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Wednesday, Oct. 10

The League of Women Voters for Calvert County will hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick campus. All county residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to register to vote in the presidential election. Maryland voter registration closes Oct. 16. For more information, contact John Perryman at 410-610-7591 or muffin@olg.com.

There will be a blood drive from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Friendship United Methodist Church. For more information, call 410-257-7133, email bsuedean@comcast.net or go to www.friendshipmethodistchurch.org.

The executive board of the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association will meet to plan its program schedule for the 2012-2013 calendar at noon Wednesday, Oct. 10. The CRSPA invites all newly retired personnel from Calvert County Public Schools to attend the initial luncheon meeting at Christ Church Parish Hall, Broomes Island Road, Port Republic. Call 410-257-9320 to leave a message expressing interest in attending the luncheon.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Spirit Night at Papa John’s will be all day Wednesday, Oct. 10. Order pizza from a local Papa John’s and mention NAMI. Papa John’s will donate 20 percent of carryout orders and 10 percent of delivery orders to NAMI Southern Maryland.

There will be a financial aid information night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Patuxent High School auditorium, sponsored by SoMD College Access Network. Parents and students in all grades in high school and middle school are encouraged to attend this free workshop to learn about the financial aid process, what a FAFSA is, where to find scholarships and other helpful information on how to finance a college education. For more information, call Shelby Potts, executive director, at 410-474-0742, or go to www.somdcan.org.

Join others for a financial wellness seminar at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Medically Oriented Gym at Gateau Physical Therapy, located at 23123 Camden Way, California, Md. This event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to the MOG by calling 301-866-5444, or email a confirmation to bdcapuano@msn.com.

Thursday, Oct. 11

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Sea Squirts: Triangles, Circles, Squares-Animal Forms from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. This is a free drop-in program for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers.

There will be a community flu clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Huntingtown High School, sponsored by the Calvert County Health Department. Cost is $20, cash or check only, and children in pre-K through fifth grade are free. Medicare Part B is accepted. For more information, call the flu hotline at 410-535-5400, ext. 349, or go to www.calverthealth.org.

The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce will present Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at County First Bank’s new location, 36 S. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick. Network while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and learn about banking opportunities County First has to offer. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers. Send checks to the chamber at P.O. Box 9, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Proceeds benefit the chamber’s scholarship fund.

Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. This state-of-the-art facility 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. Call 410-586-8501, or email jppm@mdp.state.md.us, for more information. Reservations are not required.

There will be a farmer’s market from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Solomons Riverwalk. For more information, go to www.calvertag.com.

Friday, Oct. 12

The Sons of American Legions of the American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach will host a roast beef dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. For more information, call 410-257-9878.

“Marriage is Murder,” a comedy murder mystery, will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, sponsored by New Direction Community Theater. For more information, call 443-624-4484.

The Friday Night Farmer’s Market & Classic Car Cruise-In will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the Town of North Beach. For more information, go to northbeachmd.org.

There will be a free public Star Party at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Stoddert Recreation Center, 2040 Saint Thomas Dr., Waldorf, hosted by Charles County Parks and Recreation. Equipment will be provided by the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society. Observe the moon, planets and stars. All are welcome, weather permitting; there is no rain date. For more information, call 301-645-4847 or 301-743-7003, go to www.smas.us or email programcoordinator@smas.us.

The House of Dance will host a weekend-long dance event Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 14, in its Hollywood studio. Dances include salsa, ballroom, swing, hand dancing and R&B line dancing. Admission is $15 per person or $28 per couple in advance. For more information, go to www.thehouseofdance.org, or call 301-373-6330.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Bayside Chevrolet will host the second annual Car, Truck and Bike Show, proceeds of which will benefit End Hunger In Calvert County, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. All years, makes and models are welcome. Entry fee is $10; spectators are free. For more information, contact Tim Deale at 410-610-0454.

Concerned Black Women of Calvert County will hold its fifth annual Gala Awards Luncheon and Scholarship Fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Rod ’N‘ Reel Restaurant, in Chesapeake Beach. Gala theme is “A Salute To Excellence,” as CBW celebrates its eight years of dedicated service to the community. Keynote speaker is Victoria L. Jackson-Stanley, mayor of Cambridge. Mistress of Ceremony is Ellen Flowers-Fields, Maryland deputy assistant secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning. CBW will present its annual distinguished Community Awards of Excellence, and the gala includes a silent auction, contemporary jazz by Yvonne Johnson on keyboard and a grand buffet luncheon. To purchase tickets, call 410-286-7113.

