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Friday, Oct. 5

A men’s empowerment summit on the theme “as a man thinketh” will be held by Restoration Free Gospel Church in Lexington Park on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Rev. Dante King of Greater Mt. Zion Church in Prince Frederick, and Oct. 6 with breakfast at Lenny’s Restaurant in California at 8:30 a.m., featuring the Rev. Mike Barber of Dominion Apostolic of Lexington Park. Cost for breakfast is $15. For more information, contact Elder John Butler at 301-863-4506.

For the annual Reeves Lecture at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, professor of English Jeffrey Hammond will explore the human fascination with apocalypse in his talk, “The Sense of an Ending: Some Reflections on the End of the World.” The lecture will take place Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Cole Cinema as a part of Hawktoberfest at family weekend. It is free and open to the public.

A book signing with Niki Baker, author of “A Promise Kept,” will be held at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music in Leonardtown on First Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more, call 301-475-2859.

First Friday is marked in Leonardtown every month from 5 to 8 p.m. by many of the town’s shops, galleries and restaurants with art, food, shopping and other specials. This month’s event will be Pink Friday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Some business proceeds and collections will be taken to go toward Bracatude, a team of three sisters who are all breast cancer survivors involved in the Oct. 7 Making Strides walk in California. There will be live music with The Piney Point Playboys, a meet-and-greet with the three sisters in Bracatude and the American Cancer Society and Health Connections from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital on the square. All are encouraged to dress in pink. For a list of First Friday participating businesses, see or call 301-475-9791.

A First Friday reception will be held Oct. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at North End Gallery in Leonardtown to mark the show “Inside-Outside,” which is the collaboration of three artists, Lee Russell, a woodworker; Karen Russell, a watercolorist; and Linda Epstein, an oil painter. The show runs from Oct. 2 to 28. For more information, call 301-475-3130 or see

A Leprechaun Lilly’s children’s consignment sale will be held at the fairgrounds in Leonardtown on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be more than 24,000 gently used children’s and maternity items available. Many items remaining after the sale are donated to local charities. Any local organization interested in receiving items from future sales can email

A paper bag auction will be held by St. Michael’s Catholic School in Ridge in the school’s gymnasium on Oct. 5. Doors open at 5 p.m.; drawing begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost will be $4 per envelope of 24 tickets. Food and drinks will be available.

A pitch card party will be held Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad building. Cost is $5. Players must be at least 16 to participate.

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland requests public comment on the draft final report titled: “Broadband Deployment Plan for Southern Maryland.” The report updates the 2005 regional broadband plan. A copy of the draft final report can be reviewed through Oct. 5 at TCCSMD headquarters in Hughesville or online at Copies of the report are also available at all of the public libraries. Written comments on this proposal should be submitted to Wayne E. Clark at or by posted mail by 4 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The Newtowne Players will perform “Steel Magnolias” Thursdays through Sundays, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 7. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. Performances are held at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Reservations are recommended by calling 301-737-5447 or visiting

Blood pressure checks are offered from 9 a.m. to noon the first Friday of the month at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Charlotte Hall.

The first maker’s market of autumn will be held Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. There will be more than 50 booths of handmade or homemade products. Admission is free.

A Bible study is held Fridays at 7 p.m. at 45675 Edge Mill Court in Great Mills. For information, call 301-862-1502.

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, Oct. 6

A Paralympic Experience will be held by the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and Paralympic Sport Southern MD on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Great Mills High School and Great Mills Swimming Pool. Attendees can learn about Paralympic Sport Club - Southern MD, its current and future programs. They will also learn about the Paralympic movement and hear firsthand experiences from a Paralympic athlete. Activities begin with registration and a presentation in the Great Mills High School auditorium. Chances to try different sports for those with physical and visual disabilities will then be held at the school track, the pool and the pool’s parking lot. There will be cycling, archery/shooting and swimming. Anyone wishing to attend this event must register and are encouraged to preregister online or in person through the department of recreation and Parks. Parking will be available at the high school. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1802.

