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Chopticon High School Class of 1976 Reunion Committee is planning the 40th Year Class Reunion will be held from Friday, June 3 – Sunday June, 5 2016. The reunion committee is seeking classmates and teachers once again. So that we may reach you to attend the reunion, please forward your home mailing address to receive an invite. The reunion email address is younganniem9@gmail.com. For more information call 301-609-0901.


The Dig Pink Volleyball game in honor of breast cancer awareness will take place at St. Mary's College of Maryland on October 24th at 1 pm. The women's volleyball team will be raising funds via the Side Out foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness. There will also be great opportunities to donate and show your support for breast cancer awareness at the game. Don't miss your chance to see a great game and raise funds for breast cancer awareness.


Howdy Partners!  Dust off your boots, practice your poker face and make plans to attend the “Legends of the Wild West” fundraiser presented by the Zonta Club of Charles County.  The costumed themed event will be held Saturday, November 14 from 7-11 pm at the Jaycees Hall in Waldorf and features great grub, music, full scale gambling, a mechanical bull ride, “Wild West” themed games and a terrific silent auction.  For tickets or more information call 301-645-1770, that’s 301-645-1770.


"Be a powerful voice in a child's life" ... CASA of Southern Maryland is looking for advocates. CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers work on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. We have cases available in St. Mary's, Calvert, and Charles counties. No special experience is required, only the desire to help our community's children and a commitment to making a difference. For more information visit our website www.center-for-children.org or email walker@center-for-children.org or call 301-475-8860


JOIN US TO HAVE “THE CONVERSATION” Let’s grow and flourish through Reconciliation. A True Discussion: “Why are we afraid to have the Conversation?” Be a part of the community movement to have a raw and honest conversation about race in your community and the US. We look forward to seeing you! Thursday at:  6:30-7:45pm. Date: November 5th, 2015. Location: St. Mary’s College of Maryland . Place: Glendening Annex.


Sacred Heart Church in Bushwood will be having their Annual Fall Dinner on Sunday, October 25th, from 12 noon -til? Menu includes; fried oysters, stuffed ham, turkey, dressing, gravy, parsley potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, rolls and drink. Cost is Adults $25, Children 12 and under $6 and Drive-thru Carry-outs $25. We will also have a Bake Table, Country Store and Raffle. Please join us! Sacred Heart Church is located at 23080 Maddox Road, Bushwood, MD. For more information please contact the Parish Office at 301-769-3100.


Trinity Lutheran Church, 46707 Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, MD will hold a Fall Festival and Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 AM to 3 PM.  The event will include 28 local crafters, fresh produce, balloon animals, used book sale, white elephant sale, games and activities and a silent auction.  Free Admission!   Proceeds will benefit the Trinity Lutheran Youth and their service to the community.


State of Maryland Boating Safety Class Plus:  Student Introduction to Marlinspike (knots), Charts and VHF Radio use. –Must Attend Both Classes for Certification Saturdays November 14th & 21st 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at 5861 Deale-Churchton Road in Deale Maryland. 1st Family Member - $25, $10 for each additional member. Presented by: U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 23-07. Pre-registration will secure your place, Contact: Lynn Fountain –410-257-9499 or lynns.mailbox@comcast.net.


The Second District Volunteers and Auxiliary will be hosting their second annual BOO! Through with our safe candy give away this Halloween Saturday October 31, 2015 from 5pm-9pm at 45245 Drayden Rd in Valley Lee. Bring out your ghosts and goblins for some safe Halloween fun! This is a free event for all ages with donations welcome. For more information visit SDVFDRS.org


On October 24, 2015 The Maryland Dove will be transformed into a not-so-scary Haunted Ship.  Come and see the Halloween makeover that will delight you!  Bring the whole family for trick or treating.  While you’re there, make a craft and meet a pirate on the beach!  Event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Donation only.  For more information call 240-895-4990 or email  info@hsmcdigshistory.org.


Spring Dell Center has been supporting adults with developmental disabilities for over 45 years, twenty-two of those years have included a successful auction and dinner that has provided resources for various programs provided by the agency.  Again this year, the organization will hold a live and silent auction/dinner scheduled for November 20, 2015 at the Jaycees Center, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD.  The event will have over 200 items, generating funds to support programs for individuals with disabilities that are not funded by the state. Advance tickets are $40 and $50 at the door.  Doors to the event will open at 5 p.m. To join the event with a donation and/or sponsorship, or to gain additional information regarding the event, call 301-934-4561.  Information may also be obtained by visiting springdellcenter.org.


Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Prevention Open House will take place on Sunday, October 25, at 17069 Cobb Island Road.  Come have lunch with the members of CIVFD. 12:30 pm - 1 pm Lunch with the Members of Department. 1pm - 2pm Fire Prevention Demonstrations. 2 pm - 3 pm Fire Prevention Movies and Puppet Show. This is a perfect way to teach your children about fire safety.

