THU 22

“A Girl Named Destiny” Venus Theatre presents Rand Higbee’s romantic play about love at first sight. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through April 14. Venus Theatre, 21 C St., Laurel. 202-236-4078. $20.

“The Laramie Project” College of Southern Maryland’s Cause Theatre presents Moises Kaufman’s drama about the brutal beating of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Auditorium, Building A, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-934-7828. $5.

FRI 23

Science Myth Busters A series of scientific demonstrations will be conducted to prove or disprove commonly held beliefs. Find out whether dropped food is safe to eat if picked up within five seconds; a penny dropped from a tall building can kill a pedestrian; or a human body would explode in the vacuum of space. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Rd., Lanham. 301-918-8750. Free.

Diving Board: New Plays by Local Playwrights College Park Arts Exchange sponsors a reading of three plays: “Morbid Poetry,” Christin Siems’s dark comedy about the lighter side of death and hate (Friday at 7:30 p.m.); “Shock Trauma,” Evan Crump’s story about the aftermath of a car accident (Saturday at 5 p.m.); and “Falwell,” Bob Bartlett’s story about a gay suburban man with a dead dog, a soft spot for televangelists, and a cute straight neighbor (Saturday at 7:30 p.m.). Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd., College Park. 301-927-3013. Pay what you can.

“Harvey” The Port Tobacco Players stage Mary Chase’s comedy about a man and his best friend, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through April 7. Port Tobacco Players, 508 Charles St., La Plata. 301-932-6819. $17; seniors, military and students $14.

Dick Morgan The Washington jazz keyboardist returns to Montpelier with his combo. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. $20.

Jazz festival High school jazz bands perform, as well as Randy Runyon’s Animal Zoo (both nights) and guest Grammy- and Emmy-nominated trombonist Greg Adams, who has played with the Eurythmics, Linda Rondstadt, the Rolling Stones and many others (Saturday only). Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828. $5 in advance, $7 day of concert.

SAT 24

Fishing fair The Maryland Saltwater Sportfisherman’s Association’s 19th annual fair features more than 80 vendors selling tackle, boats and related gear. Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, 14485 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-6657. $3, age 12 and younger free.

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Bike Ride The third annual ride takes a 26-mile route along the Indian Head Rail Trail. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Charles County and Spring Dell Center. 9 a.m. Indian Head Village Green, Walter Thomas Rd., Indian Head. 301-609-4844. $25 each, family of two $40, family of three $50, larger families $15 per person.

Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale Nationally known artists depict wildlife in photography, sculpture and other media. Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. 301-497-5789. 301-497-5887. northeast/patuxent/vcdefault.html. Free.

Bowie Baysox Family FunFest Game tickets go on sale at this 13th annual event featuring rides, carnival games, inflatables, music, a scavenger hunt, a rock wall, face painting and photos with mascots. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-653-6139. Free.

Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City The state’s 378th anniversary is celebrated with a flag ceremony, singing, speeches and fourth-graders parading colors from the Maryland jurisdictions. 1 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. 240-895-4990. 800-762-1634. Free.

Rock ’N’ Roll for Rescues The Fabulous Hubcaps play classic oldies at the third annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Calvert County with raffles, dancing and a silent auction. 7:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Select, Solomons Conference Business Center, 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons. 410-286-2679. $40.

Tehreema Mitha Dance Company The Maryland-based group specializes in classical Bharatanatyam and contemporary dances, complete with colorful outfits and specialized music. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. 301-699-1819. $20, seniors and students $15, youth $10.

“Rivers and Memories” Lillian Burwell and E.J. Montgomery have been on the arts scene for decades. Burwell incorporates a 3-D element to her Georgia O’Keeffe-esque paintings, while Montgomery works in abstract prints, sculpture and photography. Closes Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. Free.

SUN 25

Concerts at Historic St. Mary’s City Wood’s Tea Company plays traditional and original music at 2 p.m. ($15), and Ping, a choir from St. Mary’s College, sings songs from the 17th century and other eras at 5 p.m. (free). Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. 240-895-4990. 800-762-1634.

Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis shares the story of Squeak the otter. 2 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2750. Free with admission: $7, seniors $6, ages 5-12 $2, age 4 and younger free.

Harlem Ambassadors The show basketball team plays against the Charles County Sheriff’s Office “Enforcers.” Proceeds benefit the Center for Children. 4 p.m. Calvary Gospel Church, 11150 Berry Rd., Waldorf. 301-609-9887. $15 in advance, $20 day of game.

Color & Light Society spring show and sale Members of the Southern Maryland painting group sell paintings, sculpture, watercolors and more. Closes Sunday. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. $3, seniors and ages 5-11 $2, younger than 5 free.

MON 26

Laurel Art Guild Open Juried Exhibition The 33rd annual art show includes pieces by artists from Maryland, the District and Virginia. Through April 1. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. arts. Free.

TUE 27

Steve Haug The Cheverly minstrel sings ballads, sea chanties and drinking songs. 7 p.m. New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642. www.newdealcafe. com. Free.

WED 28

Kathleen Trahan The University of Maryland flute instructor performs at an afternoon tea. 2 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. $15.

Sahomi Naka Montpelier Arts Center’s resident printmaker takes a new approach to traditional printmaking. Closes Wednesday. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports