Thursday 28 THANKSGIVING DINNER, sponsored by Lighthouse Inn restaurant and Smile Inc. If you are alone, unable to afford a Thanksgiving meal or do not want to cook one for yourself, come and enjoy. Transportation arranged for those in need. Noon-3:30 p.m., Lighthouse Inn, Solomons. Free. 310-326-2444.

Saturday 30 RE-USE BARN, operated by the Southern Maryland chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Charles County Board of Commissioners to help keep usable items out of the landfill. Items include furniture, desks, household goods, games, books, old records, collectibles and more. Proceeds are reinvested in the community. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, weather permitting, 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. For information or to donate items, call 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

Sunday 1 BLOOD DRIVE, held by Calvert County Chapter of the American Red Cross. 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, Owings. 410-535-5230.

LUNCH WITH SANTA, sponsored by the Charles County Rescue Squad. Have lunch and get your picture taken with Santa. Games and crafts included. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Charles County Rescue Squad, 2 Calvert St., La Plata. $5 a child. Registration required. 301-609-8010, 301-934-4434.

Monday 2 CHRISTMAS MUSIC ACTIVITY, for children 9 and younger, accompanied by an adult, on Mondays. Songs, carols, chants, movements, dances and musical instruments will be featured. Mondays, ages newborn-5, 5:30-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.; ages 5-7, 4-4:30 p.m. and 4:45-5:15 p.m., Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. $24. Register at your nearest community center or at Parks and Recreation's main office in Prince Frederick. 301-782-4440 or 410-257-2554.

SENIORS DAY LUNCHEON, during Charles County's 2002 Hospice Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Jaycees and Friends of Hospice Foundation. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of Charles County. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Greater Waldorf Jaycees Center, Route 301, Waldorf. $8. Registration required. 301-609-TREE.

OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONIES, for St. Mary's County newly elected officials with reception to follow. Musical groups from Chopticon, Leonardtown and Great Mills high schools will perform, and Chopticon's Reserve Officers Training Corps will present colors. 5:30 p.m., Chopticon High School, Morganza. Free. RSVP to 301-375-6653 or

BOOK CLUB, discussion of "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer and the moral dilemmas that arose from this mountain-climbing disaster. 7 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

TUTOR.COM TRAINING, learn how to use the new online homework help service, 6:30 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

READING GROUP, for grades 5-8. Discuss new books and work on the newsletter featuring the group's book reviews. 4 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-884-2211.

NIGHTTIME READING GROUP, for all ages. Listen to stories in the children's area. 6:30 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-884-2211.

NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION, on "Silent Night: The Remarkable 1914 Christmas Truce," by Stanley Weintraub. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

Tuesday 3 CROPS CONFERENCE, sponsored by Maryland Cooperative Extension and agribusiness firms and organizations. Meet and discuss common problems and hear from speakers on the latest in agricultural production and management. Updates on weed and insect control, hay production and marketing and alternative grain crops. Participants will be able to visit sponsor exhibits and talk with company representatives. All-day attendance will fulfill requirements for private pesticide applicator recertification. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Holiday Inn, St. Patrick's Drive and Route 301 south, Waldorf. $5 fee includes lunch. Registration required. 301-934-5403.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER COURSE, to be held Dec. 10 and 17. Adults will learn emergency response, CPR and foreign body airway obstruction for adults, children and infants. Course meets requirements for day-care providers. Participants will receive a CPR card valid for two years. Instructor is Carrie Duvall. 6-8:30 p.m., Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $53. 410-586-1101.

DECORATING DEMONSTRATION, Irvanette Hall will instruct participants on how to make a wreath, swag and centerpiece from outdoor greenery. Door prizes. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

BOOK DISCUSSION, on "The Blind Assassin," by Margaret Atwood. 7 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-884-2211.

Wednesday 4 REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR BABYSITTER COURSE, to be held Dec. 14 for ages 11-13. Learn basic baby-sitting skills and child and infant CPR and first aid. Certification will be given upon completion of class. All materials included in fee. Instructor is Carrie Duvall. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $72. Register at your nearest community center or at the Parks and Recreation's main office in Prince Frederick. 410-586-1101.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING, "Local Photographers Night," members share their best slides and videos of nature near and far. 7:30 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 410-586-1494.

JUGGLING HOLIDAY STRESS, a workshop offered by the Women's Business Institute (WBI), Southern Maryland office. Learn how to handle holiday stress, family and business simultaneously. Presented by executive business coach Kathy Neblett. 8:30 a.m., College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Business and Industry Building, La Plata. $20; registration required. 800-762-7232 or 301-934-7581.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE, presented by Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum today through Saturday. Children's holiday crafts, refreshments available. The Calvert Spinners and Weavers will demonstrate their craft. Gift-wrapping available. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. Admission, free. 410-586-8501.

COMMUNITY FORUM, presented by St. Mary's County public schools. Parents and community representatives are invited to join school officials to discuss ways to eliminate a minority student achievement gap in all grades. Presentations, a panel discussion, a question-and-answer session and breakout sessions are included. 7 p.m., Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Rd. Free. 301-475-5511, Ext. 136.

ST. MARY'S CAMERA CLUB MEETING, "Photography 101 -- 10 Most Common Mistakes," presented by member Bernie Wilder. 7:30 p.m., Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park. Free. 301-872-5595 or visit

Thursday 5 BUSINESS MIXER, sponsored by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Local business people will have the opportunity to meet each other. Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Maryland Independent, 7 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. Members, $10; nonmembers, $25. 301-932-6500 or 301-870-3089.

NARFE MEETING, for Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Christmas entertainment provided. Lunch (with reservations), 12:30 p.m.; meeting begins, 1 p.m., Potomac Heights Community Center, Cedar Lane and Glymont Road, Indian Head. Lunch, $8. 301-375-8640.

-- Bonnie Smith

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