Concerts

COSMIC CONCERT -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert (COSMIC) opens its ninth season of Subscription Series concerts with a performance called "Love Songs," under the direction of Vladimir Lande. Season and concert ticket information is available by calling 301-373-5277 or 410-586-1247.

* 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown.

* 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Mary's Ryken High School, Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown.

WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL FALL CHORAL CONCERT -- Includes the women's choir and the concert and chamber choirs, under the direction of Robert Wray. Reception follows. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Rd., Waldorf. Free. 301-645-8857.

Dances

SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Presented by the Aqua Squares Dance Club. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-586-3587 or 301-373-2207.

SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays. Presented by the Southern Merry-Landers Square Dance Club. John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. $5.50; members, $4. 301-893-1974.

HALLOWEEN DANCE -- 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. An adults-only party with costume parade, game, prizes and DJ Ted. American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. $5 a person. 410-326-3274.

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

HALLOWEEN EVENTS -- Southern Community Center hosts events tomorrow. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Registration required for all events. 410-586-1101.

* 10-10:45 a.m. Infant Halloween Bash. Ages 12 months-24 months can participate in games, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest. Snacks available. $4.

* 11 a.m.-noon. Toddler Party. Ages 2-5 can play games, make crafts and enjoy refreshments. Costumes encouraged. $4.

* 6:30 p.m. Costume Judging Contest. For costumed guests of all ages. Prizes awarded by age category. Free.

* 9 p.m.-midnight. High School Dance. Costume contest and a deejay. High school ID required at the door. Guests in costume, $2; others, $5.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL -- 6-8 p.m. tomorrow. Pumpkin drawing, costume contest, crafts, a magic show and games for ages 1-10, with a parent. Stoddert Community Center, 2040 St. Thomas Dr., Waldorf. Reservations can be made at any community center. In advance, $8 a child and parent; at the door, $10 a child and parent. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service, 711; TDD, 800-735-2258.

HALLOWEEN PARTY -- 6:30-8 p.m. tomorrow. Refreshments and prizes for the best costumes. American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. Free. 410-326-3274.

ALL HALLOW'S EVE PARTY -- 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Participants can dress up in an animal costume for a Noah's Ark Night Out adventure featuring games and pizza. Ages 3-13 with a parent. Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park. Admission is a bag of candy. 301-863-4740.

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.

Exhibitions

LANDSCAPE EXHIBIT -- 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and one hour before College of Southern Maryland performances on those days through Nov. 7. Landscape paintings by Ron Boehmer on display. 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. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or www.mattawomanart.org.

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. The North End Gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. 301-475-3130.

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

ASTROLOGY AND ART -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 6. An exhibition of Julia Musengo's paintings, sculptural altars and the board game "The Goddess Game: 12 New Faces of the Zodiac." Main Street Gallery, 486 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-3334.

Lectures

And Literature

UNDERSTANDING ANNUITIES -- 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. Financial planner Rob Ramos discusses the types of annuities and the pros and cons of each. Free. Registration required. 301-737-5674.

* 10 a.m., Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown.

* 2 p.m., Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall.

CALVERT CONVERSATIONS -- 10 a.m. today. Casual setting to discuss what's happening in the county. Coffee provided, but bring your own mug. Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

OPEN MIC -- 7-8:30 p.m. today. Casual forum to present original or favorite poem, music, prose or comedy. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

ARTIST TALK -- 8:30 p.m. today. Photographer Kate McDonnell discusses interiors of domestic and public buildings. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Library 321, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free and open to the public. 240-895-2000.

HOUSING SEGREGATION IN BALTIMORE -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Discussion led by law professor and historian Garrett Power as part of Maryland Humanities Council's "Brown vs. Board -- Context and Legacy" speakers series. Topics include the origins of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP and its efforts to challenge residential housing segregation. College of Southern Maryland, LR-102, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7818, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7818, or www.csmd.edu.

DINNER AND DIALOGUE -- 7-9 p.m. Saturday. A continuing series on the Chesapeake Bay features author Don Shomette presenting "Pirates on the Chesapeake Bay." Claudia's Steakhouse, Hawthorne Country Club, Hawthorne Rd., La Plata. $75 fee includes multi-course gourmet dinner. Does not include book. Reservations required. 301-392-0213.

