February 16th Events

You're invited to SMYOC's Gala, our major fund-raising event of the year on Friday February 16th, at the Holiday Inn Solomons.  The Gala will feature Cillian Vallely, an uilleann piper and member of the Irish band Lúnasa, one of the most influential bands in the history of traditional Irish music! Cillian will perform with SMYOC's Youth Orchestra and choirs, making an incredibly exciting, enjoyable and memorable event for everyone involved. Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to hear young and wonderful local talent play a world class performance and find something unique in our silent auction. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website www.smyoc.org.


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16– KARAOKE AT THE LEGION.  Join us for a good time from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.  at the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206 in the Lower Level Lounge. No cover charge.  The Post is located at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach.  Public welcome. Questions may be directed to 410-257-9878 http://www.ALPost206.Org

February 17th Events

The 2nd District, Company 6 aka Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad will have aValentine’s Dinner Dance & Silent Auction, February 17th, Saturday; Menu:  Beef, Stuffed Ham, Fried Shrimp, Parsley Potatoes, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Rolls, Ice Tea, Coffee, and Water, and Assorted Desserts; Music by: Swingaway; Tickets for Sale - $30 / person in advance or $40 / person at the door: Contact: Georgia W.—301-312-9176 / Cathy C.—301-904-3854 / Dee Dee J.—240-561-2750; Cash Bar; Silent Auction Donations contact Dee Dee J. 240-561-2750; For more info contact Heather Bean at fundraising@SDVFDRS.ORG – Hosted by 2nd District VFD&RS to benefit new building


The Calvert County Commission for Women and Calvert Library will host its second forum on wills and probate to help Calvert residents manage family assets. Wills and probate are not just for the wealthy since many of us may need to manage the assets and bill payment of a disabled or sick family member. Join us for an educational discussion on: What makes a will valid, Why make a will. How to keep your will safe, When to change a will, Validity of a will executed in another state, How probate assets are affected by wills. Join us for light refreshments while learning the facts on how to ensure your family’s assets wind up according to your wishes. WHEN: Saturday, February 17th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (EST) at The Calvert Library at 850 Costley Way Prince Frederick, MD


The 2nd District Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will host a 21 and Over Valentine’s Dinner Dance (MUST BE 21 & OVER to attend) & Silent Auction, on Saturday February 17th.; Menu:  Beef, Stuffed Ham, Fried Shrimp, Parsley Potatoes, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Rolls, Ice Tea, Coffee, and Water, and Assorted Desserts; Music by: Swingaway; Tickets for Sale - $30 / person in advance or $40 / person at the door: Contact: Georgia W.—301-312-9176 / Cathy C.—301-904-3854 / Dee Dee J.—240-561-2750; Cash Bar; Silent Auction Donations contact Dee Dee J. 240-561-2750; For more info contact Heather Bean at fundraising@SDVFDRS.ORG – Hosted by 2nd District VFD&RS to benefit new building

February 18th Events
Fun Bunch and Friends - Quarter Auction in Lusby at the American Legion Post #274. Lots of great items plus autographed Sports Memorabilia. This Sunday Feb 18th Doors open at 12 noon.  All proceeds go towards United Way of Calvert County- part of the Annual Mardi Gras Festivities!
February 19th Events

Red Cross Blood Drive – Monday, February 19th - ****A blood drive will be held from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd District Firehouse, 45245 Drayden Road, Valley Lee. For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your life-saving donation and visit redcrossblood.org to download the blood donor app. ****

February 20th Events

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is pleased to announce Love Your Pet Day on Tuesday, Feb. 20th. Share some extra love and consider adopting a pet of your own or signing up as a volunteer at the shelter. Take a dog for a walk, brush some cats, or give out treats. The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/AnimalShelter/Tri-County-Animal-Shelter


There will be a Boat Maryland Safety Course at 31541 Great Mills Road on February 20th, 21st and 27th. Be ready for the boating season – get your MD Boating Safety Education certificate in just 3 short sessions. All operators of numbered or documented vessels in MD waters born on or after July 1, 1972 must have in their possession a certificate of boating safety education. Your local Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron (America’s Boating Club!) will present the course on 20, 21 and 27 February at the Taylor Gas Building at 21541 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, MD. Cost is $25; just $10 for each additional family member. For more information or to register call 301-475-3883 or email PRSPS.commander@gmail.com 


