Book gives scholarship recipients wisdom for college life
It’s been a tradition at scholarship receptions for LEAP Forward for the past years’ recipients to pass on some wisdom to the new crop of awardees.
Now, LEAP Forward, a local nonprofit aimed at promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to minority youth and assisting with their educational endeavors, along with Concerned Black Women, published a book of wisdom from about 30 past scholarship recipients. The book will be given to future recipients and are available for purchase.
“From Whence We Came College Survival Toolkit” came to LEAP Forward president Rhonda Thomas during the scholarship reception in 2016 as the past recipients passed on their wisdom.
“While I was sitting there, the spirit just spoke to me … you should make this book,” Thomas said.
Later that same year, they reached out to the past recipients and received about 30 responses. The 25 scholarship recipients in July of this year were the first crop to receive the book.
The book gives the new college students positive role models who came from Southern Maryland as well, Thomas said. More than 300 books have been distributed in total, particularly to organizations who work with youth.
“I’ve heard it’s really been a positive influence,” Thomas said.
For more information on LEAP Forward, go to www.leapforwardinc.org.
Free professional clothing available
The Calvert County Commission for Women will host an open house at its Dress for Success Clothes Closet on Saturday, Sept. 30, from noon to 3 p.m. Through its Clothes Closet Project, the CCCW provides free professional clothing for women entering or returning to the workforce or for those who just need to boost their clothes for work.
The event will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 25 Church St. in Prince Frederick. To schedule an appointment for another day, call 410-610-4221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas in April deadline approaching
The deadline for receipt of Christmas in April Calvert County Inc. applications for the April 2018 workday is Sept. 30.
Applications are available at libraries, senior centers and churches and may be requested by calling Christmas in April at 410-535-9044. Applications are also available at www. christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org and may be submitted online.
Home repairs and improvements are done for free for accepted low-income homeowners. The home must be located in Calvert County and all homeowners must live in the home.
Art auction coming up
On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Calvert Library Foundation will host the fourth Gala Art Auction to benefit all Calvert Library locations. The event will be held at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Prince Frederick. It will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-auction “Taste of the Region” reception, with live musicians, and a review of the collection of art to be sold.
The auction will start at 7:30 p.m. The professionally curated collection of framed art, including the works of many prominent international artists, as well as sports and music memorabilia, will be auctioned by a professional auctioneer out of New York. Art values will accommodate a broad range of budgets, many not expensive. Door prizes, including a framed work of art valued at no less than $150, will be given.
The associated silent auction will feature weekend and weeklong beach and skiing condo getaways, professional sports ticket packages with rare seating opportunities, fine jewelry, works of art by regional artists, antiques, food specialties delivered to the winner’s home, gifts from local businesses and Chesapeake Bay excursions. A hundred percent of the successful bids on these items will go to Calvert Library and all its branches.
Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased from any Calvert Library location. There will be a cash bar. Tickets will be available at the event. Email LibraryArtAuction@ comcast.net for details or go to www.calvertlibraryfoundation.com.
CAASA to host memorial 5K
Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse will host the 17th annual Step By Step 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Calvert Marine Museum. The event is held in memory of Mike Blackwell, a marathon runner killed by a hit-and-run driver in January 2001. The proceeds from the event benefit CAASA programs such as Project Graduation, National Night Out and more.
Registration and checkin starts at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race. The fee is $20 for CAASA members and $15 for students 21 and younger. For more information, call 410-535-1600, ext. 8806. To register, go to www.raceit.com/Register/?event=40995.
Prescription drug discount program available
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners has partnered with the National Association of Counties since July 2009 to provide county residents with a prescription drug discount program. To date, the partnership has saved Calvert County residents more than $403,000 on more than 20,824 prescriptions with discounts averaging 30.5 percent, or $19.40 per prescription.
This free program is available to all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. There are no enrollment forms, membership fees or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. The card also covers certain pet medications. The card cannot be used for co-pays or to obtain additional discounts on prescriptions that are covered by insurance.
Cards are available at all Calvert County libraries, senior centers, the Calvert County Health Department and the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, located at 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick.
To learn more about this free service and to review a list of participating pharmacies, visit the NACo website at www. nacorx.org or call tollfree 1-877-321-2652.