APRIL

Historic Sotterley Plantation will host Dr. Alan Rothman, professor of history at Georgetown University, from 7-9 p.m. April 20 as part of their commemorative speaker series. Rothman is the author of “Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery” and a member of Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation. The event is free and open to the public. Sotterley is located at 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. Go to sotterley.org.Nature and Birding Walk will be April 21 departing 9 a.m. sharp from Indian Head Rail Trail, parking lot, Livingston Road (Route 224). Rain date April 28. Join other bird enthusiasts for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. A field guide from the Southern Maryland Audubon Society will be on hand to share their knowledge and expertise. Ages 18 and older. Call La Plata library, 301-934-9001.

The 25th Annual Caregiver’s Conference will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California. Hosted by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services, the conference will feature sessions on community services, Medicare, Medicaid, dementia care at home, safe caregiving at home, hospice care, funeral planning, caregiver stress and more. Registration is required. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

The 4th annual Calvert Hospice Culinary Event will be held 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 21 at Running Hare Vineyard. The event will feature a selection of award-winning wines from Running Hare Vineyard, fine dining in an elegant and intimate atmosphere, dynamic entertainment provided by NightLife, live auction featuring artwork and more opportunities to support Calvert Hospice. Tickets are $125 per person and tickets may be purchased at calverthospice.org/culinary-event. Sponsorship opportunities are available through Claire Piason at cpiason@calverthospice.org or 410-535-0892.

CSM Renaissance Festival: “Shadowlands” will be 7 p.m. April 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 22, and 3 p.m. April 23 at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road. This West End and Broadway hit is the love story of C.S. Lewis—Oxford don and author “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Screwtape Letters”—and American poet Joy Davidman. Tickets $10. For tickets or more information, email bxoffc@csmd.edu, call 301-934-7828, or go to www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/special-events/renaissance-festival/.

Historic Sotterley Plantation will debut their new slave cabin exhibit the weekend of April 21-23 with an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. April 21 at 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. The event is free and open to the public. Go to www.sotterley.org.

Kent Russell, “The Garden Guru,” will give an Earth Day presentation at 1 p.m. April 22 at South Potomac Church, 4915 Crain Highway, White Plains. Russell is a nationally recognized celebrity gardener who will educate and entertain. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25 per person. Sponsored by the Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club and the La Plata Garden Club. To learn more about Russell, go to www.thegardenguru.com. For more information about the event, call Dianne Shisler at 301-932-0251.

The CSM Renaissance Festival will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building lawn at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food, music, entertainment, mock combat, weaponry and other demonstrations. Admission is free; separate fee for food and games. Call 301-934-7828 or go to www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/special-events/renaissance-festival.

The 5th Annual Bay-CSS 10K/5K Walk, Run & Roll will begin at 8 a.m. April 22 at Greenwell State Park, 25410 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. The family-friendly event to benefit people with disabilities is open to walkers/runners of every fitness level. Go to www.baycss.org/walk.html.

The Calvert Artists Guild will host their monthly meeting 10 a.m.-noon April 22 at the Solomons Asbury Clubhouse, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons. After a brief business meeting to discuss the May awards show, Nancy Bateman will give a presentation on needle felting in fiber arts. Free to the public. For more information, contact Gerry Wood at gbwood2@verizon.net or call 301-863-9663.

The Fairy House Festival will be held noon-4 p.m. April 23 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell. Enjoy an afternoon of creative play, games, unicorn rides, a petting zoo, bubble magic, crafts, music and more. Walk along the enchanted wooden path to find the fairy lolly, troll’s treasure trough, gnome games, fantasy face painting, strolling entertainers and petting zoo. Admission is $5 for non-members; free for members and kids 2 and younger. Call 410-326-4640 or go to www.annmariegarden.org.

The 6th annual book sale will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25-26 at Garvey Senior Activity Center, 41780 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown. Shop form paperbacks and hardbacks at 50 cents and $1, respectively. Item donations accepted 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 6-17. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

CSM Open House: La Plata Campus will be 5 p.m. April 26 at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Building/Room, 8730 Mitchell Road. Prospective students can learn how to get started at CSM, meet the faculty and ask questions about the various programs of study, learn more about financial aid and scholarships and find out about athletics and other CSM clubs and organizations. For more information, call 301-934-7765, ext. 7043, or go to www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/campus-open-house-tours/.

