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The annual  Fall “Fishin’ Buddies” Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10, 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. Trophies will be awarded in the two age divisions. Bank anglers will compete separately from those who fish from a boat. Local businesses have donated numerous fishing-related door prizes. All teams are eligible for the door prize drawings. The entry fee is $7 per team, and pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Entry forms are available at Gilbert Run Park. Registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, Oct. 7. For more information or to receive an entry form, call 301-932-3470 or 301-870-2778 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Start fall with a night of dancing! We’ll teach a 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. This is the last monthly dance until October. Dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. When: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Where: Little Flower School, Route 5, Great MillsFor more information, e-mail somdballroom@gmail.com or call 315-250-5110.


Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy will be hosting their annual two day Antique/Vendor Show & Sale on November 14 and 15.  This is one of the school's largest fundraisers and the funds go towards helping with the school's day-to-day operational costs.  Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy is currently looking for Antique Dealers and Vendors. If you are interested in renting a space please email info@lhjna.com or visit the school’s website at www.lhjna.com.  Admission to the event is free for the public.


On September 26th 2015 from noon to 7pm, Patriotic Jeeps Supporting Public Safety will be hosting the First Annual Tiki Trek & Jeep Show at 85 Charles St. Solomons, MD. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Calvert Advanced Life Support - the last 100% volunteer A.L.S. unit in the state, and the busiest emergency medical unit in Calvert County. Over 300 Jeeps are expected to be on display and competing for prizes in one of six categories that include Oldest Daily Driver, Most Miles Daily Driver, Most Modified, Best Equipped Emergency Jeep, Coolest, and Ugliest ("most unique"). Anyone wanting to register for the competition can do so on our website, www.patrioticjeeps.com under the EVENTS tab.


Our Lady of the Wayside’s annual Apple Festival is on Sunday on October 11, 2015 from 12 pm to 5 pm at 37575 Chaptico Rd in Chaptico.  The Apple Festival offers great local food, apple desserts, apples and fall produce, arts and crafts for sale, children’s games, pumpkin painting, face painting, scare crow making, Bingo and live music. There will be a cash raffle and an “Apple Basket” raffle and a Silent Auction. In lieu of an admittance fee, Our Lady Works of Mercy will accept monetary donation as well as nonperishable food items for the Mary Lou Gough Food Pantry. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information please contact Brenda Russell at 301-247-1871 or at rsbrssll@aol.com.


Calvert Hospice announces The Art of Mourning: A Grief Art Therapy Group from September 29 through November 17. The group will meet at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House on Tuesdays from 2 – 4 pm and explore ways to express grief and learn to heal through art. The cost is $50, and all materials are included. Pre-registration is required.  To register or receive more info, contact Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert@calverthospice.org.


The La Plata High School Class of "1975" is having their 40th Class Reunion. Homecoming  weekend October 2nd and 3rd 2015. There is a weekend of events planned. Ending with dinner and dancing at the American Legion in La Plata starting at 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on October 3rd. The cost is $45.00. For more information visit the website LPHSclassof1975@gmail.com.


Calvert Library has announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com). Calvert Library card holders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of artists and titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.  At this time, Calvert Library is allowing customers to borrow up to six hoopla items a month.


PABA -  Parents Affected by Addiction: Meetings are held in the tri-county area, to support Parents and families of those who have a loved one with an opiate or heroin addiction.    This group is designed to provide a gathering place, where others have and are going through the same situation.  Folks can talk, share, listen, cry and obtain materials and suggestions for help for themselves and for their loved ones. Next Meeting to be held - Sept. 17th   Calvert Co. Recovery & Support Services – 280 Stafford Rd., (off rt. 231) Barstow 6:30 - for more information - e-mail pabaparents@yahoo.com


Step into the world of the rebel dirt bike gang of Baltimore … directed by Lotfy Nathan the gripping documentary “12 O’Clock Boys” kicks of the ninth annual film series at St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Monday, September 21st … The film series “Baltimore Reel: A Celebration of Films and Filmmakers” is free and open to the public … More information at: 240-895-4225 … or on-line at:  s-m-c-m dot edu forward slash t-f-m-s (www.smcm.edu/tfms)


Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be re-locating to St. Mary’s Square on Great Mills Road. The Grand Opening ceremony is scheduled for September 19th at 10 AM- please join us in celebrating a bigger, better, brighter shopping experience that benefits the local community. At our ReStore you will find home appliances, furniture, flooring and many other new & used household items that have been donated.  We resell them at a discount of 50-75% off retail. Revenue from the ReStore sales is used to support our mission of ending poverty housing in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. Donate, Shop, or volunteer to help change someone’s life!


The Hollywood Moose Lodge 2393 and Chapter 2173 would like to invite the community to attend our 4th annual benefit softball game between the Patuxent Moose Lodge and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff Department on Sunday, September 20th at 1:00 pm.  Rain Date will be September 26th at 1:00.  The game will be held on Tippett’s Ball field in Hollywood Maryland.  $5.00 Donation at the gate.  There will be door prizes, raffles, 50/50’s and more.  All are invited back to the lodge for some grilled dogs and burgers following the game!  ALL PROCEEDS ARE TO BENEFIT THE HOLLYWOOD RESCUE SQUAD IN HOLLYWOOD!!!


Name of Event: The Topic of Conversation. Come and have a raw and honest conversation with people in your community about race and race relations in the US. The time has come to have "the conversation" and start the reconciliation process so we can heal our nation.  "United We Stand! Divided We Will Fall." Time:  6 - 7:15pm. Day: Weekly/Sunday. Place:  Email for location. Email:  ttopicofconversation@gmail.com. Hosted by:   Peaceful Harmonious Reconciliation. Contact/Phone:  Allie Simmons ( 240-718-8282)


September is packed full of activities to benefit our furry friends at the Tri-County Animal Shelter:

 Happy Cat Month (Sept. 1-30)

During September, celebrate all shelter felines and adopt a cat or two for a reduced fee. Most shelter cats want a loving home where they can stretch out on the couch and an owner who will lovingly scratch them behind the ears. This month is dedicated to keeping our feline friends happy, healthy, and purring all year long.


