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The St. Mary's County Watermen's Association will have a Cancer Benefit to support a local waterman this Sunday July 31st from 1-5pm at Bowles Farm. Just $25 per person. Catfish and Fried Chicken Dinner, Bake Sale--Auction--50/50 Raffle. Live music by The California Ramblers and Dirty Mike & The Boys. For reservations or questions please contact Victoria Brown at 202-580-9377


The Southern Maryland Velocity Fast Pitch Softball organization will be holding open tryouts for the 2016-17 season for age groups 10,12,14,16,18U. We are also looking for Managers and Coaches for all age groups. Tryouts are Aug. 13th & 20th. (rain are dates 14th & 21st respectively) at 5th District Park, 37880 New Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Times are 10/12U 10am-11:30am,14U 11:30am-1:00pm,16/18U 1pm-2:30pm.  Interested coaches should fill out the Manager application form on the welcome page or under online forms. Interested players should fill out the tryout registration form on the welcome page or under online forms.  Players should arrive 15-20 min. early to register, stretch and warm up before tryouts begin.  For more information you can visit our web site at or email There will also be a free general skills clinic from 9-10am.  Clinic particpants will need to fill out a registration form on the welcome page of our web site.


On Monday, August 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., the Prince Frederick Coalition will hold an open community meeting at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick.  For more information, contact


Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department will have a Hometown Heroes Fundraiser on July 30th, rain or shine with a parking lot party at 10371 Southern Maryland Blvd in Dunkirk. There will be two corn hole tournaments at 2 & 5pm;  Live music from 8pm-midnight;  Silent Auction 2-7pm; 50/50 raffles. For more information call 301-855-8895.


The Women to Women networking group, of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, announced it is hosting the 2nd Annual Women to Women Regional Summit for Business Women in Southern Maryland and surrounding areas. The Summit will be held at the College of Southern Maryland's Prince Frederick Campus in the Conference Center in Building B, on August 3rd, 2016 from 8:00am – 1:30pm. More than 100 women leaders in business, politics, health, technology, media, philanthropy, fashion and entertainment will participate in the 2nd Annual Women to Women Regional Summit. For more information and registration for the event, please visit the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce website at or call 410.535.2577.


Hospice of St. Mary’s is always looking for volunteers for our organization.  The next training classes will be forming in September.  For more information, please contact Katy Crowell, Volunteer Coordinator, at 301-994-3075 or


This is an important message fo rSouthern Maryland farmers and ranchers. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on a local Farm Service Agency County Committee, now is the time to submit that person’s name as a nominee for the 2016 County Committee Elections. Until August 1, you can nominate yourself or a candidate for your local FSA county committee. And almost anyone participating or cooperating in FSA programs - and of legal voting age - can be nominated. FSA county committees are a vital link between farmers and ranchers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And through the county committee system, farmers and ranchers have a voice and their opinions and ideas are heard. So make a difference by nominating yourself or a fellow farmer. Download the nomination form from our website at or pick one up at your local office. And remember, forms must be postmarked or delivered back to the county office by the August 1 deadline. Voting takes place this fall.


The Hammond-Harwood House is happy to announce a  tour which will cover nearly 250 years of the African-American Experience at the historic mansion. This tour will cover the stories of men and women, both enslaved and free, who built, maintained and lived in the house. This tour includes the lives of three enslaved women – Mary, Matilda and Juliet. In addition, this tour will tell the story of the house’s connection with freedom-seekers and petitions for freeing certain enslaved men and women, as well as its connection to the American Colonization Society and even with an early African-American artist. As Maryland is America in miniature, the Hammond-Harwood House in so many ways encompasses the whole history of the African-American Experience from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. No reservations required. Tour presented by intern and Phd candidate Christopher Mielke. The internship was funded by the Annapolis Rotary Club. Hammond-Harwood House 19 Maryland Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401


The Annual Paul Ribeiro Memorial Games will be held on August 13, 2016 and include bocce, soccer, cornhole, and volleyball. In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle, face painting, a free throw contest, silent auction, food, desserts and more! The Annual Paul Ribeiro Games commemorate the life of Paul A. Ribeiro through friendly competition over the games he loved to play and celebrates his gentle competitive spirit. Proceeds from the event are donated to Spring Dell Center and Special Olympics. Bocce and cornhole team registration is $20.00. Soccer and volleyball team registration is $50.00. Register online at or send checks payable to Annual Paul Ribeiro Memorial Games to P.O. Box 442, Port Tobacco, MD 20677.  Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. For more information and questions, visit or contact


July 29th and 30th: 2 days. 250 dental professionals. More than 1,000 people provided with free dental care. Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy (SMMOM) performs dental services for adult patients (ages 19 and above) that includes: preventive dentistry and cleaning, nutritional counseling, restorative fillings, and extractions.  All dental services are provided by licensed dentists and hygienists, mostly from Maryland. It will take place at North Point High School, Waldorf, MD. 2500 Davis Rd, Waldorf, MD 20603.


