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.

WINTER CARNIVAL DINNER DANCE -- 7 p.m. Saturday. An evening of dancing to the music of Oasis Island Sound. The event, sponsored by the Black Leadership Council for Excellence, includes a dinner, silent auction, door prizes and a cash bar. Citrus Cafe, 7075 Indian Head Hwy., Bryans Road. $45. 301-392-1775.

In Concert

PATUXENT HIGH WINTER CONCERTS -- All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Patuxent High School auditorium, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. Free. 410-535-7806. The choir performs Tuesday, the orchestra Wednesday, and the symphonic band and wind ensemble Thursday.

CSM CHOIR AND CHAMBER SINGERS WINTER CONCERT -- 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The College of Southern Maryland's Concert and Chamber Choirs perform their winter concert, directed by professor John Maerhofer. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $5. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828.

CHRIST CHURCH CANDLELIGHT CONCERT -- 4 p.m. Sunday. A varied program featuring several members of Christ Church, including the Handbell Choir, baritone Michael Peerless, organist Angela Garvey, recorder player George Miller, flutist Carol Gordon, pianists Judy Dalton and Eileen Peerless, and the Christ Church Choir. Christ Church, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free, with donations accepted for honoraria for future guest performers. 301-392-1051.

For Children

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

WEATHER WATCHERS -- 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday. Ages 3-5 examine how wind, water and temperature combine, then go for a walk to observe the weather. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3, $1 for Battle Creek Nature Education Society members. 410-535-5327.

WINTER MYSTERY -- 10-10:30 a.m. Ages 2-3 learn what animals do to prepare for the cold winter, then listen to a story and draw pictures of their favorite hiding places. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3, $1 Battle Creek Nature Education Society members. 410-535-5327.

LONGEST NIGHT -- 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Ages 6-9 discover why many winter customs derive from the winter solstice. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. $3, $1 for Battle Creek Nature Education Society members. 410-535-5327.

SANTA'S HOTLINE -- 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The first 150 children to fill out and submit a registration form at any of the Charles County community centers will receive a phone call from Santa during this 21/2-hour period. Free. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5152.

NIGHTTIME STORY TIME -- 6:30 today. Families with preschoolers are invited to attend the monthly session, which includes stories, songs and games. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-884-2211.

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

* 7 today. Fairview Branch, 8210 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 7 Wednesday. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291.

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

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

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

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

In the Schools

SUPERINTENDENT'S ART GALLERY -- 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through March 2007. 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.


"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. For information about fees and other matters, call 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 for adults; $1.50 for children ages 6-18; free for children 5 and younger. 301-769-2222.

"A CELEBRATION OF THE DIVINE FEMININE" -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; exhibit runs through Dec. 31. Works by Lyn Striegel and Tammy Vitale. ArtWorks@7th gallery, 9131 Bay Ave., North Beach. Free. 410-286-5278.

"THE HOLIDAY SHOW" -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; exhibit runs through Dec. 18. 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.


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

YOGA CLASSES -- 10-11 a.m. Monday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. 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.

"JINGLE BELL RUN-WALK FOR ARTHRITIS" -- 8:30 a.m. Saturday. A 5K run or 2-mile walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Runners are invited to wear festive costumes and will be given small bells to tie to their shoes. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. $25. 301-994-3597.


"THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. The Port Tobacco Players will present 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. Port Tobacco Players Theatre, 508 Charles St. , La Plata. $15; children and seniors, $12. 301-932-6819 or

"INSPECTING CAROL" -- 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, next Thursday, and Dec. 16 and 17. 3:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 18. A comedy in which an actor auditioning for a role in a local production of "A Christmas Carol" is mistaken for an official from the National Endowment for the Arts. Three Notch Theatre, 21744 S. Coal Dr., Lexington Park. $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $8 for children 12 and younger. $2 discount off regular ticket prices next Thursday. 301-737-5447.


