Free online tutoring
Students and parents seeking assistance with homework can use a free, online tutoring program available to anyone with a Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s County library card. It provides “live,” expert tutors in all core subjects for students in grades 3 12. To access the HelpNow! tutoring product or for more information, contact your library or go to the COSMOS link on your library’s website: Calvert Library, 410-535-0291 www.calvert.lib.md.us; Charles County Public Library, 301-934-9001 www.ccplonline.org; St. Mary’s County Library, 301-475-2846 www.stmalib.org.
Discount amusement park tickets
The Department of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, offers discounted amusement park tickets for locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Tickets are on sale through October 26 at the Recreation & Parks Office, Patuxent Building, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, on a first come, first served basis. Cash and credit cards can be used to purchase the tickets. Personal checks will not be accepted. For more information visit www.stmarys md.com/ docs/AmParkTicketSales.pdf or call 301-475-4200 ext. 1842 or 1800.
Read with Your Child
Have fun with your child as you read and play together at this free, program in celebration of the Month of the Military Child. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. April 26, Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park. 301-863-8188 or www.stmalib.org
Adults may bring their Kindle and learn the basics of using it, downloading eBooks, and managing their digital content; 4 p.m., April 26, Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd, Charlotte Hall. Free. Registration required. 301-884-2211, www.stmalib.org.
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance Homespun Coffee House will present David and Joe Norris for a CD release party and concert April 27. Each brother will do a complete set, followed by a third set with them performing together. The concert will be at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for all others. Light refreshments will be served (donation suggested). For information or directions go to www.smtmd.org or davidnorrismusic.com.
St. John's School in Hollywood will host Mother/Son Minute To Win It April 27. Enjoy an evening of fun and fast paced mini games. There will be prizes for each game and a bigger prize for best overall time. Mothers and sons of all ages are welcome. Cost is $15 per mother/son team and $5 for each additional son. Dinner (for purchase) begins at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. To register or for information contact Emily Dobson at mombeepgmail.com or visit www.sjshollywood.org/AboutSJS/Minute-To-Win-It.aspx
Leonardtown High School Marching Band will sponsor a Comedy Illusion Show Featuring Reggie Rice The Supermagicman 6 p.m. April 27 at Leonardtown High School. Price is $10 for adults, $8 for children, children under 3 are free. For information contact Shalan Brooks at 904-382-9194.
As Bees in Honey Drown
The Newtowne Players will perform As Bees in Honey Drown Thursdays through Sundays, April 27 to May 13. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. Performances are held at Three Notch Theatre, 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase. Reservations are recommended. Please make reservations for the show by calling 301-737-5447 or visiting www.newtowneplayers.org. Note: Some language and themes are not suitable for children.
Fortifications on the Chesapeake
Historic St. Mary’s City waterfront supervisor Joe Greeley will offer the fascinating story of the changing fortifications protecting the Chesapeake 7:30 p.m. April 27, in the Visitor Center auditorium, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. Learn how, where and why these forts were built. Free. For information visit www.stmaryscity.org, call 240-895-4990, or e-mail infostmaryscity.org.
Chamber Music concert
The Sanford Concert Series brings the Marling Trio for this season’s spring concert 7:30 pm. April 28, at St. Andrew’s Church on Route 4 South in California. Meet the performers during the reception immediately following the concert in the Parish Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of 5. Seating is limited; reservations are suggested. To make your reservation, please contact Lyn Schramm at 301-862- 9541. For information, visit www.sanfordconccertseries.com.
34th Annual Celtic Festival
The Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28 at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, with an evening concert and celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Meet members of various Celtic clans, learn about tartans and genealogy, enjoy storytellers, have your face painted, and shop for Celtic goods and treats.
Calvert Garden Club Plant Sale
The Calvert Garden Club is holding its Annual Plant Sale 9 a.m. to noon April 28 at Historic Linden, home of the Calvert Historical Society. Linden is located in Prince Frederick at 70 Church Street, between Route 2/4 and Main Street. Park next door at Trinity Methodist Church. While there, look for special finds at the White Elephant booth. The Plant Sale also features delicious homemade baked goods, plus hot dogs and sodas. For information, call Adele Maguire at 410-586-9353.
