Friday, March 15

A free R.A.D. self-defense program for women and teens will be held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland athletics center on three consecutive days: Friday, March 15, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 17, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Presented by the college and Lexington Park Baptist Church. Sign up at www.lpbconline.org/html/rad.php.

CSM Cause Theater will present the play “Hate Crime” on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. at theater at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Fine Arts Building. The legal thriller by Vincent L. Scarsella deals with race relations. Due to subject matter, including adult language and racial issues, this show is not suitable for all ages. Cost is $5. For more, email bxoffc@csmd.edu, call 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/theatre-and-dance/cause/index.

The St Mary’s National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet on Friday, March 15, with a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Chopticon’s Triple Threat Performance Troupe will perform. Reservations are required at the cost of $16.50; contact Joyce Gentillo at 301 645-5006. For more information, call Geneva at 301-884-5112 or visit www.narfe.org/site/chapter969.

A steak or fried shrimp dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Friday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15. For more, call 301-274-3522.

Drive-through seafood dinners will be served at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds starting at 4 p.m. on Fridays through April 19, weather permitting. Sponsored by the Third District Optimist Club, the dinners for $10 will include fish fillet, shrimp, clam strips, fries, hush puppies and apple sauce.

Helping Hands food pantry is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 28291 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville, located in the old church hall next door to Immaculate Conception Church. For more, call 301-247-2785.

Obesity prevention support classes are offered free on Fridays from 8 to 8:30 p.m. at Dance Studio Twelve Twelve, located at 23476 Three Notch Road in California. This is a lifestyle education program and freestyle dance is demonstrated for daily exercise. Visit www.DanceStudio1212.com/wellness.htm for more.

Overeaters Anonymous meets on Fridays at 9 a.m. at Christ Church on Broome’s Island Road in Port Republic. For more, call Debbie Stockton at 301-642-0146.

Celebrate Recovery, a free Christian-based 12-step program for adults 18 and up struggling with any hurt, hangup or habit, meets Fridays at Our Father’s House Assembly of God Church in California. A large group lesson will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and gender-specific small groups from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. are followed by refreshments. For more, email celebraterecovery@ourfathershouseag.org.

Narcotics Anonymous meets Fridays at 7:07 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park and at 9:30 p.m. at the Beacon of Hope, located at 21681 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Leonardtown.

Al-Anon meets Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at Beacon of Hope in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park.

Saturday, March 16

CSM Benny C. Morgan Concert Series will present the Creative Concert Group, “Boldness of Beethoven,” at 3 p.m. on March 16 at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, Building A, Room 206, featuring works by Beethoven. Free. For more, call 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/benny-c-morgan-series/index.

A health awareness presentation on breast, colon and prostate cancer will be held on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at USCT Interpretive Center, located at 21675 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Sponsored by the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contribution in partnership with St. Marys County Health Department, the session will include information about screenings and early detection. Light refreshments will be provided. Register at www.ucaconline.org.

Summerseat Farm will hold a special “For the Love of Our Animals” open house on Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the barn, meet and feed the animals, and bring family for kids activities. There will also be house tours, hay rides and special demonstrations by Confederate re-enactors showing how they used horses and mules in the Civil War. There is no admission for this event, but donations are appreciated, including animal food. For more information, visit www.summerseat.org.

A volunteer trail work day will be held at St. Mary’s River State Park on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. Projects will focus on trail maintenance. All ages and skill levels welcome. Meet in the main parking lot, wear pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring water.

The play “Nunsense” will be performed as a fundraiser at St. Francis Xavier Church on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. or Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. in the church hall, located at 21370 Newtowne Neck Road in Leonardtown. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To purchase, call 1-800-838-3006 or go to www.ourcabaret.com.

A Fly-In Farmer’s Market will be held at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Sotterley Plantation. There will be a variety of vendors selling local food items. For more, call 301-373-2280.

A spring craft and vendor fair will be held at St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, cost is $25 to reserve a space. There will be food, raffles and more. For more information, call Darlene at 240-434-1095.

Bingo will be played at the Knights of Columbus hall in Ridge on Saturday, March 16. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more, call 301-872-4641.

Soups and sandwiches will be sold on Saturdays through March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is located at 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road in California. A sandwich or soup is $2; coffee, tea and lemonade are $1; and baked goods are 25 cents each. Money raised goes to support local food pantries.

Bingo is hosted by Mother Catherine Spalding Academy in Helen every Saturday at the school. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., early-bird bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m. For more, call 301-884-3165.

Angel Wings & Things thrift store is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former convent next to St. Michael’s School and church in Ridge. Donations are accepted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the school. For more, call Marti at 301-872-5454.

St. Andrew’s Thrift Store, located at 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road in California, is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bible study will be held Saturday mornings from 7 to 8 a.m. with the St. John’s Catholic Church Men’s Group to discuss Sunday’s readings. Doors open at the church in Hollywood with light breakfast and coffee at 6:30 a.m. Contact Dan Seep at 757-291-0262.

