Con­gre­ga­tion Sha’are Shalom hold­ing spe­cial ser­vice Nov. 2

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Con­gre­ga­tion Sha’are Shalom will hold a spe­cial ser­vice on Fri­day, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m., in solemn com­mem­o­ra­tion both of the 80th an­niver­sary of Kristall­nacht — the ter­ri­ble “Night of Bro­ken Glass” in which Hitler’s thugs ter­ror­ized Ger­man syn­a­gogues and Jew­ish stores and homes — and of this past week­end’s ter­ri­ble mas­sacre at the Tree of Life Syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh.

The con­gre­ga­tion in­vites com­mu­nity mem­bers of all faiths to this spe­cial ser­vice.

Scrip­ture read­ings will be in­ter­spersed with ac­counts from both 1938 and this past week­end, and the Kad­dish prayer will be spo­ken in me­mory of the vic­tims, along with the singing of the hymn “Etz Chaim” (Tree of Life) in me­mory of the vic­tims of Tree of Life Syn­a­gogue.

Con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber Ellen Co­hen wit­nessed Kristall­nacht first­hand as a child in Ger­many and will re­count those events of Novem­ber 1938 from her mem­o­ries.

Re­fresh­ments will be served af­ter the ser­vice. To RSVP or for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sha’are Shalom at shaare­shalom@gmail.com.

Res­i­dents en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in cit­i­zen sur­vey

Charles County Gov­ern­ment is part­ner­ing with Na­tional Re­search Cen­ter Inc. to con­duct the Na­tional Cit­i­zen Sur­vey (NCS). The sur­vey cen­ters on com­mu­nity liv­abil­ity and in­cludes ques­tions about the qual­ity of life in the com­mu­nity, lo­cal poli­cies, de­mo­graph­ics, rat­ing of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ser­vices and res­i­dents’ use of ser vices.

Ear­lier this month, a ran­dom and sci­en­tific sam­ple of 1,600 house­holds re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions by mail. Res­i­dents who have not yet par­tic­i­pated are in­vited to take the sur­vey on­line at http:// bit.ly/charle­scounty2018 from now to Fri­day, Nov. 9.

The NCS is de­signed to pro­vide a base­line of how Charles County Gov­ern­ment is serv­ing res­i­dents, to bet­ter gauge per­cep­tions of the county and to make com­par­isons with peer lo­cal gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

DAR Port To­bacco Chap­ter’s con­test open to stu­dents

The Port To­bacco Chap­ter of the Na­tional So­ci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion is hold­ing its an­nual con­test sea­son.

This year, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is host­ing three sep­a­rate con­tests for lo­cal stu­dents: the Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens con­test, the Amer­i­can His­tory es­say con­test and the Christo­pher Colum­bus es­say con­test. The dead­line for all con­tests is Nov. 30, and all stu­dents are strongly en­cour­aged to en­ter.

The Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens con­test is open to all stu­dents in pre-kin­der­garten through 12th grade, in­clud­ing those in pub­lic, pri­vate and parochial school, and home-schooled chil­dren. Each year, the con­test is held to pro­mote good cit­i­zen­ship and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can her­itage and his­tory among school-aged chil­dren. This year’s theme is “The 50th An­niver­sary of the Lu­nar Land­ing — Amer­ica’s Great Move For­ward in Ex­plo­ration and Tech­nol­ogy.” En­tries may be in the form of a group ban­ner, group com­mu­nity ser­vice project, poster, stamp de­sign, photo es­say, poem or short story.

The Amer­i­can His­tory es­say con­test is open to stu­dents in grades five through eight in pub­lic, pri­vate and parochial school, and home­schooled chil­dren. This year’s topic is “The Women’s Suf­frage Cam­paign.”

The Christo­pher Colum­bus es­say con­test is open to all stu­dents in grades nine through 12 in pub­lic, pri­vate or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. This year’s topic is “Com­par­ing Ship Tech­nol­ogy: The Ships Colum­bus Used Ver­sus Ships of To­day.”

To re­quest a con­test en­try in­for­ma­tion for any of the con­tests, email Vicki Tal­ley Kelly at port­to­bac­co­dar@gmail.com.

Health depart­ment an­nounces flu im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics

The Charles County Depart­ment of Health has re­leased its sched­ule for free flu im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics. Flu Mist will be avail­able, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Ad­di­tional evening clin­ics in schools through­out the county have been sched­uled in or­der to ac­com­mo­date those par­ents that wish to have their chil­dren im­mu­nized.

There are many ben­e­fits of the flu vac­ci­na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion some of the rea­sons are:

• The vac­ci­na­tion can pre­vent you from get­ting sick with flu.

• Re­duces the risk of flu-as­so­ci­ated hos­pi­tal­iza­tion in both chil­dren and older adults.

• It is an im­por­tant pre­ven­tive tool for peo­ple with chronic health con­di­tions.

• Helps to pro­tect women dur­ing and af­ter preg­nancy. Get­ting vac­ci­nated can also pro­tect a baby af­ter birth from flu.

• Get­ting vac­ci­nated pro­tects you and peo­ple around you, in­clud­ing those who are more vul­ner­a­ble to se­ri­ous flu ill­ness — ba­bies, young chil­dren, older peo­ple and peo­ple with cer­tain chronic health con­di­tions.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion rec­om­mends a yearly flu vac­cine as the first and most im­por­tant step in pro­tect­ing against flu viruses. Flu vac­ci­na­tion can re­duce flu ill­nesses, doc­tors’ vis­its and missed work and school due to flu, as well as pre­vent flu-re­lated hos­pi­tal­iza­tions. The CDC rec­om­mends that ev­ery­one 6 months of age and older should get a flu vac­cine by the end of Oc­to­ber, if pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The re­main­ing clin­ics are as fol­lows:

• Thurs­day, Nov. 1, 3 to 7 p.m., Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School, 12834 Rock Point Road, New­burg.

• Satur­day, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charles County Dept. of Health, 4545 Crain High­way, White Plains.

• Thurs­day, Nov. 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Small­wood Mid­dle School, 4990 In­dian Head High­way, In­dian Head.

• Tues­day, Nov. 13, 3 to 7 p.m., Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf.

• Thurs­day, Dec. 13, 3 to 7 p.m., Charles County Dept. of Health, 4545 Crain High­way, White Plains.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about flu clin­ics, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyHealth.org, or call the Charles County Depart­ment of Health at 301609-6900.

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