Thursday 22

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.

REVERSE MORTGAGES 101, seminar explaining how senior citizens can transform equity in their homes into tax-free income without selling the home, giving up the title or making monthly payments. 11 a.m. at Indian Head Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Sq., Indian Head. 301-743-2125.

GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP, sponsored by the Black Leadership Council for Excellence, the workshop is meant to assist minority community and religion-based organizations with the basics of writing proposals for funding grants. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Health Partners Center, 3070 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. For more information or to register, call 301-392-1775.

GIRL SCOUTS INFORMATION SESSION, offering information about joining the Girl Scouts or volunteer opportunities with the organization. 7 p.m. at Lexington Park library, 21477 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-449-5732.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FOCUS GROUP, conducted by the Charles County Health Department and Civista Medical Center to gather input, reaction and advice about the county's health needs and ideas for improvement. 6:30-8 p.m. at the Department of Health, 4545 Crain Hwy., White Plains. To RSVP, call 301-609-4415.

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 23

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. $20 admission. 301-934-8245.

SMALL-BUSINESS SUMMIT, presented by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County and the Governor's Office of Business Advocacy. Designed to help small-business owners, particularly women and minorities, gather valuable information about state certification and procurement programs, business licensing requirements, banking and micro-loan opportunities, and free business resources available from state and local organizations. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, 115 Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. $15 cost includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register, call 866-517-0477.

CAFE ALL SAINTS, coffeehouse venue and showcase for local youth music groups. Doors open at this adult-supervised event at 7 p.m., with music from 7:30 to 10 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, Routes 2 and 4, Sunderland. Admission is $2 or a donation of two canned goods. For more information or to register for performances, call 410-257-6306. www.allsaints1692.org.

Saturday 24

PET ADOPTION, held by the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League. Dogs and cats available for adoption will be on hand. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., BAE Building parking lot, Route 235 at Town Creek Drive, California. 301-863-2632, 301-373-5659 or www.smawl.org.

AUTUMN FEST AND QUILT SHOW, held rain or shine 11 a.m.-6 p.m. by Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. There will be a crab cake and fried chicken dinner, $15 for adults; $7 for children 7 to 12 years; free for children 6 and younger. A yard sale and silent auction follows the dinner and quilt show at 7 p.m. 410-586-1716.

2005 HOME BUSINESS TRADE FAIR, presentation by home-based businesses to those interested in starting their own. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388 or visit www.charlescounty.org/cs.

MAMA LINDA'S BAKED ZITI LUNCHEON, with salad, green beans, Italian bread, root beer floats, iced tea, soda and desserts, to benefit the Calvert County Office on Aging Nutrition Program. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 W. Dares Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

KOREAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND MEETING, the first general membership meeting and fundraising gala at 7 p.m. The group hopes to organize, provide leadership for and educate members to engage in increased levels of civic participation. Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. $35 for dinner and entertainment. 703-507-4492.

BASKET BINGO, doors open at 6 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. The games benefit the Thomas Stone High School Poms and Dance Team Booster Club. Food available. 20 regular games, specials, door prizes and a raffle for $20. Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. 301-843-2420.

AUTUMN LEAVES BASKET BINGO, presented by the Episcopal Church Women. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee. Food and drinks also available for purchase. $20 per person for 20 games; $5 each additional set; $1 each for special games. 301-862-3268 or 301-994-1144.

AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP, a half-day trip to observe late fall migrants at King's Landing Park, 3255 King's Landing Rd., Huntington. Attendees should meet the group leader at the park entrance gate at 8 a.m. Free. 301-862-9631.

SISTERS LIFTING SISTERS CONFERENCE, held by the nonprofit organization known as "The Power of God's Healing" 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Calvary Gospel Church, 11150 Berry Rd., Waldorf. $70 registration fee, includes catered breakfast and lunch, a conference packet and a tote bag. 301-919-5619.

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 25

HUMANE SOCIETY VACCINE AND MICRO-CHIPPING CLINIC, rabies and distemper vaccine and micro-chipping clinic for pets, 1-3 p.m. $7 per rabies shot; $12 for distemper shot; $20 for animal micro-chipping. Dogs must be on leashes; cats and ferrets must be in carriers. Charles County Humane Society, 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. County dog licenses available for spayed or neutered dogs for $2 apiece; $15 for non-spayed, non-neutered dogs. 301-645-8181 or www.humanesocietycc.org.

"5:03 -- NOT WORSHIP AS USUAL," live music and video-projected images in a celebration of faith beginning at 5:03 p.m. in the parish hall. Light fare provided, and a fellowship to follow the service. All Saints Episcopal Church, Routes 2 and 4, Sunderland. 410-257-6306 or www.allsaints1692.org.

Monday 26

LINUX USER GROUP MONTHLY MEETING, computer science faculty member Simon Read presents a lecture, "Why Linux?," with a discussion to follow. 5-6 p.m. at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Schaefer Hall 165, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-4476.

Tuesday 27

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.

"PLANNING AHEAD: FUTURE FINANCES AND SUPPORTS," guest speaker Joann Wood addresses the process of setting up a special needs trust fund for children with disabilities, legal guardianship and power of attorney. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lexington Park library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-863-4069.

SEE-THROUGH COMPUTER LESSON, participants can observe the workings of a CPU with the transparent module and remove components from a sample computer. Information will be available about other continuing education courses offered in the information technology field. 1-3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, Room BI-101, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7557.

PATUXENT PARTNERSHIP "ALL HANDS" MEETING, Karen Holcomb, Naval Air Systems Command's assistant commander for corporate operations, will discuss the Navy's Human Capital Strategy, and Bob Allen, Patuxent Partnership's board president, will discuss new initiatives for the organization. 7:30 a.m. Wyle Laboratories Inc., Aerospace Group, 22300 Exploration Dr., Lexington Park. Registration is required and can be done at www.paxriver.org.

Wednesday 28

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

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 29

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.

SEE-THROUGH COMPUTER LESSON, participants can observe the workings of a CPU with the transparent module and remove components from a sample computer. Participants may also learn about other continuing education courses offered in the information technology field. 9-11 a.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, 115 Williams Rd. Prince Frederick. 1-3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, C Building Lounge, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 443-550-6024 for the Prince Frederick campus; 240-725-5320 for the Leonardtown campus.

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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