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; $4, for members. 301-893-1974.

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

55 AND OLDER CONCERT NIGHT -- 7-9 p.m. today. Part of the Summer Family Concerts on the Green at the indoor stage. No pets or alcoholic beverages permitted. Village Green Pavilion, 100 Walter Scott Rd., Indian Head. Free. 301-743-5511.

COUNTRY MEMORIES -- 7-9 p.m. tomorrow. Country music show is part of the La Plata Summer Concert Series. Lawn chairs and blankets recommended for seating. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata. Free. Parking available at Sacred Heart Church. 301-934-8421.

DIXIE RAMBLERS -- 7:30 p.m. today. The bluegrass band will perform as part of the Bay Breeze Summer Concerts series. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-3892 or

"LiL" MARGARET'S BLUEGRASS AND OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL -- 3-10:30 p.m. today; 2-11 p.m. tomorrow; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Live music, home-cooked food, arts and crafts, and classic cars. Goddard Farm, 21521 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown. $45 for all three days at the gate, $12 for Thursday only, $20 for Friday and $22 for Saturday. 301-475-8191.

For Children

WATERMELON TOSS -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Rain date is Aug. 20. Contestants rig up machines to see who can launch a watermelon the farthest. There will be other activities, such as a dunk tank, face painting, a moon bounce and live music. Hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland. Serenity Farms, Route 231, Benedict. $5 for adults; $3 for kids. 410-326-2200.

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

FAMILY BOOK DISCUSSION -- The Calvert Library invites parents and kids entering fourth to sixth grade to meet to discuss Blue Balliett's "Chasing Vermeer." The first 15 families to register receive a free copy of the book, which is provided by the Calvert Literacy Council. Free.

* 7 p.m. Tuesday. Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

* 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prince Frederick Branch, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

* 7 p.m. next Thursday. Fairview Branch, 8120 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Owings. 410-257-2101.

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

TODDLER STORY TIMES -- Monday and Tuesday. Music is used to encourage audience participation. Ages 1-21/2 years old. 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.

* 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall.

SUMMER STORY TIMES -- At Calvert library branches. Free. No registration required.

* 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

* 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Southern library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Fairview library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 10 a.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays, Twin Beaches library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES -- Throughout the summer at Charles library 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.

AFTERNOON KIDS' CLUB -- Throughout the summer at Charles library locations. Free.

* 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Potomac library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

* 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, P.D. Brown library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. 301-645-2864.

* 1:30 p.m., Thursdays, La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

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.


"LAND, SEA AND SKY" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Sept. 28. Features local artists Gary Jameson (drawings and other works) and Colleen Sabo (watercolors). Artworks@7th, Seventh Street and Bay Avenue, North Beach. 410-286-5278.

ALL-MEDIA MEMBER EXHIBITION -- Opening tomorrow, though Sept. 4. Gallery open 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring artwork by Mattawoman Creek Art Center members in a variety of media. The Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159 or


GUIDED CANOE AND KAYAK PADDLE -- Saturday and Sunday. Hosted by Point Lookout State Park and Return to Nature LLP, through Point Lookout's Lake Conoy. On Saturday, a morning paddle and an afternoon family paddle with water activities. On Sunday, a morning paddle to observe flora and fauna in Point Lookout's tributaries. $10 per person. 301-872-5688.

SIDEWALK CHALK-A-THON -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Aug. 19. Artists of all ages are invited to grab some chalk from the Annmarie Garden office and decorate an assigned spot along the wooded path. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Dowell. Free. 410-326-4640 or

Special Events

PEACH FESTIVAL -- Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. A craft and yard sale with a variety of food. Yard sale begins at 8 a.m. Held rain or shine. Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Road, St. Leonard. Free admission. $15, table rental; prices vary for food items. 410-586-1716.

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES -- Classes begin Monday and Wednesday. St. Mary's County Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Services is accepting applications for dog obedience classes, basic and advanced levels. There is limited enrollment for the nine-week program. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. $45. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1801.

