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Bay District Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual Safe Candy Giveaway Friday, October 31, 2014. Starting at 5:30pm until we run out of candy. Bring the whole family out for safe trick or treating at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department. 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park MD  20653.


It's Cop-toberfest! This event will sponsor the FOP Lodge 109 on October 18th at 6 p.m. There will be a bonfire/keg party at 4710 Williams Wharf Road in St. Leonard Maryland. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Includes unlimited beer and campers are welcome. The band 'One Louder' will perform. There will be food for sale and you must be 21 years of age or older. For tickets call Joe at 443-532-1817.


The Clothesline Project is displayed throughout Calvert County to honor those who live in or have escaped from domestic violence. The Clothesline Project is a program where T-shirts are made by domestic violence survivors with positive affirmations that life does get better. Locations for the Clothesline Projects include College of Southern Maryland, Calvert County Health Department, Calvert Library Prince Frederick, Calvert Library Solomons, Calvert County Court House lobby and the second floor of the Calvert County District Court Building. The display will be available for viewing at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick beginning September 29th through October 31st.  The display will be available for viewing at the Calvert County Health Department beginning September 25th through October 31st.  All other locations can be displayed beginning September 23rd through October 31st.


October 18, 2014- Calvert County Commission for Women and The Crisis Intervention Center, will host “ In Our Own Voice – Panel discussion related to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence”  moderated by Commissioner Lynne Krause of Calvert County Commission for Women. This event will take place at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick 850 Costley Way Prince Frederick MD from 1pm – 3pm.


November 12, 2014- The Crisis Intervention Center and Calvert County Commission for Women will host a community forum or men only; “Real Men Talk” at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick 850 Costley Way Prince Frederick MD from 7:00pm  to 8:30 pm.


DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival will run for 4 days between Thursday October 2nd through Sunday October 5th and will feature short and feature length films; musical performances; and panel discussions featuring writers and cultural workers. The entire Festival will run at the Geothe Institute in Chinatown. For more information visit http://dcpfaf.org/


The next regular monthly meeting of the Pax River Quilter Guild will be held Monday, October 12, 2014, 6:30 pm at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, MD. This month's meeting features guest speaker Cindy Herndon and her topic is “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt” – lecturing on techniques with an

artistic flare to add dimension to your quilting.  There is a $5.00 fee for non-members for this lecture/meeting. New members and guest welcome. For more info, visit www.paxriverquiltguild.com, join our Facebook group page, Pax River Quilters Guild, email juliagraves82@hotmail.com or call 301-872-5772.


Homeschoolers are invited to discover What Would Kids Do? at the Historic St. Mary’s City Homeschool Day on October 2, 2014.  WWKD? (or What Would Kids Do? ) will be a lively exploration of a child’s life in the 1600s.  What would kids do for fun?  Did they do chores?  What kinds of adventures might they experience?   Homeschoolers will learn by participating in hands-on activities at each of HSMC’s four living history sites.

Get more information about Homeschool Day by calling 240-895-4990 or download a Homeschool Day flyer and registration form at www.hsmcdigshistory.org/pdf/homeschool.pdf.


There will be a Monster Mash at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum! Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum at 4155 Mears Ave, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Bingo, Professional Face Painting, Games, Crafts, Moon Bounce, Prizes, Drawing for a 7 foot inflatable train, Refreshments and a "Reptiles Alive!" Show - ALL FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 410-257-3892 for more information.


St. Mary's College of Maryland invites you to attend its Open House on Saturday, October 25. Open Houses at St. Mary's allow you to experience the academic and social life of the college. The campus is located 70 miles southeast of Washington, DC, and 95 miles south of Baltimore. For more information about the October 25 Open House, visit www.smcm.edu/admissions or call 1-800-492-7181.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Poker Run on November 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. to benefit the VFW Foundation and VFW Relief Fund. All Cars, Trucks and Bikes are welcome to participate in the Poker Run. There will be a $200 prize for Best 5-card Hand and $50 for Worst 5-card Hand. Stops will begin and end at the VFW Post 2632 in California Maryland. Food included for participants. Music provided by the Blue Eyed Blues Band from 4-7 PM. Advance registration is available through Nov 8th for $20 per person. Nov 9th – day of event, registration is $25 per person. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Silent Auction and Raffles will also be available. Charity info: www.vfwfoundation.org  For more information or to download the registration form, visit our website at www.vfwpost2632.com and view the Ladies Auxiliary page.


“This joint is jumpin’!” That’s what you will hear when you enter the Jaycees Hall in Waldorf, MD Friday, October 24th at 7 pm for the 2014 Zonta Zing. The Zing is known as an annual fall event encompassing music, food, silent auction and dancing with differing themes. This year the Zonta Club of Charles County brings to you a 1920’s themed costume dinner with theatrical fun, gambling, a jazz band, DJ, occasional raids, and arrests with chances to bribe your way out of jail. Secret passwords will be given and must be presented at the time of entry. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets for the four hour event are $60 per person and can be purchased from any Zonta Club of Charles County member or by emailing zontazing@yahoo.com. For more information on the Zonta Club of Charles County visit www.zontacharlescounty.org.


All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The local competition will be held October 5 at 3:00 PM at St. John Vianney soccer field in Prince Frederick. In the event of inclement weather a rain date is set for October 11 at 3:00 pm at St. John Vianney. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Mr. Chuck Crisman, phone (410) 535-0453 or email OLSOWYD@gmail.com.


All St. Mary's County students in grades 9 - 12 now have the opportunity to have a professional scientist or engineer as a mentor for their science fair project! The Science Fair Mentor Program begins this fall and is accepting student applications and mentor registrations now! Student applications are due by September 30, so for more information on how to apply, contact Kristina Dronenburg or Bethany Schaeffer at kristina.dronenburg@navy.mil or Bethany.schaeffer@navy.mil


The Chesapeake Community Chorus will be doing a concert of Southern Gospel and Patriotic music at St. John Vianney Church, Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, Maryland at 7:00 PM October 11, 2014. A Freewill Offering will be taken to benefit the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. The Chesapeake Community Chorus is in its 12th season. The chorus is composed of about 35 members from many areas in Calvert County. The purpose of the chorus is to raise funds for Calvert County charities. Our concerts have raised over $89,000 for charities in Calvert County.

Join Sotterley Plantation for our final Speaker Series presentation and film entitled, “SPAT: Bringing Oysters Back to the Chesapeake Bay” by Sandy Cannon-Brown. Wednesday, October 29  |  7:00 p.m. in the Barn. After centuries of over-harvesting, and recurring bouts of devastating diseases, oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay plummeted along with the profits of the industry and the health of the Bay.  In 2013, more than a billion hatchery-raised baby oysters were added to the Bay and new breeds of disease-resistant, meatier, faster-growing oysters are thriving in commercial aquaculture. This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.