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 accepted. To trap a cat to get it vetted, email info@feralcatrescuemd.org.

Emotions Anonymous 12-step meetings are held Saturdays at 5 p.m. at Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center of Walden at 21800 N. Shangri-La Drive in Millison Plaza. For more information, contact Laura at 301-997-1300, ext. 804, or at beacon@waldensierra.org or visit www.emotionsanonymous.org.

Narcotics Anonymous meets on Saturdays at noon at Beacon of Hope, located at 21681 Great Mills Lane in Lexington Park, and at 7 p.m. at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s campus, in Leonardtown.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. on Saturdays at First Saints Community Church in Leonardtown.

Sunday, March 17

First Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington Park, located at 46370 Pegg Lane, extends an invitation to join in the celebration of the Rev. Roderick W. McClanahan’s 29th pastoral anniversary on Sunday, March 17, during the church’s 10 a.m. divine worship service. For more information, contact the church at 301-863-8388.

A drive-through chicken dinner will be held at St. John’s School in Hollywood on Saturday, March 23, from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $12. Dinners must be purchased in advance by March 17 at https://goo.gl/forms/xBmXu9giqKZeG7bo1 or for more information email Gabriela DeBons at grod2@aol.com or Cindy Pollack at pollockc@sjshollywood.org.

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.

The Conversation Starters, a coalition hosting a weekly dialogue on race in the community, will meet on Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. For more, email ttopicofconversation@gmail.com or call 240-718-8282.

Narcotics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the All Faith Episcopal Church, located at 38885 New Market Turner Road in Mechanicsville, and at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, located at 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road in California.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Sundays at 4 p.m. at Good Samaritan Church in Great Mills.

Monday, March 18

The Bread of Life food pantry is open every Monday from noon to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark UAME Church, located at 45685 Happyland Road in Valley Lee. For more information, call 301-994-2090.

The Lexington Park Rotary Club meets Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. at Elements Eatery and Mixology in Lexington Park. Those interested in membership can call Dan Parker, area governor, at 301-904-1743.

CABS (Companions and Buddies for Singles), an adult social group of friends, meets every Monday, except on holidays, at 6 p.m. at the Garvey center in Leonardtown. Dues are $15 per year, first four visits are free. For more, visit CABSorg.WixSite.com/CABS or call 240-794-8033.

The Ridge chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Mondays at 5:45 p.m. at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047.

Al-Anon meets Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road. Call 800-425-2666.

Narcotics Anonymous meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Church, located at 44078 St. Andrews Church Road in California.

Tuesday, March 19

Pianist Brian Ganz will continue his “PianoTalk” series with a performance of four of Frédéric Chopin’s mazurkas, including all three Mazurkas, Op. 56, in the Auerbach Auditiorium of St. Mary’s Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Tuesday, March 19, at noon. The program, which is free and open to the public, is the first of a series entitled “The Mazurkas: Chopin’s Creative Laboratory.” For more, call 240-895-4498 or visit www.smcm.edu/events/organizer/music-department.

Stroke survivors group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Caregivers are welcome. Call 301-475-6019 to register.

The COSMIC Flute Choir meets Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. Some proficiency is required. For more information, call Linda at 301-994-9688.

The Southern Maryland Concert Band rehearses at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Thomas Stone High School band room in Waldorf. For more information, call 301-884-5848.

Sea Scout Ship 548 and the Girl Scout Mariners meet Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Small Craft Guild at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Youth and adults interested in sailing and water activities are invited. Call Doug at 410-326-4291 or visit www.seascoutship548.com.

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.

Emotions Anonymous will meet on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall, located at 28297 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville.

The California chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Tuesdays at Maximum Gym in California. Weigh-in is from 7 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047.

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.

A Southern Maryland Nar-Anon family group meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southern Community Center in Lusby. The group offers a recovery program for those affected by a friend’s or family member’s drug addiction. For more, email s.m.naranon@gmail.com.

Narcotics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul’s campus, classroom 8, located at 25550 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, and at 8:30 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, located on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park.

Wednesday, March 20

STEM Academy open houses will be held on Wednesday, March 20, at 5 p.m. at Spring Ridge Middle School and at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park Elementary School for students interested in applying for the academies. For more information, visit www.smcps.org/academies or call 301-475-5511, ext. 32104.

A spring college fair at St. Mary’s Ryken High School will be held on Wednesday, March 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Romuald Hall in Leonardtown. Free and open to the public. For more information, including a list of colleges that will be there, visit www.smrhs.org.

A peer-facilitated diabetes support and discussion group for those with pre-diabetes, diabetes and those caring for others with diabetes will meet at the Garvey Senior Activity Center the third Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Open to anyone age 50 or older. For more or to RSVP, contact Margaret Forrest at 301-481-5850.

A free cancer support group is offered by the American Cancer Society and MedStar 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.

