'War and Democracy'

Chautauqua 2005 will be held Monday through Thursday at the College of Southern Maryland. The theme of the free programs, which will begin at 7 each evening under a big-top tent, is "War and Democracy." Actors portraying four historical figures on stage will discuss their lives and answer questions.

* Monday -- Margaret Bourke-White, a pioneering photojournalist.

* Tuesday -- Benjamin O. Davis Jr., a Tuskegee airman.

* Wednesday -- George Orwell, author of "1984" and "Animal Farm."

* Next Thursday -- Abraham Lincoln.

Jim Watson and David and Ginger Hildebrand will open the programs with musical performances. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. For more information about Chautauqua, visit www.csmd.edu/finearts/Chautauqua/2005.

Special Olympics Benefit

Westlake High School will host a variety show to benefit Charles County Special Olympics athletes Saturday. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the show will begin at 7 p.m. Singers, dancers and musicians will perform. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Rd., Waldorf. Tickets: 3 and younger, free; 4 to 55, $7; 55 and older, $5. For more information, call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5140.

Devil Went Down to Calvert

St. Leonard Fire and Rescue Company 7 will enlist the help of the Charlie Daniels Band on Sunday to raise money for the construction of the unit's community center. The Southern rock band's performance will begin at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the company's firehouse, on Calvert Beach Road in St. Leonard. Seating is limited. Premium seats, $45; others, $35. Refreshments will be for sale. 410-586-1713 or www.slvfd.com.

Jim Getty will portray Abraham Lincoln in a Chautauqua program next week.The Charlie Daniels Band will play a benefit concert at the St. Leonard firehouse at 7 p.m. Sunday.