SQUARE DANCING -- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 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.

COUNTRY-WESTERN DANCE -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Smoke-free dance is open to the public and includes lessons. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Country Western Dance Association. Brandywine Firehouse, 14201 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine. SMCWDA members, $8; others, $10.

MODERN DANCE MASTER CLASS -- 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Held by the Southern Maryland Modern Dance Collective for ages 13 and older. Taught by choreographer Alvin Mayes. Sponsored in part by the St. Mary's County Arts Council. Black Belt Academy, Wildewood Shopping Center, Wildewood. $20 a class. 301-862-1072 or

DANCE CLASSES -- 6-7:30 p.m. Sundays. Held by the Southern Maryland Modern Dance Collective for ages 13 and older. Black Belt Academy, Wildewood Shopping Center, Wildewood. Drop-in fee, $10; 10-class card, $75. 301-862-1072 or

In Concert

"SOUNDS AND SWEET AIRS" -- 4 p.m. Sunday. Students of the Jarrett Studio of Vocal Arts perform art songs, arias from operas and operettas, and excerpts from Broadway musicals. George Peachy accompanies the singers on piano. A reception follows for the audience and artists. Christ Episcopal Church, Broomes Island Road, Port Republic. 410-586-2802 or


And Literature

USED-BOOK STORE -- 9 a.m.-4 :30 p.m. every Saturday. Operated by the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library Inc. La Plata library, lower level, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001 or 301-645-3319.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS -- Join area book groups. Free. Various locations.

Parents and their fourth- to sixth-graders discuss "Ruby Holler," by Sharon Creech. First 15 families to register get a free book provided by the Calvert Literacy Council.

* 7 p.m. today, Fairview library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

For Children

GRANDMOTHER'S TRUNK -- 10-11:45 a.m. today. Take a look at the clothes your grandparents or great-grandparents might have worn during the early days of the Chesapeake Beach Resort. Ages 6 and older. Free. Fairview library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-3892, or

CHILDREN'S SUMMER PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES -- Presented on Mondays by the St. Mary's County Library. Free. Made possible in part by a grant from the St. Mary's County Arts Council, awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Monday, singalong with Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl.

July 9, the Mike Rose Magic Show.

July 11, Flumpa and Friends: Award-winning performer and science educator Wendy Whitten and her frog present energetic musical science adventures.

July 18, Animal Odyssey with Ray Owen.

July 25, Bill Jenkins' Jungle Drums: a variety of percussion instruments and jungle rhythms.

Aug. 1, The Wizard of Oz by Steven Puppets.

Aug. 8, Sign Language Safari with Kathy McMillan.

* 10 a.m. Charlotte Hall library, at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 12:30 p.m. Leonardtown library, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 25550 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

* 3 p.m., Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

BABY STEPS STORY TIMES -- Offered Mondays through Aug. 8. Ages 2 months-12 months. Free. 301-475-2846.

* 9:15 a.m. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park.

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

BABY STEPS STORY TIMES -- 9:05 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 9. Ages 2 months-12 months. Free. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

TODDLER STORY TIMES -- Offered Mondays through Aug. 8. Music is used to encourage audience participation. Ages 1-21/2 years. Made possible through a grant from the St. Mary's County Arts Council, awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council with matching funds from Target Corp. 301-475-2846 or Free.

* 9:45 or 10:30 a.m., Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park.

* 10:30 a.m., Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown.

TODDLER STORY TIMES -- 9:30 and 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 9. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

TEEN POWERPOINT CLASS -- 2 p.m. Tuesday-July 1. Teenagers learn to use the Microsoft presentation software to create projects that incorporate design, animation, graphics and sound. Ages 12-15. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Fee. Registration encouraged. 301-863-8188.

SUMMER FUN FEATURING FLUMPA -- Free. Program sponsored by Calvert Library.

* 10 a.m. Tuesday. Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2554.

* 2 p.m. Tuesday. Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, 3170 West Ward Rd., Dunkirk. 301-855-8895.

* 10 a.m. Wednesday. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-586-1101.

* 2 p.m. Wednesday, Prince Frederick Rescue Squad, 755 Solomons Island Rd. south, Prince Frederick. 410-535-9836.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- Ongoing at various locations. Free.

* 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Potomac library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

* 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, P.D. Brown library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. 301-645-2864.

* 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays. La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001 or 301-645-3319.

In the Schools

SUPERINTENDENT'S ART GALLERY -- 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Displays of St. Mary's County student artwork. St. Mary's County public schools central administration building, 23160 Moakley St., Leonardtown. 301-475-5511, Ext. 112.


IMAGINEERING 2005: THE MAGIC BACKSTAGE -- Open to the public during college business hours, through Aug. 1. Props, scenery, set designs, renderings and photographs from CSM Theatre Company productions, including "The King and I," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Blithe Spirit" and "Pied Piper." College of Southern Maryland, Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828, or

ALL-MEDIA JURIED EXHIBITION -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through July 3. Juror will be John Krumrein, professor of art at Prince George's Community College. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free admission and parking. 301-743-5159.