The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland’s 6thAnnual Community Kickball Tournament. August 28, 2 p.m. (Sunday) at Hallowing Point Park, Prince Frederick. A benefit in the park that covers all the bases – fun, friendly competition, charity, and all day kickball! To help make our community the best place to live and give. To volunteer, sponsor, register or directions: Sign Up By August 12. Contact the Lisa McKinnon at the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland Send by email:, call 240-670-4483 (GIVE), or Go online to

The wildly popular, The Ghosts of Sotterley is coming up soon. This year, we celebrate 18 years of scaring the Southern Maryland community!  We have opened up four August audition dates to the public and are looking for all ages 12 and up! We can’t wait to see the success of this year’s theme, “Witches in the Woods: Will You Make it Out Alive?”  Auditions will be held at the Sotterley Warehouse on: Thursday, August 4th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Saturday, August 6th 10 am - 12 pm, Thursday, August 11th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and Saturday, August 13th 10 am - 12 pm. This year’s Ghosts of Sotterley, “Witches in the Woods,” will run October 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 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. If interested in Tech Support, Costuming, or Hair & Make-up please contact our Event Manager, Mellanie Teed at 301-373-2280 or


CalvART Gallery artists' Premier Invitational Show August 10 – September 4, 2016. Excitement Arrives!  The calvART Gallery will be showcasing over 20 local artists at our premier invitational!  With works ranging from watercolor, photography and pen & ink, to drift wood sculptures, 3D, jewelry and pottery!    All artwork has been created within the past two years.  Come join us for the opening reception where you can meet the artists, see their work and enjoy appetizers and beverages.  We are so honored to showcase these talented individuals and we know you will enjoy their work as well! The calvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, go to, or call 410-535-9252. The calvART Gallery is a program of the Arts Council of Calvert County.


Hospice of St. Mary’s will be having their Crab Feast Fundraiser on Saturday, July 30th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. Tickets are just $35 in advance and children under 6 are free. The menu includes crabs, chicken, potato salad, corn, iced tea and a cash bar. 50/50 and basket raffles will also be available. To purchase tickets go to Or call 301-994-3023.


The Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club, Old Line Chapter will have a Scholarship fundraiser on Saturday August 6th, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the Fleet Reserve Lodge hall at 21707 Three Notch Rd. Lexington Park, Md. 20653.  $10 donation to enter and eat.  The Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club is a US Military Vet and Law Enforcement based Motorcycle Club that has as its core mission to honor all those that have paid the ultimate price for our country or our communities.  The Old Line Chapter is an IRS approved 501 c3 Charity.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH - BROWN BAG AUCTION.  The Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad will sponsor a Brown Bag Auction at the Ridge Volunteer Firehouse on Route 5 in Ridge, MD.  Doors open at 12 Noon, Auction begins at 2 PM.  Tickets $1 each, 6 for $5, 14 for $10, and an arm's length for $20.  Food, drinks, and baked goods will be sold.  Bring a non-perishable food item for St. Cecilia's Food Pantry and receive 5 free tickets (limit 1 per family).

There are opportunities for volunteers to become more personally involved in accomplishing the mission of Patuxent Research Refuge by assisting with public educational programs, helping with wildlife surveys and a variety of other tasks.  To take part in most of these activities, the volunteer must complete required training, sign a volunteer agreement to be kept on file, and commit to volunteering at the refuge a minimum of 8 hours per month for six months. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age for most positions, although younger volunteers can be considered if they are volunteering with their parent/guardian. Check the website for more information about volunteer opportunities and for a volunteer application form. You may also contact Diana Ogilvie, volunteer coordinator, at 301-497-5565 ( for more information.


