Free museum admission
Friday, 5-8 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum
The museum is open and free to the public for First Free Friday. The 257th Army Band is also playing on the outdoor stage at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper.
Leonardtown First Friday
Friday, 5-8 p.m.,
Leonardtown Town Square
The Leonardtown Business Association hosts July's First Friday. Hear live music from classic rock cover band GeeZer, Info Share on The Square, a Summertime Raffle and a new charity drive supporting Hope Phones. For more information visit www.leonardtownfirstfridays.com.
The Original Royal Lipizzaner Stallions of Austria
Friday-Sunday, Flat Iron Farm
See stallions that prance, march and weave their way across the floor to music. Concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 for adults online or at ticket sales outlets, or $25 at the door. Children ages 12 and younger are $15. For more information call 301-994-0300 or 301-994-3023.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, Annmarie Garden
Admission to the first Maker's Market is free. Annual and perennial plants, including herbs, bedding plants and vegetables, and tea light globes and jewelry made from machine-tumbled recycled glass are available for purchase. For more information visit www.annmariegarden.org.
Piano Festival by the River
Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Monday, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
St. Mary's College of Maryland campus
Piano Festival by the River is a free summer retreat for pianists, piano students and piano teachers. The event offers four days of music, exploration and community for pianists of a broad range of abilities, ages and interests. Opportunities for this year's participants include master classes, lessons and performances. For more information email musicdepartment smcm.edu.
Archaeology Summer Camp
Monday-July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
This Archaeology Summer Camp offers children ages 10-13 the chance to work with archaeologists excavating an 18th century plantation site. Register at www.jefpat.org
Summer Mini Camps at Sotterley Plantation
Monday-Wednesday for grades 3-5
July 16-18 for grades 6-8
This year's Sotterley Colonial Farm summer mini camps teach students about Sotterley's history as a farming community through team projects, experiencing nature and more in small-group formats. Tuition for youths of Sotterley members is $85, and $95 for nonmembers. Register at www.sotterley.org.
Sea Squirts program
Tuesday, July 12 and 19, 10:30-11 a.m.,
Calvert Marine Museum
This free drop-in program is for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. For more information call 410-326-2042.
Tuesday and Wednesday, and
Aug. 21 and 22, noon-12:30 p.m.,
Mattapany, Quarters A, Millstone Road
University of Maryland Extension-St. Mary's Master Gardeners presents a "Garden Brief" with topics on starting a vegetable garden and resources for gardening information. The kitchen garden at Mattapany will be open to all base personnel for demonstration and discussion. Bring a lunch and veggie questions.
U.S. Navy Memorial's Authors on Deck book signing
U.S. Navy Memorial Naval Heritage Center
Stanley Weintraub presents his latest work, “Final Victory: FDR's Remarkable WWII Presidential Campaign.” Following his presentation, Weintraub will be available for a question-and-answer session and book signing. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 202-737-2300.
Latin jazz and salsa
Wednesday, 7 p.m., St. Mary's College
of Maryland campus center patio
Latin jazz group "Sabor Trio" holds a free performance. Hear a sample of their music at www.readthehook.com/102283/sabor-trio. Bring blankets, chairs and refreshments. A suggested donation of $5 helps ensure concerts like this continue at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Abraham Lincoln traveling exhibition
July 12-Aug. 24,
Calvert Library Prince Frederick
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," a national traveling exhibition focusing on Abraham Lincoln's struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War, is available for viewing. A complete schedule of events is at http://calvert.lib.md.us/Lincoln.html. For more information call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.
The SuperMagicMan's Big Illusion
July 12, 7 p.m.,
Calvert Marine Museum auditorium
This family magic show stars D.C.'s two-time Comedy Magician of the Year, Reggie Rice. Admission is $4 per person at the door.
Art Blooms Gala Reception
July 13, 6-10 p.m., Annmarie Sculpture
Garden and Arts Center
Celebrate summer amongst art, including a gathering of floral arrangements inspired by two ongoing exhibits at Annmarie Garden, Treasured: honoring precious and vanishing worlds and My African Community: A Collection of Photographs and Stories, 2000-2010. Tickets are $55 per person for Annmarie and Calvert Garden Club members, and $65 per person for non-members. For more information call 410-326-4640 or visit www.AnnMarieGarden.org.
July 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Calvert Marine Museum
Shark and Sturgeon Pavilion See live sharks and sturgeon. The day includes fish face painting, shark crafts and displays by the Fossil Club. Museum admission applies. Strollers are not allowed inside the museum.
The War of 1812 - "The Choice"
July 14, 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Meet the people who lived and labored at Sotterley during the summer of 1814, and be a part of the drama as slaves make a difficult and daring choice. The program is free, but space is limited. Register by calling 301-373-2280.
Minute to Win It!
July 16, 2-4 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library
Teens compete in challenges using household items, and like the TV show they have 60 seconds to complete each challenge. The program is free and registration is required. For more information call 301-884-2211.
Monday Memory Tours
Mondays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Take a free, guided tour of Point Farm. For more information call 410-586-8501.
Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum's
PNC Waterside Pavilion
Tickets are on sale now. Premium seats are $50, and $40 for reserved seats; additional service fees apply. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 800-787-9454 or online at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Visit Calvert House discovery
Until Aug. 3, St. Mary's City
View the recent archaeological discovery of the Calvert House foundation and cellars, and watch as they uncover other features during normal museum hours: Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Calvert House was built soon after the settlement of Maryland, and was the social and political capital for most of the 17th century. Admission to the museum is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 youths ages 6-18, and free for Friends members and children ages five and younger.
