Friday, July 12

The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival will continue July 12, 13, 14 and 15 beginning at 7 p.m. each night. Featured will be food, rides, and games. Unlimited rides each night for $10, or tickets may be purchased separately. Free nightly prizes, children’s bicycle raffles and more. Visit

The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival will be held on July 12, 13 and 14. The festivities kick-off with a free, jazz-era concert on Leonardtown square with the Chesapeake Swingband performing from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, July 13, the main event will begin on the grounds of St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point featuring jazz acts Art Sherrod Jr. at 3 p.m., Brian Simpson and Paula Atherton at 5 p.m. and Mike Phillips at 7 p.m. Then, on Sunday, July 14, the town of Leonardtown will feature various jazz-themed activities, including jazz brunches, a cocktail movie screening party of a classic jazz-age/themed film and more. More information and tickets, which cost $65 for Saturday, can be found at

The Newtowne Players will present the musical comedy “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” through July 21. Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3:30 p.m., at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park. Tickets are $18 for adults, or $15 for seniors and military. Thursdays only all seats are $13. For adults only. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 301-737-5447.

The River Concert Series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will be held on Fridays through July 19. Grounds open at 5 p.m. and the free performances begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or

Historic Sotterley Family Friendly Fridays will be held on July 12, 19 and 26 and on Aug. 3. There will be story times, hands-on learning with art, technology and nature from 10 a.m to noon, and then enjoy the museum site the rest of the day through 4 p.m. Check in at visitor center. Cost is $5 per person or free for children under 6. For more, visit

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

An oven-fried pork chops dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Friday July 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12. For more information, call 301-274-3522 or visit the group’s Facebook website.

A church dinner will be held in Brandywine at St. Michael’s Church Hall on July 12. The church is located at 17510 Horsehead Road. Advance ticket sales can be made by calling the church rectory at 240-681-3551.

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.

Bingo is held each Friday at the Father Andrew White School gymnasium in Leonardtown. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #1470, doors open at 5:30 and games start at 6:55 p.m. For more information, call 240-434-5531.

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 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

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, July 13

Sharkfest will be held at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit live sharks in the Corbin Pavilionl learn fascinating facts, examine evidence of prehistoric sharks, make a shark-themed craft and more. Food and drink will be for sale. Museum admission applies; members admitted for free.

A car show will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Laurel Grove in Mechanicsville on Saturday, July 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. Adult spectator fee is $3 or free for children 12 and younger. There will be trophies awarded, DJ music, a blessing of the cars, vendors, food, pie eating contest and more. Registration fee is $25. To register, visit or call Jimmy Herriman at 301-481-0360.

The annual Christmas in April yard sale on Saturday, July 13, at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown from 7 to 11 a.m. There will be building materials, cabinets, counter tops, double hung windows, round windows, screen patio doors, attic stairs, metal and wood file cabinets, computer desks, household goods, dishes, lamps, blinds and more for sale. Money raised will support the organization that helps low-income homeowners with free repairs. For more information, call 301-884-2905.

Trinity Church Summer Dinner will be held on Saturday, July 13, from noon to 5 p.m. at the church in St. Mary’s City. Cost is $23, or $12 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Dinner includes crab cakes, smoked baked ham, seasoned fried chicken and more. For more information, visit

The Calvert Artists’ Guild Annual July Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13 and July 14 at Southern Maryland Sailing Association in Solomons. The public is invited to see and purchase the artworks of a dozen of the local artists. For more information, contact Jan Barr at 443-404-5746 or or Kate Dinnel at 410-586-3375 or

The Southern Maryland Decorative Painters will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville. A business meeting will start at 10 a.m. followed by painting a gnome ornament. Guests are welcome and should contact the group for supply information. For more, visit or contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835 or

The Home Grown Farm Market at 21078 Three Notch Road, near the intersection of Hermanville Road south of Lexington Park, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit

The California Farmers Market, located in the BAE parking lot at 22810 Three Notch Road, near the intersection with Town Creek Drive, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs, meats, hard cider, beer, baked goods, plants and more. For more information, visit

The North County Farmers Market is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market is located on New Market Road, next to the Charlotte Hall library. For more, visit

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 for pictures and bios. Gifts of cat food and litter will be accepted. To trap a cat to get it vetted, email

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 or visit

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, July 14

An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at the Second District firehouse in Valley Lee on Sunday, July 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10.00 or $5 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. For more, call 301-994-9999.

A chicken dinner will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ridge Knights of Columbus Hall. Cost is $12. Baked goods will be available. For more, call 301-872-4641.

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 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, July 15

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 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, July 16

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

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.

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, 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

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, July 17

Southern Maryland Sierra Club will host Wednesday walks at parks in St. Mary’s. On July 17, meet at Dorsey Park on Hollywood Road in Leonardtown at 10 a.m. All ages and abilities are welcomed, although some parks have rugged trails while others are paved. For more information, contact Rosa Hance at or 240-808-4233.

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 information 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.

A farmers market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 25 at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown. Sponsored by Historic Sotterley, the market will feature in-season produce, eggs, honey and more. For more information, call 301-373-2280 or visit

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

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

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

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, July 18

The St. Mary’s County Camera Club will meet for a photo competition with the theme “Numbers” on Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland in California. Must be a paid member to participate, but visitors welcome to observe for free. For more information, email at or visit

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.

A widow and widower group meets the third Thursday of every month at The Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, alternating between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (July meeting is at 10 a.m.). Anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a spouse, whether dating, remarried or still single, is welcomed to attend. For more, email

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

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.