Thursday 20

CENTER FOR ABUSED PERSONS, is accepting new and used items for its September yard sale. No clothing. Proceeds help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual assault. 301-645-9387.

Friday 21

ROAST BEEF DINNER, hosted by Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82. Menu includes mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, southwest corn, rolls, iced tea and coffee. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post 82, 6330 N. Crain Hwy., La Plata. $8. Open to the public. 301-934-8221.

AUCTION FUNDRAISER, sponsored by the Charles County Children's Aid Society to benefit needy families with children. Sports tickets, vacation packages, jewelry and other items up for bidding. Entertainment by Steve Potter Blues and the Hot Flashes Dance Team. Dinner menu includes prime rib or flounder fillets stuffed with Crab Imperial, vegetables, salad and dessert. Doors open, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. $40. 301-645-1561.

Saturday 22

VILLAGE GREEN FLEA MARKET, bring tables and chairs and set up every Saturday through Oct. 30 (except May 29, July 3 and Sept. 4) for $7 per space, collected weekly. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Indian Head Village Green Park, end of Route 210 just before the main gate for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head. Reservations not required. 301-743-5574 or 301-753-6633.

VFW YARD SALE, hosted by Southern Memorial Post No. 10081, with proceeds benefiting community projects. 8 a.m.-noon. VFW Post 10081, Route 301, Bel Alton. Tables, $10. 301-259-4804 or 301-246-4319.

YARD SALE, CARWASH AND BAKE SALE, sponsored by Northern High School Music Boosters, with proceeds benefiting the school's Patriot Marching Band. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. CVS Pharmacy parking lot, N. Route 4, Dunkirk. Space rental, $10. 301-855-3985.

REUSE BARN, typical items include desks, other furniture, household items, toys, games, books, old records and collectibles. A cooperative effort between the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Charles County commissioners to keep usable items out of the landfill. Proceeds are reinvested in the community. Donations of items welcome. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR YARD SALE, benefit for the Humane Society of Charles County. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Humane Society, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. 301-645-8181.

SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS, learn about plant adaptations and survival. All ages. 1-3 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

BUGS 101, search for critters in the fields and beneath logs. All ages. 2-4 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

CALVERT DEMOCRATS, meet-and greet-event features a guest speaker from Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign, a conference call from Kerry (D-Mass.) and discussion of ways to become involved at the grass-roots level. 5 p.m. Dowell House, Leonard Ave., St. Leonard. 410-586-3873 or

Sunday 23

HOME INTERIOR BINGO, hosted by the Auxiliary of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, with door prizes. Doors open 12:30 p.m.; games start, 2 p.m. Dunkirk Fire House, 3170 W. Ward Rd., Dunkirk. 15 games for $20; special games, $1 each. 301-855-3974.

RABIES, DISTEMPER AND MICRO-CHIPPING CLINIC, for dogs, cats and ferrets. All dogs must be leashed and cats and ferrets in carriers. 1-3 p.m. Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. Rabies shot, $7; distemper, $12; micro-chipping, $15; county dog licenses: altered, $2; unaltered, $15. 301-645-8181 or

"GIFTS TO EMPOWER" SUPPLIES DRIVE, for basic art supplies, craft items, sports equipment, lawn games, furniture and other items to furnish a model apartment. Drive ends today. Sponsored by Spring Dell Center and Volunteer Southern Maryland for apartment to be used by people with developmental disabilities. Donations may be dropped off 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, Campus Center, Room 110, 8730 Mitchell Rd., or at CSM's Leonardtown campus, "B" Building, 22950 Hollywood Rd. 301-934-7642 or

Monday 24

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING, for the St. Mary's County Department of Land Use and Growth Management, has been relocated from its usual location. 6:30 p.m. New location: Lexington Park Library, Rooms A and B, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1522.

GENEALOGICAL MEETING, the St. Mary's Genealogical Society hosts Michael Verts, who will speak about the Point Lookout Prison Camp. Refreshments. Open to all Southern Maryland residents. 7 p.m. Garvey Center, 41780 Baldridge St., Leonardtown. 301-373-8458 or 410-326-4435.

PORT TOBACCO RIVER CONSERVANCY MEETING, an organization interested in the improvement of the river. 7:30 p.m., La Plata Library, downstairs conference room, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-1716.

Tuesday 25

NATIONAL FOSTER PARENT MONTH CELEBRATION, hosted by Alternatives for Youth and Families. Foster parents provide information on what is necessary to become one. 6-8 p.m. Alternatives for Youth and Families, 30049 Business Center Dr., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-0312, Ext. 122.

KITTEN FOSTER CARE WORKSHOP, a two-hour session for those interested in learning how to care for and handle orphaned and homeless kittens too young to be adopted. 6-8 p.m. Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. $15 includes a copy of "The Guide to Hand-Raising Kittens" by Susan Easterly. Registration required. 301-645-8181 or

Wednesday 26

FOOD PANTRY, open the last Wednesday of each month. Donations accepted and welcome. 1-3 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church Family Life Center, 11150 Berry Rd., Waldorf. 301-843-5588 or 301-952-9008.

SPAGHETTI DINNER, menu includes bread, salad, soda and dessert. Evening includes caricature drawings, comedy and karaoke. Sponsored by the Waldorf Junior Jaycees. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Waldorf Jaycee Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Adults, $6; ages 12 and younger, $4. 301-645-4546 or 301-645-4110.

Thursday 27

HURRICANE ISABEL HOUSING WORKSHOP, for Calvert County homeowners seeking financial help to rehabilitate, renovate or replace a principal residence damaged by the storm. 6-8 p.m. Prince George's County Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 866-227-2497 or

BINGO, every Thursday, sponsored by American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary. Doors open, 6 p.m.; early-bird games, 7:15 p.m. Post 82, 6330 Crain Hwy., La Plata. One pack, $15; two packs, $23; three packs, $30; four packs, $36; early-bird, $1 per pack. Winner-take-all and jackpot, $1 per sheet. 301-638-4261.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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