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 Parkway, California. Free and open to the public. 301-475-5999 or 301-994-0379.

CHURCH DINNER, featuring cube steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables and dessert. 5-6:30 p.m. Solomons United Methodist Church, Solomons Island. Adults, $10; children, $5; pre-schoolers, free. 410-326-1103.

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.

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 12

LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING, offering mother-to-mother support, education and encouragement. 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT AUCTION, annual auction sponsored by the Rescue Squad's Auxiliary. Fried chicken dinners available. Doors open, 4:30 p.m.; auction, 6 p.m. Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, 28165 Hills Club Rd., Mechanicsville. 301-884-4709.

Saturday 13

ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE, featuring furniture, jewelry, books and artwork. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Also, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, Leonardtown. 301-475-8029.

CRAFT SHOW AND BAZAAR, with food vendors on-site. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. 410-414-9099.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, featuring crafts, a silent auction table, raffles, door prizes, food and children activities including photos with Santa, Santa Toy Shop, reindeer games, crafts and face painting. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Mary's of Piscataway, 13401 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-292-0527.

DECORATIVE PAINTERS MEETING, of the local chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters. Previous painting experience necessary. 9:30 a.m. Charlotte Hall library, 37600 New Market Rd., Charlotte Hall. 301-884-2835, 301-392-1617 or 410-326-2576.

FIRE DEPARTMENT CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary for the 27th year, features craft and bake tables, raffles and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. silent auctions. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department, Route 231, Hughesville. 301-274-4488.

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.

CHURCH FALL DINNER, featuring fried oysters, stuffed ham and turkey served family-style. Bake and gift shops open and a silent auction. 5 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Mary's City. Adults, $18; ages 6-11, $7; 5 and younger, free. Carryouts and gift certificates available. 301-862-4597.

BULL AND OYSTER ROAST, all-you-can-eat menu includes open pit beef, fried, steamed and half-shell oysters, coleslaw, baked beans and relish trays. 2-6 p.m. Las Vegas night and karaoke from 3-11 p.m. American Legion Post 274, H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. Advance tickets: adults, $25; ages 11 and younger, $12.50. At-the-door: adults, $30; ages 11 and younger, $15. 410-326-3274.

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.

Sunday 14

RABIES, DISTEMPER AND MICRO-CHIPPING CLINIC, for dogs, cats and ferrets. Dogs must be leashed (and muzzled, if aggressive); cats and ferrets in carriers. 1-3 p.m. The Humane Society of Charles County, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. Rabies shot, $7; distemper, $12; micro-chipping, $15. County dog licenses, $2 for altered pets; $15 for unaltered pets. 301-645-8181 or humanesocietycc.org.

BASKET BINGO, fundraiser event for the Calvert Marine Museum Society. Doors open, 11 a.m.; early bird games, 1 p.m.; regular games, 1:30 p.m. Calvert County Fairgrounds, Route 231, Prince Frederick. 410-326-2042 or www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

WYLDE WOMEN OPEN HOUSE, featuring local artists selling their wares for the holidays. 1-6 p.m. at a private residence, 15809 Menk Rd., Accokeek. 301-292-3927 or granolastew@yahoo.com.

Monday 15

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.

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.

PATUXENT PEARLS, drop in and sing along with the local Sweet Adeline's International vocal performing group. Repertoire includes patriotic, religious and old-time favorites. All ages welcome to consider joining. 7 p.m. St Paul's Church, Prince Frederick. 301-373-3665 or 410-535-5020.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, open invitation to neighbors and community members interested in helping neighborhoods be safe and healthy. Guest speaker will be from a local fire department. 7 p.m. Chesapeake Ranch Estates Administration Building, 395 Clubhouse Dr., Lusby. 410-394-6174.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, a self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to families grieving the death of a child. 7:30 p.m. Good Samaritan Church, Route 5 Forest Park. 301-884-5503.

CAMERA CLUB MEETING, program includes Mike Bryant of the Sackler and Freer Galleries. 7:30 p.m. Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 south and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free and open to the public. 301-464-4212 or Paula@Sweet-Ps.net.

Tuesday 16

C.A.P.E. MEETING, Concerns About Pipeline Expansion members meet with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about Dominion Liquified Natural Gas plans to expand pipeline through Calvert County. 7 p.m. Holiday Inn Solomons, 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons. 410-326-1069.

Wednesday 17

TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL BREAKFAST MEETING, program on e-commerce tips and techniques to expand your business. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Automated Graphic Systems, 4590 Graphics Dr., White Plains. Charles County Technology Council members, free; others, $20. 877-282-5734 or info@TheTechCouncil.org.

JEWELRY SALE FUNDRAISER, featuring gold and silver jewelry by Gold Coast Productions. Sponsored by the Calvert Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Calvert Medical Office Building, 100 Hospital Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-326-6669.

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 WORKSHOPS, basic computer knowledge is required for this workshop on "Fundamentals of Internet Research." 6 p.m. Lexington Park Library, 21677 Roosevelt Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188.

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

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SUPPORT GROUP, for the tri-county area, open to anyone who has had this surgery or is considering 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. Free. 301-855-0025.

Thursday 18

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the Auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Inc. Children welcome but must have own ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Table reservations available for groups of six or more. Refreshments available. Doors open 6 p.m.; games start, 7 p.m. Leonardtown Firehouse, 22723 Lawrence Ave., Leonardtown. $15; additional packets, $5. 301-373-9747.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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