CLASSIC ROCK CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. today. The Back Pages Band, directed by Henry Smith, performs classic pop and rock. 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 funded 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.

RIVER CONCERT SERIES -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. First in a series of outdoor concerts featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra, directed by Jeffrey Silberschlag and showcasing the music of various artists. The first concert, "The Sea," includes works by Leos Janacek, Aaron Copland and Claude Debussy with featured artist Jon Manasse on clarinet. Townhouse Green, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4191.

SMITH TUCKER BAND -- 7-9 p.m. tomorrow. Third in a series of summer 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.


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 ages 13 and older. Black Belt Academy, Wildewood Shopping Center, Wildewood. Drop-in fee, $10; 10-class card, $65. 301-862-1072.

For Children

READERS RULE IN CALVERT -- A self-motivated summer reading program for youths beginning Monday and running through Aug. 11. Sponsored by Calvert Library. Children and parents are asked to stop by any branch for program instructions. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

READERS RULE IN CHARLES -- "Kidsinger Jim" in concert begins the Charles County Readers Rule summer reading program for youths. Preschool Story Time, Afternoon Kids' Club and the young adults' Critics Corner start Monday and run through Aug. 21. The opening concert is free and takes place Saturday at the local county branches.

* 10 a.m., La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001 or 301-870-3520.

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

* 3:30 p.m., Potomac Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

FEET ARE NEAT -- 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. Kids 'N' Critters program for ages 3-5. Dress for forecasted weather to explore footprints of different animals and learn why they look the way they do. Battle Creek Nature Center, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3 fee includes snack. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

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

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

CAMP PHOENIX -- 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7-9 at King's Landing Park in Huntingtown and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11-13 at East John Youth Center in Lusby. The Calvert Hospice camp is for ages 7-15 who are grieving a death. Space is limited; registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.


CARMEN'S PAINTS THE TOWN -- Noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Professional and amateur artists paint on location throughout the island all weekend, then display finished works for sale. Carmen's Gallery, 14550 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons Island. 410-326-2549.

ART SHOW OPENING -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through June 27. Regional exhibit featuring juried all-media artwork. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Marbury. 301-645-3227.


And Literature

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

* 6 p.m. Monday. Discuss Reynolds Price's "Roxanna Slade." Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188 or

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss John Steinbeck's "East of Eden." Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

LIBRARY VOLUNTEER TRAINING -- 6:30 p.m. today. Students in the sixth grade and above learn volunteer opportunities such as registering children and explaining library clubs. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

AUTHOR SIGNING AND SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. African American authors Tahira Chloe Mahdi (fiction), Jeffrey Duarte (poetry), LaDawn Black (relationships) and A.C. Arthur (romance) sign copies of their works. Black Box Booksellers at Lifestyles Inc., 612 E. Charles St., La Plata. 301-266-4644.

BEACH BOOK BINGO -- Starts Monday through Aug. 14. For the grown-ups, pick up your bingo card and start your summer reading to win prizes. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.

"TAKE 15 FOR THE FAMILY" -- Summer family reading starts at all branches of the Calvert Library with stories, prizes and family time. Free.

* 7 p.m. Monday. Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 7 p.m. Wednesday. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Fairview Library, Route 4 at 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Twin Beaches Library, Captains Quarters, 3819 Harbor Dr., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

LYME DISEASE -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Learn about the symptoms, side effects and remedies for the disease. Presented by Health Connections. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846 or

SEPARATION, DIVORCE AND CHILDREN -- 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and next Thursday. "Transparenting" seminar offered by Walden/Sierra Inc. for parents concerned about the impact of divorce on their children. Learn skills to handle the changing needs of children whose parents get divorced. Facilitated by licensed counselors. Walden/Sierra, 26845 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. $120 fee includes course workbook and refreshments. 301-863-6661.

