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The Calvert County Sheriff's Office will have an open house on Saturday September 13th starting at 10 a.m. There will be fun for the whole communittee. There will be K-9 demonstrations, a fast pitch game, train rides, dunk tank, face painting, child i.d. kits and more. Plus there will be public safetly displays, fire and rescue units, Maryland Search and Rescue Dogs. The foundation for heroes superheroes will be there along with McGruff the Crime Dog and Buckle Bear. Food and Drink will be available for purchase. For more information call 410-535-1600 ext 2461


The 12th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5th, 2014, celebrating the very best of over 20 Maryland wineries in the breathtaking setting of this National Historic Landmark! Combining fun and education, guests come to the place where wine flows freely, live music is jamming, kids enjoy their own play area, engaging demonstrations entertain and educate, artists are selling their exquisite creations, food is scrumptious, and the 1703 Plantation House Mini Tours and the Colonial Revival Garden Tours are FREE. Discount Tickets may be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $20 through September 28th - BUY Online Only at www.sotterley.org. $25 at the gate. Become a Sotterley Member and pay only $15 at the gate! For more information, visit www.sotterley.org or call 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.


It’s Shakespeare at his rom-com best! Auditions for St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Department of Theater, Film, and Media Studies’ first show of the year, “Much Ado About Nothing,” will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9 and 10, from 6 -10 p.m. in the Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center, on the college campus. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11. Performance dates are Nov. 6-9 and 13-16. No experience is required to audition, although reading the play before auditioning is strongly recommended. For your audition, prepare a three-minute comic monologue of your choice; a prepared piece is preferable to a cold reading. For further information about procedures for auditioning or about the play, contact the director, Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, at mellistolaydo@smcm.edu or by phone at 240-895-4244.


Twenty-three-year-old Calvert County resident Kimberly Ruest has developed congestive heart failure as a result of fighting cardiomyopathy for the past several years. Recently, her health has deteriorated to the point where she requires an immediate heart transplant to save her life. Fortunately, she is an excellent candidate for the procedure, and we are hopeful that she will receive a heart very quickly. Please offer your support in helping stem the costs of these extraordinary medical expenses by sharing her Go Fund Me Page "A Heart for Kimberly.”


St. John’s School in Hollywood will host a benefit Basket, Bags, & More bingo on Friday, September 26th at the Monsignor Harris Center. Doors open at 6 pm and bingo starts at 7.  Admission is $20, which includes a pack of cards for 20 games and a door prize ticket; additional cards will be available at $5 per pack. Children must purchase an admission ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult. The prizes will include filled baskets. There will also be a Chinese auction, pull tabs, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Food will be available for sale as well. For more information or reservations e-mail argreer@gmail.com or Phyllis at 301-373-5871.



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


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


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


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


Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is presenting a talk on August 28 of interest to all county residents on the archaeology of the Dunkirk sites.  As you probably know, in 2012, an archaeological site was uncovered in Dunkirk, Maryland evidencing human occupation there 3000 years ago.  One of the lead archaeologists involved with the excavation will be at JPPM to talk about what we learned.  This lecture is free.


Rare find – a 3000 year-old house has been discovered in Dunkirk, Maryland!  Learn what archaeology can tell us about how people lived in Calvert County so long ago.  Barbara Silber will discuss the archaeological excavations and related artifacts from two Late Archaic - Early Woodland prehistoric sites, recovered ahead of the Dunkirk Park & Ride construction in 2012. The talk, titled Single Family Home, Nice Wooded Lot: The Archaeology of the Dunkirk Sites, will be held on August 28, 2014 at 7 PM in the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum as part of its 2014 Speaker Series. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit www.jefpat.org.


Grab the kids, pack a blanket and picnic, and enjoy Shakespeare’s famous comedy on the State House green at Historic St. Mary's City.  As You Like It, produced in conjunction with Newtowne Players, will be offered August 15, 16 and 21,22, and 23. Bring food, blankets and lawn chairs.  You may rent chairs ($1) and purchase snacks, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages on site.  No outside alcohol will be permitted.  Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military, and students; and $10 for children 11 and younger.  Reserve tickets by contacting 240-895-4978 or aaronm@digshistory.org.

Charles County will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 on August 30-31, 2014 in Benedict, MD. Come to Maxwell Hall on August 30 from 10-5 and experience. A Star Spangled Celebration! Take part in sword “play” with the Calvert-Arundel Swordsmen, tat lace with the Chesapeake Lace Guild, watch spinners and weavers and blacksmith and basket crafters and Nicole Stewart’s colonial portrait paintings. Meet the authors of local books, including the new Benedict on the Patuxent by Howard Post, live music with the Port Tobacco Pickers, you can be a guest at the Wedding of 1812 portrayed by La Plata High School drama students, later take part in a floral auction by the Hughesville Garden Club, 1812 toys and games with the Girl Scouts and much much more. All activities are free, shuttle transportation provided. For more information go to charlescountymd.gov or hughesvillegardenclub.org


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


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

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


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


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


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


There will be an all you can eat breakfast at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall at 46900 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park, MD 20653. This event takes place on Sunday August 24th from 8 am - 11 am. Adults are $8, Children $5 ages 6-12 and Children 5 and under are free. Visit www.bdvfd.org for more information.


