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The St. Charles Cos. and the Westlake Business Association will celebrate fall with the first St. Charles Fall Festival for the Arts 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the waterside O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive in Waldorf at 10440 O’Donnell Place.

In addition to St. Charles’ regular Saturday farmers market and local artists’ market, there will be a childrens’ pumpkin painting contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chick-fil-A, Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza, Jay’s Italian Ice and Scandelicious Cupcakes will have food for sale, and there will be live entertainment on the boardwalk beginning at 10 a.m.

Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can get a sneak peak at the new state-of-the-art Waldorf West Library, scheduled to open later this fall at 10405 O’Donnell Place. The library will host an art gallery and readings from local authors, including Patricia Harrington, Kevin Grote, Yvonne Medley, Angela Dion, Martha Lane, Towhanna Boston, John Wearmouth, Carolyn Mattlocks, Dominique Wilson, Cheryl Holloway, Patrick Kelly and Malcolm J. Young.

The day will also include a business expo featuring St. Charles Apartments, Lennar Homes, My Doctor Urgent Care, St. Charles Family Dental and other local businesses.

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Live entertainment will include performances at 10 a.m. by Studio Cooperative; 11 a.m. by John the Fifer; noon by Lynn Hollyfield; 1p.m by Ballet Arts Academy; and 1:30 to 3 p.m. by Higher Hands.

Art center schedules fall workshops

The Mattawoman Creek Art Center is presenting three workshops in October at the center at 5565 Upham Place on the grounds of Smallwood State Park in Marbury.

Cathedral quilting will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3.

Instructor Jackie Farrell will teach a unique design. The cathedral quilt design gets its name from the colorful, window-like openings in the fabric. The quilt comprises a series of arcs and diamonds created from folding square pieces of fabric. In this workshop, participants will select precut fabrics to make a pillow using the pattern. Hand sewing only. Materials are included. Cost is $30 for MCAC members, $40 for nonmembers.

Beginning watercolor will be 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Instructor Maria Estevez will start with an assessment so instruction is tailored to student skill levels. Demonstrations will be provided, and students will receive individual attention as needed. Students should bring their own supplies. Cost is $30 for MCAC members, $40 for nonmembers.

“Come Play with Clay” will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29.

Join instructor Renee Nelson for a fun, relaxed, hands-on introduction to clay, clay tools and clay techniques. There will be plenty of time in each session for students to practice, experiment and be inspired by others. Wear “messy” clothes. A fee of $15 for materials is payable to the instructor at the first class. Per session cost is $30 for MCAC members, $40 for nonmembers; all sessions are $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers.

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Local musicians, authors at PRAD

The Calvert Marine Museum will present local musicians and book authors during Patuxent River Appreciation Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7. Highlights include Joseph Norris, who is re-releasing his 2004 CD Mariner’s Compass with four new songs, including “The Ballad of Tom Wisner,” Pond Scum, Southern Maryland Jazz Band, Bob Pfeiffer and Eric Skow and the California Ramblers.

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On Oct. 6, in partnership with Schiffer Publishing, there will be readings, book signings, and opportunities to meet local authors Jennifer Keats Curtis, Mickey Brown, Lois Szymanski, Donald Shomette, Susan Glick, John Into and Nancy Price. To check times, go to

Children can enjoy craft activities related to the book themes like animals, other wildlife and history in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

On Oct. 7, meet Kristina Henry, Angelique Clark, Elaine Allen, Jennifer Bodine, Rebecca Jones, Katherine Kenny and Eleanor Randrup.

Get green at Riverfest

Celebrate local waterways at RiverFest with free activities, entertainment and environmental education. The eighth annual event will take place at Historic St. Mary’s City from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13. Step aboard a sailing ship, paddle a kayak and help skipper a small sailboat. Try tonging for oysters or tying sailors’ knots. Join former state Sen. Bernie Fowler for the Wade-In, an informal measure of water quality. Discover things you can do in your own backyard to help preserve our unique landscape. Take home a free Conservation at Home booklet for more opportunities to save waterways. Vendors will be on site offering snacks, beverages and meals for sale throughout the day.

