PIPE ORGAN RECITALS -- 4 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 24. Recitals on the chapel's seven-rank Wicks organ, St. Peter's Episcopal Chapel, Solomons Island. Free, with contributions appreciated. 301-884-3723.

* Sunday, 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.

BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE -- 7-8 p.m., lessons; 8-11 p.m., dancing. Cori and Dean Meloney offer dance lessons. Bring a snack to share at this event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. Little Flower School gym, 20410 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills. $8 a person; couples, $15. 301-862-0133 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

SEUSS CENTENNIAL -- 7 p.m. today. 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.

DORA THE EXPLORER -- 10-11 a.m. tomorrow. Games, coloring contest and snacks with Dora and Boots. Bring a backpack. Ages 2-5. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

HALLOWEEN MAKEUP CLASS -- 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow. College of Southern Maryland fine arts students teach all ages to create spooky Halloween makeup. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-246-9612, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD, 800-735-2258.

LEAVES -- 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Ages 6-9 look for autumn leaves and make a take-home craft. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $4; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $2. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- 10 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 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.

BATS -- 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. Ages 3-5 with an adult discover wild and weird truths about bats through games, crafts and stories. Snack provided. Program repeated 10-11 a.m. Oct. 23. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

SONG-AND-DANCE MAN -- 9:45 a.m. next Thursday. Billy B, the natural science song-and-dance man, entertains preschool children. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $5 all ages. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or


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 College of Southern Maryland performances 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.

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. tomorrow. 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. Sundays, through Oct. 31. The North End Gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. 301-475-3130.

PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Oil and pastels by Cathy Terril and photography by Robert Tinari. Opening reception with the artists, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit runs Thursdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 20. ArtWorks@7th Gallery, Seventh Street and Bay Avenue, North Beach. 410-286-5278.

ASTROLOGY AND ART -- 5-8 p.m. Saturday. An exhibition of Julia Musengo's paintings, sculptural altars and the board game "The Goddess Game." Presentation by the artist accompanied with music by Fred Musengo at 7 p.m. "The Goddess Game" on display though Nov. 6. Main Street Gallery, 486 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-3334.

ARTIST TALK -- 5-6 p.m. Monday. Artist-in-residence Craig Pleasants discusses his exhibit "House." Exhibit runs through Nov. 13 in the Boyden Gallery. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Montgomery Hall, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-2000.


And Literature

PUBLICATION RECEPTION -- 4-5 p.m. today. In honor of "Slack Water: Oral Folk History Journal," focusing on the history of the oyster in the Chesapeake Bay. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Daugherty Palmer Commons, St. Mary's City. 240-895-2000.

LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING -- 6-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and Oct. 26 and 27. A 12-hour workshop to train adults as volunteer literacy tutors for the Literacy Council of St. Mary's. Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-4847 or

PANEL DISCUSSION ON TERRORISM -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Representatives from Constellation Energy, Dominion Gas, the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and Calvert Memorial Hospital discuss and answer questions on the topic "Terrorism in Calvert?" Northern High School, Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. Free. 410-535-0291.

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 get divorced. Facilitated by licensed counselors. Walden/Sierra, 26845 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. $120 fee includes course workbook and refreshments. 301-863-6661.

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. Wednesday. "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."

WELL WATER -- 7-8 p.m. Wednesday. Charles County Public Health workshop on the myths and facts of well water and how to use, maintain and protect water sources. Ages 18 and older. Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD, 800-735-2258.

POETRY CAFE -- 7-8:30 p.m. Next Thursday. Poet Elisavietta Ritchie leads a workshop on poetry. Bring eight copies of an original or favorite poem to discuss or edit. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books," by Azar Nafis. Learn about the inspiration that forbidden Western literature brought to a woman's secret book group in Iran, 1995-97. Bayhill Market, 7554 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* 6 p.m. Monday. Discuss "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

* 7 p.m. Next Thursday. Discuss "Madame Bovary," by Gustave Flaubert. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, 301-475-2846.

* 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discuss "Good Grief," by Lolly Winston, a look at the first year of one woman's widowhood. Fairview library, 8210 Southern Maryland Blvd. (Route 4 south), Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 2-3:30 p.m. Next Thursday. Discuss "1984: A Novel," by George Orwell, a classic tale of Big Brother government. Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

Special Events

CASINO NIGHTS -- 8 p.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow and Saturday. 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.

