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Friday, Jan. 11

A winter owl prowl will be offered at Myrtle Point Park on Jan. 11 from 8 to 9 p.m. Contact the leader, Bob Boxwell, at 410-610-5124 or Youths are especially welcome. Cosponsored by the Friends of Myrtle Point Park and the Southern Maryland Audubon Society, this prowl is an annual attempt to “call out” the resident owls at the park. Owls are nocturnal and therefore not easy to spot. Participants will meet in front of the park gates and attempt to attract owls by having them respond to recorded calls. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, but avoid “noisy” clothing (please, no snowsuits). This event is weather dependent. Rain or high winds will result in cancellation.

Bunco is played the second Friday of each month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at VFW Post 2632 in California. Open to the public; must be 21 or older to attend. To register, email

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, Jan. 12

An information session on the new Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra will be held Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Charlotte Hall library. For more information, see or email

The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland will present Bruce Molsky at this year’s Winter Celtic Music Festival. The Eighth Annual Winter Celtic Music Festival is hosted by the students of St. Mary’s Ryken High School, Student Organization for Improving the Arts (SOFIA) on Jan. 12. Molksy has a solo career in traditional music, performing on fiddle, guitar and banjo, and also joins groups like Fiddlers Four and Mozaik. The festival’s afternoon workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Ryken in Leonardtown will be primarily focused toward fiddlers, but guitar and banjo players are welcome. Students of all ages are encouraged to bring a recording device, as tunes will be taught by ear. This workshop will focus on intermediate to advanced skill levels, but beginners are welcome to join in. Following the workshop, an evening concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the school’s Romauld Hall Auditorium. For more information, email, or call 301-375-0534. Seating will be limited for the workshops, so early registration is recommended.

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, located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m.; dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members (band members are free). An ice cream social will follow the dance. For more information and directions, go to

The Maryland Educational Chess Association is hosting its fourth annual chess tournament on Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Mills High School cafeteria. Individual as well as team trophies will be presented. Three divisions will compete (K-2, 3-5 and 6-12). Preregistration fee is $10; $15 the day of the event. For more information, see

The Patuxent River Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet Jan. 12 at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church hall in Mechanicsville. The meeting will start at noon with potluck 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 Tri-County Head Start. For more information, contact the president, Barbara Fetterhoff, at

The first of five 2nd Saturday Series tours, “Backstairs/Upstairs,” will be offered Jan. 12 at 1 and 3 p.m. at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood. The special tours that take visitors behind the scenes are limited to 16 people per tour. Advance reservations only. Designed for those 13 and older, outdoor walking is required to participate. Purchase tickets online at

The Southern Maryland Chapter of TLOD invites the community to share in the induction of the first 20 teens into the Southern Maryland Chapter of Top Teens of America on Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waldorf. Cost of the event is $40. For more information, see

Community Television in St. Mary’s meets the second Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Leonardtown library meeting room. New attendees who would like to help start a website on which other nonprofits or individual county residents can post videos or text comments contributing to dialogues are invited attend. For more information, email

A Schwan’s truckload fundraiser will be held by the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary on the second Saturday of each month at the firehouse, located at 13820 Point Lookout Road in Ridge. Schwan’s will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to fill orders. To guarantee the availability of the items, preorders may be made at using Event ID 39903, Ridge VFD Auxiliary, Ridge, MD 20680. Catalogs may also be requested via their website. For more, call 301-872-5671.

The All Saints Episcopal Church Thrift Shop on Oakley Road in Avenue features jewelry, linens, clothing, household needs and books. The shop is in the church hall and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

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.

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, Jan. 13

A Vera Bradley bingo will be sponsored by the Chopticon High School Theatre Booster Club on Jan. 13 at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, located at 27636 Mechanisville Road. Doors open at 1 p.m.; games start at 2 p.m. Cost is $20, and there will also be food and refreshments for sale. For information, contact Kathy McGurk at 301-481-4420 or email

An all-you-can eat breakfast will be held at the Second District Volunteer Fire Department in Valley Lee on Jan. 13 from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage links, ham, creamed chipped beef and more. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. For more, call 301-994-9924.

A community forum, “The Big Conversation — Health Care in Southern Maryland: A Right, Responsibility or Privilege?” will be hosted by Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish in Lusby on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. in the parish hall at 10210 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby. The forum will feature a panel of top health care experts who will address the major health challenges in Southern Maryland and answer audience questions. See

A new year’s choral festival, “Renew, Rebirth, Rejoice!,” will be held by the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Music Ministry on Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the church in Leonardtown. The celebration of song will include traditional Christmas carols, liturgical hymns and songs of praise sung by the church’s choirs along with soloists and instrumentalists. The choral festival if free, but guests are encouraged to bring canned food items or a small cash donation to assist the Helping Hands food pantry. For more about the concert, call the church at 301-475-8064 or see

Sundays in the Park is held at Greenwell’s Rosedale Manor on the second Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays in the Park is a family-friendly event where the community is welcome to come and browse the rooms of historic Rosedale Manor, which was the home of John Philip Greenwell Jr., who donated his land to the state of Maryland and began the Greenwell Foundation. See

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, Jan. 14

Pickleball registration will be held Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. Pickleball is a cross between tennis and pingpong. The game is played on a smaller version of a tennis court. The focus of the game is on exercise and camaraderie. Games will be held at the Margaret Brent Gym located in Helen on Fridays, Feb. 8 to March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Auditions will be held by the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society on Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. by appointment. Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer’s vocal range. Auditions will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, located at 401 E. Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. No prepared piece is necessary. High school-age singers and older are welcome. Call 301-642-0594 for audition appointment. Visit for information about the CCAS.