The St. Mary's College of Maryland Board of Trustees quarterly meeting will take place Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Glendening Annex at the college. This general session is open to the public.

An annual mega-yard sale will be held by the Lexington Park Lions Club on Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. until items are all gone at the McKay’s Shopping Center parking lot on Great Mills Road. All proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund.

The Southern Maryland Division of A Message of HOPE Cancer Fund will hold its annual “Faces of HOPE” event on Oct. 6 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. John Luskey will perform, along with Jennalyn Yon and Escape the Fall. For tickets or more information, visit

An indoor flea market will be held by the St. Mary’s County Fair Association on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. All vendors and crafters are welcome. An 8x10 space with one table may be rented for $20. For information or to reserve a space, call 301-475-9543.

A vendor show will be held Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary on Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table rental is $30 per table. For more information or to rent a table, call Diana Gunther at 301-536-0619. Table space is limited. Only one table per company.

A casino night to benefit Special Olympics St. Mary’s County will be held Oct. 6. behind the Hollywood fire department at the carnival hall. The doors will open at noon and potentially could last into the night. There will be black jack, craps and cash poker games. A $10,000 guaranteed tournament starts at 2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. No one younger than 18 may attend. For more information, call Jim Bucci Sr. at 301-373-6104 or 240-298-9616.

The 10th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley will be held Oct. 6 and 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at the historic site in Hollywood. Guests will have the chance to taste the offerings from more than two dozen Maryland wineries. There will also be food and treats, handcrafted wares from regional artisans, an art sale by The Color & Light Society, live music and free children’s activities. Cost is $25 at the gate; $15 for designated drivers; $5 for children ages 6 to 20; free for children younger than 6. Tickets for Sotterley members are $18, available by phone only. For more information, visit or call 301-373-2280.

Blessing of the Fleet will be sponsored by the Seventh District Optimist Club on Oct. 6 from noon to 10 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Clement’s Island Museum grounds in Colton’s Point. There is an admission fee. For more information, see

Patuxent River Appreciation Days is celebrating 35 years on Oct. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum. The event will include a juried arts and craft fair with more than 30 artists and local food vendors and live music and local authors. The “Green Village” features scores of nonprofit groups that celebrate the river in a wide variety of ways. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, displays, and educational activities about “green” products, recycling, oyster restoration, native plants, wildlife, restoration efforts, live animals and more. The annual PRAD Parade with a one-mile route along Solomons Island Road begins Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit, or call 410-326-2042, ext. 41.

A fundraiser bake and yard sale will be held by the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary on Oct. 6 from 7 a.m. to noon at the squad building, located at 21530 Colton’s Point Road in Avenue. Organizers are accepting donations, but no furniture, please. Table rental cost is $10 ifor first table and $8 for each additional table. To reserve a table or make arrangements to drop off a donation at the squad building on Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon, call 301-884-5108.

Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville is open to the public the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through October. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gazebo or nearby picnic tables around the garden. There will be hayrides and a concert. For more information and directions, visit or call 301-373-6607.

Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland meets the first Saturday of the month at John Lancaster Park off of Willows Road in Lexington Park at 10 a.m. For more about fostering or adopting a golden, visit or call 855-477-3728. Check the group’s blog for any cancellations due to weather at

The California Farmer's Market, located on Route 235 in the BAE parking lot, across from Walmart, is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 31. Ten vendors sell what they produce, including fruits, vegetables, organic produce, flowers and baked goods from Southern Maryland farms.

Overeaters Anonymous of Lexington Park meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church on Great Mills Road. For more information, call Robin at 240-561-6899.

The Home Grown Farm Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located on Route 235, just south of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, there will be locally grown fruits, vegetables, organic produce, flowers, eggs, baked goods, crafts, Southern Maryland meats (on Saturdays only) and more from Southern Maryland farms as well as Maryland dairy products. See

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.

Feral Cat Rescue is at Petco in California on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with adoptable cats and kittens. Visit for pictures and bios. Gifts of cat food and litter will be gratefully accepted. Call 301-475-5059.

