FOLK MUSIC IN MARYLAND -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Early American music specialists David and Ginger Hildebrand present songs and dance tunes from the 17th through 20th centuries in Maryland using antique and reproduction instruments. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center Theater, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $5. 301-934-7766, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7766, or


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.

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

THE WIGGLES -- 10:30-11:30 a.m. tomorrow. Games, crafts and activities, as inspired the Sydney-based children's musical group. Ages 2-5 are welcome to bring a Wiggles toy for show and tell. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

TURKEYS -- 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday. Ages 2 and 3, with an adult, learn about wild turkeys from puppets and make a take-home craft. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; BCNES members, $1. 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.


LANDSCAPES EXHIBIT -- 3:30-7 p.m. today and tomorrow. Landscape paintings by Ron Boehmer. 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" is a display of artist Malik Jackson's works. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159 or

PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 20. Oils 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. today and tomorrow 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 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.


And Literature

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

NURSERY PRODUCTION WORKSHOP -- 8 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow. For area farmers interested in starting a farm nursery enterprise, including the propagation and culture of ornamental trees and shrubs. Experts from the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association and private nursery owners help with this workshop. Southern Maryland Realtors Building, Route 5, Hughesville. $20 fee covers a hot lunch and program materials. Registration required. 301-475-4484.

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday. A workshop on African American education and intergenerational relationships. Second in a series of workshops offered by the St. Mary's County Library and the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions. Future workshops are scheduled 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

ADULT COMPUTER WORKSHOP -- 6 p.m. Wednesday. Basic computer knowledge is necessary for this workshop on creating Web pages with Microsoft's Publisher software. Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAYS -- 7 p.m. Wednesday. A discussion group offered by Calvert Hospice to help those facing grief at holiday time. An opportunity to share feelings, ask questions and gain coping skills. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Education Building, Church Street, Prince Frederick. Available to Calvert County residents at no charge. Registration requested. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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

* 6 p.m. Monday. Discuss Bill Bryson's book "Notes From a Small Island." Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

* 7 p.m. Monday. Discuss Bob Greene's nonfiction "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen," about a group of residents in a western Nebraska town who met every troop train and fed those aboard as they rolled through during WWII. Bayhill Market, 7554 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

Special Events

STEP BY STEP 5K FUN RUN/WALK -- 8 a.m., registration, 9 a.m., run/walk begins, Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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.

BIRDING AT JUG BAY -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Learn the skills of identifying birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. For ages 12 and older. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

LIGHTHOUSE OPEN HOUSE -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Annual opening of the Point Lookout Lighthouse with exhibits on the lighthouse and local maritime history. Point Lookout State Park, end of Route 5 south, Scotland, St. Mary's County. Free. 301-872-5688.

FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Presented by the Nu Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. $45. 301-396-3383.

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP -- 8 a.m. Half-day trip led by Dean Newman to find a variety of birds in the different habitats at the Elms Environmental Education Center at 27190 Point Lookout Rd. in Loveville. Free. 240-895-7321 or

MUSHROOMS -- 1 p.m. Sunday. Join a naturalist to observe, identify and sample edible mushrooms. Flag Ponds Nature Park, Flag Ponds Highway, White Sands. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

DEAD TREES -- 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Explore rings and scars of dead trees to determine events in their lives. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

SMOKING CESSATION WORKSHOPS -- 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and next Thursday, and Nov.16 and 18. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Participants must attend all four sessions. Colony South Hotel, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. Registration required. 301-877-7370.

PEER PRESSURE WORKSHOPS -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 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.

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


DANCE AUDITIONS -- 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Dancers ages 10 to 30 with technical training in ballet and jazz to perform in the opening number for the March 6 Calvert Artists Showcase. Huntingtown High School, 4125 Solomons Island Rd. north, Huntingtown. Advance registration required. 410-535-2403 or

"THE BICKERSONS" DINNER THEATRE -- 5 p.m., dinner, 6 p.m., show, Saturday. Comedy about radio hosts John and Blanche Bickerson, who began broadcasting in 1946. They loved each other but constantly fought on the air, becoming America's most popular and funny squabbling couple. Loffler Senior Center, Chancellor's Run Road, 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, Saturday. 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, Saturday. A Patuxent Playhouse production with dinner catered by Boomerangs. Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse, Lusby. Advance, $30; at the door, $35. 410-326-1401 or

"STORY OF CARMEN" -- 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. The tale of the spirited gypsy girl Carmen featuring pieces from George Bizet's opera, Latin music, dance and drama. Presented by the Chesapeake Youth Players. Windy Hill Middle School, 9560 Boyd's Turn Rd., Owings. Adults, $8; students and seniors, $5. 410-257-2554.

