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Friday, Jan. 4

There will be a chicken parmesan and spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower level dining room. Commander Jack will whip up his world-famous entree with all the trimmings, garlic bread and salad. Cost is $10 and includes a beverage. For more information, call 301-855-6466.

First Free Friday at the Calvert Marine Museum will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4. Bob Pfeiffer and Eric Skow will perform popular favorites in the lobby starting at 6:30 p.m. Docents will be in every gallery to answer questions. The museum store will be open.

A First Free Friday Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of this state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. The guided tours allow visitors to get up close and personal with conservators and collections. For more information, call 410-586-8578.

The Davidsonville Dance Club will offer lessons in the quickstep, basic 1, and samba, basic 1, for eight weeks beginning Friday, Jan. 4. Quickstep lessons start at 7 p.m., and samba begins at 8 p.m., international style. Lessons will be taught by a professional instructor, and no partner is required. Cost is $60 plus a $10 membership fee for the year 2013. For more information, call 410-257-0631.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Artworks @ 7th will host the third annual fundraiser show for the Calvert Animal Welfare League through the month of January, with an opening reception from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Members of CAWL will be on hand, and many artists will offer animal-themed artwork and will donate a percentage of their sales to CAWL. For more information, go to www.cawlrescue.org or www.artworks@7th.com, or email cawl@comcast.net.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary will host a Maple Syrup Campfire from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick. Find out how maple syrup is made from identifying the maple trees to the long process of cooking sap into syrup. Ash cakes will be cooked with the syrup. Adult participation and reservations are required. Call 410-535-5327.

Sunday, Jan. 6

“In the Bay,” a Brownies badge program, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Calvert Marine Museum. Fee is $11. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41, to register.

Chesapeake Community Chorus will practice from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Contact Larry Brown at 301-855-7477 for more information.

The Friendship United Methodist Church VIP Youth Choir Epiphany Concert will be at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, free of charge. For more information, call 410-257-7133.

The Southern Maryland Audubon Society will host a field trip, “Winter Birds at PAX,” from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 8, at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The trip will feature typical winter airfield birds. Preregistration is required. For more information, contact leader Kyle Rambo at 301-757-0005 or kyle.rambo@navy.mil.

Monday, Jan. 7

The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce will host a State Legislative Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Rod’N’Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. The breakfast allows chamber members to hear from its state delegation about bills and legislation to be presented during the 2013 legislative session in Annapolis. A question and answer formate will be used. Reservations are required; cost is $35 per person. No walk-ins will be accommodated. To register, go to www.calvertchamber.org and go the the Calendar of Events section.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center will host artLAB Mom’s Club from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5. These lightly guided sessions will help children make great art, fun toys, creative costumes and new friends. Cost is $7 per parent/child pair, $2 for each additional child. No registration is required. For more information, call 410-326-4640.

There will be a Monday Memories guided tour of Point Farm at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 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 the land that is now JPPM. Share stories, or enjoy the tour and listen to the memories of others. For more information, call 410-586-8501, or go to www.jefpat.org.

The Calvert County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will conduct a full-cycle test of the alert and notification sirens throughout southern Calvert and St. Mary’s counties at noon Monday, Jan. 7. The full-cycle test includes a three-minute activation of all sirens within the 10-mile area around Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. All citizens are asked to remember the scheduled testing and relay the information to friends, family and neighbors. Contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, for additional emergency or disaster preparedness information.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host an anger management class from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. starting Monday, Jan. 7, and running through March 25, at the Calvert Alternative School. To learn more, call 443-975-7357.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host a victim awareness class from 4 to 5 p.m. starting Monday, Jan. 7, and running through March 25, at the Calvert County Department of Juvenile Services. To learn more, call 443-975-7357.

Tuesday, Jan. 8

There will be a casual Tuesday dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, hosted by the auxiliary, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach in the lower level dining room. Menu includes spiced shrimp with all the trimmings. Cost is $10 and includes a beverage. For more information, call 301-855-6466.