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.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Women of Virtue will host its 11th anniversary celebration “Empowerment Service” on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. at Park Hall True Holiness Church in Park Hall. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Barbara A. Salley of Redeeming Life Ministries International and a praise and worship performance by the Gospel Tabernacle Prayer Praise Team. All are welcome.

The De La Brooke Foxhounds Hunt Club’s Fall Hunter Pace will be held Oct. 7, rain or shine, at Chaptico Wharf Farm at 36190 Old Chaptico Wharf Road in Chaptico. Registration opens at 9 a.m., with riders out from 10 a.m. to noon. The 8-mile course winds through the countryside and features 20 optional jumps. Competitors can either jump the course or ride on the flat. Participants compete in a team of two to four riders. Refreshments will be for sale, and the entry fee is $40 per adult and $20 per junior. Entries must provide a negative Coggins test document. Horses must be in English tack, and riders must wear helmets and appropriate English riding clothes. Prize list is available at along with a waiver that must be signed by all riders and/or their guardian as appropriate. For more, contact Paul Russell at or 301-769-2835.

An American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, a four-mile, noncompetitive walk, will be held for the first time in Southern Maryland on Oct. 7, starting at the Wildewood Shopping Center in California. The event raises awareness and funds to help end breast cancer. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. To sign up for the walk, call 410-721-4304 or visit

Wanda Briscoe will speak about “The Fight Within” for breast cancer awareness month at Restoration Free Gospel Church, located at 19895 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, on Oct. 7 at the 11 a.m. service.

An open house will be held by the members of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary at the station on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. There will be learning opportunities, fire truck tours, crafts, a chance to learn how to use a 911 simulator, Ridge VFD smoke trailer demo, moonbounce and a junior firefighter obstacle course. Light refreshments will be served. Sparky will visit. There will be a free kids bicycle raffle. For more information, contact Mike Sullivan at 301-373-2900 or visit

St. Mary's Bosom Pals, a breast cancer support group, will meet Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Cracker Barrel in California. RSVP by Oct. 7 to Marcia Shapiro at 301-475-6760 or

Violinist Robert Sorel and pianist Narciso Solero will perform at the Ward Virts Concert Series at 3 p.m., Oct. 7 at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Room 119. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free and seating is open but limited. Contact 443-550-6011 or

Bikers for Babies, a 45-mile motorcycle ride that raises funds to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies, will be held Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek. For more, go to or call 571-257-2310.

A community, all-you-can-eat breatkfast will be held by the Father Andrew White School Home and School Association on Oct 7 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The menu features eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits with gravy, pancakes and more. Cost is $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for those 4 to 12 and free for those younger.

A free pancake breakfast is hosted by All Faith Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall on the first Sunday of each month in the church hall between Sunday services from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Contact the church office at 301-884-3773.

The Knights of St. John International Commandery 386, affiliated with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville, meets the first Sunday of each month at noon. This is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who must be recommended by their pastor. Knights of Columbus are also welcome to join.

A religious freedom rosary rally will be held for nine consecutive weeks at the Mother of Light Shrine overlooking St. Clement’s Island. Participants will meet every Sunday from Sept. 16 to Nov. 4 at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for prayers. The intention will be for the protection of religious freedom. For more information, call Millie Huseman, coordinator, at 301-769-3167 or Sir Knight Ray Dion 301-863-8490. In case of inclement weather, prayers will be recited at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue.

Hot soup is served at the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park each Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome; the meal is free. Call 301-863-8551.

Bingo is hosted by St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood on Sundays to benefit St. John’s School in the Monsignor Harris Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6. Dinner and other refreshments will be available. Call 301-373-2281.

Monday, Oct. 8

The Pax River Quilters Guild will meet Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park. Shirley Mandler from Northcott Fabrics will be the guest speaker. New members and guest are welcome. There is a $5 fee for each guest for this event. For more information, contact Lois Andereck at

The Southern Maryland Corvette Club meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the town commissioner offices at 41660 Courthouse Drive in Leonardtown. One does not have to own a Corvette to become a member. Visit for more information.

