Thursday 1

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.

SOUTHERN MARYLAND CROPS CONFERENCE, an opportunity for those involved in agriculture to meet and discuss common problems and hear from speakers about the latest in agricultural production and management. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 45 St. Patricks Dr., Waldorf. $5. 301-475-4484 or 301-753-8195. For special assistance, call 301-934-5403.

"INTRODUCTION TO E-MAIL," an adult computer class in which new users set up accounts and send and receive messages to learn the rudiments of e-mail. 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. 301-863-8188.

CHARLES COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL MEETING, active and inactive tutors, non-tutor volunteers and students are invited to attend. 7 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. 301-870-5974.

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION MEETING, the Western Charles County and Indian Head Chapter 126 meets at 1 p.m. at the Potomac Heights Community Center, Glynmont Road and Cedar Lane, Indian Head. Entertainment provided by the Charles County Senior Show Troupe. Free. 301-743-9445.

CALVERT COUNTY HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION PROGRAM, an illustrated presentation from Howard Wellman, a professional objects conservator, about caring for and repairing historic gravestones. 7 p.m. at Mount Olive United Methodist Church, 811 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-1600, Ext. 2504.

Friday 2

CHARLES COUNTY CHRISTMAS CONNECTION FOR THE CHILDREN, accepting monetary donations and new toys to provide to less fortunate children. Donations can be made 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday until Dec. 12. at the Children's Aid Society building, 3000 Huntington Cir., Waldorf. 301-645-1561 or 301-645-2207.

SMCM BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING, quarterly meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the Jarrod Aldom '97 Lounge on the first floor of the Campus Center. St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 240-895-4208.

"CARING FOR YOUR COMPUTER," an adult computer class providing practical knowledge about external and internal computer maintenance. 2:30 p.m. at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Registration required. Free. 301-863-8188.

PITCH CARD PARTY, sponsored by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary for pitch players 16 and older. 7:30 p.m. at the rescue squad building, 28120 Old Flora Corner Rd., Mechanicsville. $5, includes refreshments. 301-884-4108.

PIZZA AND PICTURES WITH SANTA, a professional photographer will be taking pictures of children with Santa, with pizza and crafts available. For ages 2-10. 6 p.m. at Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby. $12. 410-586-1101.

Saturday 3

CALVERT FLU VACCINATION CLINIC, the final clinic held during the 2005-06 flu season by the county Health Department. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Route 4 north, Prince Frederick. $10 for the flu shot, free for children who live in Calvert County. 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 1353.

CALVERT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY TOWN MEETING, the first of three planned meetings to discuss issues anticipated in the 2006 election. A panel of Democrats lead the discussion of topics, including transportation, economic development, taxes, zoning, education, housing, the environment and public safety. Holiday Inn, 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons. 410-326-3037.

HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Calvert Country School, 1350 Dares Beach Rd., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-7300.

BOY SCOUT TOY DRIVE, Troop 1321 collects toys to benefit the Charles County Christmas Connection program. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 11930 Acton Lane, Waldorf. 301-645-1561.

CRAFT FAIR, with 32 tables of crafts, a bake table and lunch options. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 201 St. Mary's Ave., La Plata. Free. 301-934-1366.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND AUCTION, crafts, wreaths, boutique, bake table, raffle, food, children's game room and an auction at noon. St. Mary's School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 13735 Notre Dame Pl., Bryantown. Free admission. 301-932-6883.

RESEARCH BUS TRIP, sponsored by the St. Mary's County 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 nonmembers. 301-373-8458.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, with children's crafts, holiday stories, hayrides, caroling pictures with Santa's "horse-deer" as well as musical and theatrical performances by local acts. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Greenwell Foundation, 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. Free. 301-373-9775.

YARD SALE, held by the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad. 7 a.m.-noon at the rescue squad building, 28120 Old Flora Corner Rd., Mechanicsville. $10 for table rental, free admission. 301-884-5428.

