Powwow in Waldorf

The Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians is hosting the 22nd annual American Indian Festival and Powwow this weekend in Waldorf.

The event began yesterday and continues from noon to 6 p.m. today. Activities include Native American dancing, singing, arts and crafts, flute playing, pony rides, face painting, K-9 demonstrations by the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, which will also have its Indent-a-Kid Team at the event. Visitors should bring a lawn chair or blanket for watching the festivities.

The powwow is being held at the American Indian Cultural Center, 16816 Country Lane, just north of Waldorf and off Cedarville Road. Admission for adults is $7; for ages 6-11, $4; and for 5 and younger, free.

Auditions in Great Mills

Open auditions for a series of outdoor performances of "Hot Summer Saturday Nights on Fenwick Street" in July and August in Leonardtown and the Newtowne Players' production of "Cheaters" in September will take place today, Tuesday and Thursday at the Hickory Hills North Clubhouse, off Chancellor's Run Road in Great Mills.

Actors, dancers, singers and musicians are needed for the Leonardtown series' July 3 performance, "Showdown in Newtowne," held under the street lamps of Fenwick Street in Leonardtown.

For the production of "Cheaters," a comedy by Michael Jacobs, the Newtowne Players will be casting three men and three women. Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 301-373-6418 to schedule a tryout.

Books for First-Graders

The Foundation for Public School Children of Charles County will present a personalized book bag containing four books to each of the almost 2,000 first-graders now in the public school system.

In a partnership with Scholarship Inc., the foundation was able to buy the books at a nearly 50 percent discount. The "My Library" program is aimed at keeping students reading throughout the summer in hopes of helping them maintain the skills they learned in first grade as well as preparing them for second grade.

The books cover four reading levels and will be distributed Tuesday.

For Andrews Base Retirees

The Retiree Activities Office at Andrews Air Force Base is open Monday through Friday to assist all military retirees and surviving spouses.

The office, staffed by officer and enlisted retirees, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1535 Command Dr., Room A200A on the base. Additional information is available by contacting John Neves, retired senior master sergeant, at 301-981-2726, 703-971-3962, 571-239-4537 or e-mail at 89aw.rao@andrews.af.mil.

Nominate Volunteers

An award program to honor unsung community volunteers, called Maryland's Most Beautiful People, is accepting nominations in Calvert County. All nominees, whose work and actions are considered to have improved the quality of life of their fellow residents, will be honored Sept. 28 by the Board of County Commissioners. One will then be selected to represent the county at the governor's awards ceremony in November.

Nomination forms are available at all county public library branches and at the courthouse, or by contacting the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583, or www.ecalvert.com. Nomination forms must be received by Aug. 13.

Produce Vendors Needed

The Calvert Country Market in Prince Frederick is seeking produce growers for its 2004 season. The market -- open every Wednesday and Saturday -- offers indoor or outdoor spaces.

For more information, contact the market manager at 410-414-9669, 443-532-1681, www.calvertcountrymarket.com; or the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583, 301-855-1880.

Blood Drive in La Plata

The La Plata Lions Club is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the American Legion Hall at 6330 Crain Hwy. in La Plata. Appointments are available by calling 800-GIVE LIFE, but walk-ins are also welcome.

For more details, call 301-934-1690.

Soccer Meeting in La Plata

Parents, coaches and others interested in participating in the fall soccer season are urged to attend the La Plata Youth Soccer Association meeting Wednesday to share ideas and suggestions.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wills Memorial Park on St. Mary's Avenue. For more information, call 301-609-7800 or visit www.lpysa.org.

Apply for Calvert Boards

Calvert County is seeking applicants for openings on several boards and committees. All applicants must be county residents, registered voters in the county and meet any criteria required by the board to which application is made.

Applications are available at the commissioners' office at the courthouse, all branches of the public library or at www.co.cal.md.us. Applications for the following openings must be received by Friday in the county commissioners' office, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, Md. 20678:

Calvert County Family Network, Economic Development Authority, Owings Architectural Review Committee, Solomons Architectural Review Committee, Social Services Advisory Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

For further information, call 410-535-1600, Ext. 2214.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON