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The Tri-County Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will be meeting at the Charlotte Hall Library, 37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall MD, Saturday February 21,at 11:00 AM. For further information call: 443 262-5020 or email:Cynthia at cynthiajforbes@gmail.com.

 

Celebrate friendship and love!  Enjoy wine and delicious appetizers, and check out our silent auction items.  Groove to some jazz performed by Gretchen and Randy Richie. Proceeds benefit the Community Mediation Center of Calvert, which provides free mediation and conflict resolution services to the residents of Calvert County.

Admission is just $35.00 and seating is limited! Come Celebrate February at Friends and Lovers Bistro! Friday, February 20, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at 14604 Solomons Island Rd. Solomons Island, MD 20688. Call 443-295-7456 for tickets or Mail Check to: CMCC, P.O. Box 807 Solomons, MD 20688 or Pay with Pay Pal: www.calvert-mediation.org

 

The Young Marines is a youth service and education program for youth ages 8-18. The program focuses on instilling the core values of Leadership, Discipline and Teamwork in its members. The Young Marines are committed to setting the example of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and the program is the cornerstone of the Marine Corps' youth drug demand reduction efforts. The Southern Maryland Young Marines will start its next Recruit Training class on March 7th, 2015, with training sessions being held in Chesapeake Beach, MD and Lexington Park, MD. In preparation for the start of Recruit Training, the unit will host a series of Open House events for parents to register children for the program. The Open House events will be in Chesapeake Beach on Feb 7, Lexington Park on Feb 21, and Prince Frederick on Feb 28. A copy of a recent physical is required at registration. If you are interested in learning more about the Young Marines, please contact unit commander, Rob Willis at somdyoungmarines@gmail.com or 240-577-1489.

 

Historic Sotterley Plantation collaborated with many individuals and organizations to create “The Choice – Risking Your Life for Freedom”, the living history presentation about Sotterley’s enslaved who left with the British in 1814. Performed live at Sotterley for the past three years, a film version has been created. The public is now invited to attend a viewing of the film version of, “The Choice” on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library in Meeting Room B. This program is recommended by the local chapter of the NAACP and UCAC.

In the summer of 1814, 49 of Sotterley’s enslaved men, women and children joined up with the British to pursue freedom. This event is free to the public. No reservations necessary. Please join us.

 

Learning to boat the right way is important and the increased knowledge will enhance your safety on the water and your enjoyment of the sport. The question is not:  will an accident happen?  The question is:  will you be prepared when an accident happens?  This season, be prepared and sign up for America’s Boating Course presented by the Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron starting Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015, 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Shangri La Drive, Lexington Park, MD.  Register now by going the USPScalling 301 475-3883.

 

Breakfast is Back! Sons of the American Legion Post 274 monthly Breakfast is on… January 25th 2015. Please join us Sunday morning from 8am to 11:30am Price- $8 for everyone. *Children 4 and under eat free. Our Menu: Eggs and Omelets made to order, Bacon and Sausage, Sausage gravy with biscuits,French toast and Pancakes, Toast and Fruit, Milk, Juice and Coffee. Please join us! Breakfast is a GREAT way to enjoy your Sunday and proceeds benefit the Patuxent Panthers High School Wrestling Team! Dates for following months: February 22nd breakfast proceeds benefit Calvert County Youth Baseball. March 15th proceeds benefit Patuxent High School Naval Junior Reserves Officer Training Corp(NJROTC). April 26th  proceeds benefit Patuxent High School Swim and Lacrosse Teams.

 

There will be a Purse Bingo on February 22, 2015 at the Ridge Fire House located at 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Doors open at 1:00 pm, Bingo starts at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 each Advanced Sales and $30 at the Door and include 20 regular games of Bingo. Additional regular game packs will be available at $5 each. Specials (Pack of 5) will be on sale for $5 each. There will also be Food and Raffles.  Advanced Tickets can be reserved from Dawn Gatton at 301-872-5090 or Debbie Fairfax at 301-904-9829. Reserved seating for parties of 6 or more. Special drawings for those purchasing advanced tickets. Proceeds to benefit the Ridge VFD Auxiliary. No children permitted unless they have their own ticket and are accompanied by a paying adult. There will be only one item won per game.

