Thursday 29

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.

SEE-THROUGH COMPUTER LESSON, participants can observe the workings of a CPU with a transparent module and remove components from a sample computer. Participants may also learn about continuing education courses in information technology. 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.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND CONSERVATION PUBLIC FORUM, speakers discuss ways to decrease dependency on foreign oil and how to reduce the cost of home heating and fuel for vehicles. Refreshments will be served. 7-9 p.m., Northern Senior Center, Route 5, Charlotte Hall. 301-472-4279.

"JUST THE FACTS ABOUT WASHINGTON, D.C.," author Abe Kennedy presents a program of interesting little-known tidbits about the nation's capital. 11 a.m., Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

DOMINO TOURNAMENT, a contest to make the best track of dominoes; winner receives a trophy. Walk-ins welcome. 10:30 a.m., Nanjemoy Senior Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. 301-246-9612 or 301-609-7639.

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 30

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.

Saturday 1

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.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION MEMORY WALKS, two charity walks to benefit the organization's National Capital Area Chapter. Walkers can take one-mile or three-mile routes. 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start at Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata; 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start at Asbury-Solomons Island, 11100 Asbury Cir., Solomons. Free; donations welcome. 800-272-3900 or memorywalkNCA.kintera.org.

HOME AND HARVEST AUCTION, hosted by the Loveville Produce Auction House, 40454 Bishop Rd., Loveville. 9 a.m. A wholesale auction of fall produce, cornstalks, handmade crafts, firewood and lawn furniture.

GOSPEL JUBILEE BENEFIT CONCERT, to support the Hospice of Charles County. Performances by Elvis impersonator Michael Hoover, bluegrass group Sonrise, singer-songwriter Butch Hunt, the Oak Grove Quartet, vocalist Jimmy Passwaters, Greg Floberg and humorist Frank Shelton. Two shows; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Charles County Government Building Auditorium, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata. 301-934-8186 or 301-934-1268.

HEALTHY FAMILIES YARD SALE AND HEALTH FAIR, information on a variety of topics and resources that will encourage young families to make smart decisions in such areas as menu planning, meal preparation, quitting smoking, parenting, communicating with children and highway safety. 8 a.m.-noon at the Patrick Jarboe Education Center, 2161 Lexwood Dr., Lexington Park. 301-475-4380.

KAMP A-KOM-PLISH BENEFIT, a dinner theater, afternoon tea and silent auction, with all proceeds going to the sleep-away camp for children with and without disabilities. Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church and School, the Crossing at Casey Jones and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Noon. Grace Lutheran Church and School, 1200 Charles St., La Plata. Prices vary on events. 301-932-0963 or 301-934-3806, Ext. 108.

CHARLES COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER OPEN HOUSES, information available on programs and events. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hanson Community Center, 12350 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf; Mattawoman Community Center, 10145 Berry Rd., Waldorf; Piccowaxen Community Center, 12834 Rock Point Rd., Newburg; Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata; Stoddert Community Center, 2040 St. Thomas Dr., Waldorf; and Wade Community Center, 5000 Smallwood Dr., Waldorf. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Those with special needs should call 800-735-2258. www.charlescounty.org/cs.

Sunday 2

AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP, a half-day trip to Indian Creek Natural Resource Management Area, Route 231, Benedict, where forest, field, swamp and tidal water habitats support sparrows, hawks and marsh birds. Participants should meet at the Natural Resource Management Area parking lot at 8 a.m. Free. 301-274-5756.

FALL DINNER, held by St. Mary's Church, Newport, 11555 St. Mary's Church Rd., Charlotte Hall. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Serving ham, chicken and oysters prepared by Thompson's Seafood. Carryout available. Adults, $18; children 6-12, $12; children younger than 6, free. 301-934-8825.

MARYLAND NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY EVENT, removing invasive non-native plants from Ruth Swann Park and Chapman Forest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants should bring, gloves, water and a lunch. Durable long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended. Indian Head Highway, Bryans Road. 301-283-0808.

Monday 3

HEALTH EXPO, information on the College of Southern Maryland's allied health programs, breast cancer awareness, smoking cessation, blood pressure screenings, massage therapy and community health resources. 3-5 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus Wellness Center, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-934-2251, Ext. 7563.

VASCULAR DISEASE SEMINAR, hands-on displays, a learning lab and a question-and-answer period on vascular disease, which can occur after a buildup of plaque in the arteries surrounding the heart. Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. To register, call 888-332-4847.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING, available on the first and third Monday of each month. 1-3 p.m. Civista Medical Center, 701 E. Charles St., La Plata. Registration is not required. 301-609-4200.

Tuesday 4

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. 410-326-5117.

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 5

AUDUBON SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING, society member George Jett shows digital photos documenting peak migration in the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. 7:30 p.m. Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., Indian Head. 301-862-9631.

DIGITAL AUDIOBOOKS WORKSHOP, information session to familiarize people with a new service offered by the Calvert Library in which patrons can download audiobooks from home. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 301-855-1862 or 410-535-0291.

BOATING SAFETY COURSE, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-06, offers eight lessons beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday and ending Nov. 30. Calvert High School, 600 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $30 for course manual. 410-535-0450, 410-535-1674 or www.cgaux.org.

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 6

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.

ORGANIC GARDENING CLASS SERIES, taught by former Ecosystems Farm manager Shane LaBrake; will show how to prepare a garden for next year. $100 for the series. Class also meets Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Accokeek Foundation Education Building in Piscataway Park, 4300 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Class space is limited; registration is required. To register, call 301-283-2113, Ext. 28, or visit www.accokeek.org.

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary at the Leonardtown firehouse, 22733 Lawrence Ave., Leonardtown. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m. No children permitted without ticket and an accompanying adult. $20 per person; additional games $5 each. 301-475-8373 or 301-475-8996.

CALVERT COUNTY FLU CLINIC, the county health department recommends that residents be vaccinated, especially those at high risk for complications from flu, such as people 65 and older, adults with chronic illnesses, children 6-24 months old and women who will be pregnant. Infants must be older than 6 months. December through April. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $10. 410-535-5400 or 310-855-1353, Ext. 49. www.calverthealth.org.

INSTRUCTOR RECRUITMENT FAIR, the Charles County Department of Community Services will be recruiting people to develop and instruct programs in art, dance, cooking, music, sports and other areas of interest. 7-9 p.m. Mattawoman Community Center, 10145 Berry Rd., Waldorf. 301-934-9305, 301-870-3388 or 800-735-2258 for those with special needs, and www.charlescounty.org/cs.

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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