Calendar of events
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
Citizens for the Charles County Public Library Fall Used Book Bazaar is Oct. 13-20 at the La Plata Branch Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. Member’s Day is Friday, Oct. 12; members get five free books. Bag Day is Oct. 19-20; books are $3 per grocery size bag full. Books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and magazines. Times are 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
The Center for Abused Persons will be hosting its 35th Anniversary Dinner on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf. Mildred. D. Muhammad, a domestic abuse survivor and the D.C. Sniper’s wife, will be the keynote speaker. The cost is $50. For tickets, go to victimtovictordinner.eventbrite.com, or call 301-645-8994. Purchase tickets by Oct. 10.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center presents “Express Charles County in Art 2018,” a juried multimedia art exhibit that runs through Oct. 28. The reception is Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The center in Smallwood State Park in Marbury is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Free Kayaking Adventure for service members and their families is 9 to 11 a.m. at Smallwood State Park on Saturday mornings through the end of October. There is no park entry fee for service members and their families. Service members will be reimbursed if they use Uber or VanGo for transportation to the event. Friends of Smallwood State Park in Marbury
are looking for volunteers. Programs include Smallwood’s Retreat, landscaping, building renovation, genealogy, grant writing and social media upgrades. Contact Nancy Gill at ngill1007@comcast. net. Charles County is offering Sunday kayak tours at Mallows Bay Park through Oct. 28. The 9 a.m.-noon session is $75; the 1-2:30 p.m. session is $49. Register online at http://bit.ly/2HEffNT or call 301-932-3470.
Youth and young adults ages 16-24 not in school or working can contact a Youth Mentor at 301-643-0692 at Tri-County Youth Services Bureau to discuss opportunities through the Ready4Life-SOMD Network. Go to www.ready4life-somd. org, email email@example.com or follow @ready4life_somd on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 36 of Waldorf, along with the Air Force Sergeants Association, helps veterans prepare and file VA claims at the Airman Memorial Building, 5211 Auth Road, Suitland. The free service is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 301-899-3500, ext. 226, for an appointment.
Friday Fun Nights for children ages 5-17 are held at various community center locations. Each month is a different theme. For a list of dates, times and locations, go to www.charlescountyparks. com. Platinum Senior Care Assisted Living LLC hosts Reminiscing Cafe 6-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 8-11 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays at the facility, 4018 Blackbird Court, Waldorf. Good for seniors with dementia. Call 301-638-3194.
VConnections holds Veterans Coffee Breaks 9-10:30 a.m. Mondays at Chickfil-A, 107 Drury Drive, La Plata; the second Tuesday of each month at Burger King, 30004 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall; Wednesdays at Chickfil-A, 3365 Crain Highway, Waldorf; the second Thursday of each month at Chick-fil-A, 16003 Crain Highway, Brandywine; and for women veterans the second Friday of each month at Chick-fil-A, 107 Drury Drive, La Plata. Go to www. vconnections.org. Pomfret Way-of-Life Al-Anon Family Group and Alateen meets 8 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Joseph Church, 4950 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret. Go to www.marylanddc-alanon.
org or call 1-800-425-2666. with Free Maryland Foreclosure Volunteer Legal Clinic Lawyer, the first Wednesday of each month at Charles County Public Law Library (basement of the circuit court building), 200 Charles St., La Plata. One-on-one online sessions with an experienced attorney. For an appointment, call 301-932-3322.