A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller Sargon DeJesus, will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd, Chaptico, MD. The doors open at 7:00pm and the dancing begins at 7:30. Admission is $10 for non-SMTMD members; $6 for members (band members are free). No special clothing is required! You need to be comfortable, to move freely. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions go to www.smtmd.org


On Sunday October 25th, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Dept. will hold an Oyster Scald and All-U-Can-Eat Buffet. Adults will be $27, Children 6-12 will be $12, and kids 5 and under are free! The buffet includes: Fried Oysters, Fried Chicken, Stuffed Ham, Baked Ham, Green Beans, Parsley Potatoes, Cabbage, Macaroni Salad, Rolls, Coffee and Tea. Carryout also available! Delivery will be available with a minimum order of 4 dinners within a 15 mile radius! Senior Citizens discount available for ages 60 and over! We will televise the local football games and have a bake sale, raffles and pull tabs! Call Andrew at 301-751-6154 for more info or visit www.nvrsfd.com!


On Friday October 30th, 2015 the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Department will hold it's 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at the Swan Point Country Club! It will have a shotgun start of 9 a.m. and will feature may things such as Mulligans for sale by our department. The cost is $100 per person, $400 for a foursome. The cost includes a golf cart, 18 holes of golf, a sleeve of Nike golf balls, range balls, professional tournament management, a post tournament buffet, and prizes for the teams finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Help spread the word and bring as many friends and teams you can! It will be sure to be a fun-filled and relaxing day! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andrew Spalding at 301-751-6154 or visit www.nvrsfd.com!


On Saturday, October 10, 2015, 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 lpvfdlacraftfair@yahoo.com


Craft show in Huntingtown is seeking hand made crafters for its Second Annual Craft Show on December 12.  Information and registration are available on our website, JesusDivineWord.com


The Southern Maryland Food Bank and the United Way of St. Mary's County have joined together to provide you an opportunity to run or walk a fast, flat out-and-back 5K along Willows Road to support the hungry children of St. Mary's County. Find a Snack Sak along the course and bring it back to the finish line to win a prize! Awards will be given to the first male and female finishers and age-group awards in 10-year divisions. The Snack Sak 5KWalk/Run will benefit the Southern Maryland's Food Bank's SNACK Sak Program, which provides food on weekends to children and families living in crisis and experiencing food insecurity, through our schools. It all happens on Saturday October 17th and the race will start and finish at Lexington Park Elementary School. We really need runners for this fun family event. If you have any questions or need more information please contact 301-274-0695 or Brenda.DiCarlo@CatholicCharitiesDC.org.


Fall Family Fun Day at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum in Chesapeake Beach, located at 4155 Mears Ave. on Sunday, October 11th from 1-4pm. There will be games, crafts, bingo, professional face-painting, give-aways, refreshments - all FREE and open to the public! For more information call the Museum at 410-257-3892.


There will be a fried chicken dinner on Friday October 9th and November 13th at the Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department sponsored by their Auxiliary. The event will be held at 9765 Bel Alton Newtown Road in Bel Alton Maryland. There will also be dinners available to go. From 5-7 pm. Dinners are just $12.


The Cobb Island Vol. Fire Dept. Auxiliary will be having a Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale on Sat., November 21 from 10a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 17069 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island.   Anyone interested in renting a table please contact 301-885-9584,or visit www.CIVFD.com for information. Refreshments will be available.


Toys for Tots of Calvert County, a non-profit organization providing toys to over 1,000 local children every Christmas, is holding an online charity auction between October 12 and October 25, 2015. The online fundraiser features over 50 auction items including portrait packages, theatre tickets,  wine tastings, autographed sports items, Washington Capitals tickets,  hotel and bed and breakfast getaways and retail and dining gift certificates. Your early Christmas shopping can help Calvert County children in need experience the joy of Christmas this year. Visit  www.CalvertTFT.com to view the auction items and start bidding.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 7 AM - 12 NOON - YARD SALE.  The Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will hold a YARD SALE at the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, 16515 Three Notch Rd., Ridge.  Table Rentals $10.  Donations will be accepted Friday night, October 16th after 7 PM (NO clothes please).  For further information, call 301-904-5336.


