Thursday 7 END OF LIFE SEMINAR, presented by Krishan Mathur, an oncologist and medical director for Hospice of Charles County Inc. Health care professionals and clergy are encouraged to attend. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Charles County Health Department, conference rooms A and B, White Plains. $35, includes a light meal. 301-934-1268.
CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS MIXER, with raffle. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Middleton Hall, 4045 Renner Rd., Waldorf. Members, $10; nonmembers, $25. 301-932-6500 or 301-870-3089.
HISTORIC STUDIES LECTURE, hosted by the Calvert County Historic District Commission on the findings of the Calvert County Historic Public Meeting Places study. Architectural historians from EHT Traceries Inc. of Washington surveyed 27 historic sites and interviewed residents about meeting places in the county. Laura Trieschman will present the results. Light refreshments will be served. 7 p.m., Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-1600, Ext. 337, or 301-855-1243, Ext. 337.
BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by Maryland State Police. Walk-ins welcome. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., La Plata barracks, La Plata. 301-392-1214.
BLOOD DRIVE, 1-7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11725 Berry Rd., Waldorf. 800-GIVE BLOOD or 800-448-3256.
Friday 8 BOOK SWAP, exchange old books and locate hard-to-find volumes. No limit on the number of books participants may bring. 6 p.m., Southern Community Center, Lusby. Free. 410-586-1101.
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND BAZAAR, homemade soups and pies for sale. Carryout available. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 25550 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown (next to St. Mary's Hospital). Adults, $5; child, $3. 301-475-7200.
ANNUAL AUCTION, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. Items include furniture, quilts, antiques, sports memorabilia, tools and handmade items. Chicken dinner will be served. 6 p.m., Mechanicsville firehouse, off Route 5, Mechanicsville. Admission, free. 301-884-4108.
"SPIRITUALITY AND HEALING" CONFERENCE, sponsored by the Calvert Hospice, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Crisis Intervention and the Southern Maryland Chapter of Compassionate Friends. Training includes sessions on spirituality and the practice of medicine, healing from the heart, and smaller workshops on spirituality and life-threatening illness, spirituality across cultures, the importance of rituals and spirituality and language. Presenters include David Tzou, a family practice physician who incorporates spiritual concerns into his work with patients and families. Open to professionals and the general public who want to gain knowledge and understanding of the role of spirituality in the healing process. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick. $75. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR CREATIVE MEMORIES CLASS, to be held Thursday. Learn how to turn your boxes of photos and memorabilia into keepsake albums. Learn techniques for cropping, mounting, journalizing and more. Bring six to eight photos relating to one event. Other materials provided. 7-9 p.m., Southern Community Center, Lusby. $15. 410-586-1101.
Saturday 9 RE-USE BARN, operated by the Southern Maryland chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and Charles County Board of Commissioners. Open Saturdays, weather permitting, to help keep usable items out of the landfill. Proceeds are reinvested in the community. Items include furniture, desks, household goods, games, books, old records, collectibles and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. For information or to donate items, call 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.
OPEN ROLLER SKATE NIGHT, Saturdays through mid-December, sponsored by St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks. Bring your own skates or rent them. Private party reservations accepted. 5-7 p.m., Leonard Hall Recreation Center, Leonardtown. $3; skate rental, $2.50. 301-475-4572.
HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, held by the Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Bake sale and handmade crafts. Lunch sandwiches available for purchase. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department, 9765 Bel Alton-Newtown Rd., Bel Alton. Admission free. 301-934-1674 or 301-392-5363.
ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW, presented by Unique Boutique. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, Hollywood Fire Department social hall, Route 235, Hollywood. Admission free. 301-475-8434.
ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR, hosted by Full Gospel Assembly of God. Handmade crafts and refreshments available. Kids' activities also. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Full Gospel Assembly of God, Prince Frederick. Admission free. 410-535-2446.
ANNUAL FALL DINNER, hosted by St. Mary's Parish. Fried oysters, stuffed ham, turkey and trimmings served family-style. Bake shop, gift shop and quilt raffle. Noon-6 p.m., Trinity Parish Hall, Trinity Church Road, St. Mary's City. Adults, $18; children, 6-12, $6; children under 5, free; carryout, $16. 301-862-4597.
CHICKEN BARBECUE AND OYSTER SCALD, hosted by All Faith Episcopal Church. Homemade baked goods, a white elephant table, church tours and more. All Faith Episcopal Church, 38885 New Market Turner Rd., Charlotte Hall. Dinner, $10; oyster scald, $6; kids' meal, $3. 301-884-3773.
FALL CABARET, hosted by Holy Angels Church. Entertainment provided by Ralph Butler and the Iron Band. 9 p.m., Holy Angels Church Hall, Route 242, Avenue. Donation, $12. 301-769-2179 or 301-994-2656.
