Ridge contest offers chance to show off skill on the grill
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.