Black Box The­ater to host ‘Mis­sion ImPAWSi­ble’

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Hick­ory Dick­ory Dark Pro­duc­tions will host “Mis­sion ImPAWSi­ble” at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 23, and Sat­ur­day, Sept. 24. The show is com­prised of three one-act plays all about an­i­mals and will raise money for Res­cue An­gels of South­ern Mary­land.

Res­cue An­gels of South­ern Mary­land is a 501(c)3 non­profit, grass roots res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in 2013 by a group of an­i­mal lovers who came to­gether to as­sist an­i­mals in need. Per­for­mances will be at the In­dian Head Black Box Theatre, lo­cated at

School board seeks re­dis­trict­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers

Charles County Pub­lic Schools is look­ing for a few com­mu­nity mem­bers to serve on its el­e­men­tary school re­dis­trict­ing com­mit­tee.

The school sys­tem will se­lect 11 par­ents to serve on the com­mit­tee — two each from the mid­dle and high school lev­els and seven from the el­e­men­tar y schools. Ad­di­tion­ally, the board will se­lect three com­mu­nity mem­bers for the com­mit­tee, which also in­cludes prin­ci­pals, county gov­ern­ment plan­ners and Charles County Pub­lic Schools (CCPS) staff.

The school sys­tem is start­ing a com­pre­hen­sive el­e­men­tar y school re­dis­trict­ing process that will cre­ate an at­ten­dance zone for the county’s 22nd el­e­men­tary school and re­duce over­crowd­ing at other el­e­men­tar y schools. The new el­e­men­tary school will be lo­cated off Billings­ley Road in White Plains. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be com­plete be­fore the start of the 2018-19 school year. The com­mit­tee will also de­velop re­zon­ing pro­pos­als for Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd El­e­men­tar y School, which is sched­uled for a ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion.

The com­mit­tee will re­view and bal­ance stu­dent pop­u­la­tions as needed at all el­e­men­tary schools. The board will ap­prove the re­dis­trict­ing by June 2017, and the re­dis­trict­ing will take ef­fect in the fall of 2018.

Ap­pli­cants must agree to ful­fill a four- to five­month com­mit­ment of at­ten­dance at a weekly meet­ing. The meet­ing day will be Wed­nes­day, and the time of all meet­ings is 6:30-8:30 p.m.

El­e­men­tar y, mid­dle and high school prin­ci­pals are now ac­cept­ing names from par­ents with in­ter­est in serv­ing on the com­mit­tee. Con­tact your child’s prin­ci­pal to find out the dead­line for ap­ply­ing and when the ran­dom se­lec­tion will be made at the school. An ap­pli­ca­tion form is avail­able on­line at www.ccboe. com/re­dis­trict­ing or can be picked up at your child’s school.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers must not have a child en­rolled in any Charles County pub­lic school and must fill out an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion at re­dis­trict­ing/, or call 301-934-7221 to re­ceive an ap­pli­ca­tion by mail. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity must ap­ply no later than Oct. 14.

Each el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high school will sub­mit to the su­per­in­ten­dent the name of one par­ent to be se­lected at ran­dom from all ex­press­ing in­ter­est. The board will place the name of a par­ent from each el­e­men­tary school in a con­tainer and se­lect seven names at ran­dom from the 21 sub­mis­sions. Prin­ci­pals from each of the eight mid­dle schools and seven high schools will fol­low the same process. The board will ran­domly se­lect two mid­dle school and two high school par­ent mem­bers.

Three com­mu­nity mem­bers will be se­lected from all ap­pli­cants. Su­per­in­ten­dent Kim­berly Hill and the school board will pub­licly draw the names of par­ents and the com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the board’s Oct. 18 meet­ing, which is streamed live on the school sys­tem web­site and aired live on Com­cast 96 and Ver­i­zon FiOS 12.

Ques­tions about the process can be sent to re­dis­ or call 301-934-7221.

Li­braries fo­cus on One Mary­land One Book

Mary­land’s only statewide read­ing project, called One Mary­land One Book, is un­der­way through­out South­ern Mary­land now through Oc­to­ber. The ini­tia­tive is de­signed to en­cour­age ev­ery­one in the state to read and then dis­cuss one com­mon book. This year’s se­lec­tion is “All Amer­i­can Boys” by Ja­son Reynolds and Bren­dan Kiely.

A pro­gram of the Mary­land Cen­ter for the Book, the goal of One Mary­land One Book is to bring to­gether di­verse peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties across the state through the shared ex­pe­ri­ence of read­ing the same book and par­tic­i­pat­ing in book-cen­tered dis­cus­sions and other re­lated pro­grams.

“All Amer­i­can Boys” is the un­for­get­table novel about two teens — one black, one white — who grap­ple with the reper­cus­sions of a sin­gle vi­o­lent act that leaves their school, their com­mu­nity and the coun­try bit­terly di­vided by racial ten­sion. Writ­ten in tan­dem by two award-win­ning au­thors,

the book shares the al­ter­nat­ing per­spec­tives of Rashad and Quinn as the com­pli­ca­tions from that sin­gle vi­o­lent mo­ment un­fold and re­ver­ber­ate to high­light an un­wel­come truth.