CSM Institutional Equity and Diversity: Self-Defense Workshop will be 3-4:30 p.m. April 27 at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Physical Education Center (PE Building), Room 120-B, 8730 Mitchell Road. Taekwondo instructor Carrie Lovejoy will provide a presentation and lead a workout that incorporates kicks, punches and blocks to help participants feel empowered and strong in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Free. For more information, email mmaddox2@csmd.edu, call 301-934-7659, or go to www.csmd.edu/about/institutional-equity-and-diversity/.

Historic Sotterley Plantation will host their annual plant sale to benefit the Sotterley Garden Guild from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29 and noon-3 p.m. April 30 at 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. Shop from annuals, perennials, shrubs and bulbs for sale by the Garden Guild, or participate in the community plant exchange (10 a.m. April 29 until plans run out). Bring one of your own plants to exchange for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds. Event held rain or shine. Call 301-373-2280 or go to sotterley.org.

Southern Maryland Audubon Society will hold “Chapman State Park and Indian Head Rail Trail” field trip 8 a.m.-noon April 29 at 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head. Join us at Chapman State Park, an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, to search for migrant birds and spring wildflowers along the Marsh Trail. Then to nearby Indian Head Rail Trail to search for Red-Headed Woodpeckers and more returning avian summer residents. RSVP to Lynne, 301-751-8097 or comstockel@aol.com.

Southern Maryland Audubon Society will hold “Birding 101” field trip 9 a.m.-noon April 29 at Elms Environmental Education Center, 49300 St. James Road, Dameron. Trip leaders will share helpful identification pointers such as bird bill and facial markings, plumage details, field marks, flight patterns, sound, behavior, and habitat and seasonal expectation. Learn about birding apps. Youths welcome. To reach the center, take Rt. 235 south, left onto St. James Church Road (opposite Mattapany Road). You will see sign for the center. Meet in the hunter’s dirt parking lot on right before gate. To register, contact Dean, 301-672-5464 or dean.newman@dau.mil.

Calvert Family Fun Fest will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29 at Beach Elementary School, 7900 Old Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach. Open to families with children ages 0-5, the event will feature a celebration of children with hands-on learning activities, family entertainment and information on local community organizations. Free food, books and prizes. Call the HIPPY/Healthy Families Calvert County program at 410-535-3530.

MAY

Mattawoman Creek Art Center will hold Open Studio 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through May 26 at the Center, Smallwood State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Road. Marbury. Come paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit, quilt and more. Bring your own materials and your lunch. Share ideas and techniques. Friends welcome. For information, call 301-743-5159 or go to www.mattawomanart.org.Southern Maryland Audubon Society will meet 7:30-9 p.m. May 3 at Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, 8430 Commerce Street. Topic will be “Creating Bird-Friendly Communities.” Learn about native plants and avian architecture that can be incorporated into your landscape to reestablish the ecological functions of our cities and towns. Light refreshments. Free. For more information, contact Lynne Wheeler, 301-751-8097 or somdaudubon@yahoo.com.

CSM Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery: Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be through May 5 at College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Road. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Paintings, photos and sculptures showcase the works of CSM fine arts students in this annual juried exhibition. For more information, go to www.csmd.edu/arts.

The Annmarie Antique & Flea Faire will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7 at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell. Shop from more than 100 indoor and outdoor booths with antiques and collectibles, vintage and upcycled furniture, clothing, jewelry, vintage home and garden, flea finds and more. Bring up to three small items for the appraisal fair, held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Admission is $3 for adults; free for kids 11 and younger. No pets. Held rain or shine. Call 410-326-4640 or go to www.annmariegarden.org.

The 8th Annual Market Day in Port Tobacco will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6 at Port Tobacco Village and the Port Tobacco Courthouse. Shop from local artists, vintage items, vendors and more with food, baked goods and drinks available for purchase. The Charles County Garden Club will also hold their annual plant sale. Entertainment by the Port Tobacco Pickers. Admission is free; fees for market purchases. Tours of Stagg Hall, Courthouse and Burch House will be available, as will the Port Tobacco One Room Schoolhouse. Rain date is May 20. Call Mary Fenton at 301-375-7892, email marysfenton@yahoo.com or go to restoreporttobacco.wordpress.com.

