Thursday 4

NARFE MEETING, representatives of Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Government Employees Hospital Association (GEHA) 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.

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.

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 anxious about tests and prefer tutoring; 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 receive suggestions and comments on names for future Charles County schools. 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

CHARLES COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL MEETING, active and inactive tutors, volunteers and students are encouraged to attend. 7 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. 301-870-5974 or

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 5

CHURCH BAZAAR AND LUNCHEON, featured events include craft tables, white elephant sale, luncheon and bake table. Lunch includes barbecue or chicken salad sandwich, coleslaw, potato salad and chips. Dine-in or carry-out. St. James Episcopal Church, 7 Potomac Ave., Indian Head. Lunch, $6. 301-753-6255.

DEDICATION AND RENAMING, of the Charles County public schools central administration building in honor of former Superintendent Jesse L. Starkey. Hosted by Superintendent James E. Richmond. 5:30 p.m. Central Administration Building, Radio Station Rd., La Plata. Free and open to the public. To attend, contact Donna Ratti, 301-934-7223.

BEACH BUSINESS GROUP DONATION, in honor of former BBG president Joanne Fayette, who died April 22. Donations will benefit Calvert Elks Lodge No. 2620 to help defray costs of parties and activities for children. Calvert Elks Lodge, 1015 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. 6 p.m., dinner; 7 p.m. presentation of donation. Dinner, $10. Reservations required for dinner only. 301-855-2246 or 410-414-3230.

TEEN GAME NIGHT, pizza, soda, music and door prizes. Board and card games provided (or bring a favorite). 6:30-9 p.m. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

TEEN PITCH CARD PARTY, for ages 16 and older, hosted 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. 301-884-2900.

Saturday 6

YARD SALE, indoor event with food vendors. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point Rd., Port Tobacco. 301-743-2114.

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.

CRAFT FAIR, homemade crafts, country store, a silent auction and food. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Peter's. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. St. Peter's School, Poplar Hill Rd., Waldorf. 301-843-8916.

CRAFT AND COLLECTIBLES FEST, vendors with a variety of items, lunch and baked goods, including hot apple dumplings. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 305 E. Smallwood Dr., Waldorf. 301-934-3635.

WEDDING WORKSHOP, information from area vendors including bakers, caterers, DJs, honeymoon destinations and wedding consultants. For ages 18 and older. 10 a.m.-noon. Hanson Community Center, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Free. 301-645-2186.

HEALTH FAIR, many free screenings available, including retinal eye exams; blood pressure, skin, cholesterol, dental, hemoglobin A1c, foot and hearing tests; and blood glucose and free glucose meters. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Health Partners Primary Care Center, 3070 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 301-645-3556 or 301-274-9400.

TURKEY DINNER, a traditional feast with all the trimmings. Eat in or carry out. 3-7 p.m. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1250 Emmanuel Church Rd., Huntingtown. Adults, $12; ages 4-12, $6; 3 and younger, free. Call for carryouts the day of event. 410-535-3177.

STEAK NIGHT, menu includes a New York strip steak, baked potato, green beans, salad, dessert, coffee and tea. Sponsored by the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary. 5-8 p.m. VFW Post 10081, Route 301, Bel Alton. $12. 301-934-8271.

OPEN SKATE NIGHT, rollerskate 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, a fundraising event for the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad features raffles, consolation prizes, door prizes and a snack bar. Children welcome if playing their own ticket and accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., games begin. Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department, 4095 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Books, $20; specials, $1 each. Reservations available. 800-337-2217.

CRAFT AUCTION, proceeds benefit local charities. 6:30 p.m. Prince Frederick Fire Department, 450 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-326-9366.

Sunday 7

MALE CAT ALTER DAY, for cats at least 4 months old and no older than 5 years. Other services available for cats having surgery include rabies vaccine, $10; distemper vaccine, $12; leukemia/FIV testing, $18; micro-chipping, $15. Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Dr., Waldorf. Male alter surgery, $25. Appointments required. 301-645-8181.

CRAFT FAIR, annual event sponsored by the Auxiliary of the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department. Lunch and refreshments available to purchase. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department, 21660 Colton Point Rd., Avenue. 301-769-2654 or 301-769-3382.

OYSTER AND HAM DINNER, featuring scalded oysters and a bake sale. Eat-in or carry-out. Noon-5 p.m. Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 13290 Main St., Cobb Island. Adults, $16; ages 6-12, $8; 5 and younger, free. 301-259-4258.

NEWTOWNE PLAYERS MEETING, theater troupe meets with special announcements for members. 6 p.m. Hickory Hills North Clubhouse, Great Mills. 301-863-8271.

Monday 8

ANNUAL COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE, 3:30-9:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, 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.

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, for dogs, cats and ferrets age 16 weeks or older. Dogs must be on a leash (and muzzled, if aggressive); cats and ferrets in carriers. Sponsored by the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League. 6-8 p.m. St. Mary's Fairgrounds, 4-H Building, Leonardtown. Vaccines, $7. 301-373-5659.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CHARLES COUNTY, 4th and 5th Districts, hosts Maryland's Attorney General J. Joseph Curran for a dinner meeting. Social hour, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.; meeting, 8 p.m. Shymansky's Restaurant, Cobb Island. Advance reservations required for dinner. 301-259-2232.

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 MEETING, Todd August of Morgan Gerard presents "Make the Most of Makeup for Portraits." 7:30 p.m. Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 south and Mount Oak Rd., Bowie. Free and open to the public. 301-464-4212 or

Tuesday 9

COPING SKILLS WORKOUT, a self-help program to obtain health-enhancing feelings of peace and calm, balance and relaxation. Learn how to deal with anger, anxiety, depression and sadness. Every Tuesday in November. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Southern Maryland Hospital Center's Library, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Registration required. 301-292-5650.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, monthly meeting for survivors, their families and friends. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. No registration required. 301-877-5700.

Wednesday 10

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.

ST. MARY'S ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE, annual general meeting includes election of officers and board members and changes to the bylaws. 7 p.m. SMECO Building, Leonardtown. 301-373-5659.

Thursday 11

ST. MARY'S AMERICAN ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION, hosts Theresa Wilson, St. Mary's County historic preservationist, speaking on "History and Relevance of the Tobacco Barns of Our County." Refreshments, 9:30 a.m.; meeting, 10 a.m. Wildewood Retirement Village, Community Room, Wildewood Pkwy., California. Free and open to the public. 301-475-5999 or 301-994-0379.

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP, learn how to handle different stages of the disease from health care professionals and share strategies with families coping with a loved one's illness. 5-6 p.m. Southern Maryland Hospital Center's Library, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5700.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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