Yard Sale/Open House (Sept. 12)

Donate new or gently-used holiday items, jewelry, handbags, accessories, kitchenware, toys, china and dishes, and small furniture to the Tri-County Animal Shelter to be used at the shelter yard sale and open house on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the shelter facility, meet the animals, and enjoy light refreshments. The event will be held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the shelter.


National Dog Week (Sept. 20-26)

Celebrate dogs and remember to practice responsible pet ownership.  Get your leashes, harnesses, treats, and toys ready for a weeklong dog celebration. While you love on your cuddly best friend, remember the less-fortunate, four-legged angels looking for forever homes. From Sept. 20-26, the dog adoption fee will be reduced to $100. If you cannot adopt, but still want to help, volunteer at the shelter, donate dog food or toys, or bring a special treat for the shelter animals. Let Tri-County Animal Shelter help you make the most of National Dog Week.


Riverfest 2015 (Sept. 26)

Take home a new furry best friend and have some fun at Riverfest 2015 at Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about protecting our waterways, see birds of prey up close, and watch a re-enactment of 17th century militia.  Admission is free and fun for all ages. Enjoy face painting, kayaking, sailing, live music, and food. For activity times and to learn more, visit www.smrwa.org/riverfest.html.


The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/animalshelter/tri-county-animal-shelter or www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html to find your “purrfect” pet.

The Mechanicsville Optimist Club would like to announce its first Cornhole Tournament. It will be Saturday, September 19th; sign up starts at noon, play starts at 1:00pm. The cost is $20.00 per person – with half going to the winners & half going to providing for the youth and community service programs of St. Mary’s County.  Teams will be chosen via luck of the draw. People of all ages are encouraged to come! Tournament will be double elimination.  Mechanicsville Optimist will be selling food & drink.  Menu for this event includes hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, coleslaw, French fries, nachos, sodas, Gatorade and water.  Location for this event is the Lions Club pavilion on the corner of Rt. 5 and flora corner road in Mechanicsville. For more information or any questions contact Tim Quade at 240-577-3540 or via email at tquade1959@gmail.com.


Wednesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m., join Little Explorers for their first program of the fall season. This week the theme will be all about apples!  Meet by the Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary and be ready for fun!  Little Explorers discover the world at Historic St. Mary’s City through storytelling, crafts, songs, and outdoor exploration.  Preschoolers, ages 3-5, and an accompanying adult are invited to gather at Historic St. Mary’s City for an hour of adventure, fun, and learning twice monthly on Wednesdays in the spring and fall.  Each Little Explorers gathering features a different theme. The program runs from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.  Admission is $4 per child for non-members ($3 for Friends members) and accompanying adults visit free.  The fee includes full-day admission to the museum.  Bring a picnic and spend the day!  For more information, contact Sharol at 240-895-4980 or email info@HSMCdigshistory.org. 


Monday, September 14 – 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. – Public hearing of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force, followed by a regular Task Force meeting, at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  Anyone wishing to have input and make recommendations about how to honor Ms. Brown (3 minutes for individuals and 5 minutes for organizations) should email HEBTaskForce@aol.com at least 5 days in advance with his or her name, organization if any, phone number, email address, and preferred date (September 14, October 5, or October 20). Anyone not signing up in advance will be allowed to speak if time permits, or invited to a future hearing or to submit written recommendations. 


Monday, October 5 – 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. – Public hearing of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force, followed by a regular Task Force meeting, at Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  Anyone wishing to have input and make recommendations about how to honor Ms. Brown (3 minutes for individuals and 5 minutes for organizations) should email HEBTaskForce@aol.com at least 5 days in advance with his or her name, organization if any, phone number, email address, and preferred date (October 5 or October 20). Anyone not signing up in advance will be allowed to speak if time permits, or invited to a the final (October 20) hearing or to submit written recommendations. 


The 20th Annual Scott Verbic Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held on Friday October 2, 2015 at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course. Proceeds from the event support the youth scholarship program providing the children of St. Mary’s County to attend summer camp, sports and other leisure programs throughout the year at a discounted rate. Over the prior 19 years the event has generated more than $115,000. The team registration fee is $340 and includes greens/carts fee for 4 golfers, breakfast, lunch, drinks on the course, and door prize entry. Individual registrations will also be accepted beginning September 14 at $85 per golfer. For more information about the Scott Verbic Tournament, please contact Kyle Kebaugh at 301-475-4200 ext. 1803


Get infected! It's the Zombie Invasion 5K being sponsored by the Charles County Sheriff's Office, Faternal Order of Police and the Charles County Correctional Officers Association. It all happens on October 15th and all the proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maryland. Makeup artists will be on hand to turn you into a zombie. Join the fun at Lauren Springs Regional Park in La Plata. Registration/Transformation is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m. This is a road race not a zombie chase! Plus it's family friendly so strollers are welcome. There will be prizes for top zombie finishers by age, top male and female finisher and top fundraising zombie team.


Spend your day off from school at Horse Camp for a Day! Based on our popular summer horse camps, Horse Camp for a Day offers similar activities in a one-day format. Riders will be given challenges whether they have never ridden a horse at all or have some experience. The day also includes a horse-themed craft, a sensory trail hike, an afternoon snack and a horse-themed activity. Horse Camps for a Day are offered throughout the school year. Afternoon extended care available. Dates, rates and details: www.greenwellfoundation.org


Everyone is invited to the Hughesville Garden Club's Autumn Tea, Oct 4th, 1 - 3:30 pm, at the Old Waldorf School, 3074 Crain Highway. The Club is featuring a full tea, including soup, salad, scones, sandwiches and desserts.  There will also be musical entertainment, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Price:  $25.  All funds raised will be used to fund the Club's Community Projects. Deadline for reservations is Sept 27th. For reservations or more information call 301-374-6762.