The Sixth Annual Running of the Balls will take place in Leonardtown August 6th. Purchasing one golf ball for $5 or five golf balls for $20 will give participants the chance to win $3,000. The golf balls will be released from a chute at the top of a hill on Fenwick St, with hundreds or people cheering the outcome. If your golf ball romps home first, you’ll be the lucky big winner. In addition to $3,000 for first place, nineteen additional valuable prizes will be awarded. Golf balls are available from St Mary’s County Rotary Club members up to the day of the event. The balls start their run at 7 pm. All Proceeds will benefit St Mary’s students and teachers with scholarships and the local, national, and international charitable projects of Rotary, so our county always wins. Come to The Running of the Balls. It’s Leonardtown’s favorite fundraiser!


MOMS Club of Mechanicsville, MD will be hosting an open house on Thursday, July 28th from 10am-12pm located at Baggett Park at Laurel Grove. Are you a stay-at-home or part-time working mom looking for fun activities for you and your kids? Come see what we're all about at our annual Open House!! Have a great time meeting other moms while the kids participate in games and crafts. We will also have a potluck lunch. For more information on the MOMS Club or our open house: Visit our website: or email our Membership Vice President at


The Calvert Pines Senior Council will hold a Yard Sale Friday, October 21, 9 a.m. — 12 noon at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. Donations of new or gently used household Items are needed. However, no donations of books, clothing or large furniture will be accepted. Donations are tax-deductible. Items may be dropped off at the senior center Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. The Calvert Pines Senior Council holds senior events, maintains the atriums, purchases coffee for the dining room and purchases and maintains computers for programs like the free federal tax preparation for seniors. Proceeds from the yard sale will benefit these programs. For more information, call 410-535-4606.


The Promise Resource Center is happy to introduce "Special Showings for Special Needs", a sensory-friendly movie series at the R/C Theatre in California, MD. Southern Maryland has a large community of families with special needs children. Many of these families are unable to attend a movie because of sensory issues such as light and sound sensitivity, trouble sitting still or staying quiet. During Special Showings for Special Needs, the sound will be turned down, the lights will be turned up, and parents can bring their own snacks and drinks for children with dietary restrictions.  Parents can relax and children can feel free to sing, cry, shout, or dance in a comfortable, judge-free zone. The showings will begin at 10am on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, beginning Tuesday, July 19 with The Secret Life of Pets. Visit for more information or call 301-290-0040.

The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be hosting a casino trip on Sunday, August 14, at a cost of $45.00 per person on a first come/first served basis.  The price includes:  coach bus, water, snacks, $15.00 free play, and a $7.00 food voucher.  The bus will depart from the 7th District Fire House at 8:00 a.m., with a stop at Charlotte Hall at 8:30 a.m.  The expected time for return to the fire house is around 7:00 p.m.  If interested, please call 301-769-2016, 301-769-4042, or 301-769-2654 to reserve your seat or for more information.  Please leave a message and your call will be returned.  Please be sure to make your reservation early.  No refunds after August 1.


The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary is planning their 4th Annual Craft & Vendor Show to be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown, Maryland.  Previous participating crafters & vendors’ registration and payment must be received by July 30, 2016 to reserve a spot.  On August 1, 2016 registration will be opened to the public and that deadline for registration and payment is September 30, 2016.  Your registration form and check may be mailed to Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary, P.O. Box 94, Hollywood, MD 20636, Attn: Craft & Vendor Show.  All proceeds benefit the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary .  To get a Registration Form and Rules & Regulations for the show, visit our website and select Community Events.  For more information, please send an email to or call 301-373-3131 and leave a message.


Swarm: Invasion of the Insects Exhibit; Through Aug. 28; Murray Arts Building at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland. This exhibit finds its inspiration in the prolific world of insects, from their form and color, to their mating and eating habits, to their many intriguing survival strategies.  Whether bugs are the fodder for fantastical artistic creations, or a means for artists to engage with the sciences, guests will find a lush exploration of the insect world.   Admission is free for members; $5 for adults; $4 for military; $3 for youth; free for children 5 & under.  For additional information, visit or call 410-326-4640.


The Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association will have their Second Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation on September 14th at Breton Bay Golf and Country Club. Rain date September 21st. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. $75 a player and that includes green fees, cart, lunch and door prizes.  For more information call 301-481-7702 or email at  Corporate sponsor opportunities and hole sponsors encouraged.


Crafters are wanted for The Summerseat Farm and Artisan Market. The market takes place on the 1st Saturday of September, October and November. Just $30 for 12ft by 12 ft space. For more info go to or contact Anne at 301-862-1666.