Discover U Children's Museum will have An Evening of Connection, Collaboration and Awareness on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 ---7:00-9:00pm at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church at 44078 Saint Andrew's Church Road in California, MD. Children Welcome and Beverages and Snacks will be provided.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146999959345146/. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverUCM/
February 21st Events

Parents Affected By Addiction will meet at the Charles County Sheriff's Office in La Plata on Wednesday February 21st. Doors open at 6 pm. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/PABAParents1

February 23rd Events

The Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuseannounces that the"Comedy Invasion” for Project Graduation will return on Friday, February 23rd at the Huntingtown High School Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Project Graduation, an all-night alcohol-free and drug-free celebration for graduating seniors from the County's four public high schools. "Comedy Invasion” tickets make the perfect holiday gift and currently can be purchased by cash, check, or money order from the CAASA Office located in the Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Suite 104, Prince Frederick, Maryland. Beginning January 2, 2018. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door the night of the performance. Tickets for CAASA members and students ages 13-18 years of age are $25.


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23 LASAGNA DINNER Yum is the word for this informal dinner hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206(Venturing Crew 429) from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Come to the lower level dining room for a meal you won’t soon forget.  Cost is $12 including side, salad, and beverage.  The Post is at 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road East on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach and questions may be directed to (410)257-9878.   Public Welcome.  HTTP://www.ALpost206.


The Humane Society of Charles County hosts the 2018 Top Dog Dinner & Dance on Friday February 23rd at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees.  A fun night of entertainment by the Fabulous Hubcaps, dinner, dessert table, 50/50 raffles, silent auction, and capture the fun memories in the "Hold That Pose" photo booth! Tickets are $55.00 and can be purchased online at humanesocietycc.org or in person at the shelter location in Waldorf.

February 24th Events

The St. Mary's County Elks Lodge#2092 will be holding its 2nd Annual Gun Bash on February 24th. Tickets for the Event are $45 for a chance to win 11 long guns, and include beer and bbq. Tickets for guest of a ticket hold not participating in the raffles are $20 each and include food and drink. Hand guns will be raffled for additional cost. The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. with doors opening at Noon. For more ticket information and ticket availability please call 301-863-7800. 


On February 24, 2018, Calvert County Public Schools will host the 7th Annual Science and Engineering EXPO at Calvert High School from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This free family event is open to the public. The exhibits showcase CCPS science and engineering programs and are designed to be engaging for both children and adults. The EXPO will include robots, science and engineering projects, flight simulators, catapults and much more for the entire family to enjoy.  For more information, contact Dr. Yovonda Kolo at 443-550-8026 or koloy@calvertnet.k12.md.us. 


It's time for walk in registrations for the St. Mary's Lilttle League from 10 am - 4 pm at 46260 Lexington Village Way in Lexington park on Saturday February 24th. St Mary’s Little League is a 501c3 non-profit organization that offers organized baseball and fast pitch softball to over 1,500 St. Mary’s county youth boys and girls ages 4 through 16. We are dedicated to giving the opportunity to develop the ideals of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect thru playing baseball and softball. You can also register on line at www.StMarysLittleLeague.org
February 25th Events

There will be a Purse and Totes Bingo on February 25, 2018 at the Ridge Fire House located at 13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Doors open at 12:00 pm, Bingo starts at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $25 each Advanced Sales and $30 at the Door. There will also be refreshments, pull tabs and raffles for sale by the Auxiliary.  For reservations and advanced tickets contact: Lauren Fairfax at 301-904-9408.   Proceeds to benefit the Ridge VFD Auxiliary. No children permitted unless they have their own ticket and are accompanied by a paying adult. There will be only one item won per game. Tickets are non-refundable.


