Thursday 21

BOOK SALE, presented by the Citizens for the Charles County Library. Almost-new, used and vintage books (hardcover and paperback), magazines and encyclopedias. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-645-3319.

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. today and next Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

POTOMAC CURLING CLUB, open house where attendees are encouraged to try this sport, which is a Winter Olympics event. Wear warm, loose-fitting clothes and rubber-soled shoes. 1-5 p.m., Potomac Curling Club, 13810 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel. Free. Open house repeated 1-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday. 301-362-1116 or www.curldc.org.

THEATRITEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, College of Southern Maryland students and interested members of the community discuss the 2004-05 performance season and share ideas for productions. College of Southern Maryland, Building C, Room 322, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 240-725-5462.

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.

Saturday 23

AUDUBON YARD SALE, proceeds benefit education programs of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society. Private residence, 6622 Leonardtown Rd., Bryantown. 301-274-5656 or juliemdaniel@hotmail.com.

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.

CHURCH FALL AUCTION, donated items, gift certificates from local businesses and a bake sale. 8:30 a.m., preview; 9 a.m., auction starts. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 305 E. Smallwood Dr., St. Charles. Free admission. 301-843-6797.

COUNTRY MARKET CRAFT FAIR, one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, local artisans, fresh produce, flowers, herbs, organic products, a bakery, seafood and butcher markets, delicatessen, antiques, jewelry, candles, aromatherapy and gourds. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Calvert Country Market, 98 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. Free admission. 410-414-9669.

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, for ages 10 and older. Refreshments available for purchase. 6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., games start. St. Peter's Home School Association, 3320 St. Peter's Church Dr., Waldorf. $15, package of 17 games; $4, special games; $5, each additional package. Reserved tables available. 301-870-5832.

Sunday 24

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 Company 22, Therese Circle off Golden Beach Rd., Mechanicsville. 301-884-4267.

CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL AND DINNER, concessions, games and an all-you-can-eat dinner catered by Paul Thompson Seafood. St. Mary's Church and School, Oliver Shop Road, Bryantown. 1-5 p.m. Adults, $19; seniors, $16; ages 6-10, $10. 301-870-2220 or 301-274-3187.

Monday 25

PRISM MEETING, reservations are required by Monday for the meeting at noon Wednesday of the Public Relations Individuals in Southern Maryland. Host speaker is Patrick Gonzales, president of Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies. Topics of discussion include public opinion polls, pros and cons of telephone surveys, how a pollster identifies the likely voter and how to use piggyback polling to cut costs. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. PRISM members, $8; others, $10. 410-326-2042, Ext. 17.

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.

CAMERA CLUB MEETING, program on "50 Fast Photoshop Techniques" presented by Clarence Carvell and Dick Russell. 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 26

TECHNOLOGY MIXER, the Charles County Technology Council meets to discuss a new location. 6 p.m. Don Savino's, 2427 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Members free; $5 for prospective members. 301-893-0800.

Wednesday 27

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.

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

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM, Calvert County Board of Education candidates take questions from the public. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Council of PTAs of Calvert County. 7 p.m. Calvert Pines Senior Center, West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. 410-586-2176.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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