 

On Saturday, February, 7, 2015, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, the Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County will present a workshop on How to be an Effective Parent Advocate for Your Child. This full-day, 2-part workshop will be held at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach, MD and will include breakfast, lunch, workshops and materials. Topics will include: getting organized for the IEP; creating a paper trail; decoding assessment scores and more. Cost is $30.00 per person or $50.00 per couple (sharing 1 materials packet.) Free childcare provided by the Calvert County Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services, if requested by February 6, 2015. Same day workshop registration is welcome, but will cost $5 more per person with no childcare offered. For more information, please email aaacc@asdcalvert.org or mail a check or money order with your name, address and phone number to AAACC, PO Box 2323, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Credit cards can be accepted through Paypal with advance registration.

 

Theodore G. Davis Middle School is hosting the Harlem Wizards basketball team on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in a staff versus Wizards’ player’s game, beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Davis Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) program. The Harlem Wizards will also perform their aerobatic stunts and basketball tricks. Ticket prices are listed below and are per person: Advanced purchase – general admission, $10 for students and $12 for adults; reserved seating, $18 for students and adults; and courtside plus, $25 for students and adults. Tickets purchased at the door – general admission, $12 for students and $15 for adults.

 

New Direction Community Theater in Southern Calvert County will hold auditions for its Spring production, Jack Sharkey’s wild mystery-comedy “Who’s on First?” on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28-29, and Saturday, Jan. 31.

The Wednesday audition will be in the Southern Community Center, with the Thursday audions at the Fairview Library. Both will be at 7 p.m. The Saturday audition will be at the Southern Community Center, starting at 10 a.m. The Southern Community Center is located at 20 Appeal Lane in Lusby; the Fairview Library is located at 8120 Southern Maryland Boulevard (Route 4 at Chaneyville Road) in Owings. Auditions will be readings from the script. Performances will be in May. For more information, contact director Rick Thompson at (410) 535-2144.

Have you ever wondered what your precious heirlooms are worth? You can find out at the St. Mary's County Museum Division’s Appraiser Fair at the St. Clement's Island Museum on Saturday, January 24. The fair takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Expert appraisers experienced on the following categories will be on hand:  fine arts, jewelry, antique and vintage dolls, coins, clocks and medals. There is a limit of two items per person in this category for a fee of $5 per item.  Other category fees are $5 each for the first two items and $10 per item thereafter.  Please only bring items which can be hand-carried. Space is limited and items will be viewed on a first come, first served basis. For more information and directions, call the St. Clement's Island Museum at 301-769-2222.

 

The Mechanicsville Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Friday February 6, 2015 from 5pm-8pm at the Mechanicsville  Vol. Fire Dept. social hall. We will be offering 2 types of sauces, garlic bread and salad for each meal. The cost of Dinners will be Adults -$10, children 6-10-$5, children 5 and under Free! Bring your family and Friends. All proceeds benefit the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department.

 

Looking for a place to take your family to Breakfast? Bring your Family and Friends Sunday January 25, 2015 from 8am- 11am  to Mechancisville Vol. Fire Department As there Ladies prepare a delicious home cooked breakfast. Our menu will consist of Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Ham, Sausage Links, Biscuts, and French Toast Sticks. The cost of Breakfast is $8 for ages 11 and up, $4 ages 6-10 under 5 is Free! We look forward to seeing you!

 

The Second Annual Spring Craft Fair, sponsored by the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, will be held at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall on Sunday, March 29th 2015. The firehouse is located on Three Notch Road in Hollywood. Information about vendor space rental may be obtained by contacting Leone Gatton at 301-373-2221 or by visiting the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department website at www.hvd7.com. The spring craft fair will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be free parking and admission.

 

The 7th annual production of the Passion of Christ Southern Maryland will be April 3 & 4th at 7 PM.  Auditions will be at Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane Lusby, MD 20657 on Saturdays February 7, 14 and 21 from 10  AM to 2 PM.  We are looking for actors, singers and dancers.  The cast is predominantly adults, but we also have parts for children (6 and up).  Overall there are approximately 60 parts.  Please come prepared with a piece that shows off your talents.  If you are interested in a technical position, you can come and talk to the director at the auditions as well.  If you have never participated in a play before, please come and we will help you through the audition process.

