Soap Box Derby
Southern Maryland's eighth annual Soap Box Derby will get rolling at 9 a.m. Saturday on "Derby Hill" in Leonardtown. Youths ages 8-17 will vie for the opportunity to represent Southern Maryland in the All-American Soap Box Derby finals, held each July in Akron, Ohio. The best viewing spot is at the finish line, at the bottom of lower Fenwick Street, near Gregory Lane. Organizers expect races to be completed by 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Lexington Park Lions and includes food concessions. Free parking will be available in the grass fields on Courthouse Drive. Admission is free for spectators. Rain date is Sunday. For more information, contact Derby Director Chris Hayden at 301-934-3659 or 240-895-7605.
More than 30 visual, literary and performing artists, along with environmental groups, parks and museums, convene in Indian Head on Saturday for the Charles County Arts Alliance's River Artsfest. A day-long celebration of the arts, this annual event draws artisans from Maryland, Virginia and Washington. There will be paintings, sculptures, afghans, jewelry, woodcarvings, ceramics, quilts, photography and novels. A number of live performances will be held on two stages throughout the day. Recording artists Tom Wisner, Magpie, Joseph Norris and Grace Griffith headline the entertainment with song and storytelling. Local theater ensembles -- including the Port Tobacco Players, Hard Bargain Players and the Chesapeake Bay Floating Theatre -- also will perform. River Artsfest is part of Charles County's participation in "The Year of the River" and is sponsored in part by the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. The event focuses on the appreciation and value of nearby waterways and what can be done to preserve this environment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Village Green and Pavilion, 100 Walter Thomas Rd., Indian Head. Free admission. 301-392-5900 or www.charlescountyarts.org.
Artists in the Park
Chapman State Park invites painters to bring their supplies and talents to an open house on Sunday for an event featuring artists working to capture the beauty of Mount Aventine and the park. Visitors can also watch artists at work and view an exhibit of fall paintings from the park. Nature walks and Potomac River clarity tests will be taken at 12:15 and 3:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., historian Elmer Biles discusses "The Chapman-Washington Connection." Noon-5 p.m. The park is at Chapmans Landing Road, off Route 210, between Bryans Road and Indian Head. Free. 301-753-6754.