Sunday, September 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your favorite Baby Doll to the Museum. Ages 6 - 10. Discover the history of the Depression here in this area in the late 20’s to early 30’s thru the American Girl Doll “Kit”. Please join our latest feature in our series of Children’s Free Programs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations for this event not required. For additional information, contact Susan Howes at 410-257-3210 or 443-532-6442.


The Humane Society of Charles County is hosting a dog friendly event being held on Sunday, October 11 from 10am to 4pm. "Mutt Madness @ the Fairgrounds" will be 6 hours of fun games for both humans and animals, costume contests, silly pet tricks, vendors, food and beer and so much more. All proceeds from this event will help the homeless pets in the Charles County area awaiting their forever home.


The St. Mary's County Chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association is sponsoring a talk entitled "Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold" on September 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. in the Leonardtown Library Meeting Room. Speaker Ally Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant. The talk is free for first-time attendees and members.


Pax River Quilter Guild Monthly Meeting - September's meeting features "Demo Night". Members will be sharing their quilting expertise with various technique demonstrations - Quilt as you Go Log Cabin, Interfacing, Fusibles and Adhesives, Computer Story Patches & Sticker Labeling and an Ornament Station to make ornaments for our Hospice tree. New members and guest welcome! Pax River Quilters Guild is a 501(c)(3) organization and is open to the public.  Visit our website www.paxriverquiltquild.com or our group page, Pax River Quilters Guild on FaceBook for more information.

Calvert Hospice announces new volunteer training October 8 – 10. We are looking for volunteers to sit with patients, help in the Calvert Hospice office, work at the Shoppe for Hospice, serve as a buddy for a child at Camp Phoenix, facilitate the Bridges support group, or assist at other special events in the community.  Pre-registration is required. To register or receive more info, contact Amanda Peterson at 410-535-0892 or email apeterson@calverthospice.org.


The muskets are loaded, uniforms pressed and the smell of great food permeates the air. Join us at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) for the "1812 Fair and Reenactment," September 26, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Stay for "Tavern Night" and enjoy an array of music, food and drinks from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Step back in time with JPPM as we relive life in the early 1800s. In 1814, war reached the shores of Southern Maryland. At the mouth of St. Leonard Creek, on property that is now  part of JPPM, Maryland's largest naval  engagement occurred. This living history event puts you in the middle of life in Southern Maryland during this time. Spectators will enjoy period-camp life, skirmishes and battle reenactments. For more information visit www.jefpat.org


Have you ever eaten Lobscouse or Dandyfunk? On Thursday, September 24, join Simon Spalding as he explains the culinary practices of the world's navies and merchant ships in the early 19th century, with fascinating details of how food was preserved, prepared, and consumed aboard sailing ships of the era. The lecture will be held at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) at 7pm, at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM). The lecture is free and open to the public.


ATTENTION:  All active duty military, veterans, reservists, first responders.  Operation Warrior Refuge will be holding PowWows  on Thursday evenings at Fleet Reserve Association Branch 93 located at 21707 Three Notch Road, (about 1/4 mile south of PAX NAS Gate 2, on the right) Lexington Park, on the following dates:  Sept 03, Sept. 17, Oct 01, Oct 15, Oct 29, Nov. 12 and Dec 10th.  PowWows  start at 6pm.  Please check the website www.owr22.org or call 301-880-0531.


Sacred Heart Parish of La Plata will host a “Country Fix’ns Dinner” on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 12:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room.  The menu will include fried chicken, Memphis pork barbecue, parsley red potatoes, fresh green beans, spiced carrots, cucumber salad and rolls and butter. The cost is $18.00 per person. 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 $13.00.  Delicious desserts and baked treats will also be available for purchase at the bake sale. Raffle tickets for a $1500, $1000 and $500 prize as well as a 50/50 drawing are available after weekend masses or at the Parish Office and will be on sale at the dinner prior to the 6:00 p.m. drawings.  For more information, call the Sacred Heart Parish Office at 301-934-2261.


The Natioanl Allilance on Mental Illness Southern Maryland is now forming their next Family to Family class in Calvert County. It will be held at Calvert Memorial Hospital, 100 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick, starting Tuesday, September 15th, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. It will run for 12 consecutive weeks and is free. If you have a family member that lives with a mental illness and are seeking answers, this life-changing, empowering course is for you. Please contact Teresa 240-832-6931 to register. Or visit NAMI Southern Maryland at http://www.namisomd.org


There will be a Harrington Casino and Raceway Bus Trip on Sunday Sept 20th to support The ALS Foundation.  The bus will leave San Souci Shopping Center at 9 am and return at 8 pm.  $50 per person includes your round trip bus fare, $10 in free play and your buffet.  All remaining proceeds go to support The ALS Foundation. Seats are on a first come first served basis.  Seating is limited.   Please contact Rob Purdy at 301-481-7438 to reserve your seat. 


Come join us for a golf tournament on Friday, September 25th at Wicomico Shores Golf Course. Registration begins at 8am and proceeds go to the Chopticon Marching Band, The Showband of Southern Maryland! Q: Why is the game called "golf"? A: Because all the other 4-letter words were already taken.


St. Mary’s County Arts Council is proud to present The Clazzical Project in concert on the Historic Leonardtown Square, starting at 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 5th.  Enjoy unique versions of classical music in contemporary jazz styles performed by Don Stapleson on flute, Peter Fields on guitar, and Fred Lieder the cello.  Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on. For more information: Maria.fleming2@verizon.net.  301-475-9791


Join the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse on September 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate National Recovery Month with food, fun and fellowship.  The celebration will be held at Serenity Farm located at 6932 Serenity Farm Road in Hughesville, Md.


The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will have a Blood Drive on Thursday September 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown Maryland.  Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor i.d.: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to schedule your life saving donation. The need is constant, the gratification is instant. Give blood today.