TEEN PREGNANCY DISCUSSION -- 5 p.m. next Thursday. A look at the impact teenage pregnancy has on teens, their parents and the community. Human Services Partnership, Garrett Avenue, behind the Charles County Library, La Plata. Registration required. 301-609-9016.

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

* June 24, Fairview Library, Route 4 at 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., 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

HORSESHOE CRAB SEARCH -- 10:30 p.m.-midnight tomorrow. Learn basics about horseshoe crabs and then head to the beach to look for the spawning arthropods. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Flag Ponds Nature Park, Flag Ponds Hwy., Lusby. $3. Reservations required. 410-586-1477 or 410-535-2577.

SOAPBOX DERBY -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Youths ages 8-17 race their handmade soapbox racers over Derby Hill and compete for prizes and the opportunity to represent Southern Maryland in the world championships held in Akron, Ohio. Sponsored by the Lexington Park Lions Club. Fenwick Street, downtown Leonardtown. 301-863-4314 or 301-475-9791.

OCEAN DAY CELEBRATION -- Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Learn about the local environment through hands-on activities involving three-dimensional murals, milk carton-propelled boats, a bean bag toss, fish tic-tac-toe, watershed experiments, magnetic fishing for trash, Maryland Department of the Environment and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory experiments and demonstrations, a book reading from 1-3 p.m. by Priscilla Cummings, author of "Chesapeake Rainbow," and a chance to view the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Bay Hydrographer, a vessel that conducts hydrographic surveys throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and speak with its captain, Holly Dehart. Free. Calvert Marine Museum grounds, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042, Ext. 32, or

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, all of which are to be counted, marked and weighed to document population changes at the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Family teams, Scout troops and community groups are encouraged to participate. Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: $3; seniors and ages 6-17, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

FEAR FACTOR -- 3 p.m. Saturday. See if fear is a factor in your life. Ages 12 and older. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

PONDS AND GARDENS TOUR -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A self-guided tour throughout Calvert County to more than 12 ponds and gardens. Proceeds benefit Calvert Hospice House. Maps and tickets available at Bowen's Grocery and Farm Valley Nursery in Huntingtown, Fishing Creek Marina in Chesapeake Beach, Embroid Me in Solomons and at Calvert Hospice at 238 Merrimac Ct. in Prince Frederick. Individual tickets, $12; family ticket,$30. 410-535-0892, 301-855-1226, 410-257-6622 or

SENSORY STROLL -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. All ages invited to discover how animals use their senses to survive, followed by a Sensory Scavenger Hunt. Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3; seniors and ages 6-17, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

FLAG DAY CELEBRATION -- 6 p.m. Monday. A patriotic program to celebrate the nation's flag. Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1341.

WALL RAISING CEREMONY AND SELF-HELP WORK DAY -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. Participate in construction of a home for the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee Inc. Self-Help Housing Program. Bring a hammer, tool belt and tape measure. Lunch provided. Yardley Hills Subdivision, off Route 231 in Prince Frederick. Sign-up required. 301-870-3770, 301-274-4474 or 410-535-1010, Ext. 262.

TRIBUTE TO MENTAL HEALTH PIONEERS GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 7:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, Wednesday. Eighth annual event sponsored by the Southern Maryland Community Network to benefit housing and community treatment programs for emotionally disabled residents of Calvert County. $125 per golfer. Twin Shields Golf Course, Route 260, Dunkirk. 410-535-4787, Ext. 107.

MIX AND MINGLE AT VERA'S -- 6-9 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Contests, prizes, second beverage half price, tropical waterfront dining, free entertainment by Lee's Karaoke and Sharon Marman on piano. Vera's White Sands Restaurant, Marina and Lounge, end of White Sands Drive on St. John's Creek, Lusby. 410-586-1182.

ERIC AND CARA THORN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 7:30 a.m. registration and refreshments; 8:30 a.m. tee time, next Thursday. Sixth annual event with proceeds benefiting the Eric and Cara Thorn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to Calvert County graduating seniors. Adults, $85; students, $75. Includes greens fees, cart, catered lunch. Twin Shields Golf Course, Route 260, Dunkirk. 443-618-1216, 301-855-0404 or

SOTTERLEY PLANTATION MANSION TOURS -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-3 p.m. Sundays. Guided tours of the mansion at 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, $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. $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.