Walk to save lives at the 9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fitness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event begins at Indian Head Village Green (100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head) and continues for three miles on the Indian Head Rail Trail. Participants can enjoy music, vendors, door prizes, raffles, and an exercise warm up. The event will be held rain or shine. The registration fee is $25. Fee includes morning snacks, bottled water, and a nutritious lunch. The first 100 registrants receive a free T-shirt! To download and print the registration form, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov. For additional information, call the Indian Head Senior Center at 301-743-2125. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Race for the Blessing of the Fleet Regatta, October 4, 2014. The regatta is sponsored by the 7th District Optimist Club and Barnacle Cup Sailing.  There is an on shore festival held at Colton's Point with water taxis to and from anchored boats and St. Clements Island.  There are on-shore events both Saturday and Sunday with Fireworks on Saturday evening.  Come out and race or just come and watch.  Fun for all ages. The $25.00 registration fee will go to the Sailing Programs at St. Mary’s Ryken High School and Leonardtown High School. For more information please contact Bob Donaldson at 301-769-2102, Shawn Moore 301-247-7238 or simply go to www.barnaclecup.com .


On November 15th the Elks Lodge on Fire Department Lane California will be having a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.    The Newtowne Players will present “Who’s Killing the Chefs in Southern Maryland?”  Time is 6:00 – 7:00 Cocktails with 7:00 Dinner.  Menu includes Chesapeake Chicken with crab imperial and dill sauce, New York Strip Roast and Vegetarian Lasagna with lots of sides.  For pricing and ticket information please call Patty Sparks at 301-373-3253.  This is Reservation Only!


2014 annual Fall “Fishin’ Buddies” Fishing Derby on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall) from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anglers compete by teams, which must include one adult at least 21 years old and one child between the ages of six and 15. Each team must supply their own rods and bait. The entry fee is $7 per team, and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Entry forms are available at Gilbert Run Park or the Department of Public Works main office (1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata). Registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8. For more information or to receive an entry form, call the Department of Public Works, Parks & Grounds Division, at 301-932-3470 or 301-870-2778 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Christ Episcopal Church, Annual Dinner on Sunday, October 11, 2014, from 12:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Christ Church Parish Hall in Chaptico, MD, will be serving a delicious dinner. The menu includes a dinner menu with sides and a la'carte menu. Dinner Menu:~ Trio: Oysters/Crab Balls/Ham - $28 ~ Seafood: Oysters and Crab Balls - $25 ~ Old or Country Ham and Oysters - $20 ~ Ham and Crab Balls - $20 ~ Fried Oysters Dinner - $15 ~ Crab Balls Dinner - $15 ~ Old or Country Ham Dinner - $11 RESERVE YOUR PLATE NOW! Prepay for your dinner early; use the Pay Pal icon on our webpage and your name will be added to our prepaid list at the door. It's that simple! For more information or to purchase advanced dinners, please visit our webpage: http://www.christepiscopalchaptico.org/fallfestival.html


The Health Department will have one flu vaccination clinic in Calvert County in October: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 4:00PM – 7:00PM AT HUNTINGTOWN HIGH SCHOOL. There is a $20.00 fee for all vaccinations.   Please pay by check or cash.  Medicare Part B is accepted. Children Pre-K thru 5  FREE. The nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) will be available at all clinics for children and adults 2-49 years old.  The injectable vaccine will be available for ages 6 months and up. Please go to www.calverthealth.org or call the health department’s FLU INFORMATION LINE at 410-535-5400 x349 or 301-855-1353 x349 for more information.


Mother Catherine Spalding Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Mother Catherine Spalding School located at 28833 Chaptico Road, Mechanicsville, Maryland. Come visit with Santa, make a gingerbread man, play bingo, bid on silent auction items, try your luck with the cake walk, participate in the cash/prizes and toy basket raffles, be thrifty in our yard sale room, or allow children to buy gifts for family members in Santa's Secret Shop. For more information, visit the our website at www.mothercatherine.org or call 301-884-3165. Interested crafters may contact Betsy Farrell at bfarrell@ftrinc.net. All proceeds benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School.


Guided Canoe Trip on Parkers Creek Saturday, October 4th 10:00am – 1:00pm. Depart from Warrior's Rest and enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required, and a $15 donation is appreciated. Please call us at 410-414-3400 or e-mail us at info@acltweb.org for more information. Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours (frequently against wind and tides), and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to one-quarter mile over sand to access the creek.

Expert craftsmen, gourmet cocoa, Glühwein, and home-baked goods make the 8th Annual Christmas Market the place to be Sat, 13 Dec, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at All Saints' Episcopal Church, corner of Routes 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Rain, snow or shine! No admission fee. Proceeds benefit parish & community projects.


Snack Sacks 5K on Saturday, October 18th, at 8 am at Lexington Park Elementary School! United Way of St. Mary’s County, Md, Park Hall PTA and Lexington Park PTA have joined together to provide you an opportunity to run a fast, flat out-and-back 5K along Willows Road to support the hungry children of St. Mary's County. Find a Snack Sack along the course and bring it back to the finish line to win a prize! Awards to the first male and female finishers, and age-group awards in 10-year divisions. You can register at cbrcmd.org or active.com by searching for Snack Sacks 5K. For any questions, contact Park Hall Elementary School.


The Leonardtown High School Band Boosters will be hosting our 2nd Annual Rhythm Run at Leonardtown Wharf Park on Sunday morning Oct. 19, 2014. It's a Timed 5k course through Historic Leonardtown; both runners and walkers are welcome. Sunday Oct. 19, 2014; Leonardtown Wharf Park; registration at 7:45am; Race start 9:00am; Awards 10:00am. $25 pre-registration on line by Oct. 15th at www.active.com $30 event day registration; credit cards accepted. Event T-shirts guaranteed if registration received by Oct. 4th and as supplies last. For additional information email RhythmRunLHS5k@aol.com


In celebration of Museum Day, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will offer free tours of the Patterson House and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab on Saturday, September 27.  The Patterson House tours will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The MAC Lab tour will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Patterson House is a beautiful 10,642 square foot Colonial Revival brick structure designed by noted female architect Gertrude Sawyer and completed in 1933.  The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) is a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology, is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland.  For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit www.jefpat.org.


American Legion Post 221, located at 21690 Colton Point Rd (Rt. 242), in Avenue, has a Steak, Shrimp, & Fish Dinner Night on the third Friday of every month from 5pm - 8pm. This is an excellent opportunity to get out and meet people in the community. There are several menu items for the adults and kids to enjoy at a reasonable price (http://alpost221.webs.com/steakshrimpfishmenu.htm). You can call (301) 884-4071 for further information. You can also visit our website at http://www.alpost221.webs.com/.


The Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association will be holding it's annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show on Saturday December 6th, 10 am - 3 pm.  In the event of freezing temperatures, the bazaar will be postponed to Sunday, December 7th.  The bazaar will be held at the Golden Beach Fire House at 29848 Therese Circle (off Golden Beach Road), Mechanicsville, Maryland. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. Santa will arrive at 11 AM. Sorry no pets allowed. There will be over 30 vendors; door prizes; baked goods and food for sale.  Please bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped gift to donate to needy families in the area.


