CALVERT BRASS CONSORTIUM -- 7:30 p.m. today. Patriotic music, jazz, show tunes, 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.

COURTYARD CONCERT -- Noon-1 p.m. tomorrow. Square Noon, an acoustical jazz trio combines bass, mandolin and guitar to create a bebop sound. Presented by the Arts Council of Calvert County and sponsored by the Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Prince Frederick Courthouse, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-257-7005.

OLDIES, COUNTRY AND ROCK CONCERT -- 3-8 p.m. Sunday. Sounds from the '50s, '60s and '70s plus current country and rock-and-roll featuring Allen Gardiner and Joe Webb. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Beer, wine, sodas and food available through concessions. Izaak Walton League Farm, 4200 Gardiner Rd., Waldorf. Adults, $10; ages 14-18, $5; 13 and under, free. 301-645-3323 or

ORGAN RECITAL -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Concert organist Mickey Thomas Terry performs on the sanctuary's pipe organ. Reception in the parish hall follows the concert. Christ Church, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. Wheelchair accessible. 301-932-1051.

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.


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.

CONTRA LINE DANCE -- Beginner lessons, 7 p.m.; called dances, 7:30-10 p.m. Dance to live Scottish-Irish music. Partners and experience not required. Wear soft-sole shoes. Ice cream social follows dancing. Presented by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37501 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. SMTMD members, $5; general admission, $7; 12 and under, free. 301-475-5522 or

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 STORY TIME -- 10 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 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.

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.


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.

GALLERY SHOW AND SALE -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local photographer David Wright debuts with large-scale photos depicting landscapes of the world. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640 or

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

GALLERY TALK -- 2 p.m., artist talk; reception, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Artist Jan Gagnon discusses her interpretations of fields and florals on oil. "Interpretations by Jan Gagnon" runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 10. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or

ART SHOW -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 2. Artists David Kohan and Kevin Mullins display their abstract paintings and works on paper. Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Montgomery Hall, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4246.


And Literature

CALVERT SPEAKERS SERIES -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Andy Brown, senior naturalist and manager of Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary and Nature Center, presents "Wildlife in Calvert County, Past and Present." A Calvert Library Speakers Series event commemorating the county's 350th anniversary. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 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.

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. Learn skills to handle the changing needs of children whose parents divorce. Facilitated by licensed counselors. Walden/Sierra, 26845 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. $120 fee includes course workbook and refreshments. 301-863-6661.

DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT WORKSHOP -- 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. First in a series of workshops for parents to help them become more involved and knowledgeable in their child's Individual Education Program (IEP). Melissa Alexander, parent educator with Parents' Place of Maryland, runs this and all other workshops in the series. This workshop reviews the federal process for identifying a child who qualifies for special education and related services. All workshops are free; a light supper is provided. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Dr., Lexington Park. Advance registration for each workshop is required. 301-884-4662.

* 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29. "Writing Successful IEPs."

* 6-8 p.m. Oct. 6. "Positive Behavior Supports in the IEP."

* 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20. "Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs: How to be Heard and Understood."

* 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3. "Resolving Conflicts in Special Education -- Complaints, Mediation and Due Process."

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

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss "Bridge to Terabithia," by Katherine Paterson. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss "Isaac's Storm," by Erik Larson. Book concerns the 1900 Galveston, Tex., hurricane. Participants are encouraged to bring personal stories and photos of Hurricane Isabel. Bayhill Market, 7554 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discuss "My Sister's Keeper," by Jodi Picoult. Novel examines what it means to be a good parent, sister and person. Fairview branch, 8210 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 2 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester, about an incarcerated insane American surgeon who contributes to the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Southern branch, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

POETRY CAFE -- 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday. Poet Elisavietta Ritchie explores poetry. Participants asked to bring eight copies of a poem they would like discussed or edited. Calvert library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

"AN EVENING WITH VERA" -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Meet Vera Freeman and enjoy music, food and drink. Freeman's book, "The Legendary Vera: A Life of Glamour" will be available for purchase. Sharon Marman on piano. Proceeds benefit Calvert Library. Vera's White Sands Restaurant, 1200 White Sands Dr., Lusby. $25. Advance tickets available at all county public library branches. 410-535-0291.

Special Events

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL CLINIC -- Tomorrow, 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 ages 8 and older. Southern Middle School, 9615 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. Beginner, $41; intermediate, $56. Advance registration required. 410-586-1101.

FALL FOLLIES ON THE SQUARE -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Handmade crafts featuring pottery, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, woodcrafts, baskets and glass. Demonstrations, face painting, fingerprinting by the Maryland State Police, food concessions. Sponsored by the Crafts Guild of St. Mary's County. Rain date: Sunday. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. 301-997-1644.

