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January 2014

Explore the New World • free

Experience Merkle’s trails as an early European explorer sent on a surveying expedition to the New World and learn how surveying and exploration led to the mapping and colonization of the Americas. 2-3pm at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor’s Center, Upper Marlboro; rsvp: 301-888-1377; kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us.

Jukebox Sock Hop • free

Learn a little about life in 1950s’ Maryland and look at the jukebox in the museum’s collection; then learn a few easy, vintage dance steps including The Mashed Potato, The Twist and The Pony at a sock hop to jukebox songs from the 1950s. Kids bring an adult. 2pm at the Bayside History Museum, North Beach: 410-855-4028; www.baysidehistorymuseum.org.

Martial Arts Grand Opening • free

Join the Elite Martial Arts Academy’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Noon at the Academy in Owings: 301-806-0482.

Behind the scenes at Sotterley

Become an insider and enter places you wouldn’t normally see on a tour. 11am, 1pm & 3pm at Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood. $15; rsvp online: www.sotterley.org.

Muddy Creek Art Reception

Enjoy talks by artists, refreshments and music at the Muddy Creek Artist Guild’s South County: Places of Small Wonders art exhibit. Showing Sa thru Feb. 22; Reception today 10am-4pm at Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side: www.muddycreekartistguild.org.

College Financial Aid Tips • free

High school seniors and their parents learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 9:30am-noon at Huntingtown High School: 410-474-0742; www.somdcan.org.

Community Sale

Browse and buy new and gently used clothing and accessories from Betty’s Closet; housewares and furniture from Grannie’s and books from the Library Committee to benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. 9am-3pm at Asbury Solomon’s Retirement Community: 410-394-3483.

Painting Interiors

Enjoy a unique opportunity to paint inside the William Paca House. Choose from the elegant dining room, kitchen, parlor or the winter garden. Watercolorist Jean Brinton Jaecks conducts the workshop focused on painting light, atmosphere and the challenges of perspective and competition painting interiors; space limited. 9am-1pm at the William Paca House, Annapolis. $75; rsvp: 410-267-7619; www.annapolis.org.

Library Friends Used Book Sale

Buy gently used books, videos and music for low prices to support Calvert Library’s many services. F noon-3pm & Sa 9am-1pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291; www.calvert.lib.md.us.

Library Friends Used Book Sale

Buy gently used books, videos and music for low prices to support Calvert Library’s many services. F noon-3pm & Sa 9am-1pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291; www.calvert.lib.md.us.