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

DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT WORKSHOP -- 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Workshop to help parents become more involved in their children's Individual Education Program (IEP). Topic: "Resolving Conflicts in Special Education -- Complaints, Mediation and Due Process." Light supper is provided. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Dr., Lexington Park. Free. Registration is required. 301-884-4662.

SONGS AND FOLK TALES OF CALVERT -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. Tom Wisner performs "Songs and Tales of the Calvert County Wilds," a presentation of the Calvert Library 350th Speaker Series in commemoration of the county's anniversary. Flag Ponds Nature Park, off Route 4 north, Lusby. Free. 410-535-0291.

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

* 7-8:30 p.m. Monday. Meet the author and discuss "When We All Get to Heaven," by Catherine Kimrey. Book focuses on the naivete of youth. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. Book will be available for a discounted price of $10 and author will autograph. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Special Events

NavAir MAZE -- 4-9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 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 www.bowlesfarms.com.

FASHION SHOW -- 6 p.m. tomorrow. Hosted by the Zonta Club of Charles County. Annual event highlights the Roaring Twenties, with dinner, fashions, entertainment, cash bar, door prizes and a silent auction. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. $50. 240-427-1305.

TEEN FRIGHT NIGHT -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow. A scary movie, popcorn and prizes. Costumes encouraged. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

CORN MAZE -- 11 a.m.-dusk Saturday and Sunday. 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 www.forresthallfarm.com.

HIKE TO GRANDFATHER TREE -- 2 p.m. Sunday. Hikers can celebrate Calvert County's 350th anniversary by climbing to a 350-year-old cypress, considered the largest in Maryland. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

MONSTER MASH CRUISE -- 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Cruise and costume contest for families aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison. Departs from the docks of the Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Adults, $6; ages 5-12, $4; 4 and younger, $2. Reservations required by tomorrow. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41.

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. today-Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday. 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 www.sotterley.org.

LIVE SEAHORSE EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sunday. 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.

SMHEC OPEN HOUSE -- 4-7 p.m. Wednesday. Information about the management and education master's degree programs plus the new doctoral program in instructional leadership offered by the College of Notre Dame of Maryland at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. Information about other areas of study will also be available. Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd., California. Free. 301-737-2500, Ext. 305, or www.ndm.edu.

KARAOKE -- 8 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. Proceeds benefit local military veterans and charities. VFW Post 1800, Indian Head. 301-743-5109.

Theater

"THE LEGEND OF THE WITCH MOLL DYER" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday. St. Mary's Ballet, with dancers from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, present the Southern Maryland folktale of a witch in the 1600s. Funded in part by a grant from the St. Mary's County Arts Council through the state by the National Endowment for the Arts. St. Mary's Ryken High School Fine Arts Center, 22600 Camp Calvert Rd., Leonardtown. Advance tickets, $10; at the door, $15. 301-884-8601.

"OUR TOWN" -- 7:30 p.m. Next Thursday and Nov. 5 and 6. The Patuxent Harlequins of the Patuxent High School Theater Department present the American dramatic classic by Thornton Wilder. Appropriate for all ages with themes focusing on family, community and love. Directed by Carolyn Kraat. Patuxent High School, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Adults, $6; students and seniors, $4. 410-535-7865.

Plan Ahead

STEP BY STEP 5K FUN RUN/WALK -- 8 a.m., registration; 9 a.m., run/walk begins; Nov. 6. Fourth annual event, sponsored by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc. to honor Mike Blackwell, a marathon runner killed while jogging in the county. Proceeds benefit CAASA-sponsored programs including Project Graduation, National Night Out, Youth Summit and the Mini-Grant Program. The 3.1-mile, relatively flat course covers back roads in Solomons, starting and ending at the Calvert Marine Museum. Strollers welcome, but no pets. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Registration in advance: adults, $20; students, $10. Day of event registration, $25. 410-535-3733.

ADOPT CALVERT KIDS -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6. The Calvert County Department of Social Services provides information and guidance on the process of legally adopting children in foster care in the county. Chesapeake Church, 6201 Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. 410-286-2108.

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. 6. Craft and Collectibles Fest sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Good Shepherd Church, 30 E. Smallwood Dr., Waldorf. Rental information, 301-934-3635.

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7. Craft fair sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department, Route 242, Colton. Tables, $14. 301-769-2654 or 301-769-3382.

