Thursday 23

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, available to all Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. Noon-1 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration not required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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 24

BASKET BINGO FOR HOSPICE, all proceeds benefit construction of the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. 3 p.m., doors open; 4 p.m., games begin. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $20. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-3767.

BINGO, hosted every Friday by St. Thomas Manor in the church hall, with a $500 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 25

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. Donations of items accepted. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by St. Nicholas Lutheran Church for the American Red Cross. Appointments available, and walk-ins welcome. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. St. Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown. 410-586-8490.

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.

PET ADOPTIONS, see dogs and cats that need a home. Sponsored by the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League. PetCo, Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 240-725-0594 or www.smawl.org.

BASKET BINGO, to benefit Christ Church Parish Aid Society outreach programs. Children must have their own ticket and be accompanied by an adult. Food and refreshments available from vendors. Doors open 5 p.m.; games start 6 p.m. Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., off Route 234, Chaptico. Table reservations for groups of six or more are available. 301-769-2161.

Monday 27

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.

TALK OF THE TOWN TOASTMASTERS, meets the second and fourth Monday of the month. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lexington Park library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-342-9094, 301-342-2367, chris.hicks@navy.mil or robert.zwissler@navy.mil.

Tuesday 28

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP, available to anyone in Calvert County caring for a loved one or friend with a chronic or terminal illness. 12:30-2 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. Registration is appreciated. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, available to Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. 5:30-7 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND CONCERT BAND REHEARSALS, open to musicians 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.

Wednesday 29

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

Thursday 30

DROP-IN GRIEF SUPPORT, available to Calvert County residents grieving the death of a loved one. Noon-1 p.m. Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick. Free. No registration required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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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