Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake Wal­dorf Branch calls for artists

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Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake and the Charles County Art Al­liance are ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions for a third art show, a multi-me­dia ex­hibit, to be held at the main Wal­dorf branch, 3035 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf, from May 20 to Aug. 19.

Lo­cal artists are in­vited to sub­mit a max­i­mum of two works of art for con­sid­er­a­tion at no cost. Art­work en­tries must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally as dig­i­tal images (jpegs) at­tached to an email sent to wal­dor­fwest­gallery@gmail.com. Ref­er­ence “Com­mu­nity Bank Gallery” in the sub­ject line.

The email must in­clude the artist’s name, mail­ing ad­dress, email ad­dress, phone num­ber, bi­og­ra­phy (half-page max, in Mi­crosoft Word), head­shot, ti­tle of art­work, medium and ma­te­ri­als used, size and di­men­sions, the year it was cre­ated and price if ap­pli­ca­ble.

The artists will be no­ti­fied later in May. All art­work must be wired and ready to hang. For more in­for­ma­tion on the gallery, con­tact Gale Kla­di­tis at gk­la­di­tis@com­cast.net.

Charles County Pay It For­ward Week en­cour­ages acts of kind­ness

Charles County Pay It For ward Week will take place the week of April 22-28. The county com­mis­sion­ers would like to en­cour­age all citizens to show ran­dom acts of kind­ness and in­spire oth­ers through their ac­tions. The re­ceiver

Mary­land Dog-Fest re­turns for fifth year of fam­ily-friendly fun

The fifth an­nual Mary­land Dog-Fest will take place May 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles County Fair­grounds in La Plata. All leashed dogs are in­vited to at­tend with their own­ers.

The event will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment, dog-re­lated ex­hibitors and adop­tions.

The main stage will host a va­ri­ety of fam­ily-friendly, in­ter­ac­tive shows and con­tests. Events in­clude a dog and owner look-a-like con­test, Dogs Got Ta­lent com­pe­ti­tion, doggy fash­ion show, train­ing sem­i­nars, and a cos­tume con­test. Dozens of ven­dors spe­cial­iz­ing in an as­sort­ment of dog-re­lated prod­ucts and ser­vices will also be at the event.

Last year, more than 100 dogs were adopted at the event. Res­cue, shel­ter, and adop­tion groups will be on hand in the Adop­tion Zone to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als who are look­ing to add a new mem­ber to their fam­ily.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties are still avail­able for dog-re­lated ven­dors and non-profit and res­cue groups to show­case their busi­nesses at Mary­land Dog-Fest. In­ter­ested ex­hibitors or non­profit and res­cue groups should sub­mit their in­for­ma­tion on­line.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the gates of the event and are $10 for adults and $5 for chil­dren ages 5-12. Chil­dren 4-years-old and younger and dogs are ad­mit­ted for free. Am­ple park­ing is avail­able on­site, free of cost.

In cel­e­bra­tion of the fifth an­niver­sary of the event, tick­ets will also be given away in the weeks lead­ing up to the event through the Mary­land Dog-Fest Face­book page.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.mary­land­dogfest.com.

Blue Crabs to sa­lute troops ev­ery Fri­day night at home games

The St. Charles Com­pa­nies and Chick-fil-A of Charles County are part­ner­ing to wel­come all re­tired and ac­tive duty mil­i­tary per­son­nel to South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs base­ball games ev­ery Fri­day night when there is a home game at Re­gency Sta­dium in St. Charles. Joined by the USO and V Con­nec­tions, which con­nects mem­bers of the mil­i­tary with pro­grams and ben­e­fits for vet­er­ans, Sa­lute the Troops nights will fea­ture spe­cial jer­seys worn by the Blue Crabs’ play­ers honoring mil­i­tary ser­vice, recog­ni­tion of those who have served be­fore and dur­ing the game, in­for­ma­tion about ben­e­fits pro­grams avail­able to ac­tive duty and sep­a­rated mil­i­tary, and in­for­ma­tion from the USO about how to help them sup­port troops sta­tioned over­seas and their fam­i­lies. At the end of the sea­son, on Sept. 9, the com­mem­o­ra­tive uni­forms will be auc­tioned off with pro­ceeds do­nated to the USO.

On April 22, the Blue Crabs first home Fri­day night game, all mem­bers of the mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies will re­ceive free ad­mis­sion to the game with their mil­i­tary ID. The USO’s Steve Tom­lin will wel­come the crowd and at­tend­ing mil­i­tary fam­i­lies prior to the game and the USO Metro’s Navy Honor Guard, fea­tur­ing Flag Bear­ers from ev­ery branch of the mil­i­tary, will present colors at the game.

In ad­di­tion, St. Charles and Chick-fil-a have re­newed their spon­sor­ship of a game time mo­ment of si­lence recog­ni­tion for POWs/MIAs at ev­ery Blue Crabs home game. Dur­ing the mo­ment of si­lence fans will turn their at­ten­tion to a spe­cial seat at the sta­dium des­ig­nated to re­mem­ber Amer­ica’s POW/MIAs.

SMECO Em­pow­ers cre­ates com­pre­hen­sive user ex­pe­ri­ence

South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) in­te­grated a cus­tomer self-ser­vice ap­pli­ca­tion from Or­a­cle into its ex­ist­ing cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion sys­tem to help sat­isfy this consumer-cen­tric trend and count it­self among those of­fer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive user ex­pe­ri­ence.