Kiwanis of Waldorf meets Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, 11765 Business Park Drive, Waldorf. Contact Millie Kriemelmeyer at 301-372-8766 or mkriemelmeyer@ me.com.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, NARFE, Indian Head
Chapter 126 meets at noon the first Thursday of each month at Mama Stella’s Pasta House Restaurant, 7075 Indian Head Highway, Bryans Road. Contact Joan Wright, 301-246-4112 or jkw1108@ verizon.net. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82 holds bingo on Thursdays at Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82, 6330 Crain Highway, La Plata. Early birds begin 7 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. Call 301-934-8221. Kiwanis Club of Charles
County meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at The Greene Turtle, 6 Saint Mary’s Ave., La Plata. Meetings include dinner on your own. Go to www.kiwanisofcc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VConnections assists senior and elderly veterans and families 2-4 p.m. every Thursday at Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata. By appointment only. For information, go to www. vconnections.org. Southern Maryland Brain
Injury Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Spring Dell Center, 6040 Radio Station Road, La Plata. Call Jerry at 301-753-6335 or Debbie at 301-932-4920. Point of Change Jail and Street Ministry Family Ties
Support Group meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at New Hope AME Church, 12310 Washington Square, Waldorf. Contact Jerald or Kimberly Graham at 443532-0090 or 301-609-9492, or email pointofchange@ hotmail.com. Friday Nighters Al-Anon
Family Group meets 8:30 p.m. Fridays at LifeStream Church of the Nazarene, 5105 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf. No Alateen meeting. Go to www. mar ylanddc-alanon.org or call 1-800-425-2666. Stagg Hall and the Historic Port Tobacco Village
are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment on Monday at 8450 Commerce St., Port Tobacco. Free. Call 301-392-3418. The Indian Head Farmers
Market is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18 and noon-6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 15 at 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head. Crafters welcome. Register at curtis@ townofindianhead.org.
Port Tobacco Players are performing “Steel Magnolias” from Sept. 21 through Oct. 7 at their theatre, 508 Charles St., La Plata. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets: $18 adult; $15 senior, military and student. For tickets, go to http:// www.ptplayers.com/, or call 301-932-6819.
Friday, Sept. 28
The Town of La Plata Free
Concert is John Luskey Band, 7 p.m., La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata. VFW Post 8810 Auxiliary
is hosting a Pan Fried Chicken Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at the post, 2310 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. Cost is $10. American Legion Post 238
will hold a Pork Ribs Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Post, 6265 Brandywine Road, Hughesville. Cost is $12. For information, call 301-274-3522 or go to Facebook at American Legion Post 238. CSM Cause Theatre’s
production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is 8 p.m. at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La
Plata. middle-aged The play siblings is about coming in life. to terms Tickets with are their $5. For lot tickets, csmd.edu, email call bxoffc@ 301-9347828, or go to www.csmd. edu/community/thearts/theatre-and-dance/ cause/index. My Fresh Start: Free
Showers is at 9:30 a.m. at Waldorf West Branch Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf. The library’s public showers are available to individuals who are homeless or need to use the showers. The library is closed to the public during this time. Saturday, Sept. 29
Beyond the Classroom is hosting a Student Safety Forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf. Topics include bullying prevention, child safety tips and school safety. All are welcome. Register at https://studentsafetyforum.eventbrite.com. For information, email info@ beyondtheclassroominc. org. American Legion Randolph
Furey Post 170 is hosting a Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the post, 4345 Livingston Road, Indian Head. University of Maryland Extension is hosting a nature walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Port Tobacco River Park and Tom Roland Natural Resource Area, 7685 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco. Come to this family-friendly walk and learn to identify trees guided by Extension educator Luke Gustafson. CSM Cause Theatre’s
production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is 2 p.m. at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The play is about middle-aged siblings coming to terms with their lot in life. Tickets are $5. For tickets, email bxoffc@ csmd.edu, call 301-9347828, or go to www.csmd. edu/community/thearts/theatre-and-dance/ cause/index. Children’s Voices of Southern Maryland is holding auditions for ages 6 to
14 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4eada729abfd0-audition. by appointment only: For information, contact Ms. Georgia at info@ childrensvoicessomd.org, call 301-542-9359, or go to childrensvoicessomd.org. CSM Diamond Decade Mania
is at 6 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This event will celebrate CSM’s diamond anniversary decade by decade. The community is invited. Music by Backfin Band and several food trucks will be on hand. Sponsorships and tickets ($60 each) are available. For more information, call 301-934-7647 or email csmfoundation@csmd. edu.
