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Friday, July 27The Davidsonville Dance Club will hold lessons for Tango Basic II at 7 p.m. and for Jive Basic I, international style, at 8 p.m. beginning Friday, July 27, and running for eight weeks. Lessons are taught by a professional instructor. No partner is required. Cost is $60, plus a $10 membership fee for the year 2012. For more information, call 410-257-0631.
Southern Maryland Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Charlotte Hall Library meeting room. All are welcome. For more information, call Theresia at 301-861-7004, or email email@example.com.
Our Father’s House Assembly of God is giving away free good-quality, previously owned clothing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 27, just east of Route 235 on Route 4 in California.
Saturday, July 28
The American Chestnut Land Trust will hold a lesson in beekeeping and composting, presented by Ann Brown and Jim McVey, Saturday, July 28. Beekeeping will run from 11 a.m. to noon and composting will be from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call 410-414-3400, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RE/MAX One and Bayside Auto Group will host the first annual Summer Festival at Auto Drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. The festival will be located across the street from Bayside Auto Group at 110 Auto Dr., Prince Frederick. Admission is free. Featured attractions will include the full-size RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon (weather permitting), Fantasy World Entertainment Game Patrol and Rainforest Slide, Calvert County Sheriff’s Mobile Unit, music by DJ Dave, sweet treats by Smoothie King, face painting, food and much more. Proceeds and donations will benefit the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation.
There will be a farmer’s market from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Prince Frederick. For more information, call 410-535-4583, or go to calvertag.com.
Movies on Main Street presents “Toy Story 3,” under the stars on a lot across from the County Courthouse in Prince Frederick at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Live music by Rockfish begins at 8 p.m. Burgers, dogs, soda, water and candy are provided. Just bring a lawn chair or blankets. All are welcome to this free event.
An interactive performance, “Meet Frederick Douglass,” will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. For more information, call 410-535-0291.
Join Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center for “Creative Writing in the Garden” 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. Set amid the beautifully blooming garden and artfully arranged galleries, this four-class series meets every two weeks and is designed for creative writers of all levels. Genres may include poetry, fiction, drama and creative non-fiction. Students will be guided through the writing process using exercises and readings that emphasize dynamic and meaningful expression. Students will have the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback from the rest of the class if desired. This event is great for teens or adults. Cost for members is $85; non-members are $90.
The Friends of Myrtle Point Park will host a free Public Star Party at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Myrtle Point Park, 24050 Patuxent Blvd., California. Observe the moon, planets and stars, weather permitting, through a variety of astronomical equipment provided by the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society. People of all ages are welcome. For more information, go to www.myrtlepoint.org, or call 301-743-7003.
Our Father’s House Assembly of God is giving away free good-quality, previously owned clothing from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, just east of Route 235 on Route 4 in California.
Sunday, July 29Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake-Southern Maryland will throw a pool party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center and Marina in Solomons. This cookout and pool party is being held for the youth, volunteer mentors and their families by Jeff Shepherd of the Holiday Inn at no cost to the agency or participants.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will hold a comprehensive drawing series designed especially for beginners. The next class is 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Concentrating on drawing in pencil, learn to draw with a variety of tools, techniques and styles. Learn about proportion, shading, composition and lighting while creating a still life, landscape, portraits and more. Member cost for this four-part series is $70; non-member cost is $80. A materials list is provided at registration.
Learn about the Chesapeake Bay from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at Calvert Cliffs State Park, 9500 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby. The Calvert Cliffs are home to fossils of the Miocene era, nearly 15 million years ago. Shark teeth, sting ray plates, scallop shells and many other fossils can be found here. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. Learn about the natural history of the bay, along with its cultural and economic importance. Meet at the beach and be aware that there is a 1.8-mile, or about 45-minute, scenic hike to the beach. Plan accordingly; comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat or sunglasses are suggested. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Take Route 2/4 south about 14 miles south of Prince Frederick. Exit onto H.G. Trueman Road. For more information, contact Karen Jarboe at 301-888-1377 or email@example.com, or go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/calvertcliffs.asp.
Monday, July 30A summer camp, Native Skills, session 2, will be offered for rising fifth through eighth graders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 30, through Friday, Aug. 3, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Come build shelters, make fire with a bow and drill and find out about the tools native people made and used. Students will explore the forest and marsh, play games about stalking and tracking and challenge themselves to learn how American Indians lived with the land. Campers who did not attend the first session still may attend the second. Fee is $135, and advanced registration is required.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will host “Di Dabble Doodle,” a crash course in art history for students entering grades fourth through sixth, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Monday, July 30, and running through Aug. 3. Study the masters and create masterpieces inspired by their techniques and styles. Draw, paint, print and collage unique works while developing skills and learning tips and tricks to take art to the next level. The cost for this weeklong camp is $150 for members, $160 for non-members.