The co-op rec­og­nized that its high­est call vol­umes in­volved mak­ing pay­ments and pay­ment ar­range­ments. With the Or­a­cle so­lu­tions in place, the util­ity was able to au­to­mate the pay­ment process, which im­proves cus­tomer ser­vice, en­ables mem­bers to en­gage with SMECO in their chan­nel of choice, and al­lows the con­tact cen­ter staff to work more ef­fi­ciently and fo­cus more time on solv­ing com­plex is­sues.

To con­tinue its com­mit­ment to mem­ber sat­is­fac­tion, SMECO plans to use ad­di­tional Or­a­cle Util­i­ties Cus­tomer Self Ser­vice ca­pa­bil­i­ties to ex­pand user op­tions within the co-op’s mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion. Cur­rently, the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion of­fers out­age maps and out­age re­port­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties; SMECO will lever­age Or­a­cle Util­i­ties Cus­tomer Self Ser­vice to add an ac­count man­age­ment op­tion, en­abling cus­tomers to se­curely log in and in­stantly ac­cess even more in­for­ma­tion and ac­count man­age­ment tasks via their mo­bile de­vices. SMECO is also work­ing on an ad­vanced me­ter­ing in­fras­truc­ture project, which will be com­plete in 2017. As part of that ini­tia­tive, SMECO will launch an en­ergy por­tal to show cus­tomers their de­tailed en­ergy in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing high bill alerts, within Or­a­cle Util­i­ties Cus­tomer Self Ser­vice.

Last day of school for stu­dents is June 15

The last day of the 201516 school year for Charles County Pub­lic Schools stu­dents is Wed­nes­day, June 15. Two-hour early dis­missal days are June 10, June 13, June 14 and June 15. The last day of school for stu­dents in the Three’s pro­gram is Wed­nes­day, June 8. The last day for teach­ers is Thurs­day, June 16.

Charles County Pub­lic Schools used five of the six in­clement weather days built into the school cal­en­dar. The school sys­tem closed schools five times for in­clement weather on Jan. 21, Jan. 22, Jan. 25, Jan. 26 and Feb. 16.

Re­port cards for stu­dents in the Three’s pro­gram will be is­sued on June 8. Morn­ing prekinder­garten stu­dents will re­ceive their re­port cards on Wed­nes­day, June 15, and af­ter­noon prekinder­garten stu­dents re­ceive their re­port cards on Tues­day, June 14.

All other el­e­men­tary school stu­dents re­ceive re­port cards on June 15. Re­port cards for mid­dle and high school stu­dents will be mailed on Wed­nes­day, June 22.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 2016 Sum­mer School pro­gram be­gins at the Robert D. Stethem Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter on Wed­nes­day, June 22, and Thurs­day, June 23. Classes be­gin for Sum­mer School on Tues­day, June 28, at West­lake High School.

Men­tal health film pre­mieres at CSM La Plata

The pro­duc­ers of “Heal­ing Voices,” a new 90-minute so­cial ac­tion doc­u­men­tar y about men­tal health, are rolling out an in­no­va­tive plan to re­lease the film via com­mu­nity screen­ing part­ners in a co­or­di­nated global event, in­clud­ing screen­ings at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, La Plata cam­pus. The movie will screen in more than 120 lo­ca­tions across the U.S., Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Aus­tralia be­gin­ning April 29. Writ­ten and Di­rected by PJ Moyni­han of Dig­i­tal Eyes Film, “Heal­ing Voices” ex­plores the ex­pe­ri­ence com­monly la­beled as ‘psy­chosis’ through the sto­ries of real-life in­di­vid­u­als. The film fol­lows three sub­jects – Oryx, Jen, Dan – over nearly five years, and fea­tures in­ter­views with no­table in­ter­na­tional ex­perts in­clud­ing Robert Whi­taker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Mar­ius Romme, and oth­ers, on the his­tory of psy­chi­a­try and the rise of the ‘med­i­cal model’ of men­tal ill­ness.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity screen­ing part­ners will ex­e­cute “Heal­ing Voices” premiere events, which will be fol­lowed by au­di­ence dis­cus­sion re­lat­ing to the con­tent of the film. The documentary is ideal for in­di­vid­u­als with ex­pe­ri­ence in the men­tal health sys­tem, ed­u­ca­tors, peer ad­vo­cates, re­searchers, psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists, health­care work­ers, first re­spon­ders, fam­ily mem­bers, or any­one who has been touched by men­tal health is­sues in their life.

The lo­cal com­mu­nity screen­ing part­ner for South­ern Mary­land is The In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Eth­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy and Psy­chi­a­try (ISEPP) (www. psych­in­tegrity.org) and will be host­ing the La Plata screen­ing. The screen­ing is free and open to the pub­lic.

Two sep­a­rate screen­ings will be held at CSM. The first will be for CSM stu­dents only and take place at 9 a.m. on April 29 on the La Plata cam­pus in Build­ing LR, room 102. The sec­ond will be open to the pub­lic at 6 p.m. May 2 in Build­ing BI, room E. To reg­is­ter, email docruby@me.com or call 301-646-6022.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the film, go to www. Heal­ingVoic­esMovie.com and http://www.huff­in­g­ton­post.com/bruce-e-levine/ heal­ing-voices-in­trigu­ing_b_8817642.html.

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