Veter­ans home now ac­cepts on­line do­na­tions

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or­ga­ni­za­tions the flex­i­bil­ity to ex­press their sup­port for our home in the way they see fit.” said Sharon Mat­tia, di­rec­tor of Charlotte Hall Veter­ans Home, in a press re­lease. “Do­na­tions help us help Mary­land veter­ans and their spouses when they need it most. With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of on­line do­na­tions we are hope­ful to ex­tend our reach to help even more.”

The Charlotte Hall Veter­ans Home do­na­tion ap­pli­ca­tion was de­vel­oped for the state of Mar yland at no cost by NIC Mary­land, through the self-funded dig­i­tal govern­ment ser­vices con­tract with the State Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (DoIT).

For ad­di­tional ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing do­na­tions, con­tact the di­rec­tor of vol­un­teer ser­vices Ash­ley Radano at 301-884-8171, ext. 664.

Women’s Fair to ‘In­spire, Mo­ti­vate, Ed­u­cate’

The Charles County Cham­ber of Com­merce with the sup­port of Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers and Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter will hold the Charles County Women’s Fair on Satur­day, March 18, at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata Cam­pus Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try, 8730 Mitchell Road La Plata. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the pro­gram will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tion cost is $35 per per­son and in­cludes break­fast, lunch, goodie bags and women’s health, well­ness and ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions.

The event will in­clude speak­ers, pre­sen­ters and ex­hibitors aimed at up­lift­ing and ed­u­cat­ing to­day’s woman. At­ten­dees can ex­pect two full break­out ses­sions with pre­sen­ta­tions pro­vided by a va­ri­ety of speak­ers cov­er­ing top­ics re­lated to reach­ing your full po­ten­tial in busi­ness, stress man­age­ment and more.

In ad­di­tion, there will be a health and well­ness exhibit in­clud­ing blood pres­sure screen­ings, stroke and di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tion and women and heart dis­ease ed­u­ca­tion. At­ten­dees will strengthen and sooth their body and mind with in­ter­ac­tive yoga demon­stra­tions, seated mas­sages, hand dip paraf­fin waxes and self-de­fense classes. Lo­cal busi­nesses and non­prof­its will dis­play their prod­ucts and ser­vices in the ex­hi­bi­tion hall as well. Key­note speaker, Latisha Durham, of the In­te­grated Nav­i­ga­tion, Con­trols and Dis­plays Sys­tems Lead for the Navy’s E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye will seek to in­spire young mi­nor­ity women to be ex­posed Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Math (STEM) through men­tor­ship and af­ter-school ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams.

The Zonta Club of Charles County, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and other lo­cal civic or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­niz­ing women in the com­mu­nity will un­veil a unique vis­ual wall of women who em­body the char­ac­ter­is­tics that in­spire, mo­ti­vate and ed­u­cate them­selves and oth­ers to be their best.

Busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions can get in­volved with this event through spon­sor­ships, ex­hibit­ing their prod­ucts or ser­vices, ad­ver­tise­ment place­ment, or pro­vid­ing pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als for at­tendee goodie bags. To pur­chase tick­ets and spon­sor­ships, go to bit. ly/cc­wom­ensfair. The ex­hibitor and ad­ver­tise­ment place­ment dead­line is Feb. 24.

Tourism grants now avail­able

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 Ser vice 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 ap­plica- tion packet, go to www. CharlesCoun­ un­der “For Vis­i­tors”; e-mail your re­quest to PenceD@CharlesCoun­ or John­sonR@CharlesCoun­tyMD. gov; 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.

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 serves: 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 kowens@smadc. com 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

Ag coun­cil presents grant to Farm­ing 4 Hunger

The Mary­land Agri­cul­ture Coun­cil Inc. re­cently pre­sented nearly $5,000 in grants dur­ing one of its largest an­nual leg­isla­tive events held at Michael’s Eighth Av­enue in Glen Burnie. Six or­ga­ni­za­tions and events from across the state will ben­e­fit from the grants for the pro­mo­tion and ed­u­ca­tion of agri­cul­ture in the com­ing year.

The role of the coun­cil is to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture, ac­cord­ing to Henry Brandt, coun­cil pres­i­dent. Var­i­ous av­enues en­able the Coun­cil to in­ter­act with the pub­lic on a year-round ba­sis such as Ag Week ex­hibits at var­i­ous venues, web­site, fairs, com­mu­nity shows, so­cial me­dia and news­let­ters.

The $1,000 grant given to Farm­ing 4 Hunger will sup­port school field trips to the farm so that stu­dents can ex­pe­ri­ence agri­cul­ture’s role in de­vel­op­ing healthy minds and bod­ies through bet­ter food choices.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the dinner, go to www.mdag­coun­, or con­tact the coun­cil’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Su­san Sum­mers at 240-4463601.

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