New date for 8th an­nual Touch-A-Truck event

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The Cen­ter for Chil­dren is pre­sent­ing its eighth an­nual Touch-a-Truck event to be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur­day, June 25, at Thomas Stone High School in Wal­dorf. Ad­mis­sion is $7 for adults, $3 for chil­dren, and chil­dren younger than 1 are ad­mit­ted for free.

Touch-a-Truck is a unique and in­ter­ac­tive com­mu­nity event that pro­vides fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to touch, learn and ex­plore trucks, con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles, cars, pub­lic safety equip­ment while meet­ing those who pro­tect, serve and build the com­mu­nity. This event also fea­tures spe­cial per­for­mances, lo­cal food ven­dors, face paint­ing, games and more.

Ven­dors may con­tact Bill Steven­son at steven­son@ cen­ter-for-chil­ or 301-609-9887, ext.129. The spon­sor­ship dead­line is June 10 and the ex­hibitor/ ven­dor dead­line is June 15.

Vol­un­teers to go bald for child­hood can­cer re­search

The St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion, a volunteer or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to rais­ing money for chil­dren’s can­cer re­search, will host an event June 4 in La Plata, where lo­cal vol­un­teers will shave their heads in sol­i­dar­ity with kids with can­cer and raise money for life­sav­ing re­search.

The event is ti­tled “Bald for a Cause South­ern MD” and is in honor of the


fam­i­lies fight­ing can­cer and in mem­ory of those that are no longer with here but will never be for­got­ten. The event will be held in the park­ing lot of Live Out Loud Yoga stu­dio at 406 Charles St., La Plata. In ad­di­tion to the main head-shav­ing event there will also be a silent auc­tion, bake sale, lo­cal ven­dors and en­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mar­cie Robinson at 414-436-9786 or healthy­, or Traci Shirk at 626-792-8247 ext.250 or

Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter an­nounces June events

Adopt a Shel­ter Cat Month will be from Wed­nes­day, June 1 to Thurs­day, June 30. Dur­ing the month of June, adop­tion fees for kit­tens will be re­duced to $30, adult cats to $20, and se­nior cats to $5.

So­cial Pet-work­ing Month will be from Wed­nes­day, June 1, to Thurs­day, June 30. Ever y Wed­nes­day, Charles County Gov­ern­ment will fea­ture a shel­ter an­i­mal on Face­book. Go to www.CharlesCoun­­i­mal­shel­ter/tri-county-an­i­mal-shel­ter to see the avail­able shel­ter pets.

Na­tional Dog Party Day will be Satur­day, June 18. Shel­ter an­i­mals will be avail­able for adop­tion and the dog adop­tion fee is re­duced to $100 on this spe­cial day.

Bark in the Park will be 7 p.m. Mon­day, June 27, at the Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf. Go to the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter ta­ble to meet adopt­able pets and ask any an­i­mal-re­lated ques­tions.

The Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter is lo­cated at 6707 An­i­mal Shel­ter Road in Hugh­esville. Shel­ter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-9031992. 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, go to www.CharlesCoun­­i­mal­shel­ter/tri-county-an­i­mal-shel­ter or­ters/MD112.html to find your “pur­r­fect” pet.

Wa­ter­shed pro­tec­tion and restora­tion plan pub­lic hear­ing sched­uled for June 7

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers will hold a pub­lic hear­ing on the draft Wa­ter­shed Pro­tec­tion and Restora­tion Pro­gram Fi­nan­cial As­sur­ance Plan dur­ing the county com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing at 6 p.m. Tues­day, June 7, at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 Bal­ti­more St., La Plata.

This plan is pre­pared in ac­cor­dance with Se­nate Bill 863 (2015 ses­sion); cod­i­fied in COMAR, Sub­sec­tion 4-202.1, and is re­quired to be filed with the Mary­land De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment on or prior to July 1.

The plan in­cludes five el­e­ments spec­i­fied in COMAR, which are gen­er­ally de­scribed as: ac­tions nec­es­sary to meet the na­tional pol­lu­tant dis­charge elim­i­na­tion sys­tem Phase I mu­nic­i­pal sep­a­rate storm sewer sys­tem per­mit; pro­jected costs and rev­enues to meet the per­mit’s im­per­vi­ous sur­face restora­tion re­quire­ments; sources of funds to meet the over­all per­mit re­quire­ments; and spe­cific ac­tions and ex­pen­di­tures im­ple­mented in pre­vi­ous fis­cal years to meet the per­mit’s im­per­vi­ous sur­face restora­tion re­quire­ments.

The draft doc­u­ment will be avail­able be­gin­ning Fri­day, June 3, on the county’s Board­docs web­site un­der the agenda for June 7: www.board­­lic.

Cit­i­zens wish­ing to make oral or writ­ten com­ments are en­cour­aged to at­tend the pub­lic hear­ing. Those in­di­vid­u­als or rep­re­sen­ta­tives of groups wish­ing to speak must sign in. Each speaker will have three min­utes to speak.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the pub­lic hear­ing, con­tact Karen Wiggen at WiggenK@CharlesCoun­ or 301-645-0540. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs, con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Com­mis­sion for Women an­nounces meet­ing lo­ca­tion, sched­ule changes

Start­ing in June, the Charles County Com­mis­sion for Women meet­ings will be held at 10665 Stan­haven Place, Suite 206, White Plains. The com­mis­sion meets on the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meet­ing is sched­uled for June 10. The com­mis­sion will not meet in Au­gust.