FIRESTORM III -- 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Rain date is Sunday. A motorcycle, hot rod, truck and import car fest and barbecue cook-off. Live music, vendors, a DJ and other attractions available. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and tents but no coolers will be permitted. Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata. $20, vehicle registration; $10, general admission, with a $2 discount with a donation of two canned goods or a blood donation with the Red Cross; free admission for children 12 and younger with a paying adult. 301-893-2900 or

BEACH PARTY ON THE SQUARE -- 4-9 p.m. Saturday. Performances by the Greenbelt Sity Stars double-dutch jump-rope team, hula dancing by the Island Dance Company, live music by the 25th Hour Band and Blonde Ambition, Mini-NASCAR racing from Redneck Racing, juggling by Philip DePalo, children's stories and songs by Ray Owen and more. Washington Street, Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-9791.

ANIMAL ODYSSEY -- 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday. Back-to-back programs featuring songs and stories with Ray Owen, sponsored by the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation. Charles County Public Library, Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Dr., Indian Head. Free. 301-375-7375.

THE MAGIC OF MIKE ROSE -- 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesday. Back-to-back programs featuring the magic act sponsored by the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation. Charles County Public Library, P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village St., Waldorf. Free. 301-645-2864 or 301-843-7688.

CIVIL WAR LECTURE -- Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Civil War re-enactors give a presentation, with a period cannon on display. At 2 p.m., park volunteer historian Elmer Biles gives a lecture on "The Civil War in Western Charles County." Chapman State Park, 3925 Stony Point Pl., Indian Head. Free. 301-753-6754.


"THE POINT!" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Written by Grammy award-winner Harry Nilsson and adapted and directed by Wendy Heidrich, this rock opera follows a round-headed boy and his dog into the Pointless Forest, where they discover everything has a purpose, even if it doesn't have a point. Three Notch Theatre, 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. $18, general admission; $16, students and seniors. 301-737-5447 or

"GODSPELL" -- Runs through Aug. 28. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Presented by the Black Box Theatre in the Indian Head Center for the Arts. Adults, $18; seniors and students, $15. Black Box Theatre, 4185 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Box office, 301-743-3040; tickets by phone, 800-494-8497; online at, click on Buy Tickets.

NEWTOWNE PLAYERS AUDITIONS -- 7 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 20. Parts are open for men, women and a few children for the Newtowne Players' production of Orson Welles' radio broadcast of the H.G. Wells novel "War of the Worlds." Workers are also needed for stage crew, wardrobe, makeup, props, ushers and sound effects. The production will be staged Oct. 6-16. Three Notch Theatre, 21477 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-737-5447 or 301-863-6814.

Plan Ahead

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND AUCTION -- Sept. 9. The F. George Heinze III Golf Classic, Dinner and Auction will benefit the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. Deadline to register is Aug. 26. Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, 11550 Swan Point Blvd., Swan Point. $135 per golfer, includes lunch and dinner; $35 dinner cost for non-golfers. 301-934-2066 or 888-276-2767.

CRAZY CORN MAZE -- 11 a.m. to dusk. Saturdays and Sundays, beginning Aug. 20, through Nov. 30. A corn maze hayride, farm animals, picnic area and local produce. Weekdays by appointment. Forrest Hall Farm, 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville. 301-884-3086 or

"JAMMIN' FOR JOSHUA" -- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 21. A four-band benefit concert and silent auction to raise money for Joshua Gibson, a 5-year-old Calvert County boy with autism and apraxia. Each attendee is registered to win a HD-TV. Held rain or shine, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89, 2905 Old Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20773. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. If unable to attend, checks to the "Joshua Gibson Rehabilitation Fund" can be mailed to the F.O.P. Lodge 89. 301-785-3100 or

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

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

MOUNT CARMEL BENEFIT -- The Restorers of Mount Carmel group sponsors a series of coach trips to benefit the new building fund at Mount Carmel Monastery. 301-645-5203.

* Aug. 31. A trip to the Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre in Wilmington, Del., to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra. $90.

* Sept. 11. A trip to the annual Polish American Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa. Includes transportation, festival admission and driver gratuity. $50.

* Sept. 24. A trip to Frederick and Emmitsburg for the Saints and Sinners Tour. Includes transportation, dinner, show and driver gratuity. $90.

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

* 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 MICHAEL TUNISON

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