Dance

SQUARE DANCES -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow. First, third and fifth Fridays of each month, presented by the Southern Merry-Landers Square Dance Club. John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. $5.50; $4, members. 301-893-1974.

SQUARE DANCES -- 7 p.m. tomorrow. Regular club square dances presented by the Aqua Squares Dance Club. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $5 per person. 410-586-3587 or 301-373-2207.

BALLROOM AND SWING DANCE -- 7 p.m. beginners' lesson; 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church, with vocals provided by Ken Rothfield. Little Flower School, Route 5, Great Mills. $10. 301-645-8509.

In Concert

THE HOOPERS -- 7 p.m. today. The gospel music group performs a show sponsored by the Potomac Heights Christian Academy and Potomac Heights Baptist Church. Doors open 6 p.m. Henry E. Lackey High School auditorium, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd., Indian Head. $10. 301-743-5444.

TONYA JACKSON -- 5 p.m. Saturday. The gospel singer from Lusby sells copies of her latest release and performs a show that will be taped for an upcoming DVD. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. $15. 410-286-9292.

For Children

"THE GREAT FALL FIND" -- 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Kids ages 3-5 can take a tour through the woods to observe seasonal changes. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; $1, Battle Creek Nature Education Society members. 410-535-5327.

"TURTLES AND TERRAPINS" -- 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday. Ages 4-6 learn more about the Chesapeake Bay's hard-shelled dwellers as part of the Calvert Marine Museum's Young Salts program. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $8, members; $10, nonmembers. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41, or www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

"AROUND THE HOUSE" -- Saturday. A program presented by the St. Mary's County Museum Mobile to learn about some of the everyday household items found in early-20th-century homes. For ages 5 and older. Free. Registration required.

* 10 a.m. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 12:30 p.m. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

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

"CRITTER CORNER" -- 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday. A family program to learn more about snakes. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-5327.

CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK -- Parents and children make personalized books about the child's favorite things. Dress appropriately for painting. Free.

* 6:30 p.m. today. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 6:30 p.m. today. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

FALL PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES -- Free program at Charles County public libraries for ages 2-5.

* 10 and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Potomac Branch library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

* 10 and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. P.D. Brown Branch library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. 301-645-2864.

* 10 and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Closed on Thanksgiving. La Plata Branch library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

BABY STEPS STORY TIMES -- Free program at St. Mary's County public libraries for ages 2-12 months. www.stmalib.org.

* 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.

TODDLER STORYTIMES -- Free program at St. Mary's County public libraries. Music is used to encourage audience participation. Ages 1-21/2 years. 301-475-2846 or www.stmalib.org/kprog.html.

* 10 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 9:45and 10:30 a.m. Monday. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

* 10:30 a.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- Free program at St. Mary's County public libraries. www.stmalib.org.

* 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2211.

* 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2846.

* 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Closed on Thanksgiving. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

CUDDLE UP AND READ TO ME -- For children 2 and younger, to develop basic language skills. Adult must accompany child. Free. www.calvert.lib.md.us.

* 9:15-9:35 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862 or 410-535-0291.

* 9:30-9:50 a.m. Tuesday. Fairview Branch library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 9:15-9:35 a.m. Wednesday. Southern Branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 9:15-9:35 a.m. Wednesday. Twin Beaches Branch library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

2- TO 3-YEAR-OLD STORYTIME -- Designed to improve listening skills and group activity. Children will also make a craft. Free. www.calvert.lib.md.us.

* 9:45-10:15 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862 or 410-535-0291.

* 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fairview Branch library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 10-10:30 Tuesday, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Southern Branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Twin Beaches Branch library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

4- TO 5-YEAR-OLD STORY TIME -- Designed with emphasis on skills the child will need to attend school. All sessions held 1-1:45 p.m. Free. www.calvert.lib.md.us.

* Tuesday and Wednesday. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862 or 410-535-0291.

