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August 17th Events

The Bay District Volunteer Fire Department will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on August 17th at Station 3 on South Shangri La Drive in Lexington Park. Adults are $10, Children 6-12 $5 and children Under 5 are Free. The menu includes Spaghetti, Meatballs, Vegetarian Meatballs, Salad, Bread and Gluten free noodles available. More info at www.bdvfd.org

August 18th Events

Friday August 18th is Karaoke at the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach. Join us for a good time from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206 in the Lower Level Lounge. No cover charge.  The Post is located at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach.  Public welcome. Questions may be directed to 410-257-9878 http://www.ALPost206.Org

 

Blood Drive:  The Leonardtown Lions Club, in coordination with the American Red Cross, will hold a blood drive on Friday, August 18th, from 08:30am to 2:00pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church located at 44078 St Andrews Church Road, California, MD.  To make a reservation call 1-(800) RED CROSS.  Give the gift of life!

 

The Calvert Marine museum will be having a What Floats Your Boat? Day Camp on Friday, August 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m for Children entering grades 1 – 3. Kids will enjoy a nautical day at the Calvert Marine Museum. Be the captain of your own toy boat! We will splash, dash, and craft our way through a creative day of outdoor water play. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Fee: $15 members/$20 nonmembers. Register online at http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/442/Day-Camps.
August 19th Events
The Southern Maryland Velocity Fast Pitch Softball organization will be holding open tryouts for the 2017-18 season for age groups 10,12,14,16,18U. We are also looking for Managers and Coaches for all age groups. Tryouts are Saturday, Aug. 5th, 12th & 19th (if needed) and the rain dates are Sunday, Aug. 6th,13th & 20th respectively and located at 5th District Park, 37880 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Tryout times are: 10U, 10am-11am, 12U 11:30am-12:30pm, 14U 1pm-2:30pm, 16/18U 3pm-4:30pm.  
Players should arrive 15-20 min. early to register, stretch and warm up before tryouts begin. Private tryouts are available upon request.
Interested coaches should fill out the Manager application form and interested players should fill out the tryout registration form - both are found on our welcome page or under online forms. For more information you can visit our web site at www.smdvelocity.org or email smdvelocity@aol.com. There will also be a free general skills clinic, Sat. Aug. 12th from 9-10am.  Clinic particpants will need to fill out a registration form on the welcome page of our web site.
 
The Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will be having our next Screen on the Green featuring TROLLS on Saturday August 19.  Doors open at 7PM and the movie will start about 8:15.  Admission is free.  Concessions available.  Bring your chairs and blankets.
 
Calvert Library is hosting a Virtual Reality Roadshow!  Visit the library in Prince Frederick on Saturday, August 19, from 10am to 1pm to try out a variety of virtual reality platforms. There will be librarians on hand to hear what your thoughts are on other VR opportunities you would like to see Calvert Library offer! Immersive learning has always been the most effective means of gaining knowledge but it hasn’t been the safest…you wouldn’t want a surgeon-in-training’s first incision to be in your abdomen…or a pilot’s first landing to be in a Boeing 747 full of passengers.  VR is allowing immersive training without putting anyone at risk. What can you see for the future of VR?  Come to the Roadshow to get your imagination revving! For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291. 
 
Come shop the Coastal Arts Market and support the local artists and crafters of Southern Md. You'll find handcrafted items at affordable prices made by some of Southern Maryland's best local artists and craftsmen. The Coastal Arts market is now located at the beautiful Leonardtown Wharf, 22510 Washington St., Leonardtown, MD. Market date, August 19th, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If you would like to participate in the market spaces are available, for more info go to coastalartsmarket.com and like them on Facebook. 
 
