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Wednesday, April 11

A volunteer meeting for The Crib will be held April 11. The Crib, a St. Mary’s County nonprofit organization providing case management and support services for single parents in critical situations (such as homelessness, unemployment, lack of education, and lack of family support), is looking for volunteers to help with mentorship, planning monthly events for clients and fundraising. For more information, visit or contact Anna Gardiner at or 443-454-7158.

The Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland will meet April 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, Building C, Room 216. William Journigan will present basic Lean Six Sigma methodologies. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in human resources issues. Cost is $16 for members and $21 for nonmembers, which includes a breakfast buffet. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Deadline for registering is noon on April 11. To register, go to Once registered, payment is required if a cancellation is made after the deadline date.

The St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ Ethics Panel will meet April 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the board of education meeting room at 23160 Moakley St. in Leonardtown. For more, call 301-475-5511, ext. 172.

A benefit for Project HOMES, an effort at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown campus to send items that remind them of home to service members overseas, will be held at Applebee’s restaurant in California on April 11. Fifteen percent of participating customers’ bill will be donated to the effort. A flier is needed to participate. To get a flier, email

Homeschool day will be observed by the Calvert Marine Museum on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. There will be ongoing programs throughout the day, along with scheduled workshops, for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. No preregistration required; sign up on arrival. Contact the museum for more information.

A workshop on aquaculture will be hosted by the University of Maryland Extension and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission for those engaged in or interested in aquaculture on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SMECO auditorium in Hughesville. Topics for the workshop include lease availability, ground management, harvest regulations; information on the Remote Setting Training Program with results of 2011 plans; plus rules and scheduling for 2012 finance programs; marketing and more. Workshop fee of $10 includes lunch. RSVP was requested by April 4 for lunch. To register, contact Cia Morey at or call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

A full-day workshop designed to meet the needs of the region’s oyster aquaculture producers will be held April 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SMECO Auditorium in Hughesville. Those engaged or interested in oyster aquaculture are encouraged to attend. Morning workshop topics include considerations for choosing shellfish leases, site selection, and application procedure; finding shell resources, alternative cultch opportunities, regulations, marking and tagging. Afternoon sessions will cover the remote setting training program with first- hand grower's experiences and tips from the field-training crew; finance programs and business plans for growers will be discussed, including application information, lease management tips, and scheduling setting systems. Workshop fee of $10 includes lunch; RSVP was requested April 9 for lunch. To register, contact Cia Morey or call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CCIS located at St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital partners with the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society to offer this free program for cancer patients that is designed to help female patients improve their appearance and self-image by learning beauty techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Call Cathy Fenwick at 240-434-7241 to register.

The Chesapeake Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Wildewood Retirement Center. Call Margaret Sames at 240-434-5276. See Visitors welcome.

A free financial seminar will be offered at Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer Church in Clements on Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at least until May. For more information, call 301-769-2966, ext. 3.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 327 Leonardtown, meets Wednesdays in the Garvey senior center in Leonardtown. Weigh-in starts at 6:15 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Fran at 301-994-0529 or Tammy at 301-373-5855.

The Double Trouble co-occurring support group, a 12-step program for people dealing with two diagnoses, often addiction and mental illness, meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at On Our Own of St. Mary’s in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.

Bible study is held 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 21030 Point Lookout Road, Unit 1, in Callaway. Call 301-475-5025.

The Great Mills Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Holy Face Catholic Church. Call Carol Coombs at 301-862-1339.

The Ridge Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Wednesdays at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge. Weigh-in is from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047.

A beginner Irish set dance class is held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 301-475-3542 or email

SMARTCO, Southern Maryland Applied Research and Technology Consortium, meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the SMARTCO office in the Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Volunteers who work 50 hours receive a free personal computer. Call 301-737-0394 or visit

A club for breastfeeding moms is held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Health Connections in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-6505.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in California.

A women-only Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the United Methodist Church on Great Mills Road.

A women’s step study Alcoholics Anonymous group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.

Thursday, April 12

The Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board will hold its quarterly meeting April 12 at 7 p.m. at the board’s office at 26737 Radio Station Way, Suite D, in Leonardtown. The RC&D is a nonprofit organization that carries out community development and conservation projects in Southern Maryland. If interested in attending, call 301-475-8427, ext. 6.

A Lyme disease discussion and support group’s quarterly program continues with a presentation on “Holistic and Herbals” on April 12 at 1 p.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. Holly Dunbar, licensed massage therapist and herbalist, will discuss how essential oils, herbs and supplements can help ease the symptoms of Lyme disease. There will be testers of essential oil-based products. Brief seated massage sessions available to this group afterward. Advance sign-up is required. Contact the center at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

The board of appeals meeting scheduled for April 12 at 6:30 p.m. has been canceled. The next meeting will be held April 26.

NAMI Southern Maryland invites the public to “Night Out with NAMI: The impact of mental illness on families,” a free community event on April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wade Community Center in Waldorf. The film “Invisible to the World” will be shown, followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served and participants are asked to call its office to make reservations at 301-737-1988.

A NAMI family support group for loved ones of persons with mental illness meets the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Alternatives for Youth and Families in Charlotte Hall. Call 301-737-1988 or see

Zumba fitness classes are offered at the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $7 per class or $25 for five classes. Proceeds benefit the rescue squad. Proceeds benefit the rescue squad. For more, call Olivia Lenahan at 301-757-2336.

The Southern Maryland Sound Tri-County Barbershop Chorus rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland in Building B, Room 214. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-373-2781.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall in Mechanicsville. People who have had weight-loss surgery are also welcome. Weigh-in is from 5:45 to 6:25 p.m., followed by a meeting from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Call Barbara Alton at 301-884-6185.

