Thursday 2

NARFE MEETING, of the Western Charles/Indian Head Chapter 126 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Entertainment provided by the Lackey High School Chamber Choir. 1 p.m. Potomac Heights Community Center, Glymont Road and Cedar Lane, Indian Head. Free. 301-609-9619.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS), a nonprofit weight-control support group, meets every Thursday. Weigh-in, 6-7 p.m.; support meeting, 7-8 p.m. Rock Church of Charles County, 6790 Crain Hwy., La Plata. 301-645-1050.

BINGO, every Thursday, sponsored by the American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early-bird games, 7:15 p.m. 6330 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 3

BINGO, hosted every Friday by St. Thomas Manor in the church hall, with a $500 weekly jackpot. Refreshments available. Proceeds help finance construction of the youth center. For ages 8 and older. 6 p.m., doors open; 7 p.m., early-bird games; 7:15 p.m., regular games begin. St. Ignatius Church, 8855 Chapel Point Rd., Port Tobacco. $18 covers admission and single game set of 29 games. 301-934-8245.

Saturday 4

RE-USE BARN, new and used items, furniture, desks, appliances, exercise equipment, linens, toys, games, books, old records, collectibles and more. A cooperative effort between the Southern Maryland chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Charles County commissioners to keep usable items out of the landfill. Proceeds are invested into the community. Donation of items accepted. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

USED-BOOK STORE, operated by the Citizens for Charles County Public Library Inc. Book donations are welcome, and volunteers are needed. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

LUAU, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. Appetizers, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; all-you-can-eat buffet, 6-7:30; dance featuring "Four of a Kind," 8 to midnight. Mechanicsville Moose Lodge, Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville. $20 a person. 301-884-2398.

COMMUNITY DAY, food, games and Redskins cheerleaders. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. American Legion, Livingston Road, Bryans Road. Free. 301-283-3733.

BOOK SIGNING, with Sandy Shoemaker, author of "Where Maryland Began" and "Tobacco Tomcast," about the history of St. Mary's County. 1-3 p.m. Historic Cecil's Old Mill, Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills. Free. 301-994-1510.

TAU LAMBDA LAMBDA CHAPTER, of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, meets in Hughesville. 7 p.m. For meeting location, directions or additional information, call 240-346-1453 or 301-904-2011.

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

MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE, sponsored by the Calvert All-Stars. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Beach Elementary School, Route 261 and Old Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach.

Monday 6

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the La Plata Lions Club. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments available. 1-7 p.m. American Legion Hall, La Plata. 301-934-1690.

MOMS CLUB OPEN HOUSE AND LUAU, scavenger hunt, limbo contest, hula lessons, crafts, story time, balloon animals, car seat checks, child ID kits, door prizes and refreshments. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wildewood Neighborhood One Community Center, Wildewood. Free. 301-863-5972 or 301-475-7908.

FREE MULCH, St. Mary's County residents and businesses are welcome to pick up a load. Customers are responsible for loading the mulch and providing a tarp to cover it during transport. Bring a shovel, pitchfork or similar tool. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, while supplies last. St. Andrew's Landfill, St. Andrew's Church Road at Routes 4 and 235, California. 301-863-8400 or www.co.saint-marys.md.us/dpw.

AMERICAN SALUTE MAJORETTES, baton twirlers of all ages are invited to join. No experience necessary. Call Donna at 301-932-9437.

ADULT FITNESS PROGRAM, with step machines, crunch boards, stationary bikes and treadmills. 8:30 a.m.-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.

Tuesday 7

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office as a benefit for the American Red Cross. Appointments available (800-GIVE-LIFE), and walk-ins welcome. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, 23150 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1922.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND CONCERT BAND REHEARSALS, open to musicians ages 15 and older interested in joining the concert band and the Southern Maryland Swing Band for the 2005-06 season. Rehearsals are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the band room at Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. 301-855-9933 or 301-843-5848.

ADOPTION INFORMATION AND SUPPORT MEETING, for prospective parents interested in learning more about adoption and for adoptive families seeking support group. 7-9 p.m., Project OZ Adoptions, 10331 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk. 410-286-5454.

KIWANIS MEETING, of St. Mary's County, meets the first and third Tuesday of the month. 5:15 p.m. Ausley Associates, 46611 Corporate Dr., Lexington Park. 888-316-5679.

Wednesday 8

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, a program of Calvert Hospice for residents grieving a death. Bring a lunch. Noon-1 p.m., Olivet United Methodist Church, 13570 Olivet Rd., Lusby. Free. 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

SOYBEAN RUST UPDATE MEETING, sponsored by University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. Update on the status of soybean rust disease, control recommendations and management protocol. 7 p.m. Charlotte Hall Library, Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-934-5403.

Thursday 9

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS), a nonprofit weight-control support group, meets every Thursday. Weigh-in, 6-7 p.m.; support meeting, 7-8 p.m., Rock Church of Charles County, 6790 Crain Hwy., La Plata. 301-645-1050.

BINGO, every Thursday, sponsored by the American Legion Post 82 Auxiliary. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early-bird games, 7:15 p.m. 6330 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.

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