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Sea Squirts: Wacky Weather from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Come sing songs, hear a story and be rain, snow, sun and wind at this free drop-in program for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers.

The towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach will host an Honor Celebration event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, highlighting the Beaches’ support for children, youth and families, in the North Beach Town Hall. America’s Promise Alliance representative Jordan LaPier and Beaches organizations, youth groups, community leaders, interested families and individuals are invited to celebrate Calvert County’s naming as one of “The 100 Best Communities for Young People.” For more information, call the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth at 410-286-8300.

The 16th annual Relay For Life of Calvert County kick-off will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Calvert High School cafeteria, 600 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. Invited are all team captians and participants, community leaders, those who want to start a new team and businesses and organizations that would like to be part of the largest American Cancer Society fundraiser in the state. For more information, go to www.calvertcountyrelayforlife.org, contact Jennifer Faulkner at 888-603-4304 or Jennifer.Faulkner@cancer.org, or contact Paula Rosnage at 410-535-1668 or paulaccrelay@comcast.net.

The Davidsonville Dance Club will offer lessons in the rumba, intermediate level, and cha cha, intermediate level, for eight weeks beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8. Rumba lessons start at 6:30 p.m., and cha cha begins at 7:45 p.m., for couples only. Variations and routines will be offered for experienced dancers looking for variety. Lessons are taught by a professional instructor. Cost is $60 plus a $10 membership fee for 2013. For more information, call 301-262-0347.

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s Exhibit Barn will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. The barn will be open every Tuesday during the winter season and features the exhibit “Farmers, Patriots and Traitors: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812.” For more information, call 410-586-8500.

Ladies’ Bible study will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Dunkirk Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Child care is provided. Join others for LifeChange Bible Study Series: Acts. For more information, email women@dunkirkbaptistchurch.org.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host G.I.R.L.S. (Getting Involved and Ready to Lead through Service) from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8 and running through March 26, at Southern Middle School. This group will engage girls to be a resource in their community and make a significant contribution to improvie their neighborhoods. Girls will interact with professional female mentors. To learn more, call 443-975-7357.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host the School Success Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8, at the Yardley Hills Community Center. This delinquency prevention program offers academic support to school children who live in the community. Students are also offered leadership and social skills development opportunities.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Learn how to download books using Overdrive at an e-reader event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Calvert Library Fairview Branch. Librarians will explain how digital rights management works for library e-books and how to download those books to an e-reader device. Register by calling 410-257-2101, or go to calvert.lib.md.us.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host an anger management class from 4 to 5 p.m. starting Wednesday, Jan. 9, and running through Feb. 13, at the Calvert County Department of Juvenile Services. To learn more, call 443-975-7357.

Thursday, Jan. 10

The Calvert Marine Museum will present Sea Squirts: Wacky Weather from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Come sing songs, hear a story and be rain, snow, sun and wind at this free drop-in program for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers.

The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce will present Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Medart Galleries, 10735 Town Center Blvd., Suite 1, Dunkirk. Visit the new store location, peruse the vast assortment of artistry, mingle with Chamber members and win door prizes. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. To register, go to www.calvertchamber.org and go to the Calendar of Events section. For more information, call 410-535-2577.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will host “Reconnecting to Your Teen” from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10 through Feb. 14, at Ruth’s Miracle House. Parents will enhance their understanding of the continued importance of positive parenting in their teens’ changing lives. To learn more, call 443-975-7357.

There will be an information session for prospective young musicians who wish to join the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra (SMYOrch) in its inaugural 2013 season, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Lexington Park Library, meeting room A. Any musician entering grade six through 12 with at least one year of musicial study may audition. Younger musicians may be accepted at the discretion of the director. Rehearsals will begin in February, culminating in a concert in May. For more information, contact Julia Nichols, president, at 301-997-0079.

