Unique Boutique to feature local artisans, raise hospice funds
Southern Maryland Unique Boutique is continuing its heritage of offering distinct, local, quality hand-made artisanal works of art during its annual event Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, at Calvert High School.
Unique Boutique will include the sale of pottery, jewelry, glass, woodwork, edibles, soaps, photography, paintings and more to the general public. The boutique will be held Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Food is available for an extra fee. Each artisan will donate a work of art with the proceeds of sale going to support Calvert Hospice.
Since its inception in 1973, Unique Boutique has grown from a small, home-based arts and craft show to the current two-day event held at Calvert High, according to a press release.
There are over 40 artisan members who make up the Unique Boutique cooperative. Not only do they create the wares offered at the show, but they share the expense and workload required to present a quality show to the public. The members meet several times throughout the year to plan the show, assign tasks, jury in new members and network, the release states.
This year, the work of three new member-artists will be featured: potter Amanda Willis, bookbinder Nancy Parker and mixed media glass artist Patricia Childs.
“I create mid-range fired ceramics that are meant to be used in daily life. I most enjoy making carved mugs, as each one is unique and carved freehand with intuitive and recurring motifs drawn from my imagination,” Willis said in a press release. Willis also crafts platters, rice bowls, earring holders and soap dishes.
“I enjoy spending time on the beaches around Calvert County collecting driftwood, shells, coral and sea glass,” said Childs, who recently moved to Calvert. “I have found so many unusual pieces of driftwood that I recently decided to expand on the use of stained glass by creating chimes by attaching strands of beads and glass to driftwood. The chimes are very colorful and add a touch of whimsy to any room or garden.”
Citizens academy starting up
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces applications are being accepted for the second annual Calvert County Government Citizens Academy. The nine-week program is tailored for residents interested in learning more about the inner workings of local government.
From public safety, recreation programs and road maintenance to water service, senior programs, building codes and public outreach, county government performs a vital role in the well-being of the community. The Citizens Academy will offer residents an in-depth look at how government works through an informative, fast-paced, program every Thursday evening, Jan. 11 through March 8, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. The free initiative features site visits and discussions with county employees who will give residents a unique insight into their daily work.
The 2018 Calvert County Government Citizens Academy program is accepting applications for up to 20 county residents 18 years of age or older, selected on a first-come, first-selected basis. For more information, go to www.co.cal.md.us/CitizensAcademy.
Honoring those on front lines of opioid crisis
Chesapeake Charities will pay tribute to those on the front lines of the opioid crisis and the hope they bring to addicts and families during its “Celebration of Charity” awards luncheon Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.
This year’s honorees are Bernie Fowler Jr., Philanthropist of the Year; Joe Gamble, Volunteer of the Year; and the Samaritan House, Nonprofit of the Year.
The celebration features several prominent presenters involved in efforts to combat the opioid crisis, including Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R) and Clay Stamp, executive director of the Governor’s Opioid Operational Command Center. Keynote speaker Lisa Hillman, development professional and author of “Secret No More, A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child,” will share her message of hope for recovery from addiction.
Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan will present the Gov. Larry Hogan Scholarship to a deserving student who is pursuing a career in medical research. The scholarship was established at the 2016 awards luncheon honoring Hogan.
Tickets for the Nov. 16 event are still available and can be purchased online for $100 each at chesapeakecharities.org/events or by sending a check to Chesapeake Charities, 101 Log Canoe Circle, Suite O, Stevensville, MD 21666.
For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at 410-643-4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.chesapeakecharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.
Christmas Child collection week approaches
This month, several locations in the Southern Maryland area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.
During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, Southern Maryland residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
This year, Southern Maryland area residents hope to contribute more than 20,500 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
Boxes can be dropped off at Southern Calvert Baptist Church at 12140 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby Monday, Nov. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Boxes can also be dropped off at Friendship Community Baptist Church at 37 Jewell Road in Dunkirk Monday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 16, from noon to 2 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon; Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon to 2 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Additionally, Dunkirk Baptist Church at 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd. will collect boxes from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13; Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 8 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 10 a.m.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, go to samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million giftfilled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.