Thursday 8

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.

DIPLOMA PROGRAM ORIENTATION, the Maryland External Diploma Program, an alternative to the GED exam for adults, includes confidential appointments with tutors. 6 p.m., Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Program is eight to 12 months long. $200. 301-645-8765 or 301-870-7310.

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

Friday 9

CHARLES COUNTY CHRISTMAS CONNECTION FOR THE CHILDREN, accepting monetary donations and new toys for needy children. Donations can be made 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through Monday. Children's Aid Society building, 3000 Huntington Cir., Waldorf. 301-645-1561 or 301-645-2207.

ADULT COMPUTER CLASS, a workshop on the basics of the Publisher computer software program. 2:30 p.m., Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188.

DIPLOMA PROGRAM ORIENTATION, the Maryland External Diploma Program, an alternative to the GED exam for adults, includes confidential appointments with tutors. 9 a.m., Lifelong Learning Center, 12300 Vivian Adams Dr., Waldorf. Program is eight to 12 months long. $200. 301-645-8765 or 301-870-7310.

Saturday 10

USED-BOOKS STORE, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., operated by the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library Inc. Book donations and volunteers are welcome. La Plata library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata. 301-934-9001.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY, sponsored by the St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners, through the Department of Public Works and Transportation, solid waste division. County residents are encouraged to clean out their houses to discard possibly toxic products such as pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, paint, solvents and thinners, caustic cleaners, pool and lawn care chemicals, pet care products, fungicides, herbicides, batteries, thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosol cans, gasoline, kerosene and other fuels. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Landfill, 44825 St. Andrew's Church Rd., California. 301-863-8400.

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 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. 3810 Renner Rd., Waldorf. 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

KIDS' COMPUTER CLASS, learn the basics of the Publisher computer software program while making holiday greeting cards and bookplates, for ages 7-10. 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Lexington Park library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park. Free. Registration required. 301-863-8188.

MY SISTER'S KEEPER GIFT-WRAPPING FUNDRAISER, members of the nonprofit organization, which promotes high moral and ethical standards, unity and friendship among all women, will wrap gifts to raise money for the organization's scholarship fund and the Simon Youth Foundation. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., St. Charles Towne Center, near Hecht's and Old Navy stores, 11100 Mall Circle Dr., Waldorf. 240-346-8532. www.mysisters-keeper.org.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, vendors and crafters. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Clinton United Methodist Church, 10700 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-1281.

INDOOR YARD SALE, 8 a.m., Immaculate Conception Church Hall, Old Route 5, Mechanicsville. Free. 301-884-2517.

HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, sponsored by the Northern Music Boosters. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. $30 per space for crafters. 301-855-3985.

Sunday 11

SMALLWOOD HOUSE TOURS, costumed docents give tours of Gen. William Smallwood's Retreat House, which will feature Colonial Christmas decorations. There will be candlelight tours at dusk with refreshments and a bonfire. 1-7 p.m., Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. Free. 301-743-7613 or 301-743-3048.

TRINITY CHURCH ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS, lessons and song based on the traditional candlelight festival at King's College, Cambridge. 4 p.m., Trinity Church, across from St. Mary's Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. Free. 301-862-4597.

Monday 12

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

CHARLES COUNTY CHRISTMAS CONNECTION FOR THE CHILDREN, accepting monetary donations and new toys for needy children. Donations can be made 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through Monday, Children's Aid Society building, 3000 Huntington Cir., Waldorf. 301-645-1561 or 301-645-2207.

Tuesday 13

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. Prizes and food. Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 3099 Livingston Rd., Bryans Road. 301-375-7055.

Thursday 15

ST. MARY'S REPUBLICANS CLUB, meets on the third Thursday of every month at Republican Party headquarters of St. Mary's County, 23511 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown. Annual membership, $15. 301-884-0678.

UNITED WAY OF CALVERT COUNTY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, to celebrate the season with the community, with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music. 5-8 p.m., 530 Main St., Prince Frederick. Free. 410-286-0100.

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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