ST. MARY'S SINFONIA -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The performing ensemble of the Southern Maryland Academic Orchestra Program presents "Grand Finale," directed by Chris Gosper and featuring Franz Schubert's "Overture in D Major, in Italian Style," Charles Gounod's Symphony No. 1 and Antonin Dvorak's "Czech Suite in D Major." Graduating senior Christianna Stavroudis is the featured soloist in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor. St. Andrew's Church Hall, St. Andrew's Church Road (Route 4), California. Free. 301-997-1133.

VOICE AND PIANO RECITAL -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Soprano Alicia Cordelle and pianist Angela Garvey present "Basically Brahms," in a fundraising event for the purchase of a grand piano for the church. Christ Church, 110 E. Charles St., La Plata. Admission by donation. 301-932-1051.

"ALL PRAISE MUSIC" -- 7:30 p.m. Monday. Three spirituals performed by Moses Hogan and familiar Broadway show tunes performed by St. Maries Musica. Patuxent Presbyterian Church, N. Route 4, California. Free. 301-475-3381.


SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays. Aqua Squares Square Dance Club of Calvert County holds a dance. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. 410-586-3587 or 301-373-2207.

SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays. Dances are presented by the Southern Merry-Landers Square Dance Club. John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Rd., Waldorf. $5.50; members, $4. 301-893-1974.

DANCE CLASSES -- 6-7:30 p.m. Sundays. Held by Southern Maryland Modern Dance Collective for those 13 and older. Black Belt Academy, Wildewood Shopping Center, Wildewood. Drop-in fee, $10; 10-class card, $65. 301-862-1072.

For Children

"SPRING IS FOR FROGS" -- 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. today. Ages 3-5 learn about the color of frogs and what they sound like. Snack provided. Dress appropriately for the weather. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327 or

A DAY ON THE FARM -- 10-11 a.m. today. Experience farm life and learn about farm animals. Dress in farm attire. Ages 2-5. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $3. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

PLAY DAY -- 10-11 a.m. tomorrow. All ages invited to check out new indoor and outdoor games at the center. Snacks provided. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

SATURDAY SPECIAL STORY TIME -- For all ages to read, make crafts and sing. Every Saturday, throughout the year. Free.

* 10 a.m., Potomac Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

* 1 p.m., P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. 301-645-2864.

* 3 p.m., La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

MUD MONSTERS -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Come dressed to play in mud puddles then get hosed off. Ages 6-9. Flag Ponds Nature Park, Flag Ponds Highway, Lusby. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

BEES AND HONEY -- 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday. A family program to learn about bees, hives and nectar and to make a beeswax candle to take home. Bring a hair dryer. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center, 2880 Grays Rd., Port Republic. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327 or

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- 10 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Citizens for Charles County Public Library for ages 2-5. Free.

* Tuesday, Potomac Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

* Wednesday, P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. 301-645-2864.

* Thursday, La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

STORY TIME -- 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. For all ages, enjoy stories in the Children's Area. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846 or


"ART BLOOMS" EXHIBITION -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. "Art Blooms at the Mattawoman," a collaborative exhibition of the artists at Mattawoman and the Charles County Garden Club featuring interpretive arrangements representing the arrival of spring. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Marbury. 301-743-5159.

ARTIST'S SHOW -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The artwork of Takoma Park artist Fritzie Siedler on display through June 2. Wylde Women Gallery, 26005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, inside the Maryland Antiques Center. Free. 301-475-1960 or


And Literature

CALVERT CONVERSATIONS -- 10 a.m. today. Get together in a casual format to discuss what's happening around the county. Coffee is provided, but bring a mug. Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS -- Join area book groups to discuss recent readings. Free. Various locations.

* 2-3:30 p.m. today. Discuss "Atonement" by Ian McEwan. Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discuss "Seabiscuit" by LauraHillenbrand. Fairview Library, S. Route 4, Owings. 410-257-2101.

EVENING STORY TIME -- Calvert Library branches host special guests from the county's emergency personnel. 7 p.m. Free.

* Today. Featuring a member of the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department. Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* Today. Featuring a member of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Twin Beaches Library, 3819 Harbor Dr., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* Today. Featuring a member of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Fairview Library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

POETRY CAFE -- 4:30-6 p.m. Monday. Poet Elisavietta Ritchie discusses poetry. Bring eight copies of a favorite or original poem for discussion and editing suggestions. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

POETRY OPEN MICROPHONE -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Share an original or favorite poem or come to listen. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

FILM DISCUSSION -- 7 p.m. next Thursday Discuss the film "Girl Interrupted!" The film will not be shown. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

OPEN MIKE -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Present an original or favorite poetry, prose, comedy or music. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Sign-up requested. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Special Events

CSM COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES -- College of Southern Maryland's 45th graduation ceremonies start today and continue through Sunday. All ceremonies are at the La Plata campus on the front lawn of the Administration Building. Rain location is the Physical Education Center with simulcast in the Fine Arts Building. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7766, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7766 or

* 5 p.m. today. Pinning Ceremony for graduating nursing students.

* 6 p.m. tomorrow. Honors convocation to recognize students with academic honors.

* 5 p.m. Sunday. Spring academic commencement ceremony with address by Judge James A. Kenney III, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

BOAT AND RV SHOW -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the La Plata Lions and Goose Bay Marina, the seventh annual event also features artisans and crafters. Charles County Fairgrounds, Route 301, La Plata. 301-645-3994.

