Concerts

NANJEMOY CREEK BOYS -- 8 p.m. tomorrow. An all-original four-piece band from La Plata performs rock, jazz, funk, blues, polka, reggae, ambient and electronica. Black Box Theatre at the Indian Head Center for the Arts, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. $15 at the door. 301-743-3040.

STEVE POTTER -- 8 p.m. Saturday. Harmonica-based blues performance. Black Box Theatre at the Indian Head Center for the Arts, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. $15 at the door. 301-743-3040.

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.

BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE -- 7-8 p.m., beginner level dance lessons; 8-11 p.m., dancing. Cori and Dean Meloney lead lessons followed by dancing to the Southern Maryland Swing Band. Bring a snack to share. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus of Holy Face. Little Flower School gymnasium, 20410 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills. $8 a person; $15 couples. 301-862-0133 or twoleftfeet@meloney.net.

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

BOOK WEEK -- 6:30 p.m. today. Parents and child make a book together about their favorite things. Dress for painting. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-475-2846.

STONE SOUP -- 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday. Ages 6-9 gather rocks and make soup with natural foods found on a hike. King's Landing Park, King's Landing Road, Huntingtown. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

SPIDERMAN ADVENTURES -- 10:30-11:30 a.m. tomorrow. A web of adventures for ages 2-5, including a coloring contest, games and snacks. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

AMERICAN GIRL TEA PARTY -- 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday. Students in grades 1-6 are invited to learn about Kaya, an American Indian girl. Sponsored by the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation. Potomac library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. Free tickets available at all Charles County Public Library branches. 301-375-7375.

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.

IT'S ELEMENTARY AFTERSCHOOL -- 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ages 7-11 can drop in for an hour of homework help, then enjoy an hour of activities and crafts. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD, 800-735-2258.

LETTERS TO SANTA -- Drop off letters by Dec. 7. Include name and mailing address. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-586-1101.

Exhibitions

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.

THE HOLIDAY SHOW -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 19. Holiday gifts created by local artists with choral performances on Sundays by local high school groups. Opening reception is 1-4 p.m. Sunday with Gallery Talk from 1:15-1:30 p.m. and violinist Joy Trigg from 1:30-2:15 p.m. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159 or www.mattawomanart.org.

ART, MUSIC AND HISTORY -- Noon-9 p.m. Saturday. The artworks of Eileen Baca, Rose Beitzell, Mary Ida Rolape and Carol Wathen in an exhibit, "Historic Places of Southern Maryland"; authors Richard and Shawn Knot sign copies of their book "Memories of Sotterley" until 4 p.m.; authors and artists' reception until 5 p.m.; pianist Richard Von Wolfgang performs throughout the day; and guitarist and lyricist Joseph Norris sings and shares stories 7-9 p.m. Maryland Antiques Center, Route 5, Leonardtown. 301-769-3179.

PAINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Saturday. 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

CALVERT CONVERSATIONS -- 10 a.m. today. 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.

ROBBERY PREVENTION SEMINAR -- 10 a.m. today. Criminal investigators from the Charles County Sheriff's Office provide advice and explain a new security notice 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.

IRA DISTRIBUTIONS -- Today. 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. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown.

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

FAMILY STORYTIME -- 6:30 p.m. today. Stories, songs and fun with a Thanksgiving theme. Fairview library, 8210 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 6:30 p.m. Free. No registration required. 410-257-2101.

DESSERT AND DIALOGUE -- 7-8:30 p.m. today. 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. today. 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.

GENEALOGY CLASS -- 9 a.m. tomorrow. Genealogist Lorraine Wallace discusses how to prepare for a trip to the National Archives to do Census research. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-475-2846.

GRIEF AND THE HOLIDAYS -- 7-9 p.m. tomorrow. Hosted by the Arehart-Echols and Brinsfield-Echols funeral homes with bereavement coordinators from Hospice of St. Mary's County and Hospice of Charles County facilitating discussion on coping with grief during the holidays. Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-934-8342, 301-472-4400 or 301-475-5588.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Marquette University associate professor John D. Krugler discusses his book, "English & Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century," followed by a book signing. Historic St. Mary's City Visitor Center auditorium. Free. 240-895-4991.

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

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

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

* 7 p.m. today. Discuss "Le Divorce" by Diane Johnson. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

* 1 p.m. Saturday. "Holy Land, Whose Land?" author and historian Dorothy Drummond discusses her book, her travels in the Middle East, the history of the Israeli/Palestinian region and her understanding of the conflicts surrounding the Holy Land. Lexington Park Library, 21677 Roosevelt Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

* 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Naval Academy professor Anne Marie Drew discusses and acts out Shakespeare's "Winter's Tale." Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

In the Schools

"THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The Calverton School Players present Oscar Wilde's comedy set in Victorian England about two women engaged to the same man. The Calverton School, 300 Calverton Rd., Huntingtown. Adults, $7; seniors and students, $5. Reservations available. 888-678-0216, Ext. 365.

U.S. NAVY BAND -- 6 p.m., coffee and dessert social; 7 p.m., concert, Saturday. Pre-concert social benefits the Patuxent High School Band. Patuxent High School, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Social, $5; concert, free. 410-535-7806 or www.patuxentband.org.