FALL BULL AND OYSTER ROAST, hosted by American Legion Post 274. All-you-can-eat open pit beef, and oysters -- fried, steamed and on the half shell, with baked beans and potato salad. Dinner, 2-6 p.m.; Las Vegas night, 3-11 p.m., American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. $25 at the door. 410-326-3274.
MINISTRY BANQUET, guest speaker is the founder of Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, Harry L. Green. Money collected will be used at the Charles County Detention Center facility to increase ministry awareness among prisoners. 6-8 p.m., Calvary Gospel Church, 11150 Berry Rd., Waldorf. $25 a person ($10 is tax-deductible). 301-870-5594 or 301-609-6475.
CRAFT BAZAAR, held by Calvary Gospel Church. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Calvary Gospel Church, Berry Road., Waldorf. Admission free. 301-843-5588.
LANDSCAPE CLASS, the master gardeners of St. Mary's County will discuss the basics of designing a landscape for your yard. 10 a.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.
BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by American Legion Post 85. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department, Huntingtown. 410-535-5230.
Sunday 10 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, held by the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Craft tables, raffles, silent auction, bake table and country store. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hughesville firehouse, Route 231, Prince Frederick. Admission free. 301-274-3368.
SALUTE TO VETERANS PARADE, presented by the Town of La Plata. Guest speakers, musical entertainment and a wreath-laying ceremony. The 1 p.m. parade begins in front of the Charles County Courthouse and proceeds to the Town Hall in La Plata. Free. 301-934-8421.
Monday 11 AUDITIONS, for Port Tobacco Players production of "Annie." Auditions are for characters ranging in age from 20 to 80. No appointment needed. 7 p.m. today and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata. Free. 301-609-9034.
Tuesday 12 FAMILY TIME, hosted by Calvert Library. Come for stories, prizes, and quality family time. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Prince Frederick branch, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.
BLOOD DRIVE, 1-7 p.m., American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. 410-326-3274.
COPING WITH GRIEF, hospice bereavement coordinator Shirley Pauloe will share techniques and methods to help cope with the upcoming holidays. 11 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.
Wednesday 13 AWARDS CEREMONY, hosted by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce to honor local firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, health care workers, educators and chamber volunteers. TV weatherman Doug Hill will speak. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Middleton Hall, 4045 Renner Rd., Waldorf. Chamber members, $30; nonmembers, $35. 301-932-6500 or 301-870-3089.
"LET'S TALK ABOUT IT," eat and talk about the movie "Soul Food," with anthropologist/sociologist Tim Brown. Food, fun and family. 7-8:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.
INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR, on forest conservation process and inspection, presented by the Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management's Permit Administration. 9 a.m., board of commissioners meeting room, County Government Building, La Plata. Free. 301-645-0692.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, a discussion for those facing grief at holiday time, sponsored by Calvert Hospice. 7 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.
CAR SEAT SAFETY PROGRAM, a certified child passenger safety technician will illustrate the importance of having the right seat restraint and how to properly install the seat. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd. Free. 301-475-2846.
Thursday 14 BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING, offered by the St. Mary's County Health Department. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Food Lion, Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-475-5596.
COMMUNITY FORUMS, presented by St. Mary's County public schools. Parents and community representatives are invited to join the school system to help discuss eliminating the student achievement gap at all grade levels. Presentations, a panel discussion, a question-and-answer session and breakout sessions included. All forums will be held at 7 p.m., today at Spring Ridge Middle School in Lexington Park; Nov. 25 at Oakville Elementary School in Mechanicsville; and Dec. 4 at Great Mills High School in Great Mills. Free. 301-475-5511, Ext. 136.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR HARRY POTTER PARTY, to be held Saturday. Come as your favorite character, have fun and win prizes. Talk about your favorite parts in all four books and the movies. 1-3 p.m., Hanson Community Center, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. $5. 301-645-2186.
BASKET BINGO, hosted by Little Flower School. Reservations taken for parties with six or more. Doors open, 6 p.m.; bingo, 7 p.m., Little Flower School, Great Mills. $15 a person. 301-994-2265.
BLOOD SUGAR TESTING, laboratory personnel from Civista Medical Center will provide tests. Fasting for previous eight hours is recommended for best results. Results will be mailed within two weeks. 9-11 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.
HEARING SCREENING, offered by Hearing Professionals of Waldorf. Diagnostic hearing, audiology testing, hearing aid cleaning, checking and private consultations. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.
COFFEE TALK, hosted by the Area Council on Aging. Learn all about the council and what it has to offer. 9:30 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.
-- Bonnie Smith
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