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.

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.

Sunday 4

BASKET BINGO, hosted by the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. Doors open at 2 p.m., games start at 3 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have an admission ticket. Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 21660 Colton Point Rd., Avenue. $15 per person, $5 for additional packets, $1 each for specials. To reserve a table, call 301-769-2654 or 301-769-3382.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, sponsored by the Humane Society of Charles County. $35 to rent 6-by-6-foot space and $8 to rent 2-by-6-foot table. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf. To make a reservation, call 301-645-1063, Ext. 3, or visit

ST. GEORGE ISLAND HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, a tour of nine diverse island homes, a Chesapeake skipjack wooden boat, St. Francis Xavier Church, and a tasting at the Bear Creek on the Half Shell restaurant. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. starting at 16940 Piney Point Rd., St. George Island. $30 for an individual ticket, $25 each when buying two or more. 301-994-2765.

GIRL SCOUT TOY DRIVE, Troop 2824 collects toys to benefit the Charles County Christmas Connection program. 2-4 p.m. at AMF Waldorf Lanes, 11920 Acton Lane, Waldorf. 301-645-1561.

BASKET BINGO, featuring Longaberger baskets. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., early-bird games begin at 1:30 p.m., regular games at 2 p.m. at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Barstow. $20 for 20 regular games, $5 for early-bird and extra packets, $1 for specials. 410-586-2543.

Monday 5

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 is not required. 301-609-4200.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, sponsored by the La Plata Lions Club. Walk-ins welcome. 1-7 p.m. at American Legion Post 82, 6330 Crain Hwy., La Plata. 301-934-1690.

Tuesday 6

ST. MARY'S KIWANIS CLUB, 5:15 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Ausley Associates, 46611 Corporate Dr., Lexington Park. 410-326-5117.

BINGO, 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays. Features prizes and food. Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 3099 Livingston Rd., Bryans Road. 301-375-7055.

CSM COLLEGE STORE HOLIDAY BAZAAR, reduced prices on gifts, with holiday items from local craftspeople and artisans, holiday and children's books. Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The full event is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus, College Store, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-7560 or 301-870-2309, Ext. 7570.

Wednesday 7

SOUTHERN MARYLAND AUDUBON SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING, author Daphne Gemmill discusses her experiences observing rare endemic birds, snow leopards and other indigenous animals in the central Tibetan plateau and the book that followed, "Birding the Roof of the World in Tibet." 7:30 p.m. at Potomac Branch library, 3225 Ruth B. Swain Dr., Indian Head. Free. 301-862-9631.

"THE LEGAL BASIS FOR INCLUSION: WHAT THE IDEA REALLY MEANS," presented by the Parents' Place of Maryland and the Learning Disabilities Association of St. Mary's County. A program that defines inclusion of students with disabilities, explains the history of school policy dealing with disabled students and strategies for designing inclusive individual education programs for students. 6-8 p.m. at the St. Mary's County Governmental Center, Russell Room, 23110 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown. Free. Reservations required. 301-884-4662.

ST. MARY'S GIRLS' LACROSSE LEAGUE MEETING, an informal meeting to present information and discuss resources needed to start a girls' lacrosse league in Charles County. Those interested in assisting, playing or officiating are encouraged to attend. 6-8 p.m. at the Department of Community Services building, 8190 Port Tobacco Rd., La Plata. 301-934-0105 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5105.

Thursday 8

DIPLOMA PROGRAM INFORMATION ORIENTATION, The Maryland External Diploma Program, an alternative to the GED exam for adults, offers programs including confidential appointments with tutors. 6 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. $200 for the eight-12 month program. 301-645-8765 or 301-870-7310.

COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME INFORMATION SESSION, for those interested in pursuing the college's master of arts in management degree with concentrations in marketing and public relations management. 4-7 p.m. at Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Rd., California. Free. To register, call 301-737-2500, Ext. 306.

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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