DogFest returns to fairgrounds this weekend
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 ylanddogfest.com.
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. MDHSRA.org, or contact Sherri Trenary at sherri@ mdhsra.org.
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. charlescountyparks.com/ 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 www.mdcourts.gov. 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.