So. Md. Women’s League to hold Women of Im­pact event

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The South­ern Mary­land Women’s League (SMWL) will hold its sec­ond an­nual Women of Im­pact Awards Cer­e­mony and Din­ner as well as a Silent Auc­tion at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter 6-10 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 4. Tick­ets to the event are $45 each.

The SMWL Women of Im­pact Awards Cer­e­mony and Din­ner pays trib­ute to out­stand­ing girls and women who are mak­ing an im­pact in the world to­day. Each year, they call for nom­i­na­tions in or­der to iden­tify and rec­og­nize girls and women who ac­com­plish ex­tra­or­di­nary things within the South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity.

By high­light­ing the nom­i­nees and their con­tri­bu­tions, SMWL has an op­por­tu­nity to show ap­pre- cia­tion for the nom­i­nees’ ef­forts, and to en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same.

The cat­e­gories for nom- ina­tions are: Young Girls Who Make a Dif­fer­ence (ages 7-14); Young Woman Con­trib­u­tor (ages 15-25); Woman in Busi­ness Lead­er­ship; Woman Com­mu­nity Con­trib­u­tor; Woman of Ser­vice — Mil­i­tary, First Re­spon­ders, Health Care; and Woman in Ed­u­ca­tion. Each nom­i­nee will at­tend the event free of charge and will re­ceive a com­mem­o­ra­tive award and cer­tifi­cate. The fi­nal win­ner from each of the six cat­e­gories will re­ceive an en­graved cr ys­tal award and a do­na­tion will be made in their honor to a char­ity of their choice.

The SMWL 2015 Women of Im­pact event re­ceived 58 nom­i­na­tions for 45 girls, young ladies and women. All nom­i­nees were in­vited to the Awards Cer­e­mony Din­ner and Cel­e­bra­tion, and were hon­ored for their in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions. One nom­i­nee from each cat­e­gory was se­lected as the fi­nal award re­cip­i­ent.

SMWL was formed in 2006 by 10 women who wanted to have fel­low­ship and fun but raise money for women in need in the South­ern Mary­land area. Each year, the SMWL holds an an­nual event to raise funds in sup­port of their mis­sion to serve women and chil­dren within the South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this year’s event or on SMWL in gen­eral, go to or www/face­­sLeague.

Health depart­ment to of­fer smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­gram

The Charles County Depart­ment of Health will of­fer an eight-week Quit Smok­ing Pro­gram start­ing in early Jan­uary 2017. Quit­ting aids (med­i­ca­tion or patch), weekly sup­port and strate­gies to quit will be avail­able. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. To reg­is­ter and for more in­for­ma­tion call Mary Beth Klick at 301-609-6932.

March of Dimes to highlight Na­tional Pre­ma­tu­rity Aware­ness Day

Schools, com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out Mary­land will be wear­ing jeans on Fri­days in Novem­ber in an ef­fort to bring aware­ness to pre­ma­ture births dur­ing Na­tional Pre­ma­tu­rity Aware­ness month. The month of aware­ness is high­lighted by Na­tional Pre­ma­tu­rity Aware­ness Day on Nov. 17.

To take part in the Blue Jeans for Babies Cam­paign, em­ploy­ees/ mem­bers would make a do­na­tion to the March of Dimes in ex­change for the op­por­tu­nity to wear jeans at work on one Fri­day or all Fri­days through­out Novem­ber. Your lo­cal March of Dimes of­fice will sup­port the cam­paign by pro­vid­ing posters, pins and stick­ers for those par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Blue Jeans for Babies Cam­paign, makes a state­ment that a school, or­ga­ni­za­tion or com­pany cares about lo­cal fam­i­lies and the health of all babies. Funds raised through Blue Jeans for Babies sup­port March of Dimes re­search and pro­grams that help all moms have full-term preg­nan­cies and healthy babies.

Schools, com­pa­nies, and/or or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Blue Jeans for Babies Cam­paign may con­tact San­dra Sanna-Buck­les, Sub­ur­ban Mary­land March of Dimes Com­mu­nity Di­rec­tor, at 571-2572324 or ssannabuck­les@mar­

Holi-Pop Gallery seeks art­work sub­mis­sions

In an ef­fort to in­crease the vis­i­bil­ity of lo­cal artists in the tri-county area of South­ern Mary­land, three lo­cal artists have joined forces with Qual­ity Print­ers and SMC3 to bring forth the sec­ond an­nual Holi-Pop Galler y.

Up to three art works may be submitted per per­son. Sub­mis­sions will not be ac­cepted af­ter 11:59 p.m. Nov. 4. A pub­lic re­cep­tion will be held on Nov. 25

Full sub­mis­sion guide­lines and en­try form can be found at http://qual­ Email for more in­for­ma­tion.

Econ. devel­op­ment to hold an­nual fall meet­ing

The Charles County Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment is host­ing its an­nual Fall Meet­ing 8 a.m. Tues­day, Nov. 1, at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3090 Crain High­way, Wal- dorf. The event en­ti­tled, “Shap­ing the Eco­nomic Fu­ture of Charles County” will fo­cus on the re­cently com­pleted, five-year eco­nomic devel­op­ment strate­gic plan and pro­vide an in­side look be­hind the cur­tain of eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the county. Ex­plore the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment plan for growth and pros­per­ity while mem­bers of the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors dis­cuss their unique vi­sions.

Meet­ing high­lights will in­clude: Panel dis­cus­sion: The Fu­ture of En­trepreneur­ship in Charles County; Panel dis­cus­sion: In­fra­struc­ture and Re­de­vel­op­ment; Mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tives re­view; and In­vest­ment Up­date: CPV from Prospect, to In­vest­ment, to Jobs. The meet­ing will be tweeted live at twit­

Haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled for Nov. 5

The next Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 5, in the park­ing lot of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works build­ing, lo­cated at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata.

Items ac­cepted free of charge in­clude: pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides, fer­til­izer, gaso­line, oil-based paint, clean­ing sup­plies, pool chem­i­cals, flu­o­res­cent lights, mer­cury ther­mome­ters, and other poi­sons found in the home. 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.

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: 800735-2258.

Sui­cide Sur­vivor event set for Nov. 19

The South­ern Mary­land Sur­vivor Day event will be held in Brandy­wine at 1 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 19 at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church, 13500 Baden West­wood Road, in recog­ni­tion of In­ter­na­tional Sur­vivors of Sui­cide Loss Day.

In­ter­na­tional Sur­vivors of Sui­cide Loss Day is the one day a year when peo­ple af­fected by sui­cide loss gather in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to find com­fort and gain un­der­stand­ing as they share sto­ries of heal­ing and hope. The day was cre­ated by an act of Congress in 1999 and since then has been spon­sored and sup­ported by the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Preven­tion (AFSP).

For many loss sur­vivors, at­tend­ing a Sur­vivor Day event is an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover that they are not alone in their ex­pe­ri­ence of los­ing some­one they know and love to sui­cide. For those who are un­able to at­tend a Sur­vivor Day event in per­son, AFSP hosts a Sur­vivor Day pro­gram on­line at­vivorDay.

To learn more about In­ter­na­tional Sur­vivors of Sui­cide Loss Day, go to­vivorDay, call 301-751-8781, or email sur­vivor­

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