Prince Frederick Massonic Lodge No. 142 will be having a fundradiser to support giving scholarships to students from each of the high schools in Calvert County to include Northern, Huntingtown, Calvert and Patuxent High Schools. Event Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016, 2:00 pm. Price: $45.00. Must be Paid and Registered in Advance – It will be a fun afternoon of painting. The Lodge is located at 655 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. You will be provided with everything needed to complete a 16" x 20" canvas painting to take home with you.  No experience is necessary! Light refreshments and cash bar will be available for those attending.  Online payment is required to secure your seat. e at a nominal fee. If you have any questions please contact Terry Royce at 301-452-8540 or

On July 30th and 31st, the archaeologists at Historic St. Mary’s City will be celebrating the 29th annual Tidewater Archaeology Days. Tour excavations at the home of Maryland’s first governor, Leonard Calvert, and 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 with the Curator of Collections and Archaeological Laboratory Director, Silas Hurry. The excavations will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission ($10 adult; $9 seniors; $6 youth (6-18); and free for those 5 years and younger and Friends members) includes access to special activities, living history sites, and the St. John’s Site Museum. 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 


Ahoy, mateys!  Registration is now open for the Little Pirates program at Historic St. Mary’s City. Children will become a pirate for the morning and storm the Maryland Dove! Historic St. Mary’s City is offering the program designed for children 3-6 years old (and an accompanying adult) from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on July 13 or July 14 for $10 per child ($8 Friends members) with one accompanying adult free. Registration is required and will close on July 7. The fee includes full-day admission to the museum.  Bring a picnic and spend the day!  For more information or registration, contact Sharol at 240-895-4980 or email 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 


Join members of Mattawoman Creek Art Center (MCAC) on Fridays throughout the summer to paint outdoors! You do not have to be a member and there is no fee.  Just show up at the place listed at 9:00 a.m. Meet together in the parking lot and then paint until 12:00 noon. Gather together for lunch and a friendly critique of each other's works. Bring your own art supplies, lunch & beverage. A reminder email will go out each week with directions.  Email Mary Kercher at to get on the weekly email list. July 1: MCAC, General Smallwood State Park July 8: La Plata Town Hall July 15: St. Ignatius Church, Port Tobacco July 22: Indian Head Village Green July 29: Port Tobacco River, Mary Kercher's Home August 5: Mt Aventine, Chapman State Park August 12: Benedict Pier, Benedict August 19: Waldorf West Library, Waldorf August 26: MCAC, General Smallwood State Park


Clear the Shelter (Saturday, July 23): On this special day, the Tri-County Animal Shelter is providing no-cost adoptions, as a part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to find homes for homeless pets. The shelter will have animals available for adoption at the shelter location (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) and the Dunkirk PetSmart (10400 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk). Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to the shelter to find a furry companion to add to your family. The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit or to find your “purrfect” pet.


Golf Tournament and Pig BBQ Sponsored by: Knights of Columbus Council 10957, St Francis Xavier Parish. When: Thursday August 25, 2016, 9:00 AM (Rain date Sept 6, 2016). Where: Breton Bay Golf and Country Club. Format: Four-person team – best ball scramble. Open to Men, Ladies and Junior players  Cost: $80 per person / $320 per foursome . Event includes: Green Fee and Cart, Luncheon & Beverages, Golf Range Balls and Tournament Prizes. Menu: BBQ pig and all the trimmings. Portion of Proceeds go to: K9s for worriers, Council Programs and Charity Activities. POC: Tom Koviak (Chairman) 240-434-1464.


Enjoy a traditional English tea and a tour of a National Historic Landmark, "Poplar Hill on His Lordship’s Kindness," on Saturday, October 15, located at 7606 Woodyard Road in Clinton, MD.  Tea will be served from 2 – 4 P.M., and tours of the historic mansion will be conducted at 1 and 4 P.M. The event is sponsored by Chesapeekers, a chapter of Questers International; supported by the Prince George’s County Historical Society.  Call Mary Ann at 410-286-7586 or Carolyn at 410-257-0257 to make your reservations, which are $25 per person and limited to 40 people total. Festive attire is encouraged; hats and gloves are optional. All proceeds will benefit restoration projects at Poplar Hill on His Lordship's Kindness, which is owned and operated by the John M. and Sara R. Walton Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through environmental education, community outreach, and local watershed restoration. Since 1985, the Trust has awarded $65 million in grants and engaged hundreds of thousands of citizen stewards in projects that have a measurable impact on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Volunteer opportunities are available for several fundraising events throughout the year; see the web site at, or contact Molly Alton Mullins at or 410-974-2941 x107.


