County gov­ern­ment to host opi­oid fo­rum April 7

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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@- mary­

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. CharlesCoun­ 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 Court­­

‘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.paxs­

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