AEROBICS CLASS -- 10-11 a.m. Saturdays starting this week. "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. Saturday. 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

CRAB FEAST CRUISE -- 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 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 beverages. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Bay Field Lab, Piney Point. $50. Reservations required. 301-994-2245, or

LUAU AT POINT FARM -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. A luau hosted by the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and 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, or make check payable to "Friends of JPPM" and mail to 10115 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, Md. 20685.

ANNUAL BICYCLE RIDE -- 7-9 a.m., registration and starts, Sunday. Thirty, 63- and 100-mile routes available in the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club's 30th Bike Ride. Rest stops every 20-25 miles with food and drink available. Post-ride picnic included. Indian Head Village Green, Lackey Drive, Indian Head. $20 a rider. 301-567-0089 or

CHAPMAN STATE PARK OPEN HOUSE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Featuring demonstrations and exhibits by the Quilt Guild of Southern Maryland and Mount Aventine flora and fauna paintings by C.D. Smallwood Medford. Nature walks (12:15 and 2:45 p.m.); kids walk (3 p.m.); and history talk on "The Chapman Mill at Thoroughfare Gap" (1:45 and 4 p.m.). Chapman State Park, Chapman's Landing Road, Indian Head. Free. 301-753-6754 or day-of-event phone, 301-518-2708.

CRAB CAKE DINNER CRUISE -- 5-7 p.m. Sunday. 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

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: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28. Class includes deep- and shallow-water exercises. Strength, muscle toning, cardiovascular training and flexibility are stressed.

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

SQUARE DANCING OPEN HOUSE -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 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, or

WINE TASTING -- 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Sample regional wines and gourmet cuisine. Also featured will be a silent auction and wine boutique with sales. A fundraiser for host 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, through Oct. 27. "A Time to Heal" support group. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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.

CONCERNED BLACK MEN OF CALVERT COUNTY GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 8:30 a.m. next Thursday. Proceeds benefit the group's mentoring programs. Fee includes greens, golf cart, range balls, grab bags, prizes, snacks and a catered lunch. Trophies awarded with special hole competitions available at an extra fee. South River Golf Club, Edgewater. $135 a golfer; $500 a foursome. Reservations required. 202-263-4608,; or Fax, 202-263-4607.

SENIOR CITIZENS RIVERSIDE OUTING -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday. Annual Senior Citizens Day outdoor event features morning refreshments, a bring-your-own-picnic lunch, bingo, door prizes and water taxi excursions. Dress for the weather. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Funded by the Friends of the St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums. St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point. 301-769-2222.

CHILDREN'S GRIEF SUPPORT -- 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 4. "Bridges," an eight-session support group for those grieving a death. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Education Building, Church Street, Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required by tomorrow. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

MASSAGE THERAPY -- Weekdays by appointment. Hour-long appointments by a certified massage therapist to help relive stress, improve muscle tone, increase flexibility and rid the body of toxins. Grace W. Loffler Senior Center, Chancellors Run Activity Center, 21905 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills. $35. Appointments required. 301-737-5670.

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

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.


AUDITIONS -- 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, for the College of Southern Maryland's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I." Actors of all ages needed. Call for an appointment. CSM Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or

Plan Ahead

ARTSFEST '04 PREVIEW NIGHT RECEPTION -- 5-7 p.m. Sept. 17. Get a sneak peek at this year's lineup of artists for Artsfest '04, Sept. 18-19. Meet the artists, advance sales, hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Proceeds benefit Annmarie Garden art programs. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. Advance tickets, $25; at the door, $30. Ticket includes a weekend pass to Artsfest '04. 410-326-4640 or

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 volunteering in any capacity for Calvert Hospice. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

PADDLE-WHEELER CRUISE -- A county-sponsored bus trip for senior citizens to an Oct. 6 luncheon cruise aboard the paddle-wheeler, The City of Fredericksburg. Registration deadline is Wednesday. Trip departs from the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center at 9:10 a.m. and the Clark Center in La Plata at 9:30 a.m. Return to Charles County is anticipated to be 5 p.m. For reservations or further information, contact the Charles County Department of Community Services, 301-934-9305; 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151; Maryland Relay Service, 711; or TDD, 800-735-2258.

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.

LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE -- The LDA of St. Mary's County will sponsor this year's conference Oct. 2 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, featuring Rick Lavoie -- an expert on the impact of learning disabilities on families and individuals. Early registration deadline is Monday. $45. After Monday, $50. 301-884-4662.

HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTIONS -- Volunteer Southern Maryland at the College of Southern Maryland is accepting donated items through Sept. 23 to be distributed to victims of recent hurricanes in the United States. Needed items include personal hygiene goods, work gloves, sunscreen and ready-to-feed baby formula. College of Southern Maryland, CC Building, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7508 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7508.

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.

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

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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