VFW Post 8810 is hosting a Family Day Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. at the post, 2310 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. Family friendly fun activities. Contact Deb Dudak, VFW commander, at 301-6456331.
Neibauer Dental Care is hosting Free Dentistry Day from 7 a.m. to noon at 117 St. Patricks Drive, Waldorf. Choice of free cleaning, filling or extraction; first come, first ser ved. Call 301-870-4553 or go to www.freedentistryday.org. Disconnect from Technology and Reconnect with Nature!
for ages 3-12. Take a leisurely walk while learning to identify plants and trees guided by Luke Gustafson of the Extension Service. Meet at Port Tobacco River Park and Tom Roland Natural Resource Area, 7685 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco. 4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Palooza! for all ages is at 11 a.m. at Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head. Decorate a pumpkin to enter into the 4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Lots of supplies and a foam pumpkin will be available to help you make the coolest pumpkin you can.
Easy Etch It! for adults is at 2 p.m. at Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head. Learn how to personalize drinking glasses or vases. Register by calling 301-375-7375.
Sunday, Sept. 30
The Rotary Club of Charles
County will host its 43rd annual Lobster Festival from noon to 6 p.m. at the Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Road, La Plata. Tickets are $65 in advance, $15 for children 5-12 and free for under 5. Tickets entitle holder to food, drink and live entertainment provided by Trilogy. There will be games, silent auction and a bake sale. Tickets normally sell out in advance, but a limited number may be available at the door for $75. For tickets, contact any Rotarian or call Chris Zabriskie at 240-320-6694. All proceeds benefit the Charles County Rotar y Foundation. La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
hosts Designer Purse Bingo at 2 p.m. at the firehouse, 911 Washington Ave., La Plata. Reservations recommended; call 301-653-0201 by Sept. 28. Entry tickets are $25 which includes 1 book of games. Down Syndrome Association of Southern Maryland is holding its annual Buddy Walk at 1 p.m. at Gilbert Run Park, 13140 Charles St., Charlotte Hall. The walk raises money for research and education programs. For information, contact Imani Booker-Lewis at inbooker573@ gmail.com.
VConnections and Team River Runner, Southern Maryland Chapter, are hosting Kayak the Ghost Ships of Mallows Bay for veterans from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mallows Bay Park, 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy. Reserve a spot by contacting Bill Buffington, info@vconnections. org or 301-861-3383, or Lisa Weed, lisa.weed@ teamriverrunner.org or 301-502-0896.
Monday, Oct. 1
Breast Cancer Awareness
Month observation is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, Building BI, Room 113, La Plata. The keynote speaker for the free event is Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston, former assistant surgeon general and rear admiral, U.S. Public Health Service. Registration is required at https:// nzomegabreastcancer. eventbrite.com. For information, email email@example.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Charles County Antique
Arts Association meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Charles County Social Services Building, 200 Kent Avenue, La Plata. The topic of the program is “Early Chesapeake Food and Herbs”: Cookbook author Katie Barney will be lecturing on the foods and herbs used in the region during the colonial era. Guests are welcome. For information, call Melinda Brown at 240-271-9838.
Healthy Relationships for people 16 and up is 6:30 p.m. at Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head. The focus is on healthy dating tips and domestic violence prevention. Charles County Literacy Council’s October meeting
is 7 p.m. at United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata. Meetings are open to the public. Future tutors welcome.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
“Spirit Night” for the American Legion Riders Post 82 is 5 to 8 p.m. at Roy Rogers Restaurant, 6370 Crain Highway, La Plata. Bring your family to the fundraising event and Roy Rogers will contribute 25 percent of the receipts to American Legion Charities.
Homeschool STEM Club for ages 6 to 9 is 11 a.m. at Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head. Register by calling 301-3757375. One Maryland One Book
author Tim Junkin, “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence,” will discuss the book from 7 to 9 p.m. at Leonardtown High School, 23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown. The event is free.