Pe­tal It For­ward Day to spread joy ran­domly

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Many have heard of “Pay­ing it for­ward” but what about “Pe­tal It For­ward?” In an ef­fort to spread a bit of cheer uti­liz­ing the same concept, Coun­try Florist in Wal­dorf has teamed up with Spring Dell Cen­ter’s pro­gram par­tic­i­pants to pro­vide new op­por­tu­ni­ties and share a lit­tle joy dur­ing Na­tional Pe­tal It For­ward Day. Coun­try Florist will sup­ply 150 flow­ers that will be dis­trib­uted to un­sus­pect­ing pa­trons through­out the Wal­dorf and La Plata ar­eas. Ran­domly se­lected peo­ple through­out the two cities will re­ceive two bou­quets each. Re­cip­i­ents will be en­cour­aged to keep one in cel­e­bra­tion of the day and pass along the other in an ef­fort to make some­one else’s day. They will also be prompted to share their joy on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #petal­it­for­ward as a way to touch more peo­ple by sim­ply spread­ing the word. Charles County res­i­dents are asked to keep an eye out for acts of kind­ness as the flow­ers be­gin to spread through­out the county. The cam­paign was started by the So­ci­ety of Amer­i­can Florists and in­cludes many flo­ral com­pa­nies around the na­tion.

Interfaith Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tion seeks vol­un­teers

Interfaith Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tion Inc. (ICC) is seek­ing sup­port from lo­cal churches and com­mu­nity mem­bers to sup­port its ef­forts to de­velop and co­or­di­nate a multi-de­nom­i­na­tional net­work of churches to ad­dress the con­cerns of the needy, to con­sol­i­date re­sources of the par­tic­i­pat­ing churches and to ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively serve the poor and needy res­i­dents of Charles County.

A not-for-profit (501(C) (3), faith-based char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion in Wal­dorf, the ICC is staffed by vol­un­teers who give their time and tal­ents by in­ter­view­ing clients, pro­vid­ing gen­eral sup­port, set­ting up ap­point­ments, con­duct­ing in­ter­views, re­view­ing and ver­i­fy­ing client’s re­quest for as­sis­tance, and as­sist­ing in mak­ing fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tions for pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance.

“We are cur­rently look­ing for more churches and in­di­vid­u­als to join us in car­ry­ing out this mis­sion,” ICC’s Elsie Draughn said in a press re­lease. “Presently, we are as­sist­ing clients in the greater Wal­dorf area in a joint ef­fort with Chil­dren’s Aid, Life­styles of Mary­land, Charles County So­cial Ser­vices, St. Peter’s Catholic Church/ St. Vin­cent DePaul (of Wal­dorf) and South­ern Mary­land Tri-County Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Com­mit­tee Inc. to pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance with delin­quent util­ity bills, delin­quent rent/mort­gages and med­i­ca­tion. We also make re­fer­rals for other needed ser­vices and to lo­cal pantries for as­sis­tance in ob­tain­ing food.”

For in­for­ma­tion on how to as­sist the ICC in its mis­sion, con­tact Draughn at 301-374-9028. If no one is avail­able to re­ceive the call, leave name, tele­phone num­ber and a brief mes­sage ad­vis­ing when you are avail­able for a re­turn call.

Mann ap­pointed emer­gency ser­vices med­i­cal direc­tor

Dr. Darin Mann has been ap­pointed as the part-time ju­ris­dic­tional med­i­cal direc­tor for the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices. The ju­ris­dic­tional med­i­cal direc­tor is a new po­si­tion re­port­ing to Direc­tor of Emer­gency Ser­vices Wil­liam Stephens. Mann be­gan his em­ploy­ment with Charles County Govern­ment on Oct. 3.

As ju­ris­dic­tional med­i­cal direc­tor, Mann over­sees the qual­ity of pa­tient care pro­vided by the Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices Op­er­a­tional Pro­gram (EMSOP), com­posed of the Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices and the Charles County As­so­ci­a­tion of Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices. He pro­vides med­i­cal ex­per­tise, in­clud­ing plan­ning, de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tions, to EMSOP.

Mann will con­tinue his em­ploy­ment with Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, serv­ing as vice-chair­man of the Emer­gency Depart­ment, direc­tor of pre-hospi­tal care and direc­tor of pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion. He brings to the county ex­pe­ri­ence in the emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices area, along with in­ten­sive care, teach­ing and su­per­vi­sory skills. At Charles Re­gional, Mann su­per­vises physi­cian as­sis­tants and nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, han­dles ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties, man­ages day-to­day clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions and re­views Emer­gency Depart­ment qual­ity as­sur­ance.

