St. Mary's Board Forum The St. Mary's County commissioners will conduct their monthly public forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Joseph Community Center, 40610 Kavanagh Rd., Mechanicsville.

The community center is near the intersection with Route 247 (Loveville Road).

Siblings Advance in Contest Two Charles County students are among 11 semifinalists in Maryland and 400 nationwide in the 2004 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge, a contest for fifth- through eighth-graders.

Brother and sister Gavin Gregory Reen, a seventh-grader at Milton Somers Middle School, and Melissa Shannon Reen, a fifth-grader at Matula Elementary School, were chosen from nearly 1,800 students who entered the competition. They live in La Plata.

'Meshuggah-Nuns' Onstage

Grace Lutheran Church and School in La Plata are sponsoring a dinner theater performance of "Meshuggah-Nuns" by the Port Tobacco Players on Oct. 9.

Proceeds will be used to recruit foster parents for Alternatives for Youth and Families, a nonprofit mental health agency that works to reunify families through community-based treatment.

Dinner will be provided by the Crossing at Casey Jones.

"Meshuggah-Nuns" brings back the fun-loving Little Sisters of Hoboken. Their story unfolds during a "Faith of All Nations" world cruise aboard the USS Golden Delicious. A storm has lasted six days, leaving most passengers seasick, including the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof." The ship's captain requests that the nuns and Tevye do an original revue.

The play will be presented at Grace Lutheran Church, at Routes 6 and 488 in La Plata. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the play at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $40 per person. For information or tickets, call 301-932-0963.

'State of County' Luncheon

The St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce will present the second annual "State of the County Luncheon" on Tuesday.

During the gathering, county commissioners will discuss the status of St. Mary's government and plans for the future. Chamber members attending will be able to participate in a question-and-answer session.

The luncheon will be at the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center in Lexington Park across from Gate 1 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Amnesty for Tires

Charles County has scheduled Scrap Tire Amnesty Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the composting facility on Piney Church Road.

County residents will be allowed to discard as many as 10 tires, either on or off the rim, free of charge. Presentation of a valid driver's license will be required to verify residency. Only passenger and light- and heavy-truck tires will be accepted. Commercial and agricultural vehicle tires are excluded.

For more information about other recycling programs, call the Charles County Department of Public Facilities at 301-932-3599 or the recycling information line at 301-932-5656, or visit

Maintenance Closes Pool

The Great Mills swimming pool will be closed for maintenance through Tuesday, St. Mary's County Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Services said. The pool will reopen for its usual hours of operation Wednesday.

During this shutdown, the air-supported "bubble" structure will be reinstalled over the pool to allow year-round use. Seasonal maintenance and staff training are scheduled while the pool is closed. Also, the toddler pool will close for the winter months and reopen in May.

For more information, contact the pool staff at 21100 Great Mills Rd. in Great Mills or by calling 301-866-6560.

Navy Band to Perform

The U.S. Navy Concert Band will present a free performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center Theater on the La Plata campus.

The band, under the direction of Capt. Ralph M. Gambone, will perform classical, contemporary and patriotic works.

For more information, call 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008.