Looking for a Fun Night Out? Then mark your calendar and Come out to Leonardtown High School on Friday November 13, 2015 7:30 p.m. for a night of entertainment by Award Winning Comedy Hypnotist and the amazing and talented Michael Jackson  Impersonator.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the Door. Proceeds for the Leonardtown High School Band Boosters. Tickets at www.redbrickroadevents.com


Lexington Park Lions are gearing up for their annual yard sale in the McKay’s Shopping Center parking lot on Great Mills Road, Saturday, October 3.  Among the items to be sold, a three-piece living room suite, a display cabinet, a computer desk, household items, kitchen ware, workshop items, yard tools, Christmas items, bedroom linens, etc.  All money collected goes to fund our scholarship program for Great Mills High School graduating seniors.  If you have items you would like to contribute to the sale, or if you have any questions about the sale, email or call: djdavis@md.metrocast.net or 301 863-2561.  Lexington Park Lions Club is a 501(c)3 organization.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 – DINNER.  Master Chef Jack’s World-Famous Baked  Pork Loin 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.  Public warmly welcomed.  For more information, call (301)855-6466.  www.ALPost 206.org


TUESDAY OCTOBER 6 – STEAK DINNER.  Order your Steak direct from the Grill-Master.  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


SATURDAY OCTOBER 10 - COUNTRY DANCE.  For a fun time, come to the Country Dance at the American Legion 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.   For information call 301-855-6466.  www.ALPost206.org  Reservations: LBloyer@Verizon.Net.


SUNDAY  OCTOBER 11 – ALL-U-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST. start this Fall day before the game, with a yummy 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 Room in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260.  Public Welcome.    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


FRIDAY OCTOBER 13  – TUESDAY DINNER.  Club Sandwiches is the offering with all (and we mean ALL) the trimmings!   Hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 Auxiliary from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.. 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


FRIDAY OCTOBER 16 DINNER – The American Legion Auxiliary 206 Chef Brenda will present her World Famous Meatloaf  Dinner with all the trimmings.   Join us  from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. , in the lower-level dining room on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach.  Public warmly welcomed.   The cost is $10, including sides, salad, roll, and beverage. Call (301)855-6466 for more information.. www.ALPost206.org


FRIDAY OCTOBER 16 - 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.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 20 – STEAK DINNER.  Order your Steak direct from the Grill-Master.  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  OCTOBER 27  –TUESDAY FISH 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 Fish with all the trimmings.  The cost is $10, including beverage. Call for more information (301) 855-6466.   Public invited.  www.ALpost206.org


SATURDAY OCTOBER 31 – TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT.  $100 Buy-in.  Public Welcome.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m.; Games start at 4:00 p.m.  Hosted by the Auxiliary of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 in the Upper Level Hall of the Post located on Rt. 260 in Chesapeake Beach.  Questions may be directed to Karen Miller at 301-855-0188.  www.ALpost206.org


Family Day -- Halloween at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle VA. Calling all little ghosts and goblins: Join us at the museum for a spooktacular, but not one bit scary, family event. Enjoy a magic show, games, and crafts. Free admission, free parking. Sat Oct 31 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm for more information visit www.usmcmuseum.org.


All Faith Episcopal Church of Charlotte Hall will be hosting its Annual Fall Dinner on Saturday, October 24, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge located at 27636 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. The meal features fried oysters, Southern Maryland stuffed ham, fried chicken, side dishes, and drinks.  The dinner is $24 for adults and $12 for children 8 years old and younger.  Carry-out dinners are also available for $24 each.  A silent auction is also featured.  Proceeds are dedicated to the maintenance of the church, which is 248 years old.  For more information about the fall dinner, call All Faith Episcopal Church at 301-884-3773, or visit the website at www.allfaithchurch.com.


Artists and Crafters, Mattawoman Creek Art Center is still accepting entries for the 2015 Holiday Salon.  This indoor craft fair runs for eight three-day weekends from October 23 through December 13 and will include four major crowd-drawing events.  Because the docents will handle all sales, you need be there only one day of the show.  The Art Center is located in Smallwood State Park in Charles County.  For more information go to the Mattawoman Creek Art Center web site (www.MattawomanArt.org) or call Jo Ann at 301-934-1430.

Marine Corps History Day is November 6th and you can find out more about that old military relic you've had for years and always wondered about. Marine Corps curators, historians and archivist will be on hand to help with artifact and history questions. Bring your military items to learn more about them and how to care for them. Learn how to use Marine Corps History Division assets, search Muster Rosters and understand the historic documents you've wondered about for so long. Archivist will help identify, care for and scan those treasured documents. NO APPRAISALS OR VALUATIONS WILL BE DONE. This all happens at National Museum of the Marine Corps on 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle VA 22172, Fri Nov 6 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information visit www.usmcmuseum.org


The Humane Society of Calvert County will be celebrating it's annual Pit Bull Awareness Day event at 840 W Bay Front Rd, Lothian, MD 20711.  The event will be held, Saturday, October 24th from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.   This years event will include photo shoots of any dog in attendance in our decorated fall themed pickup trucks, food, moon bounce, raffles, vendors, pitties in Halloween costumes, Kettle Corn, a visit by Pinups for Pit Bulls, and of course adoptable dogs! There will be things to do for every member of your family.  For more information visit the Humane Society of Calvert County on Facebook or their website at: www.humanesocietyofcalvertcounty.org  Stop on in and spend some time with your friends at the Humane Society of Calvert County, we look forward to having a fun time and seeing you all!


