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Members of the Archie Edwards Blue Heritage Foundation will perform a blues concert 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the La Plata library at 2 Garrett Ave.

Edwards was a Washington, D.C., bluesman and barber known for performing country or Piedmont blues. He had regular Saturday afternoon jam sessions at his barbershop in northeast Washington, D.C. The concert will feature country, delta and Chicago blues.

Performers will explain the composition and history of the blues and share stories of the old local bluesmen. A barbershop-style jam session will follow the concert. Musicians welcome.

For more information, call the La Plata library at 301-934-9001.

Nonprofit looking for board members

StayStrongWithCancer, a newly formed nonprofit organization in Charles County, is looking for candidates to serve on its volunteer board of directors.

Directors will serve an initial one-year term and may be re-elected to serve for a total of four consecutive terms. Directors are required to attend at least 75 percent of monthly board meetings, serve on committees and attend a variety of event meetings.

The group’s mission is to create a community for people touched by all forms of cancer that will empower and motivate them both mentally and physically. The group is looking for people who are passionate and dedicated, a news release states.

For more information, go to www.StayStrongWithCancer.org.

Interested applicants should call Kim Cooksey at 240-419-4812 or email infostaystrongwithcancer.org.

Workshops to focus on state’s college savings plan

College Savings Plans of Maryland, the independent Maryland state agency that offers two tax-advantaged 529 plans — the Maryland Prepaid College Trust and the Maryland College Investment Plan — will host a live, interactive webinar at noon Jan. 16.

The webinar will feature Joan Marshall, executive director of the College Savings Plans of Maryland, who will provide information about the plans and be available to answer questions following the presentation.

The webinar is free, but registration is required,

Go to www.CollegeSavingsMD.org/Webinar. Other webinars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, 7 to 8 p.m. March 12 and noon to 1 p.m. April 5.

Youth orchestra names director

The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra, a newly formed music group for musicians in sixth through 12th grades, has announced its selection of AnneMarie Karnbach of Hollywood as its director.

Karnbach serves as the orchestra director at Chopticon High School, where she also teaches AP music theory and art appreciation courses. In addition, she teaches private music lessons. Karnbach began playing viola in elementary school, and she performed in the Baldwin Wallace Youth Symphony as well as the Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra in Pittsburgh.

She spent four years performing with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. She attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s of fine arts in music performance with a concentration in viola in 1997.

She went on to earn a master’s of arts in leadership in teaching with a focus in administration and supervision in 2008 from the Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. Karnbach has performed with the McLean Symphony in Northern Virginia as well as COSMIC in Southern Maryland.

“I hope [the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra] provides an outlet for kids who are looking to get out and play for the love of music,” Karnbach said in a statement. “I want them to gather performance experience, friendships and networking, and expand their appreciation of music.”

For more on the new orchestra, email inquiries to smyorchestragmail.com or go to www.smyorchestra.org.

Big conversation on health

Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish is sponsoring its second annual “Big Conversation” at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at the parish hall at 10210 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby.

This year’s topic is “Health Care in Southern Maryland: A Right, Responsibility or Privilege?” The forum will include a panel of Southern Maryland health care experts and provide an opportunity for a dialogue with attendees.

The focus of the forum is on local health care issues, such as accessibility to health care by all residents, the higher incidence of health care challenges in our communities and potential future changes in care. This year’s initial Sunday session will be followed by four Wednesday evening sessions providing an opportunity to further examine the deeper issues of health care in the context of faith, Scripture and the views of others.

Go to www.middlehamandstpeters.org. Contact daviesdcomcast.net or 410-326-0370.

Church to host Sweetheart Dinner

Mount Zion United Methodist Church at 27108 Mount Zion Church Road in Mechanicsville will hold its annual Sweetheart Dinner on Feb. 9, in the fellowship hall.

Entertainment provided by Sonrise Gospel Bluegrass Music of Fredericksburg, Va. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Menu consists of prime rib and crab cake, baked potato with fixings, seasonal vegetable medley, tossed salad, tea, coffee and dessert. Catered by Sunshines Catering. Cost is $35 per person by reservation only. Baby sitting provided by reservation only. 16 years of age and older are welcome.

Call Frank Hill at 301-884-3811 by Feb. 4 to make a reservation.

Contra dance set Saturday in Chaptico

A contra dance sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Sargon deJesus, will be held Jan. 12 at the Christ Episcopal Church parish hall at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and the dancing begins at 7:30. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance and is a huge amount of fun and exercise, dance organizers say.

Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members and $6 for members. Band members get in free.

No fancy or outlandish clothing is required. Dancers need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. Go to www.smtmd.org.

Membership runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. The cost is $15 for an individual membership and $20 for a family. The membership funds are an integral part of funding the group’s programs. The membership form can be found at www.smtmd.org/membershipform.pdf. The form and payment may be mailed to SMTMD, P.O. Box 403, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Antique show might bring back memories

Take a step back in time and join the La Plata High School music program as its members host their 21st annual antique show and sale at the school at 6035 Radio Station Road in La Plata.

Let the brightly colored Pyrex mixing bowls your mom used bring back memories of when it was OK to lick the beaters. See vintage toys and furniture that you had when you were a child.

The show will be held 10 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. For more information, call 301-259-2411.

Photo exhibit features Maryland farmers

As the 2013 General Assembly convenes this week, visitors to the Miller Senate Office Building will be able to view a series of portraits of Maryland farmers taken by award-winning photographer Edwin Remsberg and commissioned by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

The series, “Maryland Farmers: The Faces of the Land,” highlights the diversity of people, places and practices involved with food production in our state.

Twelve archival photographic prints will be on display in the second floor lobby near the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs hearing room.

“We are thrilled that Edwin Remsberg’s exhibit will be on display in a space with high visibility for Maryland’s leaders and decision makers, starting with the 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session and remaining up the rest of the year,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “Edwin captures remarkable images that celebrate the identity of the people, places and practices of Maryland. We are honored that he dedicates his talent to featuring the people and the stories of Maryland agriculture.”

Remsberg, who is also a farmer, offers insight into the lives of Maryland farmers as integral parts of our societal fabric. The images illustrate a sense of place and a link in the chain of the family farming tradition, which Remsberg sees continuing on. He hopes to provide viewers with an opportunity “to see people, not just defined by what they do with their hands, but by what they do with their hearts.”

The photographs will be permanently displayed at MDA headquarters in Annapolis following the exhibition.