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


Discover Naval Aviation with a visit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum on August 16th! Our bi-monthly program, Meet the Airplane! is scheduled August 16th, noon to 5pm. This month we are featuring the P-3 Orion and we'll also celebrate the end of the summer with a cookout. View our exhibits and discuss this versatile aircraft with an amazing Panel of Experts. Panel members will gather for a presentation at 1400 in the main exhibit hall. There will be special activities for children - building paper airplanes, face painting, carrier landings, and radar games! 50/50 raffle drawings will be at 1330 and 1500 (1:30 & 3:00 pm respectively), so don't forget to buy your tickets while you are there. Delicious grilled burgers and hot dogs will be available from the NAS Patuxent River First Class Association. Adult beverages, soda, and desserts will be available as well.


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


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


Knights of Columbus St. Francis Xavier "the Missionary" Council #10957 will be hosting their Annual Polish Dinner on Sunday August 24th 4:00pm-7:30pm. The dinner will take place at St. Francis Church Hall Newtown Neck Rd. in Leonardtown. Cost:  Adults $15.00 Children 10&under $5.00. For further information contact (240)434-1464.


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


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


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


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


Southern MD Decorative Painters will meet on Saturday, August 23, at the Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall, MD.  Arrival time is 9:30 am.  Guests are always welcome and should email LearnToPaint@Outlook.com for more information.

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


Learn more about Charles County’s history and how Benedict has been impacted as George Howard Post discusses the history of Benedict and what it has become today. This event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the at St. Francis de Sales Church Hall (7185 Benedict Ave, Benedict). This tour involves a fair amount of walking so we would like to encourage participants to wear appropriate footwear and attire to fully enjoy this experience. For more information, contact Sheila Geisert at 301-645-0682 or GeisertS@CharlesCountyMD.gov.  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


The Chesapeake Community Chorus is an all-volunteer chorus that performs concerts to benefit charities in Calvert County. We are looking to add new singers to the chorus. No auditions are required. Contact Larry Brown, Director, at 301-855-7477, or email lbrown9601@verizon.net. Our August 2014 practice sessions are as follows: August 17, 2014, Sunday, practice 4-6 pm, North Beach Union Church, 8912 Chesapeake Avenue,

North Beach, MD and August 24, 2014, Sunday, practice 4-6 pm, North Beach Union Church, 8912 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach, MD


The Mechanicsville Optimist Club will be having a BBQ on August 9th at the Lions Club Pavilion in the median of Rt. 5 North and South from 9am until sold out. All proceeds go to the youth in our community. Come out and enjoy some fantastic food and support the youth in our community.


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


Stroke Survivors Support Group. August 19, 2014 7-8PM  Health Connections at Medstar St Mary’s Hospital Survivors face many changes when returning to everyday live after stroke. Learn about Physical and emotional challenges and how to adjust to them. Relevant speakers provide a topic of interest each month. Join us for refreshments ant the friendship of other stroke survivors and their families. Caregivers welcome. Call 301-475-6019 for more information. Free


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


It's the Margaret Brent High School Alumni Dinner and Dance on Augst 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling Clarence at 301-769-2630 or Delores at 301-884-4812. There will be baked chicken, fried chicken, ham and all the fixins. Live music and a cash bar. The event will be held at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge in Mechanicsville Maryland.


The St. Mary's County Chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association is sponsoring a talk entitled "Heads and Tails: Advice from Both Sides of the Publishing Coin." Come and join us as we listen to Holly Morse-Ellington's experience as both a writer and as an editor, and how this dual identity has informed her own writing. Ms. Morse-Ellington is a fiction editor for the Baltimore Review, and she will be speaking at the Lexington Park Library in Meeting Room A from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on August 26. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free for newcomers, or join the Maryland Writers' Association at the door. For more information, visit www.marylandwriters.org.


The Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks is offering its annual Children’s Day program. The free event will take place at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point on Saturday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Museum staff and volunteers will provide kids with heritage games, face painting, crafts and free sno-cones. The St. Clement’s Island Museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road in Colton’s Point at the end of Route 242, nine miles south of Clements intersection. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible.  For more information, please call 301-769-2222 or log onto the Museum Division website at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums.


It's the 2nd annual 'Remembering Aquasco and Other Local Tracks Reunion' held at the Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department. It all happens on Sunday, August 17th from 2:30 until 7:30 p.m. There will be guest speakers, track historians, track footage, viewers choice awards and much more. Please bring pictures, memorabilia and memories to share. For more information call Mike at 301-980-6481 or visit brandywinevfd.net.


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


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


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


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


Mother Catherine Spalding School is celebrating their 50th Anniversary Celebration with an Anniversary Gala and Silent and Live Auction. It all happens on Friday August 22nd at the Old Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Tickets are $100/$150 per couple. For ticket information please contact the school office at 301-884-3165.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Community Back to School Pancake Breakfast at the La Plata Firehouse from 8am to Noon (or until sold out).  The cost is $8 for those over 6 years of age, for children 6-2 it is $5, and for those under 2 with a paying adult, they are free.  The breakfast will include all you can eat CHRIS Cakes, Sausage Links, and Orange Juice.  On site will be representatives from local police, fire, and local clubs with important safety information to get our kids back to school safely.  For further information, please contact Wendy at 240-427-7230.


