Concerts

SONG AND DANCE -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The "Tamburitzans" of Duquesne University present the longest-running live stage show in the United States. First in the 2004 Performing Arts Series presented by the GFWC Woman's Club of St. Mary's County. Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary's Arts Council have been received for this program. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. Adults, $20; ages 14 and younger, $15. 301-475-3225 or 301-475-9039.

THE BEACH BOYS -- Gates open 6 p.m. Sunday; concert starts 7:30 p.m. Tickets for sale through phone charge only (800-787-9454). Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Reserved seats, $35. For concert information, call 410-326-2042, Ext. 17 or 18.

Dance

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

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 AUDITIONS -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. For "Dancing 2004," the college's Dec. 8-12 theater performance. Open to members of the community; no previous experience required. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Montgomery Hall Dance Studio, Room 107, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. For additional information, contact the dance director, Merideth Taylor, at 240-895-4237 or mmtaylor@smcm.edu.

BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE -- Lessons, 7-8 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Fox trot and jitterbug dancing to the music of Ken Rothfield. Bring a snack to share. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. Little Flower School gym, 20410 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills. Individuals, $8; couples, $15. 301-862-0133.

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

EXPERIENCE MUSIC -- 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 19. A program for newborns to 5-year-olds focusing on adult/child interplay with songs, chants, movement activities, dance and instruments. Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. $126 a child; half-price for second child in same household. Registration required. 301-806-6368.

HARRY POTTER DAY -- 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Children ages 8 and older are encouraged to come in costume for an hour of trivia, relay races, crafts and a snack. Sponsored by the La Plata Kiwanis. La Plata library, 20 Garrett Ave., La Plata. Free, but tickets are required and available at any county library branch. 301-934-9001.

A SEEDY SITUATION -- 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday. A Tiny Tot Trot program for ages 2 and 3, with adult, to explore the seeds of trees, grasses, vines and garden flowers. Puppets help share the seed story. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; BCNES members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

SCOUTING EXPO -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For Calvert County boys in grades 1-5 and their families, an opportunity to see and try Cub Scout activities, including archery, an obstacle course and cooking over a campfire. Boys who register as new Cub Scouts and start participation by Sept. 24 will receive a free pinewood derby kit. Parents are encouraged to attend to learn about Scout leader opportunities. Kings Landing Park, end of Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown. 410-257-0112, 410-535-3056 or 301-855-5736.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- 10 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 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 -- The 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.

ART SHOW -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 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 -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 10. "Interpretations by Jan Gagnon," featuring florals in oil. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or www.mattawomanart.org.

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.

Lectures

And Literature

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

* 2 p.m. today. 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. today. 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. today. 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 the 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.

HOMELAND SECURITY TRAINING -- 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A special presentation of the course "Weapons of Mass Destruction: Homeland Security Initiative Community Partnership and Awareness Training," presented by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, the National Sheriff's Association and the St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce. Designed to acquaint community leaders with the concepts and approaches of partnerships and how to mobilize local resources to plan for and respond to a terrorist attack. J.T. Daugherty Conference Center, 22111 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park. Registration required. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1922.

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday. A workshop on African American education and intergenerational relationships. First in a series of workshops offered by the St. Mary's County Library and the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions. Future workshops will be held Nov. 6, Feb. 26 and March 26. Participants are asked to bring artifacts and photos to accompany memories and stories shared among family. Lexington Park library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-862-2296 or www.UCAConline.org.

CATERPILLARS -- 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Learn how to decide when the garden has too many caterpillars and how to get rid of them. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-5327.

EVOLUTION OF CANDY -- 8 p.m. Monday. Biologist Bob Paul, the Steven Muller distinguished professor of science at St. Mary's College of Maryland, speaks on "The Evolution of Candy," a lecture about biological diversity and evolution. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Campus Center, Cole Cinema, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4381.

VOTING FORUM -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Chris Nowinski, a World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. wrestler and Smack Down Your Vote representative, and Maryland State Board of Elections officials hold a panel discussion on "You Do Count. Vote!" Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

WEST NILE VIRUS AND RABIES -- 7-8 p.m. Wednesday. A workshop for those 18 and older presented by the Charles County Health Department's Division of Environmental Health on dealing with and controlling mosquitoes and animal bites from domestic and wild animals. Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5152, www.charlescounty.org/cs, Maryland Relay Service-711 or TDD-800-735-2258.