The OWR 5k Fun Run & Walk is to benefit Operation Warrior Refuge, a local non-profit providing therapy services to military and first responders with PTSD. The event will be held August 27, 2016 at Greenwell State Park. Registration is $20 if registered by August 10, 2016. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook.


Ahoy mateys!  The Piney Point Lighthouse Museum is looking for a few scurvy pirates and scaliwags to participate in the annual Pirate Day program, Saturday, July 23.  Pre-registration is required and begins July 6. This event is geared toward children ages 4 - 9 years old.  A morning session will be held between 9 a.m. and noon. The afternoon session takes place from 1 - 4 p.m.  Each session will have 12 slots for ages 4 - 6 and 12 slots for ages 7 - 9. The cost to pre-register is $10 per child.  Personal checks and credit cards (MC or Visa) are accepted.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis. The Pirate Day program includes lots of pirate activities.  Each child receives a pirate name, walk the Plank, take part in make and take activities, Pirate tattoos and flags and more! Kids are encouraged to dress as pirates for the Costume Contest! For more information or to register your child, call the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum at 301-994-1471.  The museum is located at 44720 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point, MD 20674.


Crocheters wanted!  Come to Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch on Thursday, July 14, 2-4pm, to learn how to crochet a tote bag out of plastic bags!  Did you know that the average person uses 500 plastic bags each year?  Keep bags out of the Bay and create a tote from them!  Bring a bag full of plastic bags and your crochet hook (size K-P) and learn how to cut, tie and crochet the plastic bags into a beautiful tote.  New crocheters are welcome.  Come by Twin Beaches Branch and see a sample bag made by Carolyn Lenz, who will be leading this program.  Please call 410-257-2411 for more information.


Join us for Lunch and Learn Summer 2016 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 up to 18 years of age. Children’s meals are FREE. Adult meals may be purchased for $3.50. Monday –Thursday. June 27th – July 28th at Lexington Park Elementary and G.W. Carver Elementary. 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information call the Judy Center at 301-863-4068.


You are invited to join us at the Garvey Senior Activity Center in Leonardtown, Tuesday, July 19 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Along with turning 65 you have a decision to make regarding your Medicare coverage.  The Welcome to Medicare Seminar will include information to help you learn more about on what Medicare covers, Medigap policies, Medicare Part D, and more. To reserve your space, call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, if you would like to attend or make an appointment to sit down with one of our Medicare Counselors.


Southern Maryland Community Resources (SMCR) is pleased to announce the 2016 Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival to be held on Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th along the Solomons Island Riverwalk. This free, family friendly 2 day event will include Dragon Boat Races, an Opening Ceremony with a Blessing of the Boats, Parade of the Teams, Live Bands, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Market Place and Food vendors, Dragon/Lion Dance Parade, Wellness Village, Hospitality Tent, and a free Parking shuttle on Saturday.

For more details on participating as member of a Solomons Island Dragon Boat racing team, signing on as a Festival volunteer, or being a food or Marketplace vendor, please check out our website: or our FaceBook page Be a part of the exciting new event coming to Solomons! Join the 2016 Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival! Paddles Up in 66 days!  All proceeds from this event will support Southern Maryland Community Resources, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c ) (3) organization, with the mission to “Bridge the Gap for those with Developmental Differences” in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

Encourage your young athletes to register for the 7th annual Youth Triathlon at North Point High School (2500 Davis Road, Waldorf) on Saturday, Aug. 6. This event is open to all youth 15 years old 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. For more information on these events or other activities offered by the Department of Community Services, visit and, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.


Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch is sponsoring “Pizza With a Side of Books,” an event for teens. Come join us on Tuesday, July 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  We’ll talk about the cult favorite “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, share recommendations of our favorite titles and series, and eat pizza! Pre-reading “City of Bones” is recommended. This event is free of charge. Maybe we’ll even make plans to get together again! Be sure to register, though. We’ll need a head count! For information contact McNevin Hayes at 410-257-2411.


