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Friday, Nov. 16

A brown bag auction will be held Nov. 16 at the American Legion Post Home on Route 5 in Ridge. Bidding starts at 7 p.m.; items awarded at 8 p.m. Tickets are three for $1, 17 for $5 and 35 for $10. (Guests are asked to bring address labels to use on your tickets.) Refreshments will be available.

A steak and shrimp dinner will be held at American Legion Post 221 in Avenue on Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu includes New York strip steak, steamed shrimp and burgers. Platters and sandwiches are both available for eat-in or carryout service. For more, call Mike Barbour at 301-769-4569 or 301-769-4346 on the day of the event. See www.alpost221.webs.com.

St. Mary’s Ryken students will present the comedy “Death by Chocolate” on Nov. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Romuald Hall Theater. Just like an Agatha Christie mystery, “Death by Chocolate” features a host of outlandish characters, multiple murders and a hapless detective trying to sort it all out. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets can be purchased online at www.seatyourself.biz/smrhs or at the door for $10 for adults; $5 for students.

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazz Combo will present an evening of special performances Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Montgomery Hall, Room 25. Under the direction of Don Stapleson, guests will hear the combo’s rendition of music by Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Carlos Santana. The event is free and open to the public.

Beth Israel Synagogue in Lexington Park will hold services Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Southern Maryland Originals 2012, a celebration of works written by local artists, will be presented on Nov. 14 to 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The collection of one-act plays and music and spoken-word performances will be presented at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown campus in Building A auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Some scenes are not appropriate for children. For more information, email SMO.Producer@gmail.com.

Chopticon High School’s Bravehouse Productions will present Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” from Nov. 15 to 17 in the Chopticon auditorium. All shows will begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 with a student ID. For more, call Chopticon’s theater director Tracie Pisarcik at 301-475-0215, ext. 153, or visit ChopticonTheatre.org.

“Laughing at Life,” a performance of four short Japanese ky˘gen comedies in translation, opened Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Bruce Davis Theater on the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus. Ticket prices are $4 or $6, general admission. To make reservations, call the Theater Box Office at 240-895-4243 or email boxoffice@smcm.edu. Produced by the department of theater, film, and media studies and directed by faculty member Holly A. Blumner, “Laughing at Life” performs Nov. 15-17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Free parking is available within walking distance to Montgomery Hall in both the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center parking lot and in the adjacent visitor’s parking lot.

Southern Maryland Parents, Families, and friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will meet at the Charlotte Hall library at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16. For more information call Theresia at 301-861-7004 or email pflag.smd@gmail.com.

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, Nov. 17

A fall bake sale will be sponsored by the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at Murphy’s Town and Country Store in Avenue.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church is celebrating its 350 year anniversary with its 25th Olde Fashioned Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s raffle quilt is titled “Darting Minnows” and was hand-quilted by the ladies of the parish. Items from a variety of artists will be available. All items are hand-crafted. A cafe-style luncheon of stuffed ham, chicken salad and homemade beef vegetable soup will also be available.

Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy will host its annual antique show and sale at the Leonard Hall Drill Hall on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Lunch will be available.

Pathways, a nonprofit organization that provides mental health services in Southern Maryland, will hold its first annual dinner/dance fundraiser on Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Holiday Inn Solomons. In addition to an evening of dining and dancing, there will be a silent auction featuring gift baskets for different occasions, gift certificates to various restaurants and stores, trips to both domestic and foreign locales, jewelry and many other items. Dinner will be a full buffet of holiday fare. Tickets cost $35 each and are available from Pathways at 301-373-3065, ext. 225, or info@pathwaysinc.org.

An indoor flea market will be held by the St. Mary’s County Fair Association on Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at the fairgrounds. All vendors and crafters are welcome. An 8x10 space with one table may be rented for $20. For information or to reserve a space, you must call 301-475-9543.

A crafter/vendor fair will be hosted by the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crafters and vendors are needed. The table rental fee is $25 per table for a standard table and $40 for premiere. Set-up begins at 8 a.m., with breakdown beginning immediately after the event. All proceeds will benefit the school’s SkillsUSA chapter. For more details or to rent a table, contact the Forrest center at 301-475-0242.

