Mardi Gras music
Benefit concert by songwriters and musicians from the mid-Atlantic region performing ballads, folk songs and Mardi Gras music. 7 to 10 p.m. today. Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 12 S. Church St., Middletown, Md. $10, adults; $5, students. Tickets sold at the door. Proceeds will go toward the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. Call 1-301-371-6610.
Ilene Evans will present a program on African-American heritage stories, poems, games and songs. 11 a.m. Saturday. Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For reservations, call 301-739-3250, ext. 136.
Dave Kaplan will present "Butterflies' Journey and You," the story of the monarch butterfly's flight to Mexico and back. 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Free with museum admission of $5 to $7. For reservations, call 301-790-0076 or send a fax to 301-790-0045.
Maple Sugar Festival
There will be a sap-to-syrup demonstration, breakfast and lunch, and children's activities. The schedule includes syrup demonstration at Fairview Outdoor School's sugar bush; breakfast and lunch at Plumb Grove; a treasure hunt and maple-themed children's crafts. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; breakfast and lunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fairview Outdoor Education Center, 12808 Draper Road, and Plumb Grove, at the end of Martin Street, Clear Spring. Free admission. Call 301-766-8138.