Concerts

COURTYARD CONCERT -- Noon-1 p.m. tomorrow. Concert features contemporary zydeco band Sean Ardoin 'N' Zydekool. Bring a lunch, fold-up chair or blanket. Presented by the Arts Council of Calvert County and sponsored by the Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Courthouse Courtyard, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-257-7005.

FOLK MUSIC -- 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Acoustic guitarist and singer Chuck Durfor, accompanied by bass player Ed Kernan, performs folk and jazz. Offered by the Arts Council of Calvert County and sponsored by the Showplace Arena. Gazebo on the boardwalk, Solomon's Island. Free. 410-257-7005.

BEACH BOYS -- Calvert Marine Museum Society members can begin purchasing tickets Monday for the Sept. 19 Waterside 2004 concert featuring the Beach Boys. Use the order form received by mail to order advance tickets. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public Sept. 1 through phone charge (800-787-9454) only. For concert information or to become a CMMS member, call 410-326-2042, Ext. 17 or 18.

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

LIZARDS -- 10-10:30 a.m. today. 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.

CHILDREN'S CHORAL AUDITIONS -- 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Newly formed choral ensemble, the Schubert Singers, for children entering grades 2-6 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.

RETRO SOCIAL -- 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Dancing to the music of the '70s and '80s with a deejay, ice cream sundaes and baked goods for students entering grades 4-8. Sponsored by St. Mary's STARZ Competitive Cheerleading Squad. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, St. Andrew's Church Road, California. $5. 301-997-0325.

FALL STORY TIME -- Registration begins Monday for newborns to age 5. Interactive talk, song, dance and reading to develop child's motor skills, promote brain development, social skills and a love for reading. Sessions begin in mid-September. Call any Calvert library branch to register. Free. Prince Frederick, 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862; Fairview, 410-257-2101; Southern, 410-326-5289; and Twin Beaches, 410-257-2411.

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.

Exhibitions

ART EXHIBITION -- Noon-5 p.m. tomorrow. "Cycles: The Artwork of Janae Easton and Kristin Miller" runs noon-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and one hour prior to College of Southern Maryland performances, through Sept. 26. Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, CSM Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828.

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

ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION -- 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. today. 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. today. Discuss "Tender Is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Discussion conducted by Robin Bates, St. Mary's College of Maryland English professor. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

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 Calvert County Literacy Council invite children entering grades 4-6 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. The 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.

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

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

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

CALVERT CONVERSATIONS -- 10 a.m. today. 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.

DESSERT AND DIALOGUE -- 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday. Second in a series on the Chesapeake Bay features author John Wennersten discussing "The Oyster: Ways of the Chesapeake Bay." Claudia's Steakhouse, Hawthorne Country Club, La Plata. $35 fee includes appetizers, wine and dessert. Does not include price of book, which will be available for purchase and signing. Registration required. 301-392-0213.

Special Events

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

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY -- noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Event showcases African American heritage, culture and history through reenactors, dance, storytelling, music, food, exhibits and displays. An Accokeek Foundation event with the National Park Service, Chevy Chase Bank, The Washington Post and the Maryland State Arts Council. National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $3; under 5, free. 301-283-2113, Ext. 28 or www.accokeek.org.

CHARITY MOTORCYCLE RIDE -- All day, Saturday. A ride to benefit acute respiratory distress syndrome research at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore in memory of Gary W. Chasles Sr. The roundtrip ride from Southern Maryland to Ocean City will start at 8 a.m. at Lighthouse Liquors at 30411 Three Notch Rd. (Route 5) in Charlotte Hall. 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., Hotel Charles, Hughesville. Participation by donation. 571-233-1884, robertchasles@hotmail.com or www.ardsride.com.

NATIONAL FALLEN BIKER MEMORIAL RUN II -- Registration, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; ride departure: 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Motorcycle ride starts at All-American Harley Davidson 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.

BUGS 101 -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. All ages will learn about critters in the fields and under logs and look for late-season butterflies. 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 www.jugbay.org.

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

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

AUDITIONS -- 10 a.m. Saturday for the Black Box Theatre's production of Neil Simon's comedy, "Last of the Red Hot Lovers." 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.

Plan Ahead

SPORTS SAFETY TRAINING -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 28. A session for coaches, trainers and athletes to learn about handling injuries and treating 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.

AUDITION WORKSHOP -- 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Port Tobacco Player Bob White discusses how to find and prepare for auditions, select music and perform cold readings for them. Bring prepared monologues and music for interactive practice. Hosted by the College of Southern Maryland Repertory Theater Group. Ages 14 and older. Box lunch provided. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. Registration required; e-mail mas_csm@hotmail.com or leave a message with the box office at 301-934-7828.

CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW -- 9am.-2 p.m. Aug. 29. Hosted by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Music, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Routes 5 and 301, Waldorf. Advance registration, $12; at the door, $15; spectators, $2. 301-943-1283 or 301-392-9377.

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 and sexual assault. 301-645-9387.

AUDITIONS -- 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and 8 and 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 11, for the College of Southern Maryland's production of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I." Actors of all ages needed. Call for an appointment. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828, 31-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828 or BxOffc@csmd.edu

ST. NICHOLAS LUTHERAN CHURCH -- Seeks crafters for its fall craft fair, scheduled for 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 department and ladies auxiliary members 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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