Concerts

THE PURE LUCK BAND -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. A variety of vocal and musical sounds directed by Steve Watson. Refreshments, cookies and lemonade, courtesy of Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant. Second in a series of summer concerts hosted by the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and supported 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.

Dance

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.

SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 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.

For Children

SWAMP EXPLORATION -- 10-noon Saturday. Ages 6-9 explore the swamp and forest. Hiking shoes recommended. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

SATURDAY SPECIAL STORY TIME -- For all ages, stories, crafts and singing. 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.

SUMMER LIBRARY FUN -- Calvert Library hosts "Science Rocks" with Flumpa the tree frog and Wendy Whitten, the singing scientist. Learn science facts through interactive music and games. Free.

* 10 a.m. Tuesday, Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, 3170 West Ward Rd., Dunkirk. 410-257-2101.

* 10 a.m. Wednesday, Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 2 p.m. Wednesday, Prince Frederick Rescue Squad, 755 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

"HOUSE OF SLYTHERIN" -- 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. Learn about snakes and meet one in person. Ages 3-5. Snack provided. Battle Creek Nature Center, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

THE GOOD OLD DAYS TODAY -- 10-11:15 a.m. next Thursday. Ages 3-6 enjoy poems, songs, stories, and games that celebrate the days of railroading and early resort life in Chesapeake Beach. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. Groups of five or more must register in advance. 410-257-3892.

WISE TURTLE -- 10-10:30 a.m. next Thursday. Ages 2-3, with an adult, meet a live turtle, learn how baby turtles start life and survive, listen to puppets, and hear a story and song about turtles. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. Program repeats 10-10:30 a.m. July 10. 410-535-5327.

NIGHTTIME 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 stmaps@somd.lib.md.us.

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.

Exhibitions

2004 CULTURAL EXHIBITION -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Aug. 1. Exhibit features regional African American artists including Philip Muzi Branch, Arnold Hurley, Ernest Gilbert, Kevin Dillard, Jerry Dease and Malik Jackson. Wine and cheese reception featuring the artists conducting presentations on their work is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, off Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or www.mattawomanart.org.

Lectures

And Literature

BOOK SIGNING -- 5:30 p.m. today. Featuring Sarah Strohmeyer, author of the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series. Bay Books, Route 235, California. 301-862-1424.

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

* 7 p.m. Tuesday. Discuss Daniel Mason's book "The Piano Tuner." Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

ADULT SUMMER READING -- Now through Aug. 14. Beach Book Bingo is underway. Pick up bingo card and start summer reading to win prizes. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.

CALVERT 350TH SPEAKERS SERIES -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Another in a series of presentations celebrating the county's 350th birthday, featuring Stephen Godfrey discussing "Rare and Exotic Fossils in Calvert County." Sponsored by the Calvert Library. North Beach Senior Center, 9010 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

NIGHTTIME STORY TIME -- 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Theme for this family story time is "Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses." All ages. Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

Special Events

BIRDING -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Learn the skills of identifying birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. For adults and ages 12 and older. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrightman Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: Adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

POND EXPLORATION -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. All ages invited to search out aquatic animals living in a pond. Wear waterproof boots; bring a change of clothes and a towel. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrightman Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: Adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

BLOCK PARTY AND LUAU -- 8 p.m. Saturday-1 a.m. Sunday. Limbo and best dressed contests, music by Lawman Sound Systems, refreshments available to purchase. No coolers permitted. Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS, 13290 Main St., Cobb Island. 301-259-0196 or 301-259-2730.

ANIMAL FRIENDS -- 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday. A family outing to the meadow to look for animals and learn how many legs they need to get around. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Adults, $3; children, $1 (with a paid adult). Reservations required.

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 and 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.

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 www.sotterley.org.

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.

Theater

MONKEY TRIAL DEBATE -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Characters from the Port Republic Players' production of "Inherit the Wind" renew hostilities over evolution vs. belief in the biblical account of creation in this 45-minute debate. Borders Books, 3304-A Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 301-932-6819.

"PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES" -- 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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 student, $15. 301-743-3040 or www.indianheadblackbox.org.

HOT SUMMER SATURDAY NIGHTS ON FENWICK STREET -- 6-9 p.m. Saturday. The Newtowne Players present "Showdown in Newtowne: The Good, The Bad and The Hungry," an original Western-theme radio show written by Wendy Heidrich and Susan England. The street performance, live music and exhibit opening at the North End Gallery are part of a new entertainment feature to promote the arts, with many shops and businesses staying open later than usual. Fenwick Street, Leonardtown. Free. 301-373-6418.