Mt. Harmony-Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church will hold a community breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Owings. Meal includes bacon, sausage, scrapple, cream chip beef with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, omelets, hash browns, waffles, pancakes, grits, biscuits, pastries, fruit, orange juice, apple juice, cofee, tea and milk. Cost is $8.50 for ages 13 and up, $5 for kids age 7 to 12 and free for 6 and under. Eat in or carry out.

Artist Mary Pat Holis will teach “Beginning Basketry” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center. For more information, call 410-326-4640.

The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet will perform with special guest Jim Ritter from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Westlawn Inn. There is no cover charge, but diners have priority seating. Call 410-257-0001 for more information.

The American Chestnust Land Trust will hold a vine vindicating training work day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Learn to recognize non-native invasive plant species and properly remove them to improve habitat for unique and rare native species. Training will include an overview of the problem of invasive plants, in-depth identification of common species in local watersheds and hands-on training on removal techniques. Part of the session will be in the conference room and part will be outdoors; dress for the weather. Lunch is included. Registration is required; call 410-414-3400, or email volunteer@acltweb.org.

Let’s Party at Friday’s Creek Winery, a wine testing event, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, featuring music by local artists, an afternoon of wine tastings paired with samples of seafood and other offerings. Proceeds benefit the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County. Suggested minimum donation cost is $30 per person; purchase tickets in advance. Go to www.calvert-mediation.org to purchase with PayPal, or call 443-295-7456.

“Marriage is Murder,” a comedy murder mystery, will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, sponsored by New Direction Community Theater. For more information, call 443-624-4484.

American Indian Heritage Day will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Discover the knowledge and traditions of America’s first culture. There will be demonstrations of crafts and skills with fun things to watch, do and learn. For more information, call 410-586-8501.

Point Farm garden restoration needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. 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 JPPM. Join the JPPM Garden Club as it works to recreate the splendor of the main house gardens using the original plans of noted landscape architect Rose Greely. For more information, call 410-586-8578, or email bseifert@mdp.state.md.us.

The Astronomy Club of Southern Maryland will hold discussions and night sky observations at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. There is no fee. For more information, call 301-602-5251, or email tom_dugan@hotmail.com.

The second annual Lusby Change the World Crop Hunger Walk will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and will raise funds to fight world hunger; 25 percent will be returned to support S.M.I.L.E. Ecumenical Ministries. Registration will be from 8:15 to 8:55 a.m. Sign up by calling 410-231-3662, or go online at www.cropwalk.org; select Maryland and find the Lusby walk.

The Tidewater School will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Call 301-257-0533 for more information.

Learn how to mine the Freedman’s Bureau records and discover family history at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. The Freedman’s Bureau records are the richest and most extensive source of post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras’ genealogical information for African-Americans. Available documents include local censuses, marriage records, educational records and medical records and include full names plus former masters and plantations of emancipated slaves. Reginald Washington, a National Archives African-American genealogy specialist, will be present at the workshop. Registration is recommended. Call 410-535-0291.

The Calvert County Health Department will host a free rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Huntingtown High School. Cats, dogs and ferrets must be in a carrier or on a leash and muzzled if necessary; this is an open air clinic with no special facilities to vaccinate animals that cannot be restrained by the owner. To get a three-year rabies shot, bring proof of prior vaccination. To obtain a Calvert County pet license, bring proof of spay/neuter. For more information, call 410-535-5400, or go to www.calverthealth.org.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will sponsor a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons Island, for anyone interested in learning how to raise oysters. When grown, the oysters will be planted on sanctuary reefs, which are off limits to harvest. An adult oyster can filter up to 48 gallons of water a week. Participants will need access to tidal water. Cost is $75 for materials and several thousand young oysters. Registration is required. To register, or for more information, go to Cbf.org/MDOysterGardening.

Windy Hill Middle School will host its fifth annual Windy Hill Scholastic Chess Tournament for students in grades kindergarten through 12 on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event is sponsored by the Maryland Chess Association and is an official USCF rated tournament; USCF membership is required to play. Registration by Oct. 9 is $15; late registration is $20 by Oct. 11 or $30 at the door. For more information or to register, go to www.mdchess.com.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School will host a basket bingo Saturday, Oct. 13. Doors open at 5 p.m.; games being at 6 p.m. Prizes include Longaberger baskets with various items inside and door prizes. Call 410-326-3171 to reserve a space as space is limited.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Treasures Sale will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Parish Hall. The church is located at the intersection of routes 2 and 4 in Sunderland. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 301-855-4865.

Point Farm Garden Restoration will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.

