Weekly Events

Check out local Southern Maryland happenings!

The GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT is taking place this weekend. Special counts are being planned throughout the region. Visit the Southern Maryland Audubon Society’s website at somdaudubon.org for a list of places where members and other birders will be participating in the count.
They will be at Kings Landing Park in Calvert County from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 16. This event is for those 13 and older. All ages will be welcome at Flag Ponds Nature Park in Calvert from 8-10 a.m. Feb. 17. From 9-11 a.m. Feb. 17, join trip leader Bob Boxwell at Myrtle Point Park in St. Mary’s County. Trip leader Lynne Wheeler will be at Port Tobacco River Park in Charles County from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 18. Boxwell will be at Hellen Creek Preserve in Calvert from 9-10 a.m. Feb. 19.

WIGS AND WINGS WEEKEND will be celebrated at the Accokeek Foundation at 3400 Bryan Point Road in Accokeek. Backyard Birding: Walks & Talks will be offered at various times Feb. 17. Bird walks free. Mini-workshops $10/person per workshop. Take a guided walk on the Piscataway Park nature trails and learn how to ID the most common birds in the area. Then join a mini-workshop to learn how to turn your backyard into a bird paradise. 8 a.m. guided bird walk; 10 a.m. Backyard Bird Feeders 101; 11:30 a.m. Landscaping for Birds 101; and 1 p.m. guided bird walk. Other weekend events planned. Register at accokeekfoundation.org/events/backyard-birding-walks-and-talks/

Join the CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to count local birds; results are reported to Cornell University. Check out a pair of binoculars from the Discovery Room to use in the Marsh Walk, where you may see the first signs of our feathered friends as they return to the Chesapeake. The event is free with museum admission. Visit the museum store to purchase a bird identification guide. 410-326-2042; calvertmarinemuseum.com $

You can also participate in your own backyard. Visit birdcount.org for information.

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Here are some other events going on in the area:

INVITATIONAL ART SHOW, North End Gallery, 41652 Fenwick St., Leonardtown. Show runs through Feb. 25. northendgallery.com

MARITIME PERFORMANCE SERIES, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Series presents the Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet performing music of American old-time tradition. See Ken Kolodner on hammer dulcimer and fiddle, Brad Kolodner on clawhammer banjo, Rachel Eddy with soulful singing and multi-instrumental talents, and Ralph Gordon on the bass and cello. Doors open at 6 p.m. with beer and wine available for sale. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door and available at www.bit.ly//MaritimeConcerts. $

OPEN BARN AT GREENWELL, Greenwell State Park, 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. On the first Saturday morning of the month, meet with Greenwell’s horses, watch riding lessons, and learn about the Greenwell Foundation’s equestrian programs. Free. 301-373-9775; greenwellfoundation.org

CSM CHILDREN’S THEATRE, College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 17. “Amazing Grace” to be performed; adapted from the book by Mary Hoffman. Tickets are $7 for adults and seniors, $5 for youth high school age and below. 301-934-2251; csmd.edu

BENNY C. MORGAN RECITAL SERIES, College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus, Building A auditorium. 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Oratorio soloist Antony Zwerdling will perform. His repertoire includes Händel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Brahms, Mozart and Fauré and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. 301-934-2251; csmd.edu

PATUXENT RIVER NAVAL AIR MUSEUM, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. Museum serves as the link between the U.S. Navy’s missions at the naval air station and the community defined by those missions. PRNAM is unique in terms of its collections and mission, which are focused on the research, development, test and evaluation environment as well as experimental concepts that never made it to the fleet. The museum also houses artifacts and simulators, films and books spanning the history of naval aviation, as well as 22 one-of-a-kind aircraft.
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for active duty military (with ID) and dependents, seniors (55 and older), $4 for kids 5-12; children 4 and younger are free. paxmuseum.org $

MARATHON RECITAL DAY, St. Aloysius Church, 22880 Washington St., Leonardtown. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 17. The Music Teachers Association of Southern Maryland will present a special event open to the general public. A recital every hour for this all-day program at the church will feature piano/voice/instrumental performances given by youth musicians. Admission is free. Visit the association’s Facebook page for more information.