The Wildewood Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Wildewood Community Center, No. 1. Call Mary Clark at 301-373-5832.

The Leonardtown Rotary Club meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the dining room at St. Mary’s Hospital. Visit

A free bowl of homemade soup to warm the body and a scripture of the week bookmark to feed the soul is given Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Charlotte Hall. All are welcome. For more information visit or call 301-884-7320.

Al-anon meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Andrew’s Church in California.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at King/Queen Hall in Chaptico.

Narcotics Anonymous meets 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.

Friday, April 13

Jane Harman, who previously served in Congress representing California’s 36th District and is now the director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will speak at a program, cosponsored by The Patuxent Partnership and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Study of Democracy program, on April 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall at the college. The public is invited; there is no cost to attend. Advance registration to ensure seating is recommended at

Historic St. Mary’s City staff will offer free, illustrated lectures to the public on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the HSMC Visitor Center auditorium, at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in St. Mary’s City. “From the Trenches to the Shelves Archaeology at Historic St. Mary’s City” will be presented, with Chief Archaeologist Timothy B. Riordan reviewing findings from last year’s excavations at the Calvert House. Ruth M. Mitchell, HSMC special projects archaeologist, will provide an update on archaeology around Anne Arundel Hall on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus. Curator of Collections and Laboratory Director Silas D. Hurry will discuss the challenges and the opportunities encountered in planning for new labs and storage spaces in the Anne Arundel Hall replacement. For more, see or call 240-895-4990.

Beth Israel Synagogue services will be held April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday, participants are invited to join the rabbi for a special service followed at 12:15 p.m. by a Lunch ‘n’ Learn session, featuring a pot luck lunch.

Bunco is played the second Friday of each month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at VFW Post 2632 in California. Open to the public; must be over 21 to attend. To register, email

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step program, meets Fridays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Encounter Christian Center in Charlotte Hall. Child ministry is available at the same time for ages 5 to 12. Call Marc at 301-806-6272 or Judy at 301-535-5321.

Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays at 7:07 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.

Saturday, April 14

Christian Fellowship of St. Mary’s County presents its spring concert April 14 at 5 p.m. at Park Hall True Holiness Church, located at 47690 Park Hall Road. Musical guests will include the St. Mark/St. Luke UAME Choir, Ebenezer AME Choir and feature “The Chosen Sons of Lusby.” For more information, call William Gunn at 301-475-1613. Dinners will be sold following the concert.

A yard sale will be held by Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland on April 14 beginning at 8 a.m. at 42855 Lytle Lane in Leonardtown. For more information, call 301-475-7022. Rain date is April 15.

A vegetable, plant and herb sale will be held by Chesapeake Public Charter School on April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the school, located on Great Mills Road. All plants were grown from seed at the school by students to help raise money for a greenhouse to supply the school’s salad bar year round. Plants will be $3 and include several varieties of tomatoes and peppers, basil, dill, cantaloupe, watermelon, squash, cucumbers and more.

Richard Olsen, research geneticist at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., will give a talk about the urban forest April 4 from 4:40 to 6:00 p.m. in room 106 in Schaefer Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The talk is part of the Natural Science and Math Colloquium series and is co-sponsored by the St. Mary’s Arboretum Association as part of its Arbor Day activities. An edible tree and bush planting led by Superintendent of Grounds Kevin Mercer and his team at the college will follow the talk. The planting, co-sponsored with the St. Mary’s Arboretum Association by the student group, EcoHouse, will demonstrate proper installation techniques and tips for success. It will take place at 6 p.m. in the greenspace adjacent to Daugherty-Palmer Commons. Olsen’s talk and the planting afterward are both free and open to the public.

The Fourth Annual St. Mary’s River Cleanup will be hosted by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at the Great Mills Canoe/Kayak Launch, off Route 5, at 9 a.m. where volunteers will paddle the St. Mary's River Water Trail to Adkins Road. Participants are asked to bring their own canoe or kayak, life vest and paddling gear. For more information and to RSVP, email or call 301-862-3517. See

A spring vendor fair will be held April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the common area in the Dahlia Park neighborhood of Wildewood, featuring a Tastefully Simple consultant who will donate all profits from cash and carry items at the table to the St. John’s Young Families Activities Ministry at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood. Other vendors like lia sophia, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Barefoot Books and more will also participate in the event.

Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood will host the final presentation of its 2nd Saturday Series tours, titled “From the Ground Up,” on April 14 at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Presented by Sotterley’s restoration manager, this tour will reveal how the 1703 Plantation House structure was built and what the various spaces indicate about the home’s more then 300-year history. Advance reservations only. Cost is $15 per person. Limited to 12 people per session and ages 13 and older. Walking required. Purchase tickets online at

A contra dance will be sponsored by Southern MD Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Elgin Perry, on April 14 at the Christ Episcopal Church parish hall, located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m.; dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for members. Wear comfortable clothes. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information, go to

Discovering Archaeology Day will be held by Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free; all ages are welcome. The day will consist of tours of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at 1 and 3 p.m., visits to the current excavations of a 18th-century plantation and both JPPM’s FAQ Archaeology and War of 1812 exhibits available throughout the day. There will also be displays, games and activities. Scouts will have the opportunity to complete requirements towards archaeology badges, and the Indian Village will be offering demonstrations and activities. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit

Bingo is hosted by Mother Catherine Spalding School in Helen every Saturday at the school. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., early-bird bingo will start 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m. For more information, call 301-884-3165.

Animal Adoption Days are held by the Animal Relief Fund from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Well Pet Clinic in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park. Call 301-866-0303.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Leonardtown.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Leonardtown.