17th Annual OYSTER FESTIVAL! Come on Down to the Captain Avery Museum Waterfront…Sunday October 18th 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ADMISSION: Adults=$6; Under 12=$2. The event takes place at 1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764. What started out as a small outdoor gathering celebrating local heritage has grown into one of the Southern Maryland’s most popular waterfront traditions. Outsiders may think of Maryland and say “crabs,” but…we also have a special fondness our oysters, too. We love them battered and fried—but most of all, straight off the half shell (with a nice cold beverage). Come listen to the original Bay music of Janie Meneely, the alt-bluegrass renderings of the Eastman String Band, the fanciful pop jazz of Coastal Flats, and the Chesapeake Pickers. There will be a bevy of noted authors and artisans, lots of fun kid’s activities and great local food choices, from seafood to sushi. (And plenty of oysters!) For more information visit www.captainaverymuseum.org or www.facebook.com/captainaverymuseum


Calvert Library is “your destination for imagination, information, inspiration”….and Minecraft?! According to Emilia Lee, Public Services Librarian and head of the Minecraft team, “At Calvert Library we offer Minecraft as a learning tool for our customers. All of our Minecraft events are meant to facilitate learning through trial and error and teamwork.”  Stop in to any of Calvert Library location for free play, and don’t forget to drop in to the Fairview Branch’s guided building projects on Mondays!  For more information call 410-535-0291.


It's Model Trains Day at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. So, All aboard! Don't miss this family fun event featuring the Rappahannock Model Railroader Club. Free admission, free parking. Children love model trains. Click on this link to see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR7rbBblLBM. Saturday and Sunday Oct 10-11 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle VA 22172. Visit www.usmcmuseum.org for more information.


The Seventh District VFD Auxiliary will be having a Craft and Vendor Fair Sunday November 8th, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the firehouse on 21660 Colton Point Road Avenue, MD 20609. Tables can be rented for $15.00. For information please call 301-769-2654 or email bsue@md.metrocast.net or 301-769-2614.


The Community Mediation Center of Calvert (CMCC) will be celebrating Conflict Resolution Day with a free Open House for the public on Wednesday, October 14, from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Phillips House in Prince Frederick.  We invite you to join the staff and volunteers of the Community Mediation Center of Calvert (CMCC) on October 14 at the Phillips House, 28 Duke Street, Prince Frederick. We will be presenting the annual Peace Builder award to a Calvert County resident who has worked to bring diverse community members together to benefit Calvert County. Come join CMCC for a light lunch and learn about CMCC’s no-cost services available to Calvert County residents. For more information, please call 443.295.7456.


Join us at the Mother Catherine Academy Christmas Bazaar on November 1st from 10am to 3pm. They'll be over 40 vendors and crafters, photos with Santa, a kid’s carnival, cookie decorating, baked goods, gift wrapping, Santa's gift shop, a basket of Cheer, big money raffle, Silent Auction and more. For more information visit http://mothercatherine.org/


The first annual  MOG Jog  5k Walk, Run and Roll will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Piney Point Lighthouse from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This event will benefit Southern Maryland Community Resources.  Participants can register by going to www.mogjog5k.com or Active.com.  Prizes will be awarded in multiple age divisions for men and women. The entry fee is $25 per person in advance and $30 on the day of the event.  This event is the second 5k in a 3 race series called the Down County Triple Crown.  Space is limited.  For more information or to receive an entry form, call 301-866-5444 weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Here is a list of future events at the 2nd District, Company 6 aka Valley Lee VFD & RS Auxiliary! Location 45245 Drayden Rd., Valley Lee, MD 20692: October 11th, 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

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; Halloween theme “WEAR A COSTUME & GET A TREAT BAG”, 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 home made jewelry, flower arrangements, quilts, paintings, country crafts, crocheted items, baked good & more.


The first senior class of Chopticon High School - Class of 1966 will hold its 50-year reunion on Saturday, June 25, 2016.  If you are a graduate of this class, we want to hear from you.  Please contact Brenda Long Pruett at 240-298-5019.


On Saturday, Oct. 17 the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County (CMCC) invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Sip & Savor Wine Tasting fundraising event at 3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings, MD, 20736. You will enjoy fantastic food, magical music and be able to purchase handcrafted original treasures made by local artisans.   Plus, your entrance fee of $35.00 will help CMCC continue to offer FREE mediation services and other programs to the residents of Calvert County. You can purchase tickets by calling 443.295.7456 or going to the CMCC website: www.calvert-mediation.org. 