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

* 10 a.m. Nov. 19. Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale sponsored by the Southern Pines Senior Council. All items must be handcrafted. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Tables, $10. 410-586-2748.

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11. Craft Fair to benefit the Northern High School Music Boosters. Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. Tables, $25. Call 410-257-1519 or 301-855-1183.

"THE BICKERSONS' DINNER THEATRE" -- 5 p.m., dinner; 6 p.m., show; Nov. 6. Comedy about radio hosts John and Blanche Bickerson, who began broadcasting in 1946. They loved each other but constantly bickered on the air, becoming America's most popular and funny squabbling couple. Loffler Senior Center, Chancellor's Run Rd., Lexington Park. $20. Tickets available at all St. Mary's County senior centers until tomorrow. 301-737-5670 or 301-475-4200, Ext. 1050.

"MESHUGGAH-NUNS" -- 6 p.m., dinner; 7:30 p.m. play begins; Nov. 6. The Little Sisters of Hoboken perform aboard the USS Golden Delicious. A Port Tobacco Players production to benefit the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2632. Mechanicsville Fire Department. Advance, $25; at the door, $30. 301-290-1073 or 301-862-4205.

"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" -- 6:30 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m., play begins; Nov. 6. A Patuxent Playhouse production with dinner catered by Boomerangs. Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse, Lusby. Advance, $30; at the door, $35. 410-326-1401 or www.patuxentplayhouse.com.

FAMILY PEER PRESSURE WORKSHOPS -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 16 and 23 and Dec. 7 and 14. "Guiding Good Choices," a Calvert County Health Department series of workshops for parents and children on resisting peer pressure. Free. Plum Point Middle School, 1475 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. Registration being accepted by the Health Department. 410-535-3079 or 301-855-1550, Ext. 27.

SHANGRI-LA CHINESE ACROBATS -- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Acrobatic displays, feats of daring and balance, kung fu, Chinese comedy and costumes. Presented by the Arts Council of Calvert County and Calvert Library. Huntingtown High School auditorium, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. Adults, $20; students and seniors, $15. Reservations recommended. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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."

WEEKEND BOAT-BUILDING -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14. Four-person teams construct a double paddle canoe using simple hand tools in a project to preserve the traditional skills of wooden boat-building and for the continued maintenance of the Calvert Marine Museum's small craft collection. No experience required. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $525 a boat; CMMS members, $475. Registration required. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41. To reach class instructor George Surgent, call 410-586-2700. Limited scholarship funding available through the Melvin Conant Memorial Youth Fund; contact Richard Dodds, 410-326-2042, Ext. 31.

DOVER DOWNS AND THE SLOTS -- Nov. 19. One-day coach trip departs and returns to the Garvey Senior Center, 41780 Baldridge St., Leonardtown. Prizes and goodies distributed to all during the ride. Departs 8 a.m.; returns 6 p.m. $30 a person. Reservations required. A St. Mary's County Office on Aging-sponsored event. 301-737-5670 or 301-475-4200, Ext. 1050.

NEW YORK CITY TRIPS -- One-day coach trips depart from Calvert County locations. Calvert County Parks and Recreation-sponsored activities. Registration required.

* Nov. 10. Disney classic "The Lion King" on Broadway. Departs 7 and 7:40 a.m. $117. 410-586-1101.

* Nov. 17. Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Cinderella" at the New York City Opera. Departs 6 and 6:30 a.m. $105. 410-586-1101.

* Nov. 17. Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. Departs 8 a.m. $70. 410-257-2554.

* Nov. 30. Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes, shopping and sightseeing on your own. Departs 6 and 6:30 a.m. $70. 410-586-1101.

AARP DEFENSIVE DRIVING PROGRAM -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. A refresher class on safe driving for people 55 and older. Attendance required both days. Garvey Senior Center, 41780 Baldridge St., Leonardtown. $10. Reservations required. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1050.

CHRISTMAS CONNECTION VOLUNTEERS -- Shift work available for a variety of volunteer jobs putting together Christmas Connection for Charles County Children packages and food. Help also needed collecting and sorting donated toys and food. Sign up by Saturday . Children's Aid Society, 3000 Huntington Circle, Waldorf. 301-645-1561.

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 send an e-mail to cchief1@hotmail.com.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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