Historic St. Mary's City will be having their Bridal Show – February 25, 2018 1-3:30p.m. at The State House-47418 Old State House Rd. St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. Register by February 16 for free admission-$5.00 at the door if not registered. Meet some of the region’s finest wedding vendors! Email maryb@digshistory.org to register or use the link: https://hsmcdigshistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Bridal-Show-2018-Attendee-Reservation-Form-1.pdf


February 28th Events

There will be a Free Parenting With Love and Logic Workshop on Wednesday, February 28th from 5:30pm-7:30 pm in the George Washington Carver Elementary School Art Room.  Please RSVP to Susan Fox 301-863-4076 sjfox@smcps.org or Jessica Gascon 301-863-9585 jmgascon@smcps.org if you are interested in attending. Light dinner and Child care will be provided.

March 2nd Events

The Leonardtown Rotary Club is happy to announce that it is opening its call for grant applications for 2018 from St. Mary’s County non-profit programs and public services agencies. The deadline for this award period is Friday, 2nd March 2018.  Awards will be announced in  April. A key element of “service above self” as practiced by the Leonardtown Rotary Club is providing grant funds to local agencies and programs that provide humanitarian services, with a focus on health, education and well- being, to the citizens of St. Mary’s County. This is a competitive grant process and awards typically range between $250 and $500 depending on the need expressed in the application and funding availability. To be eligible for the 2018 award, applications must be received on or before Friday, 2nd March 2018. The application is available on the Leonardtown Rotary website, http://www.leonardtownrotary.org, or by contacting, Gordon Smith, Community Service Director, via email at gsmith@green-finn.com. Please include a copy of your IRS nonprofit designation form with your application.

March 3rd Events

The Charles County Chapter of the American Antique Arts Association is having its 40th Annual Collector’s Market on Sat. Mar. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Plata Firehouse, 911 Shining Willow Way, La Plata. Entry donation is $2, kids 12 & under free, food is available, and parking is free. Proceeds benefit a Charles County historical project. Call 301-392-1712 for additional information.


United Way of Calvert County will hold its 19th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 7pm to 11pm at Annmarie Garden Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland.  Mardi Gras is United Way’s largest fundraiser of the year and supports 32 programs that improve the education, health, financial stability, and basic needs of people living in Calvert County.  For more information on sponsorships, auction donations, or to purchase tickets, contact the United Way of Calvert County at (410) 535-2000 or go to www.unitedwaycalvert.org/mardigras.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (LAHVFD) is sponsoring their 57th Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall located at 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD. Cost for the Spring Dinner: $25.00 – Adults  $25.00 – Carry Out  $7.00 – Children 4 to 12 years of age     FREE – Children 3 and under. The buffet style meal consists of Stuffed Ham, Fried Oysters, Chicken Salad, Parsley Potatoes, Candied Yams, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Beets, Rolls, Coffee and Iced Tea. There will be Bake table and a 50/50 Raffle table. For more information, please contact Elaine Quade at 301-373-2695. Come and join us! Bring your friends!!
Riverdale Ministries’ present “Getting to Know You” Women's Conference featuring Christian Comedian Anita Renfroe and Christian Recording Artist Nicole Nordeman. The event will take place on Saturday, March 3rd, from 9:00 am - 4 pm at Riverdale Baptist Church. The cost is $59 (Includes lunch). Click HERE to purchase tickets. Once tickets are purchased, they will be mailed to the address provided. If you have any questions contact Carolyn Armacost at carmacost@riverdalebaptist.org or by calling the Church Office at (301) 249-7001 ext.147.
March 4th Events
March 9th Events

The Community Mediation Center of Calvert County is having a Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser on Friday, March 9, 150 Adelina Road in Prince Frederick. An evening of delicious food and intriguing entertainment. Tickets are $50 per person.  Buy your tickets now at www.calvert-mediation.org. The Community Mediation Center of Calvert (CMCC) is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Our mission is to provide conflict management services and education to empower people to create their own solutions. 


St. Charles High School Theater presents 'Once On This Island'.  A music packed story about a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy and the pompous gods who preside over their island making a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death.  Performances are March 9th at 7:00 pm, March 10th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and March 11th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for Seniors, Military, and Students. For more information on this and other events, please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SCHSPerformingArts 

March 10th Events

There will be a Veterans and Dependents Information Seminar Sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans at the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad on Saturday, March 10th from 10 am to 4 pm. DAV national Srvice Officers will be on hand to answer your personal questions and assist you with forms. Do you know what benefits you are entitled to as a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States? Do you know what benefits you are entitled to as the spouse, widow or dependent child of a veteran? Did you know that you also have burial benefits? Do you know what assistance might be available to you in your community? Do you just need help filling out forms for the VA? All these services are free. Refreshments will be served. For information call Wilma at 301-481-2674.


