Veterans home now accepts online donations
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. CharlesCountyMD.gov under “For Visitors”; e-mail your request to PenceD@CharlesCountyMD.gov 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 www.smadc.com.
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.mdagcouncil.com, or contact the council’s Executive Director Susan Summers at 240-4463601.