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP -- 8 a.m. Saturday. A half-day trip with leader Mike Miller to search for marsh birds, hawks, woodpeckers and sparrows. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Visitor Center, Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro. 301-741-9330 or

OYSTER FESTIVAL -- 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary's County 38th annual event featuring the National Oyster Shucking Championship and Cook-Off. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Mary's County/Lexington Park. Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. $5; 11 and younger, free. 301-863-5015 or

MILITIA MUSTER AND DANCE -- pageantry 10 a.m.-5 p.m., dance 8-10 p.m. Saturday. The St. Maries Citty Militia demonstrates drills and stage competitions (1 and 4 p.m.). Judged events include work dress and play at 10 a.m. and open fire cookery at 11:30 a.m. Reproductions of the period on display and for sale. Food vendors on site. Historic St. Mary's City. Adults $7.50; students and seniors, $6; ages 6-12, $3.50. 800-762-1634, 240-895-4990 or

COLONIAL DAY -- Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 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; children, 50 cents. 301-283-2113 or

APPLE BUTTER -- 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Make apple butter to take home with the family. Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. $5 a jar; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

GHOSTS OF SOTTERLEY -- 6 p.m., gates open; 6:30-10:30 p.m., tours. Tomorrow and Saturday. A walking tour steeped with Tidewater Civil War tales. Music by the Bushwood Mill Band. Refreshments. Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. $12. Reservations required. 800-681-0850 or 301-373-2280.

NAACP ANNUAL BANQUET -- 6 p.m., doors open; 6:30 p.m., dinner. Saturday. Guest speaker is Betty Currie, former president Bill Clinton's personal secretary. Also features a fashion show and poems by J.W. Price. Chancellor's Run Activity Center, 21905 Chancellor's Run Rd., Great Mills. $30. 301-994-0978 or 301-994-2656.

REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE GALA -- 6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner, Saturday. Celebration honors four elected Republican leaders for 10 years of consecutive public service. This year's honorees are State's Attorney Robert Riddle, county Commissioner Linda Kelley, county Treasurer Nova Lea Tracy Soper and Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell. Guest speakers include Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R). Holiday Inn Select, Solomons Island Road, Solomons. $75 a person or $500 for tables of eight. 301-855-1074, 410-257-3360, 410-535-4876,, or

BETA SIGMA PHI TEA -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. All past and present sorority sisters in the Southern Maryland Council are invited. Call for location. Free. 301-884-8549 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 and picnic and rest areas; a hay wagon slide, farm animals, hayrides and 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

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 tour of outbuildings and grounds, 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 world. 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.


"SNOW WHITE" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. 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

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

Plan Ahead

HAUNTED TRAIL -- 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 22 and 23. Patuxent Playhouse is looking for volunteers ages 14 and older to help run the annual Haunted Trail at Chesapeake Ranch Estates Campgrounds. 410-326-1401 or

CHORAL WORKSHOP -- Oct. 22-24. Presented by the Port Tobacco Players under the direction of Michael Santana, the workshop includes voice lessons, vocal preparation, and choral music skills and techniques; it culminates in a concert Oct. 24. Southern Maryland Christian Academy, White Plains. $50; PTPI members, $40. Registration required. 301-932-6819.

MARY ANN REDMOND BAND -- 5:30 p.m., pre-concert reception; 7 p.m., concert; Oct. 23. The Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc. presents "Music by the Bay," with opening act the Benjie Porecki Trio. Event benefits CAASA's "Project Graduation," an annual all-night alcohol-free/drug-free celebration for graduating Calvert County high school seniors. Huntingtown High School Auditorium, Route 4 north, Huntingtown. $20, in advance; $25, at the door; $15, CAASA members. 410-535-3733.

SIMON AND SON -- 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Saling Simon, the youngest solo performer ever at Carnegie Hall and father Peter perform together on piano. Presented by the Woman's Club of St. Mary's County through grants received from the St. Mary's Art Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. $20; 14 and younger, $15. 301-475-3225 or 301-475-9039.

JUMPER SCHOOLING SHOW -- 8 a.m. Oct. 24. The Greenwell Foundation presents a day-long riding and jumping competition to benefit its Therapeutic Riding Program. Tack Sale Tent and refreshments on-site. Greenwell State Park, 25402 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. Entry fee, $12 per class. Spectators, free. 301-373-9775 or

FALL CONCERT -- 4 p.m. Oct. 24. Classical music for string, voice and piano performed by Patricia Pulju, Susan Pulju Kraft, Elizabeth Pulju Owen and Drew Owen. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Main St. and Holy Family Lane, Prince Frederick. $5. 410-414-9099 or 410-286-3998.

BOATING COURSE -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 3, 9, 16 and 18. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-7 offers "Boat Maryland," a course on responsible boating that satisfies the requirements of the Maryland Boating Safety Education Act. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills. $2. Advance registration required. 301-737-0728.

CRAFTERS NEEDED -- For upcoming community events. Space rental rates vary.

* 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.

* 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Craft fair sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of Court St. Peter's in Waldorf is looking for crafters of home and handmade items. 301-645-6002.

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

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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