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Calvert County Fair The last of the Southern Maryland county fairs at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Barstow. Learn about the rich legacy of rural and agricultural Calvert County. Enjoy exhibits, entertainment, food, rides and farm animals. Call 410-535-0026 or go to www.calvertcountyfair.com.
John Luskey Friday night Summer Concert at the La Plata Town Hall welcomes The John Luskey Band from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at 305 Queen Anne St. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the town’s food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there. A play area for children, the Kids’ Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones. For Call 301-934-8421 or go to www.townoflaplata.org.
Square dance open house Aqua Squares invites families, singles or couples to try square dancing from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Call 301-855-7937, 301-863-8054, email email@example.com or go to www.aquasquaredancers.org.
Senior Forum with Maryland senator and delegates Maryland Sen. Roy P. Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles), Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-St. Mary’s) and Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert, St. Mary’s) will visit the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 to discuss various laws and related topics to the seniors of the community. Each speaker will have approximately 15 minutes to speak. The floor will be opened to the audience for a question and answer session with the panel. This is a great opportunity for seniors to come out and address their issues, questions or concerns. Reserve a seat by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.
Otter Breakfast at CMM Learn about otter enrichment, habitat and the mischief these mammals get into with their playful curiosity at Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. Go behind the scenes to talk with a keeper and observe a feeding at 9 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided. Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult to participate. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. The fee is $15 per person, $10 for members and includes museum admission. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41 to register.
HomeSpun Coffee House open mic The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun Coffee House will sponsor an open mic at Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30. The admission fee for this event is $5, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided (donations are suggested). Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-904-4987. Go to www.smtmd.org for directions and more information.
Non-native invasive plant removal workday and training Learn to recognize non-native invasive plant species and properly remove them to improve habitat for unique and rare native species at American Chestnut Land Trust, 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 29. Training will include an overview of the problem of invasive plants, in depth identification of common species in our watersheds and some hands-on training on removal techniques. Part of the session will be in the conference room and part will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. Training with lunch is included from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Registration required. Call 410-414-3400.
Swing and Ballroom Dance Fall into some new dance moves with beginner-level ballroom lessons from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. followed by dancing to music of all kinds from 8-11 p.m. No experience required. Singles are always welcome. Bring a snack to share; water and soda will be provided. The cost is $8. The dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. Call 301-645-8509 or e-mail email@example.com.
2012 Chopticon High School Showcase of Bands The Chopticon High School Showcase of Bands will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 29 featuring performances by eight bands, including Chopticon, Great Mills and Leonardtown. Admission is $ 10 at the door or $8 advance sales. Children under 5 are free. There will be food, beverages and other items to purchase. Chopticon is located at 25390 Colton Point Road, Morganza. Go to www.chopticonband.org.
Speaker Series at Sotterley Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, announces the upcoming 2012 Speaker Series presentation entitled “African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum” by Frank Smith. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to honor African-Americans who fought for freedom as United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, he is the founder and president of this significant Washington, D.C., memorial and museum. The United States Colored Troops made up over 10 percent of the Union or Northern Army even though they were prohibited from joining until July 1862, 15 months into the war. They comprised 25 percent of the Union Navy. Yet, only one percent of the Northern population was African-American. This event is free to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280.
National Alpaca Farm Days Learn about alpacas, a domesticated species of South American camelid, at National Alpaca Farm Days at Moore Or Less Farm, 22467 Colton Point Road, Bushwood from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30. Free admission and hayride to meet the alpacas, a brief history of alpacas on the farm and the benefits to owning these eco-friendly animals. Other farm animals to view or pet such as baby doll sheep, Daisy the pig. Tigger the cow and two donkeys, Minnie Pearl and Lu Lu. Moonbounce will be available for the kids. Children receive a free finger puppet upon leaving. Snacks, produce and drinks will be available for purchase. For Mapquest directions go to mooreorlessfarm.com or call 301-536-0739.
‘Why Women’s Votes Count’ The History Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will present “Why Women’s Votes Count: Women’s Suffrage Worldwide,” for its bi-annual Zamanakos lecture. At 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the college’s St. Mary’s Hall, historian Karen Offen will discuss the complex history of women’s quest for citizenship—especially political rights—around the world. This event is co-sponsored by the History Department and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Call 240-895-3073, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.smcm.edu/news.
Cathedral Quilting Instructor Jackie Farrell is offering a Cathedral Quilting class at Mattawoman Creek Art Center, 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Students will complete a pillow in the cathedral style hand-quilting method using provided materials. There is a class fee of $30 for MCAC members or $40 for nonmembers. Participants should bring a lunch. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to www.mattawomanart.org.
National Players at CSM The College of Southern Maryland presents the National Players as they perform George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” 10 a.m. Oct. 4-5, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Revolution has broken out on Manor Farm. The animals have claimed their independence as humans are banished and the new “Animal Farm” will be a beautiful egalitarian paradise. Pigs, horses, goats, donkeys and dogs; all animals are equal. They can build their new utopia, but can they resist the corruption that led to the human’s downfall? This chilling and provocative fable is brought to the stage by The National Players. The College of Southern Maryland presents the National Players as they perform George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” Revolution has broken out on Manor Farm. The animals have claimed their independence as humans are banished and the new “Animal Farm” will be a beautiful egalitarian paradise. Pigs, horses, goats, donkeys and dogs; all animals are equal. They can build their new utopia, but can they resist the corruption that led to the human’s downfall? This chilling and provocative fable is brought to the stage by The National Players. Weekday matinee performances are especially intended as field trip opportunities for schools, senior centers and homeschoolers, but seats are also available to members of the general public. Tickets are $5. Reservations are required. Email email@example.com, call 301-934-7828, or go to www.csmd.edu/arts.