"CHAUTAUQUA 2004: THE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENT, VOICES AND CHOICES" -- Experience moments in history in four separate performances, share discussions about the characters and ideas of the times being portrayed. All performances at 7 p.m. Free. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, www.csmd.edu/FineArts, or TDD: 301-934-7788.

* Monday. President Theodore Roosevelt, as portrayed by Doug Mishler. Opening act, a College of Southern Maryland Theatre Club performance. McDonough High School, 7165 Marshall Corner Rd., Pomfret.

* Tuesday. Naturalist, philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau, as portrayed by Kevin Radaker. Opening act, David and Ginger Hildebrand perform Early American music. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata.

* Wednesday. Father Andrew White, the Jesuit priest who led the first Colonists in Maryland, as portrayed by historian Wes Stone. Opening act, jazz and blues recording artist and guitarist Eric Scott. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata.

* Thursday. Ecologist, scientist and writer Rachel Carson, as portrayed by Doris Dwyer. Opening act, popular music performed by Jim Watson. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata.

THEATER WORKSHOPS -- Tuesday through July 31. Sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Hard Bargain Players to introduce newcomers to theater and young veterans to managing advanced theatrical concepts and production techniques. Workshops culminate in productions July 30 and 31. Hard Bargain Amphitheater, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $150; AFF members, $105. Application and additional information available at www.hbplayers.org.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS -- 5:30-7:30 p.m. next Thursday. An opportunity for members of the business community to meet, share ideas, exchange business cards and see Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum's newly renovated Visitor Center and new Louis L. Goldstein Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Northern Calvert and Prince Frederick Rotary clubs. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Visitor Center, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. Calvert Chamber of Commerce members, $5; nonmembers, $15. 410-535-2577.

Plan Ahead

"INHERIT THE WIND" -- 8 p.m. July 9-10; 3 p.m. July 11; also runs July 16-18. The Port Tobacco Players present the confrontation between evolution and religious beliefs in a contemporary version of the classic dramatic play. Set in La Plata 2004, the town is rocked to its foundation when a young educator defies a state ban and teaches evolution to his students. The cast includes nine local county and state government officials portraying themselves on stage. Charles County Government Center, La Plata. Adults, $12; seniors and students, $10. 301-932-6819.

"SHARKFEST!" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10. An annual family event featuring fossil identifications, lab demonstrations, crafts, rowboat and canoe rides, shark games, mural painting, and food court. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomon's. Adults, $7; 55 and older, $6; ages 5-12, $2; 4 and younger and CMMS members, free. 410-326-2042, Ext. 32, stoneke@co.cal.md.us, or www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

AMERICAN RED CROSS HEALTH AND SAFETY COURSES -- A variety of courses are offered by the Prince Frederick office of the Southern Maryland chapter during July. All courses require advance registration and payment. County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-5230.

* CPR/AED/FIRST AID -- Session One: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 10; Session Two: 5-9:30 p.m. July 20 and 22. Satisfactory completion of either session earns one-year certification in adult, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation and first aid. $42 covers all materials.

* BABYSITTER TRAINING -- 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. July 17. Designed for ages 11-15 to learn leadership, decision-making skills, basic care and first aid. $36 fee includes tote bag, book and first aid kit.

* CPR RECERTIFICATION -- 8 a.m.-noon July 24. Designed for those already certified but needing one-year recertification. Cost varies depending on materials needed by participant.

MARSH ECOLOGY BY CANOE -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 10. Learn wetland ecology while exploring the Patuxent River. Naturalist and experienced volunteers lead trips. Canoe, instruction and all equipment provided. For adults and children ages 7 and older. Mail $5 a person in advance including the name, address, phone number and age of each participant. Trip also available 4-8 p.m. July 17 for adults only; and 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 25. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 7-17, $2. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

SENIOR CITIZEN TRIP TO WWII MEMORIAL -- 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 14. Offered by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Departs from Clark Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and the Greater Waldorf Jaycee Community Center at 8:45 a.m. Trip includes a stop at the FDR Memorial and an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet at Phillips Flagship Restaurant. $48. Reservations required. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151.

LA PLATA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNIVERSARY -- Department is looking for members, and Ladies Auxiliary members, who served with the unit between 1929-2004 to help celebrate its 75th anniversary. Call 301-934-9201, 301-870-3868 or e-mail cchief1@hotmail.com.

MCDONOUGH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION -- Aug. 28 and 29 in Solomons. An evening gathering and family events are planned.Class members should e-mail mcdonough84@yahoo.com or call 301-934-5623.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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