NAVY SEA CHANTERS -- 4 p.m. Sunday. The U.S. Navy choral group performs a free concert at the Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042.

THE DIXIE RAMBLERS -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Calvert County's own Mike Phipps directs the Dixie Ramblers through an evening of bluegrass. Refreshments, cookies and lemonade, courtesy of Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, served at intermission. Third 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.

LIL' MARGARET'S BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL -- 3:50-10:25 p.m. next Thursday; 2:20-11:05 p.m. Aug. 13; 9 a.m.-11:05 p.m. Aug. 14; and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday. Nashville entertainment featuring The Lewis Family, Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen, The Sullivan Family, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Nothin' Fancy, Lynwood Lunsford & the Misty Valley Boys and the Dixie Dukes. Held rain or shine at the farm pavilion. Alcohol not allowed. Goddard Family Farm, Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown. Three-day ticket, $45; Thursday, $12; Friday, $20; Saturday, $22; Sunday, free. Ages 11 and younger, free with a paid adult. Weekend camping with limited hook-ups, $5. 301-475-8191.


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 age 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 6-9 enjoy poems, songs, stories and games that celebrate the days of railroading and early resort life in Chesapeake Beach. Light refreshments. Free. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-3892.

"AMAZING BONES" -- 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. today and 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Ages 3-5 learn about and search for animal bones. Snack provided. Battle Creek Nature Center, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Registration required. 410-535-5327.

NIGHTTIME STORY TIME -- 6:30 p.m. today. Family time with a story. Theme: "Portly Pigs." Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Hollywood. Free. Registration not required. 301-475-2846.

CHILDREN'S DAY AT THE MUSEUM -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Hands-on activities for children of all ages include a tractor pull; games; crafts; sheriff, fire and rescue squad equipment and personnel; Health Connections Van; water taxi rides; food and giveaways. St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum, end of Route 242, Coltons Point. No admission fee. Handicap accessible. 301-769-2222.

"RUMPLESTILTSKIN" -- 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. Monday. Stevens Puppets brings the fairy tale to life with hand-carved marionettes as part of the St. Mary's County Library Professional Performances series. Supported in part by a grant from the St. Mary's Art Council and matching funds from Veridian Corp. All ages. Free. 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, Leonardtown.

* 3 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park.

"BRAIN BENDERS" -- 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Monday. With help from the Maryland Science Center, ages 6-12 and their parents take a look at everyday objects from a scientist's perspective, which produces fun, mind-boggling results. Free at Charles County Public Library branches. No registration required.

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

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

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

REPTILE WORLD -- 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The Calvert Library Summer Fun Program presents large, live and colorful reptiles. Free at various locations and times. No registration required.

* 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 Ward Rd. west, 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. south, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

AFTERNOON KIDS CLUB -- 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Charles County Public Library for children in grades 1-5. Stories, crafts, Readers Theater, songs and games. Free. Registration not required.

* 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. 301-934-0001.

"GRANDMOTHER'S TRUNK" -- 10-11:15 a.m. next Thursday. Ages 6-16 look at and try on clothes worn in the early 20th century. Light refreshments. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-3892.

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 ages 7-15 who are grieving a death. Space is limited, registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.


"INTERPRETATION OF COLOR" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 14 and 15. Patricia Berube and Jan Gagnon display oil and acrylic paintings. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Free. 410-326-4640.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OPENING -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Meet photographic artists Corrine Amelang and Karen Powel and view their work. Exhibit runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Aug. 31. Wylde Women Gallery at the Maryland Antique Center, 26005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-1960, 410-326-6951 or

ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Local and visiting artists display their work. Exhibition runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Sept. 5. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or


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.

FAMILY BOOK CLUB -- Calvert Library and the Calvert County Literacy Council invite children entering grades 4-6 and a parent, grandparent or any other adult friend to read "Because of Winn-Dixie," by Kate DiCamillo, a book about friendship, forgiveness and a dog with a sense of humor. Then meet with others for an evening of discussion. First 15 families to register at each library branch will receive a free copy of the book, compliments of the Literacy Council. Discussion groups meet at 7 p.m. at each branch. Registration required.

* Aug. 17, Southern Library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* Aug. 19, Fairview Library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd. south, Owings. 410-257-2101.

* Aug. 19, Twin Beaches Library's Captain's Quarters, 3819 Harbor Dr., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* Aug. 19, Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

Special Events

CALVERTON SCHOOL -- 8:30-9:30 a.m. today, next Thursday and Aug. 19 and 26. Coffee, doughnuts and conversation with Dan Hildebrand, new head of school. The Calverton School, 300 Calverton School Rd., Huntingtown. 888-678-0216.