The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum in Chesapeake Beach is hosting a free New Volunteer Information Session on Saturday, March 10 from 9am to 12pm. Open volunteer positions include docent (show people around the museum), special events, outreach and more! Volunteering days and hours are extremely flexible. Drop by the museum any time that morning to find out more information. Free and open to the public. Questions? Call the Railway Museum:  410-257-3892.


The Golden Beach/Patuxent Knolls Civic Association will be holding its annual mulch sale on Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th,  at the Golden Beach Fire House on Therese Circle, Mechanicsville. Hours on Saturday will be 8-4 and Sunday will be 9-2. We will be selling 2 cu. ft. bags of red or black and 3 cu. ft. bags of shredded hardwood mulch, for $4/bag.  We offer free local delivery, if you order 20 or more bags.  Orders must be received and paid for by March 3rd, to guarantee delivery on March 10th.  To order call 301-884-5478 or visit www.ourgoldenbeach.com.


Guitar lovers unite for the 6th Annual Guitar Festival by Power Jam Music Alliance with an afternoon Guitar Workshop and evening Guitar Concert and Art Show on Saturday March 10th.  The headliner for the festival is classical guitarist Mark Edwards From 1998 to present, Mark has earned 34 top prizes in Thailand, Canada, and the United States. The Art Show will display paintings and other art works by local artist. Come with your guitar at 2 PM to 4 PM for the Guitar Workshop with Mark Edwards and stay around for the Guitar Concert and Art Show at 7 PM to 11 PM.  All ages are welcome.  The festival will be held at the 5 South Event Center, 21030 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, Maryland 20620.   The festival is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council.  For further information go to www.PJMA.info or call 240-925-8659.


On March 10, 2018, the American Legion Randolph Furey Post 170 (Green Acres) will be having a dinner dance at the Accokeek Firehouse Activity Center, 16111 Livingston Road, Accokeek, MD 20607 in observance of the American Legion’s 99th charter year. The time of the event is 7pm until 11pm; dinner will be served from 7pm to 9pm. Ticket Cost is $40. Tickets can be obtained at the Randolph Furey Post or by calling 301-535-7978. Souvenir journal ads can be purchased also by February 17, 2018. Please go to the Special Events section at www.post170md.org for additional information.


St. Charles High School Theater presents 'Once On This Island'.  A music packed story about a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy and the pompous gods who preside over their island making a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death.  Performances are March 9th at 7:00 pm, March 10th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and March 11th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for Seniors, Military, and Students. For more information on this and other events, please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SCHSPerformingArts 


March 11th events
Play and support the Charles County Children's Aid Society in their designer Purse Bingo on Sunday, March 11th at the American Legion Harry White Wilmer Post 82 on Crain Highway, La Plata. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Tickets: $25 per person (available at door). Purchase tickets in advance and receive reserved seating and a special chance to win a purse. Raffles, Pull Tabs, Refreshments, Desserts available for purchase, Door Prizes. Bring a package of diapers and receive 1 extra game sheet. For more information or to purchase tickets via Pay Pal,
visit www.childrens-aid-society.org or call 301.645.1561 or Pam - 301.908.1680
The 4th show of the season will be Sunday March 11th at the American Legion Post 238 on the corner of MD Rte. 381 & Rt. 231 in Hughesville, MD. For the first time to Southern Maryland, Lou Reid & Carolina will headline the show. Presented by Jay Armsworthy and the Sons of the American Legion, the show gets started at 2:00 pm. The doors open at Noon at the American Legion with food available for sale by the Sons of the American Legion. The show starts at 2:00 pm and tickets are available at the door for $20.00 per person, under the age of 12 admitted free with a paid adult. Although not required, non-perishable food donations will be collected for the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Southern Maryland. For more information on the show, please call 301-737-3004 or visit the website at www.americanlegionbluegass.com.
March 13th Events

Calvert Hospice announces an educational seminar called How to Talk to Your Healthcare Professional on March 13, 2018 from 1 – 2:30 pm at 96 Central Square Drive in Prince Frederick. Dr. Stephanie Carpenter, Director of Medicine & Palliative Care for Calvert Hospice and Tiffany Gaines, Nurse Practitioner for Calvert Internal Medicine Group, will share helpful information with participants about making the most out of your medical appointments. For more information, visit our website at http://calverthospice.org/education-seminars/ or call 410-535-0892.

