Calendar of events
Friday, Oct. 13
A forum to explore and discuss the roles of education and innova
tion will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center at 44219 Airport Road in California, in Building 2. A centerpiece of the meeting will be the unveiling of the design of the new third building, the USM Southern Maryland Research and Academic Building, to be completed fall of 2020. Registration is $30. For more, visit www.smhec.org/smhec-community-forum-agenda. html. The play “Young Frankenstein” by Mel Brooks will be presented by
The Newtowne Players through Oct. 15 at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3:30 p.m. This is an adult comedy with crude humor intended for mature audiences. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for military/ senior/student attendees, or $13 for Thursday shows. Tickets may be purchased at www.newtowneplayers.org or reserved by calling 301-7375447. Part two of the lecture series “Provocations” will be presented on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Learning Resource Center, room 102. Sheri Dean Parmelee, adjunct instructor of communication, will give a talk, “‘House, M.D.,’ and Indirect Communication: Provocation to Thought,”
where, referencing the television program, Parmelee will discuss how indirect communication devices such as sarcasm, metaphor and deception shape our world views and provoke us to thought. Free, but tickets are required by calling 301-9347828 or by emailing bxoffc@ csmd.edu.
The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, Greater Southern Maryland Chapter, Founders Day break
fast will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the River’s Edge conference center at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The event is open to members of the NAVAIR community (military/government/contractor and their guests). Cost is $15. Reservations must be made by Oct. 13 at at www.navyalumni.org or by contacting Rick Snyder at 301-475-0124, 240-298-2279 or Richard.L.Snyder@saic.com.
A drive-through pizza night will be held at the Hollywood firehouse carnival lot on Friday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $11 for pepperoni pizza or $10 for cheese. Baked goods will also be available for purchase. An oven-fried pork chop dinner
will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville. Cost is $10. For more call 301-274-3522.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Al-Anon meets Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at Beacon of Hope in Millison Plaza in Lexington Park.
Saturday, Oct. 14
A contra dance sponsored by the Southern Maryland
Traditional Music and Dance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. The dance will feature live music and new callers, along with veteran caller Greg Frock. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 or $6 for members. There will also be an ice cream social. For more information, visit www.smtmd. org.
Margaret Brent High School Alumni Association dinner-dance will be held on Saturday, OCt. 14, from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. Tickets are $35. For more information or to RSVP, call Clarence Bowles at 301-769-2630 or 240-5874180, or Delores Cusic at 301-884-4812 or 240-5384297. A Christian conference on the media will be held at Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church in California on Oct. 14 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The presenter, the Rev. Bill Shishko, will focus on how the media shapes society and how Christians can make proper use of the media. For more, visit www.gppopc. org. Historic Christ Church in Chaptico annual fall dinner
will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 5 p.m. at the parish hall on Zach Fowler Road. Enjoy dinner inside the hall or carry-out. Dinners include fried oysters, ham, oyster po’boy and more, and prices range from $8 to $20. There will also be a parish market selling church cookbooks and crafts. For more, call 301-884-3451, email email@example.com or visit www.cckqp.net. Southern Maryland Math
Circle will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lexington Park library for middle and high school students to explore fun and sometimes very hard math problems. For more, visit https://sites.google. com/a/smcm.edu/mathcircle.
The Walk and Roll Club will meet at St. John’s Church in Hollywood from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturdays,
Oct. 14, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The club promotes inclusion for children and adults with developmental differences in the community and is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Community Resources. For more, call 301-9978143 or visit www.somdcr. org. A bariatric surgery support
group meets the second Saturday of each month at Health Connections at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Call 301-475- 6019 for more information.
Find great buys, gently used items, tools and perhaps an antique at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Treasures Sale Saturday, Oct 14, from 8 a.m. to noon inside Parish Hall. Come to intersection of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Free admission; free parking. For info, call 443964-4344.
A bake and yard sale will be held at First Friendship Church in Ridge on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. The church is located on Point Lookout Road across from the Ridge firehouse. Sponsored by United Methodist Women for the benefit of local outreach programs. The Home Grown Farm Mar
ket 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. and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit homegrownfarmmarket.webs.com. The North St. Mary’s County
Farmers Market, located at 37600 New Market Road in Charlotte Hall, is open at 8 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays through October. The California Farmers
Market, located in the BAE parking lot on Route 235 and Town Creek Drive, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.
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. The Ridge chapter of TOPS,
Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets Saturdays at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge at 9 a.m. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301-872-5047 or Boyd Loflin at 301-872-0064.
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. Emotions Anonymous 12step 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Leonardtown.
Sunday, Oct. 15
The Southern Maryland Community Gospel Choir will perform on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church on Langley Road in Lexington Park. Open and free to all.
Quilts of Valor will hold an organizational meeting on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Vac and Sew store, located at 21710 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, for those interested in making quilts for veterans. For more information, contact Peg Gowen at 321-795-5380 or email@example.com.
Breakfast will be served on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville. Cost is $7. For more call 301-2743522.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-718-8282.
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 301373-2281. 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.
Monday, Oct. 16
The Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will hold a community forum on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed tax increases for the 2nd and 9th districts. The forum will be held at the 2nd District firehouse located at 45245 Drayden Road in Valley Lee. Individuals wishing to speak will be allowed up to three minutes, or five minutes if representing a group. The St. Mary’s County School
Health Council will meet on Monday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the school board meeting room at 23160 Moakley Street in Leonardtown. For more, contact Andrew Roper at 301-475-5511, ext. 32104. The Lexington Park Rotary
Club meets Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge by the Bay District firehouse on Chancellor’s Run Road. Those interested in membership can call Dan Parker, area governor, at 301-904-1743. The Bread of Life food pan
try 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. CABS (Companions and
Buddies), a single adult social group of friends of approximate age of 50 and older, meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Garvey center in Leonardtown. For more information, call 240-309-4336.
Al-Anon meets Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the
Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road. Call 800-425-2666. A women’s-only Alcoholics
Anonymous candlelight step meeting is held Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at On Our Own in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-1066.
Tuesday, Oct. 17
The Commissioners of St.
Mary’s County will host a public Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. Individuals wishing to speak will be allowed up to three minutes to address the commissioners, or five minutes to speak if representing a group. The Commissioners can be reached via email at email@example.com. St. Mary’s College of Mary
land musician-in-residence Brian Ganz will continue his “PianoTalk” series on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at noon in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall on the college campus. The program is titled “Chopin the Traveler; Chopin the Virtuoso,” and will feature rarely heard works of Chopin alongside perennial favorites. The program is free and open to the public. For more, call 240-895-4498 or visit www. smcm.edu/events/organizer/music-department/. The Good Grief Support Group, an adult grief support group offered by Hospice of St. Mary’s, meets the third Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Hospice House, located at 44724 Hospice Lane in Callaway. For more information, call 301-994-3078. The Experimental Aircraft
Association, Chapter 478, meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Visit www.478.eaachapter.org. 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 301-4756019 to register. 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. 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.
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 301994-3142. 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, Oct. 18
The documentary “The Missiles of October: What the
world didn’t know” will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cole Cinema at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, and Svetlana Savranskaya, director of the archive’s Russia programs, will lead the discussion about 55 years after the Cuban missile crisis. For more, visit www.smcm.edu/democracy.