Thursday 28

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, a program of Calvert Hospice for Calvert County residents who have lost 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.

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 29

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE SEMINAR, deadline for registration is today for the 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 seminar. Learn to avoid financial pitfalls and live on cash. College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Fees vary. 301-934-7835, 301-870-3008, Ext. 7835, or www.csmd.edu.

Saturday 30

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

INVESTMENT 'TOWN MEETING,' financial adviser Steven Richardson presents a brief overview of the recent volatility in the market and answers audience questions. Sponsored by Legg Mason of Waldorf. 9:30 a.m. Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-475-2846 or 800-992-3194.

ANTIQUE OPEN HOUSE, shop for grandmother's heirlooms. Refreshments. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Southern Maryland Antique Center, 3176 Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. 410-257-1677.

FRIED OYSTER AND CHICKEN DINNER, with coleslaw, applesauce, beets, potatoes, green beans, rolls, coffee and tea. Eat in or carry out. Event includes craft and bake tables and raffles. Handicap accessible. Noon-6 p.m. All Faith Episcopal Church, 38885 New Market Turner Rd., Charlotte Hall. Adults, $14; ages 6-12, $7; 6 and younger, free. 301-884-3773.

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.

HARVEST CELEBRATION, food, games, hayride and a pumpkin patch. 5:30-8:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 6735 Port Tobacco Rd., Welcome. 301-609-8759 or mary.hashagen@Fairmont.com.

Sunday 31

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST, featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, fried potatoes, pancakes, waffles, Danish and doughnuts. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. 8 a.m.-noon. VFW Post 10081, Route 301, Bel Alton. $5. 301-934-8271.

HARVEST FESTIVAL, a community event for all ages with games, food, giveaways and lots of candy. 5:30-7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Waldorf, 10045 Bunker Hill Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-6966.

Monday 1

ANNUAL COOMUNITY FOOD DRIVE, begins today. Weekdays 3:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through Dec. 20. Canned and dry foods only; no glass containers. Drop off donations at any Charles County community center. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711, or TDD, 800-735-2258.

CCFN PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING, public and private vendor suggestions on the development and implementation of a needs assessment on "Trends and Issues in Adolescent Risk Behavior in Calvert County" will be discussed by the Calvert County Family Network to the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families. 10 a.m. County Services Plaza, 150 Main St., Conference Room 102, Prince Frederick. Those unable to attend can receive a copy of proposals from the CCFN office. 410-414-5997.

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.

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, are invited to a free Jazzercize class in commemoration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the 6:30 p.m. session and view the Civista Cancer Survivors Exhibit at the Hughesville Jazzercize Fitness Center, 6430 Trust Pl., Hughesville. Free. 301-274-2744.

ADULT COED VOLLEYBALL, brief skills clinic followed by team play for a 12-session season, Mondays through Dec. 20 (no games 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 COMPETITION, Warren Kahle will judge slide entries on the topic "Textures." 7:30 p.m. Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 south and Mount Oak Rd., Bowie. Open to the public free of charge. 301-464-4212 or Paula@Sweet-Ps.net.

LUNCHEON RESERVATION DEADLINE, today for the 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4 luncheon meeting of the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Lunch, $9. 301-609-9619.

Tuesday 2

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 W. Ward Rd., Dunkirk. 410-286-8440.

Wednesday 3

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION, hosted by the St. Mary's County Camera Club. Halloween is the topic. Must be a member of the club to compete, but membership is available up to competition time. Read contest rules at www.smccc.org/Rules04-05.html. Entries must be submitted by 7:15 p.m. St. Mary's County Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Naval Air Station Gate 1 at Route 235 and Pegg Road, Lexington Park. 301-872-5595 or www.smccc.org.

BEEKEEPERS' DINNER MEETING, an all-you-can-eat menu during a meeting of the Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers. 7-10 p.m. Golden Corral, 2800 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 301-884-5230.

AUDUBON MEETING, features Paul Baicich of the Swarovski Birding Community discussing his book "Attu-Birder Passion and Challenges." Book will be available for purchase and the author's signature. 7:30 p.m. Clearwater Nature Center, Cosca Regional Park, Clinton. 301-862-9631.

NEW BLUES JAM, open-microphone hosted by the One Bad Jack Band. 8 p.m. Beach Cove Restaurant, 8416 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach. No admission fee. 301-855-0025 or OneBadJackBand@aol.com.

Thursday 4

NARFE MEETING, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and GEHA representatives will discuss benefit and premium charges for next year at a meeting of the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter 126 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. 1 p.m. Potomac Heights Community Center, Glymont Road, Indian Head. Free. 301-609-9619.

EXTERNAL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA PROGRAM, learn about an alternative to the GED exam for acquiring a high school diploma for those 18 and older who are test anxious and prefer tutoring during the day or evening; confidential appointments. Information sessions at 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. tomorrow. Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. 301-645-8765 or 301-870-7310.

SCHOOL NAMING COMMITTEE HEARING, to accept information and comments on names submitted for future Charles County schools and to accept additional school name suggestions from the public. Speakers have three minutes each and must leave a written copy of testimony. 6:15-7 p.m., sign-up to speak; 6:30 p.m., testimony begins. Westlake High School, 3300 Middletowne Rd., Waldorf. 301-932-6610 or 301-870-3814. Those unable to attend may submit suggestions in writing by the end of today to Charles County public schools, School Naming Advisory Committee, PO Box 2770, La Plata, Md. 20646 or by e-mail to boardmail@ccboe.com.

CHARLES COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL MEETING, active and inactive tutors, non-tutor volunteers and students 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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