Charles County Arts Al­liance grant sea­son now open

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Over the past 29 years, the Charles County Arts Al­liance has awarded more than $650,000 in grant fund­ing to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and schools in Charles County to sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties in the per­form­ing, vis­ual and lit­er­ary arts. Last year, the arts al­liance pro­vided nearly $45,000 in fund­ing to 21 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and schools. This has helped en­hance the county’s arts and cul­ture, and in­spire fel­low res­i­dents to ex­plore the di­verse arts com­mu­nity and arts of­fer­ings present in their own back­yard, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

As in pre­vi­ous years, the CCAA Arts Grant Pro­gram of­fers two types of grants: Com­mu­nity Arts De­vel­op­ment (CAD) grants for non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, and Arts in Ed­u­ca­tion (AIE) grants for schools. The CAD grants have two sub-cat­e­gories: Gen­eral Op­er­at­ing grants for arts or­ga­ni­za­tions, and Spe­cial Project grants for non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that present ac­tiv­i­ties in the per­form­ing, vis­ual and lit­er­ary arts. Schools may re­quest up to $800, while non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions may be el­i­gi­ble for grants up to $6,000. All grants have match­ing re­quire­ments rang­ing from 1:1 to 3:1, de­pend­ing on the amount be­ing re­quested. Grant ap­pli­ca­tions are re­viewed by a grant panel com­prised of mem­bers of the CCAA board of di­rec­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity. The grant monies will be awarded at the CCAA An­nual Gran­tee and Mem­ber­ship Gala on Satur­day, Nov. 19.

All ap­pli­cants ap­ply­ing for a CAD grant must send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to one of the train­ing work­shops, of­fered on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., and re­peated on Satur­day, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. The work­shops will be held at the United Way House in La Plata, 10250 La Plata Road, and will pro­vide in­struc­tions and an­swer ques­tions for all po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants for CAD grants. Contact the CCAA Of­fice at 301-392-5900, or info@ charle­scount­, to sign up for one of these classes. Those ap­ply­ing for an Arts in Ed­u­ca­tion grant are not re­quired to at­tend the work­shop.

Com­pleted CAD and AIE grant ap­pli­ca­tions with all re­quired copies must be in the pos­ses­sion of the CCAA Of­fice (not post­marked) no later than noon on Fri­day, Oct. 21. The CCAA does not ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for incomplete, lost, mis­di­rected or late ap­pli­ca­tions; such ap­pli­ca­tions will not be con­sid­ered.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the CCAA Arts Grant Pro­gram, call 301392-5900, email info@ charle­scount­ or go to www.charle­scount­

Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee looks to fill va­cancy

The Charles County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee (CCDCC) has a va­cancy, and is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for the pur­pose of gen­der bal­anc­ing to main­tain equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion. As such, the ap­pli­cant must be a male fol­low­ing Mary­land State Demo­cratic Party By­Laws Ar­ti­cle III, Sec­tion 1.C.5.

All can­di­dates must be a reg­is­tered Demo­crat and a bona fide res­i­dent of Charles County.

It shall be the duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity of each mem­ber of the Charles County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of Mary­land to work in the in­ter­ests of the Mary­land Demo­cratic Party and to fur­ther the pur­poses and poli­cies of the party.

All per­sons in­ter­ested in be­ing con­sid­ered for the CCDCC va­cancy must send the fol­low­ing doc­u­ments to ccd­c­ or CCDCC, P.O. Box 2710, La Plata, MD 20646 no later than Tues­day, Sept. 8, by 5 p.m.: • let­ter of in­tent stat­ing why the ap­pli­cant would like to serve on the CCDCCBrief; • biog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing full name, ad­dress, date of birth, etc.; • re­sume; • a copy of the ap­pli­cant’s voter reg­is­tra­tion card. All ap­pli­cants must pro­vide ev­i­dence re­gard­ing their res­i­dence (e.g., cur­rent copy of a util­ity bill). All ap­pli­cants will be sub­ject to a back­ground and/or credit check.

Doc­u­ments re­ceived af­ter the Sept. 8, 5 p.m., deadline and incomplete pack­ets will not be ac­cepted.

Bene­dict bridge to be closed for 30-minute overnight pe­ri­ods

Mon­day and Tues­day nights, Aug. 29 and 30, the Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SHA) will tem­po­rar­ily close the Route 231 (Prince Fred­er­ick Road/ Hal­low­ing Point Road) “Bene­dict Bridge” over the Patux­ent River for 30-minute pe­ri­ods. Crews will in­ter­mit­tently close the bridge to ve­hi­cles be­tween 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., hold­ing traf­fic on both the Calvert County and Charles County sides.

The clo­sures are nec­es­sary for SHA’s con­trac­tor to drive piles un­der the swing span, which re­quires the struc­ture to be in the open po­si­tion. All work is weather per­mit­ting. SHA ad­vises trav­el­ers to plan ahead to avoid cross­ing overnight or to al­low ex­tra time for the 30-minute in­ter­mit­tent clo­sures.

School board cel­e­brates 100 years with lec­ture se­ries

Travel through time with the Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in a three-part ed­u­ca­tional lec­ture se­ries ex­plor­ing the his­tory of the board — and ed­u­ca­tion in Charles County — over the past 100 years.

The board is cel­e­brat­ing its 100-year an­niver­sary and has planned three pre­sen­ta­tions, start­ing with “Ed­u­ca­tion: Then and Now” from 6-9 p.m. Fri­day, Sept. 2, at the Port To­bacco Court­house and One-room School­house. The pre­sen­ta­tion be­gins at 6:15 p.m., fol­lowed by break­out ses­sions in­clud­ing a trip to the Port To­bacco one-room school, dis­cus­sion about the changes in ed­u­ca­tion and a hands-on les­son.

Seg­re­ga­tion and de­seg­re­ga­tion will be the fo­cus of the sec­ond 100th an­niver­sary pre­sen­ta­tion on Fri­day, Sept. 16, and Satur­day, Sept. 17, at the McConchie one-room school lo­cated at the Charles County Fair­grounds. Hear from teach­ers and stu­dents who at­tended seg­re­gated schools or went through de­seg­re­ga­tion — and how it im­pacted them. Sev­eral ses­sions are planned, and a sched­ule will be posted out­side the one-room school dur­ing the fair.

The board will wrap up its ed­u­ca­tional se­ries show­ing how the school sys­tem han­dles dis­as­ters — tor­na­dos, hur­ri­canes and more — with a show at the James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter. See the spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion, “When Dis­as­ter Strikes, We are Ready,” at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1. The James E. Rich­mond Sci­ence Cen­ter is lo­cated inside St. Charles High School.

The pub­lic is asked to share sto­ries and pho­tos with the board through email (board­mail@, the Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Face­book page or its 100-year an­niver­sary web­site at http://www.

The pub­lic can also fol­low the board’s cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion news by fol­low­ing @ccps on Twit­ter and us­ing #ccboe100.

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