The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance HomeSpun CoffeeHouse will sponsor an Open Mic at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD on Friday, September 26th, 2014. This is a great event with many varieties of music and lots of friendship, so if you haven't been to an SMTMD event before, this is a great time to start! The doors open at 7:00 PM, and the music starts at 7:30. The admission fee for this event is only $7, and performers are admitted free. Light refreshments will be provided (donations are suggested). For additional information, or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at garner@wildblue.net or call John at 301-904-4987. Visit www.smtmd.org for directions and more information.


Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad is hosting a Harrington Casino day trip on Sunday, October 5th. The bus leaves the Rescue Squad at 8:30 am and has a pickup in Charlotte Hall. We will return approximately 7:30pm. The trip includes water, $10 in free slot play, a buffet dinner at the Casino, and games on the way to and from. If interested, please call David Wright - 301-904-7855 or email treasurer19@lvrs.org. All proceeds benefit the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad.


The J.P. Home Inc. will be having their 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run on Sunday October 19th at Laurel Springs Regional Park in La Plata. Entry Fee is just $30 Adults and $20 for Students. Check-in/Registration is at 8:00 a.m. And start time is at 9:00 a.m. For more information visit www.jphome-md.org.


Cub Scout Pack 1799 of La Plata will be hosting a Good Turn Run Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Tilghman Lake.  Start time is 9am and pre-registration is requested. This is an endurance run/walk around the lake. Race participants will complete a 1 mile loop as many times as possible in 1 hour. Prizes to be awarded and tee shirts for the first 100 race participants.  You may register on Active.com or contact Chris Zabriskie, Race Director at zabriskiect@gmail.com  The cost of the run is $35 for adults and $25 for Scouts and children.  Proceeds to benefit Pack 1799.


The Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad in Valley Lee Md. will have another community forum on Thursday October 2 at 7PM. The forum location is in the Fire Department community hall in Valley Lee. As in past forums we are seeking the public’s input and suggestions on the possibility of a new station for our fire department and rescue squad. We want to inform the public of various options and ideas that are being discussed and are interested in any input or ideas the public may have on this topic. For further information on this community meeting the public can go to our web site at sdvfdrs.org.

The Waldorf Lions Club will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Waldorf Firehouse on Route 925 Old Washington Road on October 13th from noon to 5:30 p.m.. For more information or to set up an appointment for this blood drive, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.


Port Tobacco Players is proud to present Godspell.  The show runs September 19- October 12, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm.  An eternal story gets a new telling in "Godspell- 2012 Revised Version," a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. A small group of people gather with Christ to sing, dance and act their way through some of the Bible's best-known parables and the story of Jesus's life. Comedy and drama blend with some of musical theater's most loved songs (including "Day by Day" and "All Good Gifts") as Jesus's message of kindness, tolerance and love comes alive in this innovative, powerful production.  For ticket information visit our website at www.ptplayers.com or call at (301) 932-6819. Port Tobacco Players- Live Theatre in Charles County for 65 years!


The Seventh District Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be having their Annual Yard Sale at the Rescue Squad Annex Building, 21530 Coltons Point Road, Route 242, in Avenue, MD on Saturday, October 4, from 7 a.m. to Noon.  Table rental will be $15 for inside and $10 for outside.  Set up for inside tables will be Friday, October 3, from 8-12 noon and 3-7 p.m.  If you would like to donate items, please bring gently used, clean items to the Annex Building during Friday's set up times.  For more information, call Trisha at 301-769-3214.


The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society, Inc. announces it’s Fall used book sale on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Building, 19 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie, Maryland.   Browse thousands of books in all categories, including, vintage books and collections.  Hardbacks start at $1.00, trade paperbacks are $.50 and regular paperbacks are $ .25. Proceeds of the sale benefit the Historical and Genealogical Research Center at the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie MD; operated jointly by the Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society; courtesy of the Kuethe Foundation. If you would like additional information or would like to volunteer to help, contact Jack Wisthoff as listed above or visit the Society’s web-site: www.aachs.org


Don't miss Oktoberfest on Friday Octer 24th from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Little Flower School in Great Mills, Maryland!  There will be authentic German cuisine including knackwurst, bratwurst, german potato salad, rotkraut and spaetzle - not to mention plenty of German beer!  Dinner is $12 per plate and souvenir glasses with unlimited beer refills can be pre-orderded for $20 by October 20th or will be sold at the event for $25.  Please e-mail bethgajda@yahoo.com for advance purchase.  This is an adults only event.


There will be an all you can eat crab feast at the Waldorf Elks Lodge #2421 on Saturday September 27th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be hot dogs, corn on the cobb, cucumber salad and coleslaw. There will be live music and an auction, plus a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and more. Tickets are just $40 and there will be a cash bar. For more information call 301-645-2421.


Calvert Library and Calvert Soccer Association (CSA) are encouraging all athletes, parents of athletes and coaches to attend a conversation on concussions on Monday, September 29, at 6:30pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  The group will first view the 75-minute documentary, Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis. The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Neurologist, Dr. Harry Kerasidis, Calvert Soccer Association President Mark McCormick, Football Coach Rick Sneade, and Prince Frederick Eagle President Billy Saunders. Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis is a documentary presenting the neurological findings about the chronic effects of head trauma. For more information, contact Robyn Truslow at Calvert Library, 410-535-0291.

The Down Syndrome Association of Southern Maryland is hosting the Buddy Walk on Sunday October 5th from Noon until 4 pm at Gilbert Run Park at the Brookside Pavilion in Charlotte Hall. Walk Day event will include: music, entertainment, face painting, Princesses/Super Hero Characters, moon bounce, food and fun. $25 per adult, $15 per child (12 and under) Free for kids 3 and under. Register Early! Online at https://dsasmd.donordrive.com/buddywalk


9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fitness Walk on Saturday October 11th from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Indian Head Village Green. Don't miss out on this great day benefitting the fight against breast cancer. The walk starts at the Village Green and continues on a three mile walk on the Indian Head Rail Trail. The entrance fee is just $25 per person. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information call 301-743-2125.


Chopticon HS Class of 1984 will be having a 30 year reunion on October 4, 2014 at 4pm.  This will be a family Bar-B-Que style reunion at 10150 Steven Dean Place, Faulkner, MD 20632.  Classmates are encouraged to bring their entire family.  $10 per adult, kids and grandkids are free.  There will be a DJ and dancing plus plenty of activities for the kids.  For more information, contact David Lipshaw at 240-320-3182 or lipshaw@gmail.com or visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/347060328790382/.


You know it's time, you know it's past time. If you smoke, dip or chew, this is the program for you! Tobacco Cessation classes are now forming. This is a free eight week program and Free tobacco cessation products will be available. Wednesday at noon or 6 p.m. on October 1st - Nov. 19th at the Holiday Inn Express in Prince Frederick. For more information Call Patrick O’Malley at 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353 ext. 359 To Begin Your Life Without Tobacco!


The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will present a Antiques, Collectable and What-Nots Craft Fair on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the historic Benson-Hammond House Museum located at 7101 Aviation Boulevard, Linthicum, MD 21090. For more information about the event or to be participate as a vendor, visit www.aachs.org or please call 410-956-4809.