March 17th Events

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will have a Fly4aCure Kite Festival on Saturday, March 17th from noon until 6 pm at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds. The Fly4aCure Kite Festival is a community kite festival to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will be a special recognition ceremony for those affected, as well as food, games, music, entertainment, and beautiful kites. Visit fly4acure.org or email fly4acuresomd@gmail.com for more information.

March 18th Events

The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be sponsoring a “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” on Sunday, March 18, from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the firehouse.  The menu includes: Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Home Fries, Scrambled Eggs, Baked Apple Dessert, Coffee, Milk and Juice.  The cost will be $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4-12 years old, and children under 3 are free.  There will be a 50/50 raffle, and carry outs will be available.  Don’t forget your camera!  Come and enjoy breakfast with your family and friends. 

March 24th Events

The 2nd District, Company 6 aka Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad will have a Craft and Vendor Fair, March 24th, Saturday – Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Reserve a space $25.00 / For more information: Call Darlene at 240-434-1095 After 4:00 p.m  


March 25th Events

The Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad (LPVRS) will have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday March 25th from 9 am - 11 am. All you can eat breakfast buffet, Adults: $8, Kids 5-12: $5, Under 5: Free Come out and meet the Easter Bunny at our Station located at 21685 FDR Blvd in Lexington Park, MD. 


There will be a Quarter and Silent Auction at the Newburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department on Sunday March 25th sponsored by Charles County Relay For Life Team: Family & Friends Fighting Together from Noon until 5 p.m.  A quarter auction and silent auction in one location. $3 for one paddle $5 for two paddles. Food will be on site for purchase. Easter Egg Hunt: $5 per egg. Everyone who buys an egg is guaranteed a prize.


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is sponsoring their Annual Spring Craft Show on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall located at 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD. Admission and parking is FREE. Over 90 craft vendors with a variety of handmade merchandise available (floral, ceramics, pottery, glass, jewelry, wood, paintings, photography, baskets, quilts, crochet, paper, wrought iron, doll clothing, bath and body, embroidery, hair accessories, candles, NFL, home décor, pet accessories, jelly, honey, jerky, cupcakes and much more. Lunch items for sale in our Kitchen. We are selling stuffed ham and chicken salad by the pound till sold out! There will be Bake table and a $300 Gift Card Raffle table. Mobile ATM on site. Come and join us! Bring your friends!! For further information, please visit Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department's website at www.hvfd7.com www.hvfd7.com or the Ladies Auxiliary’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LAHVFD/.

March 30th Events

SPAGHETTI DINNER “ALL YOU CAN EAT” – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (hosted by American Legion Post 82 Riders) on Friday, March 30th from 5:30-7:30pm. Free to Children 5yrs and under. $10 for all other attendees. Orders to go are available. Harry White Wilmer Post 82, 6330 N. Crain Hwy, La Plata, MD. Proceeds go the American Legion Charity Programs. Visit https://www.legion.org/ for more information about the programs.

April 7th Events

April 8th Events
The Great Mills High School Marching Band will again open the Lex Park ArtsPark Cherry Blossom Festival, Sunday, April 8, 2018, at noon, entering the park from the United States Colored Troops Memorial entrance and marching up Coral Drive through the park. There will again be free Frisbees, while they last. The Festival is free to attend. Music and other entertainment will be performed all day. Tickets for activities are sold for $1 each and various activities will charge between 1 and 10 tickets to participate. Vendors at the festival do not accept tickets for their food or wares. Artists and performers interested in a vendor, performance, or activity spot at the Cherry Blossom Festival – 2018 should contact Carly Stoliker at cgstoliker@smcm.edu as soon as possible. The same goes for interested food, and non-art vendors, as well as community organizations interested in having a table at the festival. To leave a voicemail call 301-863-7700. https://www.facebook.com/LexParkArtsPark
April 14th Events

There will be a 5k Run/Walk to help raise money for Guide Dogs of America on Saturday, April 14 from 8:00am – 12:00pm at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Hollywood. www.guidedogsofamerica.org. Guide Dogs of America, helps blind men and women regain their independence. Guide Dogs of America provides professionally trained guide dogs, and instruction in their use, free of charge to blind and visually impaired individuals across the U.S. and Canada. All proceeds will go to Guide Dogs of America.

