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.-midnight Saturday. Monthly dance held by the Southern Maryland Country Western Dance Association, with dance lessons available. Smoking is prohibited. $10; members, $8. Brandywine Firehouse, 14201 Brandywine Rd., Brandywine.{tilde}bobc/smcwda.htm.

In Concert

"SALUTE TO BROADWAY" -- 7-9 p.m. tomorrow. Port Tobacco Players perform as part of the La Plata Summer Concert Series. Lawn chairs and blankets recommended. 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.

For Children

"FEELING CRABBY?" -- 2 p.m. Saturday. A family program with a naturalist searching for, discussing and examining crabs and their world. Afterward, there will be a crab shell painting activity. King's Landing Park, 3255 King's Landing Rd., Huntingtown. $3; Battle Creek Nature Education Society members, $1; child with paid adult, free. 410-535-5327 or 800-735-2258.

BABY STEPS STORY TIMES -- Free program for ages 2-12 months.

* 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 9:15 a.m. Monday, Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

* 10 a.m. Monday, Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

FAMILY BOOK DISCUSSION -- Calvert Library invites parents and children entering grades 4-6 to meet and discuss Blue Balliett's "Chasing Vermeer." The first 15 families to register receive a free copy of the book provided by the Calvert Literacy Council. Free.

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

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

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

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

TODDLER STORY TIMES -- Monday. 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 and 10:30 a.m., Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park.

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

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 -- Though Sept. 4. Gallery opens 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring artwork by Mattawoman Creek Art Center members. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159 or

TONY HUNGERFORD MEMORIAL GALLERY -- Through Sept. 25. Open 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Works by artist Joseph Holston. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7828.


LA PLATA WALKING TOUR -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A walking tour of three museums in the town of La Plata: the Charles County Fire Museum on Firehouse Street off St. Mary's Avenue, the La Plata Train Station at 101 Kent Ave. and Christ Church at 110 Charles St. Volunteer docents will explain the history and significance of each museum. This is not a linear tour, walkers can begin at any of the three museums. Free. La Plata. 301-934-8421.

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

Special Events

BAYFEST -- Noon- 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Annual North Beach bash features live entertainment at three venues, a crab and shrimp feast, face painting, puppet shows, moon bounces and more than 100 vendors plying their wares along the waterfront. Pavilion area, First Street Finger Pier and Third Street lot, North Beach. Free. 410-286-3799.


MUSIC HALL 2005 -- 8 p.m. Saturday. British-style comedy performed by Port Tobacco Players to support the Alzheimer's unit of the Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Port Tobacco Players Theatre, 508 Charles St., La Plata. $20. 301-934-1900 or

"MURDER ME ALWAYS" -- 7 p.m. Saturday, dinner; 8 p.m., show begins. Audience participation murder mystery theater presented by the Patuxent Playhouse. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland. Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse, 395 Clubhouse Dr., Lusby. For tickets, 410-326-200 or

AUDITIONS FOR ONE-ACT PLAYS -- 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday. Twin Beach Players are holding auditions for roles in six one-act plays the troupe is putting on Oct. 14-16 and 21-23. Also sought are stage managers, prop managers, makeup artists and sound and light technicians. Northeast Community Center, Room B, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 301-367-3559 or

PAXTUXENT PLAYHOUSE AUDITIONS -- 7-9 p.m. today. Five male and five female roles are being cast for a production of the Neil Simon play "Rumors." Participants should bring a prepared monologue. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. For appointment, call 410-326-1401.

Plan Ahead

"CRUISIN' CRAB FEAST" -- 6-8 p.m. Sept. 2. Crab feast aboard a skipjack on the St. Mary's River. Chesapeake Bay Field Lab, 16129 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point. $40. 301-994-2245.

WOODLAND INDIAN DISCOVERY DAY -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. A day for children to learn skills, stories and dances of the Native American Yaocomaco tribe. Traditional dances from the Tayac Territory Dancers and stories from Dovie Thomason Sickles. Historic St. Mary's City, Rosecroft Road off Route 5, St. Mary's. 800-762-1634 or 240-895-4990.

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. Registration deadline is tomorrow. 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.

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.

* Wednesday. 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. $50, includes transportation, festival admission and driver gratuity.

* 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 reflecting Nanjemoy local history and culture. 301-246-9612 or 301-609-7639, Ext. 11.

-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON

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