Billy B will help the National Wildlife Refuge System celebrate its birthday Saturday at National Wildlife Visitor Center. (Willson Cummer )
THU 08

Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship College teams compete in 11 games over four days for the championship. Games 1-4 take place Thursday at noon, games 5-8 Friday at noon, games 9-10 Saturday at noon, and game 11 Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at noon, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-7900. $11 per day or $37 for all.

Next Wave Jazz Ensemble The Naval Academy’s big band boasts 17 members. 7:30 p.m. Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-464-1737. Free.

Joan Maloof The founder of the nonprofit Old-Growth Forest Network speaks as part of the VOICES Reading Series. Maloof is also an author and professor emeritus from Salisbury University. 8:15 p.m. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Daugherty-Palmer Commons, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-2000. Free.

FRI 09

“Raggedy Ann and Andy” College of Southern Maryland’s Children’s Theater performs a stage version of the popular children’s book. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7828. 301-934-7785. $7, students $5; reservations requested.

“Barefoot in the Park” Laurel Mill Playhouse presents Neil Simon’s comedy about a newlywed couple attempting to find common ground despite the fact that he is straight-laced and she is a free spirit. Opens Friday at 8p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m. Through March 31. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. $15; seniors, military and students $12.

“Pippin” Greenbelt Arts Center presents Stephen Schwartz’s musical about a prince in search of happiness. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturdays at 8 p.m. Through March 31. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770. $20, seniors and students $17.

Tony Martucci The jazz drummer, whose 25-year career has taken him all over the world, leads his quartet as part of the Montpelier Spring Jazz Series. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. $20.

SAT 10

Refuge System Birthday Bash Celebrate the 109th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the 100th birthday of artist Bob Hines with live animals, children’s activities and music by Billy B (the Natural Science Song and Dance Man) at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Author John Juriga will give a talk at 1 p.m. and sign copies of his book about Hines. For a fee, visitors can also ride the tram. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. 301-497-5887. Free; donations welcome.

Women of Sotterley A walking tour focuses on all the historic women’s roles at Sotterley, including the mistress of the house, the farm manager’s wife and the slaves. 1 and 3 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. $15; reservations required.

“The Lion in Winter” 2nd Star presents a romantic play about King Henry II. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. Closes Saturday. Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. 410-757-5700. 301-832-4819. $20, seniors and students $17.

Heartstring Quartet Some of the most sought-after players of Irish music make up this U.K.-based ensemble. Guitarist Arty McGlynn recorded with Christy Moore and was lead guitarist in the Van Morrison Band for several years. Fiddler Nollaig Casey toured with Riverdance. Her sister, harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh, has soloed on more than 20 film soundtracks and has worked and recorded with the likes of Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor, Elvis Costello and Andy Irvine. Flat-picking guitarist Chris Newman is a music producer, tutor and former member of Boys of the Lough. The quartet will teach master workshops in harp, fiddle and guitar from 2-4 p.m., then perform a concert organized by the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland at 7:30 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, auditorium, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 301-375-0534. Concert $25, workshop $40.

SUN 11

Traditional soup recipesStaff from the kitchen guild lead a cooking demonstration of traditional soups from the 19th century. Noon-3:30 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420. Free.

Larry Sparks The American Legion bluegrass series continues with a performance by the Lonesome Ramblers singer and guitarist and winner of the 2004 and 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Award. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Helping Hands Food Bank in Southern Maryland. Doors open at noon, show at 2 p.m. American Legion Post 238, routes 231 and 381, Hughesville. 301-737-3004. $15.

Jennifer Cooper The Southern Maryland native sings opera and pop, accompanied by pianist Michael K. Santana and guitarist and Carl Reichelt. 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Flagship Building, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 301-934-7828. Free.

Color and Light Society spring show and sale Members of the Southern Maryland painting group host a spring show and sale of paintings, sculpture, watercolors and more. Opens Sunday. Through March 25. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. $3, seniors and ages 5-11 $2, younger than 5 free.

MON 12

Theatrical music for solo percussion University of Maryland faculty member Lee Hinkle sings and acts while playing percussion. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. Free.

TUE 13

Stoop Storytelling This series of true personal stories told by regular people continues with five seven-minute stories centered on the theme of reinventions, reincarnations and major rewrites. A few audience members will also be chosen to share three-minute stories. 5:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. Free.

Purdue University’s Varsity Glee ClubThe repertoire of the 60-member men’s group includes contemporary hits, jazz, gospel, folk, barbershop, country and patriotic selections. The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society and local high school singers will join them in “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” for a finale with 180 voices. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society. 7 p.m. New Life Church, 9690 Shepherds Creek Pl., La Plata. 301-642-0594. $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

WED 14

Marc Gottlieb An afternoon tea features solos by the violinist who founded the Claremont Quartet, which toured Australia, New Zealand and the Near East. 2 p.m. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070. $15.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports