Thursday 5

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.

Saturday 7

YARD SALE, organized by employees at Merkle Mailing with proceeds to help pay medical expenses for a co-worker who is ill. 7 a.m. until items are sold. Merkle Mailing, 43880 Commerce Ave., Hollywood. 301-373-5000, Ext. 5034.

YARD SALE, to benefit the Carmelite nuns. Plants, baked goods and lunch items also will be sold in addition to yard-sale merchandise. Donations of salable items and monetary support accepted. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Catherine's Church Hall, Route 6 west, McConchie. 301-934-1716, 301-934-6970 or 301-392-3664.

FARMERS MARKET, fresh produce, flowers and handcrafted items. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through mid-November. Charles County Courthouse back parking lot, La Plata. 301-934-8421 or 301-870-3377.

BOXED CHICKEN LUNCH AND DINNER, includes a half-chicken, corn bread, coleslaw, potato salad and beverage. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday through Labor Day. St. Paul United Methodist Church, Cove Point and H.G. Trueman roads, Lusby. $7. 410-326-4775.

BASKET BINGO, to benefit the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department. Longaberger baskets are the prizes for game and raffle winners. Table reservations and advance tickets available. Doors open, 4 p.m.; early-bird games, 5 p.m.; regular games, 5:30 p.m. St. Leonard Fire Department, 200 Calvert Beach Rd., St. Leonard. Early-bird games, $5 for four games; regular games, $20 for 20 games; special games, $1 each. 410-586-1973 or 240-375-0959.

STEAK NIGHT, menu includes a New York strip steak, baked potato, green beans, salad, dessert and beverages. Sponsored by VFW Post 10081 and the Ladies Auxiliary. 5-8 p.m. VFW Post 10081, Crain Highway, Bel Alton. $12. 301-934-8271.

OPEN SKATE NIGHT, roller skate every Saturday through mid-December. 5-7 p.m. Leonard Hall Recreation Center, 23145 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. $3 entry fee plus $2.50 skate rental (or bring your own skates). 301-475-1400, Ext. 1800.

REUSE BARN, typical items include desks and 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.

Sunday 8

NEW CHURCH FORMING, the congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church plans to begin regular Sunday evening Bible study gatherings next month in St. Mary's County. Informational meetings for anyone interested are at 6 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 22. For directions and additional information, call 301-994-1066.

DRIVE-THROUGH CHICKEN DINNER, prepared and boxed by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. Noon-4 p.m. Mechanicsville Firehouse, 28165 Hills Club Rd., Mechanicsville. $8. 301-884-4108.

Monday 9

RABIES CLINIC, hosted by the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League for dogs, cats and ferrets at least 16 weeks old. Dogs must be leashed, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers. 6-8 p.m. St. Mary's Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, Leonardtown. $7.50 a vaccine. 301-373-5659.

Wednesday 11

FARMERS MARKET, fresh produce, flowers and handcrafted items. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through mid-November. Charles County Courthouse back parking lot, La Plata. 301-934-8421 or 301-870-3377.

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, open to all in the community who have lost a loved one. A program of Calvert Hospice. Bring a lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Olivet United Methodist Church, 13570 Olivet Rd., Lusby. Free. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

Thursday 12

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the Prince Frederick Rescue Squad for the American Red Cross. Appointments available (800-GIVE LIFE) and walk-ins welcome. Noon-5 p.m. Prince Frederick Rescue Squad, 755 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-535-9836.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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