Discovery Day, Campfire

Start the weekend tomorrow with storytelling around the council fire; the event is a preview to Saturday's Woodland Indian Discovery Day at the Woodland Indian Hamlet in Historic St. Mary's City. Dovie Thomason Sickles, an author, educator and storyteller, will tell tall and traditional tales and legends passed down from American Indians at a campfire from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow. On Saturday, learn to see the fields, forests and waters the way the Yaocomaco Indians saw them, through clothing, food, tools, building materials, weapons and toy demonstrations and exhibits. Hands-on activities include making beads, tools and rattles; bow and arrow shooting; and grinding corn. Activities and exhibits run throughout the day, with special events including storyteller Sickles at 12:30 and 2 p.m. and the Tayac Territory Dancers at 1 p.m. This event is sponsored in part by grants from the St. Mary's County Arts Council and Target stores. Woodland Indian Hamlet, Historic St. Mary's City. Campfire and storytelling, 7:30-9:30 p.m., tomorrow. No charge, but donations accepted. Discovery Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Adults, $7.50; students and seniors, $6; ages 6-12, $3.50. Cost includes museum admission. 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634 or

Democracy Discussion

Join in a nationwide public library-sponsored event Saturday to encourage people to reflect upon democracy, citizenship and patriotism. Recently retired senior CIA intelligence officer Lee Strickland discusses "Global Secrecy and Power vs. Individual Rights in the Global War on Terrorism." While Strickland speaks, children will be entertained at a patriotic story time. 10 a.m. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Woodland Indian Discovery Day in Historic St. Mary's City will include many activities for children, such as dancing and storytelling.