The Charlotte Hall Rotary Club and Stephen’s Fund will host their 15th annual Holiday Basket Bingo on Sunday November 2nd at the Mechanicsville Fire Department Social Hall. Proceeds to benefit special needs children and their families in the community.  Doors open at 12:30.  Please call 240-298-3885 for more information and to be included in the free drawing for the 2014 Christmas Basket.


A talk, titled Spirits of the Chesapeake: Taverns and Tankards, will be held on September 25, 2014 at 7 PM in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum as part of its 2014 Speaker Series.  This lecture is sponsored in part by the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum and by the MARPAT Foundation in memory of Thomas W. Richards.  The talk is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit www.jefpat.org.


Chopticon High School is celebrating 50 years of Tradition, Spirit, and “Pride Inside”.

The celebration will kick-off during Homecoming Week. Alumni are invited to a reception on September 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the school auditorium. Students will provide tours of the building. At 7:30 PM, everyone will meet at the lower field by the football stadium for a traditional homecoming bonfire. On Thursday, September 18, the Homecoming parade will begin at 4:45 PM followed by a varsity football game at

6:00 PM. Alumni Games will be held on Saturday, September 20. Please check our website www.smcps.org/CHS for updates and performance and game schedules. All Chopticon alumni are invited to join in our 50th celebration.


The Charles County Department of Community Services is accepting applications for qualified volunteer coaches for the 2014-2015 youth indoor sports season. The ideal Charles County youth coach values life lessons like teamwork, sportsmanship, and work ethic.  The indoor sports season runs from November through March and includes volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Qualified volunteer coaches are required to hold a minimum of one practice a week, and be available for games on Friday nights and Saturdays. Volunteer coaches are required to pass a criminal background check. First time volunteer coaches’ application can be found at www.charlescountyparks.com. For more information call 301-934-9305 ext. 5123.


Guided Canoe Trip on Parkers Creek Saturday, September 20th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Depart from Warrior's Rest and enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are required, and a $15 donation is appreciated. Please call us at 410-414-3400 or e-mail us at info@acltweb.org for more information. Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours (frequently against wind and tides), and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to one-quarter mile over sand to access the creek.


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Laurel Grove, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Mechanicsville re-scheduled their Second Annual Car Show from September 6 to September 13 due to weather conditions.   Show Date:  Sept. 13    Show Hours: 2pm to 7pm Adult spectator fee $3 donation, Children 12 and under FREE.  Proceeds benefit United Methodist Men's charity donations.Registration fee is $20 at the gate.  Off site parking available with shuttle.....watch for signs. For further information contact Jimmy Herriman at 301-481-0360.   Visit us at www.mtzionmech.org


LifeStyles, Inc. is looking for volunteers and participants for their annual “Walk to End Homelessness in Charles County.”  The walk benefits LifeStyles “Safe Nights” program, which is a temporary shelter for Charles County residents that begins October 1st and runs until April 15th, and also provides supportive services for the homeless population year-round.  The “Walk to End Homelessness” is being held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the La Plata Town Hall.  Same day registration and refreshments begin at 7:30 AM, with the walk beginning at 9:00 AM.  Participants of the walk can register online, or print a tangible copy of the registration form at www.lifestylesofmd.org, under events.  Registration is $20/person, and $15/person for teams of five or more.  Any individuals who wish to volunteer at the walk may contact Margaret Payne at 301-609-9900 ext. 201.  All other questions or requests for information can be answered by Corae Young at 301-609-9900, cyoung@lifestylesofmd.org.  


PABA, ( Parents Affected By Addiction ) will be meeting on Wednesday September 18 -  6:30 pm  @ Serenity Farms, Benedict, MD  20612 (charles co., side of benedict bridge) SIGNS WILL BE POSTED. This is a meeting of parents, grandparents, family members helping each other, through listening and understanding, addressing concerns and providing support  AND trying to find ways to prevent the continued crisis thru Education. If you'd like to attend, or just want more information, resources for help,  contact Pabaparents@yahoo.com


The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® will host an information meeting on the proposed charter form of government for Charles County at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 25 at REALTOR® Center, 8440 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville.  Members of the charter board will present the proposed charter and conduct a Q&A session for attendees.   This meeting is free and open to the public.   For more information, please contact Paula Martino, Government Affairs Director at: paulamartino@smarweb.org


What: Swing and Ballroom Dance When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 Lesson 7 to 8 p.m. Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Where: St. Johns Catholic Church - Msgr Harris Center, Hollywood, MD. Cost: $8/person, $15/couple, $5/seniors and students. Details: Learn some hot new dance moves! Beginner-level ballroom lesson from 7-8 p.m. followed by dancing to music of all kinds from 8-11 p.m. No experience required! Singles always welcome! Bring a snack to share; water and soda will be provided. Dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. For more information, e-mail somdballroom@gmail.com or call 315-250-5110.


Live In Concert at Lackey High School it's The United States Navy's Premier Jazz Band. The Commodores The Commodores Concert at Lackey Has Become a Yearly Event. Jazz Enthusiasts and All Music Lovers Will Be Thrilled at the Virtuosity and Artistry of This World Class Jazz Ensemble. The Concert is October 9th. The Performance Begins At 6:30PM. Admission Is Free. Please Attend and Bring a Friend.


For the fifth consecutive year, the Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) will have a Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, a series of golf events across the United States that help provide rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9/11 wounded veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes. The tournaments are open to the public and sponsored locally. What: 5th Annual Salute Military Golf Association Tournament Where: Swan Point Golf Course – Issue, MD. When: 08:00 AM Registration – 09:00 AM Shotgun Start To participate: https://smga.launchtrack.com/register/5th-annual-wounded-warrior-golf-tournament-lexington-park-md-dahlgren-va/information. SMGA provides rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes. www.smga.org

Turkey Shoot For Scouting will take place on Saturday October 11th at Sanner's Lake Sportsman's Club. The event will take place from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Cost is $20.00.

Registration will grant you 4 shots in the competition. Additional Shots for the competition can be purchased for $10.00 for 2 additional shots. Food and snack will be on site for purchase.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Southern Maryland Boy Scouts of America. For more information contact Wes at 301-943-8376.


2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee will be having a Yard Sale, Saturday, Sept. 27th; starts 7:00 a.m. & ends 11:00 a.m.; Cost for space is $10.00; For more information call Kelly at 240-299-5261 or Georgia at 301-994-1960. Come on out and support your local Fire and EMS Volunteers!


The 1st annual Logan C. Caton Charitable Foundation Bingo will be Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Doors open at 12:30; first game begins at 2:00.  Located at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire House in the carnival bingo building.  Prizes will feature 31 products and items donated from local businesses.   Monetary donations and prize donations are needed to run event and purchase prizes.    Donations can be mailed to Logan Caton Charitable Foundation; 23382 Maypole Road; Leonardtown, MD 20650.  Everything is tax deductible.  All proceeds will benefit research and support programs for children with Muscular Dystrophy.  Call 301-904-7353 to reserve a seat.


