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Wednesday, Jan. 23

Relay for Life of St. Mary’s County will host a kickoff event to benefit the American Cancer Society on Jan. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Dr. James Forrest Technology Center in Leonardtown. Come out and meet the 2013 Relay Planning Committee, listen to guest speakers, enjoy refreshments and join the community’s fight against cancer. For more information, visit www.stmarysrelay.org.



The St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ Partners for Success Resource Center for Families and Schools will present a workshop geared toward parents of students who will be exiting high school with a Maryland Certificate of Course Completion. The workshop, titled “Everything You Need to Know About Transitioning Out of High School (but didn’t know to ask),” is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the board of education meeting room, 23160 Moakley St. in Leonardtown. Dottie Powell, SMCPS transition specialist, will present information regarding steps families need to take for successful transitions from school to adulthood for individuals with disabilities. This workshop is free but registration is required; contact Susan Shannon at partnersforsuccess@smcps.org or call 301-863-4069. Should the schools close for inclement weather; this workshop will be canceled and rescheduled.



The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra has announced that auditions for its spring 2013 season will be held Jan. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Jan. 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Chopticon High School. The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra for musicians entering grades 6-12 with at least one year of musical study. Younger musicians who can play at Level 4 may audition and, at the discretion of the director, may be accepted. The size of the string section will determine the size of the other sections. Non-traditional orchestral instruments are welcome to audition. Musicians who wish to audition must complete the audition registration form at www.smyorchestra.org. An audition may be granted by special appointment at the discretion of the director.



The Chesapeake Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Wildewood Retirement Center. Call Margaret Sames at 240-434-5276. See http://chesapeake.freetoasthost.us.



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 cdpclarktqci.net.



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 www.smartco.org.



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. 24

A free tour of and ribbon cutting for a model home that is the result of a low-impact development partnership that is aiming to support both the local economy and the health of the river will be held Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Hills model home on Indian Bridge Road, half a mile north of Route 5. The St. Mary’s River Watershed Association is partnering with two developers, Stanley Martin Homes Wildewood and Marrick Homes, to bring innovative low-impact development practices to fruition at model homes in order to study buyer attitudes and perceptions and foster marketability. For more information, call 301-737-2903 or email info@stmarysriver.org.



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 MeghanneTyahoo.com or theredding6gmail.com.



The Southern Maryland Sound Tri-County Barbershop Chorus rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown campus of the College of Southern Maryland in Building B, Room 214. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-373-2781.



TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall in Mechanicsville. People who have had weight-loss surgery are also welcome. Weigh-in is from 5:45 to 6:25 p.m., followed by a meeting from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Call Barbara Alton at 301-884-6185.



The Wildewood Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Wildewood Community Center, No. 1. Call Mary Clark at 301-373-5832.



The Leonardtown Rotary Club meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the dining room at St. Mary’s Hospital. Visit www.leonardtownrotary.org.



A free bowl of homemade soup to warm the body and a scripture of the week bookmark to feed the soul is given Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Charlotte Hall. All are welcome. For more information visit www.mtcalvaryumc.com or call 301-884-7320.



Al-anon meets 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Andrew’s Church in California.



Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at King/Queen Hall in Chaptico.



Narcotics Anonymous meets 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.



Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.



Friday, Jan. 25

Beth Israel Synagogue of Lexington Park will hold regular services with Rabbi Ellie Shemtov on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday morning services will be held Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, see bethisraelmd.org.



A pitch card party to benefit the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will be held by the squad’s auxiliary on Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the squad building on Flora Corner Road. Must be 16 years old to play. Snacks and beverages will be available. For more information, call 301-884-4108.



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Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance will present a Homespun Coffee House Concert featuring Lynn Hollyfield on Jan. 25 at Christ Church parish hall at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. See www.lynnhollyfield.com. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for members; $12 for non-members. Refreshments are available (donation requested). For more information, go to www.smtmd.org.



A Texas hold ’em tournament will be held Jan. 25 at the Mechanicsville firehouse in a best-two-out-of-three point series. Tournaments will also be played Feb. 22 and March 29. For more information, email mechpoker@yahoo.com.