Frenetic Thriller Spoof, “The 39 Steps”, Opens at Three Notch Theatre-- Hitchcock meets hilarious in The Newtowne Players production of “The 39 Steps”, weekends from October 2 – 18, at Three Notch Theatre. Performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military and students; and $10 for children 12 and under. On Thursdays, all tickets are $10. For tickets, visit www.newtowneplayers.org or call (301) 737-5447. Three Notch Theatre is located at 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park, Md.


Members of FRA (Fleet Reserve Association) Branch 93 invite all students in grades 7 through 12 to participate in the Association’s 2015–2016 Americanism Essay Contest. Participants are invited to submit a 350-word essay centered on this year’s theme:  "What the United States Flag Stands For". This national contest, sponsored by FRA to promote a spirit of patriotism among America’s youth, offers a Grand National Prize of $5,000, with other recognition in each grade category. Essays must be legibly written or typed on one side of the paper and each entry must include a separate sheet stating the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, name of school (or “home schooled”) and grade, the number of words in the essay, and name of the sponsoring member or branch. To learn more about FRA’s Americanism Essay Contest, contact Thomas Vatter at 240-434-5182 or EMAIL tfvatter@md.metrocast.net.


Historic St. Mary’s City is taking registrations for their fall homeschool day, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This program is scheduled for October 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To make a reservation or for more information, call (240) 895-4990 or info@hsmcdigshistory.org. Cost is $5 per child for children age 5 and older, one accompanying adult is free. Historic St.  Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland.  For more information about the museum contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or info@hsmcdigshistory.org.. 


A Super Basket Bingo will held at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge on Thursday October 22 to benefit the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Doors open at 5 & games start at 7.  Pull tabs for Baskets & Purses will be available. The group leader with the most reservations will win a specialty Basket.  For reservations call Joyce Downs at 301-884-8829 or 301-481-0906 and a chance to win a Halloween Cat Basket. See the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad’s Facebook page for more information.


On Saturday October 17 at 3:30 the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will be hosting a Children’s Halloween party and Scream on the Green.  The party starts at 3:30 and will include games, contests & crafts.  The movie Hotel Transylvania will start about 7:00.  Food & Drinks will be sold on site. See our Facebook page for more information.


The Down Syndrome Association of Southern Maryland,  is hosting our annual Buddy Walk on Sunday October 4, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm at Gilbert Run Park’s Brookside Pavilion in Charlotte Hall.   In addition to a one-mile ceremonial walk to raise awareness about Down syndrome, the event day will be filled with music, entertainment, face painting, Disney princesses and super-hero characters along with a blow up slide, raffles, K-9 demo from the Charles County Sherriff’s office and refreshments. To find out more about The Down Syndrome Association of Southern Maryland and to register for this year’s Buddy Walk fundraising event, visit www.dsasmd.donordrive.com.


New Direction Community Theater  will be presenting "Greater Tuna" the weekends of Oct. 2nd and 9th at the Long Beach Community Center in St. Leonard.   "Greater Tuna" is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals.  Go to ndctheater.org or callV443-624-4484 for tickets.


The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, will host an Antique Evaluation Night, inspired by PBS’s Antique Road Show ® October 14, 2015, 3-6 p.m. The public is invited to learn the history of their treasures from a panel of certified specialists who will evaluate each item. General admission is free to the public; however, there is a fee of $10 per item to be evaluated with a maximum of 3 items. For more information visit www.wardmuseum.org, by phone 410-742-4988 ext.108, or email Wardinfo@salisbury.edu. 


The Southern Maryland Antique Power Association will hold their 6th annual tractor parade on October 11, 2015. from 1 to 3 p.m. in Leonardtown to benefit Christmas in April St. Mary’s County, Inc. Joining them again this year will be the Baltimore/Washington Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society. To register your tractor go to the Leonardtown Elementary School at 11 a.m. Registration is $10.00 which is a donation to Christmas in April. Parade starts promptly at 1 p.m. For more info please call Lee Dyson at 301-994-0926.


Are you overwhelmed with Medicare television ads and brochures? Navigating the Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D can be as confusing as alphabet soup. Join your local State Health Insurance Program and get simplified information about Medicare, including the Senior Medicare Patrol program (SMP), savings programs, and supplemental insurance. Attend one of the seminars below to receive valuable information about services you may be eligible for.

La Plata Public Library (2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata)

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

P.D. Brown Memorial Public Library (50 Village Street, Waldorf)

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.

Potomac Public Library (3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head)

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

Waldorf West Public Library (10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf)

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Ruth Anderson-Cole at 301-609-5712.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

On Saturday, October 3, 2015 the public is invited to run or walk in the annual Blaine Whorl Memorial 5K.  The race starts at St. Mary’s Ryken High School and benefits the Blaine Whorl Scholarship fund.  For more information on the race, the Blaine Whorl Scholarship, or St. Mary's Ryken High School, call 301-373-4162 or visit http://www.smrhs.org/blainewhorl5k.