Please join Leadership Southern Maryland in their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament scheduled on Thursday, 9 October 2014 at the Breton Bay Golf & Country Club.  Help this non-profit organization to reshape the leaders of the tri-county area through regional collaboration.  Event starts at 7:30 a.m.  Enjoy prizes, lunch and good company.  For details visit www.lsmlead.org; email info@leadershipsomd.org; or call 240-725-5469.


Ayusa is a high school exchange program sponsored by the Department of State. They match bright young leaders from around the world with families across the United States. When you host an international student and open your home, you're giving them the opportunity to learn about America as a high school student in your community. In return, you get to experience a new culture and create a lifelong bond between your family and theirs. Southern Maryland families are needed today. For more information please visit www.ayusa.org


Scout Troop 1785's 3rd Annual 5k Fun Run/Walk. Saturday, Sept 20th. Race Time is 8:00am. Meet at the Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall. Pre-register at active.com by Sept 5th to guarantee a t-shirt, $25 fee. Or register on day of race at 7:00am, $35 fee. Are you faster than a Scout?


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Rt. 235 Laurel Grove, Mechanicsville presents The Hawaiian Heist by Nancy Bond, Dinner Theater.  Come dressed for the Hawaiian Luau. When:  Friday, October 24 and October 25, doors open at 6pm, play starts at 6:30pm. Menu: Appetizers, Grilled Chicken Teriyaki, Pulled Pork, Rice, Rolls, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Iced Tea/Coffee and Dessert. Cost:  $30 per person in advance only.  Must have reservation. Reservations go on sale Oct. 4.  Call Carlene at 301-655-0522 or Cathy Johnson at 301-672-0015. Hungry Team Silent Auction will be held at the same time.


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Rt. 235 Laurel Grove will hold their Annual Drive Thru Chicken BBQ on Saturday, October 18, noon until 5pm. Menu: 1/2 BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Applesauce, Green Beans, Roll and Snack Cake $13 per dinner. Dinners are packaged to go, but you are invited to dine in the fellowship hall or

at the picnic tables. For more information, contact the church at 301-884-4132.

Teen Human Trafficking Awareness Event. Did you know? Human Trafficking in Maryland is the Fastest Growing Crime! 2nd Only to Drugs!” Who: Teens 12-20 (anyone can come but event is designed for teens) What: FREE food, Live band, and dynamic speaker from Maryland Rescue and Restore Coalition. When: September 20, 2014 6-8:30 pm. Where: Southern Calvert Baptist Church 12140 HG Truman Road in Lusby, MD 410-326-6533 Why: Learn ... How to protect yourself and your friends. How to recognize victims and perpetrators. What you can do to help. Like us on Facebook at: Facebook.com/marylandteensagainsttrafficking


The Circle of Care & Friends 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's Team will be holding a fundraiser "Parking Lot Party" on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to close at 10371 Southern Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk, MD 20732. There will be fun for the whole family with a cornhole tournament, DJ Music, Silent Auction, Facepainting, Popcorn, Snowcones and Vendors. The afternoon features a dunk tank with local politicians and political candidates taking the hot seat on the dunk tank! And there will also be great food on hand. In the evening, a live band will be featured. All proceeds go to benefit the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's. For more information contact Circle of Care at 410-414-2646.


Dana Harty Memorial Gospel Sing and Safe Nights Benefit will be held on Saturday Sept, 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Fellowship Church at 9805 Faith Baptist Church Road White Plains, MD 20695. For more information call 301-580-7186. This event is for the homeless of Charles County.


Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, a non-profit agency, along with the local health department are hosting the "On Track to Recovery Event" on Saturday, September 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Calvert High School Track.  This is a free family event focusing on building a healthier community and strengthening support for Calvert County residents along with their friends and family who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol abuse, a mental health issue or any other life changing event. There will be numerous community resources represented along with activities for children. For more information call 410-535-3079 Ext. 36.

On Saturday, Sept. 20 celebrate the 14th annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day. This event will be held at the Nanjemoy Community Center (4375 Port Tobacco Road) from noon until 3 p.m. The festivities will begin with a lively parade. Following the parade, participants can enjoy live music, crafts for the kids, face painting, area artists, local heritage displays, classic cars, games, and much more. Refreshments and souvenir t-shirts will be available. If you have a piece of Nanjemoy heritage to share or you would like to be part of the parade with a classic vehicle or antique farm equipment, contact the Nanjemoy Community Center coordinator at 301-246-9612. For more information, call 301-246-9612. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD at 800-735-2258.


There will be a PURSE BINGO hosted by the Hollywood Lions Club on Sunday October 12th with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and games starting at 1:00 p.m. It will all happen at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in Hollywood, MD. $20 per regular book, $5 per additional book. $6 for special book and $3 per early bird book, $1 per quickie. There will be a 50/50 raffle and food will be provided. To reserve a table for 8 or more people, or for more information call Mary Ann at 301-373-5271 or Samantha @ 301-904-1527.


American Legion Post 221 invites all active duty personnel and veterans to join us for our monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at the Post home at 21690 Colton Point Rd (Route 242), in Avenue, MD.  The meeting starts at 8:00 pm and generally lasts for less than an hour. Visit our website at http://www.alpost221.webs.com/ to get more information about the organization or e-mail us at alpost221@netscape.net. You can also call (301) 884-4071 for more information.


The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global, shoreline cleanup event sponsored by Ocean Conservancy Int'l, a non-profit focusing on the health of our local waterways. Saturday 20 September 2014, from 9:00am to 1:15pm more than 150 ICC volunteers will stroll - or float - along the Chesapeake Bay; Potomac, or Patuxent rivers to remove litter. A number of volunteers will record and tally the litter collected as part of a global data collection effort. A liability waiver is required and an RSVP is requested, too. Volunteers should expect to get muddy and damp. This is a rain or shine event. Worksites: Myrtle Point Park, Elms Beach Park and Point Lookout State Park. Contact the St. Mary's County ICC Project Manager at fletcher_lorenzo@bah.com ; RSVP September 15th.


Come take a spin in a new Ford and you can help raise up to $6,000 in support of the Mount Harmony Elementary School PTA.  Just a little drive can help get much needed funding.  One day only - September 6th at MOUNT HARMONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 900 WEST MOUNT HARMONY ROAD, OWINGS, MD 20763  for more information call 410-257-1611.


The Patuxent River Officer’s Spouse’s Club (PROSC) is holding its annual kick-off social event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th, at historic Mattapany House (Quarters A) aboard NAS Patuxent River. The evening is open to spouses of active duty, reserve, retired and international military officers. A non-profit group that features a wide array of social and cultural activities, PROSC also supports local, regional and national charities that assist military personnel and their families and serves as a support network for spouses of military officers. Visit www.paxosc.org and LIKE the Pax River Officer’s Spouse’s Club at www.facebook.com/PaxRiverOSC to get the latest information on upcoming PROSC events and important announcements. Those interested in joining PROSC are invited to send an e-mail to paxspouses@paxosc.org.


