Calendar of events
A LOOK AT THE WEEK AHEAD
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Sotterley’s Homeschool Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, featuring different activities throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 per person, or free for children younger than 6. For more information, visit www.sotterley.org.
The St. Mary’s Camera Club will offer a critique on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park. Bring several photos in .jpg format on a memory stick for open, fair discussion and ideas to improve the shot through cropping and advanced editing methods. The Bereaved Parents of the USA, St. Mary’s
chapter, will meet on second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Town Creek Professional Center, located at 22776 Three Notch Road Suite, #202, in Lexington Park. BPUSA is a self help group for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child, brother, sister or grandchild at any age and from any cause. For more, call 240-895-0129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad
Auxiliary meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the rescue squad building on Route 235 in Hollywood. Anyone wishing to become a member of the auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more, call 301-373-3131. American Legion Post 255 in Ridge SAL
meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the post home at 13390 Point Lookout Road in Ridge.
Look Good, Feel Better will be offered on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cancer Care and Infusion Services at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. The hospital partners with the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society to offer this free program for cancer patients that is designed to help female patients improve their appearance and self-image by learning beauty techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Call 240434-7247 to register.
The Chesapeake Toastmasters Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. For more information, visit http://7218.toastmastersclubs.org.
The Toastmasters, a communication forum for people to improve communication and leadership skills, is held on second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at 401 Smallwood Drive in Waldorf. For more, email Loretta Graham at email@example.com.
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. A women’s step study Alcoholics Anonymous group
meets every Wednesday at noon at the Church of the Ascension on Great Mills Road.
Thursday, Sept. 13
The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership will host its annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. Community members are invited to attend this free event to learn more about the health needs facing residents and the local response efforts. Community members can drop off healthy food donations during the event. For more information, or to register, visit www.hsmpannual2018.eventbrite.com. An open house will be held at the St. Mary’s
County Regional Airport inside the Capt. Walter F. Duke Terminal Building on Thursday, Sept. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. for visitors to get information about the taxiway relocation and apron expansion project. For more, call 301-475-4200. A pre-engineering program informational session will be streamed live on Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the College of South--
ern Maryland Leonardtown campus, Room A208, at the La Plata campus, BI Building 009, and at the Prince Frederick campus, PFA 108. The session is for students considering a four-year degree in electrical or mechanical engineering. For more information about the CSM engineering program, visit http://stem. csmd.edu or call Jehnell Linkins at 301934-7747. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, Sept. 14
College of Southern Maryland’s 60th
Birthday Bash will be held on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Legends Club within the Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf during the SOMD Blue Crabs baseball game. The first 200 tickets are free by reserving in advance at 301-934-7647. Alumni can visit https://news.csmd. edu/60th/ to tell their stories.
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.
A rotisserie chicken dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Friday, Sept. 14, from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12. For more, call 301-274-3522.
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 240-4345531.
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.
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.
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, Sept. 15
LexiCon, the St. Mary’s County Library Comic Con, will be on Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. There will be a variety of events for people of all ages to enjoy ranging from trivia to creative workshops. Meet local graphic artists and see their work. Come dressed as a favorite movie, anime or comic book character and participate in a cosplay contest to earn prizes. For more, visit www.stmalib.org/events/adult-events/ lexicon-2018.
Great Mills High School marching band will host the Hornet Nation Classic band competition on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at noon. Ten marching bands from Virginia and Maryland, including Great Mills, Leonardtown and Chopticon, will present their 2018 performances. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and students, and free for those 3 and younger. There will be food for sale and a raffle. For more information, see the Great Mills High School
Hornet Band on Facebook, or email email@example.com. The annual Southern Maryland Out of the
Darkness Community Walk will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 15 at Historic St. Mary’s City. This walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education and support programs to reduce the U.S. rate of suicide. For more, visit https://afsp. donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.event&eventID=5702.
A comedy night presented by Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland featuring 321 Improv will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Patuxent High School beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $27. The family friendly event is appropriate for children who could sit through the length of a movie in a theater. For more information, visit comedynight.info. The annual Feast Day of Our Lady of Sor
rows Mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Cemetery, located at 38888 Doctor Johnson Road in Helen, behind Mother Catherine Academy. The Rosary and Mass is offered with the Rev. Robert G. Maro beginning at 9 a.m. for the deceased members of the community. For more, contact Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington at 301-475-5005 or 301-932-1766.
A hazardous waste collection day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Landfill in California. Residents can dispose of toxic or dangerous materials including acids, ammonia, cleaners, fuels, pesticides, paint thinners and other items. Some items will not be accepted, including ammunition, asbestos and medical waste. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. *3517, or visit www. stmarysmd.com/dpw/recycling-solid-waste.
A demolition derby to support the Silver Hill Lions Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first event is at 7 p.m. Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children 12 and younger and free for children 3 and younger. For more, call 1-888-44-DERBY or visit www.shlcdemolitionderby. com.
A Taste of St. Mary’s will be held on Leonardtown Square on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sample menu items from local restaurants while enjoying family-friendly entertainment and live music, free activities for kids, a classic car show and more. Small fees charged for samples. For more, visit https://smcchamber.com/events.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Leonardtown.
Sunday, Sept. 16
A Youth Outreach Day hosted by Southern
Maryland Traditional Music and Dance will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, locatded at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join in this fun, free event to introduce young musicians to traditional music. Make some kazoos, shakers and drums, play spoons and a washtub bass, and learn about sound waves and percussion. Bring a musical instrument and play with the band, especially the songs Hollow Poplar, Shoo Fly and Amelia’s Waltz. For more, visit www.smtmd.org. Samaritan’s Purse project Operation
Christmas Child, which helps millions of children in need through gift-filled shoeboxes, will host Nadia Karnatova, who received a shoebox gift when she was 9. She will speak about how that gift changed her life on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at North Beach Union Church and at 6 p.m. at Lexington Park Baptist Church.
A drive-through chicken dinner to benefit the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department will be held on Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the firehouse. Cost is $14. For more information, visit www.mvfd.com. A drive-through barbecue chicken dinner
will be held at the Ridge firehouse on Sunday, Sept. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. Dinners are $10. Proceeds will go to the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
Breakfast will be served at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7. For more information, call 301-274-3522.