 

Root to STEM is hosting a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshop for Girl Scouts and other young women in Southern MD. The event will take place in Solomons Island on March 7th from 12-4PM. Girl Scouts will be awarded the Science and Technology badge. All supplies are included, and all girls will leave with a take-home STEM kit. For more information, please call (410) 849-9811.

The Waldorf Lions Club will be sponsoring a blood drive at the Waldorf Firehouse on Route 925 Old Washington Road on February 9th from Noon - 5:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome after 1:00 p.m. For more information or to set up an appointment call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

 

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center (Forrest Center) will host its fifteenth annual Forrest Center Tech Expo on Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at the school site located at 24005 Point Lookout Road, directly across from the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, Maryland. The purpose of the Forrest Center Tech Expo is to familiarize students and parents with Career and Technology Education (CTE) career options offered. For more details, contact the Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center at 301-475-0242.  In the event of inclement weather, the alternate date for the Forrest Center Tech Expo will be Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:30-8:00.

 

The Southern Maryland Sabres Hockey Club's home arena is the Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD and draws players from Charles, St. Mary's, Calvert, Prince George's, King George counties and beyond. The Sabres offer a range of ice programs including learn to play hockey, recreational teams, travel teams and skills sessions. For more information, visit: www.somdsabres.org

 

Girl Scout Troop 4173 is hosting a vendor sale on April 18th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Saint Nicholas Lutheran Church in Huntingtown, MD.  If you are an interested vendor and would like to participate, call 410-610-4710 to get more details and register.

 

Thousands of U.S. Veterans across the nation have visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. for free, thanks to the leadership of an organization called Honor Flight and its many supporters.  Now the inspiring story of Honor Flight has been made into a documentary movie, “Honor Flight, The Movie.”  The Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 and Calvert Hospice are proud to co-sponsor a screening of the film in Calvert County on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 located at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road in Chesapeake Beach.  This event is not limited to military or Post members.  Call Andy Charland, Post Service Officer, at 301-855-6466 or achar182@comast.net for more information. Or Linzy Laughhunn with Calvert Hospice at 410-535-0892 or email llaughhunn@calvferthospice.org.

 

Don't let gray days get you down!!!!! Come on into the Shoppe for Hospice for some great bargains and chat with Jane. From today until Jan. 31 everything in the  Shoppe (except Boutique and Jewelry) is 50% off. We have a great selection of pants, scarves and sweaters among other items. Shoppe for Hospice at 4130 Old Town Rd in Huntingtown, Maryland 20639. Wednesday 10 am -4 pm, Thursday 10 am-4 pm, Friday 11 am -5 pm, Saturday 10 am - 3 pm.

 

Our Lady of the Wayside will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on February 17th, 2015  from 5 to 7 pm at 37575 Chaptico Road in the Loretto Hall.  Prices are $8-Adults $6-Children 6-12 and children 5 and under are free. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, sausage,  bacon and coffee and juice. It is a great way to begin the Lenten Season. For more information please contact Brenda Russell at 301-247-1871 or at 301-247-1871.

 

The Newburg Vol. Rescue Squad and Fire Department will hold a super bingo on Friday February 13th, 2015. It will benefit the Southern MD. Vol. Firemen's Association 2015 Convention. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, Early birds will start at 6:45 pm with regular games starting at 7 pm. Regular games will pay $150, Specials will pay $200, the bonanza will have a guaranteed payout of $300, and the Jackpot will be played in 3 parts, $250 for the first pattern, $250 for the second pattern, and then a $1000 coverall. The kitchen will be open and there will be plenty of holders for sale. Call 301-259-2105 for more info and we hope to see you there!

 

The Air Force Strings will be performing at Henry E. Lackey High School  on February 10th. The concert starts at 6:30PM. Admission is free. This world class musical ensemble will perform a wide and varied program featuring everything from classical to pop. Orchestral music enthusiasts and music lovers in general will want to be in attendance.

It's like the Antiques Roadshow!  The St. Clement's Island Museum will host its annual Appraiser Fair on Saturday, January 24 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Bring your heirlooms, yard sale curiosities, small antiques, collectibles, jewelry, coins, vintage dolls, paintings, and more!  Fees and limits apply.  Call the museum for more information at 301-769-2222.