The Commission for Women meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Room 14 of the Potomac Building in Leonardtown. These meetings are open to the public.

Monday Memories Tours are held every Monday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for those 10 and older at Point Farm at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. For reservations call 410-586-8501 or email

CABS (Companions and Buddies), a single adult social group of friends of approximate age of 50 and older, meets every Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Garvey center in Leonardtown. Social events include dinners, cards, games, dances, theater, trips, book club, movies, shopping, picnics and more. For more information, call 301-481-8123 or 240-538-8367.

A women’s-only Alcoholics Anonymous candlelight step meeting is held Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at On Our Own in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.

Al-Anon meets Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road. Call 800-425-2666.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Paralympic Sport of Southern Maryland will host a fundraising night at Texas Roadhouse in California on Oct. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. Ten percent of total food purchases will be donated to help promote the group’s mission to the development of ongoing sport and recreation activities and competitions for all youth, adults, veterans and injured service men and women with physical and visual disabilities, regardless of skill level.

A candidate forum will be held by the League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Great Mills High School. There are six candidates for the board of education and two candidates for judge of the circuit court. The candidates will address the audience and then questions will be posed to the individual candidates. To learn more about the candidates go to To learn more about the league, see

A public meeting will be sponsored by the Housing Authority for St. Mary’s County on Oct. 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Gateway’s Condominium Building, first floor lobby area Room A, located at 21155 Lexwood Drive in Lexington Park. The meeting will focus on housing and community needs and HASMC’s upcoming FY 2013 Annual Plan. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend. Written suggestions can be submitted to HASMC, 21155 Lexwood Drive, Suite C, Lexington Park, MD 20653, on or before 5 p.m. on Oct. 16. Call 301-866-6590, ext. 1434.

The Housing Authority of St. Mary’s County, Maryland Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Oct. 10 has been rescheduled to Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority Office in Lexington Park.

The Southern Maryland Doll Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall library.

The Fifth District Homemakers meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. Call 301-472-4020.

Home Grown Farm Market on Route 235, just south of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market features locally grown fruits, vegetables, organic produce, flowers, eggs, baked goods, crafts and more from Southern Maryland farms, as well as Maryland dairy products. See

The COSMIC Flute Choir meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on Town Creek Drive in California. Open to local residents, high school age and older. Some proficiency is recommended. For a registration form, call Linda at 301-994-9688 or Lisa at 301-994-0736.

Bingo is held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 255 in Ridge. Doors open at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, call after 6 p.m. at 301-872-5349.

Girl Scout Mariners for ages 11 through 17 meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Hall in Avenue. Youth and adults interested in sailing and water activities are invited. Call Doug at 410-326-4291 or visit

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 184, meets every Tuesday at the former Hollywood Elementary School building on Mervell Dean Road. Weigh-in is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting and group therapy. For more information, call Linda Faulstich at 301-994-3142.

The Southern Maryland Concert Band rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Thomas Stone High School band room. For more information call 301-855-9933 or 301-884-5848.

Sea Scout Ship 548, for teen boys and girls in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Avenue. Visit or call Doug at 410-326-4291.

The Happy Hour Chapter of Business Network International Inc. in St. Mary's County holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at D.B. McMillan’s in the Wildewood Shopping Center in California. Members meet for the primary purpose of networking and exchanging business referrals. Those interested should contact Shannon Irvin at 443-624-5916 or

Wednesday, Oct. 10

The regular monthly meeting of the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be held Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the rescue squad building in Hollywood. Anyone wishing to become a member of the auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 240-298-7956.

The Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland will present an all-day conference on Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dowell. The conference will feature a keynote speaker and four breakout sessions with eight topics from which to choose. This program is designed to provide professional development for HR professionals, support staff, business managers or anyone with human resources responsibilities. Cost is $75 for members and $100 for non-members, which includes both continental breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 7 a.m. To register, go to by Oct. 10. Once registered, payment is required if a cancellation is made after the deadline date. See

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

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. For location or more information, 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.

Al-Anon meets Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Beacon of Hope in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Callaway Baptist Church in Callaway.

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.