Thursday 7

SMOKING-CESSATION PROGRAM, offered by the St. Mary's County Health Department and St. Mary's Hospital. Eight-week program. Participants must be 18 or older and residents of the county. 6-7 p.m. Health Department, 21580 Peabody St., Leonardtown. Free.

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. 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, 1 Calvert St., 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 8

BINGO, every Friday in the church hall. Refreshments available. For ages 8 and older. Doors open, 6 p.m.; early-bird games, 7 p.m.; regular games begin, 7:15 p.m. St. Ignatius Church, 8855 Chapel Point Rd., Port Tobacco. $20 covers admission and single game set of 28 games. 301-934-8245.

ABATE MEETING, St. Mary's County chapter of A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments meets on the second Friday of each month. 7:30 p.m. VFW Post 2632, Route 235, California. Free. 301-737-1287.

Saturday 9 DECORATIVE PAINTERS, the local chapter of the organization meets. Painting experience necessary. 9:30 a.m. Charlotte Hall Library, Charlotte Hall. Free. 301-884-2835, 301-743-5226 or 410-326-2576.

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.

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.

SMAWL PET ADOPTIONS, meet dogs and cats that need a good home. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary's Animal Welfare League, Loveville Road, just off Route 5 in Loveville. 240-725-0594 or www.smawl.org.

Monday 11

TALK OF THE TOWN TOASTMASTERS, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month. 11:45-12:45 p.m. Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-342-9094, 301-342-2367.

RABIES CLINIC, 6-8 p.m. Conducted by the St. Mary's County Animal Welfare League. Dogs should be leashed. Cats should be in carriers. Leonardtown fairgrounds, Route 5, Leonardtown. $10. 301-475-5059.

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 12 CSM OPEN HOUSE, learn about admissions, registration, financial assistance, credit and continuing education, courses, credit for previous courses, distance learning, returning adults program and earning a bachelor's degree. 6 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. 301-934-7765 or 240-725-5300 or visit www.csmd.edu.

ST. MARY'S KIWANIS CLUB, meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 5:15 p.m. Ausley Associates, 46611 Corporate Dr., Lexington Park. 888-316-5679.

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. Registration not required. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

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

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.

Thursday 14

CSM OPEN HOUSE, learn about admissions, registration, financial assistance, credit, continuing education, courses, credit for previous courses, distance learning, returning adults program and earning a bachelor's degree. 6 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-7765 or 240-725-5300 or visit www.csmd.edu.

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. 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. Rock Church of Charles County, 1 Calvert St., 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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