Thursday 30

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, a program of Calvert Hospice for Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. Bring a lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by Mount Harmony United Methodist Church for the American Red Cross. Appointments available (800-GIVE LIFE) and walk-ins welcome. 2:30-8 p.m. Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, 300 E. Mount Harmony Rd., Owings. 301-855-5074 or 410-257-2761.

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Inc. with Longaberger baskets awarded to game winners. Doors open, 6 p.m.; games begin, 7 p.m. Children welcome but must have their own ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Leonardtown Firehouse, 22733 Lawrence Ave., Leonardtown. $15 a person; additional game packets, $5 each. Table reservations available. 301-373-9747.

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.

DIABETIC FOOT CARE, a community seminar on the latest information, symptoms and treatments for foot care in diabetics presented by Michael Frank, podiatrist. Question-and-answer session follows. 6:30-8 p.m. Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Offered free by the "Ask the Doctor" Community Seminar Series of Southern Maryland Hospital. Registration requested. 301-877-5700.

NEW VOTING MACHINES, on display to give residents a chance to learn how to operate them and an opportunity to register to vote. Presented by the Charles County Board of Elections and hosted by the Department of Community Services. 7-8 p.m. Stoddert Community Center, 2040 St. Thomas Dr., Waldorf. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711, and TDD 800-735-2258.

Friday 1

COSMIC APPLICATION DEADLINE, today for student vocalists and musicians wishing to audition as soloist in the Young Artists' Competition and a performance in the February 2005 Chesapeake Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert (COSMIC) Family Concert. Applicants will be notified of audition dates if selected. Call to receive an application, rules and a list of eligible musical selections. 301-475-2117 or 410-326-6321.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS CENTER DEDICATION, includes a pep rally and ribbon-cutting ceremony. 1 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free and open to the public. 301-934-7765, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7765.

PITCH CARD PARTY, for ages 16 and older, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. 7:30 p.m. Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Building, 28120 Old Flora Corner Rd., Mechanicsville. $5 includes refreshments. 301-884-0390.

Saturday 2

CHURCH YARD SALE, furniture, tools, hardware, household goods and collectibles. Refreshments available to purchase. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Catherine of Alexandria Hall, 7636 Port Tobacco Rd., McConchie. 301-246-4711.

REUSE BARN, typical items include desks and other furniture, household items, toys, games, books, old records and collectibles. New selection includes new and used Christmas items. 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.

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.

STEAK NIGHT, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 10081. Menu includes a New York strip steak, baked potato, green beans, salad, dessert and beverages. 5-8 p.m. V.F.W. Post 10081, Route 301, Bel Alton. $12. 301-934-8271.

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.

BASKET BINGO, sponsored by and a benefit for the St. Leonard Fire Department to help in the acquisition of new equipment and gear. Doors open, 4 p.m.; early-bird games, 5 p.m.; regular games, 5:30 p.m. Longaberger baskets to winners. St. Leonard Fire Department, 200 Calvert Beach Rd., St. Leonard. Early-bird tickets, four games for $5; regular games, 20 games for $20; special games, five games at $1 each; basket raffles, $2 each or three for $5; 50/50 raffle, $1 each or six for $5. Table reservations available. 410-586-1973 or 240-375-0959.

Sunday 3

LAND TRUST YARD SALE, sponsored by the Southern Calvert Land Trust to benefit its land acquisition program. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bank of America parking lot, 11780 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. 410-326-6669.

CHURCH DINNER, menu includes fried chicken, ham, parsley potatoes, green beans. Noon-5 p.m. St. Mary's Newport Church, off Penns Hill Road between Routes 6 and 234 (look for the church sign on Penns Hill Road), Charlotte Hall. Adults, $14; 9 and younger, $8; carryouts, $14. 301-934-8825.

TURKEY SHOOT, every Sunday through mid-December with money and prize relays. Food concessions available. Sponsored by V.F.W. Post 10081 and the Ladies Auxiliary. 12:30 p.m. V.F.W. Post 10081, Route 301, Bel Alton. 301-934-8271.

THEATER GROUP MEETING, the Newtowne Players monthly business meeting. New members interested in any facet of theater including acting, set design and construction, directing, wardrobe, technical services, and public relations or fundraising are encouraged to attend. 6 p.m. Hickory Hills North Clubhouse, Great Mills. 301-373-6418.

MALE CAT ALTER DAY, sponsored by the Humane Society of Charles County for male cats at least 4 months of age and no older than 5 years. Other services available: rabies vaccine, $10; distemper vaccine, $12; leukemia/FIV testing, $18; micro-chipping, $15. Humane Society of Charles County Shelter, 71 Industrial Dr., Waldorf. By appointment only. 301-645-8181.

Monday 4

NARFE LUNCHEON RESERVATION DEADLINE, is today for the lunch prior to the 1 p.m. Oct. 4 meeting of the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Guest speakers will be state Dels. Van T. Mitchell (D-Charles) and Sally Jameson (D-Charles). Lunch, $9. Reservations required. 301-375-8640.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, for the Museum Division of the St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks. 10 a.m. St. Clement's Island Potomac River Museum, Coltons Point. 301-769-2222.

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, a program of Calvert Hospice for Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. Bring a lunch. Noon-1 p.m., Smithville United Methodist Church, Ferry Landing Road, Dunkirk. Free. No registration required. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN LEADERS, of Calvert County host state Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert). 6:30 p.m. Mama Lucia's Restaurant, Route 4 south, Dunkirk. $15. Reservations required. 301-855-4281.

ADULT COED 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 St., Prince Frederick. SJV parish members, $30; others, $45. 410-414-9099.

Tuesday 5

COLLEGE BOOK SALE, hundreds of books available for $1 or less. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. St. Mary's College of Maryland, Library Courtyard, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4256.

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, a program of Calvert Hospice for Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. 5:30-7 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

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, for prospective parents interested in learning more about adoption and for adoptive families seeking a support group. 7-9 p.m. Dunkirk Firehouse, 3070 West Ward Rd., Dunkirk. 410-286-8440.

Wednesday 6

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 for Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. Bring a lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Olivet United Methodist Church, 13570 Olivet Rd., Lusby. Free. No registration required. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

CAMERA WORKSHOP, the St. Mary's County Camera Club meets to discuss portrait photography and presents a " lighting workshop. Bring your own camera to practice with live models. Homework assignment for club members is "School Days"; bring best shots to this meeting. 7 p.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, adjacent to Gate 1 of PaxRiver Naval Air Station at Route235 and Pegg Rd., Lexington Park. Membership: individuals, $15; family, $20. Open to the public at no charge. 301-872-5595.

BLUES JAM OPEN MIC, hosted by One Bad Jack Band every other Wednesday starting today. 8 p.m. Beach Cove Restaurant, 8416 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. No admission fee. 301-932-2734 or OneBadJackBand@aol.com.

Thursday 7

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, a program of Calvert Hospice for Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. Bring a lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

NARFE MEETING, the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees hosts Dels. Van Mitchell (D-Charles) and Sally Jameson (D-Charles). 1 p.m. Potomac Heights Community Center, Glynmount Road and Cedar Lane, Indian Head. Free 301-375-8640.

LITERACY COUNCIL MEETING, for Charles County. Active and inactive tutors and volunteers are encouraged to attend. 7 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. 301-870-5974 or ccliteracy@ccboe.com.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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