The Chesapeake Community Chorus, an all-volunteer chorus that raises funds for local charities, is looking to add singers to the chorus.  No auditions required.  Contact Larry Brown, Director, at 301-855-7477 or email him at lbrown9601@verizon.net.  Our next practice session is Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4-6 pm, North Beach Union Church, 8912 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach.


Saturday Sept 19th  Calvert Crohn's presents: "2015 Rockin for a Cure to Crohn's Golf and Concert" featuring Suckerpunch at Twin Shields Golf Club in Dunkirk, MD. Golf starts at 1pm and Concert Starts at 8pm. Proceeds benefit CCFA (Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America) a certified 501c3. Contact Greg Russell (202)669-7885 or at info@calvertcrohns.org for more information or go to our events page at www.calvertcrohns.org


Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd. Mechanicsville Craft Fair on Saturday, November 14 from 9am   to  2pm. Delicious food, bake sale and great crafts. All proceeds to benefit the church and its missions. Sponsored by Sarah Circle/United Methodist Women www.mtzionmech.org


Christmas in April, St. Mary’s County, Inc. will be holding their 2nd Annual 5K Run 3K Walk on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on the Three Notch Trail, Charlotte Hall, Md. Start/Finish in front of Northern Senior Center. Run/Walk starts at 8:30 AM. Early bird registration by August 31, 2015 is $25.00. $30.00 through September 25, 2015. Date of Event will be $35.00 – 7:15 AM until 8:00 AM sign in and registration – cash or check only. Register online at Powered by Active. com. For more information and to register on line, please visit our web site: www.christmasinaprilsmc.org or call 301-884-2905. Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc. is a non-profit organization in partnership with the community to rehabilitate homes of low-income, particularly the elderly and disabled including veterans. 100% of profit will go to Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc. to fund our program. This is a family and pet friendly event.


Sotterley Announces the Opening of its First Permanent Year-Round Exhibit 'Land, Lives and Labor at Sotterley'. Friday, September 11th at 10 am. The Land, Lives and Labor exhibit located both inside and outside the Corn Crib offers visitors a unique view of life at Sotterley from the worker’s perspectives, both enslaved and free. The exhibit gives voice to those who far too often had none. Their stories were heavily researched and include primary documents, oral histories and interactive hands-on features, as well as a display of historic tools and equipment used to work the grounds at Sotterley. Land Lives and labor can be experienced year-round on any day the site is open. RSVPs for the exhibit opening ceremony are appreciated, and can be made to officemanager@sotterley.org or 301-373-2280.


Calvert Hospice announces its next Volunteer Training on October 8, 6 pm – 9 pm; October 9, 6 pm – 9 pm; and October 10, 9 am – 2 pm. We are looking for volunteers to sit with patients, help in the Calvert Hospice office, work at the Shoppe for Hospice, serve as a buddy for a child at Camp Phoenix, facilitate the Bridges support group, or assist at other special events in the community. Volunteering for Calvert Hospice is a rewarding way to give back to the community. For more information about volunteering with Calvert Hospice, contact Amanda Peterson at 410-535-0892 x4003 orapeterson@calverthospice.org. The Volunteer Application can also be downloaded from our website: www.calverthospice.org.


The Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Carryout Baked Chicken Dinner. Sunday September 13, 2015 from 11:30am- 3:00pm at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in Mechanicsville.  Dinners are $14.00 each and will include, Baked Chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce and a roll. For more information email Mthompson@mvfd.com


The Pinefield Civic Association will be holding their fall yard sale at Pinefield Park, located on Pinefield Rd. on September 19 from 8am to 2 pm. Set up will began at sunrise, A 10 by10 space cost $10.00, and reservations are not necessary. We had 60 sellers at the spring event. Come out to sell or buy!  

PABA -  Parents Affected by Addiction.   A local, tri-county support group designed to help parents and loved ones, dealing with adult children with Opiate Addictions.  In addition to support , our meetings offer information on treatment centers, education on addiction and many other means of help. NEXT PABA MEETING  -  August meeting -  Wednesday  Aug. 26 @ Charles County Sheriffs HQ – LaPlata -   6:30  doors open, 6pm. September 17th -  Calvert County's New Recovery and Support services off Stafford Road -  ( off rt. 231 ) ..  meeting starts 6:30. October - 21 -  Charlotte Hall Library  -  6:30


The Humane Society of Charles County is hosting a Summer Carnival that will be fun for the whole family.  It all happens on September 5th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, games and pony rides! Fun activities include a Petting Zoo, Adoptable Kitten Fair, Stuffed Pet Adoptions, Face Painting, Celebrity Character photos and much more.  Admission is free and tickets to the activities can be purchased on-site. Location: 71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602. Online Information: www.humanesocietycc.org Contact Information: scage@humanesocietycc.org, cgonzales@humanesocietycc.org


On Sunday, September 13th, 2015, 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 - $27.00; Children (6 to 12) - $8.00; and Children (5 & under) - Free.  Advance Tickets & Carryouts are available at $25.00 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.


Hospice of St. Mary’s will be offering our “Boot Camp Volunteer Training” in September. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with our organization, please contact Katy Crowell, Volunteer Coordinator at 301-994-3075 or mary.k.crowell@medstar.net


Hughesville Baptist Church will be hosting a prayer revival September 11-13, 2015.  The guest preacher will be Dr. Chuck Lawless from Southeastern Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.  The schedule is as follows:

Friday – 7PM Prayer revival service

Saturday – 9AM Registration and refreshments

                   9:30-10:30 Session 1

                   10:30-11:00 Break for refreshments

                   11:00-12:00 Session 2

Sunday – 10:30AM Worship Service

This event is free and open to the public.  Hughesville Baptist Church is located at 8505 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville.  For additional information please call (301) 274-3672 or (301) 884-8645.  Check out our website at hughesvillebaptist.com.


Do you want to help stop hunger is Southern Maryland?! We have a fun way for you to help raise food for local food banks and have some family fun while doing it.  On Saturday, September 19th,  we are having a Canned Goods Sculpture Event at Bridgeway Community Center on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park . This fun event will feature teams competing to build the best sculpture from donated food items.  All food will then be donated to local food banks.  If you would like to donate to this event or would like more information please call 240-577-4398.