AUDITIONS -- 7-9 p.m. today. For the Newtowne Players' "Hot Summer Saturday Nights on Fenwick Street" performances to be held 6-9 p.m. July 3 and Aug. 7. Singers, dancers, actors and musicians are needed. Auditions also at 7-9 p.m. today for the Newtowne Players' next full production, "The Cheaters," a comedy by Michael Jacobs, with a cast of three men and three women. Hickory Hills North Clubhouse, Great Mills. 301-373-6418.

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

"PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES" -- 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Also, June 18-20 and 25-27. 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. $18; seniors and students, $15. 301-743-3040 or

AUDITIONS -- 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For the Port Tobacco Players' September show, "Open Season" by Michael McKeever, a comedy depicting a family of Broadway actors whose personal 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

NAVY/MARINE CORPS GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 7:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, June 18. Sponsored by the Patuxent River Council of the Navy League to benefit Patuxent River Naval Air Station Navy and Marine Corps families. Includes cart, greens fees, lunch and refreshments. Cedar Point Golf Course, Patuxent River Naval Air Station. $60 per golfer. Registration required. 301-862-7083 or

CSM GOLF CLASSIC -- 7:30 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, June 18. Sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland Foundation and Marrick Homes. Proceeds support the Prince Frederick campus under construction. Foursome, $500; singles, $125. Includes cart, green fees, lunch and a gift. Twin Shields Golf Course, Route 260, Dunkirk. 301-934-7604, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7604.

MOTHER AND SON CAMPOUT -- 6 p.m. June 18-11 a.m. June 19. Evening supper, night hike, fishing, campfire, breakfast and canoe trip along Cocktown Creek. Kings Landing Park, end of Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown. Parent/child, $25; each additional child, $10. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

1812 DINNER CRUISE -- 4-7 p.m. June 18. Wes Stone will narrate the local history of the British invasion as cruisers dine on a full-course meal and take in the sights along St. Leonard's Creek aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison. Registration required by Monday. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Museum members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41, 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 pickup 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.

GUIDED CANOE TRIP -- 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 19. A guided scenic, physically strenuous tour of Parkers Creek. Depart from Warrior's Rest at Scientists Cliffs Road, Port Republic. An American Chestnut Land Trust-sponsored activity. Donations appreciated. Reservations requested. 410-586-1570, or

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23, 25, 28 and 30. Required training for anyone considering volunteering with Calvert Hospice in any capacity. Training includes instruction in hospice philosophy, the process of grief and bereavement and the details of caring for patients in their homes. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. Interview and registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

AMERICAN LEGION GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 7:30 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. shotgun start, June 23. Fifth annual event hosted by the Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82. Includes continental breakfast, cart, greens fees, lunch, dinner at the post and a one-hour open bar. Wicomico Shores Golf Course, 35794 Aviation Yacht Club Rd., Mechanicsville. Golfers, $65 each; dinner guest, $20. To register, call 301-653-1246 or 301-934-3333.

CAMPOUT -- 6 p.m. June 25-3 p.m. June 26. Campfire, night hikes into the Jordan and Zekiah swamps and a day of activities Saturday at the Izaak Walton League Farm. Must supply tents, bedding and gear. Food and drink provided. For youths up to age 17. All youths must be accompanied by an adult. No registration fee. Must register by June 18. 301-259-2830 or 301-743-5161.

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES -- 8-9 p.m. Mondays, June 28-Aug. 8. An eight-week class sponsored by St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks Department. Dog handlers must be 18 years of age or older. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. $45. Limited enrollment; register early. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1802. Class instructor, 301-843-9609.

McDONOUGH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION -- Sept. 4-5 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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