Thursday 18

CALVERT COUNTY LIONS CLUB FRUIT SALE, pre-order deadline is Dec. 1. Navel oranges, red grapefruit and tangelos: four-fifths of a bushel, $25; two-fifths of a bushel, $13. Pickup times will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 10-12 at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad. 410-535-0569. On-site sales will include the Lioness Club's nut sale, featuring pecans, black walnuts, roasted cashews, pecan clusters and a fruit mix. 410-586-9078.

COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services to benefit the Charles County Food Bank. Items accepted include canned foods and dry packaged items. No glass containers. Drop-off donations at any community center location, 3:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

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.

RETIREMENT PLAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES, for the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, meets for its regular monthly meeting. 2 p.m. Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Room 14, Leonardtown. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1104.

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the auxiliary of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, with Longaberger baskets awarded to game winners. Doors open, 6 p.m.; games begin, 7 p.m. Children welcome but must have their own ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Leonardtown firehouse, 22733 Lawrence Ave., Leonardtown. $15; additional game packets, $5 each. Table reservations available. 301-373-9747.

Friday 19

THANKSGIVING BAZAAR AND LUNCHEON, sponsored by the Southern Pines Senior Council. Crafts bazaar, followed by a traditional Thanksgiving meal and entertainment. 10 a.m., crafts fair; noon, luncheon; 1 p.m., entertainment. Southern Pines Senior Center, West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. Luncheon, $10. Reservations requested. 410-586-2748.

NARFE MEETING, Sean Powell, supervisor of assessments for St. Mary's County, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the 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.

ROAST BEEF DINNER, hosted by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82. Menu features roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, southwest-style corn, rolls, iced tea and coffee. 5-8 p.m. American Legion Post 82, 6330 N. Crain Hwy., La Plata. $8. Public welcome. 301-934-8221.

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the Little Flower School, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., games begin. Little Flower School, Point Lookout Road, Great Mills. $15. Table reservations available for groups of six and larger. 301-994-2265 or 301-737-3501.

ADULT POOL LEAGUE, for ages 18 and older, every Friday. 7-9 p.m. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711, or TDD at 800-735-2258.

TEEN WINTER SOCIAL, ages 12-16 invited to dance to selections by DJ Rocking Roger. 7-10 p.m. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. $4 plus a canned food item for the needy. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711, or TDD at 800-735-2258.

Saturday 20

CHURCH HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND BAKE SALE, hosted by the United Methodist Women as a benefit for the Global Missions project to aid underprivileged families and children. Local crafters and holiday baked goods. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. La Plata United Methodist Church, 3 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata. 301-934-4903.

RE-USE 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 welcome. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, weather permitting. 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TESTING, the subject at the St. Mary's League of Women Voters meeting, featuring Carol Filipczak of the LWV-Maryland High School Study Committee. 9:30 a.m. Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. $8 includes catered continental breakfast. Open to the public, but discussion and consensus voting are limited to LWV members. Reservations accepted. 240-895-0414 or 301-373-5691.

GINGERBREAD HOUSES, all ages invited to create a take-home gingerbread house with help from an experienced instructor. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. $15 a house; helper/adult/friend, $3. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND DINNER, featuring gifts, toys, plants, attic treasures, raffles, a secret shop and bake table. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crab cake and ham dinner served noon-5 p.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Prince Frederick. Dinner: $15; ages 12 and younger, $7.50. 301-855-9762.

BASKET BINGO, game winners receive Longaberger baskets filled with goodies, including liners and gift certificates or merchandise from local businesses. Children are welcome but must have their own playing card and be accompanied by an adult. Includes consolation and door prizes and special raffles. 5 p.m., doors open; 6 p.m., games begin. Christ Church Parish Hall, Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico. $20, pack of regular cards; $5, each additional pack; $6, special six-game packets. Proceeds benefit the partnership between Eagan, McAllister Associates Inc., its Lexington Park Employee Community Service Association and Patuxent Habitat for Humanity to build an Adopt-a-Home house in St. Mary's County. 301-863-2204.

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 21

BREAKFAST AND CRAFTS FAIR, sponsored by St. Michael's School and St. Michael's Ladies of Charity, featuring religious items, crafters and home party businesses. Breakfast is buffet style. 8 a.m.-noon. St. Michael's School, 16560 Three Notch Rd., Ridge. Breakfast: adults and carryouts, $7; seniors, $6; children, $4; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-872-4225.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FAIR AND BAZAAR, hosted by Mother Catherine Spalding School, featuring wreaths, decorations, hand-painted glassware and candles. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mother Catherine Spalding School, Route 238, Helen. 301-884-3165.

Monday 22

ADULT FITNESS PROGRAM, step machines, crunch boards, stationary bikes and treadmills. For ages 18 and older. 8:30-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. $10 for 12 visits. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

ADULT COED VOLLEYBALL, brief skills clinic followed by team play for a 12-session season, Mondays through Dec. 20 (no matches 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 Adelines International vocal performing group. Repertoire includes patriotic, religious and old-time favorites. 7 p.m. St Paul's Church, Prince Frederick. 301-373-3665 or 410-535-5020.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, a self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to families grieving the death of a child. 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church St., Prince Frederick. Free. 301-884-5503 or 800-823-7301.

CAMERA CLUB MEETING, a session on the "why's behind the things you know." 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

Wednesday 24

SENIORS CHRISTMAS PARTY, deadline is today for Charles County seniors to call VanGO (301-609-7917) and make reservations for transportation Dec. 9 to the Christmas party at the Jaycees Center in Waldorf. Free admission tickets to the party, which will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., can be picked up at any senior center in the county or by calling 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

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.

FOOD PANTRY, recipients will be interviewed and required to complete an application. Donations are accepted. 1-3 p.m. Calvary Gospel Church, Family Life Center, 11150 Berry Rd., Waldorf. 301-843-5588 or 301-952-9008.

TEEN CLUB, featuring games, pizza nights, crafts, tournaments, air hockey, pool and foosball. Every Wednesday and Friday. 4-8 p.m. Nanjemoy Community Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388, Maryland Relay Service 711 or TDD at 800-735-2258.

TECHNOLOGY GROUP MEETING, the Open Source User Group of the Charles County Technology Council meets to discuss Linux, FreeBSD and more. 6 p.m. MVI Technical Services, 3460 Old Washington Rd., Suite 101, Waldorf. Free. Prospective members welcome.

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

Thursday 25

BINGO, every Thursday, sponsored by American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary. Doors open, 6 p.m.; early-bird games, 7:15 p.m. 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.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON

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