Tourism grant fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion now avail­able

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The Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism fis­cal 2018 tourism grant ap­pli­ca­tion is now avail­able. 501c3 com­pli­ant or­ga­ni­za­tions may re­quest fund­ing up to $10,000 for el­i­gi­ble projects. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due by 4 p.m. March 6.

De­sired project qual­i­ties in­clude:

• En­hanc­ing county tourism ob­jec­tives through events, ex­hibits, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, or recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties;

• Fos­ter­ing or strength­en­ing part­ner­ships with other county or­ga­ni­za­tions, at­trac­tions, or ini­tia­tives that ex­tend sin­gle day events into col­lab­o­ra­tive, event week­ends; and

• En­hanc­ing county, state, and Na­tional Park Ser­vice trail and by-way ex­pe­ri­ences in Charles County through match­ing grant pro­grams for in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage.

For more in­for­ma­tion or a copy of the grant guide­lines and ap­pli­ca­tion packet, visit www. CharlesCoun­ un­der “For Vis­i­tors”; e-mail your re­quest to PenceD@CharlesCoun­ or John­sonR@CharlesCoun­; or call the Tourism Divi­sion at 301-645-0610. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Round­about con­struc­tion to close lane Feb. 13

Billings­ley Road will have a sin­gle lane clo­sure with flag­ging op­er­a­tions to be­gin on or about Mon­day, Feb. 13, and con­tinue ap­prox­i­mately for two weeks, be­tween the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Con­struc­tion may be ex­tended due to in­clement weather or other con­di­tions. This is part of the Charles County Gov­ern­ment’s Mid­dle­town Road and Billings­ley Road Round­about Project.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Art Swann at 301-885-1314 or SwannA@CharlesCoun­ Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Agri­cul­tural com­mis­sion seeks nom­i­na­tions

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) is seek­ing in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als to fill a vot­ing mem­ber­ship va­cancy. Cur­rently, there is one open po­si­tion for a “mem­ber at large.” The po­si­tion in­cludes in­di­vid­u­als with back­grounds in agri­cul­tural busi­nesses, eco­nomic devel­op­ment, fi­nance or le­gal from any of the five coun­ties SMADC ser ves: Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s.

The com­mis­sion typ­i­cally meets 9-11 a.m. on the first Mon­day of each month, from Jan­uary to April, and the first Wed­nes­day of each month, from May to De­cem­ber, in Hugh­esville.

To be con­sid­ered, sub­mit all per­ti­nent con­tact in­for­ma­tion with a brief para­graph de­scrib­ing back­ground and re­la­tion­ship to the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity to Karyn Ow- ens at or by call­ing 301-2741922, ext.1. Re­spond by March 1.

Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted and re­viewed on a rolling ba­sis as po­si­tions be­come avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion on SMADC pro­grams and the cur­rent com­mis­sion mem­bers, go to

CSM an­nounces 2017 Kids’ & Teen Col­lege pro­grams

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Kids & Teen Col­lege has op­tions for chil­dren ages 5 to 14. Reg­is­tra­tion opens Feb. 15 for ap­prox­i­mately 300 classes be­ing of­fered over eight weeks at all CSM cam­puses — Foren­sic Sci­ence, Lego Math, Minecraft De­sign­ers, Speak­ing Span­ish, Ju­nior Chef, Make Your First 3-D Video Game, Dig­i­tal Pho­tog­ra­phy, Cup­cake Wars and Space­flight In­sti­tute are just some of the ex­am­ples that show the range of avail­able classes.

New classes this year in­clude Vir­tual Re­al­ity, where par­tic­i­pants will cre­ate their own vir­tual worlds, ex­plore sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ments and craft mem­o­rable 3D ex­pe­ri­ences. Par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a Google Card­board viewer to take home af­ter the pro­gram. Cy­ber­se­cu­rity, which will be taught by CSM pro­fes­sors, is an­other new class. Other his­tor­i­cally pop­u­lar classes in­clude those in­volv­ing STEAM (Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, Art and Math­e­mat­ics), ro­bot de­sign, LEGO, Minecraft, the­ater and cook­ing themes.

Ap­prox­i­mately 20 per­cent of the cour­ses of­fered at CSM’s Kids’ &Teen Col­lege this year are tech­nol­ogy-re­lated classes pro­vided through Black Rocket, a cre­ative sci­ences en­rich­ment provider based in New Jer­sey.

