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February 2013

See Capitol Steps at St. John’s

  The Capitol Steps, a Washington musical theater comedy company, perform a lively review of songs and spoofs that ridicule public figures across party lines. Enjoy a champagne reception with performers after the show. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm at St. John’s Auditorium, Annapolis. $65 w/rsvp discounts: 410-263-2371; www.stjohnscollege.edu. 

Mardi Gras Gala

  New Orleans comes to Calvert County at United Way of Calvert County’s 13th annual Mardi Gras gala. Swing to funky rhythms of pop-band Prime Time, bid in live and silent auctions, win thousands of dollars of jewelry and home apparel in raffle, feast on Cajun food and see who gets crowned king and queen of Mardi Gras to help United Way meet a goal of $100,000 to help end poverty. 7-11pm at the Holiday Inn, Solomons. $155 tickets; $100-$15,000 sponsorships: 410-286-0100; www.unitedwaymardigras.com. 

Glass Art Reception

  Ray and Phyllis Nobel show artistic fused and stained class pieces at Artworks@7th Gallery. Today’s reception 5-8pm. Showing thru March 31. Th-Su 11am-6pm at the Gallery, 9100 Bay Ave., North Beach: 410-286-5278; www.artworksat7th.com.

Spaghetti Dinner

  Lothian Ruritan Club cooks up 60 pounds of pasta and tops it with 18 gallons of The Bay Gardener’s homemade sauce for you to devour with salad bar and garlic bread at today’s annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner to benefit the SCAN food bank. Bake sale includes pies, cakes, cookies and brownies. Eat and buy to benefit Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. 3-7pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 122 Bayard Rd., Lothian. $10 w/age discounts: 301-789-3295; www.lothianruritans.org. 

Local Art Reception

  See original water colors, oils and mixed media by artists Carmelo Ciancio, Lonnie Harkins, Mark Hayes, Beverly Jackson and more at the Furniture Gallery’s new art center, a gallery showcasing and selling local artists’ works. Today’s reception 3-6pm. Showing thru May 4. M-Sa 10am-7pm; Su noon-5pm at 559 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick: 443-975-7311; www.princefrederickfurniture.com. 

Salamander Soiree

  Hike thru Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm to search for vernal pools, wild flowers and amphibians with a Battle Creek Nature Education Center naturalist. 1:30-3:30pm at the Farm, 2695 Gray’s Rd., Prince Frederick. $5 w/membership discounts; rsvp: 410-535-5327; www.calvertparks.org.

Charity Quarter Auction

  Bid with quarters to win prizes at charity quarter auction to benefit Project Echo Homeless Shelter and Birthright of Calvert. 1pm at Calvert Elks Lodge, Dare Beach Rd., Prince Frederick: 410-535-5110.

Oh Deer! • free

  Learn about efforts to manage deer population. Wear walking shoes. 2-3pm at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro. rsvp: 301-888-1377.

St. Patty’s Day Parade Fundraiser

  Enjoy beer, Irish fare and singer John McGrath to benefit the committee for Annapolis’ first annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (parade March 10). noon-3pm at Galway Bay Irish Pub, 63 Maryland Ave., Annapolis: 410-263-8333; www.facebook.com/nappadparade. 

Brain Games • free

  Play brain games like Scrabble and Mahjongg. noon-2pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291; www.calvert.lib.md.us.