Thursday 16 SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES, held by the St. Mary's County Health Department for individuals 18 and older. Includes information about cigarettes, secondhand smoke and how to quit smoking. Class runs for 10 weeks, 6 p.m. Thursdays, St. Mary's County Health Department, 21580 Peabody St., Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-475-6019 or 301-475-4348.

BOOK CLUB, hosted by Calvert Library. "Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance," by Cheryl Bernard. 2 p.m., Southern Branch, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-326-5289.

"LET'S TALK ABOUT IT" SERIES, Steinbeck's America, hosted by Calvert Library. Series will start with "Of Mice and Men," led by Naval Academy literature professor Mark McWilliams. 7-8:30 p.m., Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP, hosted by College of Southern Maryland. Topics will include sources of financial assistance, scholarships, grants and loans. Helpful hints on the accurate completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial assistance application deadline is March 1. 7 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, La Plata. Free. 301-934-7531, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7531 or see

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION, on "Bonesetter's Daughter," by Amy Tan. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

SKI CLUB MEETING, for anyone interested in skiing. Trips this season include Seven Springs, Pa.; Canaan Valley, W. Va.; Stowe, Vt.; and Lake Tahoe. Trips are reasonably priced and usually include transportation, meals, lodging and lift tickets. Club meets every third Thursday. 7 p.m., SMECO building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. 301-843-9876 or visit

HEARING SCREENING, given by Hearing Professionals of Waldorf. Diagnostic hearing, audiology testing, hearing aid cleaning and checking. Private consultations available. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR YOUTH FOR LIFE FUN DAY, to be held on Jan. 18, presented by Cornerstone AME Church. Food, fun, games, videos. Transportation available for ages 7-18. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Bryans Road. Free. Registration required. 301-873-1739.

Friday 17 REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR BELLY DANCING WORKSHOP, held Jan. 25 and offered by Calvert County Arts Council as part of its new Discover the Arts series. Karima, a Middle Eastern dance instructor, performer and member of "Henna Moon" troupe, will teach various movements and the use of finger cymbals and veils. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Calvert Pines auditorium, Prince Frederick. $40, includes finger cymbals and veils. 410-257-7005.

AMERICAN LEGION DINNER, hosted by Squadron 82. Menu includes half a rack of baby back ribs, coleslaw, ranch beans, french fries, rolls, iced tea and coffee. Public welcome. 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 82, La Plata. $10. 301-934-8221.

Saturday 18 PUPPY TRAINING SEMINAR, learn how to train your puppy by dog expert Joel Walton, certified pet dog trainer (CPDT), and get an autographed copy of his latest book. 10 a.m.-noon, Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.

CPR/AED TRAINING, held by the Calvert County chapter of the American Red Cross. Learn adult, child and infant CPR and use of automated external defibrillation (AED). 8 a.m.-3 p.m., chapter office, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $35; registration required. 410-535-5230.

GARDENING CLASS, on starting seeds. Learn from master gardeners how and when to start seeds indoors. 10 a.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

Sunday 19 UNITED OSTOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING, held for the Southern Maryland chapter, titled "Ask the ET (Enterostomal Therapy) Nurse." Presented by Donna Johnson, RN, ET. All members and friends are invited. 2 p.m., Southern Maryland Hospital, Clinton. Free. 301-645-5564.

Tuesday 21 CPR/FIRST AID AND AED TRAINING, held by the Calvert County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Learn adult, child and infant CPR, along with automated external defibrillation (AED) and first aid. Today and Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m., chapter office, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $42. Registration required. 410-535-5230.

SEARCHING FOR ANCESTORS, learn how to gain access to old church records to search for ancestors. Sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Open to everyone. 7:30 p.m., John Hanson Middle School, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. 301-843-2442 or 301-645-7439.

PAYING FOR COLLEGE, Tim Wolfe, director of financial aid at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Karen Rose, career counselor at Leonardtown High School, will present a program on options that are available to help pay for college. Find out about available scholarships and how to apply. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

TEEN READING AND GAME CLUB, for youths in grades 6-8. Hear about the latest books and play challenging games. 6:30 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

Wednesday 22 BOOK CLUB, discussion on "Open House," by Elizabeth Berg, in which a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening her house and heart. 2-3:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Fairview branch, Owings. Free. 410-257-2101.

AUDITIONS, for the St. Mary's College of Maryland theater department's production of two Japanese comedies, "Delicious Poison" and "Tricked by a Rhythm," and a play about Sept. 11, "Black Tuesday." More than 15 roles need to be cast; none are gender-specific. 7-10 p.m. today and tomorrow, Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall, Fine Arts Center, on the campus, St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-2064.

Thursday 23 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY, at all Calvert libraries. Come for cookies and more. 410-535-0291.

USED BOOK SALE, held by Calvert's Friends of the Library. Children's books and videos, self-help, latest bestsellers and more. 4-8 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Prices vary. 410-535-0291.

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND GRADUATION, more than 200 students will earn degrees, certificates or letters of recognition. Keynote speaker is state Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Prince George's) Reception follows in Center for Business and Industry Building, Room 113. Ceremony begins at 7 p.m., Physical Education Building, Mitchell Road, La Plata. Free. 301-934-7766 or visit

-- Bonnie Smith

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