Fishing class available to youth at Gilbert Run Park
The Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism is offering a four-day fishing program called Fishing Fundamentals at Gilbert Run Park, 13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall, for children between the ages of 10-15. Class is Monday, July 17, to Thursday, July 20, from 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Gilbert Run Park staff will teach fishing fundamentals, including how to fish with live bait, artificial lures and fly fishing. Participants will have a chance to fish from the shoreline and by boat, testing the skills they have learned. The children will also learn about the fish within the lake and have an opportunity to build a fish habitat. Equipment will be provided, but children are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear.
Children should have some prior fishing experience. The cost is $40.
Preregistration is required and class size is limited. To register, call the Gilbert Run Park office at 301-932-1083. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Revolutionary War re-enactors to celebrate July 4
“The Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution,” a “living historian” re-enactment group, will participate in the July 4 celebration of the nation’s birthday at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, in Building A at the Charles County Fairgrounds. In period costumes, “The Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution,” will present a “time travel journey” to the Revolutionary War era, with a talk and living history demonstration. An exhibit comprised of Revolutionary War period props and artifacts will be installed on display for public interaction before and after the presentation inside Building A at the Charles County Fairgrounds.
Hospice seeks volunteers for upcoming events
Hospice of Charles County is recruiting event volunteers for upcoming events throughout the year. Volunteers will be assisting in registration, silent auctions and overall set up for events such as the Luau, 5K Run/Walk, Quarter and silent auctions, Dine and Donates, etc. For more information, contact Michelle Johnson, assistant events coordinator, at 301-861-5315 or email@example.com.
New program to spur agricultural development
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) announced its new Regional Agricultural Project (RAP), a one-time bonus grant to enhance the economic viability of agriculture in the five-county region.
Southern Maryland agriculture has undergone major transformations in the past two decades. Across the region, farmers have transitioned away from the 300 year old tradition of growing tobacco into new agricultural ventures. With that change has come new needs; one of them being new infrastructure.
On June 28, the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) announced a new program called the Regional Agricultural Project (RAP), which is poised to meet that need.
“We’ve listened to the feedback from the agriculture community and understand that one of the things they need is new infrastructure,” said Shelby Watson-Hampton, director of SMADC, which is a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. “As farming has changed in Southern Maryland, so have the requirements to support the growth of the agricultural industry.”
RAP is designed to further SMADC’s mission to support farms, farmers and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland.
The intended purpose of this project is to create economic viability for farmers and to foster region-wide collaboration in order to enhance and sustain Southern Maryland’s agricultural economy. SMADC encourages everyone to work together on this grant on multiple levels — within the county farm bureau, soil conservation district, economic development/ county government and University of Maryland Extension, and also with area farmers so that together, funds can be used to strengthen cross county relationships and to bolster the entire farming community.
The project application is open to all five counties of Southern Maryland: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s. Project funds are intended to benefit the existing agriculture community and create seed money for agriculture-related projects needed in those counties. Each county may request between $20,000 to $25,000 for a specific project. Examples of projects may include a commercial kitchen, farmers market, meat lockers, cold storage, etc. Ineligible project examples include, but are not limited to: one-time events, marketing and promotion, plant stock, livestock, etc.
Only one application per county may be submitted with one of the following entities taking the lead: a county farm bureau, soil conservation district, economic development or county government office, or University of Maryland Extension. Applications must be accompanied by letters of support from the other county organizations and agencies as evidence of consensus and collaboration. Counties may also choose to combine their applications and funding requests for a collaborative project.
“I believe the region has a cohesiveness that will lend itself well to a project of this nature. The farmers in Southern Maryland have a strong tradition of working together. Whether it was in the fields and auction barns of the tobacco era, during the buy-out, or in rebuilding our agricultural industry, we’ve progressed as a community. I look forward to seeing what regional farmers, agri-businesses, and agricultural support agencies will create with this opportunity,” Watson-Hampton said.
SMADC will hold a predeadline meeting for eligible entities interested in applying for the RAP on July 21 at 9 a.m. at the SMECO Auditorium in Hughesville. The deadline to apply for the RAP is Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. Notification of grant recipients will be made by Oct. 31 and funds will be dispersed by Dec. 1.
The application, eligibility requirements and additional information about SMADC’s Regional Agriculture Project is available on the Farm Resources/Grants page at www.smadc.com or by calling 301-274 -1922, ext. 1.
July 4 fireworks at the Charles County Fairgrounds
The Charles County Fair has planned a new and improved Fourth of July Fireworks demonstration in the county. Come and enjoy the open fairgrounds prior to the fireworks display with food and fun for all. The evening show will be a digital pyro techniques display shot off and thundering to a multicultural musical blast. To see a sample of the upcoming event check out our website for a Fourth Of July Blast.
Gates open at 3 p.m. Live will be entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature The Bucket List, a classic rock band, and the Port Tobacco Pickers, a bluegrass band, The Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution at 7 p.m. and “Join or Die, the Plight of the Revolutionary War Farmer” at 8:30 p.m. Tours are from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Historic McConchie School and Farm Museum. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, kettle corn and ice cream, will be available onsite.
Cooling centers available during summer months
As the summer heat begins, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. When the National Weather issues a Heat Advisory, Excessive Heat Watch, Excessive Heat Warning, or Air Quality Alert of Orange or greater, the following public buildings are open during regular business hours for use by residents:
Capital Clubhouse: (Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf; Richard R. Clark Senior Center: (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.), 1210 Charles St., La Plata; Nanjemoy Community Center: (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy;
Charles County Public
Libraries: (All branches: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m; Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), La Plata Branch, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata; P.D. Brown Memorial Branch, 50 Village Street, Waldorf; Potomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, Indian Head; Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf;
Outdoor pools: (Monday through Friday, noon8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.), La Plata High School, 6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata; Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf; McDonough High School, 7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret;
Indoor pools: (Monday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m.), Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf; North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf; (Monday through Friday, noon–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.), Lackey High School, 3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head.
To avoid heat-related issues, take additional precautions if you work or spend time outside during extreme heat. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Go to www.charlescountymd.gov/es/em/emergency-management for the latest list of cooling centers.
Citizens should call 911 in the event of any emergency, heat-related or otherwise.
For additional preparedness information, go to Preparedness Tips for Extreme Heat: www. ready.gov/heat or www. nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/ index.shtml; Heat safety resources: www.nws. noaa.gov/om/heat/ ww.shtml; Air Quality Safety information: www. nws.noaa.gov/airquality/; Heat illness Information: health.maryland. gov/extremeheat/facts/ Pages/home.aspx