ART SHOW -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Sunday and next Thursday. Features works by Eileen Baca, Gerry Wood, Carol Wathen and Mary Ida Rolape. ArtWorks@7th Gallery (above Nice and Fleazy Antique Store), Seventh Street and Bay Avenue, North Beach. 410-286-5278.

Special Events

SUMMER SOLSTICE HIKE -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Celebrate the start of summer on a hike through the woods. Eat a light snack at sunset. All ages. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

OPEN MIKE -- 7 p.m. tomorrow, doors open; 7:30-10 p.m., event. Sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance and HomeSpun CoffeeHouse. Acoustic musicians and music lovers welcome. Performers, free; others, $5. Light refreshments and door prizes. Sign up to perform. 301-475-5522, or

FIRE DEPARTMENT CARNIVAL -- 7-11 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department. Features rides, games, bingo, food vendors, nightly prizes and cash raffles. Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, 28165 Hills Club Rd., Mechanicsville. 301-884-4709.

ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. More than 35 antiques dealers from Southern Maryland present merchandise, furniture, glassware, estate and costume jewelry, fishing items, clocks, tools, lamps, toys and books. Benefits the Calvert Literacy Council. Free parking, door prizes, silent auction and food vendors. St. John Vianney Catholic Family Life Center, Main Street, Prince Frederick. 410-535-3233.

30th ANNUAL TOBACCO TRAIL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR MEET -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m.-noon, registration of cars. Vehicles from 1916 to 1980 are eligible. First 100 vehicles driven on the field receive dash plaques; 10 "prewar" and 10 "postwar" awards and a Director's Choice Award. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640 or

DIABETES FUNDRAISING RIDE -- 8 a.m. Saturday, registration; 9 a.m., motorcycles depart. Ride to fight diabetes and search for a cure. Sponsored by All American Harley Davidson. Ride begins and ends at Iron Workers Local Union No. 5, 9100 Old Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro. $25 a person. 301-884-2800.

SPIDERS -- 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Find out more about a day in the life of a spider. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3; seniors and ages 12-17, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY -- Noon Saturday and Sunday. View amateur radio communications in operation. La Plata Train Station, off Charles Street at Oak Avenue, La Plata.

FISH SURVEY -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Help monitor the fish population in shallow water and wetlands by catching, identifying, measuring and releasing fish. Bring a change of clothes. No open-toed or heeled shoes. Ages 12 and older. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3; seniors and ages 12-17, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330.

YARDLEY HILLS WALL-RAISING CEREMONY AND SELF-HELP WORK DAY -- 9 a.m. Monday. In celebration of National Homeownership Month, the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee's Self-Help Housing Program invites the public to bring a hammer, tool belt and tape measure to help build homes for the needy. In Prince Frederick, take Route 231 for about half a mile west from Route 2/4. Turn left into the Yardley Hills subdivision. Follow to the dead end. 301-274-4474, 301-870-3770 or 410-535-1010, Ext. 262.

ANNUAL PAT COLLINS MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC -- 7:30 a.m. Monday, registration; 8:30 a.m., shotgun start. Benefits the Arc of Southern Maryland. Twin Shields Golf Club, Route 260, Dunkirk. Call Maureen Ecker at 410-535-2413, Ext. 107, for details.

WATER AEROBICS -- 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 11. Sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Group classes featuring low-impact, stretching, cardiovascular and resistance exercises. Swimming ability not required, but participants must be comfortable in the water. Lackey High School Indoor Pool, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd., Indian Head. $30 a course or $5 drop-in fee a class. 301-743-2470 or 301-753-6003.

ALZHEIMER'S MEMORY WALK PARTY -- 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages; raffle prizes. Sign up for walks scheduled for Oct. 1. Gustavo's Restaurante Italiano, La Plata. 800-272-3900 or 301-934-5856 or


"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" -- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Calvert County Parks and Recreation Division presents the play, featuring the Chesapeake Theatre Company. Bring a lawn chair and picnic supper. Kings Landing Park, end of Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown. $8; students and seniors, $5. 410-257-2554.

"MOSUKOSHI MINWA" -- 10 a.m. Tuesday. A collection of Japanese folk tales ideal for young children. Full of movement, puppets and audience participation, the play is about 45 minutes long. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. $3. 410-414-9099.

AUDITIONS -- 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 2. For the Port Tobacco Players' production of "The Haunting of Hill House," with performance dates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Oct. 16. In the play, a small group gathers in a Victorian mansion known as a place of evil. Actors are needed to portray characters ages 25 and older. Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script at La Plata United Methodist Church, 3 Tobacco Rd., La Plata. 301-932-6819.

