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Local eating establishments are being sought to participate in Celebrate Charles: Restaurant Week.

The first-time event will take place April 1 through 7.

Celebrate Charles: Restaurant Week will be an opportunity for diners to experience Charles County’s culinary scene.

The event is expected to accommodate everything from casual, pub-style restaurants and carry-out facilities to fine dining establishments, while providing dining specials.

Participating restaurants throughout the county might feature their most popular or signature dishes or debut a new menu item.

For more information, contact Rachel Reynolds at 301-645-0601 or reynoldsr@charlescounty.org.

Lackey schedules black history tribute

Henry E. Lackey High School will present “I Am Everyday People: Celebrating the Journey from Emancipation to the March on Washington and Beyond” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the auditorium at Lackey at 3000 Chicamuxen Road in Indian Head.

The program includes the Bishop McNamara High School African Dance and Drum Team and talented Lackey students paying tribute to the fight for civil rights through music, monologue, drama, dance and poetry, among other performances.

Tickets are $5, with children younger than 5 admitted for free.

Call John Hughes at 301-743-5341.

Mattawoman center plans events

The Mattawoman Creek Art Center will hold events at the center at 5565 Upham Place on the grounds of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, including Open Studio days 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays through May 24.

The ongoing event is an opportunity to join others who like to create, whether it be painting, drawing, photography, sculpting, knitting, quilting or other media.

Bring materials and lunch. Share ideas and techniques. Critique one another’s work, and enjoy the creative process. The event is free.

The center will host Three-Dimensional Fiber Art: Basketry 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, March 17 and May 5.

Participants will learn about baskets and their uses, forms and materials from instructor Pamela King. Materials for completion of a small pin cushion basket, a Gretchen basket and a Shaker cheese basket are included in the $150 fee.

Registration is through the College of Southern Maryland, course PEP-7490/106818. Register at www.csmd.edu/Go/Register.

The center will host an Explorations in Monotype workshop 1 to 4 p.m. March 1 and 8.

A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print where paint (oil paint, oil-based ink or watercolor) is applied directly to a printing plate, and then the paint is transferred to the printing paper by running the plate and paper through a press. Beginners are welcome. Instructor Harriett Lawler, who focuses on print making, has taken classes with master printer Allan Kaneshiro, who was the resident artist at the National Museum of American Art. The fee is $40 for MCAC members and $50 for nonmembers. Registrations received one week in advance of the workshop will receive a $10 discount. For both sessions, the cost is $60 for MCAC members and $80 for nonmembers.

Go to www.mattawomanart.org.

Bluegrass concert set in Nanjemoy

Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition Band will perform at the annual bluegrass concert and spaghetti dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 16.

The event will be at the Nanjemoy Community Center at 4375 Port Tobacco Road in Port Tobacco.

A spaghetti dinner will be served before the show, courtesy of the Nanjemoy Community Center Council. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Charles County residents may purchase tickets for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets for nonresidents cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call the center at 301-246-9612 to reserve a spot.

Theater announces upcoming shows

The Port Tobacco Players recently announced its 2013-14 season of shows.

They include “Fiddler on the Roof,” a family musical, with producer Liz Mildenstein, director Joselle Gilpin and music director Chad Mildenstein; “The Woman in Black,” a special Halloween presentation, with producer Rick Pitonyak and director David Bayles; “A Christmas Carol,” the holiday classic, with director Bill Graves; “Death by Chocolate,” a comedy, with producer Carol Charnock and director David Standish; “The Wedding Singer,” a musical, with producer Ann Marie Watson, director Brooke Howells and music director James Watson; “Cyrano de Bergerac,” a classic drama, with producer Carol Charnock and director Craig Hower; and “The Music Man,” a family musical, with producer Laurie Mudd and director Amy Cooksey.

Go to www.ptplayers.com.

Light rail to be discussed Feb. 21

A briefing on Charles County’s initiative to bring light rail to Waldorf and White Plains from the Branch Avenue Metro Station will be given 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at Waldorf West library. The presentation will include a slide show highlighting light rail systems in Phoenix, Ariz.; Norfolk, Va.; and Charlotte, N.C.

The library is at 10405 O’Donnell Place. Call 301-645-1395.