Charles County to host sev­eral July 4 cel­e­bra­tions

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The an­nual Cel­e­brate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth, a fam­ily-friendly event held in cel­e­bra­tion of In­de­pen­dence Day, will be­gin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf. For more in­for­ma­tion about the event ac­tiv­i­ties, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/Cel­e­brateCharles.

• 4:30 p.m. Best of Charles County Mar­ket­place opens, Cel­e­brate Charles Fam­ily Fun Zone be­gins, mu­sic by No Green Jelly­beenz

• 6:35 p.m. South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs base­ball game vs. Sugar Land Skeeters

• 8 p.m. Mu­sic by Sam Grow

• 9:30 p.m. Fire­works Dis­play

County fair­grounds to host July 4 fire­works

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, go to charle­scoun­ty­fair.com.

Ad­di­tional sites to catch fire­works

The fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions will have public fire­works dis­plays:

• Hawthorne Coun­try Club in La Plata;

• Small­wood Vil­lage As­so­ci­a­tion at Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School in Wal­dorf;

• Char­lie Wright Sports Field in In­dian Head;

• Re­gency Sta­dium in Wal­dorf;

• Charles County Fire Grounds in Bel Al­ton Fire and EMS warn about le­gal vs. il­le­gal fire­works

As lo­cal vol­un­teer fire and EMS de­part­ments plan the Fourth of July events, they are aware many res­i­dents head to other states to buy fire­works. In Mary­land, fire­works are largely il­le­gal, where only gold-la­beled sparklers, nov­elty items such as party pop­pers, snap pops and snakes, and ground-based sparkler de­vices are al­lowed in Charles County.

Vi­o­lat­ing these laws can lead to fines and/or jail time. The state law for pos­sess­ing or shoot­ing off il­le­gal fire­works is $250.

Some ex­am­ples of il­le­gal fire­works in Mary­land are: fire­crack­ers, cherry bombs, black cats, M-80s, crack­ling balls and smoke bombs, Ro­man can­dles, bot­tle rock­ets (whistling and/or with re­port), sky rock­ets, heli­copter-type rock­ets, spin­ning wheels, mov­ing tanks or other ve­hi­cles and any fire­work that is shot from a mor­tar tube

So be­fore head­ing out to get any fire­works for your cel­e­bra­tions, make sure to check your lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tion and fol­low all safety pre­cau­tions.

Buy Lo­cal Week cel­e­brates 10th an­niver­sary

This July marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge (BLC), which was launched in 2007 by the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion as a re­gional ini­tia­tive, de­signed to high­light the health and eco­nomic ben­e­fits that farms pro­vide and en­cour­age con­sumers to pledge to eat lo­cal farm foods ev­ery day dur­ing Buy Lo­cal Week, and be­yond.

Over suc­ces­sive years, the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge gen­er­ated in­tense in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity. Fu­eled by public ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the im­por­tance of buy­ing lo­cal, it quickly grew in pop­u­lar­ity and be­came adopted as a statewide pro­mo­tion in part­ner­ship with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Ev­ery year, BLC week kicks-off with the Gov­er­nor’s Procla­ma­tion which is en­dorsed around the state by county gov­ern­ments and eco­nomic devel­op­ment de­part­ments.

To mark the BLC’s 10th An­niver­sary, SMADC is host­ing a spe­cial even­ing of farms, food and fun on July 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Robin Hill Farm and Vine­yards in Brandy­wine. The BLC Cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture tast­ings of Mary­land farm foods, wines, beer and other lo­cally pro­duced bev­er­ages, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to buy from farm ven­dors, lo­cal ar­ti­sans and crafters. Other high­lights in­clude a South­ern Mary­land-style buf­fet din­ner, live en­ter­tain­ment with the Hay­ley Fa­hey Band, the mag­nif­i­cent Sut­tler Post Farm Cly­des­dales, a raf­fle and lawn games.

“We are ex­cited about the BLC Cel­e­bra­tion event, it’s open to the public and it’s a great way for folks to meet the farm­ers who grow their food,” said SMADC di­rec­tor Shelby Wat­son-Hamp­ton in a press re­lease. “We hope all Mary­lan­ders, in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions will take the pledge this year to sup­port their lo­cal farms. It’s easy to do, as we have so many op­tions to buy lo­cal now; at farm­ers’ mar­kets, restau­rants, stores, winer­ies, brew­eries and even dis­til­leries. The list is end­less.”

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion about the BLC 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion event, go to the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge web­site at www. buy­lo­calchal­lenge.com.

To fur­ther en­gage the public in the BLC An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion, SMADC is invit­ing ev­ery­one to share their BLC shop­ping spree ex­pe­ri­ences for a chance to win prizes, by post­ing their buy lo­cal pho­tos to Face­book or In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tag #buy­lo­calchal­lenge. For com­pe­ti­tion de­tails, in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate in the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge Week, (July 22-30), and find statewide links to farm­ers’ mar­ket di­rec­to­ries, down­load­able BLC lo­gos, pledge cer­tifi­cates and more, go to the BLC web­site at www.buy­lo­calchal­lenge.com.

Tick­ets now on sale for In­dian Head Mini Film Festival

Tick­ets are now on sale for the South­ern Mary­land Film Festival Mini-Fest at the In­dian Head Black Box Theatre, 4185 In­dian Head Hwy, In­dian Head. The Mini-Fest will be held on Satur­day, July 15 and in­cludes a fam­ily-friendly block of short films from 4-6 p.m. and a sec­ond block of movies from 7-9 p.m., some of which con­tain more ma­ture themes and some mild lan­guage.

Tick­ets for each show­ing are $3 per per­son re­gard­less of age; or pa­trons can buy a $5 ticket that is good for the en­tire even­ing.

“Part­ner­ing with the In­dian Head Black Box Theatre has al­lowed us to keep ticket prices as low as pos­si­ble,” said SMFF Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber Heather Husk in a press re­lease. “While the mini-fest is a fundraiser for the 2018 Fest, the goal of both or­ga­ni­za­tions is to pro­mote the arts — to in­tro­duce au­di­ences to some­thing new and dif­fer­ent and make lo­cally-made films eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to as many au­di­ence mem­bers as pos­si­ble.”

Husk and her fel­low com­mit­tee mem­bers en­cour­age adults to at­tend both blocks of film. The fam­ily-friendly movies were well re­ceived dur­ing last week­end’s Mini-Fest at the North Beach Amer­i­can Film Festival. The the­ater will also be sell­ing re­fresh­ments dur­ing the in­ter­mis­sion, in­clud­ing a cash bar and var­i­ous lo­cal food trucks on site.

To see the line-up of movies for each time slot and pur­chase tick­ets, go to the SMFF web­site at www.smdff.org and scroll to the “Tick­et­ing Op­tions” link.

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