Southern Maryland's premier craft fair is in its 41st year! St. Peter's Holiday Craft Fair is November 1, 2014 from 8:00AM to 2:00PM at St. Peter's School, 3320 St. Peter's Drive, Waldorf.  We feature over 60 unique artisans with handmade crafts.  Last year over 1,000 shoppers spent the day with us!  Our kitchen is open for breakfast and lunch. The bake tables will satisfy any sweet tooth.  Gently-used jewelry, flea market, and Fair Trade items are also a big hit. Admission is free. (301) 843-8917.


St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having an indoor Flea Market at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 8 AM to 12 PM. All vendors and Crafters are welcome.  An 8 X 10 space with 1 table may be rented for $20.00. For information or to reserve a space you must call 301-475-9543.


Shrimp Feast Fundraising Event will take place on Friday September 12, 2014 from 7pm-12am At the Waldorf Jaycees on 3090 Crain highway Waldorf md 20601. Tickets Include: •All you can Eat (shrimp, fried chicken, hotdogs, sides and more) •All you can Drink (soda water BEER and more) •Live band: Drivin Muzzy, Raffles, games and more!! Join us- for a good time, with good friends, in support of a good cause!! Proceeds benefit various major projects planned for the fall, thanksgiving baskets, toys for tots and more!!!! Contact Shannon for tickets: 240-682-6823.


Volunteers are the heart of Hospice in Calvert County. Calvert Hospice volunteers help care for patients, support families, comfort the bereaved, assist with office work, provide community outreach and support special events/fundraisers.  Regardless of the type of volunteerism you may be interested in, everyone must go through training.  Our next Volunteer training dates are as follows: (You must attend all three days). Thursday, September 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training takes place at the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House located at 4559 Sixes Road in Prince Frederick. For more info contact Anne Stavely at 410.535.0892, astavely@calverthospice.org or visit calverthospice.org.


Leadership Southern Maryland -a non-profit,  nine month, tuition based program designed to develop leaders from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties for regional collaboration on issues facing Southern Maryland as a whole, will be having a benefit golf tournement on Thursday October 9th.  The tourney will take place at Breton            Bay Golf & Country Club. It will be Captain’s Choice with registration from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. With a 9:00 a.m. start. For more information visit Events at www.lsmlead.org, email info@leadershipsomd.org, or call 240-725-5469.


The St. Vincent de Paul Society 7th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk will be held on Saturday, September 13th, rain or shine, at 9:00 a.m. at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown.  Same day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  There is no registration fee, but pledges are welcomed.  Can goods are also being collected to assist the Helping Hands food bank.  There will be a post walk brunch, live music, face painting, a silent auction and door prizes.  Please visit www.fopwalk.org for more information and to register online.

There will be a Community Forum at the Second District Volunteer Fire Dept and Rescue Squad on Thursday, Sept. 4, 7:00pm. The Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad is exploring options regarding replacing their current Station. They are looking for the communities comments, ideas and support. This will be their first Community Forum so please bring a friend! Second District is the only Fire/Rescue EMS Company in St. Mary’s County. 100% Volunteer, 100% of the time. For more information on this community forum about the Second District Fire Department and Rescue Squad visit the website at www.sdvfdrs.org


On Saturday, September 6, 2014, the Kiwanis of St. Mary's County will be at the hillside of the Hollywood VFD. The purpose is to insert approximately 3,000 American flags that will adorn the 5.5' x 12' banner in honor of all whom had died, suffered and/or affected by the 9/11 2001 terrorist attacks. We need volunteers. Saturday, Sept. 6

TIME: 9:00 AM. WHERE: Hollywood VFD. Volunteers will need work gloves, mallet (not a hammer), iron rod to punch holes in the ground or if they have a battery-operated drill with at least a 1/4" bit, Water. See you September 6th at 9 a.m. at the Hollywood Voluneer Fire Department.


The 2014 Fall Classic Dodgeball Tournament provides Southern Maryland with a day of maximum social enjoyment through the alternative sport of dodgeball. Now’s your chance to gather a team of friends, neighbors, or co-workers and relive the days of your youth! October 4, 2014 beginning at 9:00 am. Check in is 8:00-8:30 am

Registration deadline is September 26, 2014. $75 per team (6 players). 16 years and up. Minors must have parental permission. Minimum 6 teams; maximum 9 teams. Leonard Hall Recreation Center. 23145 Leonard Hall Drive - Leonardtown, MD 20650. For more information, registration and rules visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/dodgeball or contact Kyle Kebaugh at 301-475-4200 ext. 1803 or via email to kyle.kebaugh@stmarysmd.com.


Surrattsville HS Class of 1974 will be having a 40 Year Reunion on September 6, 2014 at 7 PM. Where: The Golf Club at South River - Edgewater, MD. Tickets $70/person, contact Barbara Sheldon 410-610-7123.


Sacred Heart Parish of La Plata will host a “Country Fix’ns Dinner” on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 12:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Friendship Room located in the church basement at 201 St. Mary’s Avenue in La Plata.  The menu will include fried chicken, Memphis pork barbecue, parsley red potatoes, fresh green beans, frog eye salad, and rolls and butter.  This year’s dinner will include choice of home baked desserts and drawings for door prizes for eat-in dining.  The cost is $18.00 per person or $50.00 for a family of 6. Children under 6 eat free. Carry out and drive up meals will be available for $18.00 as well as a bucket of chicken for $12.00.  Delicious desserts and baked treats will also be available for purchase at the bake sale. For more information, call the Sacred Heart Parish Office at 301-934-2261.


This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, “Reapers in Red Coats: The Ghosts of Sotterley 1814” will run on October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 with first performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased online: www.sotterley.org. Exclusive for Sotterley Members! Pay only $10 per person for performances on Thursday, October 23rd! Advance reservations required - call 301-373-2280! Another benefit of membership! Group rates are available by calling our office 301-373-2280. May not be suitable for young children. Dress appropriately for this spooky outdoor walking tour / production. NO refunds - held rain or shine.


Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department is having an open house event on October 26th from 11am - 3pm.  It will all happen at the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department at 3170 West Ward Rd. in Dunkirk, MD 20754. Everything is free - food, drinks, moon bounce, cotton candy, snow cones, etc. See you October 26th at the Open House at the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department.


Announcing our 23rd Annual Golf Tournament that benefits The Center for Life Enrichment and Special Olympics St. Mary's County to be held on Friday, September 26th at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course located in Chaptico, Maryland. (Rain date is October 1st). Interested in supporting or playing in this event?   For more information or to register, please call Laurie at 301-373-8100 ext. *814. Both The Center for Life Enrichment and Special Olympics St. Mary's County are United Way organizations that meet the needs of persons with disabilities in our community.


On September 13, Battle Creek Nature Education Society and American Chestnut Land Trust will host a paddling event on the Chesapeake Bay. The Park to Park Paddle is an opportunity for experienced kayakers to enjoy a beautiful but hard-to-access section of the Chesapeake Bay. This moderately strenuous 7-mile trip will begin at the Warrior's Rest Sanctuary located at the mouth of Parkers Creek in Port Republic. Paddlers will explore the shoreline southward along the Calvert Cliffs going down the bay to the beach at Flag Ponds Nature Park in Lusby. Fees: $35 for BCNES members & ACLT Members; $50 for nonmembers. Reservations and advance payment required by September 8. A limited number of kayaks are available for an additional fee of $10 per person.

