keneally. Southern Branch Library, 20 Appeal Way, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

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 the Great Depression. Naval Academy English professor Mark McWilliams leads discussions of "The 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.

CONNECTIONS -- Deadline is tomorrow to submit original poems, short stories and art to the College of Southern Maryland's literary magazine Connections. Send black-and-white artwork, drawings, up to five poems or 15 pages of prose with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a brief biography to Connections, College of Southern Maryland (LAN), P.O. Box 910, La Plata, Md. 20646-0910 or

"WHAT KIND OF STORY IS THE GOSPEL OF MARK?" -- 8 p.m. Friday. Jeffrey Hammond, professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, will discuss what impact the gospel of the Evangelist Mark had on its original audience. He will explore the possibility that the gospel was meant to be proclaimed and performed, not merely read as a story. Free. St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's Hall, Trinity Church Road, St. Mary's City. 240-895-3246.

WOMEN'S STUDIES COLLOQUIUM -- 8 p.m. Tuesday, alternative sexualities in popular Indian cinema by Gayatri Gopinath. 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sherrie A. Inness on "Tough Women" in contemporary media. 4 p.m. Thursday, "Save Martha Stewart -- and Other Female Offenders," by Judith Yourman. 8 p.m., "Meditated Bodies," a roundtable discussion by colloquium participants. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Cole Cinema One, St. Mary's City. Also, Teatro Luna performs "Generic Latina," 8 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary's Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland. All events are open to the public. Free. 240-895-4248 or 240-895-4910.

Sports and Recreation

BRING THE SPRING -- 6:30 p.m. today. Adults may join a naturalist to celebrate the first day of spring with an overnight program. Bring a sleeping bag. Reservations are required. Flag Ponds Nature Park, Route 4, Lusby. $25; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $15. 410-535-5327 or 800-735-2258 (TDD).

KITE FLYING AND DISABILITY AWARENESS -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The St. Mary's County Commission on People with Disabilities presents "High Hopes for Everyone." Free kites will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, roller skating and sand art. Leonard Hall Recreation Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Leondardtown. Free. 301-475-4389.

BLUEBIRD TRAIL HIKE 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Visit the National Colonial Farm's visitor center for a guided hike to observe bluebirds. Learn how to attract them to your own back yard. Bring binoculars and a camera. Rain or shine. National Colonial Farm in Piscataway Park. 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $2. 301-283-2113 or visit


"ANNIE" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 29, plus 3 p.m. March 29. Port Tobacco Players performs the musical "Annie" under the direction of Suzanne Fehl. Watch as the lovable orphan wins the heart of millionaire Daddy Warbucks. Port Tobacco Players Theater, 508 Charles St., La Plata. $12; students and seniors, $10. 301-932-6819 or

"BAREFOOT IN THE PARK" -- 8 p.m. today and tomorrow; 2 p.m. Monday. College of Southern Maryland Theater Company performs "Barefoot in the Park" under the direction of C. Emmit Woodey. Based on the 1963 Neil Simon classic hit on Broadway, the play pokes fun at love and marriage with quirky yet likable characters. Fine Arts Center Theater, La Plata campus. $12; students, seniors and children, $10. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or College of Southern Maryland's TDD, 301-934-7788, or visit

"ZARA SPOOK AND OTHER LURES" -- Cash bar, 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Annual fundraiser for the local Red Cross chapter. Includes buffet dinner, featuring seafood and other Southern Maryland specialties. Performed by the Twin Beach Players. Country music group Premier Country will provide entertainment on Saturday. Tickets, $35 (of which $20 is tax-deductible). 410-535-5230.

"YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN" 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Presented by Northern Middle School. Was rescheduled due to snowstorm. Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center, Owings. $5; students, $3. 410-257-1622.


MARYLAND DAY -- 1 p.m. Sunday. The anniversary of Maryland's founding on March 25, 1634, is celebrated with a keynote speech by the governor, an award presentation, a flag ceremony and wreath laying. Festivities include a resentation on the reconstruction of the Brick Chapel, 4 p.m. Exhibits of historic St. Mary's City will be open at no charge. Historic St. Mary's City Town Center, Rosecroft Road off Route 5, St. Mary's. Free. 240-895-4990 or

LIBRARY GRAND OPENING -- Special events scheduled through Saturday include writer Sharon McCrumb and musician Jack Hinshelwood, 7 p.m. Friday; children's activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; contradancing by Rakes and Roses, 7 p.m. Monday; mini theater workshop for teenagers, 6 p.m. Tuesday; demonstration of ballet dancing, 6 p.m. Wednesday; and health information, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. next Thursday. Lexington Park Library, 21677 F.D.R. Blvd., off Shangri-la Drive, Lexington Park. Free. For a complete list of events, call 301-863-8188. For information on the library, go to


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

WOMEN'S RETREAT "Women's Midlife Directions Retreat," sponsored by Camp Maria Retreat Center, Friday to Sunday. Overnight lodging is available. Camp Maria, 41290 Camp Maria Rd., Leonardtown. $110 for overnight accommodations. 301-475-8330.

ANTIQUE FESTIVAL AND OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Discover the country charm of Southern Maryland. Exhibitors, demonstrations and refreshments. Southern Maryland Antique Center, Route 4, Huntingtown. 410-257-1677 or 301-855-6865.

Plan Ahead

WOMEN'S RETREAT -- March 29. Sponsored by Camp Maria Retreat Center to celebrate relationships. One-day retreat is on nurturing and motherly love. Spaces are limited. Camp Maria, 41290 Camp Maria Rd., Leonardtown. $15, includes lunch. 301-475-8330 or e-mail

ART SHOW AND AUCTION -- preview, 6 p.m.; auction 7 p.m., Saturday, March 29. Held by the Great Mills High School Athletic Boosters. Proceeds benefit the athletic programs at the school. Conducted by Avatar Galleries. Admission includes complimentary finger foods, refreshments and door prizes. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. $5. 301-866-0226 or 301-866-0430.

-- Bonnie Smith

The Southern Maryland Extra Entertainment Calendar lists events as space permits. Mail announcements and photos -- noting date, time, address, cost and phone number -- to Bonnie Smith, Southern Maryland Extra, The Washington Post, 100 N. Oak Ave., La Plata, MD 20646. You may also e-mail announcements to or fax them to 301-934-1088. Deadline is 14 days before publication.