Come join us Saturday August 19 for The Hope for Life Community Walk is a 2.5-3 mile walk, with the proceeds benefiting the Hope for Life Fund, Inc. For Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Loss and those struggling with thoughts of Suicide. Please share this Event with family and friends asking them to join us, you can register at http://www.hope4lifeinc.org/…/southern-maryland-community-w… or help support us at www.hope4lifeinc.org/donation
August 24th Events
Are you between the ages of six and 15 and interested in learning how to fish?  There will be free fishing classes at Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall).  Classes are 9:30 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Aug. 10 and Thursday, Aug. 24. This is a great opportunity for children to learn the basics of fishing and have fun.  Prior fishing experience is not needed. Bait and tackle will be provided.  Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. To register, visit https://webtrac.charlescounty.org. For additional information, call the Gilbert Run Park office at 301-932-1083. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
 
In a community partnership project, Calvert Library Prince Frederick is hosting a showing and discussion of the Ava DuVernay’s documentary about race, justice and mass incarceration, 13th.  The main event is Thursday, August 24 with the movie starting at 5:30pm and the discussion scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.  For those whom 5:30pm on a weeknight is too early, the library will also show the film at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 with the anticipation that those viewers will be able to attend the discussion at 7:15 p.m. on August 24. 
 Dusty Rhoades and Willetta Love from the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County will moderate.  Partners and participants include All Saints Episcopal Church, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Community Mediation Center of Calvert County, the Honorable E. Gregory Wells of the Calvert County Circuit Court, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Calvert County NAACP, Point of Change Jail and Street Ministry and Remnant Center of Excellence. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.

 

August 25th Events

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia is offering a host of FREE events throughout the Summer of 2017.  Unless otherwise noted, all activities will be held in the Museum’s Leatherneck Gallery. Admission and parking are free. MCHF Summer Concert Series featuring the Quantico Marine Corps Band. Friday, August 25, 2017 --7:00pm-8:30pm. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is once again hosting a Summer Concert Series at the Museum.  Join us for a summer evening of music by the Quantico Marine Corps Band. For more information visit http://www.usmcmuseum.com  

August 26th Events

There will be a Crab Feast to benefit the Shop with a Cop program on Saturday August 26th from 1-5 pm at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. There will be entertainment from 4-8 pm. There will also be fried chicken, hot dogs, baked beans and cole slaw. All Proceeds Will Fund Shop With A Cop. Any Question Please Contact Jimmy Suite @ 240-417-5767.

 

The 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee will have a Yard Sale on Saturday, August 26th from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; $10.00 a space. For more information contact is Kelly @ 240-299-5261. 

 

Thomas Stone High School's Class of 1977 is celebrating its 40th reunion on Saturday, August 26th at the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.  All alumni are encouraged to email tshsclass77@gmail.com for further information.

 

The 3rd Annual Hunter Bash sponsored by the Calvert County chapter of Ducks Unlimited and the St. Leonard Volunteer fire Department will take place on Saturday, August 26th at the Fire Deparment. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 and includes entry on the day of event, food, beer and main prizes. $25 General Ticket is for main event prizes only. 27 main event prizes include guns, cash and coolers. Winners are drawn every 10 minutes. An additional 20+ guns raffled and drawing in-house on day of the event.

 

The first-ever Southern Maryland Balloon Festival will be held Saturday, August 26th at Spider Hall Farm in Prince Frederick.  Festivities begin at 1pm and end that evening with fireworks and a balloon glow.  Proceeds will support United Way of Calvert County’s Community Impact & Basic Needs Grants.  For more information, visit unitedwaycalvert.org/somdballoonfest.

 

The Calvert Marine Museum will have a Public Sail on the Dee of St. Mary's on Saturday, August 26 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sail on board the Dee and experience the Patuxent River like never before! The boat leaves from the museum dock. Fee is $25 for ages 13 and up, $15 for children 5 – 12. No children under 5 please.  Preregistration required, call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register. 

 

There will be a Alzheimer's Association Benefit Dance hosted by the Southern Maryland Boot Scooters on Saturday August 26th from 6 pm - 11 pm at the Elks lodge on Old Washington Road in Waldorf. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Association. There will be a DJ playing all types of music.. Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. Raffles, silent auction and games. Tickets are $10 per person in advance. $15 at the door. For tickets see any Boot Scooter or contact Leslie Harvey at 301-290-0088 or email Snowbird@md.metrocast.net. 