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


The College of Southern Maryland Foundation's 23rd Annual Golf Tournament will take place on August 14, 2014 at Swan Point Country Club. Rick Dempsey, the former Baltimore Orioles catcher and 1984 World Series MVP will be joining will be joining each of the golfers on a hole.  Sponsors are still needed for this great event.   Sponsorships can be obtained by registering online at csmd.edu/foundation/Golf Classic or by calling Erika Abell at (301) 934-7647.


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


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


Here are some upcoming events at the 2nd District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee, MD. There will be and All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on Sunday, 10 August 2014; 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. Then there will be a Yard Sale, 27 September 2014; starting 7:00 a.m. & ending at 11:00 a.m; Reserve Table for $10.00; For application / more information contact Kelly @ 240-299-5261.


The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department will be having an End Of Summer All you can eat  on premise Shrimp and Crab Feast!!  Saturday August 23rd from 3pm-7pm. Adults Tickets are $30 in Advance of $40 at the door. Children 5-10 are $10, Children 4 and under Free. Price Includes-  Crabs, Steamed Shrimp, Corn on the Cob, Hush Puppies, Coleslaw, Hotdogs, iced tea and water.They will have beer for purchase but Please No Coolers! Advance Tickets can be purchased from Any MVFD or Ladies Auxiliary Member and at the Firehouse. For More Information call 301-884-4709 or log onto our website www.mvfd.com


Pax River Quilters Guild – the next regular monthly meeting of the Pax

River Quilter Guild will be held Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:30 pm at

Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, MD. 

This month's meeting features a presentation by Julia Graves on “All You

Need to Know About Thread”.  Show & Tell will feature quilts with

decorative threadwork.   Door prizes will be awarded. New members and guest welcome. For more info, visit www.paxriverquiltguild.com, join our Facebook group page,

Pax River Quilters Guild or email juliagraves82@hotmail.com.


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


Tickets are now on sale for a bus trip to the Library of Congress National Book Festival, on Saturday, August 30.  For just $15.00, you can secure your seat for a ride to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the new indoor home of the National Book Festival.  The air-conditioned school bus will pick-up at 10 am at the Sunderland Park and Ride.  The bus will depart from the Convention Center at 5 pm. For a complete listing of authors, and ongoing excitement visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/. Bus tickets must be purchased by August 23 and can be obtained at any branch of Calvert Library. For more information, contact Joan Kilmon at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 410-257-2411.

The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland (CSSM) in partnership with the Calvert Marine Museum presents the Summer/Autumn Celtic Music Festival with workshops and concert featuring Ocean Quartet. The performing artists will offer an evening concert and afternoon workshop to enthusiastic musicians from the local community.

The workshops and concert will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at the newly renovated indoor theater, Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD. The evening concert will be presented at 7:30pm. Tickets $30* at the door (discounts available for advance purchase online).

*other fees apply. For more information call 301-904-7303.


The Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept  Ladies Auxiliary  are excited to announce they have added a car wash to there annual summer yard and vendor sale! Join us August 16, 2014 from 7am - 11am. Table rental is $10 per 8 ft table. Car wash prices are as follows, Cars-$15, Trucks & SUV's-$20 and we will have optional vacuuming for $5. For more information or to reserve your table email meghannet@yahoo.com


Do you live in the Tri-County Area of Southern Maryland? If Yes!! Then this message is for you. The Charles County Department of Social Services, Calvert County Department of Social Services and St Mary’s County Department of Social Services are looking for individuals like you to become foster parents to children in the tri-county area. Foster parents offer temporary/short-term care and supportive services to children who are unable to live at home due to abusive and/or neglectful situations. Each Local Department of Social Service (DSS) depends on foster parents to carry out the day-to-day parenting for these children by opening their homes and providing emotional wellness and enrichment activities until they can either return safely to their own homes or until the children are adopted. Each local Department of Social Service will provide the training and resources you need to be a successful foster parent.  For more information on how to become a foster parent, please contact the Tri-County Recruiter at 301-392-6727 or via email at cclarke@maryland.gov.


Announcing open auditions for the wildly popular annual signature event – The Ghosts of Sotterley! Whether you are a seasoned actor or have a new-found interest in acting, we invite all from age 12 and up to try out. You will be in great company with an enthusiastic group of talented wonders who enjoy performing and love Sotterley!

Auditions will be held at the Sotterley Warehouse on:

Tuesday, August 5th    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 9th    10 am - 12 pm

Tuesday, August 12th    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 16th   10 am - 12 pm

This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, “Love, Life, Liberty & Loss” will run on October 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. If you are able to commit to rehearsal dates and to all of these show dates, then you just may be the perfect fit for one of the roles. Just bring yourself and your undeniable talent; we will provide the reading. If interested in Tech Support, Costuming, or Hair & Make-up please contact our Events Manager, Mellanie Teed 301-373-2280 or events@sotterley.org


St Geoge Catholic Church will have their Annual Crab Cake Dinner on Sunday, August 17th from Noon until 5:00 p.m. There will be crab cakes, fried chicken, baked ham and all the trimmings. There will also be baked goods, raffles and more. Adults are $26, Children 6-12 are $10 and free for children under 6. $26 for all carry-outs. This is a family style country dinner. Bring the whole family out to St. George Catholic Church in Valley Lee. For more information call 301-994-0607 or email stgeorge.md@adwparish.org

Peace Corps has rewarding work opportunities around the world in education, health, agriculture, the environment, youth and business. YOU can make a difference in one of 60 countries worldwide as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Change your life and the lives of others today. Finish the application in one hour and choose where you want to live and work. Make a difference in the Peace Corps by visiting Peace Corps dot gov. That’s Peace C-O-R-P-S dot-gov.


