Sick teddy bears get TLC at EMS for Chil­dren Day

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Chil­dren of all ages are en­cour­aged to bring their sick or in­jured stuffed an­i­mals for eval­u­a­tion and re­pair on Fri­day, June 23, at the 2017 Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices (EMS) for Chil­dren Day event at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf, start­ing at 5:30 p.m. This event will take place prior to the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs game, sched­uled to be­gin at 6:35 p.m.

Stuffed bears will be pro­vided while sup­plies last for chil­dren who do not have stuffed an­i­mals to bring. There will be emer­gency ve­hi­cles and give-away items to pro­mote pe­di­atric emer­gency med­i­cal care within the com­mu­nity and to pre­vent chil­dren’s ill­nesses and in­juries.

Each year, the fed­eral EMS for Chil­dren pro­gram part­ners with the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Emer­gency Physi­cians to cel­e­brate EMS for Chil­dren Day. Na­tional EMS for Chil­dren Day fea­tures hun­dreds of grass­roots ac­tiv­i­ties coast-to-coast as lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and med­i­cal per­son­nel fo­cus ac­tiv­i­ties on rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness about the need for spe­cial­ized emer­gency care for chil­dren.

For ques­tions about this event, con­tact Suzanne Chagnon, pub­lic out­reach and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor, at 301609-3470 or Chagnons@ CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Free no­tary ser­vices avail­able at county pub­lic li­braries

The Charles County Pub­lic Li­brar y (CCPL) an­nounced four of the five lo­cal branches will have a li­censed no­tary pub­lic (Mo­bile Li­brar y ex­cluded). The li­censed pro­fes­sional no­tary pub­lic ser­vices are here to make life eas­ier. Once doc­u­ments are no­ta­rized, li­brary per­son­nel will help cit­i­zens make any nec­es­sar y copies.

A no­tary pub­lic acts as an im­par­tial third-party wit­ness to not only the sig­na­ture of a doc­u­ment, but also that all par­ties who signed a doc­u­ment did so will­ingly and un­der their own free will. Types of doc­u­ments that may re­quire no­ta­riza­tion in­clude: wills, trusts, deeds, con­tracts and af­fi­davits and the no­ta­riza­tion of these doc­u­ments will be pro­vided to Charles County res­i­dents, free of charge.

In or­der to be pre­pared, cus­tomers should bring a valid, gov­ern­ment is­sued photo ID when they visit the li­brary branch. Some doc­u­ments may re­quire wit­nesses in ad­di­tion to the no­ta­riza­tion. In most cases, the no­tary can­not act as a wit­ness. Check with the lo­cal branch for wit­ness avail­abil­ity. Not all li­brary staff are li­censed no­taries. Please call ahead to the branch you plan to visit for the avail­abil­ity of a no­tary and the times avail­able to have doc­u­ments no­ta­rized.

Charles County Li­brary branch hours of op­er­a­tions:

• Mon­day-Thurs­day 9 a.m.-8 p.m. • Fri­day 1 p.m.-5 p.m. • Satur­day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Charles County branch lo­ca­tions of­fer­ing no­tary ser­vices: La Plata Branch, 2 Gar­rett Ave., La Plata, 301-934-9001; Po­tomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Dr., In­dian Head, 301-375-7375; P.D. Brown Branch, 50 Vil­lage St., Wal­dorf, 301645-2864; Wal­dorf West Branch, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf, 301-6451395.

Film fes­ti­val to part­ner with Black Box The­ater

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for the South­ern Mary­land Film Fes­ti­val an­nounced its 2017 Charles County MiniFest, made pos­si­ble through a part­ner­ship with the In­dian Head Cen­ter for the Arts and Black Box The­ater. The in­au­gu­ral part­ner­ship is be­ing held Satur­day, July 15, with a fam­ily-friendly block from 4-6 p.m. and a block for more ma­ture au­di­ences from 7-9 p.m. Each block of films pre­sented by the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the South­ern Mary­land Film Fes­ti­val.

Hav­ing suc­cess­fully run two film fes­ti­vals in 2015 and 2016, in down­town Leonard­town, the SMFF Com­mit­tee has taken a year off from the “big fest” and sched­uled mini-fests in Charles and Calvert coun­ties in­stead — in­clud­ing part­ner­ing with the In­dian Cen­ter for the Arts. Hav­ing ben­e­fit­ted from the gen­eros­ity and faith of the lo­cal arts and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties in St. Mary’s, the com­mit­tee hopes to garner even more sup­port from their two neigh­bor­ing coun­ties, to spread the word about its up­com­ing film fes­ti­val in July 2018, and to in­spire more artists from the tri-county area to cre­ate and sub­mit films.

Ac­cord­ing to Pam Frank, IHCA ad­min­is­tra­tor, the In­dian Head Black Box The­ater hosts lo­cal the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions and charity fundrais­ers known as Com­edy with a Cause. This will be the first time the the­ater has hosted a movie event.

“We like the idea of of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent pro­gram­ming to our com­mu­nity and hope this event will draw some peo­ple who may not have vis­ited us pre­vi­ously,” she said in a press re­lease. To aid in that ef­fort, the the­ater will be of­fer­ing re­fresh­ments for sale dur­ing the in­ter­mis­sion, in­clud­ing cash bar and var­i­ous lo­cal food trucks on site.

The movies be­ing shown are a com­bi­na­tion of 2016 ju­ried winners, 2015 au­di­ence award winners and com­mit­tee fa­vorites from the last two years of the South­ern Mary­land Film Fes­ti­val. El­i­gi­ble works were filmed, at least in part, in Charles, Calvert or St. Mary’s coun­ties; had re­lated con­tent to the area; or had at least one South­ern Mary­land res­i­dent or na­tive on the film­mak­ing team.

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