Thursday 16

HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES, Rosh Hashanah for Congregation Sha'are Shalom, a Reform congregation of Southern Maryland, 10 a.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Piney Church Road and St. Paul's Drive, Waldorf. Ticket and membership information available at 301-645-4606. Other September services, all held at St. Paul's, include:

* 6:45 p.m. Sept. 24: Erev Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre.

* 10 a.m. Sept. 25: Yom Kippur.

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 N. 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.

SKI CLUB MEETING, for the Southern Maryland Ski Club. Open to skiers and snowboarders. Attendees are eligible to win lift tickets to local ski resorts. 7 p.m., SMECO Building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. 301-753-6474 or

Friday 17

STREAM MONITORING, volunteers collect, identify and count stream invertebrates to evaluate health of the stream. Ages 12 and older. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 12-17; $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

NAARFE MEETING, monthly business meeting of the St. Mary's County Chapter 969 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 12:45 p.m., Olde Breton Inn, 21890 Society Hill Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-373-2356.

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

Saturday 18

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by St. Nicholas Lutheran Church for the American Red Cross. Appointments available (800-GIVE LIFE) and walk-ins welcome. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. 410-257-5683.

SMAWL YARD SALE, a benefit event for the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League. Dogs and cats will be on-site for adoption. 9 a.m., SMAWL Office, Route 247 (Loveville Road), Loveville. 301-373-5659.

INDOOR YARD SALE, furniture, lamps, kitchen items, linens, TVs, small appliances, toys, games and books. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Trinity Parish Hall, Trinity Church Rd., St. Mary's City. 301-862-4597.

USED-BOOK STORE, operated by the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library to benefit library branches. Book donations welcome; volunteers needed. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

FISH SURVEY, help monitor the fish populations living in shallow water and wetlands by catching, identifying, measuring and then releasing fish. Will require being in chest-deep water and mud. Ages 12 and older. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 12-17; $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

AUTUMNFEST AND QUILT SHOW, annual community event featuring the "Preserve, Show and Share Quilt Show," handmade items, attic treasures, apples, fresh produce, flowers and plants, and a bake sale. Traditional crab cake and fried chicken dinner with all the fixings. Adults, $15; ages 7-12, $7; ages 6 and younger, free. Dine in or take out. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. 410-586-1917.

NEW VOTER MACHINES, on display for voters to learn how to operate, and an opportunity to register to vote. Presented by the Charles County Board of Elections and hosted by the Department of Community Services. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hanson Community Center, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711, and TDD 800-735-2258. Program repeated three additional times:

* Noon-2 p.m. Sept. 25, Piccowaxen Community Center, 12834 Rock Point Rd., Newburg.

* 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Mattawoman Community Center, 10145 Berry Rd., Waldorf.

* 7-8 p.m. Sept. 30, Stoddert Community Center, 2040 St. Thomas Dr., Waldorf.

BUGS 101, learn about the critters crawling in the fields and under logs at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Meet at the sanctuary for carpooling to the Glendening Preserve. All ages welcome. 2-4 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or

OPEN SKATE NIGHT, roller skate 5-7 p.m. Saturdays through mid-December, Leonard Hall Recreation Center, 23145 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. $3 plus $2.50 skate rental. 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 Board of Commissioners to keep usable items out of the landfill. Proceeds are reinvested in the community. Donations of items welcome. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, weather permitting, 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

Sunday 19

CAR WASH, a benefit event for the Waldorf Junior Jaycees. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Routes 5 and 301, Waldorf. Donations accepted. 301-645-4546.

DIVORCECARE, a nationwide separation and divorce recovery program. Nine sessions, 6-8 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 14, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Leonardtown. $25. Advance registration required. 301-475-7200.

Monday 20

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by St. Anthony's Catholic Church for the American Red Cross. Appointments available (800-GIVE LIFE) and walk-ins welcome. 3:30-8 p.m., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, North Beach. 301-855-0897.

ADULT CO-ED VOLLEYBALL, brief skills clinic followed by team play for a 12-session season, Mondays through Dec. 20 (no games Oct. 25 or Nov. 29). 7-10 p.m., St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Main Street, Prince Frederick. SJV Parish members, $30; nonparish members, $45. 410-414-9099.

CAMERA CLUB MEETING, for the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club. Richard Rohlfing presents "Discovering Jekyll Island, Ga., through Elderhostel." 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free and open to the public. 301-464-4212 or

Tuesday 21

CPR/AED/FIRST AID CLASS, two-session course for one-year American Red Cross certification in adult, child and infant CPR, adult automated external defibrillator and basic first aid. 6-9 p.m. today and Thursday, Southern Chapter of the American Red Cross, Prince Frederick office, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. Advance registration required. 410-535-9565.

Wednesday 22

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

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, 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.

OPEN SOURCE USER GROUP MEETING, of the Charles County Technology Council to discuss Linux and FreeBSD. 6 p.m., MVI Technical Services, 3460 Old Washington Rd., Suite 101, Waldorf. Free to members. Prospective members are invited.

Thursday 23

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS of St. Mary's County hosts the county Board of Commissioners. 11:45 a.m., Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. $10 includes catered lunch. Reservations required by Sunday. 301-373-5691.

HURRICANE RELIEF COLLECTIONS, Volunteer Southern Maryland at the College of Southern Maryland is accepting donated items through today to be distributed to victims of recent hurricanes in the United States. Needed items include personal hygiene goods, work gloves, sunscreen and ready-to-use baby formula. College of Southern Maryland, Campus Center, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7508 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7508.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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