Thursday 14

AMERICAN ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION of St. Mary's County. Helen Leavitt will discuss and show examples of her HeiseyGlass collection. Members are encouraged to bring a piece from their collections. Refreshments, 9:30 a.m.; 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. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

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 15

NARFE MEETING, for 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. 301-862-3735.

BABY BACK RIB DINNER, hosted by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82. Menu includes a half slab of ribs, coleslaw, ranch beans, fries, rolls, iced tea and coffee. Open to the public. 5-8 p.m., American Legion Post 82, 6330 N. Crain Hwy., La Plata. $10. 301-934-8221.

CARD PARTY, hosted by Trinity Church. 7:30 p.m., Trinity Church Road, Dentsville. Refreshments. $5. 301-934-1173.

Saturday 16

HAM AND OYSTER DINNER, eat-in or carryout meals available. 1-6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. Adults, $15; ages 5-8, $5; 4 and younger, free. 301-932-1051.

REUSE BARN, typical items include desks and other furniture, household items, toys, games, books, old records, collectibles and 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. BOOK SALE, presented by the Citizens for the Charles County Library. Almost-new, used and vintage books (hardcover and paperback), magazines and encyclopedias. Sale runs through Oct. 23 (except Sundays). 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-645-3319.

DISASTER RELIEF TRAINING, become an American Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteer through training offered by the Southern Maryland Chapter. Morning session is an introduction to disaster services, and the afternoon session focuses on damage assessment. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross, Prince Frederick Office, County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration required. 410-535-5230.

USED BOOKS 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.

PET ADOPTION AND YARD SALE, benefits St. Mary's Animal Welfare League. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Mary's Animal Welfare League, 26433 Loveville Rd., Compton. 301-373-5659 or www.smawl.org.

SHOPPERS FALL FLING, local crafters, artisans, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Southern Living, Creative Memories and Tastefully Simple will be among the vendors at this fundraising event for the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad building. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, Route 235, Ridge. 301-872-0026.

BAKE SALE AND CRAFT SHOW, sponsored by the St. Leonard Co. 7 Alarmers as a benefit for the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Leonard Firehouse, Calvert Beach Road, St. Leonard. 410-586-1437.

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS, for St. Mary's Starz cheerleaders. Open to ages 8-14. Two-day tryouts; attendance required today and tomorrow. Wear tennis shoes, mesh or cotton shorts and a tank top or T-shirt. Noon-2 p.m. today and tomorrow. Cheer-N-Gym, 44180 Airport View Dr., Hollywood. 301-373-6209 or 240-538-5748.

BULL AND OYSTER ROAST, all-you-can-eat menu, cash bar, games and music by Spoon Creek. 1-5 p.m., American Legion Post 238, 15632 Prince Frederick Rd., Hughesville. $20. 301-274-3522.

WATER NUTRIENT WORKSHOP, for people interested in volunteering to help monitor nutrient pollution, dissolved oxygen levels and the pH and clarity of Jug Bay's waters. For new or experienced volunteers. 1-4 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and teens, $2. Reservations required. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI are invited to a meeting to organize a Southern Maryland chapter. 3-6 p.m., Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 3385 Metropolitan Church Rd., Pomonkey. 301-753-6646.

TURKEY DINNER, traditional feast with all the trimmings. Homemade baked goods for sale. Carryout dinners available. Sponsored by the United Methodist Men of Waters Memorial United Methodist Church. 4-7 p.m., Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. Adults, $12; ages 6-12, $6; 5 and younger, free. 410-586-1716.

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 17

CAR WASH, presented by the Charles County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post No. 1658. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Waldorf Jaycee's Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 240-216-6772.

WETLAND LEAVES, look for falling leaves, discover their importance to plants and animals and make a take-home leaf craft. All ages. 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 www.jugbay.org.

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE, meet firefighters, watch a car extraction demonstration, tour the firehouse and a hook and ladder truck, and see other fire equipment and apparatus. Displays by St. Mary's Hospital Health Connection and St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, Hill's Club Road, Mechanicsville. 301-884-4267.

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.

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the Charlotte Hall Rotary Club to benefit the Stephen D. Mattingly II Memorial Fund. 12:30 p.m., doors open; 1:30 p.m., early-bird games; 2 p.m., regular games. Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville. 20 regular games, $15; extra packets, $5 each; specials, $1 each; early birds, four games for $4. Table reservations available for groups of six or larger. 301-884-5904 or 301-862-5350.

Monday 18

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.

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

CAMERA CLUB MEETING, program presented by Steve Abramowitz, audiovisual coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 7:30 p.m., Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free; open to the public. 301-464-4212 or Paula@Sweet-Ps.net.

Tuesday 19

VOTING MACHINE DEMONSTRATION, conducted by the Calvert County Board of Elections to familiarize county residents to the AccuVote touch-screen voting machines to be used in the Nov. 2 elections. 2 p.m., Calvert County Treatment Facility warehouse, 315 Stafford Rd., Barstow. 410-535-2214 or 301-855-1376.

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.

Wednesday 20

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.

HEALTH CARE CAREERS EXPO, learn about career opportunities in healthcare and the educational requirements, talk with local employers and health care professionals, find out about scholarships and tuition assistance, attend on-site interviews and visit display booths. Sponsored by the Charles County Healthcare Roundtable. 3-6 p.m., Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-934-7776.

FIRST BOOK MEETING, group dedicated to providing children from economically disadvantaged environments the opportunity to read and obtain new books. 5:30 p.m., Potomac library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. Free. 301-775-4089 or charlescounty_md@firstbook.org.

ADULT COMPUTER WORKSHOP, basic computer knowledge is required for this workshop on personal brochures using Microsoft Word. 6 p.m., Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE CITIZEN ADVISORY BOARD for St. Mary's County meets at 6 p.m., St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, Headquarters Training Room, 23150 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1922.

WEIGHT LOSS DISCUSSION, offered by Health Connections. 7 p.m., Leonardtown library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-2846.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP, open to anyone who has had, or is thinking of having, this type of surgery. 7 p.m., SMECO Building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. Free. 301-645-8894.

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

Thursday 21

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.

POTOMAC CURLING CLUB, open house where attendees are encouraged to try the winter Olympic sport. Wear warm, loose-fitting clothes and rubber-soled shoes. 1-5 p.m., Potomac Curling Club, 13810 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel. Free. 301-362-1116 or www.curldc.org.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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