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.

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.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISCUSSION. The featured speaker, state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), discusses issues facing the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, with attention to the environment, education and judicial issues as well as the 2006 elections. 4:30 p.m. in the Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4381.

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 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. 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. For information about times, call 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.

Friday 21

MEN AND DEPRESSION. Psychologist Christopher Kilmartin lectures about diagnosis and treatment of depression in men, and why depression is more frequently diagnosed in women than in men. 4 p.m. in Cole Cinema, Campus Center, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4381.

FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS, offered Friday 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.

Saturday 22

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.

FALL YARD SALE, held rain or shine 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1250 Emmanuel Church Rd., Huntingtown. 410-535-3177.

FALL CRAFT FAIR, hosted by the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, with baked goods and other food for sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the La Plata Firehouse, 911 Washington Ave., La Plata. Suggested $1 donation at the door.

RE-USE BARN, a selection of new and used items, including furniture, Christmas decorations, desks, appliances, exercise equipment, linens, toys, games, books, old records, collectibles and more. 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.

"THE HORROR WE CRAVE," a lecture by Robert Kachur, an assistant professor of literature at McDaniel College, explores the horror genre, which often reflects authors' anxieties about sexuality, the unconscious mind and other concerns. Presented by the Maryland Humanities Council. 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Charles Street, La Plata. 410-685-4186 or www.mdhc.org.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP, to the Aquasco Farm and Milltown Landing in Prince George's County to observe animals along the Patuxent River in a varied habitat. Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the MVA Mattawoman-Beantown Park and Ride, Route 205. Free. 410-721-1744.

FLU SHOTS, provided by the Chesapeake-Potomac Home Health Agency staff at Civista Medical Center, 701 E. Charles St., La Plata. From 8 a.m. to noon, for ages 18 and older. $20 for the shot, free with valid Medicaid or Medicare/Part B cards. Appointments are required. To schedule, call 888-332-4847.

SCIENCE AND FAITH, continuing series of talks and alternative worship services sponsored by Bay Presbyterian Church. Led by the Rev. Laura Collins, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Community Network building, 305 Prince Frederick Blvd., Prince Frederick. 410-414-9209 or www.baypresbyterianchurch.org.

BREASTFEEDING BASICS, nutrition tips and information on breastfeeding, including medical benefits. A registered dietitian and board-certified lactation consultant will be present to answer questions. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. $10 a couple. To register, call 888-332-4747.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP, education and support group for anyone with Parkinson's disease as well as friends and family members. 2-4 p.m. at the Civista Medical Center, cafeteria, 701 E. Charles St., La Plata.

POLICE AND COMMUNITY UNITED TOGETHER DAY, featuring a bicycle rodeo, antique police vehicles, hearing and vision tests, and building tours. Sponsored by the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack. Calvert County Sheriff's Office, 30 Church St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-2800.

FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS, offered Saturday and 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.

Sunday 23

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.

"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.

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 24

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

RELIEVING STRESS WITH ACUPUNCTURE, Instructor and licensed acupuncturist Anne C. Crowley displays the restorative properties of the practice. 7-8:30 p.m. Civista Women's Health Center, 3510 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. $15. 888-332-4847.

LINUX USER GROUP MONTHLY MEETING, programmer and 2003 SMCM alum Blair Kitchen speaks on open-source software, its use in industry settings and the difference between open-source software and shareware and freeware. 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 25

EDUCATION AND CAREER DAYS, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Local college and university representatives visit the college fair with information about programs and degree courses. Patuxent Naval Air Station, Building 2185, Route 235, Lexington Park. Free. 301-737-2500, Ext. 204.

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 26

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION MEETING, held by Chapter 1972 of Waldorf and La Plata and Chapter 126 of Western Charles County and Indian Head, to discuss benefit and premium changes in health plans for federal employee and annuitants to take effect in 2006. 1 p.m. at Potomac Heights Community Center, Glynmont Road and Cedar Lane, Indian Head. 301-609-9619.

EDUCATION AND CAREER DAYS, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. College and university representatives visit the college fair with information on programs and degree courses. Patuxent Naval Air Station, Building 2272, Route 235, Lexington Park. Free. 301-737-2500, Ext. 204.

Thursday 27

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.

SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP, an overview of the programs offered through the Social Security Administration and who is eligible. 7-8:30 p.m. at the Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. Free. To RSVP, call 301-932-6679. www.charlescounty.org/cs.

EDUCATION AND CAREER DAYS, college and university representatives visit the college fair with information about programs and degree courses. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Patuxent Naval Air Station, Building 2187, Route 235, Lexington Park. Free. 301-737-2500, Ext. 204.

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 expect to be pregnant between December and April. Infants must be older than 6 months. 5-8 p.m. at Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Route 4 north, Prince Frederick. $10. 410-535-5400 or 310-855-1353, Ext. 349. www.calverthealth.org.

LITERACY TUTORING WORKSHOP, a nine-hour training course for volunteers offered by the Charles County Literacy Council. Sessions held Tuesday and Oct. 27. Waldorf. 301-870-5974.

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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