SOLID BRASS CONCERT -- 7-9 p.m. tomorrow. Second in a series of concerts presented by the Town of La Plata. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments available for purchase. Front lawn of La Plata Town Hall, 5 Garrett Ave., La Plata. Free. 301-934-8421.

CONCERT CHOIR AUDITIONS -- 10-11 a.m. Saturday. The Schubert Singers are starting a concert choir for rising second-sixth graders interested in performing folk songs, spirituals and music by classical and contemporary composers. They also should want to learn sight-singing, vocal production and part-singing. Auditions consist of a group rehearsal, then small groups. If selected, singers will pay a membership fee of $15 for purchase of music. Christ Church, 110 E. Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-1051.

CHORAL CONCERT -- 7 p.m. Saturday. American choral music from the 19th and 20th centuries preformed by the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, directed by Michael Santana and accompanied by Mikhail Safarian. Public reception follows performance. La Plata United Methodist Church, Routes 301 and 6, La Plata. Adults, $10; seniors and students, $6; ages 3-12, $4; 2 and younger, free. 301-934-3250.

CHURCH CANTATA -- 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Presented during worship services with refreshments afterward. Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park. 301-863-4740.

BONNIE RAITT -- Gates open, 6 p.m.; concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The blues artist and nine-time Grammy winner opens the Waterside Music Series 2004 season. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Premium seats, $50; reserved seats, $40. 800-787-9454 or

CLASSIC ROCK CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. The Back Pages Band, directed by Henry Smith, performs classic pop and acoustic rock from the golden ages of rock-and-roll. Refreshments, cookies and lemonade, courtesy of Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, served at intermission. First in a series of summer concerts hosted by the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and made possible by grants from the Arts Council of Calvert County and the Town of Chesapeake Beach. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4156 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-3892.


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

"PICTURE THIS!" -- 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. today. An art and story session for preschoolers and kindergartners. Children will listen to "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat" by Simms Taback, discuss basic art elements and styles, then create a piece of art. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. $5. 410-326-4640 or

BLUE'S CLUES MYSTERY HUNT -- 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. tomorrow. Ages 2-5 share a picnic lunch, snacks and a blue paw print hunt. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $4. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

FISHING DERBY -- 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Ages 5-16 provided with bait, goodie bag and lunch but must bring own rod and reel and a blanket for the picnic. All participants are required to have an adult companion for this activity sponsored by Calvert County Parks and Recreation. Thomas Hance Pond, Sixes Road, Prince Frederick. $7. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

SNAILS AND SLUGS -- 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Tiny tot trot for ages 2-3, with adult, to explore what snails and slugs eat, how they move and where they live, with song, story, puppets and craft. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

SNAKE HOLES -- 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. After meeting a live snake, all ages are invited to join a naturalist to search the woods and swamp floors to see what, along with snakes, may inhabit holes. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

CHILDREN'S DAY ON THE FARM -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Annual event to celebrate Southern Maryland's rural heritage featuring cultural demonstrations, music, art contest, antique tractors, puppets, petting zoo, crafts, dancing, talent and magic shows, and food vendors. Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. No admission fee, some activities may have a nominal (under $1) charge. 410-586-8501 or

READERS RULE -- A self-motivated summer reading program for children and teenagers sponsored by Calvert Library. Children and parents are asked to stop by any branch to receive instructions for this program, which provides a summer of conquests and adventure for participants. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

SATURDAY SPECIAL STORY TIME -- Stories, crafts and singing for all ages. 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.

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


MAIN STREET GALLERY -- 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery hosts "Euphoria," a one-day event with features such as acupuncture with Eric Woznysmith, watercolor painting by Diana Marta, handcrafted jewelry by Susan Stockman and refreshments by Mom's in the Kitchen Catering. Main Street Gallery, 486 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-3334.

ART SHOW OPENING -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Regional exhibit featuring juried all-media artwork opens with a wine and cheese reception. Gallery talk at 2 p.m. with juror Cora J. Rupp during which award-winning pieces will be announced. Exhibit runs through June 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Marbury. 301-645-3227 or


And Literature

HISTORICAL CLOTHING -- 7 p.m. today. Harriet Marie Stout, curator of Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and clothing historian, discusses "Clothing From the 1600s to Today" as part of the Calvert Library's Speakers Series, celebrating the county's 350th anniversary. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

POETRY FESTIVAL -- Various times tomorrow and Saturday. St. Mary's College of Maryland hosts its 24th literary festival featuring readings and workshops led by poets, including Pulitzer Prize winner William Meredith. Schedule of events for the next two weekends is available by calling 301-895-4239 or at

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

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss Walter Isaacson's "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life." Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss Andrew McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency." Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

CREATIVE MEMOIR -- 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday. Learn to turn pieces of a life into interesting nonfiction, short fiction or poetry. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

LIBRARY VOLUNTEER TRAINING -- 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Students in grade six and higher learn about volunteer opportunities for the summer reader program such as registering children and explaining library clubs. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

FAMILY BOOK CLUB -- The Calvert Library is starting a book club for rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders plus parents, grandparents or an adult friend. The first book will be "The Dragon of Lonely Island" by Rebecca Rupp. The first 15 families signing up will receive a free copy of the book, compliments of the Calvert County Literacy Council. The first session will be at 7 p.m. at the four county branches listed below. Free. Registration required.

