Thursday 13

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.

CALVERT COUNTY FLU CLINIC. The county's 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 expect to be pregnant between December and 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 301-855-1353, Ext. 349. www.calverthealth.org.

FIRE PREVENTION PROGRAM, discussion with Jeff Williams of the Indian Head Fire Department on fire-proofing the home. There will also be a fire drill. 11 a.m. at the Waldorf Senior Center, Jaycees Building, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. 301-638-4420.

DIPLOMA PROGRAM INFORMATION ORIENTATION. The Maryland External Diploma Program, an alternative to the GED exam for adults, offers programs including confidential appointments with tutors. Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. $200 for the eight-12 month program. 301-645-8765 or 301-870-7310.

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

ST. MARY'S ANTIQUE ARTS ASSOCIATION MEETING, with featured speaker Christina Allen. The local artist, weaver and sheep raiser will discuss how traditional creation processes are 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, a meeting with state Sen. Roy P. Dyson (D-St. Mary's) and Dels. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-St. Mary's), Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert) and John F. Wood Jr. (D-St.Mary's) to discuss the 2006 legislative session, with a question-and-answer period to follow. 7 p.m. at the Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., 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.

Friday 14

TRINITY CHURCH CARD PARTY, with games played. Refreshments available. Trinity Church, 9560 Trinity Church Rd., Newport. $5 per person. Call for time. 301-934-1173.

Saturday 15

USED-BOOKS STORE, operated by the Citizens for the 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.

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. at the Animal Rescue Center, Route 247, Loveville. 301-863-2632, 301-373-5659 or www.smawl.org.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR YARD SALE, hosted by the Humane Society of Charles County. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf. $10 to rent a table; free to attend. 301-645-8181.

ADULT COMPUTER CLASS, an introduction to basic features of programs as participants make presentations with images, animation and sound. 10 a.m. at Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

TEEN COMPUTER CLASS, an introduction to basic features of programs as participants make their own presentations with images, animation and sound. 2:30 p.m. at Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. To register, call 301-863-8188.

IDENTITY THEFT SEMINAR. Participants learn the signs of identity theft, steps to protect against it and what actions victims can take. 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. $31. 301-870-2309, Ext. 7521 for Charles County; 240-725-4599, Ext. 7521 for St. Mary's County; 443-550-6199, Ext. 7521 for Calvert County. www.csmd.edu/continuingeducation.

TEEN CAREER AWARENESS DAY, hosted by the Concerned Black Men of Calvert County. Teenagers at the event will have a chance to determine and develop their talents and career interests and speak directly with local professionals. 2-5 p.m. at Prince Frederick library, 30 Duke St., Prince Frederick. 410-414-5009.

"ON NOT BEING BLESSED WITH ABSOLUTE TRUTH," part of a series of forums and worship services on the question "Is Faith Possible in a Scientific Age?" Featured speaker will be evolutionary biologist and Episcopal layman Jeremy Ahouse. 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Community Network, 305 Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick. 410-414-9209 or 301-855-2929.

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 every Saturday 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. at 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

Sunday 16

BASKET BINGO, featuring Longaberger baskets as prizes. Doors open 1 p.m., games begin at 2 p.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea School, 6485 Indian Head Hwy., Indian Head. $20 for 15 regular games and four special games; $5 for each additional game. 301-743-9560.

FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR MILITARY VICTIMS OF KATRINA AND RITA, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Jameson-Harrison Post 238, with a performance by the Special Blend Band, raffles, face-painting, pumpkin-decorating and food. 1-5 p.m. at 6265 Brandywine Rd., Hughesville. $10, adults; $5, ages 9 to 15; free, ages 8 and younger. 202-689-7052 or 301-884-8549.

Monday 17

STROKE RECOVERY AND RISK REDUCTION, a seminar for recovering stroke patients and family members covering home safety, rehabilitation and risk factors. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of an occupational therapist, a physical therapist and a speech therapist. Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. Free. To register and for times, call 888-332-4847.

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT MEETING, a public informational meeting about a permit application to construct a road crossing and widen a road to serve a proposed Chesapeake Village residential development. 7 p.m. at Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 410-537-3671.

Tuesday 18

PHOTOSHOP CLASS, continuing education course for adults, in which participants learn how to import, enhance and size digital photos through Adobe Photoshop applications. Held 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown campus, 22950 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. $42; $32 for those older than 60. 240-725-5499.

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

CHARLES COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, meets 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of every month at the Family History Center, 4560 Padgett Rd., White Plains. Free; society membership is $10 per person, $15 per family. 301-870-4758.

Wednesday 19

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.

CALVERT LITTLE LEAGUE OFFICER ELECTION, to elect officers to coordinate the 2006 season. 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative building, 901 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. Parents of league players invited to attend. 410-586-3522 or www.ccall.org.

FAMILY HISTORY DAY, a chance to bring and share photos and stories of parents, grandparents and old homeplaces. 9 a.m. at Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. Mary Whalen of the Charles County Health Department shares information and resources to illustrate breast cancer risk factors that the average person can control. 11 a.m. at the Waldorf Senior Center, Jaycees Building, 3092 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-638-4420.

Thursday 20

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.

TUTORING WORKSHOP, a nine-hour training course for volunteers offered by the Charles County Literacy Council. Sessions held Thursday and Oct. 25 and 27. Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. 301-870-5974.

AUTISM-ASPERGER ASSOCIATION OF CALVERT MEETING, with featured speaker Robin Welsh, an attorney for Calvert County public schools. 7-9 p.m. County Services Plaza, Conference Room, 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. 410-326-6655 or www.asdcalvert.org.

FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES. Speaker Holly Garner of the Charles County Cooperative Extension Service discusses how to prevent food-borne illnesses. 1 p.m. at the Nanjemoy Senior Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. 301-246-9612 or 301-609-7639.

CALVERT COUNTY FLU CLINIC. The Calvert 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 expect to be pregnant between December and April. Infants must be older than 6 months. 8:30-11:30 a.m. at North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 8536 Bayside Rd., North Beach. $10 fee. 410-535-5400 or 310-855-1353, Ext. 349. www.calverthealth.org.

ST. MARY'S REPUBLICANS CLUB, monthly meeting is the third Thursday of every month at the Republican headquarters of St. Mary's County, 23511 Hollywood Rd. in Leonardtown. Yearly membership fee is $15. 301-884-0678.

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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