Poet to Give Reading

Naomi Ayala will read her poetry at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in Daugherty-Palmer Commons on the St. Mary's College of Maryland campus. The reading, part of the college's annual Voices Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

Ayala, a poet, educator and activist, will be an artist in residence at the college tomorrow through Nov. 3. A native of Puerto Rico, she lives in Washington, where she serves as program director of Celebra la Ciencia: Changing the Face of Science, a community festival project that brings scientific resources to Latino communities in six major U.S. cities.

Her first book of poetry, "Wild Animals on the Moon," was selected by the New York City Public Library as one of 1999's Books for the Teen Age.

Models of Public Service

Members of the League of Women Voters of Calvert County are accustomed to keeping track of people who throw their hats into the political ring.

On Saturday, they'll be keeping an eye on the whole fashion ensemble of some local politicians and leaders.

Beginning at noon at the Lighthouse Inn on Solomons Island, the league will present its Celebrity Fashion Show II, featuring local community leaders as models.

In addition to some of the county commissioners, the models will include state Del. Sue Kullen (D), Sheriff Mike Evans (R), School Superintendent J. Kenneth Horsmon Jr. and Patuxent River activist and former state senator Bernie Fowler.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $35. For locations of ticket sales, call 410-586-2176.

Zonta Club Fashion Show

The Zonta Club of Charles County's annual fashion show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Center.

The show is a fundraiser for the club, part of a worldwide service organization of female executives working together to advance the status of women. The theme of the event is "Alice in Wonderland."

Tickets are $50 and include dinner, the fashion show, entertainment, a silent auction, raffles and door prizes. There will be a cash bar.

Silent auction items are welcomed from the community. For more information, call Darlene Breck, 301-645-0525.

'Frankenstein' in Season

Just in time for the Halloween season, "Frankenstein" opens tomorrow at the Black Box Theatre in Indian Head. Produced by the NobleHeart Repertory Company, this production of Victor Gialanella's adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel features an original score by James D. Watson.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 6. Tickets are $15; $12 for students and seniors. To buy tickets, call 800-494-8497 or visit www.IndianHeadBlackBox.org.

The Black Box Theatre, at 4185 Indian Head Hwy., is managed by the Chesapeake Bay Floating Theatre Inc., a nonprofit professional theater dedicated to revitalization, economic development, cultural enhancement and education in Southern Maryland.

The Creature, played by Alex Zavistovich, attacks Henry, played by Michael Mortensen, in a production of "Frankenstein" at the Black Box Theatre.