DogFest re­turns to fair­grounds this week­end

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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, Mary­land. All leashed dogs are in­vited to at­tend with their own­ers.

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.mar yland­

High School Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion to per­form

The Charles County Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism is proud to co-spon­sor and wel­come back the rodeo for a sec­ond time in Charles County. The Mary­land High School Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion (MDHSRA) will be per­form­ing at Oak Ridge Park, 13675 Oaks Road, Hugh­esville, 3 p.m. on Satur­day, April 29 and 11 a.m. Sun­day, April 30. Cost is $5 per ve­hi­cle.

The MDHSRA works to pro­mote the sport of rodeo, sports­man­ship, and ed­u­ca­tion, while pre­serv­ing our western her­itage. Par­tic­i­pants are in three cat­e­gories: Mary­land High School Rodeo (grades 9-12), Ju­nior High (grades 6-8), and Mary­land Mus­tangs (chil­dren up to grade 5). Com­pe­ti­tions in­clude bar­rel racing, pole bend­ing, goat ty­ing, break-a-way rop­ing, chute dog­ging, steer wrestling, steer rid­ing, bronc rid­ing, sad­dle bronc rid­ing, and bull rid­ing.

Ven­dor op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able for $30. For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, visit www., or con­tact Sherri Tre­nary at sherri@

Troop­ers to dis­pose of un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs

The Mary­land State Po­lice in part­ner­ship with the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion are ask­ing cit­i­zens dis­pose of un­wanted pre­scrip­tion drugs dur­ing the Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29 at Mary­land State Po­lice, Bar­rack “H” La Plata, 9500 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

State po­lice bar­racks through­out Mary­land will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional Drug Take Back Day. Each bar­rack will act as a col­lec­tion sta­tion giv­ing cit­i­zens an op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of all un­wanted and un­used pre­scrip­tion drugs. The Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take-Back Day aims to pro­vide a safe, con­ve­nient, and re­spon­si­ble means of dis­pos­ing of pre­scrip­tion drugs, while also ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral pub­lic about the po­ten­tial for abuse of med­i­ca­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lt. Jim­mie Meur­rens, Com­man­der Bar­rack “H” La Plata at 301-392-1200.

Vol­un­teers needed for Spe­cial Olympics Spring Games

Vol­un­teers are needed for the 2017 Charles County Spe­cial Olympics Spring Games 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Satur­day, May 6, at Henry E. Lackey High School, 3000 Chi­ca­muxen Road, Indian Head. Score keep­ers, ath­lete es­corts and gen­eral vol­un­teers are needed to as­sist with bocce, swim­ming and track and field events.

Vol­un­teers can reg­is­ter on­line at www. charle­scoun­ty­ recre­ation/vol­un­teer-op­por­tu­ni­ties. No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired. The event will be held rain or shine.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Depart­ment of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-9323470. Those cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs please con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

Stress man­age­ment Mon­days sched­uled

War On Stress, a project of United Char­i­ta­ble, a 501 [c] 3 non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion will be con­duct­ing classes in stress man­age­ment for all ages 6-7:30 p.m. at the Wal­dorf West li­brary Mon­day, May 1, and Mon­day, May 8. The classes are de­signed to teach ba­sic skills for man­ag­ing stress and re­duc­ing its ef­fects on our lives. How and why the stress re­sponse works and dom­i­nates how we re­act and re­spond to events in our lives will be cov­ered in the pro­gram with in­sights into al­ter­ing our per­cep­tions re­gard­ing our re­sponse to stress. At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to be pre­pared to ask ques­tions re­gard­ing their own chal­lenges with stress and how to mit­i­gate them.

Ap­pli­cants sought to fill va­cancy on Cir­cuit Court

Due to the up­com­ing re­tire­ment of the Honor­able Thomas R. Simp­son Jr. on May 11, a va­cancy will ex­ist on the Cir­cuit Court for Charles County. This va­cancy is to be filled by ap­point­ment of Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R).

Any judge or lawyer in­ter­ested in ap­point­ment to this va­cancy should com­plete the per­sonal data ques­tion­naire which is avail­able as a down­load­able doc­u­ment on the Ju­di­ciary’s web­site at­ Any ap­pli­cant who reap­plies to a com­mis­sion with whom they have filed a per­sonal data ques­tion­naire within the past twenty-four months need not file a new ques­tion­naire. The can­di­date may sub­mit a let­ter stat­ing that he or she is reap­ply­ing and sub­mit any changes that have oc­curred since the sub­mis­sion of the ear­lier ques­tion­naire. Any ques­tions about the ap­pli­ca­tion process should be di­rected to De­bra L. Kamin­ski or Con­nie Winkel at the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fice of the Courts at 410-2601271/410-260-1275 or Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice (TTY/Voice) 1-800-7352258.

The com­pleted per­sonal data ques­tion­naire and two writ­ing sam­ples (at least 17 copies — see ques­tion­naire as to ad­di­tional copies) must be re­ceived by De­bra L. Kamin­ski or Con­nie Winkel in the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fice of the Courts, Hu­man Re­sources Depart­ment, Mary­land Ju­di­cial Cen­ter, 580 Tay­lor Av­enue, Build­ing A, First Floor, An­napo­lis, Mary­land, 21401, by the close of busi­ness at 4:30 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, May 10. Late ap­pli­ca­tions will not be ac­cepted.

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