The Calvert County Bar Association is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit Calvert Hospice on November 7. You can register online at: www.CalvertCountyBar.com. The race starts at the Calverton School in Huntingtown with registration starting at 8 am. It's just $30 for adults and $15 for students. You can pre-register by October 30th at www.CalvertCountyBar.com. This is an event the whole family can participate in together. We hope you can help support Calvert Hospice!


St. James Episcopal Church, Indian Head Maryland Haiti Mission Project will be having “Autumn in the Vineyards” Wine and Beer Tasting and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 5 P.M – 8 P.M at St. James Episcopal Church, Parish Hall  at 7 Potomac Avenue, Indian Head, Maryland 20640. The cost is just $25 in advance and $40 at the event. Designated Drivers are juyst $10. Advance ticket sales end Friday October 2nd. All the proceeds to Benefit Haiti Mission Fund. For tickets and more information call 301-743-2366.


Survivors Saturday is SOMD’s Largest FREE Breast Cancer Survivors Event! A Celebrational, Educational and Inspirational Event. Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015. Time: 10am-6pm. at the  Hollywood Fire Department Social Hall at 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. FREE Event!! ALL invited to attend! Welcoming ALL Breast Cancer Survivors! Come share the stories and experiences of your journey as we laugh, cry, encourage and be inspired to Survive. Event Benefiting: The Brem Foundation To Defeat Breast Cancer.


Come on out for an evening of fun and fellowship! St. John’s School will be holding a Baskets & Bucks Bingo on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the Monsignor Harris Center.  Doors open at 6 and Bingo starts at 7. There will be 20 regular games, 6 specials, pull tabs, raffles, brown bag auction items, refreshments, and more! In addition to this, ALL Longaberger baskets will be filled (CASH and/or gift cards!). Many local businesses have been generously giving gift certificates for door prizes.  We hope to see you there! For reservations or questions, please contact Angela at argreer@gmail.com or Phyllis at (301) 373-5871.


So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know...and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all DAV services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veterans and members of their families.

Monday, September 28, 2015; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; American Legion, 11820 HG Trueman Road, Lusby, Maryland.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Maryland.

Thursday, October 1, 2015; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

For further information regarding this event, please feel free to contact NSO Lamarr Couser at (410) 230-4440.


The Awww…Shucks Oyster Social to support the Dee of St. Mary’s  will take place on Saturday October 24th from 4-7 pm at the Patuxent Small Craft Center. There will be Oysters, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Beer and Wine, Live Music and a silent auction. Tickets are just $75 each and you can order online at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042 ext 62. All the proceeds support caring for the Dee, the iconic wooden workboat at the Calvert Marine Museum.


September 27th from 8 am - 11 am celebrate the beauty  of  fall  with  Sotterley’s gorgeous historic  grounds! Join  us  for  a  fall  excursion  on Sotterley’s  scenic  and  historic Patuxent  River  property.  Bald Eagles,  migrant  songbirds, lingering  meadowlarks, sparrows and  waterfowl can be found on Sotterley’s extensive new trail system and natural habitats. There is no charge for this event, although do nations are always appreciated! Directions: From Rt. 235, go north on Sotterley Road, turn right through gates to the Sotterley Plantation visitors’ center parking lot. Please RSVP by the 26th to David at moulton.davidh@gmail.com or240-278-4473.


Construction has begun on the Final Phase of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. This final phase will open in phases over a 5-year period with the first part opening in 2017. In the much closer future the Museum will be closed January - March 2016 to hang an SBD Dauntless airplane in Leatherneck Gallery and replace the gallery's Korean War Sikorsky HRS-2 helicopter exhibit with a Vietnam helicopter exhibit. To learn more about the Final Phase please visit http://www.usmcmuseum.com/Museum_Expansion.asp. The National Museum of the Marine Corp is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle VA 22172. Website: www.usmcmuseum.org


The Moose Lodge in Mechanicsville is holding a benefit auction for Timmy Barnes, Past Governor and friends of many. The Mechanicsville Moose Lodge located at 27636 Mech. Rd. will be holding a fundraiser for the family of Timmy Barnes on Sept. 27 from 12-6pm.Silent auction, live auction,  50/50 and door prizes. Food will be available for purchase. Live entertainment will include Sam Grow Band and Drivin' Muzzy.


The Haunting of St. Mary’s County at the St. Mary’s County Fair Grounds, Leonardtown.  Thursday, October 29th, Friday October 30th, and Saturday October 31st.   Experience Caution if you suffer from a heart condition, are prone to seizures, or any other severe medical problems.  Not for the faint of heart. Be ready to scream.  No one under 14 admitted without an adult.   Fun starts at 7 pm and goes to 10 pm each night. Only $10 per person.  Sponsored by the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. For more information visit our web site at www.hvrs.org.  