Guided Canoe Trip on Parkers Creek at the American Chestnut Land Trust on Saturday, July 26th from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Depart from Warrior's Rest and enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required and a $15 donation is appreciated. Please call us at 410-414-3400 or e-mail us at info@acltweb.org for more information. Canoe trips are physically strenuous, requiring paddling for three hours (frequently against wind and tides), and may require participants to help carry a canoe for up to one-quarter mile over sand to access the creek.


Summer Concert Series -- U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Platoon at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA. Join us on the parade deck to see the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Platoon from the Marine Barracks, Washingotn, D.C. -- the oldest active post in the Marine Corps.  The Museum will remain open until the beginning of the concert.  Feel free to bring your lawn chair and blanket.  Free admission, free parking but come early as space is limited.  Thursday Aug. 17the from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. For more information call Pam Dodson at 703 649-2350 or visit:



Sotterley Barn Bash! Friday, August 22nd, 2014, 5:00 p.m. gates open  |  6:00 p.m. music begins. Need a fun family-friendly night out with live music and dancing? “The Country Memories Band” will be at Sotterley on Friday, August 22, 2014 with the goal of delighting you and yours with traditional country favorites and golden oldies … and getting you all out on the dance floor! Admission: $5.00 per person at the gate.Food, beer and wine for purchase.


American Legion Post 221 is sponsoring a pork loin and beef sandwich sale. Pork loin, sliced roast beef, and BBQ beef sandwiches will be sold on both Saturday and Sunday, July 26th & 27th, at American Legion Post 221 @ 21690 Colton's Point Rd (Rt. 242), in Avenue, MD. The event will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and sandwiches will cost $6.00 each. Call (301) 884-4071 for further information.


The Holy Ghost Church, Ladies of Charity, will hold their annual yard sale on Sat., Sept. 6, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The church is located at 15848 Rock Point Road, Newburg.  Hundreds of items:  furniture, household items, toys, collectables, tools, etc.  For information call Charlotte “Bobbi” Caron at 301-609-9988.


The Optimist Club of Mechanicsville has been supporting the youth of our community for more than 30 years. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. We are always looking for individuals who want to make a difference in our community while helping youth develop into model citizens and leaders. To learn more please call (301) 884-2358 or visit the club’s website at www.mechanicsvilleoptimist.org. Take the plunge. Join our club today.


Start the last weekend in August off with a bang and a race or stroll along scenic country roads.   The 29th annual running of the Chaptico Classic, described by Running Times as “one of the best county road races,” will take place on Saturday, August 30. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and races start at 8. Run a 5K or 10K. Registration is $30 ($35 on race day) and $15 for high school runners.  Pre-register by visiting www.active.com, calling 301-475-2886, e-mailing info@chapticoclassic.org, or sign up beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the race.   Download a course map, view past winners, and learn more about the race at www.chapticoclassic.org. Join us on August 30 at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico 20621) and run, walk, boogey, or crawl for the common good in the 29th annual Chaptico Classic.  

Visit Blue Crabs Stadium on Saturday July 26th for an event to benefit 'Always Fighting for Kayla'. The Foundation 4 Heroes will be there will Batman and more. The event will take place from 9 am - 3 pm and there will be fun for the whole family. For more information visit www.f4heroes.com.


The Charles County Department of Public Works will hold team registration for the upcoming fall coed adult kickball league from Monday, July 14 through Friday, Aug. 1.  Games will be played at White Plains Regional Park.  Two leagues will be offered, one on Tuesday nights and the other on Wednesday nights.  Franchise fee is $450.00 per team. Teams may register at the Department of Public Works (1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, interested teams should call 301-932-3470 or 301-870-2778 weekdays between 7:30 am and 4 p.m., or visit our website at www.charlescountyparks.com.


The Fairy Godmother Project-Southern Maryland Chapter, an organization assisting local families affected with pediatric cancer in the form of meals, gas cards, lawn care and more, is hosting their annual Denim and Diamonds Gala. The Gala will be held on Saturday, August 9th from 6-11pm at Bowles Farm! Tickets are available at $60/ person or $110/ couple. Buffet includes: crab balls, steamship round, chicken cordon bleu, parsley potatoes, green beans, & dessert, plus wine & beer. There will be a silent auction and live entertainment. For more information visit www.fairygodmotherproject.org


There will be a Brunch & Silent Auction on August 10th from 10 am to 1 pm at Olde Breton Inn, Leonardtown, MD.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.  Cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.  For reservations, call Susan Dudley at 240-298-3122 or Lynne Howard at 240-298-2391 or e-mail alzbrunch@gmail.com.


On Friday August 1st, there will be a huge clothing drive for kids going back to school. Please drop off your donations at 3200 Crain HWY Waldorf, MD on August 1st. For more information you can call 240-419-5101. Help a family in need this school year.. So many families are going through hard times please help donate clothing for children this year. All donation are greatly appreciated.