 

CASINO NIGHT ON Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Little Flower School - Great Mills, MD. $5 Cash Admission. Doors Open at 5:45PM. Games Start at 6PM. Closing Time 12 Midnight. Black Jack, Big 6 Wheel, Pull Tabs, Roulette, 50/40 Raffle, Food and Cash Bar Available. **CASH ONLY - MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD TO ENTER**

For more info please call 301-994-0404 or e-mail lfsoffice@littleflowercatholic.org

 

The next meeting of the Decoding Dyslexia MD, Parent Support is Monday, January 19 from 7-8:30pm. The DD-MD business meeting is from 6-7pm.  All are welcome to attend. Location:  Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 2341 Kingston Creek Road, California, Md 20619. Contact: Laura Schultz, DecodingdyslexiaMD@gmail.com or http://dyslexiasomd.weebly.com/meetings.html. Decoding Dyslexia MD is a grassroots movement driven by Maryland families concerned with the identification and access to educational interventions for students with dyslexia in Maryland public schools. DD-MD was formed to provide parent support, empower families and inform policy makers about best practices to educate and support students with language learning disabilities like dyslexia.

 

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum presents a free story time program that will take kids on a journey back in time!  The Time Traveling Kids story time program will be held on January 20th, February 17th  and March 17th from 10:00 until 11:00 am in the Visitor Center’s new Discovery Room! Children ages 3 to 5 years old and an accompanying adult are invited to join.

 

Darn it’s cold outside!  Come in to Calvert Library and get warmed up with a Family Dance Party featuring live and lively 2-4-U!  On Thursday, January 22 (snow date January 29) at 6pm, bring the whole family, grandparents and whoever else likes great music to Calvert Library Prince Frederick.  Everyone is invited to dance to your favorites from just about every time period.  The event is early enough to get everyone tuckered out in time for bed and a great opportunity to create some super happy family memories.  For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291. 

 

The Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be selling Wing Platters February 1st from 2-6pm at Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department.   Platters are $40.00 each and include 50 pieces and a sauce of your choice. Extra Sauces are $3.00. Platters are Pre-Order Only. To place your order or for more information call Cindy at 301-997-5722 from 8am-5pm.

 

The annual memorial brick campaign is taking place now through April 3, 2015. For a limited time, the public may purchase memorial bricks to be placed at the Veterans Patio, located at the World War II “On Watch” Memorial Statue in Solomons. The bricks are available to memorialize those who served our country during World War II. The cost of each brick is $100 and all contributions are tax deductible. Purchasers will be notified when the bricks are in place and available for viewing. An On Watch application is available by going online to http://www.co.cal.md.us/onwatch. To learn more, call Melinda Donnelly at 410-535-1600, ext. 2565.

 

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland, offers a variety of classes for both adults and children.  Advance registration is required, so please call (410) 326-4640, email to info@annmariegarden.org,  or visit www.annmariegarden.org for detailed information. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Members receive a discount!

 

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) is accepting applications for its 2015 Docent Program.  If you are a lifelong learner and would like to interact with the archaeologists, educators, and historians who bring Southern Maryland’s past to life the docent training program is for you. The training course will be on Wednesdays, January 28 through March 11, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The $15 cost includes all course materials.  Class size is limited and reservations are required. Interested applicants should contact Sarah Stevens at 410-586-8536 or email sarah.stevens@maryland.gov .  For more information about Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum please visit our website at www.jefpat.org. 

 

The Charles County Antique Arts Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. on February 3, 2015, at the Charles County Social Services Building, 200 Kent Avenue., La Plata, MD. Guest speaker will be Mary Louise Webb, Vice President of the Charles County African American Heritage Society. As part of Black History Month, Mrs Webb will discuss the development and history of the Charles County African American Heritate Society Museum in La Plata, MD. Guests welcome. For more info., call 301-934-6949.

 

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

 

The Greenwell Foundation presents the 2015 Summer Camp Showcase! Wednesday, March 18, 2015. 5pm - 8pm. Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD. Free admission. Find out about the numerous and varied summer camp and activity options for your kids in St. Mary's County! Many vendors will be available to share information about their camps and summer program offerings. More information: info@greenwellfoundation.org

 

Indoor Yard Sale hosted by Mt. Zion UMC Preschool, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd, Mechanicsville on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 7am to 1pm. Proceeds benefit the Preschool's Tuition Assistance Fund.  Lots of great bargains to include

children's clothes, toys, household items, furniture, bake sale and more. Call 301-884-5455 for information or visit www.mtzionpreschool.com.

