Thursday 6

BUSINESS MIXER, held by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Mixer gives local business people an opportunity to meet. Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Maryland Independent newspaper, 7 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. Members, $10; nonmembers, $25. 301-932-6500, 301-870-3089 or

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, sponsored by Maryland Cooperative Extension, Charles County. Stress Management. 9-10:30 a.m., Charles County Government Building, La Plata. Free. 301-934-5283 or 301-753-8195.

NARFE MEETING, for Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Don Kilpatrick, past president of Chapter 1466, will speak about his participation in a round-the-world sailing expedition. Lunch, 12:30 p.m.; business meeting, 1 p.m., Piccowaxen Community Center, Piccowaxen Middle School, 12834 Rock Point Rd., Newburg. $25. 301-259-2503, (Maryland Relay) 711 or Relay Service TDD:800-735-2258.

COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS, Sherrye LaRocque, from the American Cancer Society, will discuss symptoms associated with the disease. FOBT kits available. 11 a.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Senior Programs, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-638-4420.

Friday 7

RESERVATION DEADLINE FOR AWARDS DINNER, to be held Thursday. Sponsored by the Charles County Commission for Women. Nominees, who have made major contributions to benefit health, safety and welfare of women and families in the county, will be honored. 6-9 p.m., Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Route 5, Waldorf. $25. 301-645-0550 or 877-807-8790.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, hosted by the La Plata Lions Club. Proceeds benefit Lions-supported charitable activities, including sight, scholarships and youth activities. 4-8 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, Charles Street, La Plata. Adults, $8; children 5-12, $5; children 5 and under, free. 301-934-4203 or 301-753-4043.

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

FAMILY NIGHT, hosted by the Hollywood Recreation Center. Arts and crafts, tabletop games, pool, Foosball, table tennis, air hockey and outdoor fun. Concession stand. 6:30-10 p.m., Hollywood Recreation Center, 24400 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood. Participants, 10-18, $4; anyone over 18, $5; children between 4-9, $4; children under 3, free. Ice cream bars, $1 a scoop with complimentary toppings. 301-373-6520.

BOOK DISCUSSION, held by the St. Mary's Library on "Charming Billy," by Alice McDermott. 1:30 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the Maryland State Police and the American Red Cross. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Prince Frederick barrack, 210 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-1400.

LENTEN FISH FRY, hosted by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82. Menu also includes hush puppies, coleslaw, green beans, fried potatoes, rolls, ice tea and coffee. 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 82, La Plata. $6. 301-934-8221.

Saturday 8

BULL AND OYSTER ROAST, sponsored by the American Legion Post 274. All-you-can-eat open pit beef. Menu includes oysters, fried, steamed and on the half shell; baked beans; and potato salad. Raffle for gas grill and three-seat, free-standing porch swing. Las Vegas night. Starting 3 p.m., American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. $25. 410-326-3274.

GENEALOGY CLASS, Lorraine Wallace will discuss various genealogy Web sites and how to effectively use them. Demonstration on Family Tree Maker. 9 a.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

BABYSITTER'S TRAINING COURSE, for 11- to 15-year-olds. Learn leadership, professionalism, basic care, safe play and first aid. 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Calvert County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $36, includes materials, tote bag and first aid kit. 410-535-5230.

Sunday 9

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

CARRYOUT CHICKEN DINNER, held by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. Noon-4 p.m., Mechanicsville firehouse, Mechanicsville. $8. 301-884-4108.

Monday 10

SUBMISSION DEADLINE, for applications to the following boards or commissions in Calvert County: Employee Retirement Plan Board of Trustees; Employee Retirement Savings Plan; Housing Authority of Calvert County; Huntingtown Architectural Review Committee; Heritage Committee and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Applications are available in the commissioners' office, the courthouse, public library or at 410-535-1600, Ext. 214.

REMEMBER THE LADIES, hosted by Calvert Library. Pick a lady, read a bio and talk about her. 7 p.m., Bayhill Market, Chesapeake Beach. Free. 410-257-2411.

BOOK DISCUSSION, held by the St. Mary's County Library on "A Beautiful Mind," by Silvia Nasar. 6 p.m., Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

Tuesday 11

INVESTMENT BASICS, presented by Charles Rosenfield from Legg Mason. Topics covered will be stocks, bonds, mutual funds and certificates of deposit. 6:30 p.m., Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. Free. Registration required. 301-884-2211.

FOOD FUN FOR FAMILIES, sponsored by Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare Inc. Licensed dietitian Kelly Harvey will give tips and demonstrations to help plan and prepare nutritious meals and snacks. Geared toward families with preschool and elementary children. Children will do hands-on construction of fun food snacks. 6 p.m., Health Partners Primary Care Center, 3070 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-870-7816, Ext. 3007 or 301-705-7870, Ext. 3007 or visit

FIRST AID COURSE, provided by the Calvert County Chapter of the American Red Cross. 6-9 p.m., chapter office, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. $24, includes book. 410-535-5230.

NUTRITIONAL SCREENINGS, Lisa Furlow, nutritionist for community services, will provide personal screenings.10:30 a.m.-noon, Indian Head Community Center, Senior Programs, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Free. Call for an appointment. 301-743-2125.

CONNECTIONS BREAKFAST AND RECEPTION, for its new members. At each Connections, the host and a guest speaker are given 10 minutes each for a presentation on their businesses New chamber members who attend are each given a chance to talk about their businesses. All those attending have a chance to meet each other and exchange business cards. 8-10 a.m., Town Mouse Market-Cafe, 63901 Crain Hwy., La Plata. Members, $15 per person; nonmembers, $25 per person. 301-932-6500, 301-870-3089 or e-mail

Wednesday 12

PRUNING CLASS, presented by Bill Mitchell of Mitchell Landscape Services. Class will be on pruning small shade and flowering trees, flowering shrubs and evergreens and a discussion on useful equipment. 7 p.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR PARENTS' NIGHT OUT, hosted by Piccowaxen Community Center on Friday for children 5-13. Children will enjoy games, arts and crafts and more. Hot dogs and sodas provided. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Piccowaxen Community Center, Piccowaxen Middle School, 12834 Rock Point Rd., Newburg. $5. 301-934-9035 or 301-870-3388.

GROUP MEETING, for Salt and Pepper Group of St. Mary's. Discussion on diversity in the county. Breakfast available. 7:30 a.m., Cedar Lane Senior Apartments' cafeteria, Leonardtown. Free. 301-737-7726.

Thursday 13

"NELLIE BLY TAKES ON THE WORLD," a one-woman play, performed by actress Meg Kelly. Volunteers from the audience will represent countries Nellie traveled through on her trek around the world. This play explores the role of heroes and heroines and the motivations for their courageous risk-taking. Provides a snapshot of life at the end of the 19th century in America. 7 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

POET WORKSHOP, for the serious poet. 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 or 301-855-1862.

TEENS AND PRETEENS DISCUSSION, sponsored by the Interagency Council on Adolescent Pregnancy and Prevention and the local management board. Ken Ginsbury, from the Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, will provide a program to parents and professionals who work with teens and preteens. He address communicating with adolescents to build strength to help them avoid risk behaviors. 7-8:30 p.m., Great Mills High School auditorium, Great Mills. Free. 301-475-4318.

-- Bonnie Smith

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