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.

In Concert

ST. MARIES MUSICA -- The 22-member costumed group performs traditional Christmas madrigals and contemporary favorites.

* 7:30 p.m. Monday. Trinity Lutheran Church, 46707 Shangri La Dr., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-9512.

* 7 p.m. Wednesday. Historic St. Mary's City, State House, Rosecroft Road off Route 5, St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4960. www.stmaryscity.org.

LUCAS PARRY -- 7 p.m. Saturday. The Christian rock singer-songwriter performs selections from his recent album, "Made to Fly." The concert, with opening act F2W, is sponsored by South Potomac Church's Concert Ministry. South Potomac Church, 4915 Crain Hwy., White Plains. $10 per person, two free tickets for every 10 purchased. 301-753-4075 or 800-965-9324.

For Children

PANCAKES WITH SANTA -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. A morning of crafts, a breakfast and photo with Santa Claus. The event is sponsored by the Patuxent High School Band Boosters. Patuxent High School cafeteria, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. $5; $3.50, children younger than 12. 410-535-7806.

APOLLO SHOWTIME -- 6 p.m. tomorrow. A public viewing of the music videos submitted last month for this contest. The producer of the best video receives two tickets for a trip to New York on Dec. 17. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-586-1101.

WEATHER WATCHERS -- 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Ages 3-5 examine how wind, water and temperature combine. Then participants go for a walk to observe the weather outdoors. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; $1, Battle Creek Nature Education Society members. 410-535-5327.

"MOOSELTOE" -- 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. Children sing carols and make crafts that invoke themes from the book "Mooseltoe" by Margie Palatini. Snack will be available. Potomac branch library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. Free. 301-375-7375.

"THE BIG DECEMBER COLORING CONTEST" -- Ages 2-12 can pick up a coloring page to complete and return by Dec. 16 to the Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Coloring should be done by crayon only, with no help from parents. Free. 410-586-1101.

GINGERBREAD MAN DECORATIONS -- 10 a.m. tomorrow. Ages 2-6 can decorate gingerbread cookies. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $3. 410-586-1101.

"SOUP'S ON" -- Saturday. A monthly program for beginning readers and their families, with stories, songs, games and crafts related to soup. Free.

* 10 a.m., Potomac branch library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-375-7375.

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

* 3 p.m., La Plata branch library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

NIGHTTIME STORY TIME -- 6:30 p.m. today. A monthly nighttime story time with songs and games for families with preschoolers. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

HOLIDAY EVENING STORY TIME -- A family program at Calvert County libraries featuring stories and songs with a holiday theme. Free.

* 6:30 p.m. Monday. Southern branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 7 p.m. Thursday. Fairview branch, 8210 Soutern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

FALL PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- 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. La Plata branch library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

BABY STEPS STORY TIME -- 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 STORY TIME -- 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.

* 9:45 and 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. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

CUDDLE UP AND READ TO ME -- Calvert County libraries program 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 library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

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

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

2- TO 3-YEAR-OLD STORY TIME -- Calvert County libraries program 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

"SEQUENCES" -- 3:30-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 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.

CHRISTMAS DOLL AND TRAIN EXHIBIT -- Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, through Jan. 8. The museum is filled with antique and character dolls, and the exhibit is accompanied by holiday music. Outside, the museum's Little Red Schoolhouse is converted into an interactive train station. St. Clements Island-Potomac Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point. $3; $1.50, ages 6-18; free, 5 and under. 301-769-2222.

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

"MOONLIGHT ON MAIN STREET" -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 16. The holiday-themed exhibition will feature pastel paintings by Roxanne Weidele, mirrors by Raven Tata, shrines by Julia Musengo, a collage by Bridget Hoff and tile mosaics by Parran Collery. There will be an open house 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday with refreshments and crafts. Main Street Gallery, 486 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-3334.

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

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Holiday decorations and treats provided. A horsehair raku demonstration will be held 2 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Sarah Houde Pottery, 44035 Drum Cliff Rd., Hollywood. Free. 301-373-2297.

Recreation

CRAZY CORN MAZE -- 11 a.m.-dusk Saturdays and Sundays. 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

"AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The College of Southern Maryland Theater Company performs Carlo Menotti's one-act opera about the Magi's journey to Bethlehem. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center Theater, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $14, adults; $12, students and seniors. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828.

"THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER" -- 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 11. The Port Tobacco Players presents the story of a Michigan ship captain who braves deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in early 20th-century Chicago. Port Tobacco Players Theatre, 508 E. Charles St., La Plata. $15; $12, children and seniors. 301-932-6819 or www.ptplayers.com.

"THE NUTCRACKER" -- 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Southern Maryland symphony orchestra Cosmic joins Ballet Caliente and Ukraine's Donetsk Ballet to present the holiday classic. Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 301-373-5277. www.cosmicmusic.org.

Literature

CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE READING -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Local authors and poets read their works featured in the fall 2005 issue of the College of Southern Maryland's "Connections" literary magazine. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7766, 301-870-3008, Ext. 7766, or www.csmd.edu/connections.

BOOK DISCUSSION -- 7-8:30 pm. Monday. The group shares thoughts on "Son of the Mob" by Gordon Korman. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.

Special Events

KWANZAA MARKETPLACE -- 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Black Leadership Council for Excellence. An afternoon of holiday shopping, with community performers, gospel choirs, step squad, drum corps and marching band and food. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Rd., Waldorf. Free. 301-392-1775.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF HABERDEVENTURE -- 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Park staff in period costume lead tours of the home of Thomas Stone, with lanterns and luminaries lighting the trail from the visitor center to the house. Holiday musical selections will be performed by Good Shepherd United Methodist Church's Singing Hands bell choir. Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rose Hill Rd., Port Tobacco. Free. 301-392-1776.