FROZEN DAY OF PLAY, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 18. Families invited to a wintery afternoon of imaginative play and creativity. Kids of all ages will delight in this sensory experience created to celebrate the season. Activities will include Frozen Winter Games and Challenges, in honor of the Winter Olympic Games happening in PyeongChang. Kids will love the pretend play at the Hibernation Station with dress up and exploratory areas. Face painting; and visits with ice princesses will provide opportunities for photos. No matter the weather, “snow” play will be happening. Build a snowman, make a fort, have fun snowball fights, twirl and dance in the “snow” outside. Little hands can take the Polar Plunge in the sensory play area and find Ice Treasures. Create arts and crafts to take home with fun frozen activities like the Snowman Buffet, Snow Mobiles; and try out ice painting. Snacks and ice cream will be available. Drop in and escape the winter blues with lots of fun for all. Members free; non-members $5; children 1 and younger free. 410-326-4640; annmariegarden.org

FEBRUARY DINNER, Moose Lodge, 27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville. Serving starts at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25. Sponsored by the 7th District Optimist Club. On the menu: fried oysters, spiced shrimp, stuffed ham, fried chicken and vegetables. Adults $28; children 6 to 12 $8; and free for children 5 and younger. Drive-thru carryout dinners will be $26. 7thdistrictoptimist.org $

LECTURE SERIES, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s City. 4:15-5:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Speaker and White House reporter April Ryan will lecture on “A White House Correspondent’s View in Black & White, Unmasking Oppression.” A book signing will follow the event from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Free of charge; open to the public. smcm.edu

OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETING, Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust. 8-10 a.m. Feb. 22. Committee meets at St. Inie’s Coffee Shop, 46915 S. Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park every other Thursday. Meeting is for creative thinking for how to make the organization more successful. Patuxent-Tidewater.org; info@patuxent-tidewater.org

LITTLE MINNOWS, Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. 10-11 a.m. Feb. 22. Fascinating Fish. For children 3 to 5 years old and their caregivers. Fee is $5. 410-326-2042; calvertmarinemuseum.org $

“THE COMEDY INVASION,” Huntingtown High School auditorium, 4125 North Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown. Feb. 23. Benefit fundraiser for Project Graduation. Show features comedians Erin Jackson, Mike Speirs and Martin Amini (a Maryland native). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. show time. Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the door; and $25 for CAASA members and students 13-18. To purchase tickets, visit Floral Expressions in Owings), Gentle Family Dentistry in Dunkirk and Lotus Kitchen in Solomons. Only cash or check are accepted. www.co.cal.md.us/CAASA. If you aren’t able to attend the show, consider making a tax-deductible donation to CAASA. Mail donations to P.O. Box 2104, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

SHARE THE LOVE BABY SHOWER, Wild Birds Unlimited, 46400 Lexington Village, Lexington Park. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24. The store will host a Wildlife Baby Shower to benefit Back to Wild Rescue and Rehab. The local rescue rehabs and releases many orphaned and injured wildlife. They do not receive government assistance but pay for this from their own pockets. You can help by donating items or money to assist them in preparing for the spring orphans that will soon be arriving. Entertainment will be provided by Raptor’s Eye. Wish list items include: paper towels, Cascade Platinum ActionPacs, Clorox disinfecting wipes, Clorox bleach (not the scented ones, the plain Clorox that kills germs), rice baby cereal, exam gloves (large or extra large), dryer sheets, laundry detergent for high-efficiency washers, Nutri-Grain bars, trail mix bars (no chocolate), Honey-Nut Cheerios, Fruit Loops and Fox Valley Raccoon Formula. These items can be purchased in store: dried mealworms, peanuts (unsalted, raw preferred), Wildlife Blend and Tree Nutty Blend. 301-863-2473; facebook.com/events/2026301900718584/

LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS LAURA M. AHEARN, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Cole Cinema, Campus Center, St. Mary’s City. Lecture “Love Letters, Language, and Learning: An Anthropologist’s Journey.” 4:45 p.m. Feb. 26. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Ahearn will reflect on the path she has traveled as an anthropologist, which began with several years serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal. 240-895-2045; smcm.edu/news

BROWN BAG LUNCHTIME ARTIST TALK, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Glendening Annex, St. Mary’s City. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 27. Event will feature Lydia McCarthy’s photographs and installations. Free. 240-895-4498; smcm.edu/music/events

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“SPRING AWAKENING,” St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall, St. Mary’s City. 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Musical also will be performed at 8 p.m. March 1-3 and 2 p.m. March 4. Tickets $6 general admission; $4 faculty, students, SMCM staff and seniors. 240-895-4243; smcm.edu/events

AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 PLAYS, College of Southern Maryland Children’s Theatre, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. A comedy by Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello. 7 p.m. March 2, and 2 and 7 p.m. March 3. Tickets are $7 for adults and seniors, $5 for youth high school age and below. 301-934-2251; csmd.edu

FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS, Summerseat Farm, 26655 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 3. Annual “For the Love of Our Animals.” Fun activities for the entire family. Crafts and demonstrations in the barn area. There will be hay rides, buffalo, chance to meet and feed the farm animals. No admission for the event, but donations are greatly appreciated. Donation needs include chicken mash, senior horse feed, pig food, salt blocks, scrub brushes, buckets, rags, staple gun, small tool box, plastic play pen/fence (for rabbits), horse shampoo, and horse/donkey/goat treats. Gift cards to Tractor Supply, Stauffers Feed Mill and Southern States will be helpful, as well as monetary donations to cover veterinary needs. All proceeds benefit the animals of Summerseat Farm. 301-373-6607; summerseat.org

COSMIC SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERT, Patuxent Presbyterian Church, California. 7 p.m. March 10. cosmicsymphony.org $

HANDBELL CONCERT, St. Aloysius Church, Washington St., Leonardtown. 3 p.m. March 11. Free. Father David Beaubien in concert with the St. Aloysius Handbell Ensemble. saintaloysiuschurch.org

WARD VIRTS CONCERT SERIES, College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B multipurpose room. 3 p.m. March 11. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations needed. Celloist Michael Kannen will perform. 301-934-2251; csmd.edu

COSMIC SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERT, St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Prince Frederick. 4 p.m. March 12. cosmicsymphony.org $

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND CAUSE THEATRE, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road. 7:30 p.m. March 15, 8 p.m. March 12 and 2 pm. March 17. “Journey’s End” will be performed. Due to mature subject matter, the production may not be suitable for all ages. $5 all seats. 301-934-2251; csmd.edu $

WEED WARRIORS AND TRAILS GROUPS, Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust continues to stay involved in trail development and maintenance in Southern Maryland. PTLT President Frank Allen leads a monthly Weed Warriors group on the first Saturday of the winter months to remove invasive vines from Myrtle Point Park and is leading the designation and blazing of trails in Snow Hill Park. 301-862-3421; Patuxent-Tidewater.org; info@patuxent-tidewater.org

CHARLES REGIONAL GALA, Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation Celebration Gala will be held March 24 at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, Issue. This year’s gala, includes three levels of reservations: Gala VIP Dinner guests will enjoy an exclusive dinner with a chef inspired menu. For guests who want only a reservation for the gala, they can do so and will enjoy an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a unique interactive dessert station. A “Late Night” reservation will be offered for guests wanting to arrive at the gala starting at 9:30 p.m. The funds raised from this year’s event will support the medical center’s plans to establish a Center for Breast Health. Tickets now on sale. 301-609-4132; charlesregional.org $