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT DAY -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Experience alternative techniques that help reduce the effects of stress and provide healthy outlets including massage, yoga, tai chi, labyrinths, Zen painting and mandala drawing. Activities for all ages plus food, art and craft vendors. Co-sponsored by Calvert Memorial Hospital. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. No admission fee. 410-326-4640 or

QUILT AND NEEDLEWORK SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Fourteenth annual Southern Maryland event featuring quilting and needlework displays, demonstrations, raffles, quilt appraisals, vendors and plant sale. Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane (N. Route 245), Hollywood. Adults, $7; ages 11 and younger, free. 301-373-2280 or

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP -- 7 a.m. Saturday. Half-day trip led by Bob Boxwell to look for migrating warblers and other songbirds. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Route 5. Point Lookout State Park, Scotland. 301-872-5998.

FISHING DERBY AND FAMILY FUN DAY -- 7-11 a.m. or noon-4 p.m. Saturday. A catch-and-release event hosted by St. Michael's School with cash prizes awarded. Ages 16 and older must possess a valid fishing license. Bait and concessions available. New Beginning Farm, Ridge. $40 per team (one adult and one child 15 and younger). Reservations required. 301-872-4648.

HERITAGE BIKE RIDE -- 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Three routes to select from, 100k, 50k or 25k, through scenic countryside with stops at local points of interest. Hosted by the Nanjemoy Community Center. Rregistration includes event T-shirt, refreshments and maps. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Adults and teens, $25; 12 and younger, $15. 301-753-1647.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -- 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Strawberries, homemade ice cream, shortcake, sandwich platters, baked goods, crafts and attic treasures. Proceeds benefit church mission programs. Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. 410-586-1716.

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -- 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream, homemade pies, barbecue, live music, artists, craftspeople and antiques. Proceeds benefit hospice, Health Share and hunger programs in St. Mary's County. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. 301-884-3451 or

BASKET BINGO -- 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Longaberger baskets awarded to winners. Proceeds benefit the youth missions of St. James Parish in Lothian. Deale Elks Club, Drum Point Road, Deale. $20. 410-257-1858.

SOTTERLEY PLANTATION MANSION TOURS -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-3 p.m. Sundays. Guided tours of the mansion on the 300-year-old former tobacco plantation and Colonial port. Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Rd., Hollywood. Guided mansion tour and self-guided out-buildings and grounds tour, adults, $7; ages 6-16, $5; 5 and younger, free. Self-guided grounds tour only, $2. Group tours available by appointment. 301-373-2280, 800-681-0850 or

SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY -- 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Tai Chi, aerobics activities, pool classes, Wellness Fair, the Health Express Van with free blood pressure and abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings, speakers and a buffet lunch. Sponsored by Southern Maryland Hospital and its Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department. Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, Surratts Road, Clinton. Free. Registration required. 301-877-7370.

SENIOR CITIZENS PICNIC -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Line dancing, a disc jockey, door prizes, games and picnic lunch provided by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees. Transportation available on VanGo (301-609-7917) for $1 round trip. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free to all Charles County senior citizens, but tickets are required. Pick up tickets at any Charles County senior center. 301-934-5423, 301-870-201, 301-934-9305.

LIVE SEAHORSE EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily through Oct. 31. Seahorses from around the globe. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Adults, $5; seniors, $4; ages 5-12, $2; 4 and younger, free. 410-326-2042, Ext. 49.

KARAOKE -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. Proceeds benefit local military veterans and charities. VFW Post 1800, Indian Head. 301-743-5109.


"HUSBANDS AND WIVES REVISITED" -- 8 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Patuxent Playhouse presents a family comedy written by Ken Garvin. Hors d'oeuvres at evening performance only. Nook and Monk's Theatre, 415 Washington St., Leonardtown. Saturday, $40; Sunday, $25. 410-326-1401 or

Plan Ahead

MARCEY HOUSE GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 7 a.m.-3:15 p.m. May 28. Sponsored by the Board of Commissioners of St. Mary's County to benefit Marcey House, a residential rehabilitation treatment facility for recovering substance abusers. Featured guest is Tubby Smith, men's head basketball coach for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Wicomico Shores Municipal Golf Course, 35794 Aviation Yacht Club Rd., Mechanicsville. $300 fee for team of four includes cart rental, greens fees, breakfast, lunch and soft drinks. 301-475-4701.

"THE ART OF DANCING" -- 7 p.m. May 28 and 29. Edgar Degas's statue "The Petite Dancer of Fourteen Years" comes to life in Musee D'Orsay in Paris and explores the art in the museum by imagining herself in the paintings. Features The Washington Post Excellence in Music and Dance Award finalists Sarah Beth Dunaway and Ashley Gardiner dancing with performers ages 3-18 from Lexington Park's Ballet Caliente Classical School of Dance. Patuxent High School Auditorium, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Advance tickets, $10; at the door, $12. Available at Ballet Caliente, 21615 S. Essex Dr., Lexington Park or at Patuxent High tomorrow, 5-7 p.m. 301-997-0439.

COFFEE HOUSE CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. May 28. Old-time country songs, folk stories and ballads with fiddler Steve Hickman and guitarist John Devine. Presented by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance. Sotterley Plantation Warehouse, Route 245, Hollywood. SMTMD members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 301-475-5522 or

CANOE THE MARSH -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29. Learn about wetland ecology while canoeing the wetlands along the Patuxent River. Canoe instruction and equipment provided. Mail $5 per person in advance, with name, address, phone contact, number of people and ages of children (must be at least age 7). Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, Md. 20711. 410-741-9330 or

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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