The Silent Rank Sisterhood is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. April 29 at the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post, in Chesapeake Beach. In addition to supporting those who serve our country, Silent Rank Sisterhood also believes in supporting local communities and strives to encourage others to eat, shop, and buy local. In keeping with this endeavor, Silent Rank Sisterhood is pleased to have the dinner catered by world class chefs from Herrington on the Bay, with musical performances by local artists, The Brothers and Sisters Troupe. Open, cash bar provided by the American Legion. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at www.silentranksisterhood.com; tickets will be available at the door for $35, cash only. Visit www.silentranksisterhood.com/shop
Classic Car Show
The Spring Fling XXVII Classic Car Show will be held 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 29 in historic Leonardtown Square. Classic and antique cars and trucks will be on display, with awards, family entertainment, music, a kids’ tractor pull, food and more. $2 donation admission fee to benefit Hospice of St. Mary’s. For information call 301-994-9666. Rain date: May 6.
Drive-Through Spring Dinner
Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad will be hosting a Drive-Through dinner. Fried chicken, roast beef, fried oysters and more. Baked goods will also be available; noon-5 p.m. April 29, at the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, 16515 Three Notch Road, Ridge.
SPAWAR Pax River Annual Golf Outing
SPAWAR Systems Center at Patuxent River is hosting their annual Golf Outing May 4 at Cedar Point Golf Course, open to all hands. Entry fee of $60 includes cart, green fees, range balls, lunch and water/soda. Sign up by April 27 at john.duszynskinavy.mil or 301-342-6898.
Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange
Revel in the wonders of springtime at the 14th Annual Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange on April 28 and 29. The Plant Sale, sponsored by the Sotterley Garden Guild, will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Free Plant Exchange will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Trade your plants for annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds!
Marine Corps Virtual Experience
The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. has added three galleries with accompanying docent lectures to their online component, the Virtual Experience. Marines and civilians alike can experience the Museum without leaving home. These galleries chronicle the founding of the United States Marine Corps in 1775, the Civil War and the U.S. Global Trade expansion in the 19th century and World War I. Contact Victoria Shapiro at 202-414-0774 or vshapirosusandavis.com for information.
Docents/Guides Needed for Temporary Lincoln exhibit Calvert Library has a Summer 2012 opportunity for volunteer Docent/Guides to escort and inform visitors through a thought-provoking exhibit at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. The library will host Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War from July 11-August 24. An 8-hour training period prior to the opening of the exhibit will prepare you to escort visitors for one (or more as you wish) 3-hour period a week for six weeks. This beautifully conceived exhibit is under the sponsorship of the National Constitutional Center and the American Library Association. Please complete an application and register for an "Opportunities and Expectations" meeting by May 1. The application is available online or by asking a librarian. For information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.
MDA Specialty Crop Grants
The Maryland Department of Agriculture seeks grant applications from eligible organizations and government entities for projects that promote or enhance the production of, and access to, Maryland specialty crops. Electronic grant applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. May 4. Paper applications must be postmarked by May 4. For questions about the grant application or to download the application, visit www.mda.maryland.gov/pdf/2012_SCBGP_RFP.pdf, or contact Karen Fedor at FedorKMmda.state.md.us or 410-841-5773.
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, Ph.D., will kick-off the 2012 Speaker Series with “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons” 7 p.m. May 4. Free. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280.
Recycled Art Show
Fifty local artists will use their talents to transform items from the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores into art. The art show, May 4 at Slack Winery, 16040 Woodlawn Lane in Ridge, will include a silent auction for the objects created by the artists. Wines are being donated by Slack Winery. Tickets ($25/per person or $45/per couple) may be purchased at ReStore locations in Lexington Park and North Beach, or online at www.patuxenthabitat.org .