Petal It Forward Day to spread joy randomly
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. Deadline for submittal of listings is Friday, Nov. 18.