Blue Crabs kick off 10th sea­son Thurs­day night

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The South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs will be­gin its 10th an­niver­sary open­ing night fes­tivities with a game against the Long Is­land Ducks at 6:35 p.m. on Thurs­day, April 20, at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium.

The team will host a night themed af­ter the pop­u­lar movie “Field of Dreams,” which was the show­case of one of the most pop­u­lar theme night’s in the teams his­tory on Sept. 23, 2012. The sta­dium will fea­ture corn­stalks through­out the con­course, rem­i­nis­cent of the corn fields in the pop­u­lar 1989 film. With the help of Port To­bacco Play­ers, fans will be greeted by old-time base­ball play­ers to en­joy and in­ter­act with be­fore and dur­ing the game.

The team will be host­ing the “Shoe­less Joe Jack­son” Shoe Drive ben­e­fit­ing the Charles County Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety. The shoe drive, named af­ter the pop­u­lar char­ac­ter in “Field of Dreams,” will sup­port lo­cal chil­dren in an ef­fort to help those in need. Fans can drop off new or lightly used shoes at the front gates as they en­ter on April 20.

The night kicks off the teams 2017 sea­son as fans can ex­pect ap­pear­ances from play­ers of Blue Crabs past and the unveiling of the Ten Year Team as voted on by the fans.

Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake has teamed up with the Blue Crabs to pro­vide fans a free mag­net sched­ule, which can be picked up at the front gates. The kids park will be dressed for suc­cess as Elite Beatz will have in­flat­a­bles set up dur­ing the game.

As the sea­son starts, the 2017 team will take the field un­der lead­er­ship of first year man­ager John Harris. The team boasts a strong line up of pitch­ing with the likes of Justin De Fra­tus and Pat Misch join­ing fa­mil­iar fran­chise faces such as Daryl Thomp­son, Brian Gren­ing and Cody Ep­p­ley. The of­fense and de­fense fea­tures the re­turn of Michael Sny­der, Zach Wil­son and Gary Brown with new­com­ers Zach Cone, Ed­win Gar­cia, Cory Vaughn and Pa­trick Palmeiro.

The open­ing night fes­tivities leads off Open­ing Week­end, as the se­ries con­tin­ues against Long Is­land on April 21 as the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Blue Crabs part­ner to present “Work Zone Safety Aware­ness Night.” Stu­dents who have dili­gently read books as part of the “Pinch onto Books” Read­ing Pro­gram pre­sented by Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems Fed­eral Credit Union can trade in their book­marks for a ticket and par­tic­i­pate in a pregame pa­rade on the field.

Fans can pur­chase tick­ets any­time by vis­it­ing the eTrepid Box Of­fice any week­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., calling the sta­dium at 301-638-9788 dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours, or by go­ing to somd­blue­crabs.com.

Pay It For­ward Week sched­uled April 22-28

Charles County Pay It For­ward Week will be next week, April 22-28. The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers would like to en­cour­age all cit­i­zens to show ran­dom acts of kind­ness and in­spire oth­ers through their ac­tions. The re­ceiver of the kind deed is en­cour­aged to “pay it for­ward,” cre­at­ing a rip­ple ef­fect that is vis­i­ble, mo­ti­vat­ing and en­er­giz­ing.

Dur­ing Pay It For­ward Week, cit­i­zens are in­vited to re­port ran­dom acts of kind­ness. The com­mis­sion­ers will high­light some of these ac­tions dur­ing their meet­ing on Tues­day, May 2. Send ran­dom acts of kind­ness re­ports via email to SpeakOut@CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov, send a mes­sage on Twit­ter @ CharlesCoMD or Face­book at www.face­book. com/CharlesCounty. Use the hash­tag #SpeakOutCharles.

Check county so­cial me­dia through­out the week to see what pos­i­tive things are tak­ing place in Charles County. Pay It For­ward Week demon­strates the power of a sin­gle kind act. Help turn April 24-28 into a kind­ness move­ment in Charles County, cul­mi­nat­ing in na­tional Pay It For­ward Day on Fri­day, April 28. Learn more at www. pay it for­ward day. com.

Ev­ery­one can make a dif­fer­ence re­gard­less of age, eth­nic­ity, eco­nomic or so­cial sta­tus, or back­ground. There is al­ways a way to help oth­ers. You can pay for some­one’s cup of cof­fee, mow a neigh­bor’s lawn, give up your seat on the bus, do­nate to a lo­cal food pantry, or re­turn some­one’s shop­ping cart. Teach­ers can help their classes par­tic­i­pate by il­lus­trat­ing a pic­ture book for hos­pi­tal­ized chil­dren, or do­ing a com­mu­nity cleanup project. Even busi­nesses can get in­volved by en­cour­ag­ing staff mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate or do­nat­ing to a char­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice at 301-8852779.

Sage­point to of­fer Stu­dent Care­giver Scholarship

The Sage­point Scholar Award, a $1,500 scholarship, will be awarded to a se­lected col­lege stu­dent (or incoming fresh­man) that is cur­rently car­ing for, or has re­cently cared for in the past year, an ag­ing loved one. Any ex­ist­ing stu­dent (or incoming fresh­man) that is in good aca­demic stand­ing at a 2- or 4-year ac­cred­ited col­lege can ap­ply for this scholarship.

The dead­line to ap­ply is June 15, and a win­ner will be se­lected June 30.

Each ap­pli­cant must pro­vide a 1,500-word es­say or two-minute video de­scrib­ing his or her jour­ney as a care­giver. Judg­ing will be based on the sub­mis­sion qual­ity (in­spir­ing, ex­tra­or­di­nary, or other­wise com­pelling) of the ap­pli­ca­tion and the Sage­point Scholar will be cho­sen via a vote by mem­bers of Sage­point Se­nior Liv­ing Ser­vices’ lead­er­ship team.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply, go to www. sage­point­care.org/scholarship.

Golfers needed for an­nual tour­na­ment

The For­rest Ca­reer & Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter is seek­ing golfers to par­tic­i­pate in its an­nual Golf Tour­na­ment on Satur­day, May 6, at the Wi­comico Shores Golf Course in Me­chan­icsville. The goal of the golf tour­na­ment is to help de­fray costs of stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion in Skill­sUSA re­gional, state and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

The Skill­sUSA Cham­pi­onships is the show­case for the best ca­reer and tech­ni­cal stu­dents in the na­tion. Con­tri­bu­tions to the For­rest Cen­ter’s Golf Tour­na­ment will help en­sure de­serv­ing St. Mary’s County High School stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble to com­pete.

The For­rest Cen­ter’s Skill­sUSA chap­ter is among the most suc­cess­ful in the state and

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