Rec, Parks, and Tourism of­fers spring break ac­tiv­i­ties

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The Charles County Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism an­nounces up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for spring break:

Spring Break Swim (Mon­day, April 10- Fri­day, April 14; and Mon­day, April 17):

Go to one of the in­door pools be­tween 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and pay only $2 ad­mis­sion per per­son. Chil­dren ages 12 and un­der must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult 16 or older. Go to www.charle­scoun­ty­parks.com/recre­ation/aquat­ics-gen­eral-in­for­ma­tion to find pool lo­ca­tions.

Elite Gym­nas­tics Drop-In Days (Mon­day, April 10- Thurs­day, April 13):

Daily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude gym­nas­tics in­struc­tion, arts and crafts, or­ga­nized games, and other spe­cial projects for chil­dren ages 5-14. Campers should bring a bag lunch, drink, and snack daily. The fee is $30 for res­i­dents and $35 for non-res­i­dents.

Spring Break Camp (Mon­day, April 10- Thurs­day, April 13):

Camp is of­fered at Somers, Wade, and Hen­son Community Cen­ters. Daily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude arts and crafts, or­ga­nized games, and other spe­cial projects for chil­dren ages 5-14. Campers should bring a bag lunch, drink, and snack daily. The fee is $110/week for res­i­dents and $115/week for non-res­i­dents.

To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-932-3470 or go to www.charle­scoun­ty­parks.com/recre­ation/schools-out­pro­grams.

The Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism pro­vides a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties. For a com­plete list of the spring re­cre­ational events and ac­tiv­i­ties, go to the spring edi­tion of the GUIDE at www.Charle­sCoun­ty­Parks.com, or call 301-932-3470. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-7352258.

Lukas to lead 2017 March for Ba­bies

Ap­prox­i­mately 8,525 ba­bies are born pre­ma­turely each year in the state of Mary­land. Community leader Michael Lukas, branch head Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­ter, Dahlgren Divi­sion, and mem­ber of the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees, is work­ing to change that as the newly-named chair of 2017 March for Ba­bies.

“As a fa­ther, I can’t think of a more im­por­tant cause than the March of Dimes mis­sion to pre­vent birth de­fects and pre­ma­ture birth,” Lukas said. “The money raised by March for Ba­bies gives more ba­bies a fight­ing chance at a healthy start in life.”

Lukas said he is ask­ing other lo­cal busi­nesses and community lead­ers to join him in sup­port of March for Ba­bies. Last year in South­ern Mary­land, March for Ba­bies raised more than $152,467, a fig­ure Michael Lukas wants to sur­pass in 2017. He has made the com­mit­ment to raise $40,000 as part of the over­all goal of $164,000.

More than 20,000 com­pa­nies na­tion­wide are par­tic­i­pat­ing in 2017 March for Ba­bies, which will take place in about 500 com­mu­ni­ties.

South­ern Mary­land res­i­dents can sign up at march­forba­bies.org, to start a team with co-work­ers, fam­ily or friends; or do­nate to help more ba­bies sur­vive and thrive. Last year, more than 900 people at­tended the an­nual event, which will be held this year on May 7 at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

Ac­cord­ing to the March of Dimes, about 380,000 ba­bies are born too soon in the United States each year — that’s one in 10. Pre­ma­ture birth (be­fore 37 weeks of preg­nancy) is the lead­ing cause of death of ba­bies in the U.S. Ba­bies who sur­vive an early birth of­ten face se­ri­ous and life­long health prob­lems, in­clud­ing breath­ing prob­lems, jaun­dice, vi­sion loss, cere­bral palsy and in­tel­lec­tual de­lays. In ad­di­tion to the hu­man toll, pre­ma­ture birth ac­counts for more than $26 bil­lion an­nu­ally in med­i­cal and so­ci­etal costs, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Academy of Medicine.

NRCS seeks project pro­pos­als to pro­tect, re­store crit­i­cal wet­lands

Mary­land con­ser­va­tion part­ners now have a new op­por­tu­nity to work with USDA’s Nat­u­ral Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice (NRCS) to pro­tect, re­store and en­hance the state’s crit­i­cal wet­lands through con­ser­va­tion ease­ments.

NRCS will of­fer tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion with states, lo­cal units of gov­ern­ments, non-govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, and Amer­i­can In­dian tribes interested in pro­mot­ing wet­land preser­va­tion. Of­fered through the Wet­land Re­serve En­hance­ment Part­ner­ship (WREP), this fund­ing will en­able part­ners to help landown­ers en­roll wet­lands into ease­ments and adopt con­ser­va­tion prac­tices that im­prove their function and con­di­tion.

Ease­ments en­able landown­ers to adopt a va­ri­ety of con­ser­va­tion prac­tices that im­prove the function and con­di­tion of wet­lands.

The vol­un­tary na­ture of NRCS’ ease­ment pro­grams en­ables ef­fec­tive in­te­gra­tion of wet­land restora­tion on work­ing land­scapes, pro­vid­ing ben­e­fits to farm­ers and ranch­ers who en­roll in the pro­gram, as well as ben­e­fits to the lo­cal and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties where the wet­lands ex­ist.

This year, NRCS is en­cour­ag­ing part­ners to pro­pose projects that fo­cus on im­prov­ing water qual­ity as well as habi­tat on work­ing land­scapes in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Wa­ter­shed. A num­ber of at-risk species rely on Mary­land’s wet­lands, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can black duck and bog tur­tle, as well as a va­ri­ety of mus­sel and fish species.

Interested en­ti­ties should sub­mit pro­pos­als to the Mary­land State Of­fice by April 24.

Ap­pli­ca­tions must be emailed to Tif­fany Davis, ease­ment pro­gram man­ager, at tif­fany.davis@md.usda.gov and two hard copies must be mailed to Tif­fany Davis, USDA-NRCS, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road, Suite 301, An­napo­lis, MD 21409.

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