Concerts

END OF SUMMER CONCERT -- 7-9 p.m. today. Hosted by the Town of Indian Head, featuring the U.S. Air Force High Flight Band, free hot dogs, chips and soda. Ice cream vendor on site. No pets or alcohol. Bring a blanket or chair. Village Green Pavilion, Indian Head. Free. 301-743-5511 or 301-753-6633.

PRAISE AND WORSHIP -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Prayerful dance and song. New Hope AME Church, 12310 Washington Sq., Waldorf. 301-870-6460.

BEACH BOYS -- Calvert Marine Museum Society members can continue to purchase advance sale tickets 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 Wednesday through phone charge (800-787-9454) only. Premium seats, $45; reserved seats, $35. For concert information or to become a museum society 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.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE -- 7:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Smoke-free dance includes lessons. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Country Western Dance Association. 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 ages 13 and older. Black Belt Academy, Wildewood Shopping Center, Wildewood. Drop-in fee, $10; 10-class card, $65. 301-862-1072.

For Children

FALL STORY TIME -- Calvert Library is accepting registration for newborns to age 5. Interactive talk, song, dance and reading to develop and promote child's motor skills, brain development, social skills and 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.

LIZARDS -- 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Children ages 2 and 3, with parent, can 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.

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 before 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 Tuesday. 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 -- 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.

FAREWELL ART SHOW -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A farewell and retrospective showing of the works of local artist Aliki Dobry, who is moving to New Mexico. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Free. 301-863-5427 or alikicdobry@aol.com.

ART SHOW -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Exhibit runs Tuesdays-Sundays through Sept. 26. Exhibit runs Tuesdays-Sundays through Sept. 26. "Unique Visions" by artists Karen Vaughn, Cecile Stotesbury and HemanWard. North End Gallery, 41625 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. 301-475-3130.

Lectures

And Literature

DESSERT AND DIALOGUE -- 7-8:30 p.m. today. 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.

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.

Special Events

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

SPORTS SAFETY TRAINING -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 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.

OSPREYS -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Learn about the migration cycle and life history of these summer residents of 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.

MILKWEED EXPLORATION -- 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Explore milkweed plants, release seeds and identify animal life living on milkweed plants. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Adults, $3; children with a paid adult and BCCS members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE PICNIC -- 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Meet St. Mary's candidates and local officials. All food and drinks provided. Dorsey Park, Hollywood. Donations, $5 a person or $20 a family. 301-475-1733.

McDONOUGH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION -- Saturday and Sunday in Solomons. An evening gathering and family events are planned for the 20-year reunion. For more information, class members should e-mail mcdonough84@yahoo.com or call 301-934-5623.

CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW -- 9 am.-2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

EQUINE THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. An open house and fundraiser for "Hooves 4 Hope," a therapeutic riding program for abused and neglected children. Demonstrations, food, entertainment, games, pony and horse-drawn hayrides. Hooves 4 Hope, 2195 Hunting Creek Rd., Huntingtown. Donations appreciated. 410-535-9700.

CCTC MIXER -- 6 p.m. Tuesday. A social gathering of the Charles County Technology Council. Uno's Patio at St. Charles Towne Center, Route 301 south, Waldorf. CCTC members, free; prospective members, $5. 877-282-5734 or www.thetechcouncil.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 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 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

AUDITION WORKSHOP -- 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Port Tobacco Player Bob White discusses how to find and prepare for auditions, select music and perform cold readings. 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.

AUDITIONS -- 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 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, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or BxOffc@csmd.edu

AUDITIONS -- 7-10 p.m. next Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Sept. 3. For the St. Mary's College of Maryland production of "The Serpent," by Jean-Claude van Itallie, a contemporary improvisational theatre drama that explores the Book of Genesis and relates it to modern experience. Come prepared with a one to two minute monologue of choice. No experience required. Copies of the play are available for advance reading at the circulation desk of the college library. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Bruce Davis Theatre, Montgomery Hall, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Contact play director Joanne Klein for further details. 240-895-4251, Ext. 4251, or jrklein@smcm.edu.

Plan Ahead

"MAN OF LA MANCHA" -- A Sept. 22 county-sponsored bus trip to see the musical performed at the Riverside Center in Fredericksburg, Va. Departs from the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center at 9:15 a.m. and the Clark Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. Reservations and fee required by Sept. 6. $59 each. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151, or www.charlescounty.org/cs. TDD, 800-735-2258, or Maryland Relay Service, 711.

ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS -- Auditions, 5 p.m.; first rehearsal, 7 p.m. Sept. 7. The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert (COSMIC) announces open auditions for adult and high school instrumentalists on the violin, viola, cello, bassoon, French horn, trombone and string bass. Call to schedule an audition time. Garvey Center, Route 245, Leonardtown. 301-373-5277.

DOG OBEDIENCE COURSE -- 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Six-week course provides caretakers the knowledge and skills to set up a basic training program for their pets. Dogs must be at least 4 months old and current on rabies and distemper vaccines. Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. $35. Advance registration and payment due by Sept. 8. 301-645-8181.

CAMPFIRE -- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. A preview storytelling session in preparation for Woodland Indian Discovery Day on Sept. 11. Historic St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4990, 800-762-1634 or www.stmaryscity.org.

WOODLAND INDIAN DISCOVERY DAY -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 11. Participants explore the skills and culture of the Yaocomaco Indians, who welcomed English settlers to the area in the 1600s. Historic St. Mary's City. Adults, $7.50; seniors and students, $6; ages 6-12, $3.50; 5 and younger, free. 240-895-4990, 800-762-1634 or www.stmaryscity.org.

AFFAIR AT POINT FARM -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11. A luau event hosted by the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum at Point Farm on St. Leonard's Creek. Honorary chairman is Vera Freeman of Vera's White Sands Restaurant and Lounge, with hors d'oeuvres by the Lighthouse Inn. Entertainment includes a steel drum band and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the museum. Advance tickets required. $60. To charge , call 410-586-8515; by mail, make check payable to "Friends of JPPM," and mail to 10115 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard., Md. 20685.

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.

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.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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