 

Join Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust and Summerseat Farm for a day of old-fashioned fun on Aug. 26th, 10:00 AM- 2:00PM! Activities will include: A badminton tournament(with prizes), hiking, archery, petanque/bocce, and lawn games. Please bring your lawn chairs or blanket and feel free to bring a picnic! There will be local watermelon (for Seed Spittin' contest!) Stay for the raffle drawing where first prize is a Day Sail & Dinner for you and up to 3 guests aboard a 45-foot sailboat, sailing out of Point Lookout Marina on the lower Potomac River. ! Sponsered by Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust, the local land trust that is preserving rural and scenic Southern Maryland. For more information call Frank: 301-862-3421
 
August 31st Events

A Time to Remember, A Time to Act:  Overdose Awareness Day. Doors open at 5 p.m., activities begin at 6 p.m. on August 31st as our community marks International Overdose Awareness Day. Activities will include a memorial labyrinth meditation walk, a Lights of Hope lighting and display, information and advocacy tables and resource people to speak with on addiction, recovery and grief recovery. Come to remember those lost and support those who have survived as well as to strengthen our community's response to addiction and overdose. This event is sponsored by a community collaboration and is led by Walden and the St. Mary's County Health Department. Event location is Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center, 21770 FDR Blvd (Millison Plaza) in Lexington Park.  For more information or directions, please contact Beacon at 240-298-0212 or beacon@waldensierra.org. All are welcome to attend this free event.

September 2nd Events

Park Rock Fest 2017 is the place to be on Saturday, September 2nd, at the Saint Mary's County Fairgrounds. 42455 Fairgrounds Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650.  Come celebrate the 15th annual Park Rock Fest produced by the Power Jam Music Alliance Inc. and sponsored by Maryland State Arts Council, St. Mary's County Arts Council and St. Marys County.  There will be +21 artist performing on one of three concurrent music stages; for non-stop music! The fest features Pop, Punk, Emo, Screamo, Hard Rock, Alternative, Independent, Acoustic, Hardcore, and Metal.  The Park Rock Fest also features commercial vendors and community group vendors and band merch tents. The gates open at 11:00 AM and close at 10 PM.  All ages are welcome.  Park Rock Fest is drug free, alcohol free, and an obscenity free event.  For further information go to www.PARKROCK.com or call 240-925-8659.

September 3rd Events

Summerseat Farm will be having an Artisan Market on Sunday, September 3rd at the Farm from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  We still have spaces available for vendors to sign up! Visit www.summerseat.org to download the form and for questions, email info@summerseat.org

September 9th Events

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia is offering a host of FREE events throughout the Summer of 2017.  Unless otherwise noted, all activities will be held in the Museum’s Leatherneck Gallery. Admission and parking are free. Family Day – Robotics. Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Explore the world of robotics!   Discover how Marine Corps Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) robots function and try your hand at operating one. Talk to Marine Corps robotics experts. Crafts and hands-on activities will be available. For more information visit http://www.usmcmuseum.com  

 

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department will be holding The Village 5K Run/Walk on Saturday September 9th. Check in is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. Bring the whole family to show support and join in the fun as you enjoy the outdoors on the Three Notch Trail. Pre-registration is $30 and after August 1st through race day is $35. For more information and to register visit www.mvfd.com/5k

 

TEDxLeonardtown will take place on September 9th, 2017 at the Leonardtown High School from 10am-3pm. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of “Creating Change Locally”. TEDxLeonardtown is the first ever TEDx event to be hosted in Southern Maryland. Speakers will be sharing their personal and professional beginnings that sparked an organizational idea to make a difference in the world, by starting locally and influencing their direct community. Creating Change Locally recognizes and supports small businesses, entrepreneurs, and creative minds that want to make an impact locally and globally. Tickets are now on sale. The ticket cost of $20 includes parking, event entrance, and lunch on September 9, 2017. Tickets are open to the public and can be purchased on the website at: www.tedxleonardtown.com The list of featured speakers can be found on our website, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

Recovery Celebration 2017 Heroes in Recovery: A Community Crusade with the Charles County Department of Health at 4545 Crain Highway in White Plains, MD. It all happens on Saturday, September 9th from 9:30 am -12:30 pm. There will be Narcan training and
Free Overdose Reversal Kit. This event is FREE and family-friendly. Recovery Celebration including a Relay for Recovery and community
information and resources + giveaways!
 
