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Strathmore’s UkeFest 2012 returns to the Mansion lawn on Wednesday, taking the celebration of the ukulele back to its Hawaiian roots with an ensemble featuring performers straight from the Aloha State for a luau-themed free-for-all. Prior to the party, however, and in response to the turnout to the 2011 festival, Strathmore will launch its new Uke and Guitar Summit from Saturday through Tuesday. Participants will learn Hula and lei-making, as well as Hawaiian culture, history and traditions, while enhancing their musicianship. Instructors for the four-day include the Hula Honeys, Moanalani and Keola Beamer, Bruce Hutton, and UkeFest emcees Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink. Students are encouraged to participate in jam sessions, song circles and open mics. All experience levels are welcome. For tuition and ticketing information, and a complete listing of events, visit www.strathmore.org.

The Sunday Songwriters Songfest will once again rally acoustic entertainers from 4-7 p.m. at the Frederick Coffee Company, 100 North East St., Frederick. The lineup begins at 4 p.m. with Russ Haire, a professional photographer by day, award-winning songwriter by night, and a long time member of the BSA (Baltimore Songwriters Association). T. Edwin Doss keeps things rolling at 5 p.m. with his blend of humor and humanity. Finally, Woody Lissauer, an internationally renowned veteran of the arena stage, closes things out at 6 p.m. One hundred percent of the evening’s tips go to the performers. For more information, visit www.fredcoffeeco.com.

The Summer Youth Production of “Guys and Dolls” continues at the Laurel Mill Playhouse this weekend, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays to Aug. 19. The company will also hold auditions for its next production, Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” at 2 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Roles are available for women ages 18 and older. The show, directed by Kathy Cox and produced by Michael Hartsfield, will run from Oct. 12-14. Those auditioning are asked to bring a list of potential conflicts, head shots and a resume. The theater is located at 508 Main St., Laurel. For more information, visit www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.