ST. MARY'S REPUBLICANS CLUB, meets the third Thursday of every month at the Republican headquarters of St. Mary's County, 23511 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Yearly membership fee is $15. 301-884-0678.
BINGO, every Thursday, sponsored by 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.
CRAB ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING, 6:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include a report on the 2005 crab harvest and recommendations for 2006 crab season regulations. Potomac River Fisheries Commission office, John T. Parran Hearing Room, 222 Taylor St., Colonial Beach, Va. 804-224-7148 or 800-266-3904.
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT, sponsored by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit cigarettes for at least one day, in the hope that they will stop permanently. The St. Mary's County Department of Social Services and St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown will distribute free quit kits and tobacco prevention education materials today. Subway restaurants in Leonardtown, California, Great Mills and Sans Souci Plaza will offer a free six-inch turkey sub in exchange for a pack of cigarettes today. 301-475-4346.
A COPING SKILLS TOOLBOX, 7:30-9 p.m. Techniques to help regain feelings of peace, calm, balance and relaxation during troubling times and to ease anger, fear, sadness and guilt. Southern Maryland Hospital Center, 7503 Surratts Rd., Clinton. $15. To register, call 301-292-5650.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ST. MARY'S COUNTY MEETING, 12:30 p.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of St. Mary's County public schools, will discuss his vision for the school system. St. Andrew's Church, St. Andrew's Church Road, California. Lunch, $12. To reserve, call 301-373-5691 by Monday.
CALVERT COUNTY FLU CLINIC, 5-8 p.m. The county Health Department is offering the flu vaccine to everyone; those at high risk for complications from the flu include people 65 and older, adults with chronic illnesses, children ages 6 months to 24 months and women who will be pregnant between December and April. Infants must be older than 6 months. Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, 10250 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk. $10. 410-535-5400 or 310-855-1353, Ext. 349, or www.calverthealth.org.
SOUTHERN MARYLAND SKI CLUB MEETING, 7 p.m. Open to people interested in skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports. Door prizes will be awarded, including lift tickets. SMECO building, 4415 Crain Hwy., White Plains. 301-274-9260 or www.southernmarylandskiclub.org.
MECHANICSVILLE VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD AUXILIARY AUCTION, doors open at 4:30 p.m., auction begins at 6 at the Mechanicsville Fire Department Social Hall, 28165 Hills Club Rd., Mechanicsville. Free. 301-884-8474 or 301-884-4108.
GENEALOGY CLASS, a discussion on how to use the census for research purposes. 9 a.m. at Leonardtown Branch library, 23250 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Free. Registration required. 301-475-2846 or www.stmalib.org.
FLU VACCINE CLINIC, open to St. Mary's County residents 3 and older. $10 donation will be accepted, but no one will be denied service because of inability to pay. Pneumonia vaccines also available. 1-5 p.m. at the St. Mary's County Health Department, 21580 Peabody St., Leonardtown. 201-475-4330.
ADULT COMPUTER CLASS, new users learn the terms, basic features and tasks of word processing. 2:30 p.m. at Lexington Park Branch library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188.
USED-BOOKS STORE, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., operated by the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library Inc. Book donations are welcome, and volunteers are needed. La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.
AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP, to search for wintering waterfowl and songbirds in the Mattawoman Natural Environment Area. It is recommended that participants bring a spotting scope. The group meets at 8 a.m. in the lower parking lot of Lackey High School, 3000 Chicamuxen Rd., Indian Head. Free. 301-843-3524.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S RETREAT FALL CRAFT FAIR, with a bake sale and a white elephant table. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park. 301-863-8500.
FRIENDS OF ST. MARY'S COUNTY LIBRARY FALL BRUNCH, with featured speaker Linda Reno, author of the photographic essay "St. Mary's County: Images of America." 10 a.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee. $13 per person. Registration required. 301-863-5275.
COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE, accepting new or used coats and blankets in good condition today and Sunday. Donations should be brought to the side entrance of the building. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. 410-326-3274.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS, a refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older. The course covers age-related physical changes, declining perceptual skills, rules of the road, local driving problems and license renewal requirements. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Civista Kent Avenue Building, Kent Ave., La Plata. Free. Registration required. 888-332-4847.
CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE, sponsored by the United Methodist Women with profits to be donated to the Global Missions project. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at La Plata United Methodist Church, 3 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata. Free. 301-934-6971.
FALL FLEA MARKET AND COMMUNITY JAMBOREE, with live music and an assortment of activities. Held rain or shine, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Mary's Church Hall, St. Mary's Church Road., Aquasco. Free to attend, $15 to rent a space. 301-888-2831.
LA PLATA COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, with a workshop to create a boxwood tabletop or a kissing ball. 11 a.m. at Christ Church, 112 E. Charles St., La Plata. $20. 301-868-9385.
RE-USE BARN, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday. 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. 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.
COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE, accepting new or used coats and blankets in good condition. Donations should be brought to the side entrance of the building. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at American Legion Post 274, 11820 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby. 410-326-3274.
FALL BREAKFAST AND CRAFT FAIR, buffet-style breakfast is sponsored by St. Michael's School and Ladies of Charity. Carryout service available. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Michael's School, 16560 Three Notch Rd., Ridge. $8, adults; $6, seniors; $4, ages 6-12; free, children younger than 5. 301-872-4225.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING, available on the first and third Monday of each month 1-3 p.m. at Civista Medical Center, 701 E. Charles St., La Plata. Registration not required. 301-609-4200.
BINGO, 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays. Features prizes and food. Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 3099 Livingston Rd., Bryans Road. Six cards, $13; 12 for $20; 18 for $23; early-bird special, six cards for $2, 12 for $3. 301-375-7055 or www.brvfd.com/bingo.htm.
ANIMALS IN WINTER, a program presented by the Charles County Humane Society showcasing the adaptations of local wildlife to survive cold weather. 11 a.m. at Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-5423 or 301-870-2015.
"HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER," a seminar designed to show the options available for protection from viruses and which programs are best to guard against them. 9:30-11 a.m. at Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Hwy., Jaycees Community Center, Waldorf. $5. 301-638-4420.
CHARLES COUNTY CHRISTMAS CONNECTION FOR THE CHILDREN, accepting monetary donations and new toys to provide to less fortunate children. Donations can be made Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. until Dec. 12 at the Children's Aid Society building, 3000 Huntington Cir., Waldorf. 301-645-1561 or 301-645-2207.
NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER MONTH, Amanda Wilcox from the Charles County Health Department discusses the popular food's many uses. 1 p.m. at Nanjemoy Senior Center, 4375 Port Tobacco Rd., Nanjemoy. Free. 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.
-- Compiled by MICHAEL TUNISON
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