Entertainment will include, at noon, Indian Summer; at 1 p.m., Magpie; at 2 p.m. Chesapeake Charter School Chorus; at 3 p.m., wade-in, Spring Ridge Rhythm Club and Joseph Norris; and at 4 p.m., Don Kenefick.

Historic St. Mary’s City is at 47414 Old State House Road in St. Mary’s City. Go to

College hosts concert series

College of Southern Maryland’s Ward Virts Concert Series kicks off at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 with performances by Robert Sorel, violinist, and Narciso Solero, pianist, at the Leonardtown campus at 22950 Hollywood Road.

Sorel has performed with the New York City Opera Touring Company, Capital Chamber Players, the Maryland Symphony, Millbrook Chamber Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Civic Orchestra and at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Solero regularly appears in collaboration with other artists and has played at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage, Carnegie Hall, Strathmore Mansion, Montgomery College, Catholic University, the Anderson House Museum and the Tuesday Concert Series for Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

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College puts on a whale of a show

The College of Southern Maryland will present a children’s theater production of “Moby Dick” at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata campus at 8730 Mitchell Road.

The play is by Mark Rosenwinkel and is adapted from Herman Melville’s novel.

Ishmael, a young man in search of adventure; first mate, Stubb; and Queequeg, the mystical Polynesian harpooner (“he’s the son of a cannibal king, they say”), set off aboard the Pequod, a whaling ship piloted by the brooding captain Ahab. As they sail deeper into unknown waters, they discover the real reason for their quest: to hunt and kill Moby Dick, the legendary white whale who long ago devoured the captain’s leg. Ahab’s dark obsession for the creature soon takes hold of the entire ship, driving them all toward a violent confrontation with the great beast itself.

Tickets are $7 for adults and seniors, $5 for high school and younger students. Email or call 301-934-7828.

Groups seek watermen’s history

The College of Southern Maryland’s Southern Maryland Studies Center, in partnership with the Calvert County Historical Society and the Calvert Marine Museum, will host “Share Your History Day: Working the Land and Water” Oct. 20 at the Prince Frederick campus at 115 J.W. Williams Road.

Farmers and waterman from Southern Maryland are invited to bring historical documents and artifacts, including photos, records, receipts, association or club minutes, catalogs, ledgers, family correspondence, scrapbooks and other related materials to be scanned into digital files by the center’s staff at no cost. All items will be returned.

Those bringing items will be required to sign a release form to authorize scanning. To register, contact 301-934-7606 or

Cycle region’s farms

The Crop Hop, a bicycle tour of Southern Maryland farms, will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 14. The event will start and finish at the Home Grown Farm Market in Lexington Park.

The Crop Hop is a fundraiser cycling tour designed to highlight the connection between farms, fresh food and good health, and to provide fresh farm foods to low-income families in Southern Maryland.

The event offers routes of varying lengths, featuring six farms in southern St. Mary’s County.

Riders will stop to tour farms and enjoy refreshments made with local farm products, and will receive a meal prepared with locally grown ingredients upon completing their rides.

All Crop Hop proceeds will be used to purchase fresh farm foods for low-income families through the Southern Maryland Food Bank.

To register, go to or call 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

Literacy council to hold volunteer tutor workshop

The Charles County Literacy Council will hold its next volunteer tutor training workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23, 24 and 25 at the Lifelong Learning Center at 3155 John Hanson Drive in Waldorf.

There is a $30 registration fee to cover costs associated with the workshop. Tutor notebooks, resources and light dinner fare will be provided.

Once trained, volunteer tutors will be matched one-on-one with adults who need help improving their reading, math and English speaking skills.

To register, go to the events page at, email or call 301-934-6488.