Register: Participants can register online at

http://calvertparks.org/event-1713037?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=9/19/2014, or by mail to BCNES, PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676; or in person at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, 2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD.


Each year in September, United Way of Charles County invites their communities to improve the conditions in which they live by volunteering at their Day of Caring event. On Thursday, September 11, 2014, United Way of Charles County will host its 20th annual Day of Caring, where local businesses and organizations give employees the day off with pay to participate in over 18 projects throughout Charles County at some of our Partner Agency's locations.  Our day will kick off at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center with a light breakfast and you will receive a Live United tee shirt before heading out to the project you sign up for. To get involved call us at (301) 609-4844.  To view a full listing of the projects and sign up to volunteer, email us at unitedwaycharlesco@comcast.net.  You can also visit our website http://www.unitedwaycharles.org/day-caring for more details.

Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association Second Annual 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, September 6th. All proceeds will be used for community events held by the Civic Association.  Event to start at Long Point Beach, on Waterview Drive, in Golden Beach/Mechanicsville, MD. Registration at 9 AM. Run/Walk starts at 10 AM. If you pre-register by August 30th, prices are: $25/person; $40/couple; $75/family of four. You can pre-register at www.ourgoldenbeach.com. Prices will be $5 higher at the gate. Paid registration entitles you to a free t-shirt; meal voucher; and bottled water. Children 10 and under can race for free (t-shirt and meal voucher not included). Don't want to race? Sponsor a kilometer sign for $50. For information call Jackson Miller at 240-538-6503.


Chopticon High School will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. The Chopticon Band Boosters will be holding a special Chopticon Band Alumni Dinner on Friday September 19th at 6:60 p.m. The event will take place at All Saints Church Hall in Avenue. Get tickets and complete details at www.chopticonband.myevent.com


Chopticon High will be sponsoring the 5th annual Showcase of Bands on Saturday October 4th at 3 p.m. This event will feature 9 regional high school marching bands each performing their own unique show for the 2014/2015 school year. Enjoy food, raffles and hear music performed by the talented young musicians in your community. Get tickets at www.seatyourself.biz


The whole family will love the 3rd annual Costume Caper 5K Wald and Run on Sunday October 19th at 9 a.m. Race begins and ends at the Colton's Point Museum and will feature a tiny tot fun run around the museum with face painting, snacks and more. New this year there will be a 2-person relay option. Costumes and leashed dogs encouraged. Bring a canned food good to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Register early at www.raceroster.com.



SAVE THE DATES - Upcoming Children's Programs at the Bayside History Museum, ages 3-5. Select Fridays in September and October 2014 at the Bayside History Museum, 4025 4th St, North Beach, Maryland. www.baysidehistorymuseum.org 301-855-4028/410-610-5970


Bathing Beauties & Muscle Cars: Friday, September 5 at 2:00pm: Discover the history of bathing suits and cars from the year 1900 to today. Play some games with a take-home fashion doll or a tiny take-home muscle car! Ages 3-5, children must be accompanied by an adult. $5/child for supplies. REGISTRATION REQUIRED :

301-855-4028/ 410-610-5970 or baysidechildrensprograms@hotmail.com to register


"Talk like a Pirate Day" the Chesapeake Way!: Friday, September 19 at 2:00pm: Hear stories about pirates that sailed the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Play a scurvy game, do a craft, learn how to talk like a real pirate and take home some pirate treasure! Ages 3-5, children must be accompanied by an adult. $5/child for supplies.


The Secret Life of Sand Dollars: Friday, October 3 at 2:00pm: Learn all about living sand dollars, hear a story, play a game and make a take-home sand dollar craft! Ages 3-5, children must be accompanied by an adult. $1/child.


Celebrate Frankenstein Friday: Friday, October 31 at 2:00pm: Celebrate "Frankenstein Friday" with fun games like "witch’s stew," wrap the mummy, pass the pumpkin and candy corn catch! Wear your Halloween costume and get a treat! Ages 3-5, children must be accompanied by an adult. $1/child


The Dentsville EMS and Auxiliary is having a Brown Bag Auction Sat, Sept 6th. Tickets go on sale 10am and the Auction starts at noon.  Join them for an exciting afternoon. Walt Disney World Hopper Passes, 2 Cancun Vacations, 2 Whitetail Ski Vacations, Gift cards, Gift Baskets, Entertainment Tickets and so much more. The Dentsville EMS & Auxiliary is located at 12135 Charles Street (Rt. 6) La Plata, MD 20646


The Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be having a Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner at the rescue squad building, 21530 Coltons Point Rd, Rt 242, Avenue, MD 20609, on Sunday, September 14.  The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include 1/2 fried chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans, roll and a homemade dessert.  The cost will be $13.00. Please plan to come and enjoy a Sunday chicken dinner prepared by the Auxiliary.


The Calvert Library is offering Citizen Scientist events in September.  On Thursday, September 4, the session will be Labels in our Lives at 7pm at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  An environmental scientist will talk about the periodic table and explain how to interpret the ingredients list on household products and processed food items.  So if you wonder if it’s safe to wash your dishes in tetrasodium glutamate diacetate or if you are curious about that stuff in your coffee sweetener, you should be sure to attend. On Tuesday, September 23,  you will have a chance to beef up your understanding of the science we see on a daily basis.  Perhaps you want to make sense of the water quality report posted.  Or maybe you are suspicious of that article you saw in the newspaper.  We will discuss what makes science “science” and explore the scientific method. These workshops are free and open to the public.  Registration is requested but not required.  For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862 or check the website at calvertlibrary.info.


Our Lady of the Wayside will hold its annual Apple Festival on Sunday, October 12th 2014 from 12 pm to 5 pm. There will be crafters, food, apple desserts, and apple and fall products for sale, face painting, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, children’s games, bingo and live music. There will be a cash money raffle and an “Apple Basket” raffle. There will also be a Silent Auction. In lieu of an admittance fee, the Our Lady Works of Mercy will accept monetary donations and nonperishable food items for the Mary Lou Gough Food Pantry. For additional information, please contact Brenda Russell at 301-247-1871 or rsbrssll@AOL.COM


American Legion Post 221, located at 21690 Colton Point Rd (Rt. 242), in Avenue, has a Steak, Shrimp, & Fish Dinner Night on the third Friday of every month from 5pm - 8pm. This is an excellent opportunity to get out and meet people in the community. There are several menu items for the adults and kids to enjoy at a reasonable price (http://alpost221.webs.com/steakshrimpfishmenu.htm). You can call (301) 884-4071 for further information. You can also visit our website at http://www.alpost221.webs.com/.


