PURE LUCK BAND -- 7:30 p.m. today. A variety of vocal and musical sounds directed by Steve Watson. Refreshments, cookies and lemonade, courtesy of Rod 'n' Reel Restaurant, served at intermission. Second 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.

COURTYARD LUNCH CONCERT -- Noon tomorrow. Second in a series of Courtyard Concerts features bluegrass and folk melodies by Rockfish. Presented by the Arts Council of Calvert County and sponsored by Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Courthouse Courtyard, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-257-7005.


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.

CONTRA DANCE -- Beginner's lesson, 7 p.m.; dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Dances led by a caller to live music, including Irish jigs. No experience or partner required. Wear non-scuff shoes. Ice cream social follows. Presented by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance. Christ Church Parish Hall, Chaptico. General admission, $7; SMTMD members, $5; 12 and younger, free. 301-475-5522 or

DANCE CLASSES -- 6-7:30 p.m. Sundays. Held by the 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.

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

THE GOOD OLD DAYS TODAY -- 10-11:15 a.m. today. 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. Program repeated next Thursday for ages 6-9. 410-257-3892.

NIGHTTIME STORY TIME -- 6:30 p.m. today. All ages enjoy a family story at local St. Mary's County Library branches. Free.

* Theme: "Great Hair Day." Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

* Theme: "Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses." Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

TURTLES, TERRAPINS AND TORTOISES -- 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Children and parents join a naturalist for a walk through a turtle habitat. Flag Ponds Nature Park, Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby. Adults, $3; children with a paid adult, $1. 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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL -- 9 a.m.-noon Monday through July 16, "Kingdom of the Son" theme for an outdoor camp-style program with Bible stories, music, crafts and snacks. St. Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. Fee of $15 includes T-shirt and supplies; $30 maximum fee per family. Limited scholarships available. Registration required. 410-257-5683.

REPTILE WORLD -- 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Monday. Children's Summer Professional Performances presents "Reptile World," with Michael Schwedick along with his alligator, python, cobra and other reptiles. For ages 5 and older. Sponsored by St. Mary's Public Library and funded by Target Corp. At various locations. Free. No registration required. 301-475-2846.

* 10 a.m. Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Rd., Charlotte Hall.

* 12:30 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 25550 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown.

* 3 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park.

DINOSAURS! -- 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. The Maryland Science Center visits local library branches with a program about dinosaurs. Free.

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

* 1 p.m. Potomac Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-609-9619.

CLASSIC FAIRY TALES -- 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The Chesapeake Youth Players perform the tales of Ali Baba, Tar-Baby and Cinderella as part of the Calvert Library Summer Fun Program. Free at various locations.

* 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 W. 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 S. Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY PARTY -- 3 p.m. next Thursday. Ages 5 and older invited to birthday celebration featuring music, interactive stories, refreshments and games. Wizard robe attire welcome. Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. Registration required. 301-884-2211.

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


ART SHOW -- 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Local artist Ivan Pearson exhibits his oils, pastels and inks with an oil paint demonstration at 6:15 p.m. Question-and-answer session follows. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

MOUNT AVENTINE OPEN HOUSE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. "Art From the Park" features local artists and their work; nature walks at 12:15 and 2:30 p.m.; a history talk, "Nathaniel Chapman, the Iron Man" at 1:30 and 4 p.m.; and a children's walk (ages 6 and older) at 3 p.m. Chapman State Park, Chapman's Landing Rd., Indian Head. Free. 301-753-6754; event day phone, 301-518-2708.

WATERCOLOR AND OIL ART SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, also July 17 and 18. Works by local artists Ruth Marshall, Kaaren Oakley and Sue Stevenson. Artists' reception 1-3 p.m. July 17. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Free. 410-326-4640 or

ART WORKSHOP -- 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and July 20. Introductory oil painting class stressing techniques of the art. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $40 includes materials. Registration required. 410-586-1101.