Mann holds a bach­e­lor of health sci­ence de­gree from Camp­bell Univer­sity in Buis Creek, N.C., and a doc­tor­ate in os­teo­pathic medicine from Pikeville Col­lege in Pikeville, Ky. He com­pleted his res­i­dency at Oak­wood Southshore Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tren­ton, Mich. He also has an ex­ec­u­tive mas­ter of business ad­min­is­tra­tion from Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity in Bal­ti­more.

Noise ad­vi­sory for NSWC Dahlgren range test­ing

Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter Dahlgren will con­duct range test­ing 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to­day through Oct. 28. Test­ing be­gan Tues­day, and has po­ten­tial to pro­duce very loud noise in com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing Dahlgren. Ac­cess to the Po­tomac River Mid­dle Dan­ger Zone (MDZ), as de­scribed in 33 CFR 334.230, will be re­stricted dur­ing test­ing.

To pre­view NSWC Dahlgren’s range sched­ule, call the NSWC Dahlgren Range and Weapons Test­ing toll free hot­line at 877-845-5656, or go to the Po­tomac River Test Range web­site at http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/War­fareCen­ters/NSWCDahlgren/NSWCDDRangeSched­ule.aspx.

For more in­for­ma­tion on NSWC Dahlgren’s range sched­ule, call the Naval Sup­port Ac­tiv­ity South Po­tomac Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fice at 540-6538153.

High schools plan fall pro­duc­tions

Seven Charles County pub­lic high schools will pre­mier fall pro­duc­tions this month and in Novem­ber.

First up is the fall mu­si­cal at St. Charles High School on Oct. 2830. The Spar­tan theatre group is pre­sent­ing “Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors” on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. The show sets stage in a flo­ral shop and fol­lows the main char­ac­ter, Sey­mour, in his ad­ven­tures as he cares for a plant that mag­i­cally ap­pears af­ter the town ex­pe­ri­ences a so­lar eclipse. Sey­mour names the plant Au­drey, af­ter his love in­ter­est, and soon learns the plant re­quires hu­man blood to sur­vive. Tick­ets are $8 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion, and $5 for stu­dents, se­nior cit­i­zens and mil­i­tary mem­bers. Call 301-7532090 for ad­di­tional show in­for­ma­tion.

La Plata High School stu­dent ac­tors are pre­sent­ing the dark com­edy “Rip­cord” by David Lind­say-Abaire the week­end of Nov. 3-5. The play takes place in the Bris­tol Palace Se­nior Liv­ing Fa­cil­ity where a sunny room on an up­per floor is prime real es­tate. When a main char­ac­ter, Abby, is forced to share her room with a new ar­rival, Mar­i­lyn, she plots to find a way to rid her­self of her new room­mate. A harm­less bet be­tween the two women evolves into a game of one-up­man­ship with each woman re­veal­ing se­crets from their past. The play will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Tick­ets are $5 for stu­dents and $10 for adults. School sys­tem staff can re­ceive free ad­mis­sion by show­ing their work iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badge. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door or in ad­vance through Jen­nifer Joyner at jjoyner@ccboe.com. Call 301-934-1100 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Thomas Stone High School is pre­sent­ing “There’s an App for That?” the week­end of Nov. 3-5. Show time is 7 p.m. on all three dates. The show is by Al­lan Grif­fith and is a farce about high school. The plot in­cludes for­eign ex­change stu­dents, mul­ti­ple love tri­an­gles, a sci­ence ex­per­i­ment gone awry, love­able nerds and more. Tick­ets are $5 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and school sys­tem staff can re­ceive one free ad­mis­sion by show­ing their work iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badge. Call 301-645-2601 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Also tak­ing the stage the week­end of Nov. 3-5 are stu­dent ac­tors from West­lake High School as they present Don Zo­lidis’ “The Crav­ing.” The story fol­lows a screen­writer, Terry Kyle Mor­ris, who has just writ­ten his first screen­play and put his heart and soul into the piece. He is elated when a Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer picks up his piece and wants to pro­duce it, but dis­ap­pointed when his script is turned into a zom­bie hor­ror movie. Per­for­mance time is 7 p.m. for all three show­ings. Tick­ets are

$8 for adults and $6 for se­nior cit­i­zens and stu­dents. School sys­tem staff re­ceive two com­pli­men­tary tick­ets with their work badge. Call 301-645-8857 for more de­tails.