The College of Southern Maryland “Night at the Ballpark” will begin at 7:05 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Dr., Waldorf. Enjoy a grand slam of an evening as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take on the Long Island Ducks. College staff will be available to answer questions on degree programs, community education and workforce development non-credit programs, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, STEM, athletics and student life. Gates open at 6 p.m. To purchase game tickets, go to www.somdbluecrabs.com/fundraising_partners.cfm and scroll down to the CSM logo, click “Buy tickets” and enter the code “CSMNight.” A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the CSM Foundation.
Monday Memories, a free guided tour of Point Farm, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. All are welcome to enjoy the memories of Calvert County, the Patterson family, JPPM or those who once worked on the land that is now JPPM. The public is welcome to share stories, or visitors may also simply enjoy the tour and listen to the memories of others. Point Farm was the country retreat of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. In 1983, Mrs. Patterson donated the property to the state in honor of her late husband, creating the museum. Tours are for anyone age 10 or older. Call 410-586-8501, or go to www.jefpat.org, for more information.
Tuesday, July 31There will be a farmer’s market from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Calvert Memorial Hospital, 130 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick. For more information, call 410-535-4583, or go to calvertag.com.
Thursday, Aug. 2Capt. Gregory Bartles, lieutenant commander and Department of Natural Resources historian, will give a free talk on the Oyster Wars and cannon currently on display in the lobby of the Calvert Marine Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the museum auditorium.
The College of Southern Maryland’s Twilight Performance Series: Solid Brass will start at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Prince Frederick campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Under the direction of Randy Runyon, Solid Brass, comprised of members of the community, professional musicians and high school and college students, has been entertaining the Southern Maryland community for years and will close out the 2012 season of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or blanket. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. For more information, call 301-934-7828, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, ext. 7828, or go to www.csmd.edu/Arts.
There will be a farmer’s market from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Solomons Riverwalk, north of the Solomons Pavilion. For more information, call 410-535-4583, or go to calvertag.com.
Enjoy a free behind the scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. The guided tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with conservators and collections. Call 410-586-8501, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. Reservations are not required.
Friday, Aug. 3The First Free Friday at the Calvert Marine Museum will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Navy Cruisers will perform on the outdoor stage starting at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper. Docents will be in every gallery talking about the exhibits. Visit Drum Point Lighthouse and enjoy 30-minute boat rides on the Wm. B. Tennison sponsored by M&T Bank.
Calvert Memorial Hospital and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in classrooms 1 and 2, which are located in the KeepWell Center in the basement of the hospital. There is a critical need for blood. Anyone who wishes to make a lifesaving donation may call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, ext. 8233.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center’s artLAB workshop “Junk Drawer Art” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 3. This is a three-class series. Make art and declutter by bringing junk drawer contents that can be sorted through and laid out in an intricate pattern attached to a wooden canvas. The finished product will be a cohesive, interesting piece of artwork for home. Cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members.
A Moonlight Cruise on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Miss Chesapeake Beach will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Rod’N’Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. Contact the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall to sign up. Call 410-257-2230, or go to www.chesapeake-beach.md.us.
World War II USO Remembrance Night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Solomons Riverwalk Pavilion. This musical history event salutes those who trained at the Solomons base during WWII. The first invasion in the Pacific was ironically in the Pacific Ocean’s Solomon Islands on Aug. 7, 1942. For more information, call 301-778-3848, or go to www.circleofangels.org.
The North Beach Friday Night Farmer’s Market and Classic Car Cruise-In will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. For more information, call 410-257-9618, or go to northbeachmd.org.
There will be a First Friday Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. The MAC Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. The guided tour allows visitors to get up close and personal with conservators and collections. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 410-586-8562, or go to www.jefpat.org.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland will present the 39th annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4. Qualified sailors who want to participate in the race are encouraged to register through the official website, www.smcm.edu/GovCup, by 5 p.m. July 27. Each year, hundreds of boating enthusiasts participate in and gather shoreside for the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay, starting from Annapolis and ending at St. Mary’s River, St. Mary’s City. This year’s race will also include a Potomac Leg; some competitors will start at Dahlgren, Va., and end at St. Mary’s City.
On Aug. 4, the last day of the race, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the college’s James P. Muldoon River Center, attendees can enjoy a full day of family fun including shopping, live entertainment and food and beverages. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 240-895-3039.