ECOLOGY AND ART LECTURE -- 4:15 p.m. next Thursday. Art historian and curator Linda Weintraub presents "Avant-Guardians: Ecology and Art at the Cultural Frontier." St. Mary's College of Maryland, Campus Center, Cole Cinema, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4381.

TORTURE LECTURE -- 6 p.m. next Thursday. Ethicist Claudia Card of the University of Washington discusses "Torture in Ordinary Circumstances." St. Mary's College of Maryland, Schaefer Hall 106, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4381.

DESSERT AND DIALOGUE -- 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday. John Page Williams Jr. discusses his book "Exploring the Chesapeake in Small Boats." Claudia's Steakhouse, Hawthorne Country Club, La Plata. $35 fee includes appetizers, wine and dessert bar. Registration required. 301-392-0213.

Special Events

CONCERNED BLACK MEN OF CALVERT COUNTY GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 8:30 a.m. today. 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, npope@npjadvertising.com; or fax 202-263-4607.

SENIOR CITIZENS RIVERSIDE OUTING -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. 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.

PETRUCCELLI MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK -- 7-7:45 a.m., registration packet pick-up; 8 a.m., race, Saturday. Race begins and ends at the college waterfront, looping through Historic St. Mary's City. Includes a goody bag, post-race refreshments and prizes. Proceeds benefit athletic endowment programs. Waterfront, St. Mary's College, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. $25. Registration recommended. 240-895-4280.

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP -- 8 a.m. Saturday. Half-day trip with leader Bob Boxwell to look for shorebirds, gulls, terns, songbirds and butterflies. Point Lookout State Park, St. Mary's County. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Route 5. 410-610-5124 or robertjohnboxwell@yahoo.com.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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.

FOSSIL FIELD EXPERIENCE -- 11 a.m. Saturday. A one-hour paleontology program followed by an excursion to the beach to comb for fossils that participants can keep. An adult must accompany participants ages 8-17. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $15 a person. Registration required. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41, or www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

GREAT CARDBOARD BOAT RACE -- Building period, noon-3:30 p.m.; races, 4 p.m. Saturday. Provided with materials, 20 teams of three to six people design and construct seaworthy vessels to race in this annual Family Weekend event at the college. Cash prizes. St. Mary's River Harbor, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Entry fee, $10 a team. 240-895-4381.

LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE -- Saturday and Sunday. Following a challenge route, participants can visit nine historic Maryland land-based lighthouses, collect a souvenir map and card from each lighthouse visited. Start at any of the nine lighthouses including Point Lookout, Piney Point, Drum Point and Cove Point in Southern Maryland. Calvert Marine Museum will host Nancy Younger of Harbour Lights, who will sign replicas of each lighthouse created by Harbour Lights. For route information, contact the U.S. Lighthouse Society Chesapeake Chapter at www.cheslights.org.

CORN HUSK DOLLS -- 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Families can make a corn husk doll from products of the harvest. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick. $10 a doll; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $6 a doll. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

CLASSIC CAR SHOW -- 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Cars, games and food sponsored by American Legion Post 238, 15322 Prince Frederick Rd., Hughesville. Admission, $2; 11 and younger, free. 301-274-3522.

COLLEGE FAIR -- 6-8 p.m. Monday. More than 120 colleges and universities are expected at the Mid-Atlantic College Fair hosted by the Charles County public school system. Juniors and seniors will attend the fair during the school day 10 a.m.-1 p.m., bused from individual schools to the event. Evening hours offer parents the opportunity to address financial and other concerns with representatives from the schools. Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-932-6610.

CSM COLLEGE TRANSFER FAIR -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree can learn about transfer options from representatives from more than 50 in- and out-of-state colleges and universities. College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7574, 240-725-5329, 410-586-3056, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7574, or www.csmd.edu/StudentAdvising/TransferFair/transferfair.html.

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. 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. 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.

COLLEGE FAIR -- 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. More than 120 colleges and universities will be represented with exhibits and admissions officers providing financial, admission and programs information. A collaborative effort between the Calvert and St. Mary's public school systems, the College of Southern Maryland, the St. Mary's County Library and the St. Mary's Transit System. Free shuttle bus service will run continuously from the St. Mary's County Airport to the event 5-9 p.m. at Hollywood Volunteer Firehouse, 24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood. Free. 301-475-5511, Ext. 2, or www.somd.com/psa/collegefair.

LACROSSE CLINIC -- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 27. Girls in grades 1-8 will need full equipment -- goggles, stick and mouth guard -- for training provided by the St. Mary's Girls' Lacrosse League. Arrive early for first session to sign permission paperwork. St. Mary's Ryken High School, field inside track at rear of school, 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown. Free. smglaxl@yahoo.com.