"CLAWS AND EFFECT" -- 6 p.m. Monday. The book group discusses this installment of Rita Mae Brown's "Mrs. Murphy" mystery series. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

"THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS" -- 7 p.m. next Thursday. A discussion about Kenneth Graham's novel, led by St. Mary's College of Maryland English professor Robin Bates. Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free.

"A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN" -- 2-3:30 p.m. next Thursday. The discussion group shares thoughts on Betty Smith's novel. Southern Branch library, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

"LET'S TALK ABOUT TONI MORRISON" -- 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. U.S. Naval Academy professor Mark McWilliams discusses Morrison's novel "Beloved." Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

WORKSHOP IN CREATIVE MEMOIR -- 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday. Elisavietta Ritchie helps aspiring writers turns snippets and snatches of life into nonfiction, short fiction and poetry. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Special Events

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today. A holiday luncheon with 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.

INDIAN HEAD TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT -- 4 p.m. doors open, 5 p.m. start. Saturday. Open to the first 160 players. Pay-outs are determined by the number of players participating. Must be 18 to play, 21 to purchase alcohol. Identification required. Indian Head Fire Department, 4095 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. $150 registration fee. To reserve, call 800-337-2217 and leave a message.

CHRISTMAS WALK -- 6-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The museum will feature Christmas music and an ornament-making program. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. Free. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA -- 8-11 a.m. Sunday. Santa brings special treats for children, and adults enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced applesauce, milk, juices and coffee. Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Auxiliary, 45245 Drayden Rd., Valley Lee. $6 for adults, $3 for ages 5-12, free for younger than 5. 301-994-1960.

BATTLE CREEK HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE -- 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. A family program to celebrate the holiday season, with a chance to make candles, cards and crafts while enjoying treats. Attendees should dress appropriately for weather conditions and bring a hairdryer if interested in making candles. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-5327.

ANTEBELLUM CHRISTMAS -- Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Holiday refreshments, period decorations and costumes. There will be a nature walk at 12:30 p.m. and music from the Handbell Choir of Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church of Waldorf at 2 p.m. Mount Aventine, Chapman State Park, 3925 Stony Point Pl., Indian Head. 301-753-6754.

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

* 2-3 p.m. Saturday 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 1-4. Fairview branch library, 8120 Southern Maryland Blvd., Owings. 410-257-2101.

* 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Saturday. Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. For information about grade levels these sessions are open to, call 410-257-2411.

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 displayed Dec. 19-29. Free. 410-586-1101.

GARDEN IN LIGHTS -- 6-9 p.m. daily. Open tomorrow through Jan. 2, weather-permitting. Closed Dec. 24. A driving course filled with light sculptures. Themed areas include zoo creatures, an elf 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 gains a season pass for unlimited visits. 410-326-4640.

Plan Ahead

" 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" -- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Theatre IV performs a musical adaptation of Clement Moore's holiday poem for young audiences. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. $10. 301-934-7828 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7828.

SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS ON THE SQUARE -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 17. The Christmastime couple descend on Leonardtown Square to meet with children of all ages. Washington St., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-9791.

WINE-TASTING BALLET FUNDRAISER AND REHEARSAL -- 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Presented by the Ballet Arts Academy. Guests are provided with wine from the Wine Shoppe and appetizers from Gustavo's Restaurant, and students conduct an open dress rehearsal of their holiday performance. Old Waldorf School Auditorium, 3074 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. $10 per person. The holiday performance is 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the same location and is free. 240-346-5780.

ANNUAL ELKS NATIONAL FREE-THROW CONTEST -- 9-9:45 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start. Jan. 7. A free-throw shooting contest sponsored by the Waldorf BPO Elks Lodge 2421 and the Charles County Department of Community Services. Awards will be given in three age groups: 8-9 years, 10-11 years and 12-13 years. Winners advance to district level competition. National champion's name is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Proof of age must be provided upon registration. Wade Community Center, 5000 Smallwood Dr., Waldorf. Free. 301-934-0105 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5105.


In the Region

SCRAPBOOK MAKING -- 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Families and children at least 4 years old take a short hike, enjoy snacks and create a scrapbook of memories. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and children younger than 18. 410-741-9330 or

-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON

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