The Charles County Antique Arts Association will hold its next meeting at 9:30 am, on Tuesday October 6, 2015, at the Charles County Social Services Building, 200 Kent Avenue, La Plata. The presentation is "Scandals in the City---Alice Roosevelt Longworth", starring Elaine Flynn from Our Town Topics. There is no fee and the public is welcome.


Camp Maria Retreat Center is a local “treasure” on Breton Bay, where organizations from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are hosted, throughout the year, for a time of hospitality and simplicity in a peaceful, natural waterfront environment.  Our largest fundraising event each year is the Camp Maria Oyster Scald –a St. Mary’s County Family Tradition.  It will be held this year on October 11th from noon until 4:00 pm.  Along with the oyster scald, fried oyster dinners and fried chicken dinners with all the fixings, we will have vendors, live music, and silent auction. For more information on CMRC visit our Facebook page at Friends of Camp Maria Retreat Center and www.campmaria.com.

Christmas in April*Calvert County, a United Way Community Partner, is now accepting applications for work to be done on homes the last Saturday in April 2016.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 30.  This non-profit organization repairs and improves the homes of low-income homeowners, assuring that they live in warmth, safety, and independence.  Since 1991, hundreds of volunteers a year have donated their time to improve seven hundred twenty-one homes in Calvert County. All homeowners must live in a home referred for Christmas in April.  Friends and family members may submit an application on another’s behalf but should first obtain the homeowner’s consent.  Applications may be obtained at the senior centers, libraries, and churches or may be requested by calling 410-535-9044.  Applications are also available at www.christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org and may be submitted online.


Have you cared for a child or young adult with a substance use problem? Share your experiences, concerns, and suggestions. There will be a Focus Group for parents/caregivers who are caring for or have cared for a child under age 26 with a substance use problem. The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health (MCF) is hosting focus groups for parents/caregivers of children, adolescents, and young adults with substance use problems. Join us to share your family’s experiences, concerns, and suggestions for improving care for children, adolescents, and young adults with substance use needs. A $40 stipend will be provided to one parent/caregiver per family for participating in the focus group. When: September 24, 6:30-8:30 pm. at Serenity Farm 6932 Serenity Farm Road Hughesville, MD  20637. For more information and to register, contact: Ann Geddes, MCF 410-794-6953. ageddes@mdcoalition.org


The Elks Gun Bash is happening at the Waldorf Elks Lodge on Old Washington Road in Waldorf on October 3rd from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. $40 a ticket with additional food for $10 with ticket purchase. Includes all day food and draft beer, drawings every 20 minutes for long guns. One chance to win per ticket for long guns. For more information contact Rodney at 301-542-7401.


All you can eat crab feast will be held at the Waldorf Elks Lodge on September 26th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Your meal not only includes crabs but hot dogs, corn on the cob, cole slaw, cucumber salad. There will be draft beer for sale and a cash bar. There will also be a bake sale, dj, 50/50 raffle, pull tabs and bar bingo.


There will be a Craft Fair at Huntingtown High School to benefit the Huntington High School Cheerleaders. It will take place on Saturday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tables are $30 and they are currently looking for crafters and vendors. Reservations may be made by emailing casciero@calvertnet.k12.md.us or calling 410-627-1966.


Calvert Library has partnered with End Hunger In Calvert County to host a book discussion and volunteer opportunity on Tuesday, September 29 from 7-8:30PM at the End Hunger Warehouse in Prince Frederick. That evening, individuals will discuss The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by James Brown. Following the discussion participants will then experience first-hand the difference teamwork makes as together they sort food items to distribute to End Hunger Partner Food Pantries. Space for the event is limited to 15 people and registration is required.  Recommended for adults and youth ages 14 and up.  To register, go to the Calvert Library website at calvert.lib.md.us/events.html and click on One Maryland One Book or call 410-535-0291 (Location: End Hunger Warehouse, 141 Schooner Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678).


Calvert Hospice announces that the next session of Bridges, our support group for children and adultswho are grieving the death of someone close. The session begins on October 8 and continues each Thursday until November 19. The group will meet at Trinity United Methodist Church in Prince Frederick from 6:30 –8 pm. Children and teens are divided into age-appropriate peer groups where creative activities and discussion are used to assist with coping and healing. Adult family members learn the similarities and differences between child and adult grief and gain knowledge about supporting their children as well as themselves. Adults will meet in an adult support group at the same time their children are in their peer groups. For more information or to register, contact Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or mruppert@calverthospice.org.