 

Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance Concert featuring the Sometime Sisters at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico, MD, on Friday, January 23, 2015. Instruments are passed among the band members including guitar, ukulele, mandolin, violin, banjo, percussion, and upright bass. The doors open at 7:00 pm, and the music starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Refreshments are available (donation requested). For more information and directions, go to www.smtmd.org.

 

A lacrosse skills clinic and registration will be held at the Chopticon High School Gym every Sunday in January from 12-3 pm for players 4 to 14 years old.  It is a great opportunity to try out a new sport. Participation is $5.00 or free with registration. See www.mylc.leagueapps.com for more information.

 

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. The chorus will hold a practice session on  January 18, 2015, Sunday, 4-6 pm, North Beach Union Church, 8912 Chesapeak  Avenue, North Beach, MD

The Calvert County Parks and Recreation Division will hold its 10th annual Student Job Fair on Feb. 4, 2015, in Chesapeake Beach, Md. High school and college students are encouraged to tighten up their resumes and attend the event from 1-4 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center. Local businesses that are looking for hard-working student employees to fill summer and seasonal positions are also encouraged to participate in the fair. The Northeast Community Center is located at 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach, Md. For more information about the fair and to reserve a space for your business, please call 410-257-2554.

 

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of St. Mary's County, MD Event Leadership Team invites you to join us at the 2015 Season Kickoff on January 28. The Kickoff celebration, held at the James Forrest Technology Center in Leonardtown from 6pm to 8pm, is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the event. Community members will have the chance to join (or start) a team, speak with the Event Leadership Team, and learn about the new events and celebrations planned for the 2015 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of St. Mary's County, MD being held on June 6, 2015. For more information, visit our website at www.relayforlife.org/stmarysmd, find us on Facebook, or contact Event Lead Melanie Smith, info@stmarysrelay.org.

 

There will be a  quarter auction benefiting the Class of 2017, Huntingtown High School on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  Doors open to the public at 1:00 p.m. and auction begins at 2:00 p.m.  Auction is taking place in the cafeteria of the high school located at 4125 North Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, MD.  We will have over 18 vendors available on hand to support this school class fundraiser.  Come out to win great new products for as little as .25 cents up to $1 while having fun supporting the Class of 2017.  For reservations please contact Lori Hinds at 443-404-9023.

 

The Mattawoman Creek Art Center announces a call for entries for all their all media open show. This is an open show with NO theme. Open to MCAC member artists and non-member artists. ARTWORK DELIVERY DATES: Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ENTRY FEE: $5.00 per piece for members or $8.00 per piece for non-members. The show dates for the all media open show is February 13th to March 15th, 2015. For more information contact the Mattawoman Creek Art Center at www.mattawomanart.org or call (301) 743-5159.

 

Flu cases are increasing significantly and the CDC is recommending flu vaccine since it can decrease the chance of getting sick by 50-70%. For those who get sick despite receiving the vaccine, they will typically have a shorter and less serious illness. Calvert County Health Department will have a flu clinic on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Health Department. Children in pre-K through 12th grade are now free while supplies last! All others will be charged a $20.00 fee.  Medicare Part B is also accepted. Please call 410-535-5400 ext. 334 for more information.

 

What: Swing and Ballroom Dance. When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Lesson 7 to 8 p.m. Dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

Where: Little Flower School, Route 5, Great Mills. Cost: Good faith donation to benefit the Knights and Little Flower School. Ring in 2015 at our annual winter ball! Come dressed in your finest for an evening of dancing and conversation. We’ll teach a beginner-level ballroom lesson from 7-8 p.m. followed by dancing to music of all kinds from 8-11 p.m. No experience required! Singles always welcome! Bring a snack to share; water and soda will be provided. Dance is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Holy Face Church. For more information, e-mail somdballroom@gmail.com or call 315-250-5110.