The 8th Annual Community Health Fair will take place on Saturday September 9th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine. The health fair will take place at Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish Hall located at 10210 Trueman Road in Lusby. Take Care of Your Health While Having Fun FREE Cholesterol Screening (no fasting required). FREE Infant and Child Car Seat Checks (by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Dept.) • Bike safety and other displays especially for children• Bring your helmet and bike to participate in the Bike Rodeo• BIKE RAFFLE!
FREE Health Screenings:• Health Risk Assessments (height, weight, blood pressure, body composition)• Dental Screening• Skin Cancer/Derma Scan (skin damage related to sun exposure)• Breast Exams• Lions Club - Vision & Hearing Screenings. Education Displays:
• Ask The Dietitian• Diabetes• Eat Right, Move More• Hospice• Smoking Cessation• And more! Door Prizes & Giveaways
 
September 11th Events

FUEL After-School Program will begin Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the East-John Youth and Community Center (Lusby, Maryland); Registration is $5.00 per children and youth and it's for 4th to 12th Grade Students. Please email Shanae Gray-Event Coordinator at fuelempowerment@rocketmail.com for more information.

 

St. Mary's Animal Welfare League will be holding a low cost vaccinations clinic on Monday, September 11th at the St. Mary's Fairgrounds from 6-8 pm. Rabies, distemper, and microchipping available. For more information check out www.smawl.org. Rabies Vaccinations $15 Distemper Vaccinations $10 Microchipping $30

September 12th Events

Calvert Hospice announces an educational seminar called Mind & Matter: Aging and the Brain on September 12, 2017 from 12 – 1:30 pm at 96 Central Square Drive in Prince Frederick. Presenter Kim Burton, the Director of Older Adult Programs from the Mental Health Association of MD will present information on life changes that can impact the health of the mind and the brain. She will talk about disorders and solutions, remaining optimistic, and ideas to help people enjoy their later years. For more information, visit our website at http://calverthospice.org/education-seminars/ or call 410-535-0892. 

September 16th Events
The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia is offering a host of FREE events throughout the Summer of 2017.  Unless otherwise noted, all activities will be held in the Museum’s Leatherneck Gallery. Admission and parking are free. "Dog Days of Summer" Event. Saturday, September 16, 2017 -- 10:00am-2:00pm. NMMC's annual event celebrating the Dog Days of Summer! Bring the kids, there will be crafts, a puppet show and an animal scavenger hunt! Inside the Museum, there will be a Bulldog "Kissing Booth" and birds of prey on display from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia. Outside, on the grounds of the Museum, visitors will have a chance to see working dogs in action!  Dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information visit http://www.usmcmuseum.com
 
There will be an Indoor/Outdoor yard sale on Saturday, September 16th at the Potomac Heights Fire Department and Rescue Squad on Glymont Road in Indian Head. This event will help support the Ladies Auxiliary. $10.00 a table or space. Contact: Lillian Weeks 301-743-3865 or Joan Shaw 240-320-4381. Food available for purchase.
 
The Great Mills High School (GMHS) is hosting the 2017 Southern Maryland Marching Band Competition on Saturday, September 16th from Noon to 4PM, rain or shine.  Each year GMHS Band Boosters put on this event with 8 local marching bands participating this year. Come join us in seeing the GMHS, Leonardtown HS, Chopticon HS, Calvert HS, La Plata HS, Patuxent HS, Maurice J. McDonough HS, and Westlake HS marching band shows for the 2017 competition year. The stadium gates open at 11AM, entry fee $5 student and $10 adult, and concessions available. Check us out on FaceBook @ Great Mills High School Hornet Band.
 
The American Legion Post 274 in Lusby will be having a Gunbash to support Disabled Veterans and the Boys and girls Club. The Gunbash takes place on Saturday September 16th from 1 to 4 p.m. Ducks Unlimited is also sponsoring this event! 
 
Lighthouse lovers are invited to take the challenge and visit ten lighthouses in two days! It's 11th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge on September 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit www.cheslights.org for directions and complete details. The Drum Point Lighthouse will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, however participants can still see the lighthouse and receive their stamp. Visit Maryland’s historic lighthouses at some of the most beautiful spots in the state and see Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Lightship Chesapeake, Hooper Strait, Choptank River Replica, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout and Fort Washington Lighthouses. Challengers receive a complimentary souvenir at each location. Visit all ten lighthouses and proclaim “you’ve seen the lights!” and receive a “special” souvenir. For more information about the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, contact Karen Rosage at 410-437-0741 or email challenge@cheslights.org.