On Sunday, September 7th, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Holy Angels Church, 21340 Colton Point Rd. Avenue, MD, 20609, will be serving a delicious Seafood Dinner.  The menu includes:  Fried Oysters, Steamed Spiced Shrimp, Crab Balls, Fried Chicken, Parsley Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Pickled Beets, and all the trimmings!  Served buffet style -- all you can eat!  Adults - $25.00; Children (6 to 12) - $8.00; and Children (5 & under) - Free.  Carryouts are available at $23.00 each.    There will be delicious homemade desserts and a craft table!  The raffle prize this year is for a total of $1,500 in cash!  The first prize is $1,000 and the second prize is $500.  You do not need to be present to win. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please call the rectory at 301-769-3332 or email holy01angels@aol.com.


The 12th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5th, 2014 and we have many exciting opportunities for companies and individuals to join us as sponsors and advertisers for the event. Your Support Matters! Support the Riverside WineFest at Sotterley through sponsorship, advertising in our 2014 full-color program, or both! To become a WineFest Sponsor, please contact Nate Ryon, Development Manager: development@sotterley.org. To advertise in the WineFest program, please contact Eileen Miller, Marketing Manager: marketing@sotterley.org. For more information, we welcome your phone call: 301-373-2280.



Celebrate Maryland’s first inhabitants on Indian Discovery Day, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Historic St. Mary's City.  Everyone is invited to try their hand at archery, working with clay, rattle and cordage making, digging out a canoe, and assisting with the construction of a new witchott (long house).  Learn about traditional dances from the Tayac Territory Dancers, then try some steps and join a dance or two. Event hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Special activities are included in general admission to the museum: $10.00 adult; $9 seniors; $6.00 for students; and free for those 5 years and younger and Friends members. For more information, call 1-800-762-1634, 240-895-4990, or visit the museum’s web site, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.


Calling for Arts & Crafters, We are calling for entries to PRAD 2014.   We still have spaces open for PRAD (Patuxent River Appreciation Days)  to be held on Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 2014 (always Columbus Day weekend). If you are interested in participating, please contact Gerry Wood, via email:  gbwood2@verizon.net, (Replies must have PRAD in the subject line)  or phone, 301-863-9663.  We hope you will consider joining us at PRAD..


It's time to starting thinking about the 26th Annual Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees, a community event and Calvert Hospice fundraiser that ushers in the holiday season.  This year’s theme is “Making Spirits Bright” and the three-day event will once again be held Thanksgiving weekend at St. John Vianney in Prince Frederick with the following hours: Friday, November 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, November 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival features: exquisitely decorated trees, family entertainment, a wide-variety of vendors, model train displays, Santa’s Workshop and the annual Gingerbread House competition. The following opportunities are available: Festival Sponsorship, Tree Sponsorship, Poinsettia Purchase, Program Advertisement. If you or your business would like to support this year’s festival, please visit calverthospice.org or call 410.535.0892.


Bluegrass for Hospice-2014 is seeking vendors for this year’s event.  It will be held on Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, Maryland.  The event will run from noon until 8:00 pm and will feature Bluegrass music all day with door prizes and a silent auction.  Interested vendors may request a vendor application or receive more information by calling 301-737-3004.  The deadline for requesting a space is October 10, 2014.


Are you addicted to tobacco? Do you want to quit? FREE Tobacco Cessation Classes are given by the Health Department both in Leonardtown at the Health Department and in Lexington Park. Classes are in the evenings and medications to assist in quitting tobacco addictions are free, as well. If you want to quit using tobacco, please call 301-475-4330 for more information.


St. Mary's County Health Department offers Free Colon Cancer Screenings for uninsured and under insured residents of St. Mary's County. If you are age 50 or older,  you have a family member with a history of colon cancer/colon polyps or you have symptoms of colorectal cancer, you may be eligible BEFORE age 50. Please get screened, as early identification is crucial to early detection and treatment.  Please call 301-475-4318 to see if you are eligible.


The St. Mary's County Health Department offers Free Mammograms and PAP smears to eligible residents of St. Mary's County. Please call the Health Department at 301-475-4330 to see if you qualify.


On Saturday, October 11, 2014, the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their Annual Fall Craft Fair at the La Plata Firehouse from 9am to 2pm.  There is no admission fee, however a $1 donation is appreciated at the door.  There will be a variety of crafters, vendors, raffles, door prizes, food for purchase, and more!  If you would like further information, please email Ruby at lpvfdlacraftfair@yahoo.com


Christmas in April, St. Mary’s County, Inc. is organizing their 1st annual 5K run/3K walk on September 27, 2014  This will be a sanctioned event on the Three Notch Trail in Charlotte Hall, Md. starting and finishing in front of the Northern Senior Center. Sign in and registration (Cash or Check only) 7:30AM to 8:30AM. Online registration at Powered by Active.Com. Run/Walk starts at 9 AM. 100% of profit will go to Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc. to fund our program. For more info: 301-884-2905


There will be an Auction Hosted by St. Mary's Sunshine Center Preschool and Daycare on Saturday, September 6, 2014 @ 10:00am at St. Mary's County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 10:00am, bidding begins at 10:15 and the winners will be announced at 12:15. There will also be a bake sale and vendor displays. Please come out and join us in supporting the young children in our community.


Organizers are searching for 1974 graduates of Potomac (MD) High School and folks that frequented the Marlow Heights, Maryland area from the 1950's through the 1970's. A 40-year class reunion weekend is planned for Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Aloft Hotel at National Harbor followed by the Marlow Heights 60's and 70's Back to School Dance on Saturday, September 27th. Members of the class are encouraged to contact Rod Adams at 301-848-6857 or rra1956@gmail.com and also go to marlowheights60sand70s.com Web Site for the Marlow Heights 60's and 70's Back to School Dance information and tickets.


Wednesday, September 17  |  7:00 p.m. in the Barn at Sotterley Plantation. In the long saga of cultural looting and destruction, the Nazi war was unprecedented in its ideological ferocity and brutal effectiveness on Europe’s cultural heritage.  Yet, in the midst of the destruction wrought by the Nazis, a band of men and women serving in the U.S. military during World War II, known as the Monuments Men, fought a valiant struggle to preserve what could be saved and to restore precious objects to devastated communities. This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.


Brown Bag Auction to benefit the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad will take place on Saturday September 6th 2014 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridge. Doors open at 12pm – Auctions begin 2pm. Tickets $1 a piece, 6 for $5, 14 for $10, or an arms length for $20. We truly have Something for everyone! Food, Drinks, and Baked goods will be on sale. Bring a donation for St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry and receive 3 free tickets! Bring your address labels or name stamps to save time with your tickets! It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!


Join us for the 11th Annual Maryland Bikers for Babies! Sunday, October 5, 2014. Registration begins at 11:00 am at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland. Come early and enjoy the festive atmosphere, music, vendors, auction, raffles, register for the tattoo contest. The 45-mile police escorted ride will begin at 2:00 with official line-up and start on the ¼ mile-racing track and will take you on a scenic ride through beautiful Southern Maryland when the fall foliage is at it’s peak. The ride will end at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata, Maryland for a free after ride party with all the trimmings courtesy of the Waldorf Lions Club. Online pre-registeration only $30 (bikers, passengers, spectators)! Day-of registration is $35 (bikers, passengers, spectators)! Spectator Child (12 & under; wil NOT ride) $10. Visit www.bikersforbabies.org/Maryland.



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