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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

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.

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 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

The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra has announced that auditions for its spring 2013 season will be held 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 An audition may be granted by special appointment at the discretion of the director.

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

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,

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

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 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

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. 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

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

The Boxcars, the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Instrumental Group of the Year,” along with “Mandolin Player of the Year,” Adam Steffey, will be making a return performance to the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Jan. 27 as part of the legions’ bluegrass series. The show starts at 2 p.m. with special guest Charlie Thompson and show host, Jay Armsworthy, opening the show. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $15 per person and will be sold at the door only. Food will be available for sale before the show. For more information, go to or call 301-737-3004. Also, non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Helping Hands food pantry.

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. 28

St. Mary’s Genealogical Society will meet Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Leonardtown library. The public is invited to this free event. Eve Love will present the topic, “Moving Midway — A history of a pre-Civil War plantation.” For information, call Loranna Gray at 301-373-8458 or Peg Richardson at 410-326-4435.

The next public meeting of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, Patuxent River Chapter, will be held Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Stoney’s Kingfisher in Solomons. This event is free, but attendees can order from the menu at 6 p.m. John Veil, a veteran Chesapeake Bay angler who targets pickerel during the winter months, will speak on how pickerel frequent the Chesapeake’s feeder streams. For more information, see

BECA hosts its seventh annual scholarship fair on Jan. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Come and meet the scholarship providers on the Common Scholarship Application. Workshops will be offered on the 2013 Common Scholarship Application and financial aid assistance. For more information, see

A forum on how the Affordable Care Act will affect Maryland farmers and small businesses starting in 2014 will be hosted by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the SMECO auditorium in Hughesville. State and local health insurance experts will participate. Format will be a panel discussion with opportunities for audience feedback and questions; participants are encouraged to submit confidential questions for the panel in advance. To register or submit a question for the panel, contact Susan McQuilkin at 301-274-1922, ex. 1, or

The Republican Women of St. Mary’s meet the fourth Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at D.B. McMillan’s restaurant in California. New members are welcome. Purchasing lunch is optional. Contact Deb Rey at 301-872-5858 or

The MOMS Club of St. Mary’s County South meets the last Monday of every month at the Lexington Park library. The group is open to all stay-at-home mothers who live in the elementary school districts of Carver, Lexington Park, Park Hall, Piney Point and Ridge. For more information and time, see

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.

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. 29

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Expo will be held Jan. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. The expo is an opportunity for parents, students, community members and anyone else interested in St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ STEM Academy, to ask question and talk with current STEM students and teachers. Student work samples and exhibits will be on display. Next year’s STEM Academy will include students in grades 4 through 12. For more, visit or contact Tracey Heibel, supervisor of instruction, science/STEM, at 301-475-5511, ext. 135.

Sister Helen Prejean, author and activist against the death penalty, will give a talk Jan. 29 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall. Prejean is the author of “The Death of Innocents” and “Dead Man Walking.” This event is free and open to the public.

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 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. 30

The NAACP St. Mary’s County chapter meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month at the SMECO building in Leonardtown. Call 301-863-3011 or visit

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. 31

CSM Cause Theatre presents Tim Kelly’s “The Empty Chair” from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, Building A, Auditorium. In a counseling center for teenagers recovering from substance abuse, one of the teenager’s peers, Robert, has just died of an overdose. Unsure of whether the incident is an accident or suicide, the atmosphere is tense and uneasy. Each young person recalls their memories of Robert and the dramatic monologues tell us a great deal about each speaker and the terrors of drug abuse. Tickets are $5. The presentation is not suitable for younger audiences. Call 301-934-7828 or visit

The Greater Southern Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association invites all alumni and friends of the academy to its annual “Dark Ages” dinner on Feb. 1 at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training in Piney Point. Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m.; call to dinner at 7:25 p.m.; buffet dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Installation of officers and GSMC president’s remarks to follow dinner. Make reservations and pay for dinner online by visiting, and follow the directions in the e-invitation. RSVPs also by email to or call 240-298-2279. Cost is $37 per person, including gratuity and choice of wine with dinner. RSVP is requested by close of business Jan. 31.