Thursday 8

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), 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.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FAIR, students, faculty and staff members at the College of Southern Maryland can find out about service-learning and other projects that are seeking volunteers for the fall semester and beyond. Door prizes will be awarded. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry, Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7766 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7766, or www.csmd.edu.

ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING, guest speaker Joel Goldstein brings 30 pieces from his collection of drinking vessels, showing examples of stoneware, glass, porcelain, pottery and pewter. This is a St. Mary's American Antique Arts Association meeting, but guests are welcome to this free event. 9:30 a.m., Leonardtown Library, Community Room, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-5959 or 301-994-0379.

Friday 9

BINGO, every Friday in the church hall for ages 8 and older. Refreshments available. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early-bird games, 7 p.m.; regular games, 7:15 p.m. St. Ignatius Church, 8855 Chapel Point Rd., Port Tobacco. Admission: $20. 301-934-8245.

HUMANE SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE, for people interested in joining the organization as a volunteer for various tasks. Tours of the facility will be given and refreshments provided. Open house held today, Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fishing Creek Kennels, 2210 Dalrymple Rd., Sunderland. 410-257-4908.

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 10

AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP, a half-day trip to Point Lookout State Park to observe the fall migration. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at the end of the facilities on Route 5. Point Lookout State Park, Route 5, Scotland. $2 fee for park admission. 301-862-9631.

FREE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING, conducted by the Southern Maryland Hospital Center. For men older than 40 who have not recently had this exam and are not currently under the care of a urologist. By appointment only, at Southern Maryland Hospital Center, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. 301-877-5700.

HUMANE SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE, for people interested in joining the organization as a volunteer for various tasks. Tours of the facility will be given and refreshments provided. Today and Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fishing Creek Kennels, 2210 Dalrymple Rd., Sunderland. 410-257-4908.

HOLLY ARBORETUM WORK DAY, volunteers needed to assist in preparing the arboretum for winter, by gardening, pruning, mulching and removing invasive plants. 9 a.m.-noon, 1920 Scientists Cliffs Rd., Port Republic. 410-586-1570 or www.acltweb.org.

INDOOR YARD SALE, 8 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 28297 Old Village Rd., Mechanicsville. For more information or to rent a table, call 301-884-2517.

CRAB CAKE AND HAM DINNER, with coleslaw, marinated carrots, green beans, potatoes, rolls and beverages. 3-6 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 7 Potomac Ave., Indian Head. $16 for adults; $8 for children 12 and younger; $1 extra for desserts. Dine in or carryout available. 301-392-9896.

USED-BOOKS 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.

Sunday 11

HUMANE SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE, for people interested in joining the organization as a volunteer for various tasks. Tours of the facility will be given and refreshments provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fishing Creek Kennels, 2210 Dalrymple Rd., Sunderland. 410-257-4908.

FLEA MARKET, sponsored by the La Plata Lions Club, every Sunday through October, weather permitting. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Charles County Courthouse parking lot, 200 Charles St., La Plata. Vendor fee, $10. 301-934-2134.

"WELCOME BACK SUNDAY," a worship service and potluck picnic. 10 a.m., Trinity Church, 9560 Trinity Church Rd., Newport. 301-934-1173.

Monday 12

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

REPUBLICAN WOMEN LEADERS OF CALVERT MEETING, with Calvert County Commissioner Susan Shaw as guest speaker. 7 p.m., Mamma Lucia Italian Restaurant, 10136 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk. For information or to RSVP, call 410-535-2898.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the La Plata Lions Club. 1-7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 6330 Crain Hwy., La Plata. Walk-ins welcome, but if you wish to make an appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE. For more information, call 301-934-1690.

RABIES CLINIC, held by the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League, 6-8 p.m. Dogs should be leashed and cats in carriers. Proof of a current vaccination required to receive a three-year rabies shot. All others will be given a one-year vaccination. St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Route 5, Leonardtown. $10 per shot. 301-373-5659 or www.smawl.org.

Tuesday 13

BOATING SAFETY COURSE, to provide information on how to choose a boat, what equipment is needed, operation procedure, required safety equipment, emergencies and federal and state legal requirements. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-07 will offer the eight-hour class, with four sessions and a test, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood fire station, 24801 Three Notch Rd., Hollywood. $20. 301-862-7284 or 301-737-0728.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP, held the second Tuesday of each month by Southern Maryland Hospital Center, in conjunction with the Prince George's County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Offers support and education to those affected by the mental illness of family members and friends. The free meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. 301-877-4456.

FREE TUTOR TRAINING, provided by the Calvert County Literacy Council, 6-9 p.m. with additional sessions at the same time Thursday and Sept. 20 and 21. Calvert Library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-535-3233 or 410-257-0082.

HUNTINGTOWN TRANSPORTATION STUDY, an open presentation on long-term solutions to traffic issues in the Huntingtown area. 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Huntingtown High School, 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. 410-535-1600, Ext. 2210.

BINGO, every Tuesday; features prizes and food. 7-10 p.m., Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 3099 Livingston Rd., Bryans Road. 301-375-7055.

Wednesday 14

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.

Thursday 15

ST. MARY'S LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING, with featured speaker Anne Johnston, executive director of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Church, Route 4 in California. Open to all, lunch provided for $12. To register, call 301-373-5691.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS), 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.

WATER AEROBICS, sponsored by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Group classes feature low-impact, stretching, cardiovascular and resistance exercises. Swimming ability not required, but participants must be comfortable in the water. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Lackey High School Indoor Pool, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd., Indian Head. $30 per course or $5 drop-in fee per class. 301-743-2470 or 301-753-6003.

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.

-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON

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