Plan Ahead

BILL COSBY -- 7:30 p.m. July 2. Presented by Ralph's Dodge-Jeep and Cumberland and Erly LLC. Gates open at 6 p.m. Large projection TV screens at the show. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $55. 410-394-6684 or

CHAUTAUQUA PROGRAM -- 7 p.m. July 11-14. "War and Democracy," as seen through the eyes of four historical figures, visits the College of Southern Maryland as part of a six-college tour. The characters on stage: Margaret Bourke-White, a pioneering photojournalist; Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a Tuskegee airman and the first black to earn a star in the Air Force; President Abraham Lincoln; and George Orwell, author of "1984" and "Animal Farm." Opening musical acts each evening: local musician Jim Watson and David and Ginger Hildebrand. For more information about Chautauqua, visit

CHARLIE DANIELS BAND -- 7 p.m. July 10. Legendary Southern rock band performs in St. Leonard to benefit construction of the St. Leonard Fire and Rescue Company 7 Community Center. Concert on the grounds of Company 7, Calvert Beach Road, St. Leonard. Limited seating. Premium seats, $45; others, $35. Refreshments for sale at event. 410-586-1713 or

PAINT THE TOWN -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 14. Members of the ArtWorks@7th artists cooperative will be creating works in their medium at two locations in North Beach. Outside of Nice and Fleazy Antique Store, Seventh Street and Bay Avenue, and on the porch at Westlawn Restaurant, Seventh Street and Chesapeake Avenue. 410-286-2928 or 410-326-9473.

TRIPS FROM CHARLES COUNTY -- Sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Reservations and advance payment required. Contact the department for more information at 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD 800-735-2258.

* July 30 to Philadelphia. Visit historic sites; lunch and shopping on your own. Registration and payment due by next Thursday. Call for departure times and locations. $53 a person. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.

* Aug. 6 to Living Waters Theatre in Strasburg, Pa. Songs, dancing, live musicians and a large downtown shopping complex. Lunch on your own; dinner included. Registration deadline is July 3. $85 a person. Call for departure options. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.

* Aug. 18-19 to the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pa., for an overnight trip to see "Beauty and the Beast." Includes swimming and lunch aboard the Bay Lady in Baltimore. $240, single room; $210, double room. $100 deposit.

* Aug. 20, Rappahannock River cruise. Explore the history of the river on a 20-mile narrated cruise. Destination is the Ingleside Plantation Winery for a tour and tasting. Lunch included. $72 a person. Registration deadline is July 30. Call for departure options. 301-934-9305.

* Sept. 23 to Ireland. A 10-day, 14-meal trip. Blarney Stone, Dublin, Ring of Kerry castle, a medieval banquet, music and entertainment. $2,739 a person per double room; single rooms, $3,239. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD at 800-735-22583

* Oct. 3-6 to Wildwood, Atlantic City and Cape May, N.J. Four-day, three-night package includes accommodations, a Delta Lady banjo boat cruise, Midway slots and a buffet lunch. Double room, $330 a person; single room, $385 a person. $100 deposit; balance due by Aug. 23. 301-934-9315, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151, or, Maryland Relay Service at 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

* Nov. 11 to California. A nine-day, 10-meal trip to the California coastline, including stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Yosemite National Park. $1,979 a person double occupancy; $2,579 singles. 301-934-9315, 301-870-3388, Ext. 5151 or, Maryland Relay Service at 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

TRIPS FROM CALVERT COUNTY -- Sponsored by the Calvert County Parks and Recreation Division. Registration and payment required before trip. 410-586-1101.

* Aug. 3 and Oct. 8, to New York. Departs at 7 a.m. from Southern Community Center and 7:30 a.m. from Sunderland Park and Ride. Spend a day in New York City sightseeing, shopping and dining. On-your-own agenda. All ages. $36 a person.

* Sept. 24, antiques shopping. Depart at 6 a.m. from Southern Community Center and 6:30 a.m. from Sunderland Park and Ride. Visit flea markets and antiques shops in Adamstown, Pa. Adults only. $33.50 a person.

MOUNT CARMEL BENEFIT -- Aug. 31. The Restorers of Mount Carmel sponsors a coach trip to the Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre in Wilmington, Del., to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Trip includes transportation, dinner, show and gratuity. Proceeds benefit the new building fund at Mount Carmel Monastery. $90. 301-645-5203.

VENDORS WANTED FOR CRAFT SHOWS AND FLEA MARKETS -- Groups and auxiliaries seeking crafts and vendors for spring fairs, flea markets and similar events:

* July 30. St. Mary's Animal Welfare League rummage sale to benefit its adoption center. Table/space, $10. Reserve a space at 301-863-2632 or

* 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24. Nanjemoy Heritage Day. Seeking artists and exhibitors with Nanjemoy local history and culture. 301-246-9612 or 301-609-7639, Ext. 11.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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