Enjoy great food at All Saints Episcopal Church's 68th annual Summer Supper Saturday, 2 August, from 3 to 7 p.m. at its Parish Hall, 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland, MD, at the intersection of Rts 2 & 4. Menu includes home-made crab cakes, ham, fried chicken & lots more.  Carry-out, too.  Wonderful home-baked goodies & hand-made crafts available. Proceeds benefit community & church ministries. Adults (age 13 & older) $20; ages 6-12, $10; 5 & under, free. Info: 410-257-6306. Handicapped accessible.


It's the Southern Maryland Music and Bikefest to support the Maryland Patriot Guard on Saturday Aug. 16th at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown, MD. The event kicks off at noon and there will be live music, a bike show, bike rodeo, great food, a varitey of vendors and much, much more. Help on the Homefront, (HOTH) our military injured, in association with the Maryland Patriot Guard.  The Maryland Patriot Guard directly supports the Wounded Warriors and their families at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center. $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information visit www.somdbikefest.com.


Please join us for a “POLISH DINNER”. Sponsored by: Knights of Columbus St. Francis Xavier the Missionary Council #10957. Where: St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, Newtown Neck Rd. Compton, Md. When: Sunday August 24, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner Menu to include: Kielbasa and Kapusta (Polish Sausage   &Sauerkraut), Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles), Golabki (Cabbage Roll), Pierogi (Stuffed Potato and cheese); Bread; Dessert; and a Drink (coffee & tea). Cost: Price: $15.00 for adult and $ 5.00 Children (10 and Under) Call Tom Koviak @ 240-434-1464.


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


In the days before television, computers, video games and the internet captured imaginations and free time, residents of coastal Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina anxiously awaited the arrival of the best entertainment going:  the James Adams Floating Theatre.  Join Patricia Samford as she discusses the history of the theatre that was perhaps best known as the inspiration for Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel Showboat, later turned into a Broadway musical and three hit movies. The talk will be held on July 24 at 7 PM in JPPM’s Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab.  The talk is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 410-586-8501 or visit www.jefpat.org.


Class are now forming for the Calvert County Health Department and their smoking cessation classes. This is a free eight week program to help you kick the smoking habit for good. There are different times and places in August so sign up today. If you smoke, dip or chew this is the program for you and free tobacco cessation products will be available. Call Patrick today at 410-535-5400.


La Plata High School class reunion is planned for Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the FOP Lodge 24 on Rosewick Road, La Plata. The event will be a cookout from 3-7pm. FOR more info contact: Linda Cooper 301-535-3767, Carol Davis 301-259-4803, Janice Johnson Greenfield 301-932-2607. We are still looking for classmates.


The Waldorf Lions Club will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Waldorf Firehouse on Route 925 Old Washington Road on August 11th from noon to 5:30 p.m.. Walk-ins are welcome after 1:00 p.m. For more information or an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.


Brown Bag Auction to benefit the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad will take place on Saturday September 6th 2014 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridge. Doors open at 12pm – Auctions begin 2pm. Tickets $1 a piece, 6 for $5, 14 for $10, or an arms length for $20. We truly have Something for everyone! Food, Drinks, and Baked goods will be on sale. Bring a donation for St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry and

receive 3 free tickets! Bring your address labels or name stamps to save time with your tickets! It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!


The St. Mary's County Women's Softball League will have a benefit All Star game with the Clements Cuties on Saturday July 19th. If will be a day of fun and softball. 3 Games starting at 12:30 at 22094 Newtowne Neck Road in Compton. with Food, Beer & Sodas sold. Plus 50/50 Raffle, T-shirts sale. Anything can happen, and most likely will! For more info contact: Dana ~ 240-925-1269


 Help uncover the past at Historic St. Mary’s City -- Tidewater Archaeology Days are July 25 and 26!  Tour excavations at the home of Maryland’s first governor.  Discover what the soil reveals about Maryland’s beginnings then help screen excavated material and see what bits of the past you recover.  There will be special tours throughout the day.   At 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00, enjoy a once-a-year opportunity to tour the archaeology laboratory.  The excavations will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission ($10 adult; $9seniors; $6 youth (6-18): and free for those under 5 years and Friends members) includes access to special activities, living history sites, and the St. John’s Site Museum.   For more information about the museum and its programs visit www.hsmcdigshistory.org or contact 800-SMC-1634, 240-895-4990, or info@digshistory.org.


The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is pleased to announce our first ever Meet the Authors! event.  PRNAMA has invited authors that tell their stories of the U.S. Navy and Naval Aviation, along with a collection of fascinating local stories.  Your visit to the Museum is free for this event. Not only will you enjoy meeting your new literary best friends, but you’ll also be able to relax and share a glass of wine or bottle of beer.  Refreshments will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.  Keep an eye out for updated information about this not-to-miss event. If you would like more information, please contact the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum at 301-863-1900 or send an e-mail to PRNAMAEventsComm@gmail.com.