An Amish Quilt Auction featuring one-of-a-kind hand-stitched quilts and piecework and homemade pies and breads, will be held Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an Amish farm. From Route 236 (Thompson Corner Road) go to Grove Farm Lane.

Major William Thomas DAR will meet Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Lenny’s Restaurant. An update will be given about St. Nicholas Church. Lunch will be served for $15. Anyone interested in joining is asked to call Shelly Johnson at 401-867-4674 or Barbara Seeman at 301-769-4853.

All Saints Episcopal Church Thrift Shop in Avenue welcomes the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas items. The shop is open for buyers or donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. The shop is in the church hall on Oakley Road, two miles beyond the church.

The 16th Annual Thanksgiving Prediction Run/Walk and 5K Race will take place Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center in Historic St. Mary's City. The event benefits Special Olympics St. Mary’s County and is hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Running Club. The prediction run/walk 5K (no watches, please) includes a timed 5K race or a 1.5-mile walk through the paths in St. Mary’s City. Age group awards for the 5K race and top five awards for those coming closest to their predicted times in the prediction run. No awards for the fun walk. Race-day registration from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. is $20. Long-sleeved T-shirts guaranteed to the first 120 registered, and there will be chances to win a turkey, homemade baked goods and random door prizes. See www.cbrcmd.org or call 301-475-9829.

Open auditions for the upcoming production of “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman will be held by The Newtowne Players on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. at Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park. There are five male roles and two female roles. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Scripts will be available 30 minutes before the auditions begin. Although the auditions and casting should be complete before Thanksgiving, full rehearsals will not begin until after the Christmas holiday. People interested in helping with the technical and support crew are also welcome. The show runs March 8-24. Contact the director, Bill Scarafia, at 301-863-2329 or wscarafia@hotmail.com. See www.newtowneplayers.org.

Calvary United Methodist Women will present an evening of bluegrass gospel music featuring Jack Tippett and his band, Chris Tenney and Riverside South and Edsel Bradbury on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church in Waldorf. Also appearing will be Betty Blanch from Grinder Switch, Tenn. No charge, but a freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments will be available following the concert. For more, call Norma Bradbury at 301-884-0780.

The Blue Crab Fun Bunch camping club will meet Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Leonardtown Grill in Leonardtown. For information, call 301-843-3476.

A ballroom and swing dance featuring live music from the Chesapeake Swing Band will be held Nov. 17 at Little Flower School on Route 5 in Great Mills. A lesson will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m.; the dance will run from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share; water and soda will be provided. Dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. For more information, call 301-645-8509 or email somdballroom@gmail.com.

A Coach purse bingo will be sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to Hughesville and Mechanicsville volunteer fire departments on Nov. 17 at the Mechanicsville VFD. Doors open at 5 p.m.; games begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $25. For more information, call 240-298-5919 or 301-274-4581.

An opening of an exhibit of Carmen’s own work will be held at Carmen’s Gallery in Solomons on Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Santa will be a special guest at a holiday bazaar on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Margaret Brent Middle School’s cafeteria. The event will benefit the school’s Relay For Life team. There is a $1 entrance fee, with guests 12 and younger admitted for free. Pictures with Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5 per picutre. There will be vendors, crafters, hourly door prizes, raffles, baked goods table, craft table for kids and music and entertainment provided by the MBMS chorus and band. To reserve a table, contact Danielle Welch at 301-672-0891 or email Daniellemwelch@aol.com. Cost is $20 for 6 ft. or $25 for a 12 ft. plus raffle donation.

The St. John’s School Christmas bazaar fundraiser will be held Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be new and returning crafters/vendors, refreshments, homemade baked goods and a gift raffle.

Learn how glassware can change the taste of wine on Nov. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Port of Leonardtown winery. Cost is $25 per person; reservations required.

A comparative gallery talk will be held Nov. 17 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Calvert Marine Museum and Annmarie Garden. Pete Lesher, curator of exhibits at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, will present a comparative gallery talk regarding Watermen of the Chesapeake, at both the Calvert Marine Museum and Annmarie Garden. Leshner will begin his presentation at the Calvert Marine Museum, discussing the “Endangered Species: Chesapeake Watermen” photography exhibit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The discussion will resume at Annmarie Garden at 3 to 4 p.m. on Marc Castelli: The Art of the Waterman exhibit. Call Annmarie Garden to register at 410-326-4640. There is a $10 fee. Light refreshments will be served. Visit www.annmariegarden.org.