Girl power, a group for girls ages 8 to 12 that will focus on enhancing social skills, will be facilitated by the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau from Jan. 18 to Feb. 15 at the Jarboe Center. There is a $25 registration fee. For more, call 301-866-5992.



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. 26

A public forum on corporate sustainability will be held by the League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Leonardtown library. Global market forces are creating new demands on corporations to track and disclose their carbon, water and waste footprints. Attorney Tricia A. Dunlap, who works with a sustainability team in Richmond, Va., will give a presentation. There will be time for questions and answers.



The seventh annual basket bingo sponsored by Jay Worch Electric will be held at the Valley Lee firehouse on Jan. 26, with all proceeds to benefit Piney Point Elementary School PTA projects. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 6 p.m. An admission game book is $20 at the door. Additional game books may be purchased for $5 each. Each person must have his/her own admission book to enter. Children must have their own admission book and be accompanied by an adult. The event will feature 26 Longaberger products, a 50/50 raffle and a basket raffle. For more information or to reserve a table for six or more, contact Jayne Worch at 240-925-5594 or at jjworch@hotmail.com.



A benefit for Adam Lumpkins will be held Jan. 26 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. There will be 50/50 raffle, bake sale, vendors, silent and brown bag auctions, The Magic Man and food for sale. Music will be provided by NGJB, R&R Train, Franklin Square Band, Justin Crenshaw, Groove Span and Road House, with sound provided by Troy Jones. Cost of admission is $10 per person, with those younger than 12 admitted for free. All proceeds go to Adam C. Lumpkins Trust Fund. To donate or more information, prayingforadamgmail.com.



An appraiser fair will be hosted by the St. Clement’s Island Museum on Colton’s Point on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum. Expert appraisers will represent the following categories: fine arts, jewelry, vintage dolls and U.S. coins. The fine arts category encompasses a broad spectrum of items, including ceramics, pottery, glassware, artwork/paintings, music boxes and curiosity items. Items in this category are limited to two items per person for a fee of $5 per item. Other category fees are $5 for the first two items and $10 per item thereafter. (Ten U.S. coins will be evaluated per $5 fee.) Those attending the fair are requested to bring only those items that can be hand-carried. Space is limited, and items will be viewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Appraisals are not certified; however, one can make arrangements for a certified appraisal at a later date and time. A representative from the Washington Conservation Guild will also be on hand to offer advice on how to preserve and store heirlooms, photographs, newspapers, antique items, etc. Guests can also enjoy a free chocolate tasting inside the Crab Claw Museum Store while they wait. For directions or more information, call the museum at 301-769-2222 or visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.



An indoor flea market will be held by the St. Mary’s County Fair Association on Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon. 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 financial seminar that will cover how to double disposable income, receive God’s supernatural provision, prosper during hard economic times, save on taxes and reduce insurance costs, build your retirement account and more will be offered Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at Restoration Free Gospel Church at 19895 Three Notch Road, past Spring Ridge Middle School, in Lexington Park. Register online at www.restorationfgc.org or call 301-863-4506.



An annual free throw contest will be presented by the St. Francis Xavier Knights of Columbus on Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Father Andrew White School gym. Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate. For more information, call James Berned at 240-925-4447.



The department of engineering management and systems engineering at George Washington University will be enrolling students in the accelerated doctorate program at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center for a start in the summer semester 2013. An information session will be held Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon at the center in California. To RSVP for the information session, call Cynthia Shoemaker at 301-737-2500, ext. 204. See www.smhec.org.



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 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, Jan. 27

A field trip will be sponsored by the Southern Maryland Audubon Society on Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at Piscataway Park and Hard Bargain Farm looking for “Winter Waterfowl and Resident Birds.” RSVP to leader, Chris Ordiway, at 301-203-8014 or olebuckstrixvaria.org.



Reservations are required by Jan. 27 to attend a community forum on health issues for Calvert women and girls that will be held Jan. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Dream Weaver Cafe in Prince Frederick. Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. to purchase lunch at the counter; the program begins at noon. Space is limited. The forum will feature Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County’s health officer, and Dr. Suzanne Haynes, cochair of Calvert’s Commission for Women Health Committee and senior science adviser for the office on women’s health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To reserve a spot, email Chair@CalvertWomen.org.