Both au­thors will speak at a pub­lic event at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Sept. 28, at St. Charles High School in Wal­dorf. The event is free and open to the pub­lic, but seat­ing is lim­ited.

A Reader’s The­ater event based on the book and per­formed by a high school drama club will be held at 7 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 15, at Hunt­ing­town High School. This pro­gram is also free and open to the pub­lic.

Mul­ti­ple copies of “All Amer­i­can Boys” are avail­able at any pub­lic li­brary in South­ern Mary­land, in­clud­ing audio (on CD). The book can also be down­loaded as a free e-book from the on­line cat­a­log, COS­MOS (cos­

The three South­ern Mary­land pub­lic li­brary sys­tems have de­vel­oped a va­ri­ety of pro­grams around the book’s themes, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple book dis­cus­sions through­out the re­gion.

All One Mary­land One Book events are free. For more in­for­ma­tion about pro­gram op­por­tu­ni­ties, visit a lo­cal li­brary or its web­site: Calvert Li­brary (calvertli­; Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (cc­plon­; and St. Mary’s County Li­brary ( For a list of One Mary­land One Book events through­out the state, go to­mary­lan­done­

Board seek­ing in­put on next year’s school cal­en­dar

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Charles County is re­search­ing al­ter­na­tives to the school cal­en­dar for next school year and would like feed­back from the com­mu­nity. Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) re­cently an­nounced an ex­ec­u­tive or­der that re­quires all pub­lic school sys­tems in Mary­land to start their school year no ear­lier than the Tues­day af­ter La­bor Day and end by June 15.

The board ap­proved a 2017-18 school cal­en­dar ear­lier this year that does not re­flect the man­dated changes. The board is seek­ing com­mu­nity feed­back on two op­tions de­vel­oped to meet the new start and end date re­quire­ments. A short, seven-ques­tion sur­vey is posted on the school sys­tem web­site at www.­en­dar/ cal­en­dar­sur­vey.php.

The board so­lic­its pub­lic in­put and feed­back from the com­mu­nity an­nu­ally when de­vel­op­ing the school cal­en­dar, which helps staff iden­tify op­tions that work best for stu­dents, staff, par­ents and the com­mu­nity.

Mary­land law re­quires stu­dents at­tend school for 180 days per school year. The Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion does not count hours to­wards days of stu­dent at­ten­dance. For ex­am­ple, a two-hour early dis­missal day al­ready counts as one of the 180 re­quired days. While the ex­ec­u­tive or­der in­cludes a waiver pro­vi­sion for school dis­tricts, no ad­di­tional clar­i­fi­ca­tion or waiver guide­lines have been pub­lished.

House­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled for Oct. 1

The Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works would like to re­mind cit­i­zens that the next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion will be held on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 1. The house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion site is lo­cated in the park­ing lot of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works build­ing, 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, oil­based paint, clean­ing sup­plies, pool chem­i­cals, flu­o­res­cent lights, mer­cury ther­mome­ters 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 ac­cepted 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: Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Di­vi­sion at 301-932-3599 or 301-8702778, or the land­fill and re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion line at 301-932-5656. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

An­nual ‘Cel­e­brate Charles: Fal­lFest’ re­turns Oct. 22

The fifth an­nual Cel­e­brate Charles: Fal­lFest will be held noon to 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 22, at Re­gency Furniture Sta­dium (11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf). This fam­ily-friendly event con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity ev­ery year. Last year’s event drew 4,000 par­tic­i­pants.

Visit the Cel­e­brate Charles Mar­ket­place, which show­cases South­ern Mary­land’s ar­ti­sans and crafters. En­joy lo­cal live mu­sic per­formed by the Roc­kno­ceros and live en­ter­tain­ment by The Bal­loon Nerd. All an­i­mal lovers are en­cour­aged to visit Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter staff, who will have shel­ter an­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion.

Cook­ing demon­stra­tions by A Taste of South­ern Mary­land are back by pop­u­lar de­mand. Stop by to learn new cook­ing tech­niques and tips at the “Fab­u­lously Fall Cook­ing Show.” Fea­tured cook­ing in­gre­di­ents will be pro­vided by lo­cal farms and busi­nesses.

Chil­dren can give their Hal­loween cos­tumes a trial run on the TrickOr-Treat Trail and can play all day in the Fam­ily Fun Zone, which will be full of in­flat­a­bles, rides and face paint­ing. Ad­mis­sion is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Food, drink and mar­ket items will be avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.CharlesCoun­­e­brateCharles, or con­tact the Crain Memo­rial Wel­come Cen­ter at 1-800-766-3386. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

County seeks snow re­moval con­trac­tors

The Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Fa­cil­i­ties, Roads Di­vi­sion is cur­rently seek­ing snow re­moval con­trac­tors for the 2016-17 win­ter sea­son. Ve­hi­cles needed are dump trucks al­ready plumbed to carry county plows and spread­ers.

Con­trac­tor-owned snow re­moval equip­ment is pre­ferred. Ap­pli­ca­tions can be found at www. charlescoun­ pw/roads/snow-re­moval.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion, call the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, Roads Di­vi­sion at 301-932-3454. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

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