Thursday 6

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. 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.

ORGANIC GARDENING CLASS SERIES, taught by former Ecosystems farm manager Shane LaBrake, showing how to prepare a garden this fall for 2006. $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. 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 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.

RESEARCH BUS TRIP, sponsored by the St. Mary's Genealogical Society. The trip into the District will have stops at the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the DAR Library. Bus pickup at 7 a.m. at Bear Creek Barbeque in Callaway, 7:20 a.m. at McKay's Foodland in Leonardtown, 7:40 a.m. at McKay's Foodland in Charlotte Hall, and 8:20 a.m. at the Chuck E. Cheese's in Waldorf. $10 for members; $12 for non-members. 301-373-8458.

CALVERT COUNTY FLU CLINIC, the county Health Department recommends flu vaccinations for Calvert residents, especially those at high risk of complications from the flu, such as people 65 and older, adults with chronic illnesses, children 6-24 months old and women who will be pregnant December through April. Infants must be older than 6 months. 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $10 fee. 410-535-5400 or 310-855-1353, Ext. 349. www.calverthealth.org.

INSTRUCTOR RECRUITMENT FAIR, the Charles County Department of Community Services will recruit people to develop and teach programs in art, dance, cooking, music, sports and other areas of interest. 7-9 p.m. at the Mattawoman Community Center, 10145 Berry Rd., Waldorf. 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388; those with special needs call 800-735-2258. 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.

Friday 7

FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS, offered today through Sunday by Clinical Mobility. Cash, checks and major credit cards accepted. All participants must be at least 18 and must sign a consent form. Available during mall hours at St. Charles Towne Center, Center Court, 1110 Mall Circle Dr., Waldorf. $26 for flu shot; $36 for pneumonia shot; free with a valid Medicare card. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations can be made at www.clinicalmobility.com.

"HEALING ASPECTS OF GRIEF AND LOSS," workshop sponsored by Calvert Hospice and Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars, with seminars on child and adolescent grief, the depths and dynamics of adult grief, complicated grief and communicating effectively with the bereaved. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. $50. To register, call 301-855-1226 or 410-535-0892.

PITCH CARD PARTY, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary for players 16 and older. 7:30 p.m. at the rescue squad building, 28120 Old Flora Corner Rd., Mechanicsville. 301-884-4108.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BABY CONTEST, boys and girls, divided by gender, compete in the following age divisions: birth-7 months, 8-14 months, 15-23 months, 3-4 years and 5-6 years. 4:30 p.m. registration; 6 p.m. start. St. Charles Towne Center, 1110 Mall Circle Dr., Waldorf. $45 to enter age division; $5 to enter any of eight additional optional divisions. To register, call 877-330-2229.

Saturday 8

USED-BOOKS STORE, operated by the Citizens for Charles County Public Library. 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.

FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS, offered today through Sunday by Clinical Mobility. Cash, checks and major credit cards accepted. All participants must be at least 18 and must sign a consent form. Available during mall hours at St. Charles Towne Center, Center Court, 1110 Mall Circle Dr., Waldorf. $26 for flu shot; $36 for pneumonia shot; free with a valid Medicare card. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations can be made at www.clinicalmobility.com.

"TREATMENTS THAT IMPACT DEMENTIA," programs instructing how to care for someone with Alzheimer's disease, including information on diagnosis and the latest medications. 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Joseph A. Gilmore Adult Care Center, 608 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro. 800-272-3900.

RE-USE BARN, a selection of new and used items, including furniture, Christmas decorations, desks, appliances, exercise equipment, linens, toys, games, books, old records and collectibles. The service was created to keep usable items out of landfills. A reasonable donation is requested for some items; others are given away. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday at 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

FALL FEST VENDORS FAIR AND BAKE SALE, including merchandise from Mary Kay, Southern Living at Home, Learning Journey Toys, Terry's Village, Usborne Books, Longaberger and other vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Archbishop Neale School, 104 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata. 301-653-3714.

CAPITAL CLUBHOUSE EXPO, information on health, fitness, wellness and travel opportunities with giveaways and raffles. Noon-3 p.m. 3033 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf. Attendance, free; booths, $70. 301-932-4348. www.capitalclubhouse.com.

Sunday 9

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OPEN HOUSE, fire prevention literature, live demonstrations, refreshments and appearances from Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Service, 4095 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. Free. 301-753-9400 or 301-743-3900.

CHAPMAN STATE PARK OPEN HOUSE, The Southern Maryland Astrological Society conducts a daytime "star party" with safe viewing of the sun and the moon during daylight hours. There will also be indoor photographs, educational displays and a nature walk. Noon to 5 p.m. at Chapman State Park, Mount Aventine, 3925 Stony Point Pl., Indian Head. 301-753-6754 or www.chapmanforest.org.

FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS, offered by Clinical Mobility. Cash, checks and major credit cards accepted. All participants must be at least 18 and must sign a consent form. Available during mall hours at St. Charles Towne Center, Center Court, 1110 Mall Circle Dr., Waldorf. $26 for flu shot; $36 for pneumonia shot; free with a valid Medicare card. Walk-ins are accepted, but reservations can be made at www.clinicalmobility.com.

Monday 10

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.

RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC, monthly clinic held by the St. Mary's County Animal Welfare League. 6-8 p.m. at St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Route 5, Leonardtown. $10 per shot. 301-373-5659. To report a bite by any animal, call 301-475-8008.

Tuesday 11

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.

CHARLES COUNTY ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING, with featured speaker Orva Walker Heissenbuttel, who will be discussing American glass. 9:30 a.m. at the Social Services Building, 200 Kent Ave., La Plata. 301-743-3041.

Wednesday 12

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. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

CALVERT QUILT GUILD MEETING, the second Wednesday of every month. This month's featured speaker is Elizabeth Carlson, a quiltmaker, designer, teacher and author. She will give a presentation about her specialty applique and miniature quilts. 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Church St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-414-8153.

"IS STRESS MAKING ME FAT?" discussion about recent NIH research on the relationship between stress, cortisol and fat gain. There will also be demonstrations of relaxation exercises. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. $15. To register, call 888-332-4847.

CSM HEALTH AWARENESS FAIR, screenings, demonstrations, discussions, a blood drive and exhibits featuring mental and physical wellness. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, 115 Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 301-934-2251, Ext. 7563.

Thursday 13

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.

CALVERT COUNTY FLU CLINIC, the county Health Department recommends that anyone who wants to avoid getting the flu be vaccinated, including those at high risk for complications from flu, such as people 65 and older, adults with chronic illnesses, children 6-24 months and women who will be pregnant December through April. Infants must be older than 6 months. 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 W. Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. $10 fee. 410-535-5400 or 310-855-1353, Ex. 349. www.calverthealth.org.

SIBLING CLASS, to prepare children ages 2-8 for a new brother or sister. 10-11 a.m. at Civista Medical Center, 701 Charles St., La Plata. Free to moms who deliver at Civista. To register, call 888-332-4847.

ST. MARY'S ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING, with featured speaker Cristina Allen, a local artist, weaver and sheep raiser who will discuss traditional creation processes being lost to industrialization. 9:30 a.m. at the Leonardtown library, Community Room, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-5999 or 301-994-0379.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ST. MARY'S COUNTY MEETING, a state legislators meeting with Sen. Roy P. Dyson (D) and Dels. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D), Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert) and John F. Wood Jr. (D) to discuss the 2006 legislative session; a question-and-answer period follows. 7 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library, 21744 Coral Dr., Lexington Park. 301-863-8188.

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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