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 http://homegrownfarmmarket.webs.com/.

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 www.feralcatrescue.com 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, Nov. 18

The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary and the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor its 17th Annual Craft Show on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire department social hall. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will also be on sale by the auxiliary. Call Leone Gatton for information at 301-373-2221.

A free chili cook-off will be held at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church located at 16922 St. Peter Claver Road in St. Inigoes on Nov. 18 starting at noon. Prizes will be given to the best chili. The menu will include chili, cornbread, hot dogs and salad. All are welcome. To enter your chili into the contest, call Patti Lachkovic at 301-862-1160.

The St. Michael’s School 2012 Fall Festival will be held Nov. 18 at the school in Ridge. An all-you-can-eat dinner will be catered by Thompson’s Seafood and will include fried oysters, turkey and more. The event will also feature the Ladies of Charity Bake Sale, raffles, home party sales vendors, a craft room, homemade crafts, raffles and a children’s craft room. The ticket prices for the dinner are $25 for adults, $13.50 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Carryouts are available for $23. There will be photos with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. for $5 each. All proceeds go to support the school. For tickets or more information, contact Karen Byrne at 301-872-0683, Michele Slade at 301-872-9405 or the school at 301-872-5454.

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, Nov. 19

The Democratic Club of St. Mary's County will meet Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at D.B. McMillan’s in the Wildewood Shopping Center.

St. Mary’s County public schools and the College of Southern Maryland’s Cause Theatre have collaborated to present community theater productions of selected scenes from “A Raisin in the Sun.” The community productions are open to the public and presented free of any charge. The final presentation will be held at Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Great Mills High. For more, contact Charna Lacey, diversity/equity specialist for the public schools, at 301-475-5511, ext. 193.

A St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame meeting will be held Nov. 19. at 6:30 p.m. in the Softball Hall of Fame building at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park. All inductees into the Softball Hall of Fame are encouraged to attend. Items on the agenda include making a decision about the installation of lights inside the plaque showcase at the Softball Hall of Fame Building, the nomination and election of officers and initial plans for a spring fundraiser. For more, contact Dick at 301-373-5021.

The Dyslexia Support Network of Southern Maryland will meet Nov. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California. If your child or student struggles to read and write, please join others to share resources, learn about dyslexia and advocate for change. For more information, email Laura Schultz at dyslexiasomd@gmail.com.

The Lexington Park Rotary Club meets Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge by the Bay District firehouse on Chancellor’s Run Road. Prospective members are welcome to attend by contacting any Rotary Club member.

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, Nov. 20

A joint public meeting to review 2013 legislative proposals will be held by the board of county commissioners and members of the St. Mary’s County delegation on Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building on the government complex in Leonardtown. For more information, contact George R. Sparling at 301-475-4200, ext. 1700.

The Potomac River Association meets on the third Tuesday of every month at noon. Call 301-373-2551 or email dlindsley@verizon.net.

The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter, 478, meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Patuxent River Navy Museum. See www.478.eaachapter.org.

A NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, for those 18 and older with a mental condition like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSC or anxiety, meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the NAMI Southern Maryland Office at the Jarboe Family Education Building in Lexington Park. Call 301-737-1988 or email namisouthernmd@gmail.com.

An adult grief support group offered by Hospice of St. Mary’s meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the hospice office in Callaway. Call 301-994-3078.

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 www.seascoutship548.com.

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 www.SeaScoutShip548.com 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 Shannon.m.irvin@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

The Housing Authority of St. Mary’s County, Maryland be closed Nov. 21 at noon and will reopen Nov. 26 for regular business hours. Call HASMC at 301-866-6590.

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Southern Maryland meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. for a program followed by lunch. Nonmembers are welcome. Call Marcia Seifert at 410-326-2221 or email mtseifert@comcast.net for more information.

A free cancer support group is offered by the American Cancer Society and St. Mary’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom. Call 301-475-6070 to register.

Thursday, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Day meal will be served at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish hall in Lexington Park on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome for this free dinner.