Each year, approximately 14 million people, including teens, become infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  HPV is a common virus that spreads by sexual contact and it can cause certain cancers in women and men.  The HPV vaccine can provide protection against HPV and is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12, before they have been exposed to the virus. ​Parents are encourage​d to call  ​their​ health care provider or the St. Mary's County Health Department for information about vaccinating  ​their​ preteen son or daughter against HPV.  For more information about the HPV vaccine, please call the health department at 301-475-4330 or visit their​​ website at www.smchd.org


Are you between the ages of eight and 15 and interested in learning how to fish?  Tuesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Charles County Parks Division and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hosting a free fishing class at Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall). This is a great opportunity for children to learn the basics of fishing and have fun.  Prior fishing experience is not needed. Bait and tackle will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Gilbert Run Park office at 301-932-1083 Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Pax River Quilters Guild – the next regular monthly meeting of the Pax

River Quilter Guild will be held Monday, July 14th, 2014 , 6:30 pm at Good

Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, MD. This

month's meeting features our annual Ice Cream Social. There will be a

sale of fabric samples from well known manufacturers to benefit animal

rescue. The President's Challenge Quilt entries are due and winners

will be awarded. New members and guest welcome. It's time to renew your

membership and a great time to join the guild. For more info, visit

www.paxriverquiltguild.com, join our Facebook group page, Pax River

Quilters Guild or email juliagraves82@hotmail.com.


Here are upcoming events for the 2nd District VFD & RS in Valley Lee.

Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat; Sunday, July 13th, 2014; 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

Yard Sale, Saturday, September 27th, 2014, starts 7:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m.; Reserve a Table for $10.00; For application / more information call 240-299-5261 / 301-994-1960


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


The Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department will hold a Rib and Chicken Dinner for the first time in 6 Years. July 13th fro Noon - 5 pm. Don't miss great food and a chance to support your local fire department and rescue squad.


The Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers meeting will take place at the Charlotte Hall Library on Rt. 5 at Rt. 6 on July 15th from 7-9 p.m. For more information call Tom Williams at 301-884-5230 for information and directions. 

Families! Come to the Northeast Community Center on Gordon Stinnett Avenue in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland on August 27th, 2014 from 6-8pm to find out about all the great organizations offering fun activities for children in the Twin Beaches area including: Scouts, Baton, Cooking Classes, Acting, After-School Clubs, Music, Yoga, Museums and much more! It's the Fun Funky Family Fair For more information contact Paul Lundberg at 410-257-2554. FREE EVENT, food will be available for purchase.


Family Day -- Marines in Sports. Bring your children to the National Museum of the Marine Corps on  18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle Virginia to learn about Marines in sports and why athletics are an important part of the Marine Corps.  They can also make and take their own sport craft.  Free admission, free parking. Sat August 9th from  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. For more information call Sydney at  603 727-2329.


Come to North Point High School swimming pool (2500 Davis Road, Waldorf) on Saturday, July 26 for the fifth annual Youth Triathlon event planned especially for children.  This event is open to youth ages 14 and younger. Each child will swim, bike, and run specified distances determined by their age group. Check-in/registration time is 7 a.m. The event starts at 8 a.m. Early bird registration is $25. From July 2 through July 13, registration is $30. All participants registered before July 14 will be guaranteed a T-shirt.  On-site registration will be available the day of the event with a fee of $35.  Online registration is available at www.CharlesCountyParks.com. For details, call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.


Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland will transform into a concert venue on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7p.m. when Friends of Cedar Lane presents a live music concert and rod and classic car show. Country Stars & Hot Cars features a line-up of some of today’s hottest, rising country music stars. Proceeds from Country Stars & Hot Cars will benefit seniors and disabled adult residents at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community in Leonardtown, MD by helping fund programs and facility improvements. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, July 1 and can be purchased online at www.CountryStarsHotCars.com, or by calling (301) 475-8966 ext. 26. Tickets are just $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission (standing). Gates open at 5:00 p.m.


2014 Huntingtown Open To Benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter on July 19-20, at Huntingtown High School, Huntingtown MD. In the event of rain, tournament will be held the following weekend. $25 for single’s event, $35 for doubles team. Draws for each division will be done randomly. Please be sure to provide your email address so we can email the draw schedule and times a few days prior to the tournament. Sorry, no entries will be accepted after draws are made. Email questions to BaileysBunchFundraising@gmail.com


The Officers and Members of the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad will host a Dedication Ceremony and Open house at the new Lexington Park Station 39 located at 21685 FDR Boulevard in Lexington Park, behind the Lexington Park Library.  The dedication will be held on Saturday July 12 at 3 pm with open house to follow until 5 pm.  This event is open to the public, all are welcome.  More information is available at www.lpvrs.org.


The MOMS Club of Waldorf-West is great support group for all moms and has a meeting on the third Wednesday of each month in Waldorf.  For details, please email waldorfwestmomsclub@gmail.com


The 2014 Relay For Life committee is holding its First Annual Bark For Life event.  It will take place on Saturday August 9th 2014 (rain or shine) Registration opens at 8 am. Event runs  9-NOON  (rain or shine) at John G Lancaster Park, Willows Road, Lexington Park MD. We are seeking sponsors and table vendors from pet related businesses.   Also seeking participants to join us with their canine companions.   To register visit http://relayforlife.org/stmaryscountymd. Those interested in sponsorship contact bark4life@stmarysrelay.org. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.