* Tuesday. Fairview Branch library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* Tuesday. Southern Branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* Wednesday. Twin Beaches Branch library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

FAMILY STORY TIME -- Free program offered by Calvert County public libraries to families with children 5 and younger. Children also make crafts and must be accompanied by an adult. 410-535-0291. www.calvert.lib.md.us.

* 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday. Fairview Branch library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862 or 410-535-0291.

* 10:45-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday. Southern Branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday. Twin Beaches Branch library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

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.

Exhibitions

"PASSAGES" -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Roughly 1,550 square feet of fabric was used to make painted panels festooned around the garden. They were completed by more than 500 community members and inspired by Christo's "The Gates," last year's installation in New York's Central Park. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640 or www.annmariegarden.org.

"SEQUENCES" -- 3:30-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Through Jan. 22. Works by Andrew Wodzianski. Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828.

"A CELEBRATION OF THE DIVINE FEMININE" -- Exhibits runs through Dec. 31. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Works by Lyn Striegel and Tammy Vitale that attempt to project the ineffable mystic quality in women. A free reception will be held noon-4 p.m. Saturday. ArtWorks@7th gallery, 9131 Bay Ave., North Beach. Free. 410-286-5278.

"THE HOLIDAY SHOW" -- Open tomorrow through Dec. 18. Gallery open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. An all-media show featuring work by Mattawoman Creek Art Center member artists, with demonstrations and activities. There is a opening reception 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-5159.

"MOONLIGHT ON MAIN STREET" -- Saturday through Dec. 16. Gallery open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. A holiday exhibition featuring pastel paintings by Roxanne Weidele, mirrors by Raven Tata, shrines by Julia Musengo, a collage by Bridget Hoff, tile mosaics by Parran Collery and more. Main Street Gallery, 486 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-3334.

Recreation

CRAZY CORN MAZE -- 11 a.m.-dusk Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 27. A corn maze, hayride, farm animals, picnic area and local produce. Weekdays by appointment. Forrest Hall Farm, 39136 Avie Lane, Mechanicsville. $6; free, children younger than 3. 301-884-3086 or www.forresthallfarm.com.

YOGA CLASSES -- 10-11 a.m. Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. The ongoing class, led by instructor Jonna Climie, teaches relaxation and strengthening techniques, as well as flexibility exercises, through yoga positions and practices. Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. $8 per session or $30 for four sessions. 888-332-4847.

Theater

"MAN OF LA MANCHA" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. The College of Southern Maryland's Theatre Company performs Dale Wasserman's adaptation of "Don Quixote." Fine Arts Center Theatre, College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $14; $12, students and seniors. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828. www.csmd.edu/finearts.

Literature

"THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME" -- 6 p.m. today. The discussion group shares thoughts on Mark Haddon's debut novel. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

Special Events

LIGHTHOUSE INN THANKSGIVING DINNER -- Noon-3 p.m. next Thursday. A free Thanksgiving buffet open to all in Calvert, St. Mary's and Charles counties, sponsored by Lighthouse Inn and Smile Inc. Lighthouse Inn, 14636 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. No reservations necessary unless for home delivery or pickup. 410-326-2444. www.lighthouse-inn.com.

VFW KARAOKE NIGHT -- 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. A benefit karaoke night with DJ Tiki Lee for the VFW and its charities. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1800, 4310 Indian Head Ave., Indian Head. Free. 301-743-5109.

WATERSIDE 2005 -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Featuring a concert by Robbin Thompson, who has worked with Bruce Springsteen and scored a musical based on the novel "The Red Badge of Courage." Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. $13, Calvert Marine Museum Society members; $15, the general admission. 410-326-2042, Ext. 16.

BABY-BACK RIBS DINNER -- 5-8 p.m. tomorrow. The menu includes ranch beans, coleslaw, fries, dinner rolls, coffee and tea. American Legion Post 82, 6330 Crain Hwy., La Plata. $10. 301-934-8221.