 

The State Police has three easy and important ways to generate warmth that will not only benefit you, but thousands of others too. #1. SIGN UP TO DO THE MARYLAND STATE POLICE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS! Go to www.plungemd.com and register to participate in the 19th Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge to be held this January 24th, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. A minimum contribution of $75 and a quick jump into the Chesapeake Bay will generate funds to provide free year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Doing the Plunge will also generate a lifetime memory and a feeling a warmth unlike any other. You can even make a pledge to support someone who is plunging and learn about why they do the plunge! Visit www.plungemd.com.

 

Join the annual “Point-in-Time” survey on Wednesday, Jan. 28 to count sheltered (living in shelters and/or transitional housing) and unsheltered (living on the street, in a vehicle and/or hand-built structure) individuals in Southern Maryland.  The Point-in-Time survey will provide agencies with important data on the homeless population. This data is critical for federal and state grant applications, and potential HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers for Southern Maryland. Results can lead to the homeless population, which includes veterans, receiving housing. There are more than 1,000 individuals and families who experience homelessness annually in our region. For more information or to register as a volunteer, contact LifeStyles of Maryland, Inc. at info@lifestylesofmd.org or 866-293-0623.

 

Piney Point Elementary PTA will be holding it’s annual Basket & Bags Bingo on Saturday, January 31 at the Valley Lee Firehouse on Drayden Rd.  Doors open at 5 and play begins at 6.  Admission Game Book is $20 with additional game books for $5.  All proceeds to benefit Piney Point PTA Projects.

 

'Let's Talk Addiction' a discussion on addiction will be held on Wednesday January 14th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick in Room 2. There is limited seating fro registration is required. For more information and to register call 410-535-FREE or 410-535-3079 ext 26. Refreshment will be provided.

 

The Huntingtown High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be hosting a Zumba-Thon * Saturday, January 17 *9:30-11:30 am *Huntingtown High School Cafeteria. Admission: $15 @ door / $10 in advance.

 

DECOMPRESSION Night at the Museum! Out of the Office and Into the Museum! Come to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and decompress. Bring your friends and co-workers THURSDAY 15 January 2015 from 1700-2000. Members are always free! Regular Museum Admission Fees apply, For more information, please contact PRNAMA at 301-863-1900 or PRNAMAEVENTSCOMM@gmail.com. Upcoming Third Thursdays: 19 February, 19 March, 16 April. Food, Beer, & Wine available for Purchase.

 

LITTLE FLOWER SCHOOL ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION. Sailing Away On A Nautical Adventure ! Saturday, February 28  -- Doors Open 5 pm / Dinner served 6 pm. Buffet style dinner/ Beer & Wine selections. Silent & Live Auctions Games & Raffles. $40/person $75/couple Tickets available at the door the night of the event! Reservations for tables of 8 available. See the auction website www.lfsauction.webs.com. Visit the Event listing on www.facebook.com/littleflowercatholic.

 

The La Plata High School Music Program announces its 23rd Annual Antique Show and Sale. The show will be held on Saturday, February 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 15th, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a step back in time while you shop and browse vintage jewelry, toys, clothing, furniture, collectables and more from over 50 dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region. Refreshments will be available along with door prizes. This event is the largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds benefit the La Plata High School band and orchestra students, in purchasing music, instruments, accessories, uniforms and transportation. Admission is $5.00.

Pax River Quilters Guild – the next monthly meeting of the Pax River. Quilter Guild will be Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:30 pm at Good
Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park, MD. January's meeting will features a "Sew-In". We will be working on comfort quilts for those in need. New members and guest welcome. Open to the public. For more info, visit www.paxriverquiltguild.com, email juliagraves82@hotmail.com or call 240-925-5200.

 

Annual Sweetheart Dinner sponsored by Mt. Zion United Methodist Men, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Mechanicsville. Entertainment provided by Sonrise Gospel Bluegrass Music from Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, Feb. 14, Doors open at 6pm with Dinner at 7pm. Menu: Prime Rib and Crab Cake(you get both) Roasted Red Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Tossed Salad, Rolls and Butter, Ice Tea, Coffee, Dessert. Cost $35 per person to include dinner and entertainment. BY RESERVATION ONLY - Payment is expected for all reservations made even if unable to attend. Sixteen years of age and older are welcome. Carry home containers provided for those that cannot eat all the dinner. Call Frank Hill 301-884-3811 or 301-481-5536 by Feb. 3 to make your reservations.

 

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.