Join us for Lunch and Learn. St. Mary’s County Public Schools and the St. Mary’s County Judy Center Partnership are hosting FREE summer time Lunch and Learn Programs for children ages birth – 18. Children’s meals are FREE, Adult meals may be purchased for $3.50 Monday –Thursday June 23rd – July 31st, Lexington Park Elementary from 11 am - 12:30 pm and G.W. Carver Elementary from 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m. For more information call the Judy Center at 301-863-4068.




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


50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner for the Literacy Council of Charles County will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Middleton Hall on 4045 Renner RD in Waldorf, MD  20602. For 50 years, the Charles County Literacy Council has been providing free, confidential one-on-one tutoring to adults in the county in reading, writing, basic math, and ESOL.  Please join us as we celebrate this legacy of service to our community.  Tickets are available for $35. For more information call 301-934-6488.



The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is proud to co-host its 4th Annual Kickball Tournament with Celebrate8.  Together, these organizations have helped shape the lives of southern Maryland residents for years through philanthropic interests and events that are well known to be fun an exciting.  The tournament this year will be held at Marley Run Park in Calvert County on Saturday July 12.  There will be an array of added attractions for adults and kids alike such as face painting, a magician, snow cones, DJ and more.  Check-In and registration begins at 9 a.m. and every team is guarantee at least 2 games.  The cost is $15 per person and teams must consist of members ages 10 and up with a mix of males & females.  Team sponsorships are available.  Visit http://www.cfsomd.org/kickball.html for more details, or call Nick at 301-980-8333.


Supporting the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity's Veteran Critical Home Repair program, the Warrior Fun Run & Sail is a great way for the community to pull together and have a little fun while giving back! Live entertainment, refreshments, and food will be available as well. This event will be held in Solomons MD, August 23, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.patuxenthabitat.org

Summer Dinner Trinity Church, St. Mary’s City July 19th 12 ~ 5 pm. Crab Cakes, Baked Ham, Fried Chicken, Parsley Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Pickled Beets, Apple Sauce, Roll, Coffee and Tea.   Desserts available.  Served family style or drive-thru carry out $24 ~ Adults, $8 ~ children 6 -12 yrs. old Free ~ children 5 yrs. and under. Call 301-862-4597 or email: parishadmin@olg.com for more information.


The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival has long been considered the most unique and intimate jazz experience in Southern Maryland. The 14th annual event is slated for Saturday, July, 12 at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD. Tickets are $65 for the general public and $60 for museum members and must be purchased in advance. Only 800 tickets are available and all sales are final. No tickets will be sold at the gate.   The festival takes place rain or shine. Ticket price includes free parking, admission to the museum and an optional boat cruise around St. Clement’s Island State Park. Tickets can be purchased by calling the St. Clement’s Island Museum at 301-769-2222 or going to the website at http://www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/Museums.asp and clicking on the event link. The St. Clement’s Island Museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road in Colton’s Point.  The museum and grounds are handicap accessible. 


June 1, 2014 marked the start of Operation Hire: Maryland's 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge.  Operation Hire will complement the supportive services already in place for our Maryland veterans. Employers can register to participate by visiting the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) website.  In addition, employers can access a number of human resources strategies to boost veteran recruitment. Veterans who are seeking employment can also visit the site to see who is participating, as well as to learn about State resources to assist them in finding employment. Operation Hire will run through September 9.  Upon conclusion of the campaign, employers will be recognized for their participation.  Special recognition will be given to the employer with the most hires and the employer with the largest percentage of hires by workforce size. For more information please contact: 410-260-3842.


This year’s Bluegrass for Hospice-2014 is underway in its planning.  This year will feature The Seldom Scene as the headlining act.  The event will be held on Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, MD.  The event starts at Noon and all proceeds will go toward the Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House. Bluegrass for Hospice will also feature local talent by Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek, Recycled Bluegrass, and many, many more.  There will be raffles, silent auction, and door prizes.  Tickets will go on sale July 1, 2014. For more information, to be a sponsor, or to reserve a vendor space, contact Jay Armsworthy at 301-737-3004 and check the website as well, www.bluegrassforhospice.com.


Vacation Bible School at Southern Calvert Baptist Church on July 21-25  9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages: Completed kindergarten through completed 5th grade. Visit www. cbcmd.com for more information.  Youth from the Southern Maryland area will enjoy high-tech sleuthing while also participating in missions and Bible studies, music, snacks, crafts and fun team-oriented games. It all takes place at the Southern Calvert Baptist Church at 12140 HG Trueman Road Lusby, MD 20657. Call: 410-326-6533  or  Email: vbs@scbcmd.com


Historic St. Mary’s City (HMSC) offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer.  The program runs through Labor Day, September 1, 2014. 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 this program or the museum, contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or info@digshistory.org.


The Chesapeake Orchestra inaugurates its 16th season with the River Concert Series at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) under the direction of Jeffrey Silberschlag. This world-class music celebration begins Friday, June 20 and continues every Friday through July 25 at the Townhouse Green at SMCM. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic or purchase food from a variety of local vendors. The gates open each evening at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. For more information about the concerts go to www.chesapeakeorchestra.org or call 301-848-5309.


