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 T. Mitchell (D-Charles) and Sally Y. Jameson (D-Charles). 1 p.m. Potomac Heights Community Center, Glynmount Road and Cedar Lane, Indian Head. Free. 301-375-8640.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT, at Leonardtown High School. All students and parents are encouraged to meet with teachers and pick up first grading period interim reports. 6-7 p.m. Leonardtown High School, 23995 Point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-0200.

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.

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.

Friday 8

LA LECHE LEAGUE, of Calvert County meets monthly to provide mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement. Topic: "Baby Arrives." 10 a.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 25 Church St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-3762, 410-326-6803 or 410-586-8917.

SUPER BASKET BINGO, featuring 20 regular games, six special games, raffles and concessions. Baskets include liners and protectors. Hosted by the Southern Maryland Volunteer Fireman's Association Campaign Committee. 6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., games begin. St. James Church Hall, St. James. $15. Extra card packs, $5 each. Table reservations available for groups of six or more. 301-872-5671.

Saturday 9

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.

DONKEY CLUB BREAKFAST, of the Charles County Democratic Central Committee. Buffet-style meal served by elected officials includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee. 50/50 raffle. 8:30-10:30 a.m. American Legion Post #82, Route 301, La Plata. Donkey Club members, $10; others, $12. Join the Donkey Club at breakfast, $20. 301-392-0170 or elainesbelson@aol.com.

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. Ages 12 and older. 1-4 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 12-17, $2. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

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.

Sunday 10

FIRE DEPARTMENT BREAKFAST, hosted by the Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, hot biscuits, creamed chipped beef, spiced apple sauce, milk, assorted juices and coffee. Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Building, 45245 Drayden Rd., Valley Lee. Adults, $6; ages 5-12, $3; 4 and younger, free. 301-994-0751.

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

PARK EQUIPMENT SHOW AND TELL, a chance to look at, learn about and photograph the unique equipment used to maintain the county's parks and athletic fields. 1-4 p.m. Hallowing Point Park Back Fields, Route 231, Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, Ext. 2225.

Monday 11

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.

RABIES CLINIC, sponsored by the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League for dogs, cats and ferrets at least 16 weeks of age. Dogs must be leashed; cats and ferrets must be in cages. 6-8 p.m. St. Mary's Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, Leonardtown. Vaccine, $7. 301-373-5659.

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.

LEARNING DISABILITIES MEETING, Learning Disabilities Association of Calvert County hosts Trevor Valentine, a physician who will speak on "Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Children With Disabilities -- What Helps, What May Hurt and What We Are Not Sure Of." 7 p.m. Emmanuel Baptist Church, Route 4 and Old Town Road, Huntingtown. 410-257-7511.

CAMERA CLUB MEETING, discuss picture preservation with Helen Watt of Creative Memories. 7:30 p.m. The Bowie-Crofton Camera Club meets at All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. No charge. Open to the public. 301-464-4212 or Paula@Sweet-Ps.net.

Tuesday 12

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.

CHARLES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PUBLIC HEARING, to discuss block grant funding. 6:30 p.m. Charles County Government Building, Auditorium, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata. 301-932-3049.

DESIGNING A LANDSAPE FOR CONSERVATION, a four-session course for homeowners starting today. Other sessions are Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2. 7-9 p.m. each date. Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis. $150; CBF members, $125. Registration required. 443-482-2156 or mdamon@cbf.org.

Wednesday 13

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.

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the Indian Head Lions Club for the American Red Cross. Appointments available (301-609-9619) and walk-ins welcome. All donors entered in a free raffle for tickets to a performance at the Black Box Theatre in Indian Head. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Indian Head Pavilion, Lackey Drive, Indian Head. 301-609-9619.

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.

COMPUTER WORKSHOP, for adults with basic computer knowledge. Learn to make cards with Microsoft Publisher. 6 p.m. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188.

ST. MARY'S ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE, members meet monthly to discuss ways to help homeless pets in the county. 7 p.m. SMECO Building, Leonardtown. 301-373-5659.

NARFE LUNCHEON DEADLINE, for the Oct. 15 meeting of the St. Mary's County Chapter 969 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Lunch, $12. Reservations required by 10 a.m. today. 301-864-4347 or 301-872-5205.

Thursday 14

AMERICAN ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION, of St. Mary's hosts Helen Leavitt, who will discuss and show examples of her Heisey Glass collection. Members are encouraged to bring a piece from their collections. 9:30 a.m., refreshments; meeting, 10 a.m. Wildewood Retirement Village Community Room, Wildewood Parkway, California. Open to the public. 301-475-5999 or 301-994-0379.

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.

TAKING BETTER PICTURES WORKSHOPS, a series of four classes presented by Bernie Wilder. Students will determine workshop topics. Offered through LiFE. Future workshops: Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 and Nov. 2. 7-9 p.m. each date. Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. $10 includes all four workshops. Registration required. 301-737-5674.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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