Come support the Chopticon High School Class of 2016 at the Chopticon Market on September 12 from 7am to 12pm! We will have food, vendors and a large yard sale. If you are interested in renting a table as a vendor or to sell yard sale items please contact Crystal Joseph at 301-475-0215 ex. 38124. Hope to see you there!


Find great buys, gently used items and perhaps an antique at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Treasures Sale Saturday, October 10, from 8 a.m. till noon inside Parish Hall. Come to intersection of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Free admission;  free parking. For info, call 410-257-7694.


LITTLE FLOWER SCHOOL 2nd ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST on Saturday, October 3rd  •  3 – 9pm. Must be 21 to Enter. Bottomless beer mug - $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Wonderful German Food - $18 per plate. Corn Hole Tournament starts at 4 p.m. $30 entry fee per team. Limited space - preregistration is required. Contact lfsoktoberfest@gmail.com for more info. 20410 Point Lookout Rd • Great Mills, MD 301-994-0404


Calvert Hospice announces Understanding Your Grief, an 8 week course on finding hope and healing your heart. The course is designed to help adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Pre-registration is required.  Cost to participate is $40 and includes all materials. The group will meet at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House located at 4559 Sixes Road on Tuesdays from 6 pm – 7:30 pm starting on September 8. To register or receive more info, contact Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert@calverthospice.org.


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1 – STEAK DINNER. Picky about your steak?  Order your Steak direct from the Grill-Master and get what you ordered.  The $15.00 price tag includes all the trimmings and a beverage.  From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-Level dining room.  Public welcome.  For more information, call (301)855-6466.  www.ALpost206.org


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 –CHICKEN DINNER.  The American Legion’s World-Famous Baked Chicken With all the Trimmings and Beverage for only $10.  Join us for this informal event from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Dining Hall at the Chesapeake Beach American Legion Post on Rt. 260.  Public warmly welcomed.  For more information, call (301)855-6466.  www.ALPost 206.org


TUESDAY  SEPTEMBER 8 – CASUAL TUESDAY TEX-MEX DINNER. Join us for an informal dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Auxiliary Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room.  The menu for “Casual Tuesday Dinner” will be Tex-Mex with all the trimmings.  The cost is $10, including beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466.   Public invited.  www.ALpost206.org


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11  –  Chef Janice’s Award Winning Shrimp Alfredo with all the trimmings.   Hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 Auxiliary from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. this is a meal you won’t soon forget. Come to the lower level dining room.  Cost is $10 including sides and beverage.  The Post is on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach and questions may be directed to (301)855-6466.  Public warmly invited.    www.ALpost206.org


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12 - COUNTRY DANCE.  For a fun time, come to the Country Dance at the American Legion Post 206.  If you can't dance, teachers will be available to give instruction.  One hour lessons commence at 7:00 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.  The modest price of $15.00 per person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies.  Hosted by the American Legion 206 in the upper level Ballroom in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260.  Public warmly welcomed.  Reservations: LBloyer@verizon.net. For information call 301-855-6466.  www.ALPost206.org


SUNDAY  SEPTEMBER 13 – SPECIAL EARLY FALL BREAKFAST.  Start off the day with a special breakfast featuring Hot Cakes, Sausage, Scrapple, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Biscuits, Fruit, and Chip Beef.   Hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level Dining Hall in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260.  Open to the Public.    Adults $10; kids 6-12 $5; kids under 6 free.  Bloody Marys will be available for a nominal charge.  For information call 301-855-6466.  www.ALPost206.org


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15– STEAK DINNER. Picky about your steak?  Order your Steak direct from the Grill-Master and get what you ordered.  The $15.00 price tag includes all the trimmings and a beverage.  From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-Level dining room.  Public welcome.  For more information, call (301)855-6466.  www.ALpost206.org


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15 – AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY 206 MEETING.  Begins at 7:00 p.m. in Upper Level Hall of the Chesapeake Beach Stallings-Williams Post.  All member are encouraged to attend.  For information, call President Marcellas  at (301)399-7995.  www.ALPost206.org


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 - AMERICAN LEGION MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  At 7:00 pm; all members of Stallings-Williams Post 206 should plan to attend. Your input is needed! For further information call (301) 855-6466.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19 – TEXAS HOLD ‘EM. $100 Buy-in.  Check in 3:30 pm game starts at 4:00 pm.   Hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Auxiliary Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260.  Food will be available.  Public Welcome.  For more information, call Karen Miller  (301)855-0188.  www.ALpost206.


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20 – CRAB FEAST & BULL ROAST.   The Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter will hold its 3rd Annual Fundraiser , to benefit their Veterans Programs, at the American Legion Stallings-Wiliams Post 206 on Rt. 260 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  to the Tunes of DJ Char’Lee.   , Tickets are $55 per person and may be obtained from the Bartender at the American Legion or by calling Lee Ann at (240)893-1436.  The menu is extensive beyond belief and includes draft beer, soft drinks and coffee/tea.  Cash Bar.  There will also be raffles & auctions.    Public Warmly Welcomed.


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 CHICKEN STRIPS DINNER – The American Legion Auxiliary 206 will present a nifty  Dinner with all the trimmings.   Join us for an informal dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary, in the lower-level dining room on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach.  Public warmly welcomed.   The cost is $10, including salad, roll, and beverage. Call (301)855=6644 for more information.. www.ALPost206.org


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25– AMERICAN LEGION STALLINGS-WILLIAMS POST 206 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.  To benefit children and youth programs, Twin Shields Golf Club.  Check-in 7:30-8:30; Shot Gun starts at 9:00.  Format: Captains Choice.  $100.00 per person.  Banquet will follow at the Stallings-Williams Post.  Send checks to AL Post 206, PO Box 428, Chesapeake Beach MD 20732 Attn Roland Pelletier  Open to the Public.  Questions may be directed to (301)980-9023.  www.ALPost206.org


Schubert Singers, a Choir for Children, will be holding auditions for children ages 5 through  17 on Tuesday September 8 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waldorf.  Schubert Singers is a non-profit children's choir striving to teach beautiful music to the children of Southern Maryland.  Please go to www.schubertsingers.org for more information or email schubertsingers@gmail.com.


