Thursday 27

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office for the American Red Cross as part of "Boots and Badges," a regional campaign featuring blood drives at area police and fire departments. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown. 301-475-4200.

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

Friday 28

CENTER FOR ABUSED PERSONS, 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.

Saturday 29

REUSE BARN, typical items include desks, other furniture, household items, toys, games, books, old records and collectibles. A cooperative effort of 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.

Monday 31

LUNCH RESERVATION DEADLINE, for next Thursday's meeting of the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Last meeting of the season. Entertainment provided by the Lackey High School choral group. Lunch, 12:30 p.m.; meeting, 1 p.m. Potomac Heights Community Center, Glynmont Road and Cedar Lane, Indian Head. Lunch, $9. 301-375-8640.

Tuesday 1

MEDICARE DRUG BENEFITS, representatives of the AARP will explain considerations in whether to enroll in the program. Individual consultations will be available on specific program options. All sessions are free and open to the public. 410-895-7602.

* 11 a.m. Tuesday. Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata.

* 11 a.m. next Thursday. Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf.

* 12:30 p.m. June 7. Nanjemoy Senior Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND GREENS, the local chapter of the Maryland Green Party, meets monthly at the homes of members to discuss party strategies. Vegetarian potluck dinner, 6:30 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m. Call for this month's location, 301-862-3517.

ADOPTION INFORMATION AND SUPPORT MEETING, open to parents interested in learning more about adoption and to adoptive families looking for a local support group. Hosted by Project Oz Adoptions Inc. 7-9 p.m. Dunkirk Firehouse, 3170 W. Ward Rd., Dunkirk. Free. 410-286-8440.

Wednesday 2

CAMERA CLUB COMPETITION, of St. Mary's County hosts "Print and Slide of the Year," open only to "honor" recipient entries from the club's previous three contests. 7 p.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Route 235 and Pegg Road at Gate 1 of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Free. Public invited to view entries. 301-872-5595 or

Thursday 3

OPEN FORUM, hosted by the Advisory Council of the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH). An opportunity for the public to tell ODHH of any issues of concern. Sign language and Computer Aided Real Time translation services provided. 1-4 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry, Rooms 103 and 104, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata.

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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