 

1st Annual “Defeating Diabetes: Playing for the Cure”. Join us for a music filled day to support a great cause honoring The American Diabetes Association. Location: American Legion – Hughesville, MD. Date: March 29th, 2015. Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm. ALL AGES SHOW!!! $5.00 entry fee (Ages 5 and under free). Food will be available for purchase. Live Music, Raffles and 50/50 drawings. *All proceeds will be directly donated to the American Diabetes Association.

On 28 October, 2014, NAMI of Southern Maryland announced the establishment of a Military and Family Support Group, open to all Active Duty Service Members, Veterans and their families.  Peer-led by veterans, the group provides a safe, confidential place where Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, and their families can gather to support one another concerning mental illness issues unique to the military community, including; PTSD, depression, co-occurring disorders, access to services and stigma. The group has been meeting the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center ("SMHEC"), Building 1, Room 100, 44219 Airport Road, California, 20619, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Starting on Monday, 05 January, 2015, this group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the same location (SMHEC Building 1, Room 100, 44219 Airport Road, California, 20619). We hope that this date and time change will be more convenient for those in need.

 

Calvert Hospice will offer its Bridges grief support group for children, teens and adult family members who are grieving the death of a loved one beginning Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The 7-session support group will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (Education Building) located at 90 Church Street in Prince Frederick. Bridges is open to all Calvert County children and teens ages 6 to 17 dealing with the loss of a loved one. Children and teens are divided into age appropriate peer groups where creative activities and discussions are used to assist with coping and healing.  Adult family members will meet at the same time to learn about the similarities and differences between child and adult grief as well as gain knowledge and skills to help support their child. Pre-Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert@calverthospice.org.

 

St. Mary's College of Maryland invites community members to the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, January 19th. This event features national and local speakers, as well as gospel performances ... recognizing the important legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast begins at 6 a.m. and the program starts at 8. More information at: 240-895-4310 ... or on-line at: smcm.edu.

 

The Robert D. Stethem Educational Center will hold an Open House on January 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for Charles County sophomore students interested in one of the five Career and Technology Education programs.  Students and their families will visit the classrooms, meet with the teachers and find out the qualifications to enroll in Automotive Technician; Interactive Media Production; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Horticultural Services; and Pharmacy Technician.  For more information, please call the school on (301) 932-1003.

 

The Second District VFDRS Building Committee has looked at our department needs and requirements addressing what would best fulfill our station requirements for the next 50 years.  After a year of the Second District VFDRS Building Committee meeting and compiling all available information and researching all relevant facts that included a complete building survey of the current station, the Second District Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad Valley Lee has completed a feasibility study addressing all possible options for improving the Facility safety, and providing for the ever growing requirements of our Department. The Facts & findings and the full feasibility report can be found on our web site front page at, WWW.sdvfdrs.org Please take the time to go to our web site and see firsthand the information compiled and facts presented in a very comprehensive format. For further information and Department contact information for questions on the study and results please go to our web site. We welcome any and all questions  Thank You.

 

Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center is in place to rescue and raise the injured and orphaned wildlife of Maryland.  It is one of the largest wildlife rescue centers in the state and maintains a high release rate of 94%.  The Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center is looking for outstanding volunteers to continue their success in saving Maryland’s wildlife.  If you are unable to make it to the center and are still interested in helping the cause you can always donate to the center.  Your donations would go directly to feeding and saving the animals that come through our facility. In order to donate you can either visit our website at Orphaned-wildlife-rescue-center.com or click on the pay pal button, you can mail us directly at 12199 Bonanza Trail, Lusby Maryland 20657, or you can call us at (410) 326-0937.

 

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, St. Mary's Ryken High School will be sponsoring a Basket and Bags Bingo, with great name brand prizes.  This event benefits the alcohol and drug free Post Prom Lock In Party.  $20 entrance fee for a book of 20 bingo games.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  Doors open at 6pm, games start at 7pm.  Event is held at St. Mary's Ryken High School gymnasium in Leonardtown.  For more information, please call 301-373-4182

 