And Literature

POETRY WORKSHOP -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Local poet Ivan Pearson tells his writing secrets. Bring original poems to share. Also a critique and question-and-answer session. Southern Community Center, Appeal Lane, Lusby. $10. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

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

* 6 p.m. Monday. Discuss "Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe" by Laurie Lisle. Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen" by Bob Greene. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss Katharine Hepburn's "Me: Stories of My Life." Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* 2 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss Julia Alvarez's "Yo!," a humorous look at a Dominican Republic family. Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

CALVERT CONVERSATIONS -- 10 a.m. next Thursday. A casual gathering to discuss what's happening in the county with Kathy O'Brien, who will talk about the county's code home rule proposal. Coffee provided, but bring your own mug. Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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.

SUMMER STORY TIME -- Calvert Library branches offer family story time at all branches. Free.

* 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Twin Beaches Library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Fairview Library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

Special Events

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

WORLD WALK FOR BREASTFEEDING -- 10 a.m. tomorrow. La Leche League's 14th annual event to increase community awareness of the importance of breastfeeding to child and mother and to raise funds to continue mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement among members of the Calvert County La Leche League. Raffle and potluck picnic follow short walk. Dunkirk Park, S. Route 4, Dunkirk. 410-535-3762, 410-326-6803 or 410-586-8917.

MAP READING -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Search for hidden treasures at the Glendening Nature Preserve using maps, logbooks and trail guides. Adults and children 6 and older should meet at the sanctuary for carpooling to the preserve. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Registration required. 410-741-9330 or

YARD SALE -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. A large variety of items on the lawn and under the tent. Food and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the residents, patients and services of the Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Adult Day Care Services. Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, routes 6 and 488, La Plata. Outdoor table rental, $10; tent space, $15. 301-934-1900, Ext. 174.

FISH SURVEY -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Adults and youngsters 12 and older help naturalists monitor the fish populations at the sanctuary by catching, identifying, measuring and releasing fish back into the Patuxent River. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Registration required. 410-741-9330 or

ST. MARGARET'S ANNUAL JOUST -- Grounds open, 10:30 a.m.; opening pageant, 12:30 p.m.; competitions until 4 p.m. Saturday. Jousting competitions, craft bazaar, pony rides, games, live entertainment. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, St. Margaret's and Pleasant Point roads, Annapolis. Car, $5; walk-ins, $2; 5 and younger, free. 410-974-0200.

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.

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 tours of outbuildings and grounds, 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.


"INHERIT THE WIND" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. 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 onstage. Charles County Government Center, La Plata. Adults, $12; seniors and students, $10. 301-932-6819.

Plan Ahead

AMERICAN RED CROSS HEALTH AND SAFETY COURSES -- A variety of courses are offered by the Prince Frederick Office of the Southern Maryland Chapter this month. All courses require registration and advance payment. Courses are offered at the County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-5230.

* CPR/AED/FIRST AID: Session 1: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Session 2: 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'S 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.

TWIN BEACH PLAYERS -- 6:30 p.m. July 16-18. Annual outdoor performance at the beach features a satirical look at the medical profession in "The Imaginary Invalid." Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic. Third and Bay avenues, North Beach. Free. Donations accepted. 301-855-0009 or

CRAFT AND CULTURE CAMP -- 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 5-8 and 1:30-3:30 p.m. for ages 9-12, July 19-23. Michaels art and craft shops and Crayola present "Around the World With Crafts," a one-week camp featuring arts and crafts projects that provide a look at different cultures. Each day, campers explore two cultures and create two arts and crafts projects. Michaels, 3026 Festival Way, Waldorf. $7.50 per day or $30 for the week. Reservations required. 301-638-5669.

PARENT/TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION -- 7 p.m. July 29. Families should pick up a free copy of "The First Part Last" by Angela Johnson before the discussion date. The book is about a father struggling to raise his infant while juggling roles as a student and a teenager. Contains strong language and mature subject matter. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick.

LA PLATA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNIVERSARY -- Looking for members of the department and Ladies Auxiliary who served the unit between 1929 and 2004 to help celebrate its 75th anniversary. Call 301-934-3201 or 301-870-3868 or e-mail

McDONOUGH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION -- Aug. 28-29 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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