 

September 17th Events
Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association is holding its annual Kids Fishing Tournament on Sunday, September 17th at Long Point on Waterview Drive, subdivision of Golden Beach in Mechanicsville, Maryland.  Registration is at 9:30 am.  The tournament is from 10 am – 12:30 pm.  Entry fee is $5 per child.  Age categories are: up to age 4; ages 5-7; ages 8-10 ages 11-13 and ages 14-16.  Kids under 12 must be chaperoned by an adult at all times.  Trophies will be awarded at 12:30 pm for the longest fish, in each age category.  Only fishing from the shore is permitted, for the tournament.  Please bring your own rod and tackle, as we will only have a limited supply available.  Food will be available for purchase. 
 
September 23rd Events

There will be a toy run fundraiser sponsored by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club Maryland 4 on Saturday September 23rd at 10a.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department on Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. The funds raised and toys collected will go to foster children in Calvert and St. Mary's County for Christmas. The Red Knights Mortorcycle Club Maryland 4 is a non-profit motorcycle club comprised of firefighters and their families. We promote motorcycle safety and enjoy the brotherhood of the fire department but we also give back to the community. For more information contact rkmcmd4@yahoo.com.

September 28th Events

Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in MesoAmerica through the centuries to the modern day. It's Chocolate Through Time at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard on Thursday September 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This interactive presentation will focus on how chocolate has changed through time both in terms of its cultural value and how mechanization has altered its production process over time. Registration is required. Visit www.jefpat.org to register. September 28 7:00 — 8:30 PM. MAC Lab Meeting Room. 

October 7th Events

The 1977 Bladensburg Mustangs 40 Yr. Class Reunion will take place Oct 7th in Chesapeake Beach. Please check out our website and Facebook page for more details at 1977BHSmustangs.com and on Facebook at BHS Class of 1977 40th Reunion.

 

Don't miss the huge Block Party to promote Family Health and Safety on Saturday, Ocober 7th from 10 am - 2 pm at Bejamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf. This event is free. By participating in the event you will be eligible for great raffle prizes. In addition to the classes, there will be information provided on prescription and narcotic drug awareness, and various resources for healthy living. There will be plenty of activities for children too! Car Seat Safety Check from 10AM – 2PM. Flu Clinic 10 AM – 2 PM Ages: 6mos and above. Flu shots provided based on availability. Department of Social Services Health & Benefit Enrollment 10AM – 2 PM, and so much for. For more information call 301-932-3305.
October 21st Events

Do you love animals?  We do and we are excited to spend time together on Saturday, October 21, 2017, for the St. Mary's Animal Welfare League 5k Fun Run and Trail Walk along the beautiful waterfront of Historic St. Mary’s City.  Run alone, as a team or with your pet. More info at www.active.com and www.smawl.org. Sign in will be at the Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City, MD 20686. Event Schedule: 8:00 AM Registration Opens

8:45 AM Costume Contest, 8:50 AM Line up and announcements, 9:00 AM Fun Run/Walk Begins​.
October 28th Events
Bull Roast and Oyster Scald will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 11 am - 6 pm at the Ridge American Legion Post 255. Dinners will be served from 11 am - 5 pm. Menu includes 6 or 12 Oysters (Fried or Steamed), Roast Beef Sandwich w/cole slaw. Dinners include Potato salad, cole slaw, baked Beans, roll. There will be live music, a corn hole tournament and raffle. For more information you can call the American Legion 301-872-5349 or ridgelegion.org
 
November 4th Events

4th Annual Craft Fair and Holiday Boutique hosted by the Auxiliary of Fleet Reserve Association Unit 93 will take place on Saturday, November 04th from 9am til 3pm at 21707 Three Notch Road Lexington Park MD (1/4 mile south of Great Mills Road). A wide variety of artisans will offer beautiful custom made items for sale. There will also be a Bake sale and a Basket Raffle. Proceeds of this event will go toward several programs at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and to provide paper for the Three Oaks Veterans Resource Center. For more information call or text Unit President Shirley Vatter at 301-481-9655.