The drama depart­ment at Mau­rice J. McDonough High School is pre­sent­ing “Mid­sum­mer Jer­sey,” a mod­ern adap­ta­tion of Wil­liam Shakespeare’s “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream,” Nov. 10-12. The show sets stage on the board­walk of a sea­side town in mod­ern day New Jer­sey and fea­tures an im­pend­ing mar­riage of the gover­nor of New Jer­sey, the love af­fairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a crew of fairies and work­ers at a lo­cal beauty sa­lon. Per­for­mance dates are Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. un­der­study show per­for­mance on Nov. 12. Tick­ets are $10 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, se­nior cit­i­zens and mil­i­tary mem­bers and $7 for chil­dren. School sys­tem em­ploy­ees also re­ceive one com­pli­men­tary ad­mis­sion with their work badge. Go to www.mc­donough­drama.com to pur­chase tick­ets. Re­quests for hand­i­capped seats can be emailed to Jana Heyl at jheyl@ccboe.com. Call 301-934-2944 for more in­for­ma­tion.

North Point High School is also host­ing its fall pro­duc­tion the week­end of Nov. 10-12. Stu­dent ac­tors at North Point will present the com­edy “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 7 p.m. nightly Nov. 10, 11 and 12. The show fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of the Smith fam­ily in the early 1900s and its four beau­ti­ful daugh­ters as they pre­pare to abruptly leave the area and re­lo­cate to New York just as the World Fair is sched­uled to be held there. Tick­ets are $10 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $5 for stu­dents and se­nior cit­i­zens. School sys­tem staff re­ceive one com­pli­men­tary ticket with their work iden­ti­fi­ca­tion badge. Call 301-753-1759 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Stu­dent ac­tors at Henry E. Lackey High School are pre­sent­ing “Do Not Go Gen­tle” the week­end of Nov. 18-20. Per­for­mance times are 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 20. The pro­duc­tion fea­tures the life of Lil­lian, an 84-yearold woman who re­cently passed away. The show fol­lows Lil­lian as she attempts to teach her sur­viv­ing loved ones lessons about life, and fea­tures flash­backs of Lil­lian’s life. Tick­ets are $8 for adults, $7 for stu­dents, se­nior cit­i­zens and mil­i­tary mem­bers, and $6 for thes­pi­ans. Call 301-743-5431 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Flu vac­cine of­fered at schools

The Charles County Depart­ment of Health is of­fer­ing the flu vac­cine to staff at all schools. The nasal ap­pli­ca­tion of the vac­cine, FluMist, is not avail­able this flu sea­son.

In an ef­fort to meet the needs of stu­dents in Charles County Pub­lic Schools, the health depart­ment plans to sub­sti­tute three school­based clin­ics this month for clin­ics held in ele­men­tary schools dur­ing the school day.

The plan also in­cludes con­tin­u­ing with the four clin­ics in Novem­ber that take place af­ter school hours. The clin­ics will be held: La Plata High School — 3-7 p.m. Oct. 20;

Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School — 3-7 p.m. Nov. 1;

Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School — 4-7 p.m. Nov. 10;

Thomas Stone High School — 3-7 p.m. Nov. 15; and

La Plata High School — 3-7 p.m. Nov. 17.

United Way opens doors for new part­ner agen­cies

United Way of Charles County is of­fer­ing 501(c)(3) health and hu­man ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply to be a Part­ner Agency. Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested need to have been serv­ing cit­i­zens of Charles County for at least three years prior to Oc­to­ber 2016. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted un­til Oct. 28. For ad­di­tional re­quire­ments and to ap­ply, go to http://www.unit­ed­way­charles.org/ap­pli­ca­tion. For any ques­tions, call 301-6094844 or email info@unit­ed­way­charles.org.

United Way seeks listings for 2017 direc­tory

United Way of Charles County, in co­op­er­a­tion with other county agen­cies, is now pre­par­ing the 2017 Edi­tion of its Health and Hu­man Ser vices Direc­tor y.

This direc­tory is a com­pre­hen­sive, cur­rent in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­ral tool for pro­fes­sion­als as well as the gen­eral pub­lic. It will con­tain listings of agen­cies that have been ap­proved as Charles County Pub­lic Schools Stu­dent Ser­vice Learn­ing sites. Copies will be dis­trib­uted free of charge to non-profit agen­cies, li­braries, schools, pri­vate prac­tices and other points of pub­lic ac­cess, and will be made avail­able to in­di­vid­u­als upon re­quest.

Non-profit health and hu­man ser­vice or gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, churches, civic and fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions not al­ready in­cluded in the direc­tory can call the United Way of Charles County of­fice for an ap­pli­ca­tion be­tween 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 301-609-4844 or e-mail dhad­den@unit­ed­way­charles.org. Dead­line for sub­mit­tal of listings is Friday, Nov. 18.

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