Please join us for the 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, Saturday 19 September 2015 from 0800 - 1300. With the end of summer, tourists leave our beaches behind, taking with them memories of a summer well spent. Too often, however, the trash they create remains long after the memories of summer begin to fade. In 2014, 165 participants helped to remove over 700lbs of solid waste from our beaches.  Join us on 19 September 2015 for a morning near, on, or in the Patuxent River, Potomac River, or Chesapeake Bay as the 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup seeks to reclaim our Southern Maryland shoreline. Contact Lorenzo Fletcher, Brett Goldwasser, or Whitney Blomquist at ICCStMarys@gmail.com for details. An RSVP is required; Lunch is provided. Please join us for the 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, Saturday 19 September 2015 from 0800 - 1300. http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/


2nd District, Company 6 aka Valley Lee VFD & RS Auxiliary!   Location 45245 Drayden Rd., Valley Lee, MD 20692. Below are events coming up.

September 13th, Sunday - Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat; starts 8:00 a.m. & ends at 11:00 a.m.; Cost for adults is $8.00, children from age 6 – 12 is $4.00, and children 5 and under are free; Menu consists of scrambled Eggs, Home Fried Potatoes, Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage Links, Ham, Hot Biscuits, Creamed Chipped Beef, Spiced Applesauce, Grits, Assorted Juices, milk and coffee; For more information call 301-994-9999

September 26th, Saturday - Yard Sale;  Time starts @7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.;  Reserve a Table for $10.00; For an application & reserve a spot contact; Kelly at 240-299-5261; A GOOD WAY TO GET RID OF UNWANTED ITEMS TO MAKE MORE SPACE!!!!

October 24th, Saturday – Spaghetti Dinner; 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Cost for Adults is $10.00, children from age 6 – 12 is $5.00, and children 5 and under are free; Menu consists of Spaghetti w/sauce, Green beans w/bacon, Garden Salad, Bread & Butter; For more information call 301-994-9999

November 7th, Saturday – Craft Fair; starts 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; - Crafters Only - $25.00 Per space – For an application & reserve a spot contact:  Robin 301-737-4366 (h) or 240-577-0270; PLEASE call between the house of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Stuffed Ham Sandwiches & Great Food will be for sale!  Possible items homemade jewelry, flower arrangements, quilts, paintings, country crafts, crocheted items, baked good & more.


The St. Mary’s County Library is pleased to host New York Times bestselling author and retired U.S. Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog, “Tuesday,” for two programs to be held at the Lexington Park Library on Sunday, September 13 from 2-4 p.m. and Monday September 14th at 6 p.m. Both programs are free and open to the public. Montalván and Tuesday will present their widely acclaimed children’s book “Tuesday Tucks Me In” and talk about their special bond. The tale, told from Tuesday’s point of view, tackles post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and living with disabilities. A dynamic K-9/handler demonstration of the types of tasks that Tuesday does to help Luis every day follows the reading. Both programs are open to all ages.

Park Rock Fest 2015 is the place to be on Saturday, September 12th, at the Chesapeake Greens, 26511 Loveville Rd, Mechanicsville, MD  20659.  Come celebrate the 13th annual Park Rock Fest sponsored by St. Mary's County and the Maryland State Arts Council.  There will be 24 bands performing on one of three concurrent music stages; for non-stop music! The fest features Pop, Punk, Emo, Screamo, Hard Rock, Alternative, Inde, Acoustic, Hardcore, and Metal. The gates open at 11:00 AM and close at 9 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.


Be Prepared to See the Lights! The 10th Annual Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Is Scheduled for September. Nine Lighthouses, One Lightship, Two Days—10th Year! One of the missions of the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society is to educate, inform and entertain those who are interested in Chesapeake Bay area lighthouses. On the weekend of September 19 and 20, 2015, in partnership with the lighthouse organizations across the state, the Chapter will do just that. Participants who visit participating lighthouses during the allotted hours will receive a complimentary souvenir depicting that lighthouse. Those who score a perfect ten by visiting all the lighthouse attractions will receive an additional souvenir proclaiming that “they’ve seen the lights!” Instructions and detailed driving directions, one light to the next, available at www.cheslights.org.


It's the first annual Hunters Bash sponsored by the Calvert County Ducks Unlimited Chapter and the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department. It all takes place on Saturday August 22nd. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the event takes place from noon - 5 p.m. Just $50 for entry, food, beer and main prizes. $40 includes chances to win main events prizes only with no admission. Get your tickets today by calling 410-586-1713. Must be 18 years old to participate and purchase raffle tickets. 


Join us for an evening of Southern Maryland hospitality at the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum's annual fundraising event, Affair at Point Farm, "An Evening under the Harvest Moon." The public is invited to attend the event held on Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM in the Pavilion at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM). Guests, including members of the community, business leaders, and local elected officials, will enjoy a festive evening of lively music, dancing, an open bar, a mouth-watering small plate tapas dinner, Southern Maryland hospitality and breathtaking views of the Patuxent River! Tickets are available for $75 per person. To donate auction items, become an event sponsor or purchase tickets, contact Carol Frederick at (410) 586-8515, or visit our website at www.friendsofjppm.org


On Saturday September 19, the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will be having a Screen on the Green featuring Wreck-it Ralph.  Bring your blankets, chairs & snacks.  Doors open at 7:00 and the movie will start at approximately 7:30.  This is a free event.  Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Join Walden for our Second Annual Fundraising Event! Starlit Night: Shining a Light on Hope on Friday September 18, 2015 7 PM. Tickets $85 per person or $150 per couple. Sponsorship opportunities available, donations appreciated! Call 301-997-1300 x 889 or email christinet@waldensierra.org for more info.


