Thursday 6

CHAMBER MIXER, sponsored by Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Gives local business people the opportunity to meet each other. Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. 5:30-7:30 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry, La Plata campus. Members, $10 a person; nonmembers, $25. 301-932-6500, 301-870-3089 or info@cccc-md.org.

NARFE MEETING, for Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Discussion will be on income tax. Lunch, 12:30 p.m.; business meeting, 1 p.m. Potomac Heights Community Center, Cedar Lane and Glymont Road, Indian Head. Lunch, $8. 301-375-8640.

BOOK SIGNING, author Sanyika Calloway Boyce will sign copies of her book "Crack 'Da Code: What Every College Student Needs to Know About Money, Love and The Dream Job." 7-8:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

WORKSHOP FOR MARINAS, offered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to marina operators and staff. Workshop provides information about how to become a certified Clean Marina. Program is coordinated by the DNR and the marine industry. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Free. 410-260-8770 or 877-620-8DNR, Ext. 8770 or visit www.dnr.state.md.us/

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COLON CANCER SCREENING, Sherry La Rocque from the American Cancer Society will discuss screening. Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) kits will be available. 11 a.m., Nanjemoy Community Center Senior Center Activities, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-246-9612, 301-609-7639 or 301-753-1647.

SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK, Elaine Lancaster, RN, will present an overall view of the warning signs. Learn about congestive heart failure and what to do to improve your heart health. 10:30 a.m., Indian Head Community Center, Senior Programs, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Free. 301-743-2125.

HEALTHSCOPE/VISIT THE NURSE, blood pressure screening and private consultations with a registered nurse. No appointment needed. 11 a.m., Indian Head Community Center, Senior Programs, 100 Cornwallis Sq., Indian Head. Free. 301-743-2125.

Friday 7

CARD PARTY, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad auxiliary for ages 16 and older. Refreshments included. 7:30 p.m., squad building, Mechanicsville. $5. 301-884-4108.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, hosted by Little Flower School. Menu also includes lasagna, meatball subs, tossed salad, garlic bread and dessert. Complimentary glass of wine, lemonade and coffee included. 5-8 p.m., Little Flower School, Route 5, Great Mills. Adults and carryouts, $10; seniors, $7; children 4-10, $5; children 3 and under, free. 301-994-0404.

KARAOKE CONTEST, hosted by the VFW Post 1800. Winners may receive up to $300 at the finals. Must be 21 to enter. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Post 1800, 4310 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Free. 301-743-5109.

ORIENTATION FOR ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES, program provides basic skills such as reading, writing and mathematics, as well as preparation for the GED test. Students may arrange their hours of attendance according to their own schedule. Classes are open to persons 16 and older who are officially withdrawn from school. Placement assessments will be given. 9 a.m., College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-5511, Ext. 139.

Saturday 8

DECORATIVE PAINTERS MEETING, for the Southern Maryland chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters. Previous painting experience necessary. 9:30 a.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-843-8686, 301-274-3140 or 410-326-2576.

INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR, "Pasture Beef-Goals, Management and Opportunities," hosted by the Calvert County Agricultural Commission and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission/Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. Guest speakers are Elmer Dengler, USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and Lester Vough, associate professor of forage crops and agronomy, University of Maryland. Focus will be on key elements of pasture-raised beef. 9 a.m.-noon, Calvert Pines Senior Center auditorium, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-4583, 301-855-1880, cced@co.cal.md.us or visit www.co.cal.md.us/cced.

YARD SALE, held by St. James Episcopal Church. Many items from an estate sale. Food and beverages available. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. James parish hall, 7 Potomac Ave., Indian Head. Free admission. 301-753-6255.

SPECIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP, Part 1. Presented by the Parents' Place of Maryland. Learn to better understand the law that defines special education. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., (continental breakfast provided); Part 2, 5:30-9 p.m. (light supper provided), Leonard Hall drill hall, Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-884-4662 or wmks1983@tqci.net.

DRILL MEET, hosted by Westlake High School's ROTC. Thirteen schools will compete. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Westlake High School, Waldorf. Free. 301-374-6586.

Sunday 9

REGISTRATIONS FOR PARK PAVILIONS, offered by St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks. Dorsey Park, Cecil Park, Elms Beach and Fifth District Park available. Perfect for family reunions, company picnics, church picnics and graduation parties. Reservations may be may be made over the phone with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card. Equipment bag provided. Pavilion rentals range from $75-$325. 301-475-4572.

OPEN HOUSE, hosted by the Calverton School, an independent pre-K through 12, college preparatory school. Families will have the opportunity to meet the faculty and students, learn about the curriculum and program, and tour the campus. 1 p.m., Calverton School, Huntingtown. Free. 301-855-1922, 888-678-0216, Ext. 108 or visit www.calvertonschool.org.

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST, hosted by the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, biscuits, cream chipped beef, spice apple sauce, milk, assorted juices and coffee. 8-11 a.m., Valley Lee firehouse, Valley Lee. Adults, $6; children 5-12, $3; children 5 and under, free. 301-994-1778.

Monday 10

HEALTH VIDEO, learn how high blood pressure affects your heart. Sponsored by Calvert County Department of Community Resources, Office on Aging Division. 12:30 p.m., Southern Pines Senior Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. Free. 410-586-2748.

Tuesday 11

HEART HEALTHY COOKING, offered through Health Connections. Learn how to reduce the fat in your favorite recipes without reducing flavor. Maria Rivera, registered dietitian from St. Mary's Hospital, will explain ways to improve your diet. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

CRAFT DROP-IN, for Valentine's Day. For all ages. Drop in and make a craft. 2-5 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

AFRICAN AMERICAN CELEBRATION, presented by fourth-grade students from Berry Elementary School. 11 a.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Senior Programs, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-638-4420.

Wednesday 12

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CALVERT COMMISSIONS, positions open on the boards of the Calvert County Commission for Women and the Economic Development Commission. Applications are available at the county commissioners' office, courthouse, public libraries or visit www.co.cal.md.us. 410-535-1600, Ext. 214.

HOSPICE DISCUSSION, Sue Griffith will speak about the many programs and services offered by Hospice. 10:30 a.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Senior Programs, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-638-4420.

NUTRITION BINGO, Lisa Furlow, nutritionist for the Aging and Community Centers Division, will discuss nutrition using Bingo. 11 a.m., Nanjemoy Community Center Senior Center Activities, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-246-9612, 301-609-7639 or 301-753-1647.

Thursday 13

TECH EXPO, and open house for the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Eighth-graders, high school students and parents can learn more about the center's programs. St. Mary's County Public Schools staff will be available to explain requirements and the registration process. Representatives from post-secondary schools, apprenticeship programs, the military services and Forrest Center partnership organizations will be on site. Refreshments served. 6-8 p.m., Forrest Career Center and Technology Center, Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-0242.

WORKSHOP FOR SERIOUS POETS, work with Elisavietta Ritchie. Bring copies of your poetry nearly ready for publishing. 3-4:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291.

-- Bonnie Smith

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