The American Chestnut Land Trust will host a guided scenic tour of Parkers Creek from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, departing from Warriors Rest Sanctuary in Port Republic. Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours, and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to a quarter-mile over sand to access the creek. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 14. Registration is required. Call 410-414-3400.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will present a new “Beginning Basketry: Out-The-Door-Quickly” basket class from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Join others and explore the basics of basketry, weaving a reed basket that measures 10 by 6.5 by 6 inches. Learn to start from a solid base and practice basic weaving techniques with a woven Shaker tape hanger perfect for hanging from a doorknob or wall. Cost is $55 for nonmembers; $50 for members. Go to www.annmariegarden.org, or call 410-326-4640, to register.

Kids are invited to an ArtLAB Halloween Costume Workshop: Royal Kings & Queens from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Get creative and eco-friendly while creaiting costumes fit for royalty out of common household items. All materials are included. Each participant comes away with a crown, scepter and royal cloak. Parents must remain on site during the workshop. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 410-326-4640.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Maryland will hold its fourth annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Gilbert Run Park in the Brookside Pavilion. Enjoy an afternoon of companionship, food, games and the NAMI cupcake walk. The park is located on Route 6, east of La Plata, and has a wooded area with a 60-acre lake, hiking and nature trails, a playground area, fishing piers, boating equipment rentals and more. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided; guests are encouraged to bring a dish or dessert to share. RSVP to 301-737-1988 or namisouthernmd@gmail.com.

The Southern Maryland Audubon Society will host a field trip, “Red Heads on the Rail Trail,” from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Indian Head Rail Trail. Join others for a leisurely morning of birding along the trail in search of woodpeckers, sparrows and other land birds. Meet and park at the Route 224 IHRT parking lot, located just east of Route 225. For more information, contact trip co-leader Gwen Brewer at 301-843-3524 or glbrewer@comcast.net.

A super Longaberger basket bingo to benefit the St. Mary’s Nursing Center will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. There will be pull tabs for baskets, food, door prizes, a basket raffle, a 50/50 raffle and more. All baskets will have liners and will be filled with Longaberger pottery and Tastefully Simple. Reserve a seat to be included in the drawing for the Winky Witch-Kin basket set. The group leader with the most reservations will win the Trellis Hurricane set. To be included in the drawing or to make reservations for six or more, call Shirley Mattingly at 240-298-3885 or 301-884-5669.

The East Coast Prostreets Car Club will host its second annual Power Tour starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, with a rain date of Oct. 14. There will be trophies for the top 30 cars and bikes voted on by participants and a poker run. The route will stop at Randy Ribs in Hughesville, Five Guys in La Plata, Rustic River Restaurant in Leonardtown and Old Town Automobile in Huntingtown. Registration cost is $25. Make checks payable to East Coast Prostreets and send to ECP, 40107 Dockser Dr., Mechanicsville, MD 20659. For more information, contact Rick Gentry at 240-925-6465.

There will be a farmer’s market from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Barstow. For more information, go to www.calvertag.com.

Monarch Mania will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Old Fisherman’s Field in Cobb Island, celebrating monarch butterfly migration. For more information, call Linda Riggs at 301-259-4900.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Calvert Skate Jam will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct.14, at Dunkirk Skate Park, to benefit SoMD College Access Network. Cost is $20. There will be live music by local bands and $1,000 in cash and prizes for a halfpipe contest, street jam and game of skate. All levels are welcome. For more information or to preregister, call 410-474-0742 or 410-257-1420.

The Rev. Rebekah Montgomery, a Unitarian Universalist community minister and military chaplain, will share her perspective on finding meaning in a time of global struggles and economic instability at a 10:30 a.m. service of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Chesapeake on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dowell House in St. Leonard. Montgomery was named “Military Chaplain of the Year” in 2009. For more information, go to www.theuucc.org.

Bunky’s Block Party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Bunky’s Charter Boats, featuring the music of John Luskey, Coors Light giveaways, free boat rides, face painting and Solomons Snacks, plus a raffle to benefit Hunter’s Heroes, supporting childhood cancer awareness and a cure.

The Tiki Bar on Solomons Island will host its fourth annual P.A.W.S. fundraiser for the Calvert Well Pet Clinic, “That Dog-Gone Tiki Bar Family Pet Day,” from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. There will be more than 20 vendors, and pet rescue groups will hold adoptions. Included in the festivities will be Mister Tom’s reptiles, a moon bounce, “pawdicures,” the Calvert K-9 search and rescue demonstrations, low-cost microchipping from 2 to 3 p.m., pet contests, a dog and human pie eating contest, raffles, a silent auction, Animal Control and more. In addition, “Ripley” from the Rocket will hold a live remote broadcast. There will be free admission and plenty of free parking, so bring the whole family. Dogs must be leashed and well behaved. All proceeds benefit The Calvert Well Pet Clinic in Huntingtown. For more information, call Mary Beth at Pepper’s Pet Pantry at 410-326-4006, or Jean at P.A.W.S. at 410-326-1616.