Black Rocket as­sists camps with project-based pro­grams that fos­ter 21st cen­tur y skills like peer learn­ing, cre­ativ­ity and tech­nol­ogy aware­ness. The Black Rocket classes don’t end af­ter the week-long CSM ses­sion. Stu­dents are given links to con­tinue their learn­ing at home through an on­line train­ing por­tal. The Vir­tual Re­al­ity class is an ex­am­ple of a Black Rocket class.

CSM’s Kids’ & Teen Col­lege fea­tures two ses­sions, the first is from 9 a.m.-noon and the sec­ond is from 1-4 p.m. There is a su­per­vised lunch hour in be­tween the two ses­sions for those stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in both the morn­ing and af­ter­noon ses­sions.

For work­ing par­ents, CSM of­fers the op­tions of ex­tended day su­per­vi­sion of stu­dents from 7-9 a.m. and/or from 4-6 p.m. for an ex­tra fee.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit­scol­lege. Start­ing Feb. 15, reg­is­ter at­is­ter.

Com­mu­nity Bank pro­vides fi­nan­cial schol­ars pro­gram

Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake has signed a three-year con­tract with EverFi, re­new­ing its part- ner­ship to con­tinue Com­mu­nity Bank’s Fi­nan­cial Schol­ars Pro­gram in high schools through­out the Tri-County area. Dur­ing the three-year pro­gram, Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake will de­vote over $97,000 to­wards fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion in schools.

Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake’s Fi­nan­cial Schol­ars Pro­gram pro­vides teach­ers with an on­line per­sonal fi­nance tool to help ed­u­cate their stu­dents on im­por­tant fi­nan­cial ba­sics such as in­vest­ing, fill­ing out FAFSA forms, un­der­stand­ing pay­ments, credit scores and more. The cour­ses use en­gag­ing multi-me­dia tech­nolo­gies like an­i­ma­tions, video games, avatars, etc., to en­cour­age a fun and valu­able learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The pro­gram tracks stu­dents’ progress dur­ing the course, pro­vid­ing teach­ers feed­back and spe­cific needs of the stu­dents.

The Com­mu­nity Bank Fi­nan­cial Schol­ars pro­gram has reached 15 schools and 13,446 stu­dents over the past six years. For the 2016-2017 school year, the pro­gram has cur­rently reached 13 schools, 2,290 stu­dents with over 6,679 learn­ing hours.

EverFi Inc. is the ed­u­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tor that em­pow­ers K-12, higher ed­u­ca­tion, and adult learn­ers with the skills needed to be suc­cess­ful in life. Its com- pre­hen­sive crit­i­cal skills plat­form is fo­cused on fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion, dig­i­tal cit­i­zen­ship, STEM ca­reer readi­ness, di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, en­trepreneur­ship, char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion, and health and well­ness. The EverFi Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work is pow­ered by more than 3,300 part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions across all 50 states and Canada and an­nu­ally reaches 6 mil­lion learn­ers.

CSM to host events for Black His­tory Month cel­e­bra­tion

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land In­sti­tu­tional Eq­uity and Di­ver­sity Of­fice will host three up­com­ing events in Fe­bru­ary in honor of Black His­tory Month. A doc­u­men­tary screen­ing and dis­cus­sion of “13th” will be from 2:30-4 p.m., Feb. 21, at the La Plata Cam­pus, Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI Build­ing), Room BI-113E, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The pub­lic is in­vited for this in-depth look at the prison sys­tem in the United States and how it re­veals the na­tion’s his­tory of racial in­equal­ity and in­jus­tice to­ward African Amer­i­cans.” 13th” is a doc­u­men­tary di­rected by Ava DuVer­nay.

On Feb. 23, the col­lege will host The Way It Was With Jimmy Bland from 2:30-4 p.m. at the La Plata Cam­pus, Cam­pus Cen­ter (CC Build­ing), Room CC-100, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Bland, a base­ball hall of famer and vet­eran, will share his ex­pe­ri­ences in the Ne­gro League and Army.

On Feb. 28, an in­ter­group di­a­logue and con­ver­sa­tion dedicated to black his­tory will fo­cus on civil rights in the United States. The con­ver­sa­tion will be fa­cil­i­tated by com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer and ac­tivist Al­lie Sim­mons. The event will take place 6-7:30 p.m. at the La Plata Cam­pus, Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI Build­ing), Room BI-113E, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. All events are free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-870-3008, ext. 7659, or 301-934-7659 or go to­sti­tu­tional-eq­uity-and-di­ver­sity/.

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