Friday, Jan. 11

Dunkirk Baptist Church will host a special worship night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the sanctuary. Join others and share a gift in worship. For more information, contact the church at 301-855-3555 or office@dunkirkbaptistchurch.org.

Saturday, Jan. 12

A Royal Flush Texas Hold’em Tournament will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Support Shelby Potts and Dave McDowell in their campaigns to become queen and king of the United Way of Calvert County’s Mardi Gras 2013. Cost is $125 to buy in, $15 for spectators. There will be free food, drinks and beer throughout the evening, along with raffles and a silent auction. To register or for more information, call 410-253-4365 or 443-532-1816, or go to www.shelby4queen.com. All proceeds benefit the United Way’s initiatives in education, income and health.

There will be a country dance from 8 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Jan. 12, at the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach in the upper level ballroom. Teachers will be available to give instruction starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies. For more information, call 301-855-6466.

There will be a sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Asbury-Solomons, 11000 Asbury Circle, Solomons, in the auditorium and throughout other sites within the building. Betty’s Closet will hold a resale of new and gently used clothing and accessories since there was no sale in December and there is a multitude of items. The library committee will have many books for sale, and Grannies Treasures will sell housewares, furniture and miscellaneous items. All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund.

The American Legion Calvert County Oratorical Contest will be Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Lusby Post 274. Contestants need to be at the post by 12:30 p.m. Rain date is Jan. 19. For more information, contact a guidance counselor at any of the local high schools, a local library, M. Edward Miller at 410-474-9401 or medmiller@comcast.net or Cheryll Chew at 410-535-1477 or cheryllchew@gmail.com.

The Patuxent River Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church hall at 27108 Mt. Zion Church Road in Mechanicsville. The meeting will start with pot luck lunch, followed by discussion of books and an update of AAUW activities at the state and national levels. Participants are asked to bring children’s books for the Tri-County Head Start. For more information, contact the president, Barbara Fetterhoff, at paxriveraauw@gmail.com.

There will be an information session for prospective young musicians who wish to join the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra (SMYOrch) in its inaugural 2013 season, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Charlotte Hall Library. Any musician entering grade six through 12 with at least one year of musicial study may audition. Younger musicians may be accepted at the discretion of the director. Rehearsals will begin in February, culminating in a concert in May. For more information, contact Julia Nichols, president, at 301-997-0079.

The Maryland Defense Force will hold an informational recruiting session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at La Plata National Guard Armory, 14 W. Hawthorn Dr. MDDF is a volunteer arm of the Maryland Military Department and is establishing a presence in Southern Maryland. MDDF seeks volunteers from Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, including former members of the U.S. military, physicians, nurses, paramedics and EMTs, engineers, lawyers, legal assistants, chaplains and any qualified Marylanders between ages 17 and 65 who want to train and serve their communities in times of emergency while in uniform. For more information, go to http://mddf.maryland.gov, or email ggertz@mddf.us.

Sunday, Jan. 13

The American Chestnut Land Trust will host a Hiking Trail Maintenance Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Join others as the ACLT continues to work on the new Prince Frederick to the Bay Overlook Trail. Volunteers are needed to clear the trail of leaves, flatten steep or uneven areas as much as possible, trim back limbs and bushes and outline the trail with pieces of deadwood. Registration is required; email volunteer@acltweb.org, or call 410-414-3400. Meet at the ACLT office at Double Oak Farm, 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick.

A panel presentation, “The Big Conversation: Health Care in Southern Maryland ... A Right, Responsibility or Privilege?,” will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, 10210 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby. Local experts will discuss the present issues and status of health care, and there will be time for audience discussion. Four Wednesday evening follow-up discussions will follow. The event is sponsored by the church’s Christian Formation Committee. For more information, call 410-326-0370, or go to www.middlehamandstpeters.org.

There will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. Meal includes hot cakes, sausage, scrapple, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits, fruit and chip beef. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for kids ages 6 and under. Bloody Marys will be available for a nominal fee. For more information, call 301-855-6466.