Concerts

JAZZ QUARTET -- 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Baltimore's Al Maniscalco Quartet performs at the Pavilion. Presented by the Arts Council of Calvert County as part of its "Sundays of Note" summer concert series. Solomons Island Boardwalk, Solomons Island. Free. 410-257-7005.

CALVERT BRASS CONSORTIUM -- 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. Patriotic music, jazz, show tunes and sacred and classical music, directed by Dennis Vogel. Refreshments, courtesy of Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant, served at intermission. Last in a series of summer concerts hosted by Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum and funded by grants from the Arts Council of Calvert County and Town of Chesapeake Beach. 4156 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-3892.

THE BEACH BOYS -- Tickets on sale through phone charge only (800-787-9454) for the Sept. 19 Waterside 2004 concert at Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Premium seats, $45; reserved seats, $35. For concert information, 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 ages 13 and older. Black Belt Academy, Wildewood Shopping Center, Wildewood. Drop-in fee, $10; 10-class card, $65. 301-862-1072.

For Children

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME -- 10 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, this week through Dec. 2. For ages 2-5 at Charles County Public Library branches. Free. No registration 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.

MEADOW TREK -- 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. Ages 3-5 with an adult, look for bugs and seeds in the tall grasses of the swamp. Snack provided. Dress for the outdoors. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; BCNES members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327 or CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us.

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

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.

ALL MEDIA EXHIBITION -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. 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.

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

ARTIST TALK -- 5-6 p.m. Wednesday. Artist David Kohan will discuss and display his abstract paintings and work on paper. The exhibit, with artist Kevin Mullins, runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 2. Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Montgomery Hall, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4246.

Lectures

And Literature

"DEMOCRACY OPEN DOOR" -- 10 a.m. Saturday. Nationwide public library-sponsored event to encourage people to reflect upon democracy, citizenship and patriotism. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* Patriotic storytime: for children of all ages.

* Discussion: Lee Strickland, recently retired senior intelligence officer with the CIA, presents "Global Secrecy and Power vs. Individual Rights in the Global War on Terrorism."

WORKSHOP IN CREATIVE MEMOIR -- 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday. Turn bits of life into nonfiction, short fiction or poetry. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

SUMMER STORY TIME -- Calvert Library offers family story time at all branches. Free.

* 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Prince Frederick branch, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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

* 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Twin Beaches branch, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Fairview branch, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

Special Events

TEEN GAME NIGHT -- 6:30-9 p.m. tomorrow. Bring a friend, a game and enjoy games, music, pizza and door prizes. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

BIRDING -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Ages 12 and older learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides available on site to borrow. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 12-17, $2. reservations required. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP -- 8 a.m. Sunday. Half-day trip led by Arlene Ripley through open fields and wooded areas to look for sparrows and fall migrants. Extensive amount of walking. Natural Resource Management Area, end of Smoky Road, Huntingtown. Meet in parking lot and carpool to site. 410-257-6105 or piwa@earthlink.net.

WATER AEROBICS CLASSES -- The Charles County Department of Community Services offers low-impact, cardiovascular and muscle toning classes in the shallow and deep end of the Henry E. Lackey High School indoor pool. All classes, $30. Advance registration required. Lackey Indoor Pool, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd., Indian Head. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service-711, or TDD-800-735-2258.

* Cardio toning: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 26 and 7-8 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28. Class focuses on cardiovascular endurance and muscle toning while performing exercises with and without equipment. Class held in the shallow end.

* Combo: 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 26. Class includes deep- and shallow-water exercises. Strength, muscle toning, cardiovascular training and flexibility are stressed. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday through Oct. 28.

* Deep water: 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 26. Exercises performed in the deep end using equipment and buoyancy as resistance.

AEROBICS CLASS -- 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday. A "Cardiopump" class for adults. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $38. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS -- 5 p.m. Tuesday; first rehearsal, 7 p.m. same day. The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert holds 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 through Oct. 13. Six-week course teaches caretakers to set up basic training programs for their pets. Dogs must be at least 4 months old and current on rabies and distemper vaccinations. Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. $35. Advance registration and payment due before today's first class. 301-645-8181.

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

AUDITIONS -- 7-10 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. tomorrow. For the St. Mary's College of Maryland production of "The Serpent," by Jean-Claude van Itallie, a contemporary improvisational 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. Bruce Davis Theatre at the college's 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.

AUDITIONS -- 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday 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. The college's Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or BxOffc@csmd.edu

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

Plan Ahead

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINIC -- Sept. 10. 6-7 p.m., beginner's level clinic; 7-8:30 p.m., intermediate level clinic. Each pitcher must bring a catcher. A Calvert County Parks and Recreation-sponsored program for age 8 and older. Southern Middle School, 9615 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. Beginner's, $41; intermediate's, $56. Advance registration required. 410-586-1101.

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.

AEROBICS CLASS -- 10-11 a.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 11. "Shape and Tone" class for adults. A Calvert County Parks and Recreation-sponsored program. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $25. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

MARINA ANNIVERSARY -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 11. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Fishing Creek Landings Marina presents a patriotic ceremony featuring the Northern High School ROTC Color Guard, food and party favors. Kellam's Field Pavilion, Chesapeake Beach. 301-855-3572 or pamsisson@aol.com.

LUAU AT POINT FARM -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11. A luau 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. Lighthouse Inn will provide hors d'oeuvres. Entertainment will include a steel drum band and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the museum. Advance-purchase 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.

"SAME TIME NEXT YEAR" -- 8 p.m. Sept. 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25; 3 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26. A romantic comedy by Bernie Slade about a couple who meet once a year for an extramarital tryst. Black Box Theatre, Indian Head Center for the Arts, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. General admission, $15; seniors, students and groups of 10 or more, $12. Reservations recommended. 800-494-8497.

EXPLORING BY CANOE -- 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 25. Examine the wetlands along the Patuxent River. Experienced volunteers and naturalists lead trips; instruction and equipment provided. Age 7 and older. To reserve a space, mail payment of $5 per person to the sanctuary with the name, address, phone number and age of each participant, and the date selected. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

CRAB CAKE DINNER CRUISE -- 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12. Calvert Marine Museum's annual dinner cruise aboard the Wm. B. Tennison. Departs from the museum dock, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Adults, $26; CMMS members, $21; children, $17. Reservations required. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41, or mccormmj@co.cal.md.us.

SQUARE DANCING OPEN HOUSE -- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 17. Open houses sponsored by the Aqua Squares Dance Club, with refreshments, demonstrations and beginner instructions. Dance classes begin Sept. 21. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-586-3587, 301-863-0064, masterwm@olg.com or rymermaryann@erols.com.

WINE TASTING -- 5-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Sample regional wines and gourmet cuisine. Also featured will be a silent auction and wine boutique with sales. Hosted by, and a benefit for, the Civista Health Foundation. Port Tobacco Courthouse, Port Tobacco. Advance tickets by Sept. 10, $40; after Sept. 19, $50; designated drivers, $30. Reservations required. 301-609-4132.

GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A CHILD -- 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 27. "A Time to Heal" support group. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-122.

CHILDREN'S GRIEF SUPPORT -- 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 4. "Bridges," an eight-session support group for ages 5-12, teenagers and adult family members grieving the death of someone important. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Education Building, Church Street, Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required by Sept. 10. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 18 and 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 23-Nov. 18. Ten-session required training for anyone wanting to volunteer in any capacity for Calvert Hospice. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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 craftspeople 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 who 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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