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The College of Southern Maryland will stage “Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘Murder Mystery’” for its just desserts and dinner theater shows.

Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on the night of a performance night, and the ladies of the FAHETG Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does.

The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines are forgotten and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor.”

And just in case the audience should get bored, there’s a film and fashion show and murder mystery quiz complete with a prize.

The crunch comes in the denouement, when the “murderer,” about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter.

But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.

The just desserts shows will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 21 with dinner theater shows at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 and Sept. 27 and 28.

Tickets are $15 for desserts shows and $25 for the dinner performances; $20 for seniors and military members, and $15 for children 12 and younger.

For tickets, call 301-934-7828 or email

The Fine Arts Center is on the La Plata campus at 8730 Mitchell Road.

Crafts needed

Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 82 will hold a craft fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at the post at 6330 Crain Highway in La Plata.

Tables rent for $20 each. Call 301-934-2602.

Bring the buttah

The La Plata Rotary Club will hold its annual lobster festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata.

Food will be served from 1 to 5 p.m.

On the menu per person is two lobsters, a cup of fried clams, and all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes.

The John Luskey Band will perform, and there will be a silent auction, opportunities to play cornhole, a bake sale and raffles.

Tickets are $60 for adults and $15 for kids 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.

For tickets, call Sandy at 301-934-4779.

Troopers collecting food for state food bank

This month, the Maryland State Police will participate in a local food drive to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

September is designated as Hunger Action Month in Maryland.

More than 780,000 Marylanders, including 250,000 children, are currently lacking consistent access to sufficient amounts of nutritious food, according to a news release from the state police.

Donated items can be dropped off this month at the Maryland State Police, La Plata barrack at 9500 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

Items accepted are meat and protein items like canned ham or chicken, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned stews, canned tuna, canned salmon, canned sardines, canned dried beans and nuts; breads and cereals like oatmeal, cereal, rice, rice cakes and pasta; fruits and vegetables like canned fruits, canned juices, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned sauces and salad dressing; dairy foods like evaporated milk, powdered milk, infant formula, puddings and custard; nonfood items like diapers, toilet paper, plastic and paper plates and cups, sanitary napkins and tampons.

Monetary donations can be to the Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21227.

Gala planned

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office will hold a gala fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland and the sheriff’s office’s youth outreach programs Sept. 20 at the Waldorf Jaycees center at 3090 Crain Highway.

The semiformal gala is open to those 18 and older.

Tickets are $125 per couple and include admission, dinner, beer and soda.

Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

Dinner is followed by music, dancing and raffle drawings for prizes including a $5,000 cash grand prize.

For tickets, email Cpl. W. Welch at or Sgt. G. Proctor at

Yoga sessions for cancer patients

The Studio Cooperative will hold a six-week yoga therapy for cancer patients and those with chronic illness 11 a.m. to noon Mondays Sept. 18 to Oct. 28 at the studio at 10400 O’Donnell Place, Suite 201 in Waldorf. The workshop, lead by Anne Machetto, is appropriate for those who are in various stages of cancer and cancer treatment as well as those with chronic illness that inhibits physical activity like fibromyalgia, shogrens disease and other illnesses.

The workshop will provide tools to improve quality of life through movement, breath work, deep relaxation, guided imagery and meditation. Each class will focus on several techniques and include discussion. To register, go to or call 301-861-4345.