Talk on Election AnalysisLarry Sabato, a University of Virginia political science professor and analyst, will discuss his "crystal ball" method of election analysis during a March 7 appearance at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Cole Cinema at the Campus Center. The talk, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, a joint project of the college and Historic St. Mary's City, is free to the public.

Sabato, who is the center's 2006-07 visiting scholar, will also be working with students in an American politics class during the week.

"Larry Sabato's visit to St. Mary's College is a unique opportunity for our students and the community to interact with one of the nation's most prominent political scientists and commentators," Zach Messitte, assistant professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, said in a statement. "With the wide open 2008 presidential campaign already upon us, Sabato's visit couldn't be more timely."

Sabato's latest book, to be released in April, is "The Sixth Year Itch: The Rise and Fall of the George W. Bush Presidency." The book examines issues and actions of the 2006 midterm elections and previews the 2008 presidential race. "Sabato's Crystal Ball" is Sabato's election analysis Web site (

Calvert Hospice ConcertsThe Chesapeake Community Chorus of Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, North Beach Union Church, Olivet United Methodist Church and Bayside Baptist Church, along with singing friends from the community, will present a series of concerts of sacred music to help build the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House.

All five concerts will start at 5 p.m. on the following dates:

· March 25 -- Lower Marlboro Worship Center, Lower Marlboro.

· April 22 -- Olivet United Methodist Church, Lusby.

· May 6 -- North Beach Union Church, North Beach.

· May 20 -- Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, Owings.

· June 10 -- Bayside Baptist Church, Chesapeake Beach.

The theme of the concerts is "A Sunday Homecoming." There will be a free-will offering at each concert, with all proceeds donated to Calvert Hospice for the hospice house.

Calvert Hospice is a nonprofit agency devoted to the care and support of terminally ill patients and their families and those grieving the loss of a loved one. The Burnett-Calvert Hospice House will be available to Calvert County residents with a terminal illness for whom care at home is not an option. Access to Hospice House will be available regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

For more information about Calvert Hospice, contact 410-535-0892 or visit

School Crafts, Yard SaleGeorge Washington Carver Elementary School's PTA will have a crafts and yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the school, 46155 Carver School Blvd. (behind McKay's Grocery Store on Great Mills Road). Items for sale will include new products from Avon, Home Interior and Gifts, Warm Spirit, Longaberger and others. The event will also include a raffle for theme baskets created by school staff members.

For more information about the event or a table rental, call 240-538-5884 or e-mail Proceeds from the sale will benefit family events at the school.

Leonardtown 'One Acts'Leonardtown High School will present "Night of One Acts" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the school, 23995 Point Lookout Rd.

The one-act plays are directed by students. They include "The Fruitcake," directed by Billy Perrotta; "Valentines and Killer Chili," directed by Rachel Mehaffey; "Sure Thing," directed by Cassie Bell; and "Clarity," directed by Jessica Rodriguez.

Admission is $2 for members of Thespians, $3 for students and $4 for adults. The program is appropriate for people 13 and older.

Also, Leonardtown students will perform "Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy" April 19-21 in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $2 for Thespians, $4 for students, $5 for adults and free for children 4 and younger.

For more information on either event, contact Leonardtown High School's main office at 301-475-0200.

Oakville PTA Basket BingoOakville Elementary School's PTA will present basket bingo March 18 at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. Doors open at 1 p.m., with games starting at 2. Admission is $20 per person; $5 for a second set of cards. The event will include specials, a raffle, door prizes and refreshments.

Money raised will be used to support integrated arts and environmental programs and other PTA-sponsored events at Oakville Elementary. For more information, call 301-373-4365.

Red Cross Lifeguard ClassesThe Charles County Community Services Department is offering the revised American Red Cross lifeguard course in coming weeks at two locations.

Students who complete the course receive Red Cross certification. The program is open to people 15 and older. The class fee is $165.

At the indoor pool at Lackey High School, the class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5 through 15, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10.

The course will be offered twice at the North Point High School pool. The first session will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 16-26, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21. The second session will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19-20 and from 4 to 9 p.m. May 21.

To register or for more information, call 301-934-7475 or 301-743-2470.

Panel on Pax River GrowthThe Maryland Economic Development Association's spring conference is scheduled for April 11 at the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center in Lexington Park. Newly appointed state Business and Economic Development Secretary David W. Edgerley and Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari will speak.

Panelists will discuss how Southern Maryland dealt with the influx of jobs and businesses beginning in 1995 when the Patuxent River Naval Air Station expanded.

There will be a question-and-answer session and a tour of the Leonardtown Wharf development project. Registration is available at

Chesapeake Bay LecturesThis year marks the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith's founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.

It also marks the beginning of a series of voyages, from 1607 to 1609, that Smith took around the Chesapeake Bay. To commemorate those voyages, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and the Calvert Marine Museum have organized a series of lectures.

The schedule and location for each:

· 7 p.m. March 23 -- "John Smith's Chesapeake: State of the Bay in 1608," presented by Kent Mountford at Sotterley Plantation.

· 7 p.m. April 11 -- "To Have Their Hatchets and Commodities by Trade: How Indians Inspired the Upper Chesapeake Fur Trade," presented by J. Frederick Fausz at King's Landing Park.

· 7 p.m. May 17 -- "Algonquian, Iroquoian and English Language Speakers of the Chesapeake Bay Drainage through the Time Machine of Archaeology," presented by Wayne E. Clark at Greenwell State Park.

· 7 p.m. June 21 -- "What's for Captain Smith's Dinner? A 400-Year Comparison of the Plants and Animals of the Chesapeake Bay," presented by Walter Boynton at Flag Ponds Nature Park.

· 7 p.m. July 7 -- "A Collision Of Worlds: The Indians and the English as They Were in 1607," presented by Helen Rountree at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.

· 7 p.m. Aug. 22 -- "Beginning in 1608: Epic Encounters and Dramatic Changes around Chesapeake Bay," presented by Henry M. Miller at UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

· 7 p.m. Sept. 11 -- "What's Happening to Our Beloved Chesapeake: A Geographer's Perspective," presented by Professor Daniel McDermott and sponsored by the American Chestnut Land Trust, at the Prince Frederick Library.

· 2 p.m. Oct. 13 -- "The Strange Adventures of Anas Todkill," presented by Willie Balderson at Historic St. Mary's City.

· 7 p.m. Nov. 15 -- "The Voyage of the John Smith Shallop: 2007," presented by Drew McMullen at the Calvert Marine Museum.

For more information, visit