Loaves Of Love Food Ministry and Pantry at Real Life Wesleyan Church at 27399 Old Village Road in Mechanicsville offers bread, bagels and sweet treats to those in need on Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m., when the pantry is also open, except on the second Wednesday of each month when fresh produce is distributed. Fresh produce distribution is also on second Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. In addition, the pantry is open Sundays 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, call 240-249-6098 or visit www.RealLife.us.

A beginner Irish set dance class is held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in Morganza. Call 240-256-0157 or email cdpclark@gmail.com.

Bingo will be played on Wednesdays at Little Flower School in Great Mills. Doors open at 6 p.m. and early birds start at 6:45 p.m. Food and drinks available for purchase. For more, email LFSbingo@gmail.com.

The Leonardtown chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 327, meets Wednesdays in the Garvey senior center in Leonardtown. Weigh-in starts at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting. Call Fran at 301-994-0529.

The Great Mills chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, MD 158, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at 20804 Rosslare Court in Lexington Park. For more information, call Carol Ann Coombs at 301-862-1339.

A club for breast-feeding moms is held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Health Connections in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-6505.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Callaway.

A women-only Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 7 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, March 21

“Cinderella Society,” an event offering pre-prom prep, will be held at the Lexington Park library on Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will offer free prom dresses and formal attire to high school students. Also, learn quick tips and tricks from hair and makeup artists to prepare for prom, and volunteers will be available to perform quick alterations.

Night at the Museum: An Evening for Young Professionals will be held on Thursday, March 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. For more, including to register to attend, visit https://paxpartnership.org/index.cfm?action=CL2&Entry=2056.

An Infant Loss Support Group will meet for six weeks beginning March 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at East Run Center, 45870 East Run Drive in Lexington Park. Sponsored by Footprints of Faith and Hospice of St. Mary’s, the group hopes to help attendees learn positive approaches to grieving. No fee, but preregistration required. Call hospice at 301-994-3565.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Calvert County Chapter 1466, will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Prince Frederick library. This will be cosponsored with the library and the Calvert County Historical Society, with a presentation by Harry Stein, Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s policy advisor. For membership Information, call 410-586-1441.

The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad building in Leonardtown. For more information on becoming a member, call Magdaline Holmes at 301-475-5624.

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. For more, call 301-863-0552.

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

Bingo will be played Thursdays at the Knights of St. Jerome’s hall in Dameron. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., early bird games begin at 7 p.m. There will be food for sale. For more information, call 301-872-4566.

The Southern Maryland Sound Barbershop Chorus rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Church of The Ascension in Lexington Park. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-904-9591.

Overeaters Anonymous meetings, support for food addiction, are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Church of Christ on St. Andrew’s Church Road in California. Call Angel at 443-497-5810.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at Real Life Church 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 Debbie at 301-481-5061.

The Wildewood Chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Thursdays at the Wildewood Community Center, No. 1. Weigh-in starts at 9 a.m., followed by a meeting at 9:50 a.m. Call Linda at 301-475-8305.

Family and Friends meetings, support meetings for those who love someone struggling with addiction, are held by Walden on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Beacon of Hope of Walden in Millison Plaza and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Cove of Walden in California. For more, contact Laura Webb at 301-997-1300, ext. 804, or lauraw@waldensierra.org.

Celebrate Recovery will be held on Thursday at Hughesville Baptist Church, located at 8505 Old Leonardtown Road. Light snacks will be served at 6:30 p.m. and meetings will start at 7 p.m. This group is a Christ-based ministry that helps people deal with their hurts, habits and hang ups in a safe and confidential environment. For more, call 301-274-3672 or 240-254-2765 or visit www.hughesvillebaptist.com.

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

Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road and at 7:30 p.m. at King/Queen Hall at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico.

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

Friday, March 22

A vigil of remembrance to mark one year since the student shooting at Great Mills High School will be held on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park. The event is planned to provide an opportunity for the Great Mills community to come together to reflect, support, remember and heal. All are welcome and invited to attend.

The Maritime Performance Series will present Karen Lovejoy and The Lovejoy Group on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum. The tribute to Nat King Cole will highlight the music, the man, and his influence on jazz. Tickets are $15 online; $20 at the door and available at www.bit.ly//MaritimeConcerts.

Beth Israel Synagogue in Lexington Park will host services led by Rabbi Kenneth Cohen on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.bethisraelmd.org.

A Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fry will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church hall, located on Newtowne Neck Road in Leonardtown, on Friday, March 22, 6 to 8 p.m. Cost will be d$12 for adults, $6 for children 5 to 10 or free for children 4 and younger. For more, call Tom Koviak at 240-434-1464.

A rotisserie chicken dinner or alternative Lent seafood dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Friday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12. For more, call 301-274-3522.

Park Place Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at noon at the Church of The Ascension on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park to enhance personal leadership and communication skills. For more, visit www.Toastmasters.org.