Ridge con­test of­fers chance to show off skill on the grill

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The Sons of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Squadron 255 will be holding their an­nual Pig Roast & Backyard BBQ Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, May 19, in the pavil­ion at the Ridge Amer­i­can Le­gion Post.

In ad­di­tion to the cookoff, there will be a grand prize raf­fle, 50/50 raf­fles, corn hole games and a mu­sic DJ. Food will be served start­ing at 11 a.m., and lunch in­cludes pork bar­be­cue or bar­be­cue sand­wich, cole slaw, baked beans and a roll. A va­ri­ety of bev­er­ages will also be avail­able for pur­chase.

Now in its sixth year, the Le­gion picks a dif­fer­ent ben­e­fi­ciary each year for the money raised at the bar­be­cue event. This year funds will go to The Mis­sion, an or­ga­ni­za­tion in Great Mills that helps peo­ple who are home­less.

Richard My­ers, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of The Mis­sion, said his or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers all kinds of help to those in need, in­clud­ing trans­porta­tion, food, cloth­ing and show­ers (last year they pro­vided more than 1,000 show­ers to peo­ple at their build­ing on Great Mills Road).

The Amer­i­can Le­gion “con­tacted us say­ing that we were the re­cip­i­ents this year, and we were real happy about that,” My­ers said.

My­ers said he and oth­ers from The Mis­sion plan to en­ter a team in the com­pe­ti­tion, which is open to am­a­teur bar­be­cue en­thu­si­asts who want to show off their skills.

En­try fee is $30 per team, and each team can have up to four mem­bers. Grills and smok­ers must be wood, char­coal or wood pel­let types (no propane or elec­tric).

First prize is a pro­fes­sional air com­pres­sor, charger and power sta­tion, sec­ond prize is a por­ta­ble Blue­tooth speaker, and third prize is $100 cash.

This year grillers will be cook­ing up pork loin or chicken, all pro­vided by the le­gion, said Dwayne Sul­li­van, who is or­ga­niz­ing the event.

“The only thing they need to do is bring any sea­son­ing they will use,” he said.

Sul­li­van of Ridge said he has about nine or 10 cooks lined up al­ready, and usu­ally they can han­dle about a dozen or so to­tal.

“Once you get much more than that, the judges would have to fast for a week be­fore,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, call Sul­li­van at 301-247-2076 or visit http://ridgele­gion.org/SALFundraiser.html.

Writ­ers’ con­fer­ence set

Reg­is­tra­tion is cur­rently un­der­way for the seventh an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Writ­ers’ Con­fer­ence held at St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land from June 24 to 30. Work­shop tu­ition is $800. Op­tional meal and hous­ing pack­ages are avail­able.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Writ­ers’ Con­fer­ence hosts writ­ers at all lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence for a rich week of lec­tures, craft talks, read­ings, and panel dis­cus­sions, as well as daily work­shops in fic­tion, po­etry and cre­ative nonfiction. Course credit for col­lege stu­dents en­rolled in a de­gree pro­gram is avail­able. There is also a teach­ers-only sem­i­nar and a work­shop de­signed specif­i­cally for high school stu­dents.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.smcm.edu/events/ch­e­sa­peake-writ­ers-con­fer­ence.

Help re­store the river

A River Af­fair, the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion and fundraiser for St. Mary’s River Wa­ter­shed Association, will be held on Mon­day, May 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ruddy Duck Seafood and Ale­house on St. Ge­orge Is­land. This event will fea­ture hors d’oeu­vres and li­ba­tions from lo­cal ven­dors, as well as live mu­sic from Gretchen Richie’s Jazz Cabaret. The event will be held in honor of Dan and Ann Ra­ley and Karen Nut­ter, this year’s river cham­pi­ons. Tick­ets are $75 per per­son. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the restora­tion of the St. Mary’s River. For more in­for­ma­tion, email BobLewis@ StMarysRiver.org, call 301-9042387 or visit www.sm­rwa.org/aRiverAf­fair18.html.

Ben­e­fit to help vet­er­ans

A ben­e­fit to sup­port the vet­er­ans rein­te­gra­tion group Warfighter Ad­vance will be held on Satur­day, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fair­grounds in Leonard­town. Sponsored by the Pray, Praise and Promise in Christ Church, there will be ven­dors, gospel groups, praise dancers, auc­tions, food and more. For more in­for­ma­tion, contact Mar­garet But­ler at 240237-0251.