Local artist Shanese Hirmas exhibits at Commissioner’s Gallery

The Charles County Arts Alliance presents local artist Shanese Hirmas in an exhibit through Nov. 16 at the Commissioner’s Gallery in the Charles County government building at 200 Baltimore St. in La Plata. Hirmas’ influences include her great grandmother, who was a self-taught artist. Hirmas was creating art through different media — oil, pastels, water colors, charcoal, acrylic, ceramics and photography — since she was just a girl. She recently was awarded two first place prizes for her acrylic paintings, one of which also won best of show in the Charles County Fair. Go to

‘The Color Purple’ at Tantallon Community Players

The Fort Washington theater troupe Tantallon Players presents “The Color Purple” Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through Oct. 14 at the Harmony Hall Regional Center at 10701 Livingston Road in Fort Washington.

The play takes place in rural Georgia from 1909 to 1949, focusing on the character of Celie and her struggles with abuse since childhood by the men in her life. Her will and courageous spirit triumphs with the love of her husband’s mistress, Shug, and her lifelong bond with her sister, Nettie. Go to

Celebrate Charles at fall festival

The Celebrate Charles: FallFest will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Regency Furniture Stadium at 11765 St. Linus Drive in Waldorf.

The marketplace will feature some of Southern Maryland’s most talented artists, authors, crafters, jewelers and farmers.

G-Rod Jerk Ribs & BBQ, Apple Spice Junction and the Regency Furniture Stadium concession stands will have food available for purchase.

Live music will be provided by Three Sixty, The Justin Crenshaw Band, and John Luskey.

Children can keep busy at the Trick-or-Treat Trail and the Family Fun Zone. Family Fun Zone Wristbands will be available for $5 each and allow all-you-can-play access to the inflatables, rides, PNC Kid’s Zone and face painting.

A themed fireworks display will start at 6:30 p.m.

The event is rain or shine.

Vendor spaces are still available. Register online at

Contact Rachel Reynolds at 301-645-0601 or

Bikers for Babies scheduled

On Oct. 7, die-hard bikers and weekend warriors will ride together to raise funds for the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. Bikers for Babies will start at Maryland International Raceway at 27861 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville at 2 p.m. with registration, a tattoo contest, a bike show and The Lonesome Ryder Band starting at 11 a.m.

Last year, 300 residents participated in the ride, with family and friends there to join in the fun. In Southern Maryland, the March of Dimes helps moms and babies in many ways, including advocacy and education, and by awarding grants to local organizations.

Local sponsorship and leadership is provided by: Civista Health, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Riders Insurance, All-American Harley-Davidson, Fort Washington Harley-Davidson, Charles County Government, Maryland International Raceway and Apehanger’s Bar & Grill.

Trash free Oktoberfest at Hard Bargain Farm

Join the Alice Ferguson Foundation 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Hard Bargain Farm at 2301 Bryan Point Road in Accokeekfor the 32nd annual Oktoberfest. The 330-acre working farm will be transformed with authentic Bavarian music and dance, homemade German cuisine, imported Spaten beer, haywagon rides to the Potomac River, visits to the barnyard and a silent auction.

Besides recycling aluminum cans, all trash produced at the event will be composted. Join the trash-free team by bringing a water bottle and cutlery, or buy a reusable cup at the event for a dollar. Entry is $10, children 7 or younger get in free.

Search begins for top youth volunteers

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program has begun its search for Maryland’s top youth volunteers.

Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to apply for awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

Volunteers can apply online at or at

Maryland’s top youth volunteers of 2012 were Saanya Ali, 16, of Potomac and Loranika Sharma, 12, of Waldorf.

Deadline is Nov. 6. Copies of the application form can be requested by calling 877-525-8491.

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Cause Theatre presents ‘It’s Not You, It’s Me’

The College of Southern Maryland’s Theatre Company presents the Cause Theatre production of “It’s Not You, It’s Me” at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Prince Frederick campus at 115 J.W. Williams Road and at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 20 at the La Plata campus at 8730 Mitchell Road.

Whether your boyfriend is a Canadian secret agent or monk in training, or your girlfriend is a psychic or a pathological liar, one thing is for sure: they are about to dump you. Exploring the painful art of breaking up through comedic, awkwardly realistic characters, this series of funny scenes is sure to make you feel relieved not to be on the receiving end of those five fatal relationship words. Tickets are $5. Email or go to