Bethel Way of the Cross Church will host a community day Sunday, Oct. 14, at 5445 Cherry Hill Road in Huntingtown. Worship service is from 10 a.m. to noon, and a community outreach will follow from noon to 4 p.m. with a free dinner, clothing giveaway, spiritual counseling and fellowship. For more information, call 301-855-5488 or 410-257-2053, or go to www.BethelWOTCC.org.

The annual Fall Family Fun Day at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. Celebrate the arrival of fall’s cooler days at the museum. This annual event offers fun, crafts, games and activities. For more information, call 410-257-3892.

The Southern Maryland Audubon Society will host a field trip, “Sparrows and Shore Birds,” from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 14, at Cove Point Beach and marsh. Meet at the Giant parking lot off Route 2/4 at the Lusby Town Center at 8 a.m. to carpool to the location. RSVP is required. For more information, contact trip leader Bob Boxwell at 410-610-5124 or bobboxwell@hotmail.com.

A Family Fun biking event will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Indian Head Rail Trail, with proceeds benefitting Windows of Strength, Limited. Starting in White Plains, a 10-foot-wide paved path awaits riders with views of wildlife and surroundings of natural wetlands and farmland. The trail has a gentle grade perfect for all skill levels. Choose from a 2-, 4-, 8- or 15-mile ride, walk or run. Restrooms, water, light refreshments and other amenities will be provided, and there will be prizes. Registration after Oct. 1 is $25 for adults age 15 and older, $12.50 for kids age 7 to 14 and free for kids under age 6. For more information, call 443-951-5125, or go to windowsofstrength.org.

Monday, Oct. 15

Our Lady Star of the Sea School will have a Roy Rogers Spirit Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Solomons. Mention the school in the Roy Rogers restaurant and drive-through.

Join others for a Monday Memories guided tour of Point Farm at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 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. Call 410-586-8501, or go to www.jefpat.org, for more information.

Adult volleyball will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at St. John Vianney Church Family Life Center on Main Street in Prince Frederick. Cost is $5.50 per night, and it is for intermediate to advanced players. For more information, go to www.sjvchurch.net.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Join Dr. Mara Daidone, otolaryngologist, at Calvert Memorial Hospital’s LifeCycles program and learn what causes snoring and what to do about it, at a lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in classroom 1. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 410-535-8233.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will host “Homeschool Day: The Second War for Independence — Impacts and Consequences of the War of 1812” from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 16. Students will use primary resources, such as artwork and narratives, to analyze how perceptions of the war and national identity changed throughout the early 19th century. Learn about the war’s impact socially and economically and how it helped lead to the Civil War. Cost is $8 per child, $5 per non-homeschool sibling. All ages are welcome.

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election or update address information is 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Eligible residents can now register to vote or update their address at www.elections.state.md.us (click “Voter Registration” at the top of the page). Paper applications are also available at many locations, including MVA, post offices, public libraries, as well as the election board office. A hand-delivered application must be received in the local election board office by 9 p.m., and a mailed application must be postmarked by Oct. 16. For more information, contact the Calvert County Board of Elections at 410-535-2214 or 301-855-1376, or the Maryland Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683), or go to www.elections.state.md.us.

The Davidsonville Dance Club will hold lessons for intermediate level waltz and mambo for eight weeks beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16. Waltz begins at 6:30 p.m.; mambo starts at 7:45 p.m. Both are for couples only and will be taught by a professional instructor. Variations and routines are offered for experienced dancers looking for variety. Cost is $60 plus a $10 membership fee for 2012. For more information, call 301-262-0347.

The Lady Patriots soccer team will be collecting cans of green beans at its home soccer game Tuesday, Oct. 16. These food items will be distributed to those in need through the Giving Thanks Event sponsored by the Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry.

Open gym basketball will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John Vianney Church Family Life Center on Main Street in Prince Frederick. Cost is $3 per night. For more information, go to www.sjvchurch.net.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will present a “Watercolor Wonderland” class, a six-class series taught by Mary Blumberg, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, through Nov. 20. Enjoy the charm and mystery of watercolor. Mingling of colors, lost and found edges and spotlighting reflections are a few of the techniques participants will accomplish. Cost is $135 for nonmembers; $120 for members. Go to www.annmariegarden.org, or call 410-326-4640, to register.

There will be a farmer’s market from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Calvert Memorial Hospital, 130 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick. For more information, go to www.calvertag.com.