Brown Bag Auction for the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad will take place on Saturday August 27th 2016 at the Ridge Volunteer Firehouse. Doors open 12 pm : Auction begins 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 by the Ridge VFD Ladies Auxiliary. Bring a non-perishable food item for St. Cecilia’s Food Pantry and receive 5 free tickets (Limit 1 per Family). The Ridge VFD Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a Vendor Fair during the Auction. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping! Come on out and support the Ridge VRS & Auxiliary and Ridge VFD Auxiliary!


Maryland Natural Resources Police are pushing hard this boating season to make it safer than 2015, when there were 147 boating accidents with 21 deaths, eighteen of them not wearing life jackets, 125 injuries, 25 lost vessels and about $1 million in damage. Help make our Maryland waters safer! Certified Vessel Examiners of the Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron are ready to provide you a free Vessel Safety Check  (VSC) recommended by the Coast Guard for all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sports. This courtesy VSC is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway, at a mutually-convenient time, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat. Items that are checked include fire extinguishers, distress signals, navigation lights, and life jackets. There is no negative consequence if your boat doesn’t pass!  To request your free VSC call 301-481-2547.  Remember, no vessel is too large or too small to be safe – and in compliance. The safety of your family, friends, and fellow boaters depends on you!


The Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will be hosting our next Screen on the Green on Saturday July 23rd.  We will be showing Finding Nemo.  Bring your chairs and blankets.  This is a free event but donations are gladly accepted.  Concessions will be available.  See our Facebook page for more information.


The Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an annual summer ALL YOU CAN EAT shrimp and crab feast! The event will be held at the station on Saturday, July 30 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and include crabs, shrimp, hush puppies and much more. To purchase tickets before the event sells out, stop by the station or call: 410.535.9875

Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association (LAFRA) Unit 93 is planning their 3rd annual Craft Fair and Holiday Boutique to be held on Saturday, November 05, 2016 9am to 3pm at the Branch, 21707 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park Maryland.  Previous participating vendors may register beginning June 20.   Registration and payment must be received by June 30th to reserve a spot.  July 01, 2016 registration will be opened to the public.  Registration deadline is September 30th, 2016.  Registration and a check may be mailed to LAFRA Unit 93, P.O Box 93, Patuxent River, MD 20670 or may be dropped off at Travel Leaders, 22325 Greenview Parkway, Ste. 1-C  Monday – Friday 9am to 530pm, ask for Lori.  Email to get a Registration Form or drop by Branch 93 between 1pm and 8pm daily and weekends.  Questions, call Unit President at 301-481-9655.


Christmas in April, St. Mary’s County, Inc. will be holding their 3rd Annual 5K Run 3K Walk on Saturday, October 1, 2016 on the Three Notch Trail, Charlotte Hall, Md. Start/Finish in front of Northern Senior Center. Run/Walk starts at 9.00 AM. Registration $25.00 (Early bird registration by August 31, 2016 is $20.00.) Date of Event will be $30.00 – 7:30 AM until 8:30 AM sign in and registration – cash or check only. Register online at Powered by Active. com. For more information and to register on line, please visit our web site: or call 301-884-2905.


There will be a Brunch & Silent Auction on August 14th from 10 am to 1 pm at 21890 Society Hill Rd, 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 e-mail


The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary (LVRSA) is having a Brown Bag Auction and 50/50 Raffle on July 16th at the LVRS Building. Doors open at 9am and Auction starts at promptly at 11am. (Donations accepted by contacting Jaime at 301-481-7421)


On Saturday, August 6th from 8 AM to 10 AM Wildewood Parkway between, but not including, Wildewood Dr. and Hickory Nut Dr. will be closed for the 9th annual Patuxent River Triathlon Club Kids Triathlon. Both neighborhood entrances will remain open for access to the non-affected areas. If you have children between the ages of three and seventeen that would like to participate, or if you would like to volunteer to assist with the event, please visit and search for Patuxent River Kids Triathlon. Prices increase July 6th, and registration closes July 29th. There will be no race day registration. For more information, please email

The Pax River Raiders will be hosting the 1st annual Russ Cole Memorial Kickball Tournament on Sunday July 31st at 11:30am at Chancellor's Run Regional Park. Beloved Raiders Coach Russ Cole passed away unexpectedly this year. He loved the game of football but he loved the kids even more!!! This year we are hosting a kickball tournament in his honor to raise funds to cover the registration fees for kids who wouldn't be able to play without a scholarship. We have room for 10 adult (13 & up) teams ($100/team) and 4 Kids (8-12) teams ($50/team).  We will have 2 free kiddie kick teams (7&under) but they need to signup day of and its first come first serve. For more information visit or visit our facebook page 1st Annual Russ Cole Memorial Kickball Tournament


