Li­brary to host media fo­rum for non­profit groups

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Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary will host a Meet the Media fo­rum 1:30-3:30 p.m. Fri­day, April 21, to dis­cuss how to best pro­mote news, events and ac­com­plish­ments of non­prof­its and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions. The fo­rum will fea­ture rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, South­ern Mary­land This Is Liv­ing, The BayNet, So­mar Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mary­land Ra­dio Net­work, CSM-TV and Mac­a­roni Kid Charles County. Ques­tions should be di­rected to 301-645-1395.

CSM to host an­nual Non­profit In­sti­tute Con­fer­ence April 28

Non­profit em­ploy­ees, board mem­bers, volunteers and sup­port­ers are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s an­nual Non­profit In­sti­tute Con­fer­ence “Jump­start Your Lead­er­ship!” at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. The sev­enth an­nual con­fer­ence, which fea­tures a wealth of lo­cal ex­perts on non­prof­its and lead­er­ship is­sues, will be held 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 28 at CSM’s La Plata Cam­pus.

The con­fer­ence is a chance to re­think, recharge and pre­pare for the fu­ture, all while net­work­ing with oth­ers in the non­profit world. The event will fea­ture work­shops led by lead­ers in the field in a va­ri­ety of top­ics that af­fect ev­ery non­profit — mar­ket­ing, fundrais­ing, man­age­ment, strate­gic planning and lead­er­ship.

Con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pants can choose from a va­ri­ety of work­shops, in­clud­ing so­cial media an­a­lyt­ics, con­tent mar­ket­ing, brand­ing, fundrais­ing, man­age­ment, un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance, build­ing di­ver­sity, non­profit financial lit­er­acy and more.

Fol­low­ing lunch, the con­fer­ence will cul­mi­nate with a panel dis­cus­sion on lead­er­ship in the non­profit com­mu­nity fea­tur­ing Di­rec­tor of Hospice of St. Mary’s Kathy Franzen, CEO of Walden/Sierra Dr. Kathy O’Brien, U.S. Navy vet­eran and vet­eran ad­vo­cate Bill Buff­in­g­ton, South­ern Mary­land Re­gional Di­rec­tor for the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter Ellen Flow­ers-Fields and founder of Farm­ing 4 Hunger Bernie Fowler Jr.

For in­for­ma­tion, go to­con­fer­ence.

Sher­iff’s of­fice joins DEA for pre­scrip­tion drug take back day

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will join the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day — a pro­gram held an­nu­ally to en­cour­age peo­ple with un­wanted pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions to dis­pose of them safely and in a way that is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Satur­day, April 29. Al­though the CCSO of­fers res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of un­wanted med­i­ca­tions at any time, the agency is pro­mot­ing this na­tional event to highlight the im­por­tance of rid­ding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.

Rates of pre­scrip­tion drug abuse are alarm­ingly high, par­tic­u­larly among teens and young adults who often get the drugs from a fam­ily mem­ber or friend, in­clud­ing the home medicine cab­i­net.

Pre­scrip­tion drugs, such as Oxy­codone and Per­co­cet, are pop­u­lar among ad­dicts who often turn to steal­ing or rob­bing to feed their habits. Dur­ing the most re­cent Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day in April of 2016, the DEA and over 4,200 of its state, lo­cal, and tribal law en­force­ment part­ners col­lected a record-set­ting 893,498 pounds of un­wanted medicines — about 447 tons — at al­most 5,400 sites across the coun­try. Agen­cies in Mary­land alone col­lected more than 11,400 pounds at 78 col­lec­tion sites.

To drop off un­wanted med­i­ca­tions, sim­ply bring the medicines to ei­ther the Wal­dorf sta­tion at 3670 Leonard­town Road or the La Plata sta­tion at 6855 Crain High­way.

Pre­scrip­tion, non-pre­scrip­tion, pet medicines and vi­ta­mins are ac­cepted, but they must be in tablets, cap­sules and other solid dosage forms. In­tra­venous so­lu­tions, in­jectibles and sy­ringes are not ac­cepted. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, go to

Reg­is­ter for the 2017 Tot Olympics

The Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism are part­ner­ing with the Chick-filA’s of Charles County and Mac­a­roni Kids Charles County to present the 2017 Tot Olympics. The Tot Olympics Games will be held 10 a.m.-noon Satur­day, May 13, at North Point High School (rain date is Sun­day, May 14). Regis­tra­tion be­gins at 9 a.m. and open­ing cer­e­monies start promptly at 10 a.m.

Fun-filled events for chil­dren ages 3-6 in­clude run­ning, jump­ing, kick­ing, and throw­ing. Ven­dors will be on site. Ath­letes will have their par­tic­i­pa­tion recorded on a spe­cial track­ing form dis­trib­uted dur­ing open­ing cer­e­monies.

The regis­tra­tion fee is $15 for res­i­dents, $17 for non-res­i­dents, and $20 the day of event.

Each child will re­ceive an award and snack for his/her ef­forts. Par­ent/guardian par­tic­i­pa­tion is re­quired for each ath­lete.

Reg­is­ter on­line at www.CharlesCoun­ or call 301-932-3470.

CSM to ded­i­cate Hugh­esville Cam­pus

South­ern Mary­land elected of­fi­cials and busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers will join the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land in dedicating the new Cen­ter for Trades and En­ergy Train­ing (CT Build­ing) at CSM’s Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus at 2:30 p.m. on April 25.

The 30,000-square-foot build­ing, the first com­pleted on the new cam­pus, in­cludes labs, class­rooms and ad­min­is­tra­tive space and pro­vides res­i­dents through­out the re­gion eas­ier ac­cess to spe­cial­ized train­ing in ca­reer fields that have sub­stan­tial growth po­ten­tial. The CT Build­ing houses trades train­ing for the col­lege — HVAC, plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, weld­ing and car­pen­try — as well as the Mary­land Cen­ter for En­vi­ron­men­tal Train­ing (MCET). Mark­ing its 35th an­niver­sary this year, MCET pro­vides en­vi­ron­men­tal, safety and health train­ing and com­pli­ance as­sis­tance for work­ers in the re­gion and through­out the state.

Other build­ing phases pro­posed for CSM’s 74-acre Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus and re­flected in the mas­ter plan in­clude a Health Sciences build­ing, which has re­ceived state funding in FY 2018 for de­sign to be­gin, fol­lowed by a fine arts cen­ter, a field house and re­lo­ca­tion of the col­lege’s ath­letic fields, as well as space to ac­com­mo­date fu­ture needs.

The Re­gional Hugh­esville Cam­pus is lo­cated at 6170 Hugh­esville Sta­tion Place in Hugh­esville. To at­tend the ded­i­ca­tion, RSVP by April 18 at­i­ca­tion or call 301-934-7602.

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