PRINCE FREDERICK LIBRARY TEEN NIGHT -- 6:30-9 p.m. tomorrow. The library will provide materials for teens to make hemp bracelets, necklaces and wrapping paper. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

ST. CHARLES HOLIDAY PARADE -- 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A musical performance by Austin Cody, followed by a parade to benefit the Charles County Children's Aid Society's Christmas Connection program. Those attending the parade are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for needy children. The parade begins at 2 p.m. in front of the P.D. Brown Branch library, 50 Village St., Waldorf. Free. 301-645-1561.

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST WINTER FESTIVAL -- Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Crafts, bake shop, a ham and oyster dinner, white elephant sale and a variety of vendors. Carryout service available. Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church St., Prince Frederick. The dinner is $15 for adults, $8 for children younger than 12, free for children younger than 6. 410-535-1782.

CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIFE CEREMONY -- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. An illumination ceremony with holiday refreshments and festive music. Civista Medical Center, 701 E. Charles St., La Plata. $15 donation to the Civista Health Foundation for a light on the tree to commemorate an individual, business or a community organization. $100 for a special angel ornament that will appear ever year henceforth. The deadline for donations is Dec. 2. The ceremony is free to attend. 301-609-4132.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE MANSION -- 6-10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. A dramatic re-creation and exploration of the plantation's ties to the Victorian era, topped off with seasonal music, cookies and wassail. Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. $12. To reserve, call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.

MADRIGAL DINNER -- 6 p.m. Saturday. A performance by the VIP Chamber Singers of Friendship United Methodist Church, with a four-course dinner served. $25; $15, ages 6-12. 3 p.m. Sunday. A performance with desserts served. $10; $5, ages 6-12; free, 6 and younger. Friendship United Methodist Church, 22 W. Friendship Rd., Friendship. To reserve, call 410-867-0295.

SENIOR CITIZENS' CHRISTMAS PARTY -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday. A holiday luncheon, entertainment and door prizes. Attendees are asked to bring donations of canned goods. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free, but tickets are required. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TOUR -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Docent-led tours of the museum house, which will be decorated in Victorian furnishings, with a Civil War re-enactment on the grounds by uniformed soldiers. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Museum, 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Rd., Waldorf. $4; $1, children; free for members. 301-274-9358.

"OLDE TYME HOLIDAY GATHERING" -- 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday. A puppet show, a concert by the Lackey High School Chamber Choir, a hand-bell performance and a tree-lighting ceremony to coincide with Santa's arrival to visit with children. There will also be food and crafts for children. La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-8421.

WINTER'S EVE -- 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Seasonal decorations will be festooned around the farmhouse and the out-kitchen. Visitors can enjoy hot colonial cranberry tea, cookies and popcorn and participate in caroling by the fire. National Colonial Farm in Piscataway Park, Accokeek. Free. 301-283-2113.

STEAK NIGHT -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow. Held the first Friday of each month. Menu includes steak, shrimp, baked potato, vegetables, salad, coffee and tea. $10 for steak or shrimp, $15 for combination. American Legion Post 82, 6330 Crain Hwy., La Plata. 301-932-1399.

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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday for grades 5-7; 2-3 p.m. for grades 1-4. Southern branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. 410-326-5289.

* 10-11 a.m. Dec. 10 for grades 1-4; 2-3 p.m. for grades 5-7. Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411.

TRI-COUNTY BENEFIT CONCERT -- 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Newtowne Players host Joe and David Norris, Blonde Ambition, 10 oz. Buds, Billie Breslin, Dave Houghton, Catfish Joe, Richard Wagner, Lissie Deere, Dora Bankins-Bush and the College of Southern Maryland Guitar Club in a benefit show for the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau. Three Notch Theatre, 21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park. $10. 301-737-5447. www.newtowneplayers.com.

Plan Ahead

"A JAZZY HOLIDAY" -- 7 p.m. Dec. 9. The Prime Time Kids perform songs and jazz hits popular in the French Quarter of New Orleans to pay tribute to the hurricane-beleaguered children in the Gulf Coast region. There will also be an appearance by Frosty and Santa, with gifts for children. Those who attend are asked to bring a wrapped toy for children displaced by the hurricanes, with an attached note describing what the gift is and who it is for. Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. 301-855-2146 or 301-855-2221.

GIFT-WRAPPING CONTEST -- Contestants can drop off wrapped gifts at the Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby, by Dec. 13 for judging. The judging will be based on neatness, creativity and design. Entries will be on display Dec. 19-29. Free. 410-586-1101.

GARDEN IN LIGHTS -- 6-9 p.m. daily. Open Dec. 9 through Jan. 2, weather permitting. Closed Dec. 24. A driving course filled with light sculptures, with themed areas including zoo creatures, an elfin fantasy world, a mock-up Rockefeller Center, re-creations of famous paintings and an undersea landscape. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. $5 suggested donation per car nets a season pass for unlimited visits. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org.

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. 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.

Elsewhere

In the Region

BIRDING AT JUG BAY -- 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Ages 12 and older learn the skills of identifying birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3; $2, seniors and children under 18. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

MARYLAND CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERTS -- Holiday music, featuring Conrad Susa's "Christmas Garland" and more. $15 for adults in advance, $18 for adults at the door, $10 for students and seniors in advance, $12 for students and seniors at the door, $35 for a family with two adults and one or more children in advance, $40 at the door. 301-961-7131.

* 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Corkran Memorial United Methodist Church, 5200 Temple Hills Rd., Temple Hills.

* 4 p.m. Sunday. North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda.

-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON

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