The Com­mis­sion for Women was es­tab­lished in 1996 to bet­ter de­fine and iden­tify ser­vices needed for the county women. The com­mis­sion works to raise aware­ness of is­sues af­fect­ing women and their fam­i­lies by serv­ing as a con­duit be­tween women and ex­ist­ing ser­vices and ad­vo­cat­ing for pro­grams, ed­u­ca­tion, and leg­is­la­tion. The com­mis­sion’s four ini­tia­tives in­clude part­ner­ships, ad­vo­cacy, home­less­ness, and youth.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Com­mis­sion for Women, go to www. CharlesCoun­ CCCW or email at cccw@ CharlesCoun­ Fol­low us on Twit­ter at www.twit­ CharlesCoWomen, or find us on Face­book at www.face­ CharlesCoun­tyCom­mis­sion­forWomen.

2016 Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide now avail­able

The “So. Mary­land So Good” Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide lists more than 30 farm­ers’ mar­kets in South­ern Mary­land and around the Washington, D.C., area which fea­ture gen­uine farm-grown pro­duce, meats, poul­try and seafood, baked goods, pick­les, jams, dairy prod­ucts and lo­cal wine and beer.

The free guide lists mar­kets by county and in­cludes a handy re­gional mar­ket lo­cater map, a har­vest­ing chart unique to the area’s grow­ing sea­sons, plus the mar­kets’ web­sites and Face­book pages.

The “So. Mary­land, So Good” Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Guide is avail­able now to view or down­load on the ‘Get the Guides’ page at Pick up a copy, be­gin­ning the first week of June (while stocks last) at par­tic­i­pat­ing South­ern Mary­land farm­ers’ mar­kets, re­gional pub­lic li­braries and wel­come cen­ters. For a list of pick-up sites go to the ‘News and An­nounce­ments’ page on the SMADC web­site.

Com­mu­nity foun­da­tion ac­cept­ing pro­pos­als for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion grants

The Chaney Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Fund is mak­ing grants

avail­able to non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to en­cour­age beau­ti­ful, sus­tain­able land­scapes in South­ern Mary­land and Vir­ginia. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded an­nu­ally to non-profit groups, specif­i­cally 501(c) (3) or­ga­ni­za­tions, pub­lic or pri­vate ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, or gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects must be lo­cated in coun­ties where Chaney En­ter­prises has a pres­ence.

In Mar yland, projects in the coun­ties of Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Caro­line, Charles, south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s are el­i­gi­ble for grants. In Vir­ginia, projects in Caro­line County are el­i­gi­ble.

Guide­lines for the Chaney Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Fund Grants are avail­able on the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land’s web­site at­ Ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to sub­mit projects that in­cor­po­rate “green” gar­den­ing prac­tices, such as wa­ter con­ser­va­tion mea­sures, or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers, and na­tive plant species. Schools may use grants to in­cor­po­rate beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects into the ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum.

Grant pro­pos­als must be sub­mit­ted via email only by 5 p.m., June 17. Grant awards will be up to $1,000 and will be an­nounced in Au­gust. Or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­quired to match grant funds with cash or in-kind goods and ser­vices. Or­ga­ni­za­tions re­ceiv­ing funds must com­mit and ex­pend the full amount of the grant by Dec. 15. Only one ap­pli­ca­tion per ap­pli­cant will be ac­cepted, and ap­pli­cants are ad­vised to re­view the guide­lines to en­sure com­pli­ance prior to sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on­line at­ grants. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Gretchen Hard­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land, at 240-670-4483 or at Gretchen@cf­

CSM to host Project Grad­u­a­tion

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Cam­pus will host the 31st an­nual Project Grad­u­a­tion for Charles County’s high school grad­u­at­ing se­niors in­clud­ing the classes of North Point, Lackey, McDonough, West­lake, St. Charles, La Plata and Thomas Stone from 9 p.m2 a.m. June 2-4.

Classes and pro­grams will con­tinue as sched­uled on the La Plata Cam­pus the evenings of June 2-4, how­ever the south en­trance will be closed each evening be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. All traf­fic be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. will be di­rected to use the col­lege’s north en­trance at Mitchell Road and Cam­pus Drive.

Spon­sored by the Charles County Cit­i­zens for Sub­stance Free Youth and held at the Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (PE) Build­ing of CSM’s La Plata Cam­pus, the event fea­tures free ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing mu­sic pro­vided by a DJ, air­brush tat­toos, bull rid­ing, ar­cade games, foos­ball and skee­ball for grad­u­at­ing se­niors and their guest. Ad­di­tion­ally the pool is open for those who wish to swim.

Since 1986, the mis­sion of Project Grad­u­a­tion has been to pro­vide a safe, sub­stance-free party en­vi­ron­ment for the grad­u­at­ing se­niors of Charles County. For in­for­ma­tion on Project Grad­u­a­tion or to of­fer sup­port, con­tact John Hay­den at 301-934-9047.

For in­for­ma­tion on the col­lege’s pub­lic safety, con­tact CSM Pub­lic Safety and Pre­pared­ness Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Don Frick at or 301539-4753.

Tri-county com­mit­tee seeks board mem­bers

South­ern Mary­land Tri-County Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Com­mit­tee Inc. is re­cruit­ing mem­bers for its volunteer board of di­rec­tors with back­grounds in fi­nance or bank­ing, early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cacy. The non­profit’s mis­sion is to pro­vide ser­vices to el­i­gi­ble cit­i­zens that al­le­vi­ate the causes and con­di­tions of poverty, pro­mote up­ward mo­bil­ity and en­rich the qual­ity of life.

Pri­vate busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions or in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in be­ing con­sid­ered for mem­ber­ship should sub­mit a let­ter of in­ter­est and re­sume: SMTCCAC, Inc., Attn: Board Se­lec­tion and Cre­den­tial Com­mit­tee, P.O. Box 280, Hugh­esville, MD 20637, or email in­for­ma­tion to

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