Calendar of events
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
Wednesday, Nov. 15
An Empowerment and African American Genealogy presentation led by Chris Haley, Maryland State Archives research director for the history of slavery, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s commissioners’ meeting room in Leonardtown. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission, St. Mary’s County Historical Society and St. Mary’s County Library. For more, email Susan Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Spirit of Jazz & Democracy workshop will be held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Nov. 15 from 4:45 to 6 p.m., in the Aldom Lounge of the Campus Center. Find more information at www. SpiritJazzDemocracy.com.
A funeral pre-arrangement seminar will be hosted on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Community Center, located at 40610 Kavanagh Road in Mechanicsville. The speaker is Anthony Tonic of Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home. All are welcome to attend. Auditions for the musical “Spring Awak
ening” will be held in room 25, Montgomery Hall, on the St. Mary’s College campus on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 9 to 10 p.m. Prepare a popular song that, preferably, includes a verse and chorus and be prepared to sing a cappella; and perform a maximum 1- to 2-minute monologue, preferably from a dramatic play. For information about ages and voices sought, direct questions to Mark A. Rhoda at email@example.com or Larry Vote at firstname.lastname@example.org. A fundraiser for Leonardtown Volunteer
Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the California Chipotle. Go to LVRS.org to download a flyer to present so the LVRSA can get credit for purchase.
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 email@example.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 Great Mills chapter of TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For location or more information, call Carol Coombs at 301862-1339.
A club for breast-feeding moms is held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at Health Connections in Leonardtown. Call 301-997-6505. A women’s step study Alcoholics Anony
mous group meets every Wednesday at noon at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.
Thursday, Nov. 16
A panel discussion to educate parents on prevention, identification and treatment of opioid abuse will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Ryken High School’s Romuald Hall Auditorium. This is an adult-only event, and will feature Meena Brewster, county health officer. Following the panel, there will be Naloxone training offered. RSVP at www.smrhs.org/page.cfm?p=8961.
Lexington Park library Teen Night will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16. Journey Beyond Voyager Series will preview all of what is to come with the partnership between the nonprofit and the library, including virtual reality kids, innovative activities that teach what it means to be a global citizen and leadership-building opportunities. For more, visit www. wearejourneybeyond.org. The lecture “Home grown: Building a period
native house from scratch,” will be presented at Historic St. Mary’s City on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the visitor center’s auditorium. Speakers will discuss trials and success of building Native American homes. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more, call 240-895-4990, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hsmcdigshistory.org. The Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association
will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Solomons Volunteer Fire Department on Dowell Road. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. with food available for purchase, and the program starts at 7 p.m. with “Tackle and techniques for the fall striper migration,” by Capt. Bill Bonner. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more, visit www. mssasmc.com.
A grocery auction will be held at Mother Catherine Academy in Helen on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 301-884-3165.
A widow and widower group meets the third Thursday of every month at Lexington Park United Methodist Church, alternating between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (November 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 information, email Lpumcwwgroup@aol.com. 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. 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.
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville.
Friday, Nov. 17
The play “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be presented by The Newtowne Players at Three Notch Theatre in Lex-
ington Park on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 17 through Dec. 10 (no shows Thanksgiving weekend). Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays, at 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for military/senior/student, and $10 for children under 12. To purchase tickets, call 301-737-5447 or visit www.newtowneplayers.org. St. Mary’s National Active & Retired Federal
Employees Association will have a meeting and luncheon on Friday, Nov. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at Olde Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Rebecca L. Jahed, doctor of audiology, will share the latest information about hearing loss, and there will be a silent auction. Cost is $16.50 and reservations are required by contacting Judy Loflin 301 872-0064. For more information, visit www.narfe.org/site/ chapter969.
Inclusive bowling night sponsored by the Southern Maryland Community Resources will be held on Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Esperanza Bowling Lanes in Lexington Park. Cost is $12 for two hours of bowling. For more, call Bonnie Elward at 301-997–8143 or visit somdcr. org. An auction to benefit Immaculate Concep
tion Church in Mechanicsville will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. Preview starts at 4 p.m. There will be a live auction, silent auction, bake table, basket table, raffles and food for sale. For more, call the rectory at 301-884-3123 or Georgia Russell at 301-904-3807. A live and silent auction to benefit the
Spring Dell Center will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Center in Waldorf. Tickets are $45. For more information, visit springdellcenter.org or call 301-934-4561.
A beef brisket dinner will be held at American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Friday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10. For more, call 301-274-3522.
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 email@example.com.
Saturday, Nov. 18
The 21st annual Thanksgiving 5K Race and
Prediction 5k Run/Walk and Fun Walk to benefit Special Olympics of St. Mary’s County will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the visitors center in Historic St. Mary’s City. Event application with more details can be found at cbrcmd.org. Register online via active.com. Email catfloy@yahoo.
com for more information. The Girls on the Run Southern Maryland
5K will be on Saturday. Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. at Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Stadium. For more information or to register, visit www.gotrsomd.org/5K.
Benny C. Morgan Recital Series will feature Michael Langlois on piano at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, Building A, Room 206. Free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd. edu/bennycmorgan. The St. Mary’s Watershed Association annual
meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ruddy Duck on St. George Island. Henry Miller will speak about the history of oysters in the St. Mary’s River. Election of directors will be held. RSVP is required by texting 301-904-2387 or emailing email@example.com. CSM Career Development Open House and
Apprenticeship Appreciation Day will be held on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, regional Hughesville campus at 6170 Hughesville Station Place. Representatives will be available to answer questions regarding careers in trades, healthcare, transportation, business and information technology, hospitality and other fields. There will be campus tours, free training sessions, door prizes and light refreshments. For more, call 301-539-4730, email conedops@ csmd.edu or visit www.csmd.edu/ about/locations/center-for-trades-andenergy-training.
A bull roast will be held at St. Mark U.A.M.E. Church on Happyland Road in Valley Lee on Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 11 a.m. Cost is $18 for beef dinner, $15 for chicken dinner or $25 for combination dinner. Deliveries are available for two more orders by calling 301-994-1647. The annual Olde Fashioned Christmas
Bazaar at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Compton will be on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish hall. Get an early start on Christmas shopping with an array of artisans showcasing their handmade crafts for sale. Lunch, including pulled pork sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, homemade vegetable beef soup and hot dogs, will be for sale, as well as baked goods.
The fifth annual craft and vendor show for the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and lottery books will be available for sale. For more information, email Hvrsa_craftshow@yahoo.com.
An acrylics workshop presented by the Calvert Artists’ Guild and given by Pamela Callen will be held at the Mt. Hope Community Center on Nov. 18
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring acrylic painting paper and paints, if available. The center is located at 104 Pushaw Station Road in Sunderland. Cost is $45 or $35 for members. For more information, contact Gerry Wood at 301-8639663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. On Nov. 18, kids can make a veggie turkey craft while parents stock up on goodies for holiday dinners. Visit homegrownfarmmarket. webs.com.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, Nov. 19
The annual fall craft fair at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Merchandise will include handmade crafts, clothing, art, wood carvings, floral arrangements, ornaments, crocheted and knitted items, ceramics, jerky, jelly and more. There will also be lunch for sale and a bake sale. For more information, visit www.hvfd7. com.
Breakfast will be served at American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7. For more, call 301-274-3522.
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.