CONCERT CRUISE -- 5:30-7 p.m. tomorrow. Performance by Bob Zentz aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison. Departs from the docks of the Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Adults, $15; CMMS members, $10; children, $8. Reservations required. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41, or

CHRIST CHURCH CONCERT SERIES -- 4 p.m. Sunday. The 12-member a cappella male ensemble, "Suspicious Cheese Lords," perform music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance using Gregorian chant and original compositions. A reception follows the program. Christ Church, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. Donations appreciated. Handicap accessible. 301-932-1051.

PIPE ORGAN RECITALS -- 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 24. A series of recitals on the chapel's seven-rank Wicks organ. This recital features Benn Morgan, organist at Middleham and St. Peter's Episcopal chapels in Lusby and Solomons. All recitals at St. Peter's Episcopal Chapel, Solomons Island. Free, with contributions appreciated. 301-884-3723.

* Oct. 17, Angela Garvey, organist at Christ Episcopal Church in La Plata.

* Oct. 24, Susan Yoe, organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick.


SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Presented by the Aqua Squares Dance Club. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-586-3587, 301-863-0064, or

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

NIGHTTIME STORYTIME -- 6:30 p.m. today. An evening family story time for all ages. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. No registration required. 301-475-2846.

MANNERS, MOMMIE AND ME -- 10-10:45 a.m. tomorrow. Ages 3-5 and parent share polite moments through games, crafts and snacks. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $4. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

BUSHY TAILS -- 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Ages 2 and 3 with an adult learn about squirrels from puppets, a song and a short walk to look for squirrels. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

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.

SEUSS CENTENNIAL -- 7 p.m. Next Thursday. A musical celebration of Dr. Seuss presented by Kindred Spirits for ages 5-12. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.


LANDSCAPE EXHIBIT -- 3:30-7 p.m. today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Landscape paintings by Ron Boehmer on display 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and one hour before a College of Southern Maryland performance through Nov. 7. Gallery talk with the artist, noon Oct. 19. Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828.

GALLERY EXHIBIT -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. "Interpretations by Jan Gagnon," featuring florals in oil. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or

TEXTURED PAINTINGS -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 14. "Flying Home," a display of artist Malik Jackson's works. Reception at 1 p.m. and artist talk at 2 p.m. Oct. 15. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or

ARTISTS' EXHIBIT -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m., today, tomorrow and Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. "Color, Line and Texture" displays the artwork of Ann Crane and Rosemary Bailey. Exhibit runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays, through Oct. 31. The North End Gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. 301-475-3130.

Lectures and Literature

QUAKERISM -- 7 p.m. today. Historian and actor Wes Stone presents "Walk Through Calvert 1690s with George Fox, the Founder of Quakerism." Program is part of the Calvert County's 350th Anniversary Library Speakers Series. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

MEET THE WRITER, BOOK READING AND RECEPTION -- Meet award-winning poet Naomi Ayala 4-5 p.m. tomorrow. Ayala shares experiences as a writer, teacher and activist and discusses how culture influences teaching, learning, writing and society. Free. At a 7:30 reception, Ayala reads from her works. Admission to the reception is $2. Both events take place at the College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or

SAFE FOOD PREPARATION -- 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Ruth Miller, Maryland Cooperative Extension educator, presents "Feeding the Community Safely," a program for occasional food handlers, restaurant employees, child care providers and temporary food permit recipients to learn the proper preparation of food to avoid illness. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1250 Emmanuel Church Rd., Huntingtown. Free. Registration required by tomorrow. 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150.

CREATIVE MEMOIR -- 2:30-4 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Turn bits and pieces of a life into nonfiction, short fiction or poetry. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

GLOBAL WARMING -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. Watch and discuss "We Are All Smith Islanders," a 35-minute film depicting the dangers and solutions associated with global warming and its effects on the Chesapeake Bay region. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Greens and the Sierra Club. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-472-4279.

Special Events

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT -- 8 a.m., registration; 9 a.m., shotgun start, tomorrow. Fourth annual event to benefit the Charles County Humane Society. Play is a four-person Captain's Choice. All golfers receive a gift, and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, Issue. $100 includes green fees, cart, on-course refreshments and a catered awards ceremony. 301-645-1063 or

NavAir MAZE -- 4-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. Cornfield maze cut to depict an F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter and the words NavAir Patuxent River. Farm includes a petting zoo, mini-mazes, a straw mountain, acres of pumpkins, hayrides, a picnic area and food sales. Bowles Farm, 22880 Budd's Creek Rd., Clements. Adults, $8; ages 5 and younger, free. 301-475-2139 or

CORN MAZE -- 11 a.m.-dusk Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 5. Fourth annual Forrest Hall Farm and Orchard "Crazy Corn Maze," a five-acre maze with three miles of trails, picnic and rest areas, a hay wagon slide, farm animals, hayrides, games and a farm shop with seasonal produce, mums and farm products. Forrest Hall Farm, 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville. $6; 2 and younger, free. 301-884-3086 or

SOLOMONS ISLAND RACE AGAINST CANCER -- 7 a.m., registration; 9 a.m., race/walk Saturday. Fourth annual event features a 5k run/walk to benefit the American Cancer Society. First 180 to register receive an event T-shirt. Medals to top finishers and door prizes for all. Solomons Island Yacht Club, Solomons Island. Registration through day of race, $25. Registration includes water and breakfast. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41.

CRAFT SHOW AND BAZAAR -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Handcrafted seasonal items, antiques and collectibles; local artists; theme basket raffles; bake, white elephant and barn sales; mums; pumpkins; auctions and raffles. Our Lady of Mattaponi CYO Youth Retreat and Conference Center, 11000 Mattaponi Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-9074.

