County government to host opioid forum April 7
The Charles County Department of Health in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council (DAAC) will host a forum to discuss what is being done about the opioid problem in Charles County 10 a.m.noon Friday, April 7, at the Department of Social Services, 200 Kent Ave., La Plata.
The aims of the leadership forum are:
• To provide an informational briefing by the local emergency responders about the scope of the heroin, opioid and fentanyl overdose crisis and the emergency preparedness and response; and
• To discuss the coordination and collaboration of emergency responders, state and local agencies and community organizations — including private sector and nonprofit entities — to ensure multidisciplinary, whole-community involvement.
To attend, RSVP to Monica Rosier at 301-6096609 or monica.rosier@- maryland.gov.
Tour historical Port Tobacco Village
The Charles County Commissioners and the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco invite residents and visitors to attend the eighth annual Port Tobacco Market Day event 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco.
This event will showcase some of Southern Maryland’s local artists and vendors. The Charles County Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale. Food, baked goods and drinks will be available for purchase. Step into the 18th century and tour the Port Tobacco Court House, Stagg Hall and Burch House.
Admission is free. Rain date is Saturday, May 20. For more information, call Mary Fenton at 301375-7892, or go to www. CharlesCountyMD.gov/ Tourism.
Department of Health recognizes Public Health Week
The week of April 2 has been designated National Public Health Week. The theme this year is The Healthiest Nation by 2030. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity are among the most common and expensive health conditions impacting the nation’s health. Drug overdoses continues to be a serious public health challenge in Maryland and across the country. According to the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, in Maryland, the total number of overdose deaths has risen steadily since 2010, mainly due to the increase in heroin-related deaths.
Chronic diseases are often entirely preventable. There are a variety of creative and proven ways to make it easier for people to adopt healthy behaviors, make healthier choices and prevent the onset of costly chronic diseases such as:
• Get active;
• Control cholesterol;
• Eat better;
• Manage blood pressure;
• Lose weight;
• Reduce blood sugar; and
• Stop smoking
U.S. Small Business Veterans Resource Day Open House set for April 18
U.S. Small Business Veterans Resource Day Open House will be 8:30 a.m.-noon, April 18, at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Wynne Briscoe with CSM’s Small Business Development Center will be among the guest speakers at the U.S. Small Business Veterans Resource Day Open House that will showcase programs and services that assist with the development and growth of veteran-owned small businesses. Event will begin with speakers. A bank panel discussion is set for 10:30 a.m., and an information fair will run from 11:30-noon. Free, but registration is required at https://TINYURL.COM/N5OZA2T, 410-244-3330 or Courtney.firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Shark Tank’ style competition comes to region
PaxSpace Inc. and the Southern Maryland Innovation and Technology (SMIT) Initiative are hosting the third annual Crab Pot Business Pitch Competition. Crab Pot is a pitch contest for individuals living or working in Southern Maryland or businesses that have a presence in Southern Maryland. Made popular by television shows like ABC’s “Shark Tank,” pitch contests provide an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to present their ideas to a panel of judges or investors while in front of a live audience.
The competition kicks off with a Speed Round 6 p.m. April 13 at Elements and Mixology, 46540 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. Contestants will have 90 seconds to present their innovative idea or product. Audience members will select five finalists. The finalists will compete at the Crab Pot Business Pitch Competition 6 p.m. May 11 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park. There is no cost to enter the contest but advanced registration and participation in the Speed Round are required. Winners of the competition receive cash prizes, business consulting services and of course, a bushel of crabs. For more information, go to www.paxspace.org/crabpot.