The Human Resources Association of Southern Maryland will meet Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Waldorf. Marisa Sanchez will present this month’s topic. Research shows that organizations with engaged employees have a competitive advantage and are more likely to achieve both revenue and profit goals. Participants will learn the benefits of increasing engagement among employees, discuss strategies to improve engagement and share best practices in employee engagement. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in human resources issues. Cost is $21 for members; $26 for nonmembers, which includes lunch. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Deadline for registering is noon Jan. 14. To register, go to Once registered, payment is required if a cancellation is made after the deadline date.

The St. Mary’s County Softball Hall of Fame will meet Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at D.B. McMillan’s Pub and Grill in the Wildewood Shopping Center. All inductees to the hall of fame are encouraged to attend. Planning for the annual fundraising dinner and dance will be on the agenda. For more information, call Dick LaBare at 301-373-5021.

The Pax River Quilters Guild will meet Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park. Guests and new members welcome. The group will hold a “scrap fabric brown bag swap” — bring in a brown paper sack filled with one yard of fabric and 12 10-inch squares (each one a different fabric). For more information, contact Lois Andereck at .

An eight-week anger management group for middle and high school students will be offered by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Mondays from Jan. 7 to March 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Jarboe Education Center. There is a $25 registration fee.

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.

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.

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.

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, Jan. 15

Applications for energy assistance will be accepted by the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee on Jan. 15 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services, located at 21775 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. Applicants may bring completed applications with the required documents or complete applications on site that day. For more information, call 301-475-5574, ext. 200.

An eight- week long social skills group for boys ages 12 to 18 will be held by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Tuesdays from Jan. 8 to March 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the youth center at 46940 South Shangri-La Drive in Great Mills. There is a $25 registration fee.

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

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

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

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

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, Jan. 16

The Newtowne Players will present a free preview performance of “Field Guide to the North American Osprey,” a one-act play by local playwright Trish Cole, on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Starring local actors Michael Bell and Missy Bell, the play is about a couple grieving, watching and hoping on a journey together to find their own peace. The preview show, open to the public, will include food and beverages before and after the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m. The play will represent The Newtowne Players at the Maryland Community Theatre Festival in Wye Mills on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. Donations to offset the cost of sending the show to the festival will be accepted Jan. 16. See or

Energy applications will be accepted by the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services located at 23110 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. Applicants may bring completed applications with the required documents or complete applications on site that day. For more information, call 301-475-5574, ext. 200.

Poetry Out Loud, a countywide competition as part of a national poetry recitation contest, will be sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council and St. Mary’s County Arts Council for local high school students on Jan. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cole Cinema at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The competition is open to the public. The competition, presented in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 680 classic and contemporary poems.

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Southern Maryland will meet at the Ruddy Duck in Solomons on Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Christine Bergmark, executive director of Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, who will lead a discussion of Maryland’s agribusiness programs. Lunch will follow. These meetings are open to all. For more information, see

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.

A group for girls ages 12 to 15 that focuses on enhancing social skills will be held by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 27 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. at Spring Ridge Middle School. For more, call 301-866-5992.

A group for fourth- and fifth-grade girls that focuses on enhancing girls’ social skills will be held by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lexington Park Elementary School. For more, call 301-866-5992.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 17

A PEM Talk, “Sustainable Chesapeake presents Rich Takacs talking about Creating Living Shorelines,” will be offered Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Calvert Marine Museum. Free. For more information, call 410-326-2042.

“Gasland,” the award-winning documentary film on gas extraction by the “fracking” method will be presented by Food & Water Watch and Sierra Club on Jan. 17 at the Prince Frederick Library. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments, literature, letter-writing and informative conversation. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a brief discussion. For more information, email or call 301-884-8027.

The Minority Business Alliance of St. Mary’s County meets on the third Thursday of each month at 26603 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park at 7 p.m. A nonprofit organization, the alliance is a network of business owners and other professionals. Call 301-863-0552 or email

WARM, Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many, is an interfaith program offering shelter, fellowship and hospitality to the homeless community during the winter months. WARM meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. at Lexington Park United Methodist Church at 21760 Great Mills Road.

A social skills group for girls in the fourth and fifth grades will be facilitated by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Thursdays from Jan. 3 to Feb. 21 at Green Holly Elementary School. Call 301-866-5992.

A Ready by 21 group, a group for ninth- to 12th-graders that will focus on adult readiness, will be facilitated by Tri-County Youth Services Bureau on Thursdays from Jan. 10 to June 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the youth center at 46940 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. There is a $25 registration fee. Call 301-866-5992.

A zumba fitness class will be sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Mechanicsville fire department social hall. Classes are $6 per class or you can purchase punch cards (six classes for $30). A portion of the proceeds goes to the ladies auxiliary. For more information, email or