Recreation and Parks Summer Camps
Until Aug. 10, St. Mary's County
St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks is offering one-week summer camp sessions. Register at www.StMarysMD.com/recreate, at the Recreation and Parks office in Leonardtown, or by mail to P.O. Box 653 Leonardtown, MD 20650. For information, 301-475-4200 ext. 1800 or 1801, or visit www.stmarysmd .com/docs/Summer-Camp-Preview.pdf.
Summer reading program
Until Aug. 17, Calvert, Charles
and St. Mary's counties
St. Mary's College of Maryland is offering summer reading programs for all residents of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. Any book found in the college library catalog, the Southern Maryland library catalog or the USMAI catalog is eligible. To earn points, read a book and submit a review to the library's blog at http://smcmlibrary.wordpress.com.
No Green JellyBeenz
July 17, 6:45 p.m.
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road Hear this local band cover modern rock, pop, hip hop and alternative from the 70s to today, free. Bring a picnic and lawn chair or blanket. No alcohol is permitted. For more information call 301-934-7828, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Read. Learn. Grow.
July 18, 10:30 a.m., Charlotte Hall Library Parents, grandparents or caregivers can enjoy activities with their children. Free and open to all ages. For more information call 301-884-2211.
Storytime and Stuffed Animal Sleepover
July 19, 6 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library
Children of all ages can bring a stuffed animal to storytime and then leave it for a sleepover. Children can pick up their stuffed animal the next day and watch a slide show of its overnight adventures. The event is free. For more information call 301-884-2211.
Maryland animals at work while you sleep July 19, 6 p.m., Leonardtown Library Learn about animals that carry out their daily routines at night while we sleep. The program is free and presented by St. Clements Island Museum staff. Registration is required. For more information call 301-475-2846.
Free Family Movie
July 20, 2 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library
When Muppet fans discover an oilman plans to destroy the Muppet Theater and drill for oil, they reunite the Muppets to stage the Greatest Muppet Telethon ever to save the theater. Snacks are provided. For more information call 301-475-2846.
Teen Video Editing
July 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Leonardtown Library Teens can learn how to create and edit camera-less videos for free. Registration is required. For more information call 301-475-2846.
Maritime Performance Series
July 20, 7 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum auditorium The Maritime Performance Series presents Pint and Dale who perform traditional and modern music and songs reflecting the vitality of those who live and work on the sea. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Wizard of Oz
July 20-22 and July 26-29, Great Mills High School St. Mary's County's Summerstock troup performs "The Wizard of Oz." For show times, tickets and other information call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800.
Fossil field experience
July 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum Join a Calvert Marine Museum educator and discover the clues found buried in the sand. Learn why Calvert County is known for its shark's teeth. Space is limited. Preregistration required by calling 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Waterman for a Day
July 21 and Aug. 11, 1-4 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum Experience life as a working waterman on the Chesapeake Bay, past and present. For more information call 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Patuxent River excursions
July 21, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum Take a one-hour Patuxent River excursion aboard Chesapeake workboat, the Roughwater. Limited to six passengers each outing. Cost is $20 per person. Preregister by July 19 by calling 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Sunset in the Tropics cruise
July 21, 6:30-8 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum Take a Key West-style cruise aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison. Parrot Heads encouraged. Preregister by calling 410-326- 2042 ext. 41.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) July 24, 6:45 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus See this free, fast-paced theatrical performance of 37 plays in 97 minutes. Bring a picnic and lawn chair or blanket. No alcohol is permitted. For more information call 301-934-7828 or 240-725-5499, or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Little Minnows workshop
July 26, 10-11 a.m., Calvert Marine Museum Working the Bay - Workboats and Waterman is a program for children ages 3-5. Cost is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Space is limited. Preregister by calling 410-326-2042 ext. 41.
Southern Maryland Navy Alliance
July 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Bay District Volunteer Fire Dept Social Hall Learn about the ONR Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System Innovative Naval Prototype program with Dr. Mary Cummings, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System Program Manager with the Office of Naval Research. The program is free. Bring a sack lunch. Register at www.paxpartnership.org.
Pet the Monster concert
July 31, 6:45 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus Hear this alternative, rock, classic and Indie cover band perform for free. No alcohol is permitted. For more information call 301-934-7828 or 240-725-5499, or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.
Aug. 4, 3-7 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall Enjoy homemade crab cakes, ham, chicken and more. Home-baked goodies and handmade crafts are also available for purchase. Cost is $20 for adults, and youths ages 13 and older, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and younger. For more information call 410-257-6306.
John Cronin and Mac Walter
Aug. 24, 7 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum auditorium Returning to the Calvert Marine Museum for their third performance, cousins John Cronin and Mac Walter bring acoustic finger-style virtuosity. Tickets are $5 at the door, cash or check. No advance ticket sales. Wine, beer and "lite bites" will be available for sale. Have a picnic overlooking Back Creek before the concert.
Build a boat in two days
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum
Pick any two days to build a 16-foot wooden canoe. No experience is necessary. Cost is $600 for Calvert Marine Museum members and $650 for non-members, and includes all materials to complete one canoe with two paddles.
Build a 12-foot rowing skiff. Cost is $950 for members and $1,000 for non-members. Build a sailing version with sail, spars, daggerboard and rudder for an additional $800. Groups and youths ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. Financial assistance is available. For more information contact George Surgent at 410-586-2700 or email gsurgentcomcast.net.
Bluegrass for Hospice
Oct. 27, doors open at 10 a.m., Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills Music starts at noon. Hear the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Fiddle player of the year, Michael Cleveland, Flamekeeper and The Roys from Nashville, Tenn., and local bluegrass bands. All proceeds support Hospice of St. Mary's Hospice House. There will be food concessions, raffles, door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $20 in advance by mail by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 741, California, MD 20619; or $25 at the door. For more information call 301-737-3004 or visit www.bluegrassforhospice.com.