Concerts

PIANO AND VIOLIN CONCERT -- 8 p.m. today. Pianist Eliza Garth and violinist Curtis Macomber perform works of St. Mary's College faculty member David Froom. St. Mary's Hall, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4498.

THE RALEIGH RINGERS -- 8 p.m. Saturday. The art of handbells in a concert performed by the nationally acclaimed touring group and supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary's Arts Council. Adults, $20; children $15. 301-475-3225 or 301-475-9039. Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd., Great Mills.

CHRIST CHURCH CONCERTS -- 4 p.m. Sunday. John Bruno, baritone, performs four Brahms lieder art songs by Vincenzo Bellini and Ralph Vaughn Williams from "Songs of Travel." Reception follows. Christ Church, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-1051.

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.

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

BLUES CLUES MYSTERY DAY -- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. tomorrow. Ages 2-5 bring a bag lunch and a favorite Blues Clues toy or book for show and tell, a coloring contest, games, snacks and a blue paw print hunt. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

FREE THROW COMPETITION -- 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Basketball skills contest by age category: 8-9; 10-12; 13-15; and 16-18. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

ANIMAL TRACKS -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. All ages will explore the field, forest and marsh searching for tracks and other animal signs. Dress for the weather. Hot chocolate provided. 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 www.jugbay.org.

MUSHROOMS -- 10-11 a.m. Saturday; 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. Ages 3-5, with adult, hike to search for mushrooms. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd. Prince Frederick. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

PREPARING FOR WINTER -- 1-3 p.m. Sunday. All ages explore how animals and plants deal with the challenges of winter and survive the cold. 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 www.jugbay.org.

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK -- Parents and child make a book together about their favorite things. Dress for painting. St. Mary's County Library branches. Free. Registration required.

* 6 p.m. Monday. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 6 p.m. Wednesday. Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

* 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown.301-475-2846.

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

TEXTURED PAINTINGS -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. "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 www.mattawomanart.org.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT -- Noon-5 p.m. Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays and one-hour before College of Southern Maryland performances, through Jan. 23. The work of Jennifer Dorsey. Gallery talk with artist, noon, Nov. 30. 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.

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.

Lectures

And Literature

POET LAUREATE -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Maryland Poet Laureate Michael S. Glaser shares thoughts and poetry. College of Southern Maryland, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. $2. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or BxOffc@csmd.edu.

THE CIVIL WAR -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. Pulitzer Prize winner and Civil War historian James McPherson presents "The Global Impact of the American Civil War." St. Mary's Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-2000.

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.

* Tomorrow, "Sibling Rivalry: Reasonable, Rational or Ridiculous?"

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

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

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BRUNCH -- 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker Page Faust of the St. Mary's County Writers' Group. St. Mary's College Student Facility, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. $8 at the door. 301-475-2846.

FAMILY STORYTIME -- Stories, songs and fun with a Thanksgiving theme. Calvert Library branches. 6:30 p.m. Free. No registration required.

* Monday. Southern library, 2 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* Monday. Twin Beaches library, 2819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* Wednesday. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* Next Thursday. Fairview library, 8210 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

ROBBERY PREVENTION SEMINARS -- 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and next Thursday. Criminal investigation officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Office provide advice and explain a new security notice system shoppers will be seeing in stores during the holidays. Open to all residents and businesses. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-609-6538.

PEER PRESSURE WORKSHOPS -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 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.

AUTHOR TALK -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Warrick Hill discusses his book "Before Us Lies the Timber: the Segregated High School of Montgomery County, 1927-1960." Co-sponsored by Calvert Library and Concerned Black Women. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

HEALTH CARE PLANS -- 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Parents' Place of Maryland, a center for families of children with disabilities, offers practical, step-by-step information in sorting through health care plan options. Chancellor's Run Regional Park, Senior Center, 21905 Chancellor's Run Rd., Great Mills. Free. Registration required. 301-862-7535 or 301-884-4662.

ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION -- 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Chemist Randy Larsen presents "Developing Key Chemical Markers to Identify the Origins of Atmospheric Aerosols." St. Mary's College of Maryland, Schaefer Hall 106, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4362.

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.

CREATIVE MEMOIR WORKSHOP -- 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.

SEPTIC SYSTEMS -- 7-8 p.m. Wednesday. A workshop on the proper use and maintenance of on-site sewage disposal systems. Presented by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5152, Maryland Relay Service 711, TDD 800-735-2258.

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

IRA DISTRIBUTIONS -- Financial planner Rob Ramos explains the rules and options available when planning an individual retirement account withdrawal. Offered at St. Mary's County Library branches through LiFE, a program of the Office on Aging. Free. Registration required. 301-737-5674.

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

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

DESSERT AND DIALOGUE -- 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday. Last in a series on the Chesapeake Bay features author Eric Mills discussing "Chesapeake Roadrunners of the Roaring Twenties." Claudia's Steakhouse, Hawthorne Country Club, La Plata. $35 fee includes appetizers, wine and dessert bar. Registration required. 301-392-0213.

POETRY CAFE -- 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday. Poet Elisavietta Ritchie explores poetry. Bring eight copies of an original or favorite poem to share. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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

* 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discuss "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. Fairview library, 8210 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 2-3:30 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "The Known World," by Edward Jones. Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Discuss "Le Divorce" by Diane Johnson. 301-475-2846.

In the Schools

"I REMEMBER MAMA" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The Northern High School Theater Department presents a comedy about a Norwegian family living in the United States. Award-winning director Tricia O'Neill Veneziani leads a cast and crew of more than 70 students. Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center at Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. Adults, $6; seniors and students, $4. 410-257-1519.

ALL-COUNTY HONOR CHORUS -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Students from the county's elementary, middle and high school levels are showcased. Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center at Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. Free. 410-257-1519.

Special Events

WEEKEND BOAT BUILDING -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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.

HONORING POW CIVIL WAR VETERANS -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 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.

A TASTE OF HOME -- 5 p.m. Saturday. 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.

FOSSIL HUNTING -- 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Learn fossil basics, then search for finds on the beach to turn into a take-home art project. All ages. Flag Ponds Nature Park, Route 4, Lusby. $5; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $3. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

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

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

* Wednesday. 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.

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

Theater

BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION -- 2 p.m. Saturday. Marcia Cebulska's "Now Let Me Fly" presented by the St. Mary's College of Maryland Center for the Study of Democracy and the Division of Arts and Letters. A concert reading of the play inspired by oral histories and interviews behind the case. Montgomery Hall, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free and open to the public. 240-895-4191 or the play's director at pautak@aol.com.

"THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. Also, 8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 and 4 p.m. Nov. 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 tbpsecretary@yahoo.com.

"THE KING AND I" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Also, 8 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 and 2 p.m. Nov. 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 www.csmd.edu/FineArts/theatre.

AUDITIONS -- For the Port Tobacco Players production of "HONK," a musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's tale of "The Ugly Duckling." Adults: 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 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.

AUDITIONS -- 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and next Thursday. 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. Wednesday; 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 BxOffc@csmd.edu.

"BEHIND THE BROKEN WORDS" -- 8 p.m. next Thursday and Nov. 19. Actors Anthony Zerbe and Roscoe Lee Browne create a theatrical friction of character, image, emotion and ideas performing the work of 22 writers. A benefit performance for the Port Tobacco Players. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletowne Rd., Waldorf. $25. 301-932-6819.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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