The Women of the Moose Chapter 444 will be holding their Annual Quarter Auction on Sunday September 20, 2015 at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge  located at  27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville MD. Doors open at 12:00 pm and the auction begins at 1 p.m.   Paddles are $3 each or 2 for $5.   Many products and  vendors will be available.  All items are between 1 & 4 quarters.   All proceeds support our community, Moose Charities & the Women of the Moose community events and children parties. Food & Beverages will be available for purchase. Gather your friends and family and come out for a great afternoon full of fun!  Contact Barbara Spitzer with any questions and/or for reservations at 240-925-1997.


Understanding Your Grief is an 8-week course designed to help adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The course combines education and support in a group setting. The course begins on September 8, 2015 and will meet each Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm until October 27, 2015. Meetings will be at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House located at 4559 Sixes Road, Prince Frederick. The cost to participants is $40. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for Understanding Your Grief or other bereavement programs, please contact Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 x2201 or mruppert@calverthospice.org.


Adult Day Care of Calvert County is proud to announce additions to the adult day services provided by our nonprofit organization to help fill some gaps in the care of elderly & disabled adults.  Adult day services are designed to enhance the health and well-being of participants, and provide some relief to their caregivers. These types of programs allow at-risk individuals to remain in their homes longer, and often delay or prevent inappropriate or personally undesirable institutionalization.  Daily fees for services are typically less than other care options and can be combined with other forms of care (such as assisted living or in-home care).  Grants, provisions, Medicaid waivers or VA benefits are available for qualifying programs to reduce costs for those who are financially eligible. For more information about adult day care programs contact us at 410-535-0133 or email director.adc@gmail.com .  

If you are a alumnus of the La Plata High School Class of 1985, there will be a 30 year reunion on Saturday August 29th at the Waldorf Jaycees from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. The cost is $50 for individuals and $100 per couple. Payment cannot be received at the door. For more information or to order tickets by August 15th, visit the Facebook page at La Plata High School Class of 1985.

On Friday, August 21st, Sotterley Plantation will be hosting our fourth annual Barn Bash! The Southern Maryland famous Country Memories Band will be playing toe-tapping traditional country favorites and golden oldies. This highly successful fundraising event is a perfect time to catch up with friends and family while enjoying Sotterley Plantation’s historic atmosphere at our fully-furnished barn. Admission: $15.00 per person at the gate.Food, beer, and wine for purchase. Visit www.sotterley.org for more information.

2015 Women's Ministry Conference: OUT OF CONTROL will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Hughesville Baptist Church. This all day event will include speakers (Melody Knox, Church Strengthening Specialist and Interim Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Executive Director and Terri Corrick, Women Ministry Speaker), multiple breakout sessions, breakfast and lunch – the cost for the Conference will be $25. Online registration available beginning August 3, 2015 on the HBC website. http://www.hughesvillebaptist.com/

Calling for Artists and Craftspersons to enter the PRAD (Patuxent River Appreciation Days) Show.
We are seeking more applicants for Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2015, for PRAD, to be held at the Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD.    For more information and entry application, please contact:  Gerry Wood, 301-863-9663 or gbwood2@verizon.net.

Decoding Dyslexia Maryland will meet on Monday, August 24th, the 4th Monday — this is a change from our regularly scheduled meetings because of school opening the week before. Location:  Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 2341 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md 20619 Time:  7-8pm, Business Meeting and 8-9 pm Parent/Teacher Support. TOPIC: 8-9PM: How to Support Your Struggling Reader in the Classroom. Contact: Laura Schultz, DecodingdyslexiaMD@gmail.com or http://dyslexiasomd.weebly.com/meetings.html

Don't miss Trinity Baptist Church's 4th Annual Community Appreciation Day celebration on Saturday, August 22, from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, at our location at 2671 Mattawoman-Beantown Rd in Waldorf. This event is always a favorite and this year won't let anyone down. There'll be a huge yard sale, sales space for home based businesses, music, snacks & even face painting for the children! As in our previous years, we'll also have free school supplies available for anyone needing a little help getting ready for the school year. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there! Also, there remains space for any home based businesses or yard sellers who wish to present their goods and treasures! Call Patti at 301-645-7889 for more information.

Members of the Fleet Reserve Association Ladies Auxiliary (LAFRA) Unit 93 going over the details of the Second Annual Holiday Boutique, Craft Fair and Bake Sale  to be held Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 3pm at FRA Branch 93 Home located at 21707 Three Notch Road about 1/4 mile south of PAX River NAS Gate 2.  Registration for vendors opened July 01 and will be closed September 30th.  Stop by the Branch Home to get a registration form or email to fralafra93@md.metrocast.net for a digital version.

Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association Third Annual 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, September 19th. 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.
The Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Annual Kids Fishing Tournament is being held this year on Saturday, September 26th, at Long Point Beach on Waterview Drive, in Golden Beach/Mechanicsville, MD.  Registration starts at 10:30 AM. Tournament is from 11 - 1:30. Trophies will be awarded at 1:30 PM for longest fish in each age category. 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. Only fishing from shore is permitted for tournament. Entry fee is $5 per child. Bring your own rod and bait, as supplies are limited. Food will be available for purchase.  For information call Ronnie Gale at 301-609-1005.


FRIDAY AUGUST 21- AMERICAN LEGION 206 MEMBERSHIP MEETING.  The regular monthly meeting of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 members will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Got something to say?  This is your chance.  All members are encouraged to attend. (301)855-6466.   www.ALPost206.org


Scoliosis Awareness 5K fun run/walk on August 22nd at Chaptico Park with registration beginning at 7am and the race beginning at 8am. For more information or to register online go to active.com and search for "scoliosis 5k."


On October 3rd, join hundreds of bikers and bike enthusiast for the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies. You can stop by the Southern Maryland start location at 4580 Crain HWY, White Plains. There will be raffles, auctions, a bike show and tattoo contest. All benefiting the March of Dimes Mission for stronger, healthier babies. Register today at www.bikersforbabies.org/dmv.