GOVERNOR'S CUP YACHT RACE -- All day Saturday. Race starts tomorrow evening in Annapolis and finishes Saturday on the waterfront at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Live music by Tropical Ensemble in the afternoon, arts and food concessions all day, awards ceremony at 5 p.m. and live music by 'round Midnight at 7 p.m. St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City. Free admission. 240-895-4381.

BIRD WALK -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Ages 12 and older learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 12-17, $2. Registration required. 301-741-9330 or

STRONGMAN AND WOMAN COMPETITION -- Weigh-ins, 8:30 a.m.; body builder demonstrations and competitions, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday. Event also includes a Charles County Sheriff's Office K-9 demonstration, a women's fitness exhibition, children's crafts and food concessions. White Plains Regional Park, 1015 St. Charles Pkwy., White Plains. Participant, $50; spectator, $3; 12 and younger, free. Proceeds benefit the a local crime victim fund. 301-609-3246 or 301-893-8290.

FISH SURVEY -- 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Help naturalists catch, identify, measure and release fish. Volunteers will work in the chest-deep water and mud of Beaver Pond. Ages 12 and older. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 12-17, $2. Registration required. 301-741-9330 or

"CANDLES IN THE SAND" -- 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring candle stubs and the last bits of wax from decorative candles for recycling in a sand and wax artistic project. Bring an old cheese grater to grate wax (optional). Flag Ponds Nature Park, Flag Ponds Boulevard, Lusby. Adults, $5; children, $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

STATE PARK OPEN HOUSE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Chapman State Park presents nature walks at 12:15 and 4 p.m., history talks on "The Chapman Fishery" at 1:45 and 4 p.m. and folksinger Grace Griffith in concert at 3 p.m. Mount Aventine wildlife paintings by C.D. Smallford-Medford will also be featured. Chapman State Park, Chapman's Landing Rd., Indian Head. Free. Advance phone number, 301-753-6754; day of event phone, 301-518-2708.

SNAKES AND TURTLES -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Explore freshwater tidal wetlands for reptiles basking in the sun. All ages welcome. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Registration required. 301-741-9330 or

CONSTRUCTION TRADES OPEN HOUSE -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Explore career opportunities and receive information on industrial training courses in construction, manufacturing, transportation, home inspection, HVAC, welding and electricity to be offered this fall. College representatives will be available for discussion and questions. College of Southern Maryland, Career Education Building, Room 304, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7525, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7525.

GRANDPARENTS DAY MAGIC SHOW -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday. Celebrate the magic between grandparents and grandchildren with magician and illusionist Joe Romano. Lunch includes hamburger or cheeseburger, oven fries, corn, ice cream and milk. Richard R. Clark Senior Center, Routes 488 and 6, La Plata. $6. Registration required by Tuesday. 301-932-2077 or 301-934-5423.

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 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, 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.


"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" -- 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The classic fairy tale by William Shakespeare, presented by the Chesapeake Youth Players. Proceeds benefit the Battle Creek Nature Education Society's programs. King's Landing Park, end of King's Landing Road, Huntingtown. Adults, $8; students and seniors, $5. 410-535-5327 or 410-535-1661.

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 during August. All courses require advance registration and payment. County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-5230.

* CPR/AED/FIRT AID -- Session One: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Session Two: 5-9:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 19. 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. Aug. 14. 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 -- 5:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Designed for those already certified but needing one-year recertification. Cost varies depending on materials needed by participant.

* SPORTS SAFETY -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 28. For coaches, trainers and athletes to learn training methods aimed at reducing injuries and to treat on-field emergencies until professional help arrives. $38 fee includes all materials.

BOOK FAIR -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13. All books 50 percent off. J.C. Parks Elementary, 3505 Livingston Rd., Bryans Road. 301-375-7444.

MARSH ECOLOGY -- 3-7 p.m. Aug. 14. Learn wetlands ecology while exploring areas along the Patuxent River. Naturalist and experienced volunteers lead trips. Canoe, instruction and all equipment provided. For adults only. Mail $5 a person in advance including participant's name, address, phone number and age. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors, $2. 410-741-9330 or

CUSTOM BIKE, CAR AND TRUCK FEST -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m., show and registration; judging, 5 p.m.; awards, 6 p.m., Aug. 15. Second annual event includes music, food, door prizes and entertainment. Tailgates Sports Cafe, 4680 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Custom vehicle entry, $20 per entry; parking, $5. 301-893-2900 or

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

LA PLATA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNIVERSARY -- Looking for department and ladies auxiliary members who served the unit during 1929-2004 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.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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