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Spring Porch Party

The Craft Guild Shop of Leonardtown will feature handcrafted items, demonstrations, live music by the Folk Salad Trio and Andy Plautz discussing her floral photography techniques 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. May 5 on the grounds of the Craft Guild Shop (26005 Point Lookout Road, next to the Maryland Antiques Center in Leonardtown. There will also be hot dogs, popcorn, drinks and handmade door prizes. For information contact 301-997-1644 or craftguildshopverizon.net, visit www.craftguildshop.com or look on Facebook and Twitter.

Maker's Market

More than 50 vendors will provide jams, jellies, honey, locally handmade jewelry, herbal teas, decorated bird houses, wooden furniture, flowering plants and produce 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 5 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. Admission and parking is FREE. Tour the sculpture garden for the regular admission fee of $3.00.

Native Plant Workshop

University of Maryland Extension Watershed Restoration Specialists Amanda Rockler and Jackie Takacs will lead a conservation landscaping and native plant workshop 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 5 in Goodpaster Hall, Room 186 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Free. For information, contact Jackie Takacs at takacsmdsg.umd.edu.

Contra Dance

Southern MD Traditional Music and Dance will feature caller Kim Forry May 12 at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Contra is a traditional American social dance. If you’ve ever danced a Virginia Reel or been to a Square Dance, you know how fun it can be. Beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. for instruction. Admission is $8 for non-SMTMD members, $6 for members (band members are free). Dress for comfort. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For information and directions visit www.smtmd.org.

As Bees in Honey Drown

The Newtowne Players perform Thursdays through Sundays through May 13. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 3:30 p.m. 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, general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase. Reservations recommended at 301-737-5447 or www.newtowneplayers.org. Note: Some language and themes are not suitable for children.

SPAWAR Golf Outing

SPAWAR Systems Center at Patuxent River hosts 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, water and soda. To register, email John Duszynski at john.duszynskinavy.mil or call 301-342-6898.

A Slave in the White House

Paul Jennings and the Madisons Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will kick off the 2012 Speaker Series 7 p.m. May 4 at Sotterley Plantation. Free. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 for reservations.

Recycled Art Show

Bid on art created out of recycled items and support the Chiefs' Build May 4 at Slack Winery, 16040 Woodlawn Lane, Ridge. Fifty local artists will use their talents to transform items from the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s two ReStores into art. The art show 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) for the event may be purchased at the ReStore locations in Lexington Park and North Beach, or at www.patuxenthabitat.org .

Around the World Embassy Tour

The capstone event of Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC, the Around the World Embassy Tour, will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5. More than 40 embassies will open their doors to visitors. Experience the food, art, dance, fashion and music of countries from six continents. Free.

Solomons Maritime Festival

Celebrate Southern Maryland heritage10 a.m. 5 p.m. May 5 at the Calvert Marine Museum’s seventh annual Solomons Maritime Festival. Antique boats and motors, master maritime carvers, crafts and cooking demonstrations, traditional music and boat rides. Admission to the festival and museum is FREE. For information, call 410-326-2042 x 19 or visit www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Lost in Color

The Artworks7th May 2012 Gallery show, “Lost in Color,” features artists Tim Sebian-Lander and Sue Page, with an offbeat exhibition of two creative and imaginative minds. The opening reception will be held 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. May 5 at 9100 Bay Avenue, North Beach. For information, call 443-404-9621 or 410-474-5934.

Flower Arranging & Design

Rick Davis, Owner and Lead Creative Director of the award-winning D.C. based floral and event design firm Amaryllis, Inc., brings his expertise on floral arranging and design to Sotterley 9 a.m. 11 a.m. May 5. Known for creativity, attention to detail, and use of unique products, Mr. Davis is an innovator in floral arranging and design. Learn from the best how to create a stunning showpiece.

Parachute Play

Children ages 3--6 can enjoy a variety of parachute games 10 a.m. May 7 at Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown. Free. 301-884-2211 or 301-475-2846, www.stmalib.org

Read. Learn. Grow.

Parents and caregivers can enjoy interactive reading activities with their children 10 a.m. May 7 at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd, Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188 www.stmalib.org

Introduction to Publisher 2010

Adults will learn the basics of Microsoft's desktop publishing program used to create flyers, cards, certificates and more 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. May 7, Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-475-2846, www.stmalib.org

Book Discussion

Discuss Susan Beth Pfeffer's book, "Life as We Knew It," 7 p.m. May 7, Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall. Copies available at the library. 301-884-2211, www.stmalib.org

Navy League Golf Tournament

The public is invited to the 15th Annual Patuxent River Council of the Navy League Golf Tournament to be held at Cedar Point Golf Course, NAS Patuxent River May 11. Through your contribution, the Patuxent River Council will continue to assist the Southern Maryland Navy and Marine Corps community. Registration for each player of $65 covers green fees, cart, on-course refreshments, lunch and a donation to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society. To reserve a spot (foursome or individual), send names and telephone numbers to The Navy League, P.O. Box 444, Lexington Park, MD 20653, PaxNavyLeaguegmail.com or fax 888-819-7533. Pre-payment is preferred. Make checks payable to the Navy League.

Maryland’s History “By the Object”

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum hosts Marcia Miller, architectural historian with the Maryland Historical Trust, 7:15 p.m. May 11 following the annual meeting of the Friends of JPPM in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Miller will present, “Acorns and Anguish of Wandering Relics: Stories from the State House.” The Maryland State House is the oldest state capital in continuous legislative use in the country. Completed in 1779, the building has undergone significant changes over time. This lecture will focus on findings and artifacts from recent investigative and restoration work centered on the dome, the Old House of Delegates Chamber and the Old Senate Chamber. Free. For information, call 410-586-8501 or visit www.jefpat.org.