‘Fun-Filled Fourth’ set for Regency Furniture Stadium
Enjoy a memorable Independence Day with family and friends at the 2016 Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Regency Furniture Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf. The event will feature the Best of Charles County Marketplace, a Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone and music by Dub City Renegades and No Green Jelly Beenz. The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs will face off against the Somerset Patriots at 7:05 p.m., and a fireworks display will follow the game at around 9:30 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Family Fun Zone wristbands are $5 each. There are additional fees for marketplace, food and drink purchases.
Additional parking will be available at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road. Seating outside the stadium is limited. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
Guests who purchase baseball game tickets will receive a complimentary wristband for the Family Fun Zone. To purchase tickets, call 301-638-9788 or go to www.SoMDBlueCrabs.com.
For more information, go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CelebrateCharles, or call the Crain Memorial Welcome Center at 1-800-766-3386. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Chautauqua returns with living history series in La Plata
Maryland Humanities with local partners will present Chautauqua, its annual living history series in seven Maryland counties from July 5 through July 14.
For its 22nd season of Chautauqua, Maryland Humanities is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes as three Pulitzer winners come to life on the Chautauqua stage. Free and open to the public, each show begins with live local musical and theatrical acts. Question-and-answer sessions follow living history performances by actors/scholars, which spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun. Audiences will meet the incomparable showman, Duke Ellington; the first African-American to win a Pulitzer prize, Gwendolyn Brooks; and one of the greatest American literary figures of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway.
Chautauqua performances will take place at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, 8730 Mitchell Road. Performances will take place July 12, 13 and 14 starting at 6:45 p.m.
The full schedule is available at www.mdhumanities.org/programs/chautauqua.
Leadership So. Md. seeks class projects
Leadership Southern Maryland’s Programs Committee is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties to provide projects to be completed by the class of 2017.
Proposals will be reviewed and selections will be made in August. A maximum of eight projects will be selected to form the Leadership Southern Maryland Connections Project List for 2017. The project timeframe must run from Oct. 2016 through March 2017.
The mission of Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) is to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties, according to a press release.
In keeping with this mission, Leadership Southern Maryland is looking to establish a partnership with nonprofit organizations within the Southern Maryland region.
This partnership — Leadership Southern Maryland Connections — will aid the participants’ learning by increasing their knowledge of regional issues, lend the nonprofit with extra expertise and manpower to complete a needed project and allow for team building within a small group. Leadership Southern Maryland Connections will affect change for the organization and region while enabling participants to go beyond simply connecting the dots of regional issues by connecting themselves to the organizations to become a part of lasting change.
The deadline for submitting proposals is July 31.
For more information, contact LSM Executive Director Helen Mattingly Wernecke at 240-7255469, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. leadershipsomd.org.
Southern Maryland Film Festival returns to Leonardtown
The Southern Maryland Film Festival will kick off with a filmmakers reception at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, on the campus of St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown. Ticketholders will be able to attend a panel dis- cussion on the nuts and bolts of filmmaking in Maryland featuring Jack Gerbes of the Maryland Film Office. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. with a chance for attendees to meet this year’s festival filmmakers. A ceremony recognizing this year’s jury-nominated films and awarding the first-ever Festival Jury Prize.
The festival continues in Leonardtown 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16. More than 40 films produced by local filmmakers will be shown in five locations throughout town: Big Larry’s Eatery, The Rex, Ye Olde Towne Café, The Leonardtown Arts Center and Opal Fine Art Gallery & Gifts. These films represent a variety of genres — music, comedy, documentary and drama — and range in length and subject matter.
Three workshops will be hosted by Yellow Door Art Studios. Early-bird workshops on Tools for the Beginning Filmmaker and Creating Movie Monsters with Makeup will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday. An afternoon workshop on animation will be held from 1-2 p.m.
An all-inclusive ticket includes access to all Friday night events, as well as all movie venues and workshops on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased at www.smdff.org. Advanced tickets for the full day are $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Half-day tickets for Saturday are also available for $12 for adults and $7 for children.
Same day ticket sales will be cash only at the Box Office on the Square. Tickets to Friday night’s reception are $10 for all ages. All-day tickets for Saturday are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Half-day morning or afternoon tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children. Half-day ticket holders will not be able to see all movies. Parking is free throughout the town.
Go to smdff.org and the Southern Maryland’s Film Festival Facebook page for updates to the event’s schedule and maps. For more information, call 240-298-0183 or email email@example.com.
Kickball tournament benefits Community Foundation of Southern Maryland
The Community Foundation of Southern Maryland will host the sixth annual Community Kickball Tournament 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Hallowing Point Park.
Teams are made up of 10 players, male and female. Individual registration is $15 and sponsored team levels range from $1,250, $500 and $250. All players will receive a T-shirt. Check-in is at 1:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 2 p.m. Each team is guaranteed two games and prizes will be given to the first and second place teams.
For additional rules and details, to volunteer, sponsor or register, go to www.somdgiving.org or contact Lisa McKinnon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-670-4483 (GIVE).
For more information about the Community Foundation, go to www.somdgiving or call 240.670.4483 (GIVE).
Mission of Mercy seeks volunteers for free dental clinic
Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy needs volunteers for its dental clinic to be held 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29-30 at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf.
Mission of Mercy is a free adult dental clinic provided by volunteer dental professionals and volunteer staff. Volunteer dental professionals (dentists, hygienists and dental assistants) are needed.
Volunteers also needed in areas of security, parking, volunteer and patient registration, meals, escorting patients throughout the clinic and more. Morning and afternoon shifts for each position needed.
To volunteer or for information, go to www.southernmdmom.org (click ‘Volunteer’ tab). Call 301884-4438.
Household waste collection scheduled
The Charles County Department of Public Works announced that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, July 2. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie
Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury ther- mometers and other poisons found in the home. Remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks and batteries are accept- ed on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener or sawdust to aid in drying it out.
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2016 collection dates are: July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.
For more information, call the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-9325656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Smoking cessation program offered
A daytime smoking cessation program (eight weeks) will be offered 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays from Sept. 8 to Nov. 1 at the Charles County Department of Health in White Plains. Participants must pre-register before Aug. 26 by calling Mary Beth at 301-609-6932.