AUDITIONS -- For the Port Tobacco Players production of "HONK," a musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of The Ugly Duckling. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday for ages 5-17, by appointment only. Come prepared with a short monologue and short song to sing. Bring sheet music or a CD/cassette tape without vocals. Schedule an appointment by calling 301-932-6819. For adults: 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13. No appointment necessary. Bring a short song to sing and sheet music or a CD/cassette without vocals. Audition will include cold readings from the script . Milton Somers Middle School, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. 301-274-3592.

Plan Ahead

"THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 4 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21. The Twin Beach Players present Larry Shue's comedy of skullduggery, deception and romance. Holland Point Civic Center, Walnut Avenue and Route 261, Holland Point. Adult advance tickets, $12; adults at the door, $15; seniors, $10; children, $5. 301-855-0009 or

"THE KING AND I" -- 8 p.m. Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21. The CSM Theatre Company performs Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center Theater, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Adults, $12; students and seniors, $10. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, TDD at 301-934-7788, or

PARENTING CLASSES -- A series of parenting classes with licensed professional counselor Mollie M. Thorn. 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."

HONORING POW VETERANS -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13. Events honor those who were imprisoned or perished at the Civil War prison at Point Lookout. Events include a 10 a.m. memorial service at the Point Lookout POW Cemetery, period music, guest speaker Michael Virts, POW re-enactors, encampments, vendors, Brunswick stew and civic, heritage, historical and genealogical displays. Hosted by the Point Lookout POW Descendants Organization. Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout. Free. 757-989-1928.

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 for a project promoting the preservation of traditional wooden boat building skills and the 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.

A TASTE OF HOME -- 5 p.m. Nov. 13. Four Calvert County homes -- Phillips House, Holland Point, Potts Point Farm and Ridgely House -- will be open to the public with each hosting a course of a four-course progressive dinner to benefit early childhood education and health efforts coordinated by the United Way Success by 6 Initiative. Transportation provided between homes starting at the Phillips House behind the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick. $75 a person. Reservations required. 410-286-0101.

AUDITIONS -- 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 18. For the Alumni Players' late-February and early March dinner theater production of "Southern Fried Murder," a murder mystery comedy. Casting for four men and four women of varying ages. Also need backstage crew help with props, costuming, lighting, sound, stage management and production assistance. Must be 18 or older. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Providence Room, Solomons Island Road, Solomons. 410-326-4739.

AUDITIONS -- 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 20. For the College of Southern Maryland Theatre Company's musical production of the Grimm's fairy tale "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." Production runs Jan. 28-Feb. 6. All ages welcome. Bring a prepared song with sheet music (or a CD/cassette tape) and a monologue. Auditions are held in private and by appointment only. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center Theater, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or

DOVER DOWNS AND THE SLOTS -- Nov. 19. One-day coach trip departs from and returns to 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.

WALK TO END HOMELESSNESS IN CHARLES COUNTY -- 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk begins, Nov. 20. Sponsored by the Charles County Homeless and Emergency Shelter Committee. Fee includes T-shirt, refreshments and entertainment. La Plata Town Hall, Garrett Ave., La Plata. Individuals, $15; team (5 or more persons), $10 each. Register at 301-609-4844 or

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

* 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 Music Hall's "Christmas Spectacular," featuring the Rockettes. Departs 8 a.m. $70. 410-257-2554.

* Nov. 30. Radio City Music Hall's "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 age 55 and older. Attendance required both days. Garvey Senior Center, 41780 Baldridge St., Leonardtown. $10. Reservations required. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1050.

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

* 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 handmade. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Tables, $10. 410-586-2748.

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21. Mother Catherine Spalding School's annual Christmas craft fair and bazaar. For information on rental space, contact 301-884-4792 or

* 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 4. Annual winter holiday artists and crafts fair, Wade Community Center, 5000 Smallwood Dr., Waldorf. 7-by-3-foot spaces, $10 each, bring your own tables. 301-645-9291.

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Humane Society of Charles County holiday craft fair. Space and table, $43; space only, $35. Proceeds help benefit the organization's Waldorf facility. Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-1063, Ext. 3, or

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

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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