The Promise Resource Center (PRC) will offer free “Discovery Days” in Calvert County this summer, for families with children ages two through five, through a partnership with The Calvert County United Way. Families who attend will take participate in creating science experiments, art projects and make-and-take games to boost their children’s early math, science, literacy and social-emotional skills. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers will learn how to work on these skills in fun, easy ways at home, and will take home materials, books and activity instructions to use again and again. Discovery Days will take place at Community Centers throughout Calvert in June, July and August. Advance registration is required, and space for each Discovery Day is limited. For specific date and time information, and to register, contact PRC at (301) 290-0040 or visit their website at www.thepromisecenter.org.


Join us for the Time Traveling Kids program every Tuesday this June in the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Visitor Center! This FREE program for Pre-K kids features stories that transport participants into the past! In addition to reading a story, participants will join in on activities related to the story's setting and receive a book of their own to take home. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up call Julie at 410-586-8504 or email Julie.Hall@maryland.gov.


Come one, come all, and join local Girl Scout Troup 4549 and Gabrielle Cory for her Gold Award Project: An Agricultural Education Camp! Gabrielle is seeking all kids ages 8-12 to participate. This fun activity is planned for July 18th and will include stations such as First Aid, Animals, ATV Safety, Hand-washing, Planting Seeds, Making Ice-cream and More! The cost is $5 and it includes a Farm Fresh Lunch! Any questions or for a permission slip, contact Gabrielle at 301-475-1840 or corygb@earthlink.net Hope to see you there.


A Contra Dance, sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance (SMTMD), featuring caller DeLaura Padovan, will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 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.


Star Spangled 200 has identified Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum's two day 1812 Fair and Re-enactment, scheduled for June 21 and 22, 2014, as one of just a handful of "signature events" marking Maryland's bicentennial celebration.  Please join us for two full days of activities - and even a fireworks display - as we host the largest event of the 2014 season. The two-day event takes place Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 5 pm, followed by Tavern Night from 6 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, June 22 from 10 am to 4 pm. Travel back to the early 1800s with JPPM as we commemorate the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the largest naval engagement in Maryland’s history.  Spectators will enjoy period-camp life, skirmishes, and living history.  Battle demonstrations will take place at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm Saturday, and at 2 and 3 pm on Sunday. A parade of tall ships will join the 2 pm battle on Sunday!


Please help the HoneyBee Unit to send Sunscreen packages to our deployed troops in these hot summer months! We are teaming up with a non-profit organization called HeroBox to send sunscreen packages that include an SPF of 50, 30, and a protective lip balm, to the troops that are currently deployed overseas. Temps can be well over 120 degrees sometimes and there are so many deployed men and women who need and would LOVE to get a package from us here at home! Make a donation of $20 to support 1 soldier, $100 will support 5 soldiers. Any number of soldiers you want! The donations are 100%tax deductible. Visit www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/operation-sunscreen/183918

The 2nd District VFD & RS is hosting a Breakfast All-You-Can-Eat for Father’s Day June 15th, 2014 starting at 8:00 a.m. & ending at 11:00 a.m. -- Cost for adults is $8.00, children from age 6 – 12 is $4.00, and children under 5 are free.


Enjoy great food at All Saints Episcopal Church's 68th annual Summer Supper Saturday, 2 August, from 3 to 7 p.m. at its Parish Hall, 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland, MD, at the intersection of Rts 2 & 4. Menu includes home-made crab cakes, ham, fried chicken & lots more.  Carry-out, too.  Wonderful home-baked goodies & hand-made crafts available. Proceeds benefit community & church ministries. Adults (age 13 & older) $20; ages 6-12, $10; 5 & under, free. Info: 410-257-6306. Handicapped accessible.


Vaccine Requirements have changed for the 2014/15 school year. The Calvert Health Department will offer a FREE vaccination clinic for Kindergartners who are now required to have two doses of chicken pox vaccine and for 7th Graders who are now required to have one dose of Tdap and one dose of Meningitis vaccine. The clinic will be held at Calvert Health Department on: SATURDAY June 7th from 12:30 to 3:30. Vaccine is FREE regardless of health insurance and will be given on a first come first serve basis to those who are unable to obtain it from their Primary Provider. For questions call 410-535-5400 or go to www.calverthealth.org


The Calvert Elks Lodge will host a Flag Day ceremony on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  The ceremony will begin at 12:00 noon, and be held on Veterans Green in front of the Calvert County courthouse.  This event provides a great opportunity to see the progression and learn the history of the flags that have preceded the current flag that flies over our nation.  The public is cordially invited and encouraged to attend.  In the event if inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors.


The Experimental Aircraft Association is offering FREE airplane rides for youth 8-17 years old at the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport Terminal Building on Saturday, May 31st from 9 am - 1 pm.  A responsible adult must accompany youth.  Food will be available. Rain date is June 7th.  Visit the website: www.478.eaachapter.org


Calvert Hospice is in need for volunteers for its Shoppe for Hospice.  Located at 4130 Old Town Road in Huntingtown, the Shoppe for Hospice is a high-quality new and gently used brand-name women’s clothing resale shop.  All proceeds benefit Calvert Hospice and it is staffed by volunteers. * During the months of June and July the Shoppe will knock $1 off each item purchased if patrons donate either a jar of peanut butter or jelly for the Interfaith Food Pantry. For more information about the Shoppe, please contact Susan Lloyd at 410.535.0892 or slloyd@calverthospice.org.

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