New nights have been added to the “Manga Otaku Artist Nights” workshops at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch.  Due to its huge popularity, “Manga Otaku Artist Nights” has expanded to twice a month, meeting on the first Tuesday and on the third Monday of each month at Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch. Events go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come on in to draw, talk and share your love for your favorite titles and character—and discover new ones! Artist and illustrator (and Calvert librarian) McNevin Hayes will guide you through the basics of story layout, thumbnails, and character construction. Be sure to register for each night.  Space is limited! For information contact McNevin Hayes at 410-257-2411.


The Leonardtown Public Library will be offering free college preparation workshops, open to all high school students and their families. These workshops will run the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of June, July, and August from 6 to 7:30pm. Topics will include: How to find the best fitting college, Paying for college, Choosing a major, Writing your college admissions essay. These workshops are open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Jacqui Rogers, the MDCCC AmeriCorps VISTA, at 240.895.3204 or

This August, for the first time in over 15 years the Maryland Dove, a recreated tall ship, is headed back to Baltimore. The ship is an important exhibit presenting the story of the first colonists of Maryland and their journey to the New World and we are excited to once again share that exhibit with the public in Baltimore. Historic St. Mary’s City will open the Dove to visitors and also host a gala on Pier One, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Dove will be docked from Friday, August 19, 2016 to Monday, August 29, 2016 and open to the general public. For more information contact George Connelly at (240) 895-4977 or


Hits 4 Heroes who support local wounded combat veterans will be having a Co-Ed Wooden Bat Softball Tournament on July 23-24. There will be competitive and recreational brackets. Sign your team up today for a charitable donation of $150. For more information call Ricky at 301-884-3126 or Elise at 301-884-3037 or visit



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 July 25, 2016, 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 two Open House events for parents to register children for the program.  The Open House events will be at 2275 Solomons Island Rd. Huntingtown, MD 20639 on May 14th from 9am to 12pm, and 23075 Town Creek Dr. Lexington Park, MD 20653 from 9am to 10:30am.


Mosquito prevention is the best defense against the spread of the Zika virus. Mosquitoes can breed in water-filled containers as small as a bottle cap. Keep mosquitoes away from your surroundings by emptying and scrubbing containers such as birdbaths, flower pots, and trash containers on a weekly basis. Make sure any damages on window and door screens are repaired.  For more information about Zika virus prevention and mosquito control measures, visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department website at


$1000 Poker Run! It's the 14th Annual Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home Poker Run Sponsored by the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, Southern MD on  August 13th 2016. Signup:  11:00-12:15 at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home at 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Last vehicle out at: 12:30. $20 donation per person. Best Hand $500  /2nd  $250 /3rd  $150 / Worst $100. ALL PROCEEDS will be used to purchase items requested by the residents of the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home. This is a “Rain or Shine” event however; the USMVMC So MD reserves the right to cancel in the event of severe weather conditions. For more info, contact:   Open To All Vehicles.



The Baden Volunteer Fire and EMS Department will have their 6th Annual Car, Rat Rod, Truck and Bike Show Under The Lights on August 12th (Rain Date August 19th) from 4 pm – 9:30 pm. Registration from 4 pm – 7:30 pm. Over 50 Awards presented including Best In Show. Admission is $5, Children 12 and under are free. Registration at the gate is $20. For more information call Paul at 301-751-5705 or Roger at 301-466-7118 or Tony at 301-399-6597.


The Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park honors America’s Heroes. Located at 11000 Crain Highway in Newburg Maryland. The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5:00 p.m.  and for special Events. The Museum features compelling and exciting exhibits galleries depicting events from all major wars, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Exclusive displays highlighting little known details of U.S. military life reveal a side of history seldom seen or understood. For more information call 301-932-1900 or visit


On July 30th at 12:45 pm at the Charlotte Hall Library meeting room, we are holding our second meeting for 'Girls on the Run -  Southern Maryland.' We are looking for volunteers and prospective council members to come out for our second community meeting as we work to start a local chapter and become officially established in fall of 2017. For questions or comments please contact


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 ( You can call (301) 884-4071 for further information. You can also visit our website at


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