The 30th annual running of the Chaptico Classic, described by Running Times as “one of the best county road races,” will take place on Saturday, August 29. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and races start at 8. Run a 5K or 10K T.A.C. certified course to score an award -- prizes will be awarded to the top male and female racers in several age categories for each event -- or walk for the fun of it.  This year the race will benefit many Southern Maryland charities. Registration is $30 ($35 on race day) and $15 for high school runners.  Pre-register by visiting www.active.com. Join us on August 29 at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico 20621) and run, walk, boogey, or crawl for the common good in the 30th annual Chaptico Classic.


An open rehearsal for the Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra will take place on Monday, August 24 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Leonardtown High School.  Musicians entering 6th through 12th grades with at least one year of musical study may attend.  This is a full orchestra - all instruments are welcome! Anyone interested in joining the group may sign up to audition on the website.  Auditions will take place on August 25, 26 and 27 at Chopticon High School.  Please visit smyoc.org to find out more and to fill out an audition form.


Would you like to help your local National Weather Service (NWS) office by providing the ground truth on the atmosphere observed from radar, satellites, and various reporting stations? The National Weather Service Forecast Office and the Charles County Office of Emergency Management will offer a SKYWARN® Spotter Class on Monday, Sept. 21 at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Adams 301-609-3430. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


The summer heat is upon us.  Consider giving a cat or kitten a cool home to laze about.   The adoption fees for all cats and kittens are reduced during the month of August. Cats (7 months and up) - $5 Kittens (8 weeks to 6 months) - $20. View some of the available cats in the free-roaming cat room at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/tcas/catcam. The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/es/animalshelter/tri-county-animal-shelter or http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html to find your “purrfect” pet.


Be a Superhero! Runners and walkers are needed for Team CASA, the official charity team of the Maryland CASA Association at the Baltimore Running Festival at M & T Bank Stadium on October 17th. Every child needs a hero but abused and neglected children need Superheroes! Maryland CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children who are under court protection due to abuse and neglect. There are four races you can participate in which are the 5K, Team Relay, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. The time varies by race; however the first race starts at 8 AM. For more information go to www.marylandcasa.org. *Prices vary by race*


The 13th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th, 2015. Like always, we have many exciting opportunities for companies and individuals to join us as sponsors and advertisers for the event! The generous support of community-minded people and local businesses ensures a successful event and enables Sotterley to continue its significant preservation and educational efforts. Potential Sponsors, please contact Nate Ryon, Development Manager: development@sotterley.org. For more information, we welcome your phone call: 301-373-2280.


The Mechanicsville Moose Lodge #495 located at 27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville, MD will be hosting a Veterans' Afternoon Out on September 13th, 2015  from 12 - 4 p.m.   Come enjoy a fried chicken buffet w/ all the trimmings, a DJ  and football on the flat screens. The cost is  $12.00 per person, 7 and under free , and all Veterans free with valid ID or DD 214. There will also be bingo, 50/50's, & money wheel with additional purchase  and a cash bar. Please plan to join the Women of the Moose Chapter #444 so we all can meet and greet our neighbors from the Charlotte Hall Veterans' Home, local veterans, wounded warriors and their families.  This event is open to the public and proceeds will help benefit the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. For more information please contact Michele Hughes at 301-641-5000.


Registration is open for Southern Maryland Sabres Ice Hockey Club recreational teams. The season begins September and runs through February/March 2016, and includes practices, home and away games, goalie clinics, and more! For more information, rates, and registration, visit www.somdsabres.org The Southern Maryland Hockey Club recreational program is designed to provide hockey players an opportunity to learn and develop skills in a team setting. The recreational program is also designed to assure equal opportunity to participate for all skill levels. Players of all skill levels are welcome. No tryouts required.


Here are some upcoming events at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad: September 12th – Community Yard Sale and Bake Sale from 8am-2pm Saturday, October 10th– Community Craft Fair and Bake Sale from 8am-2pm. Saturday, October 31st– Adult Halloween Costume and Dance Party. Saturday, November 14th – Bull and Oyster Roast from 5pm-6:30pm and Country Memories Band Country Dance from 7pm-11pm. Saturday, December 19th – Breakfast with Santa all at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad at 755 Solomons Island Road, South, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. 410.535.9836.


The Warrior Fun Run and Sail will be held August 22nd on Solomon's Island. This event raises funds for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity's Veteran Critical Home Repair program. We will have a fun run/walk and new this year an officially timed race. There will be a sailing regatta as well as live entertainment, refreshments and great food. For more information or to register online for the run or regatta visit http://www.patuxenthabitat.org or call 301-863-6227.


Below are events coming up for the Second District Company 6 Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad: * September 26th, Saturday - Yard Sale; Reserve a Table for $10.00; Time starts @7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; For an application & reserve a spot contact; Kelly at 240-299-5261. * October 24th, Saturday - Spaghetti Dinner; 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. - more to come! * November 7th, Saturday - Craft Fair; starts 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; - Crafters Only - $25.00 Per space - For an application & reserve a spotcontact: Robin 301-737-4366 (h) or 240-577-0270; PLEASE call between the house of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m; Stuffed Ham Sandwiches & Great Food will be for sale! Possible items home made jewelry, flower arrangements, quilts, paintings, country crafts, crocheted items, baked good & more.


In order to continue our long tradition of outstanding education and dedication to our children's future, Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy has established the "LHJNA Sustaining Fund". This fund provides a vehicle for alumni, community leaders. businesses, and private individuals to donate to the ongoing success and mission of Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy. Currently LHJNA needs to upgrade the technology in the school in order to adequately support the teaching efforts. The funds raised from your donation will help support our technology refresh project. Any amount will be recognized and appreciated and your charitable donation to this worthy cause is fully tax deductible. We have set up a LHJNA GO FUND ME page. The link is www.gofundme.com/LHJNA











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