Concerts

THE DIXIE RAMBLERS -- 7:30 p.m. today. Calvert County's 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 AND OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL -- 3:50-10:25 p.m. today, 2:20-11:05 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m.-11:05 p.m. Saturday 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; today, $12; Friday, $22; Sunday, free. Ages 11 and younger, free with a paid adult. Rough weekend camping with limited hookups, $5. 301-475-8191.

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

For Children

GRANDMOTHER'S TRUNK -- 10-11:15 a.m. today. 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.

BABYSITTER TRAINING -- 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturday. 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. Advance registration required. 410-535-5230.

BUGS -- 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Ages 6-9 take a nature hike through forest and meadow to discover insects. King's Landing Park, end of King's Landing Road, Huntingtown. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

AFTERNOON KIDS CLUB -- Sponsored by the Charles County Public Library for children in first through fifth grades. Stories, crafts, Readers Theater, songs and games. 1:30 p.m. 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.

LIZARDS -- 10-10:30 a.m. next Thursday. Ages 2 and 3, with parent, meet lizards. Puppets help them to imagine being a lizard. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

Exhibitions

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

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Aug. 31. Work of photographic artists Corrine Amelang and Karen Powel on display. Wylde Women Gallery at the Maryland Antique Center, 26005 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-1960, 410-326-6951 or www.wyldewomen.com.

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

Lectures

And Literature

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

* 2 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress," a humorous look inside a Dominican Republic family, by Sijie Dai, Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "Tender Is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Discussion facilitated by Robin Bates, St. Mary's College of Maryland English professor. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

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

FOREST ECOLOGY -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Neil Pederson discusses tree-ring analysis, climate change studies, the influence of temperature on tree growth and the oldest oaks in the eastern United States. Presented by the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-5327.

CRITICS' CORNER -- 2 p.m. Monday. Young adults discuss favorite and new books and play games at Charles County library branches. Free. Registration not required.

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

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

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

ADULT SUMMER READING -- Beach Book Bingo ends Tuesday. Turn in cards at a Calvert Library branch for chance to win $50 gift certificate. 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. Prince Frederick 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 -- The Calvert Library and the Calvert County Literacy Council invite children entering fourth through sixth grades and a parent, grandparent or 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.

* Tuesday, Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* Next Thursday, Fairview library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* Next Thursday, Twin Beaches library at Captain's Quarters, 3819 Harbor Dr., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* Next Thursday, Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

CALVERT CONVERSATIONS -- 10 a.m. next Thursday. Casual get-together to discuss what's going on in the county. Coffee provided, but bring your own mug. Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

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. Walden/Sierra, 26845 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. $120 fee includes course workbook and refreshments. 301-863-6661.

Special Events

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

GRANDPARENTS DAY MAGIC SHOW -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today. 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.

CANOE LESSONS -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Learn how to steer a canoe with a paddle. Bring drinking water and snacks. There must be at least two paddlers and no more than two non-paddlers (ages 13 and younger) per canoe. King's Landing Park, end of King's Landing Road, Huntingtown. Adults, $3; ages 13 and younger, $1 with a paid adult. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

STREAM ECOLOGY -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Learn to identify frogs, fish, dragonflies and other aquatic animals. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Waterproof shoes recommended. Bring a change of clothes and a towel. All ages. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Registration required. 410-741-9330.

CUSTOM BIKE, CAR AND TRUCK FEST -- Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., show and registration; judging, 5 p.m.; awards, 6 p.m. 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 www.fireupthundrout.com

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 cantaloupes. Bring your own beverage. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab, Piney Point. $50. Reservations required. 301-994-2245, info@thebaylab.org or www.thebaylab.org.

CPR/AED/FIRST AID -- 5-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and next Thursday. Satisfactory completion of course earns one-year certification in adult, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation and first aid. Offered by the Prince Frederick office of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $42 covers all materials. Advance registration required. 410-535-5230.

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 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

"IN HIS STEPS" -- 10 a.m. Sunday. One-man drama based on Charles Sheldon's novel about living life by one simple code, "What would Jesus do?" Performed by professional dramatist Chuck Neighbors. Nursery provided. Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8500 or lpumc@earthlink.net.

AUDITIONS -- 7-9 p.m. next Thursday and Aug. 20 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 21 for the Port Tobacco Players' "A Christmas Story." Adults and those ages 6-13 are needed. Children must come prepared with a memorized monologue of one to two minutes; adults will cold-read from the script. La Plata United Methodist Church, Routes 301 and 6, La Plata. 301-274-3592.

Plan Ahead

"THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS" AUDITIONS -- 10 a.m. Aug. 21. Black Box Theatre's production of Neil Simon's comedy. Need three women in late twenties to late thirties and a man in late forties. All roles are paid. Call to schedule an appointment. Indian Head Center for the Arts, Indian Head. 301-743-3040 or www.indianheadblackbox.org.

CHILDREN'S CHORAL AUDITIONS -- 10-11 a.m. Aug. 21. Newly formed choral ensemble, the Schubert Singers, for children entering second through sixth grades will perform in concerts, learn sight-singing, vocal production and part-singing. Group rehearsal followed by small-group auditions. Christ Church, Gertrude Mitchell Room, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. More information is available from musical directors Angela Garvey, 301-934-2360 and Alicia Cordelle, 301-843-2503.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY -- Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 21. Event showcases Afro-American culture and history through reenactors, dance, storytelling, music, food, exhibits and displays. National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd. Accokeek. $3. 301-283-2113 or www.accokeek.org.

CHARITY MOTORCYCLE RIDE -- All day, Aug. 21. A ride to benefit acute respiratory distress syndrome research at the Johns Hopkins University medical center in memory of Gary W. Chasles Sr. The ride will be from Southern Maryland to Ocean City and back. Cars, trucks, vans and buses also can participate. After-ride festivities will include live music and a cash bar, 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. the Hotel Charles, Hughesville. Participation by donation. 571-233-1884, robertchasles@hotmail.com or www.ardsride.com.

NATIONAL FALLEN BIKER MEMORIAL RUN II -- Aug. 22, registration, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; ride departure, 12:30 p.m. Motorcycle ride starts in St. Mary's County and will go through Calvert, Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Charles counties to create public awareness about automobiles sharing the road safely with bikers. The ride honors all fallen motorcyclists and benefits a fund to create a national memorial. It will end at Charles County Fairgrounds with music, raffles, food, beverages, door prizes and entertainment. All American Harley-Davidson, 27967 Baptist Church Rd., Mechanicsville. $15 a rider. 301-893-2900 or www.fireupthundrout.com.

SPORTS SAFETY TRAINING -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 28. A session for coaches, trainers and athletes to learn training methods to deal with injuries and treatment of on-field emergencies until professional help arrives. Offered by the Prince Frederick office of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $38 fee includes all materials. Advance registration required. 410-535-5230.

CENTER FOR ABUSED PERSONS -- Accepting new and used items for the center's 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 crafts for 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 -- Available 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 www.co.saint-marys.md.us.

LA PLATA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNIVERSARY -- Looking for members and the Ladies Auxiliary that served the unit from 1929 to this year to help celebrate the department's 75th anniversary. Call 301-934-3201, 301-870-3868 or e-mail cchief1@hotmail.com.

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 mcdonough84@yahoo.com or call 301-934-5623.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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