The Captain Avery Museum now has 2015 Tour Bells for Sale! The Tour Bell is a beautiful green and red gift card that can be redeemed for the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage (MHGP) being held in May 2015. The pilgrimage in Southern Anne Arundel County is sponsored by the Captain Avery Museum. Offered at only $25,

the sales of the Tour Bells benefit the Captain Avery Museum. Tour Bells are available until January 30, and their compact size makes them an ideal stocking stuffer, Christmas card insert, or hostess gift. After January 30, tickets may be purchased at $30 each. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at $35 each. The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage is offering five unique tours highlighting some of the finest private homes, gardens and churches in the state. The day long excursions include catered lunches and guided tours as well as an informative, keepsake magazine for the recipient to enjoy and share. Contact the Cheryl Rigdon at 443-203-6882 or www.captainaverymuseum.org

 

Calvert Hospice will offer its Bridges grief support group for children, teens and adult family members who are grieving the death of a loved one beginning Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The FREE 7 session support group will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (Education Building) located at 90 Church Street in Prince Frederick.  Bridges is open to all Calvert County children and teens ages 6 to 17 dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pre-Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call Melinda Ruppert at 410-535-0892 or email mruppert@calverthospice.org.

 

The Relay For Life of Charles County Chili Kick-off Event will be held on January 24th from 1pm to 4pm at South Potomac Church. The website for tickets is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chili-kick-off-tickets-14893983305. Entries for our chili cook-off will be accepted until January 20th. Please enter your chili into one of the following four caterogies: Hottest, Most Unique, Most Traditional, or Best Overall. Set up will begin 30 minutes prior to the start time. All entries must be pre-cooked. The entry fee is $10 per pot of chili. Payment will be accepted by arrival January 24th. You are welcome to enter more than one chili. We have a limit of 50 chili spots open. We will also have limited fundraising space open. If your Relay team would like to fundraise at kick-off, purchase a table for $20. Vendor table rental is $40. Chili Tasting packages will be available on site for purchase. For questions or more specifics please email kickoffrflcc@gmail.com.

 

Children's Programs at the Bayside History Museum, 4025 4th St, North Beach, Maryland:

Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm: Make & Take a Snowflake!  Families come spend the afternoon creating a flurry of take-home craft snowflakes, hear a snowy story and see old-time pictures of the Twin Beaches in wintertime! Ages 3+, children must be accompanied by an adult. $5.00/child for supplies REGISTRATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE baysidechildrensprograms@hotmail.com or 301-855-4028 to register   www.baysidehistorymuseum.org

 

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 2pm: Valentine Postcard Workshop View some local vintage postcards, then spend the afternoon creating take-home postcard valentine crafts! Ages 3+, children must be accompanied by an adult. $5.00/child for supplies REGISTRATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED SPACE baysidechildrensprograms@hotmail.com or 301-855-4028  to register www.baysidehistorymuseum.org

 

Attention National Guard and Reserve Members. Does your civilian employer go above and beyond to support your military service? Nominate your exceptional employer for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense's highest honor recognizing employer support of the Guard and the Reserve. Nominations will be accepted until January 19th, 2015. Visit www.freedomaward.mil to nominate now.

 

Volunteers are the heart of hospice in Calvert County. Calvert Hospice volunteers help care for patients, support families, comfort the bereaved, assist with office work, provide community outreach and support special events/fundraisers.  Regardless of the type of volunteerism you may be interested in, everyone must go through training.  Our next Volunteer training dates are as follows: (You must attend all three days) Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training takes place at the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House located at 4559 Sixes Road in Prince Frederick.  For more info contact Anne Stavely at 410.535.0892, astavely@calverthospice.org or visit calverthospice.org.

Operation Warrior Refuge is dedicated to helping the Military, Veterans, and ­first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and combat stress by giving them the tools they need to cope with the Symptoms of PTSD and combat stress. We value our warriors who have served our country during war time and strive to help them through their emotional wounds. For upcoming fundraising events in Southern Maryland, visit www.OWR22.ORG

 

The Great Mills High School Engineering Club will sponsor the  Sixth Annual Southern Maryland Jeopardy Tournament on Friday, January 16th at 6:30 pm in the GMHS auditorium.  Local businesses can sponsor employees to be a contestants in the tournament.  The winner will receive a trophy as well as bragging rights for your company for a full year.  The public is welcome to be a member of the studio audience.  Admission is $5 per person.  Please visit our website at http://schools.smcps.org/gmhs/clubs/84-engineering-club for registration information.

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