* June 24, Fairview Library, S. Route 4, Owings. 410-257-2101.

* June 24, Twin Beaches Library, Captains Quarters, 3819 Harbor Dr., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* June 28, Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

* June 29, Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

Special Events

IDENTIFYING BIRDS -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides are available to use. Adults and youngsters ages 12 and older. Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: $3, adults; $2, seniors and those age 17 and younger. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

COMMUNITY DAY AND HEALTH FAIR -- 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Annual event featuring games, face painting, giveaways, a moon bounce, carwash, food, health exhibits and presentations from the Charles County Health Department and other local health-related organizations. Sponsored by the Viola E. Bailey Missionary Society. Cornerstone A.M.E. Church, 4840 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Free. 301-753-4941.

AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE SEARCH -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Participants work in teams as volunteer naturalists searching for turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards and snakes to be counted, marked and weighed to document population changes at sanctuary. Family teams, Scout troops and community groups encouraged to participate. Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: $3, adults; $2, seniors and ages 6-17. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

HEALTH DAY -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by Historic St. Mary's City as part of National Trails Day. This outdoor event includes a 5k run/walk, plant walks, bird walks, kayaking, labyrinths, history exhibits and health screenings by St. Mary's Hospital Health Connections. $10 registration fee for 5k run/walk; all other activities free. 240-895-4990 or

EQUESTRIAN ARENA GRAND OPENING -- Noon-2 p.m. Saturday. An opportunity for horseback-riding enthusiasts to get a first look at the new Alfred H. Smith Junior Equestrian Arena. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature riding demonstrations, the therapeutic riding program, a horse drill team presentation, barbecue and hayrides. Kamp A-Kom-Plish, 9035 Ironside Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-870-3226.

CAR SHOW AND CRAB FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-noon, car registration; noon-5 p.m., crab festival, Sunday. Antiques, street rods, classics and special interest categories with prizes awarded. Festival includes crafts, eye tests and live music. Sponsored by the Leonardtown Lions Club, at St. Mary's County Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. Admission, $5; ages 12 and younger, free. 410-326-3411.

OSPREY WATCH -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Learn about ospreys' diet and habitat. All ages. Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: $3, adults; $2, seniors and ages 17 and younger. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

SOTTERLEY PLANTATION MANSION TOURS -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 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 outbuildings 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

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, $7; seniors, $6; 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.


DINNER THEATER -- 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Patuxent Playhouse presents "Husbands and Wives Revisited," a family comedy written by Ken Garvin. Dinner catered by Red Hot & Blue, followed by the play at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Titus Scholarship Foundation. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. Advance tickets, $35; at the door, $40. 410-326-1401 or

"SING HALLELUJAH!" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Also June 11-13. The Calvary Players open their ninth summer theater program with a musical comedy about the fictional Shady Creek Baptist Church and its new pastor. Features gospel music. Calvary United Methodist Church, 3235 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. Adults, $10; seniors ad students, $8. 301-870-6711 or 301-934-0334.

MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Saturday. The Port Tobacco Players' Encore Kids presents the musical "Dig It!," then joins with the Charles County Youth Orchestra and the Encore Strings for a family show featuring a medley of Disney movie favorites. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Rd., Waldorf. $8. 301-932-6819.

AUDITIONS -- 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and next Thursday. For the Newtowne Players' "Hot Summer Saturday Nights on Fenwick Street" performances 6-9 p.m. July 3 and Aug. 7. Singers, dancers, actors and musicians are needed. Hickory Hills North Clubhouse, Great Mills. 301-373-6418.

AUDITIONS -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. June 12 and 6:30 p.m. June 15. For the Port Tobacco Players' September show, "Open Season" by Michael McKeever, a comedy depicting a family of Broadway actors whose lives suddenly force them to improvise. Christ Church, 112 Charles St., La Plata. Audition details available a 301-638-1137 or, click on "auditions."

Plan Ahead

"PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES" -- 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 11-27. A musical revue about friendship and life's simple pleasures presented by the James Adams II Repertory Company. Black Box Theatre at the Indian Head Center for the Arts, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Adults, $18; seniors and students, $15. 301-743-3040 or

NEW YORK CITY TRIPS -- 7 a.m. June 19. A make-your-own itinerary day for shopping, sightseeing or taking in a Broadway show. Bus departs from the Southern Community Center with a collection stop at 7:30 a.m. at the Sunderland Park and Ride. A Calvert County Parks and Recreation-sponsored event. A second trip is planned for Aug. 7. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $35. Reservations required. 410-586-1101.

McDONOUGH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION -- Sept. 4 and 5 in Solomons. An evening gathering and family events are planned for the 20-year reunion. Class members should e-mail or call 301-934-5623.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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