COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Lea Coryell on banjo and Ralph Lee Smith on dulcimer share Appalachian songs and stories. Presented by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance. Sotterley Plantation Warehouse, Vista Road, Hollywood. $10; SMTMD members, $8. 301-475-5522 or


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.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Hosted by the Southern Maryland Country Western Dance Association, this smoke-free dance includes lessons and is open to the public. Brandywine Firehouse, 14201 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. SMCWDA members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 301-645-0779.

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.

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

FAMILY BOOK DISCUSSION -- 7 p.m. today. Parents and their fourth- through sixth-grade readers discuss "Hoot" by Carl Hiaasen. Registration required. First 15 registered families receive a free copy of the book. Free at various locations.

* Fairview Library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* Twin Beaches Library, Captain's Quarters, 3819 Harbor Dr., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

WHAT IS A MUSEUM? -- 10-11:15 a.m. today. Ages 8-12 are introduced to the museum experience and the treasures a museum hold. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. Groups of five or more must register in advance. 410-257-3892.

HOUSE OF SLYTHERIN -- 10-11 a.m. Saturday. 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.

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES SERIES -- 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Monday. The Mike Rose Magic Show performs at various locations. Made possible by a grant from the St. Mary's County Arts Council and matching funds from Eagan, McAllister Associates Inc. 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.

CALVERT LIBRARY SUMMER FUN -- Calvert Library presents the Nicolo Whimsey Show with poetry, storytelling, music, juggling and comedy. 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 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.

AFTERNOON KIDS' CLUB -- 1:30 p.m. Designed for first- through fifth-graders. Free at local public library branches.

* Tuesdays, Potomac Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

* Wednesdays, P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. 301-645-2864.

* Thursdays, La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

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.

HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY PARTY -- 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Stories, refreshments and magical games. Wizard robes optional. Ages 5 and older. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Registration required. 301-475-2846.

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, and registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.


CALVERT ARTISTS' GUILD SHOWING -- Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Original watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings and reproductions for sale. Artists on site to discuss work. Solomons Island Boardwalk, Solomons Island. 410-326-2604.


And Literature

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

* 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.

POETRY OPEN MIKE -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Share an original or favorite poem, or come to listen. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

Special Events

BASKET BINGO FOR HOSPICE -- Doors open, 5 p.m.; games start, 6 p.m. tomorrow. All proceeds benefit Calvert Hospice-Hospice House. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $20; available in advance at 301-855-3767. Additional information, 410-535-0892 or 301-855-3767.

CPR RECERTIFICATION -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Designed for those already certified but needing one-year recertification. Offered by the Prince Frederick Office of the Southern Maryland Chapter. Cost varies depending on materials needed by participant. County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. Registration required. 410-535-5230.

WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION -- 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Adults and youngsters 12 and older join the Maryland Native Plant Society to identify and learn about flowering plant species along boardwalks and wetlands. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2.Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

CREATIVE JOURNALS WORKSHOP -- 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Family program for all ages to learn why and how to keep journals. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; children with a paid adult, $1. Reservations requested. 410-535-5327.

WINES OF THE SEVEN C's -- 6 p.m. Saturday. Wines that start with the letter "c" are featured. Music by Patuxent Baroque. Farthings Ordinary, next door to the State House in Historic St. Mary's City. $40 covers cost of wines and hors d'oeuvres. 240-895-4280, 800-458-8341 or

CRAB FEAST CRUISE -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. All-you-can-eat Chesapeake Bay blue crabs aboard the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab's skipjack, Dee of St. Mary's, with tomatoes, corn on the cob and cantaloupe. Bring your own beverages. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab, Piney Point. $50. Reservations required. 301-994-2245, or

CCTC MIXER -- 6 p.m. Tuesday. Hosted by the Charles County Technology Council with discussions on Spyware and Adware, door prizes and free Spyware and Adware removal resources. Uno's Patio, St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf. Free for members, $5 for prospective members. 877-282-5734.

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

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 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.

Plan Ahead

"HONK" -- 7 p.m. July 29-Aug. 1 and 1 p.m. July 31. Leonardtown area students make up much of the cast in this 21st annual Parks and Recreation Summerstock production. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. Evening shows: adults, $10; ages 9 and younger, $5. Matinee: adults, $8; ages 9 and younger, $4. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1800.

FARM SAFETY DAY -- 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 31. Rural safety awareness includes first aid training, farm equipment, lawn mower, bicycle and all-terrain vehicle safety, a 911 simulator, weather safety and the Health Connections van with health screenings. Presented by the St. Mary's County Department of Economic and Community Development, St. Mary's County Fair Association, Farm Bureau, St. Mary's Hospital, St. Mary's Health Department, St. Mary's Agriculture and Seafood Commission and the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. St. Mary's Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. $5 per child or $10 family includes a T-shirt for all participants. 301-475-4484 or

TIDEWATER ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKEND -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1. Work with professional archaeologists as they uncover Lord Baltimore's Colonial capital. Historic St. Mary's City. Museum fee: Adults $7.50; seniors and ages 6-12, $3.50. Fee includes all activities. 240-895-4990, 800-762-1634 or

CHARLES GOLF CLASSIC -- 9-10:30 a.m., registration; 11 a.m., shotgun start. Aug. 2. Marrick Homes sponsors the 13th annual College of Southern Maryland Foundation Charles Golf Classic. Registration includes golf, lunch and gift for each player. All proceeds benefit physical education building renovations at the La Plata campus. Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, Issue. $150. 301-934-7604, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7604.

"TALL TALES OF THE WILD WEST" -- 10 a.m. Aug. 3. A play for children, with Annie Oakley telling tall tales about John Henry, Paul Bunyon and other characters. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. 410-414-9099.

S.W.A.T. MINISTRY FIELD TRIP -- Aug. 7. Singles With a Testimony from New Beginning Christian Center, Accokeek, is sponsoring a Harlem Renaissance excursion to historical landmarks, with lunch and a shopping trip to Prime Outlet, N.J. For costs and departure information, call 301-893-1146.

LA PLATA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNIVERSARY -- Looking for members and Ladies Auxiliary that served the unit between 1929 and this year to help celebrate its 75th anniversary. Call 301-934-3201, 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.

CENTER FOR ABUSED PERSONS -- Accepting new and used items for its September yard sale. No clothing. Proceeds will help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual assault. 301-645-9387.

ST. NICHOLAS LUTHERAN CHURCH -- Seeking crafters to participate in its fall craft fair, scheduled 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. 410-257-5683.

FREE MULCH -- While supplies last, courtesy of St. Mary's County Department of Public Works and Transportation. Bring a shovel, pitchfork or powered equipment to self-load the mulch and a tarp to cover it. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. St. Andrew's Landfill, St. Andrew's Church Road, California. 301-863-8400 or

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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