New mi­nor flood lev­els im­ple­mented by county

The St. Mary’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, in co­or­di­na­tion with the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, has des­ig­nated new mi­nor flood lev­els. On or about May 15, the de­fined mi­nor flood level will change at tide gauges cov­er­ing Anne Arun­del, Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties. For ref­er­ence, the NWS de­fines mi­nor flood­ing as “min­i­mal or no prop­erty dam­age, but pos­si­bly some pub­lic threat (e.g., in­un­da­tion of roads).”

Af­ter anal­y­sis and dis­cus­sion with lo­cal of­fi­cials, it has been de­ter­mined that, while wa­ter may be ob­served on land at the cur­rent mi­nor flood lev­els, no pub­lic threat oc­curs. As a re­sult, the mi­nor flood level is be­ing raised by a few inches at these lo­ca­tions. The change also en­sures the is­suance of a Coastal Flood Ad­vi­sory oc­curs with rea­son­ably con­sis­tent im­pact.

In­cluded in the changes are rais­ing the mi­nor flood level at Straits Point, lo­cated at the start of the St. Ge­orge’s Is­land bridge, from 2.7 feet to 3 feet, based on the mean lower low wa­ter.

Yard sale to ben­e­fit pool

Town Creek neigh­bor­hood association will hard a yard sale on Satur­day, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Corner­stone Church park­ing lot. Money raised will help go to­ward restora­tion of the Lexington Park neigh­bor­hood’s pool. There will also be a 50/50 raf­fle, face paint­ing and other en­ter­tain­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to par­tic­i­pate, call Erin at 301-9047429.

Beef work­shop, course slated in Me­chan­icsville

The Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion will be host­ing a beef qual­ity as­sur­ance work­shop on Satur­day, May 26, at Har­mony Farms, lo­cated at 26060 Yowaiski Mill Road in Me­chan­icsville. Cost is $35 per par­tic­i­pant, and pre­reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. For more, visit http://mary­land­bqa. eventbrite.com.

The Ex­ten­sion ser­vice will also be host­ing a beef pro­ducer’s course on June 8 and 9 at the St. Mary’s County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice in Leonard­town, to pro­vide pro­duc­ers ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion and hands-on train­ing in sev­eral ar­eas of beef pro­duc­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://ansc.umd. edu/ex­ten­sion/beef-ex­ten­sion/mary­land-beef-pro­duc­ers- short-course.

For more in­for­ma­tion, contact Racheal Slat­tery at rs­latt@ umd.edu or 301-405-1392.

En­gi­neer­ing camp aimed at mid­dle school­ers

The Naval Air War­fare Cen­ter Air­craft Divi­sion Ed­u­ca­tional Out­reach Of­fice is of­fer­ing the third an­nual En­gi­neer­ing Ex­plo­ration Ex­pe­ri­ence four­day sum­mer pro­gram for mid­dle school stu­dents ages 11 to 14 at Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion.

Stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore var­i­ous en­gi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples, fo­cus­ing each day on a spe­cific field: me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal/com­puter, aero­space and chem­i­cal/ ma­te­ri­als en­gi­neer­ing. They will in­ter­act with sci­en­tists and engi­neers, and tour labs re­lated to the day’s field of en­gi­neer­ing.

Reg­is­tra­tion is free and open to all com­mu­nity mem­bers. There are three ses­sions to choose from: June 25 to 28, July 9 to 12, and July 23 to 26. The pro­gram is sched­uled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day at Patux­ent River Naval Air Sta­tion.

Email NAWCADEOO.fct@ navy.mil to re­quest reg­is­tra­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Sot­ter­ley look­ing for vol­un­teers for pro­grams

His­toric Sot­ter­ley Plan­ta­tion is seek­ing new vol­un­teers to help in a va­ri­ety of roles, in­clud­ing help­ing in the vis­i­tors cen­ter, lead­ing tours as a do­cent or tend­ing to the beds as part of the gar­den guild. Vol­un­teer sup­port keeps this Na­tional His­toric Land­mark in Hol­ly­wood open to the pub­lic as a show­case of lo­cal land­scape and history.

To find out more about be­com­ing a vol­un­teer at Sot­ter­ley, call 301-373-2280 or email mar­ket­ing@sot­ter­ley.org.

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