CSM to host Com­mu­nity Heroin/Opi­oid Fo­rum

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Opi­oid ad­dic­tion is a grow­ing con­cern. The Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) Leonard­town Cam­pus wants to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity and ex­tend the dia­logue about the prob­lem with a Com­mu­nity Heroin/Opi­oid Fo­rum at 6 p.m. April 25. The fo­rum will in­clude a free screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary “Chas­ing the Dragon.”

“Chas­ing the Dragon,” a film about the life of an opi­ate ad­dict, was pro­duced by the FBI and Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion to ed­u­cate high school stu­dents and young adults about the dan­gers of pre­scrip­tion drug and opi­oid abuse and the tragic con­se­quences of ad­dic­tion. This doc­u­men­tary was shown at St. Mary’s County high schools in the fall.

The CSM Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with CSM Coun­sel­ing Ser­vices and the St. Mary’s County Health Depart­ment, or­ga­nized the event. At the fo­rum, a panel dis­cus­sion will be held fea­tur­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal law en­force­ment, St. Mary’s County Health Depart­ment and Walden Sierra, fol­lowed by a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary film.

In ad­di­tion to the screen­ing and the panel dis­cus­sion, over­dose re­sponse train­ing will be of­fered at the event as well as a free Nalox­one kit to trainees. Nalox­one is a drug used to treat nar­cotic over­dose in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

The screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion will be held at the CSM Leonard­town Cam­pus, Build­ing A, Au­di­to­rium, 22950 Hol­ly­wood Road, Leonard­town.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email jenv@csmd.edu or call 240-725-5410.

Art cen­ter to mark 100th an­niver­sary of World War I

Mat­ta­woman Creek Art Cen­ter will com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of World War I, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. the week­end of April 21, 22 and 23. The three main events will be an art ex­hi­bi­tion by lo­cal artists, the im­por­tance of the Town of In­dian Head and the show­ing of “Yan­kee Doo­dle Dandy.” The art cen­ter will fea­ture art­work de­pict­ing the time frame of 1914-1918, re­lat­ing to the so­cial life, he­roes, war­fare and the “ghost fleet” of Mal­lows Bay.

A 20 minute DVD of “Prais­ing the Bridge” will run con­tin­u­ous on the hour. The story of 100 years at In­dian Head, ex­plain­ing the im­por­tance of the pow­der plant, gun test­ing and de­vel­op­ment of the town to support its “pow­der plant” dur­ing the war and the fa­mous Mat­ta­woman bridge.

Mat­ta­woman Creek Art Cen­ter is lo­cated in Smallwood State Park, 2750 Swe­den Point Road, Mar­bury. All events are open and free to the pub­lic. The park fee is waived for art cen­ter vis­i­tors. The cen­ter is hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, call 301-743-5159 or email mat­ta­wom­a­nart@aol.com.

Mary­land DogFest re­turns April 29-30

Ev­ery spring, thou­sands of dog lovers and their fam­i­lies come to­gether to cel­e­brate all things dog at Mary­land DogFest. This year, the two-day event will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29-30 at the Charles County Fair­grounds in La Plata. All leashed dogs are in­vited to attend with their own­ers.

From en­ter­tain­ment to dog adop­tions to qual­ity, dog-re­lated ex­hibitors, the sixth an­nual Mary­land DogFest will of­fer some­thing for dog lovers of all ages.

Spe­cial guest, Pit Boss Shorty Rossi, will be at Mary­land DogFest on Saturday and Sun­day to meet and greet fans, cour­tesy of the event’s ti­tle spon­sor, VeRUS Pet Foods.

Rossi was the star of the pop­u­lar An­i­mal Planet re­al­ity show, “Pit Boss.” He is a pit bull res­cuer and ac­tivist. Rossi is also well known for pro­mot­ing breed aware­ness, fight­ing breed spe­cific leg­is­la­tion, fight­ing for an­i­mal rights, and sup­port­ing spay and neuter clin­ics.

Over the last five years, hun­dreds of dogs have been adopted at the event. Res­cue, shel­ter and adop­tion groups will be on hand in the Adop­tion Zone to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als who are look­ing to add a new mem­ber to their fam­ily.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude per­for­mances by the Mar­velous Mutts, an agility course, a fly­ing disc com­pe­ti­tion, lure chas­ing, ca­nine demon­stra­tions, weight pulling, train­ing ex­hibits, AKC good ci­ti­zen test­ing and paw paint­ing.

The Main Stage will host a va­ri­ety of fam­ily-friendly, in­ter­ac­tive shows and con­tests. Events in­clude a dog and owner look-a-like contest, Dogs Got Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion, doggy fash­ion show, train­ing sem­i­nars, and a cos­tume contest.

Dozens of ven­dors spe­cial­iz­ing in an as­sort­ment of dog-re­lated prod­ucts and ser­vices will also be at the event.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.mary­land­dogfest.com.

CSM to cel­e­brate ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­fes­sion­als

The Corporate Cen­ter at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) will host Ad­min­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­als De­vel­op­ment Day to cel­e­brate lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­fes­sion­als 8:15 a.m.3:30 p.m. April 28 at the Leonard­town Cam­pus.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive Pro­fes­sion­als Week be­gan in 1952 as a way to honor ad­min­is­tra­tive staff for their ef­forts in or­der to at­tract more peo­ple to of­fice and ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­reers. Now, the week-long cel­e­bra­tion, ob­served the last full week of April, is one of the largest in the na­tion.

CSM in­vites ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­fes­sion­als to a day of food, fun, net­work­ing and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in a re­laxed, stress-free en­vi­ron­ment. Par­tic­i­pants will de­velop new strate­gies, skills and so­lu­tions they can im­me­di­ately ap­ply to the work­place. All area ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing busi­ness and of­fice man­agers, ex­ec­u­tive and ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tants, hu­man re­source ad­min­is­tra­tors, cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives, of­fice as­sis­tants and clerks, are en­cour­aged to attend.

The event will be­gin with a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast at 8:15 a.m., fol­lowed by a key­note ad­dress by Jen­nifer Anderson, a trainer, teacher, coach and busi­ness builder. Four ses­sions will fol­low, cov­er­ing top­ics such as change man­age­ment, so­cial me­dia strate­gies, cy­ber-safety and health and stress re­lief. A lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. with net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The event is $125 per par­tic­i­pant. For groups of five or more, the cost is $99 per per­son. For in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, go to www.csmd.edu/Ad­minPro­fes­sion­al­sDevDay. For groups of five or more, con­tact Friedrich at 301-9347548.

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