Special Events

CASINO NIGHT -- 6 p.m.-midnight tomorrow. For ages 21 and over, event features blackjack, poker, roulette, video horse racing and the Big Six Wheel of Fortune. Benefits Mother Catherine Spalding School, Father Andrew White School and Holy Angels/Sacred Heart School. $3 at the door. Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, 24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood. 301-884-3165.

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

AUDUBON FIELD TRIP -- 8 a.m. Sunday. Half-day trip with leader Sue Hamilton for a walk of several miles through deciduous woods and old fields overlooking a marsh and creek to look for early winter and resident birds. Double Oak Farm, Double Oak Road (off East Dares Beach Road), Prince Frederick. 410-586-1494 or seal1On2002@yahoo.com.

CHEERLEADING COMPETITION -- 9 a.m. Sunday. Calvert All Stars host the fifth annual Cheerleading Competition, with teams performing in age categories. Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. $5. 301-855-6919.

NOVEMBER RAIN -- 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Families hike to learn how winter precipitation affects plants and animals, make a rain stick and enjoy hot chocolate. Dress for the weather. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3. Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1. Reservations required. 410-535-5327.

PRIVATE HOLIDAY SHOPPING -- 7-10 p.m. Sunday. Store discounts throughout the mall, family entertainment and food sampling at this by-ticket-only evening of shopping. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit local charities including 4-H. St. Charles Towne Center, Route 301, Waldorf. Tickets available at the 4-H office of Maryland Cooperative Extension, 150 Mai St., Suite 300, County Services Plaza, Prince Frederick. $10. 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150.

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

Theater

AUDITIONS -- 7 p.m. today. 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.

"BEHIND THE BROKEN WORDS" -- 8 p.m. today and tomorrow. 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.

JOKES R US COMEDY SHOW -- 9 p.m. today. Black Entertainment Television's Comic View, Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, Kevin Anthony, Eddie Boo and Lawrence Owens perform in this CSM Black Student Union-sponsored event. College of Southern Maryland, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $10. 301-934-7574 or glsutherlin@hotmail.com.

"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" -- 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Patuxent Playhouse presents the heartwarming story of life, love and friendship. Proceeds benefit Shiloh Christian Academy. St. John Vianney's Family Life Center, Main Street, Prince Frederick. Tomorrow: $20 includes dessert served at 7 p.m.; Saturday: $35 includes dinner served a 7 p.m. At-the-door, $40. Play begins, 8 p.m. Advance tickets available at www.patuxentplayhouse.com or 410-610-0108 and 410-326-1401.

ULTIMATE THEATER COMEDY -- 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Comedians Kenn Kington, Bone and Tim Hawkin perform in a benefit performance for and sponsored by the Chesapeake Church. Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center at Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. $15. Group tickets for groups of five or more, $10. 410-257-0700.

"THE KING AND I" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.

"THE FOREIGNER" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. 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.

AUDITIONS -- 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 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.

Plan Ahead

HOSPICE FESTIVALS OF TREES -- Southern Maryland Hospices present their annual Festival of Trees, with events benefiting the services and projects of each respective Hospice.

* Calvert Hospice: Nov. 26-28. Sixteenth annual Festival of Trees sponsored by the Friends of Calvert Hospice. This year's event helps support construction of the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. Patuxent High School, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Adults, $4; seniors, $2; ages four-12, $1; 3 and younger, free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

* Hospice of Charles County: Nov. 26-29. Proceeds benefit the terminally ill patients served by the organization. Waldorf Jaycees Center, Crain Highway, Waldorf. 301-934-1268.

NEW YORK CITY TRIPS -- Nov. 30. One-day coach trip departs from Calvert County locations at 6 and 6:30 a.m. for Radio City Music Hall's "Christmas Spectacular," featuring the Rockettes. Followed by shopping and sightseeing on your own. A Calvert County Parks and Recreation sponsored activity. $70. Registration required. 410-586-1101.

SENIOR CITIZEN CONCERT TRIP -- Dec. 12. Half-day coach trip departs from and returns to the Clark Center in La Plata for a performance by the U.S. Army Band and Chorale at Constitution Hall in Washington. Followed by dinner on your own at Union Station. Sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services. $28. Registration deadline Nov. 24. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151, Maryland Relay Service 711, or TDD 800-735-2258.

TRIPS NEAR AND FAR -- The Charles County Department of Community Services has three scheduled trips. Advance reservations, payment, and special travel arrangements and requirements are necessary. Contact the Department of Community Services for additional information. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151; Maryland Relay Service, 711; TDD, 800-735-2258.

* April 3-8 to Biloxi, Miss., including tours and visits of the New Orleans' French Quarter, Beau Rivage Casino, the Mardi Gras Museum, Ocean Springs, Atlanta and Biloxi. $589 a person or $724 doubles.

* March 6 to Costa Rica for nine days. $2,549 a person or $1,949 doubles.

* July 24 to Montreal and Quebec City for nine days. $2,209 a person or $1,759 doubles.

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

* 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 www.humanesocietycc.org.

* 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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