‘Romeo and Juliet’ At 8 p.m., Oct. 4, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, The College of Southern Maryland presents the National Players as they perform William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Love can be a thrilling ride, bursting the seams of young hearts, making them feel things never felt before. It can also be a dangerous thing, splitting hearts open and sending them past the point of no return. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, military members with ID and youth in high school or below. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 301-934-7828, or go to www.csmd.edu/arts.
Gridlock Miss Motley’s Cafe in the Bel Alton High School Community Development Center will host the Gridloc band 8 p.m.-midnight Sept. 28 at the center, 9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton. Cover charge is $10 with a cash bar. Must be 21 or older to attend. Sandwich and dinner menus available. Call 301-392-9794 or www.belaltonalumnicdc.org.
Fish and shrimp dinner VFW 8810 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a fish and shrimp dinner 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the post, 2310 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. Cost is $8 for shrimp or $7 for fish. Call 301-645-6331.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Port Tobacco Players will stage “To Kill a Mockingbird” through Oct. 7 at the theater, 508 Charles St., La Plata. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students, seniors and military members. Call 301-932-6819.
Pizza night Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Auxiliary will hold a pizza night 5-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the firehouse, 17069 Cobb Island Road. Cost for two-topping pizza is $10 and $12 for three toppings. Call 301-259-4258 or 301-259-4375.
‘Red Herring’ College of Southern Maryland will hold a dinner theater 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29 at the college, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata “Red Herring,” set in 1952, is a love story, noir comedy and murder mystery. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military members with identification and $15 for those 12 and younger. Go to www.csmd.edu.
‘And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson’ Hard Bargain Players will stage “And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson,” 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29 at the theater, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Email email@example.com.
Fundraiser for Fisher House Waldorf Jaycees will hold a fundraiser for Fisher House Sept. 28. A reverse drawing, dinner and dance at the center, 9030 Crain Highway. Dinner and dancing, Bad Penny will perform, silent auctions, 50/50, pull tabs, $5,000 grand prize. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call 301-843-2233.
Waldorf car show Southern Maryland Mustang Club will hold a car show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Waldorf Ford, 2440 Crain Highway, Waldorf. Registration ends at 11 a.m. Show open to all Ford bodied/powered cars and trucks to help support the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Registration is $15 (must be postmarked by Sept. 8) or $20 at the gate. Trophies will be awarded, spectators admitted for free. Music and food. Rain date is Oct. 6. Go to www.somdmustang.org or call 301-609-2525 or 301-996-8412. Vendor space available. Call 240-298-2633.
North Beach triathalon Sprint Triathlon and Community Wellness fair will be Sept. 29 at North Beach Pier, 8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. The triathlon will be 7:15-10 a.m. with the fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will honor military and veteran families. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.militaryveteranfamily.org.
Hoedown for cancer Southern Maryland Hoedown for Cancer care will be 1-9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Serenity Farms, Benedict featuring the Sam Grow Band, Port Tobacco Pickers, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, children’s games, police dog demonstrations, cowpie bingo, beer trucks and food vendors. Call 301-643-2100.
Yard sale for community development center Bel Alton Community Development Center will hold a yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the center, 9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton. Tables rent for $15. Call 301-392-9794.
Flashback party D.C. Metro Virgin Island Association will host an end of summer Flashback Party 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sept. 29 at Miss Motley’s Cafe in the Bel Alton Community Development Center, 9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Call 240-682-4492.
Annual doll show Southern Maryland Doll Club will hold its 30th annual doll show and sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Damon’s ballroom at Clarion Inn, 45 St. Patricks Drive, Waldorf. Admission is $4 and $1 for kids younger than 12. Call 301-475-3466.
Booksignings Booknuts Bookstore will hold an author’s reception 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the store, 4459 Crain Highway, White Plains. Local writers Patricia Harrington, Yvonne Medley, Mary Jenkins and C.B. Lovejoy will be signing copies of their books. Call 301-836-6236 or email Info@BooknutsBookstore.com.
Reception at MCAC Mattawoman Creek Art Center will hold a reception for the Tri-Artist Invitational 1-4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the center in Smallwood State Park, Sweden Point Road, Marbury. Go to www.mattawomanart.org.
Christian country Christian country music artist Eric Horner will give a free concert 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Worship Center Community Church, 3075 Livingston Road, Bryans Road. Go to www.TheWorshipCenter.org or call 301-375-8655.
Rotary Lobster Festival La Plata Rotary Lobster Festival will be noon-6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Charles County Fairgrounds, south of La Plata. John Luskey will perform. Tickets are $60 per person or $15 for children 12 and younger. Admission includes two Maine lobsters and a bowl of fried clams and all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water and beer. Call 301-752-1421.
Bingo for Breast Cancer Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 82 will hold a cash bingo for breast cancer Sept. 30 at the post, 6330 Crain Highway, La Plata. Doors open 1 pm; games start at 2 p.m. Pull tabs, concessions, raffles. Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Call 301-934-8221.