Summerseat Farm will host their 15th annual plant sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13 at 26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville. Shop from annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable plants, shrubs and trees, grasses, hanging baskets and potted plants, crafts, gently-used jewelry and more. The event will also feature the Courtyard Cafe serving breakfast and lunch plus children’s activities, games and crafts, a petting zoo, tours of the 1884 manor house and barn area and more. Proceeds benefit Summerseat, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Admission is free; handicapped accessible. Call 301-373-6607 or 301-643-8950. Go to www.summerseat.org.

The Calvert Arts Festival will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland. Shop from juried artisans with hand-crafted fiber and wood items, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Enjoy wine/beer tastings, music and entertainment. Free admission; $15 for beer or wine tasting with souvenir glass. Go to bit.ly/CalvertArtsFestival2017.

An authentic English High Tea experience will be held 2-5 p.m. May 13 at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Road, California. Enjoy sweet treats, teas and tea time fun reminiscent of times gone by in England. Please dress in your Sunday best; hat and gloves optional. Gift baskets will be auctioned at the event. Tickets are $25 per person; $15 for ages 10 and under; and free for those 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary’s, Inc. Contact Karla DeSelms at 301-863-2421 or deselms4@verizon.net.

The Hollywood Rescue Squad Bluegrass Festival will be held noon-8 p.m. May 13 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. The event will feature Big Country Bluegrass and many more. Rain or shine; event is indoors with food and drink available for purchase, as well as 50/50 raffles. Advance tickets are $20 per person. Call 301-737-3004 or go to www.hvrs.org.

Touch-a-Truck presented by the Center for Children will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13 at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. Families will have the opportunity to touch, learn, and explore trucks, construction vehicles, cars, public safety equipment as well as meet those who protect, serve, and build our Southern Maryland community. Admission $8 adults; $3 children ages 1-16; children under 1 free. For more information, go to www.center-for-children.org.

Tea in the Garden, sponsored by the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, will be held 1-3:30 p.m. May 14 (Mother’s Day) at 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, scones and more with a choice of teas at this annual event. Music, teapot boutique, a raffle for a basket of tea items and tours of the Jefferson Patterson House are included. Reservations highly recommended. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 10 and younger. For more information, contact Betty Seifert at betty.seifert@maryland.gov or 410-586-8578.

Bike to Work Day pit stop will be 6-11 a.m. May 19 at The Village Green Pavilion, 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head. Commuter Connections and Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. All registrants will be entered into a regional bicycle raffle. First 15,000 to register will receive a free t-shirt to be picked up at the pit stop location of their choice. Registration is free. Event held rain or shine. To register or for more information, go to www.biketoworkmetrodc.org or call 800-745-7433.

Three Oaks Center will hold Veterans Stand Down Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California. Event to provide support and services for all Southern Maryland veterans and their families, including homeless and disabled veterans. Sample services include medical and dental screenings, employment services, social, housing, legal and more. To participate or for more information, go to www.threeoakscenter.org, or contact Sasha Seenath, 301-863-9535, ext. 116., email sseenath@threeoakscenter.org.

Operation Comfort Warriors Ride & Dance benefit hosted by the American Legion Riders Post 82 will be May 20 at Harry White Wilmer Post 82, 6330 North Crain Highway, La Plata. Registration 10 a.m. at the Post; kickstands up 10:30 a.m.; last stop 3:30 p.m. at the Post. Live bands 4-11 p.m. at the Post. Poker run $25 per rider; includes bands. $10 per person, bands only. Food will be available for purchase after 3:30 p.m. Door prizes and 50/50 drawings. Proceeds go to American Legion Operation Comfort Warriors program. For more information, go to www.legion.org/operationcomfortwarriors or www.alpost82.org.

Karsyn’s Karnival will be held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 at Cove Point Park, 750 Cove Point Road, Lusby. The family-oriented event is open to the entire community with games, moon bounce, face painting, pony rides, a K9 demonstration, dancing with Solomons Daycare Center, food and more. The event aimed to raise awareness about the talents and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. Go to www.karsynskarnival.com.

Maryland Watermen’s Association will hold Clay Shoot 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21 at Larry Bowling Sporting Clays, 9775 Sporting Clay Place, La Plata. Cost $75 per person; includes lunch. Door prizes. All proceeds go to MWA. To pre-register or for more information, call 410-216-6610, or go to www.marylandwatermen.com.

"Right, Meg?" columnist and special sections editor for Maryland Independent, The Enterprise, The Calvert Recorder and Chesapeake 360 in Southern Maryland. Find her on Twitter @rightmeg.

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