Unique Bou­tique to fea­ture lo­cal ar­ti­sans, raise hos­pice funds

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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 info@chesa­peakechar­i­ties.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.

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