Various Events With Ongoing Dates
Christmas in April*Calvert County, a United Way Community Partner, is now accepting applications for work to be done on Calvert County homes the last Saturday in April 2018.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 30.  The homeowner must live in the home that is referred for Christmas in April.  Friends and family members may submit an application on another’s behalf but should first obtain the homeowner’s consent. Applications may be obtained at the senior centers, libraries, and churches or may be requested by calling 410-535-9044.  Applications also are available at www.christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org and may be submitted online.
 
The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Choir are looking for talented, dedicated musicians and singers, aged 8 and up from the tri-county area, who are eager to learn, work hard and have fun! We have preparatory and youth groups, catering to the less and more experienced. Join us for another great year of varied performance opportunities around our community and further afield. Visit our website smyoc.org for more information about how to audition.
 
St. Mary’s County Reads is a literacy program designed to encourage children to develop an interest, habit and desire for reading and help children be ready to learn to read when they start kindergarten! Volunteers read to young children who have come with their parents to the Lexington Park Branch of DSS office for service on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each volunteer will read for one and a half hour intervals between 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The purpose of this literacy activity is to help motivate children to read, encourage parents to read to their children and take advantage of the many programs and services for young children that the Library offers. If you are interested in volunteering and want more information about St. Mary’s County Reads contact Dr. Janice Walthour, (NAACP) at stmarysnaacp@gmail.com, 301-863-3011 or Shannon Conroy Frescura, Assistant Branch Manager, Youth Services at St. Mary’s County Library, Lexington Park branch at sfrescura@stmalib.org, 301-863-8188 ext. 2005.
 
 
For more than 100 years, the American Red Cross has been training people to perform first aid skills so they could save the lives of others. Now, the organization announces the release of its new Cat and Dog First Aid online course so that owners will know what to do in an emergency until veterinary care is available. People can access the course on their desktop or tablet at redcross.org/catdogfirstaid and go through the content at their own pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the course. Participants can stop and pick up where they left off if Fluffy needs a treat or it’s time to take Fido out to the dog park. The Red Cross Pet First Aid App complements the course by providing cat and dog owners with instant access to expert advice, an animal hospital locator, pet-friendly hotels, content on how to include pets in family emergency preparedness plans and more. The app can be downloaded for free in mobile app stores or by texting ‘GETPET’ to 90999.
 
 
Girls on the Run Southern Maryland’s registration for the fall 2017 season is open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. This season, Girls on the Run will be offered at five locations in Charles and Saint Mary’s County: Margaret Brent Middle School, Little Flower School, Bay Montessori, William B. Wade Elementary School and C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School. Each team will meet two times a week for 75-90 minutes either before or after school and participate in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate in a 5k event that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season. The program fee for the season is $150, and scholarship funding is available to those who qualify. The program fee includes 20 lessons from trained coaches, a program t-shirt, a water bottle, registration for the end-of-season 5K event, and a 5K finisher’s medal. More information about the program and registration can be found on the Girls on the Run Southern Maryland website at www.gotrsomd.org.
 
 
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science invites everyone who spends time on or near the Chesapeake Bay to report dolphin sightings with a new online tracking system. Chesapeake DolphinWatch allows users to mark the location of their dolphin sightings on a map of the Chesapeake and its tributaries so scientists can better understand where the dolphins are and where they go. The online tracker is accessible at www.chesapeakedolphinwatch.org.
 
 
In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Chopticon High School football team is proud to join Touchdowns Against Cancer 2017! Touchdowns Against Cancer is important to Chopticon because childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among young Americans. This is our way of helping the 16,000 children and adolescents that will be diagnosed with cancer this year. We are challenging our fans to pledge for every touchdown we score between September 14th - 30th to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  You can also make a 1 time donation! For more information, join the campaign, or to setup a private donation:
Please go to : https://pledgeit.org/tac17-chopticon-braves. facebook: Chopticon High School Football @chopfootball
twitter: @chopfootball. Email: bravesfootballinfo@gmail.com
 
The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL), in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health Department, offers low-cost rabies vaccinations, distemper vaccinations and microchipping to the public every month through November on the second Monday of each month from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The clinics are held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. The vaccinations are available for ferrets, cats, dogs and horses. For more information please visit www.smawl.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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