LITERACY COUNCIL TUTOR TRAINING -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Also 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20 and Nov. 3; and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory to become a tutor with the Calvert County Literacy Council. Calvert Library lower level meeting room, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-3233 or 410-257-0082.

MASSAGE THERAPY -- Weekdays by appointment. Hour-long appointments by a certified massage therapist to help relieve 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 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

"EARLY ONE EVENING AT THE RAINBOW BAR AND GRILLE" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25. TheatrixText's fall production by Bruce Graham, a saloon situation comedy/drama, set in rural Pennsylvania after a post-apocalyptic event. College of Southern Maryland, "A" Building Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Admission, $5; CSM students, free. 240-725-5300.

"OPEN SEASON" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. 8 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 and 3 p.m. Sept. 26. Michael McKeever's comedy performed by the Port Tobacco Players about a group of Broadway actors dealing with aging parents, career uncertainty, family expectations and the danger of saying "I love you." Charles County Government Center, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata. Adults, $15; seniors and youth, $12. Reservations recommended. 301-932-6819.

"MESHUGGAH-NUNS" -- 2 p.m. Sunday. The Port Tobacco Players play the Little Sisters of Hoboken who win an all-expense-paid cruise and are asked to entertain when the professional performers become seasick. A benefit performance for the Northern Senior Center. Mechanicsville Elementary School, 28585 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville. Seniors, $10; all others, $11. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1050. 3 p.m. Sept. 26. A benefit performance for Alzheimer's and lupus research. Presented by the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter 1216 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Indian Head Pavilion, off Lackey Drive, Indian Head. $30 each; table of eight, $210. Half of the ticket price is tax deductible. Reservations required. 301-375-8640.

"WIT" AUDITIONS -- 7 p.m. Monday and next Thursday and 10 a.m. Sept. 25. For the Port Tobacco Player's January production of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer prize-winning play about a woman's triumph over life in the face of her impending death. Old Waldorf Elementary School, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Complete audition information available at www.ptplayers.com. For additional information, contact director David M. Thomas, 301-274-4680 or 301-609-6614.

Plan Ahead

RED CROSS AWARDS DINNER AND AUCTION -- Cocktails and auction preview, 5 p.m. Sept. 24. A silent and live auction after the annual F. George Heinze III Golf Classic to benefit the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. Catered by Outback Steakhouse. $35. Reservations encouraged. Hosted by Nancy Gasparovic at her residence Idyllic in Issue. 301-934-2066, 888-276-2767 or SouthernMaryland.RedCross.org.

POSITIVE PARENTING CLASS -- 6-8 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 24-Dec. 10. Twelve-week course facilitated by The Family Tree is dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. A certificate is awarded upon completion. Southern Maryland Hospital Center, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. Registration required. 301-909-2318 or 2319.

PRACTICE CHESS DAY -- 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 25. Open to all Charles County residents in grades 5-12. Prepares chess players for tournament play, focusing on time management, note taking and chess play. Participants will need a pencil and pen and should bring a chess set if they own one. Sponsored by Charles County public schools. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletowne Rd., Waldorf. Registration, $5; day of event, $10. Checks payable to Charles County public schools, Attn: Maryann Bourassa, PO Box 2770, La Plata, Md., 20646. 301-934-7378.

CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM BALL -- 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. A benefit to raise funds for construction of a maritime exhibit depicting the decline of the seafood packing industry in Southern Maryland. Event includes music by Square Noon, food by Mom's in the Kitchen and Captain Smith's Seafood, raffles, silent and live auctions. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $125 a person. 410-326-2042, Exts. 17 and 18.

"LATE NITE CATECHISM" -- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. A one-person comedy about a classroom at a Catholic school. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Main St., Prince Frederick. $40. Reservations required. 410-414-9099.

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES -- Basic and advanced classes start Sept. 27 at the St. Mary's Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. A St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks course. $45. Reservations required. Call for times. Class instructors Robert Deluca, 301-843-9609, or Christina Bishop, 301-475-4200, Ext. 1802.

DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT WORKSHOP -- A series of workshops to help parents become more involved in their child's Individual Education Program (IEP). 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."

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. $50. Registration required. 301-884-4662.

ST. NICHOLAS LUTHERAN CHURCH -- Seeks artists and their crafts 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 cchief1@hotmail.com.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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