Join The Humane Society of Charles County on October 11th from 10 am - 4 pm for the all new Mutt Madness at the Fairgrounds outdoor event with new games, new contests, multiple food vendors, crafters, exhibitors, exhibitions and demonstrations. Let your dog run our Agility Course and try his luck at our NEW Swift Paws lure chasing game.  Enjoy our fun Dog Contests like silly pet tricks and fastest Chihuahua races. Win a prize for Most Mysterious Heritage, Dog/Owner Look Alike, Scariest Pet Costume, etc.  If you are looking to expand your family, there will be pets for adoption. Fun for the entire family, both humans and dogs! Gate donation suggested.  Fees for some activities. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. Contact: info@humanesocietycc.org or 301 645-8181. Website: http://www.HumaneSocietyCC.org. Venue: Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Road, La Plata, MD 20646


Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. September 19, in the company of the vintage B-25 Mitchell Bomber, DAV bring its message of support of veterans to the Joint Base Andrews Air Show. In its modern-day mission with DAV, the B-25 serves as a reminder of the sacrifices veterans make for freedom. Meet the DAV Flight Team with the B-25 at the Andrews Air Show. Just look for B-25 “Panchito” and the big yellow DAV flags.




You have cash in your attic and basement!  Sell those unused items at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Treasures Sale Saturday, October 10, from 8 a.m. till noon inside Parish Hall, Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Just $15 for 8’ x5' spot with table. First come, first to secure a table. No refunds.  Call 301-855-7570 for information.  Free admission for shoppers; free parking.


Knights of Columbus, St Francis Xavier, The Missionary Council, #10957 What:  Annual Golf Tournament and pig roast. Format: Four person teams, best ball scramble. Men , ladies and junior players welcome. Place: Breton Bay Golf and Country Club. When: October 1, 2015 at 9 a.m. ( Rain Date October 15, 2015). Cost : $75 per player and $300 per foursome, Event fees include: Cart, Green Fees, practice balls tournament prizes and  Luncheon & beverages by Kevin’s Corner Kafe. POC: Tom Koviak, Tournament Chairman, 240-434-1464


Expert craftsmen, gourmet cocoa, Glühwein, and home-baked goods make the 9th Annual Christmas Market the place to be Sat, 12 Dec, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at All Saints' Episcopal Church, corner of Rts 2 & 4, Sunderland, MD. Rain, snow or shine! Free admission & parking. Proceeds benefit parish & community projects.


Come celebrate Earth Science Day October 17, 2015. Earth Science Day represents a local family-oriented celebration of the American Geosciences Institute’s Earth Science Week, October 12-18, 2014, and will include a variety of fun activities designed to help children gain a better understanding and appreciation of the earth sciences. The theme for this year's event is "Earth's Connected Systems", and special programs and hands-on demonstrations are being prepared to highlight various aspects of these systems, including the movie “Dynamic Earth” on our 60’ digital dome theater and “Pale Blue Dot” on our Science on a Sphere. It all happens at the James E. Richmond Science Center from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday October 17th. For more information visit www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter


Calvert Hospice’s 27th Annual Festival of Trees is right around the corner! The festival will be held at St. John Vianney in Prince Frederick on November 27 from 5 – 9 pm and November 28 from 9 am –8 pm.  The theme of Festival of Trees is “A Season to Remember.” This year’s festival will feature: beautifully decorated trees, family entertainment, several vendors, a poinsettia display, and Santa! The following opportunities are available: Festival Sponsorship, Tree Sponsorship, Poinsettia Purchase and Program Advertisement. Calvert Hospice is also looking for volunteers to decorate trees, assist with registration, and help with many other important tasks to make this final Festival of Trees a success. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amanda Peterson at 410-535-0892 or apeterson@calverthospice.org


Join us for GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for those grieving the loss of someone close. The support group will begin on Oct. 6th at 7:00pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Hall, 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. There is a $20.00 registration fee for the seminars to cover the costs of supplies, but scholarships are available. We accept walk-in and phone registrations. Child care is available. The seminars are open to all who are in need, even if it has been sometime since your loss. We are still accepting new participants. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time.

For more information or to register. please call Jean Ferrante 301-884-5456 or email jlf0617@comcast.net


The Mechanicsville Moose Lodge located at 27636 Mech. Rd. will be holding a fundraiser for the family of Timmy Barnes on Sept. 27 from 12-6pm.Silent auction, live auction,  50/50 and door prizes. Food will be available for purchase. Live entertainment will include Sam Grow Band and Drivin' Muzzy. Please help us spread the word for this local family. He was a husband, father of 4 children and a 30 year member at the Moose.


The Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum welcomes you to join them as they “Steam into History” in New Freedom, PA on Saturday, October 17th. This is a fun and educational opportunity to ride an excursion train similar the ones that ran to Chesapeake Beach in the early 1900’s. The trip is only $25.00 per person and tickets are currently on sale at the Museum. This includes transportation to and from Chesapeake Beach to New Freedom as well as 2 ½ hour train ride during peak fall foliage. Please see the attached flyer and press release for more information. I would appreciate your help in distributing this information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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


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


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 .  

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/

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.
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.


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.

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.


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.


Here are some upcoming events at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad:  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.


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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