THANKSGIVING DAY CHARITY GOLF -- Next Thursday. 8 a.m., first wave for 18 holes. 11 a.m., second wave for nine holes. Greens and cart fees waived for patrons who donate nonperishable food and household items for charity. Cash donations will also be accepted. Donations will be given to the St. Mary's County Department of Recreation, Parks and Services' Community Services Division. Wicomico Shores Golf Course, 35794 Aviation Yacht Club Rd., Mechanicsville. Patrons are encouraged to reserve tee times. 301-884-4601 or 301-934-8191.

Plan Ahead

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER -- 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10; 3 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11. The story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in early-20th-century Chicago. $15, adults; $12, children and seniors. Port Tobacco Players Theater, 508 E. Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-6819. www.ptplayers.com.

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE AND ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING -- 5-9 p.m. Nov. 25. Holiday entertainment, caroling, sleigh rides, hayrides, petting zoo, a live Nativity, Santa's parade and lighting of the tree in the square. Washington Street, Leonardtown. 301-475-9791. Free. www.somd.com/leonardtown.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOPS -- Each child who registers to make a gingerbread house should bring a bag of candy for decorations. Free.

* 10-11 a.m. Dec. 3 for grades 1-4; 2-3 p.m. Dec. 10 for grades 5-7. Prince Frederick Branch library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862 or 410-535-0291.

* 10-11 a.m. Dec. 3 for grades 5-7; 10-11 a.m. Dec. 10 for grades 1-4. Fairview Branch library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 10-11 a.m. Dec. 3 for grades 5-7; 2-3 p.m. Dec. 3 for grades 1-4. Southern Branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 10-11 a.m. Dec. 10 for grades 5-7; 2-3 p.m. for grades 1-4. Twin Beaches Branch library, 3819 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

CALVERT COUNTY FESTIVAL OF TREES -- Nov. 25-27. Sponsored by the Friends of the Calvert Hospice. Shops will offer holiday gifts, art and unique crafts. There also is a festival dinner and auction Nov. 25 and a breakfast and lunch with Santa Claus on Nov. 26. Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Rd., Huntingtown. $4, adults; $2, seniors; $1, children 4-12; free, 3 and younger. Reservations required for the meals. 410-535-0273, 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

CHARLES COUNTY FESTIVAL OF TREES -- Nov. 25-28. Times and prices vary depending on events, which include memorial service, gala and auction, breakfast or lunch with Santa Claus, and a seniors luncheon. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 301-645-4546, 301-609-8733 or hospiceevents.org/gl/index.php?topic=Festival.

ST. MARY'S COUNTY FESTIVAL OF TREES -- 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 27. A holiday auction of decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. A chance to vote for best tree decorations. Bell Motor Company, 22675 Washington St., Leonardtown. $1 for adults; free, 12 and younger. 301-373-2511.

HEARTH AND HOME IN EARLY MARYLAND -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26. Demonstrations of the colonists' preparations for a long, harsh winter. Historic St. Mary's City, 18559 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. $7.50, adults; $6, seniors; $3.50, ages 6-12. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org.

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.

* Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. An overnight trip to the Patti Page Christmas Show in Greensburg, Pa. Includes transportation, show, lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners and driver gratuity. Price varies according to lodging arrangements.

VENDORS AND CRAFTERS WANTED -- Groups seeking crafts and vendors for fairs, flea markets, trade fairs and similar events:

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4. Holiday Craft Fair. Local crafters invited to take part in the fair sponsored by the Humane Society of Charles County. $35 to rent 6-foot by 6-foot space and $8 to rent 2-foot by 6-foot table. Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. To reserve, call 301-645-1063, Ext. 3, or visit www.humanesocietycc.org.

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10. Holiday Craft Bazaar. Crafters sought for annual event sponsored by the Northern Music Boosters. Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. $30 per space. For an application, call 410-257-1519. For more information, call 301-855-3985.

Elsewhere

In the Region

NATURE DETECTIVES -- 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Ages 7-11 search for clues on a trail about an animal's activities and record them in a journal. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3, adults; $2, seniors and kids under 18. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

LIQUID JAZZ -- 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A wine expo with a silent auction and a "Basics of Wine Tasting" class, set to live jazz. Sponsored by Calvert Healthcare Solutions. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $65. 410-535-5595.

-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON

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