FUN FALL LEAVES -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Families join a naturalist on a walk to identify and collect fall leaves, then turn them into art. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

ALL-STAR BASKETBALL SHOWCASE -- 6 p.m. Saturday. The Streetball Basketball League, featuring Baby Shaq, White Chocolate, the Wizard and Helicopter, showcase on-court talents in a DANCE Empowerment of Calvert County-sponsored event, "Be Cool: Do Good in School." Other attractions include performances by DANCE Empowerment, a "Get on Game" featuring local county players, and the Calvert County AAU All-Stars vs. the D.C. All-Stars. Patuxent High School, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Tickets: $25, $20, $15 and $10. 410-535-6166.

CHAPEL GALA -- 6 p.m. Saturday. Cocktails, hors d'ouevres, buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, live jazz by Gretchen Richie and dancing. Proceeds benefit reconstruction of the Brick Chapel, 1667. Historic St. Mary's City, State House green on the waterfront. $85 a person or $600 for a table of eight. Reservations required. 240-895-4991.

SCHOOL DEDICATION -- 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick presides over the dedication and blessing of Archbishop Neale School, rebuilt after being destroyed by the 2002 La Plata tornado. Musical performances by students and a reception follow. Archbishop Neale School, 104 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata. 301-934-9595.

MOUNT AVENTINE OPEN HOUSE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Final open house until spring features history talks by Elmer Biles (1:45 and 4 p.m.), nature walks (12:15 and 4 p.m.), the Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus (3 p.m.) and "Art From the Park" watercolor exhibit by C.D. Smallwood Medford. Mount Aventine, Chapman State Park, Indian Head. 301-763-6754 or 301-518-2708.

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

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.


"LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Also runs 8 p.m. Oct.15, 16, 22 and 23; 3 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24. The Chesapeake Bay Floating Theatre presents Neil Simon's adult comedy in the Black Box Theatre at the Indian Head Center for the Arts, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Adults, $15; seniors and students, $12. A Citrus Cafe three-course dinner and show combo-ticket available at a 15 percent discount. 800-494-8497.

"MESHUGGAH-NUNS" -- 6 p.m., dinner; 7:30 p.m., play, Saturday. Dinner theater performance by the Port Tobacco Players to benefit foster parent recruitment for Alternatives for Youth and Families. Dinner catered by the Crossing at Casey Jones. Grace Lutheran Church, 1200 Charles St., La Plata. $40. 301-932-0963.

Plan Ahead

CASINO NIGHTS -- 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 15 and 16. Casino-style card games including blackjack and poker and other games of chance such as roulette and the big six wheel. Presented by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees as a benefit for the Cobb Island Firehouse, Cobb Island Rd. (Route 254), Cobb Island. Free admission, ages 1 and older. Food and beverage concessions available. 301-259-0196, 301-259-0160 or 301-259-4258.

"SNOW WHITE" -- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Theatre IV's presentation of the classic fairy tale. All ages. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata. $10. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or

COLONIAL DAY -- Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 16. Colonial reenactors recreate an 18th-century day on Mrs. Bealle's Tobacco Farm, 1775. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the cast through hands-on activities and a tea. Musical entertainment and demonstrations. National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $2. 301-283-2113 or

HAM AND OYSTER DINNER -- 1-6 p.m. Oct. 16. Eat in or carry out. Christ Episcopal Church, 112 East Charles St., La Plata. Adults, $15; ages 5-8, $5; 4 and younger, free. 301-932-1051.

"MESHUGGAH-NUNS" -- 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 2 p.m. Oct. 17. Performances by the Port Tobacco Players. Oct. 16 performance includes dinner and a cash bar. Oct. 17 performance includes snacks and desserts. St. Joseph's Church, 4590 St. Joseph WayPomfret. Oct. 16, $30; Oct. 17, $20. Advance reservations required. No day-of-event sales. 301-609-4670.

CRAFTERS NEEDED -- For upcoming community events. Rental space costs vary.

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16. Annual fall bake sale and craft show hosted by the St. Leonard Company 7 Alarmers to benefit the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department, Calvert County. Rental spaces, $10 each. 410-586-1437.

* 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 6. Wedding workshop at the Hanson Community Center in Waldorf. Businesses involved in wedding services provided with free vendor space. A Charles County Department of Community Services program. Interested vendors should call 301-934-0116 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5116. People with special needs: Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

* 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13. Craft fair at St. John Vianney Church, Prince Frederick. Tables, $25 each. 410-414-9099.

LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING -- 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19, 21 and 26. Attendance required at all three sessions to become a tutor for the Charles County Literacy Council. Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. Registration required by Monday 301-870-5974 or

DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT WORKSHOPS -- Workshops to help parents become more involved in their children'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. 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."

MARSH ECOLOGY BY CANOE -- 12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Explore the wetlands of the Patuxent River with experienced volunteers and staff naturalists. Canoe instruction and all equipment provided. Ages 7 and older with adult. Reserve space by sending $5 a person with the name, address, daytime phone number and number in party to: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, Md. 20711. 410-741-9330 or

PARENTING CLASSES -- A series of parenting classes for adults offered through the Civista Women's Health Center. Facilitated by Mollie M. Thorn, licensed professional counselor. Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd. (Route 925), Waldorf. $25 a couple each session. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Registration required. 888-332-4847.

* Nov. 12, "Sibling Rivalry: Reasonable, Rational or Ridiculous?"

* Jan. 21, "Seeking Compromise and Balance With the Ones You Love."

* Feb. 25, "Communication in Loving Relationships."

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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