April 15th Events

The Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be having a trip to Harrington Raceway & Casino on Sunday, April 15, 2018, on a first come/first served basis.  The cost will be $45.00 per person, with payment in advance.  Price includes: Water, Snacks, $15 in Free Slot Play and $7 Buffet Credit.  We will depart from the Seventh District Fire House at 8:00 a.m. with a stop at 8:30 a.m. in Charlotte Hall.  For a reservation or more information, please call 301-769-2016, 301-769-4042 or 301-769-2654.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will return the call ASAP.  Come and enjoy a fun-filled day at Harrington Raceway & Casino with friends and support a fundraiser for the Auxiliary.

May 19th Events

Girls on the Run Southern Maryland will host a celebratory 5K on Saturday, May 19, 2018 to celebrate the achievements of our 3rd-8th graders. on Saturday, May 19th at 9am at St. Mary's Ryken High School. We encourage the community to come out and support them. There are volunteer opportunities as well.

October 20th Events

The Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad is hosting our annual indoor Fall Vendor and Craft Event on October 20th from 11-2 ! Bring your family to browse and shop the area’s most popular vendors and crafters with their unique items and find lots of treasures for the gift-gifting season in one place! Shop, stay for lunch, take a station tour, have fun, all while supporting your local volunteer rescue squad! Vendor list pending. Interested Crafters and Vendors need to download and send in their completed the registration form and fee to P.O. Box 902, Lexington Park, MD 20653. For more details or to register please check us out our website: www.lpvrs.org or email: associatevp@lpvrs.org 

Various Events With Ongoing Dates
The Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s association is currently holding a fundraiser and raffling off a fishing trip. 20.00 a ticket the winner an 9 friends go fishing out of Solomon’s Island. If the winner does not want to go fishing they will receive cash value of trip drawing March 31. You go fishing April 28th. Please contact JW King for tickets at 240-427-7593 or Jking2408@gmail.com 
During the month of February, Charles County Government, in partnership with the La Plata Police Department, is supporting The Blue Ribbon Project’s Backpacks of Love program with several Charles County drop-off locations. The Backpacks of Love program supports victims of child abuse and neglect by providing children with a backpack of essential necessities to assist them the first 24 to 48 hours when they enter foster care at a moment’s notice. Backpacks are filled with age and gender specific items. If you are interested in building a backpack to donate or donating individual items, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/build-a-backpack-of-love.html for a full list of items. 
County drop-off locations:
Charles County Government (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata)
Mattawoman Utilities Office (5310 Hawthorne Road, La Plata) 
Department of Public Works/ Department of Emergency Services (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata)
Department of Community Services (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco)
La Plata Police Department (101 La Grange Avenue, La Plata)
Those who would like to support the Backpacks of Love program with monetary donations, visit www.blueribbonproject.org/how-to-help/donate.html to learn more. If you would like to donate items from the comfort of your home, visit www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2QNS0JI0VESCX. For more information about The Blue Ribbon Project, visit www.blueribbonproject.org. 
Calvert Hospice’s Bereavement team is offering a variety of specialized grief support groups starting in February. Groups include Gone But Never Forgotten focusing on substance abuse loss, ‘Til Death Do We Part, focusing on spousal loss, A Journey Through Grief, focusing on each individual’s unique experience with grief, and Bridges, a support group for grieving children and the adults who care for them. For more information, visit our website at calverthospice.org or call 410-535-0892. 
The annual “On Watch” memorial brick campaign taking place now through April 28, 2018. For a limited time, the public may purchase memorial bricks to be placed at the Veterans Patio, located at the World War II “On Watch” Memorial Statue in Dowell. The bricks are available to memorialize those who served our country during World War II. The cost of each brick is $100 and all contributions are tax deductible. Purchasers will be notified when the bricks are in place and available for viewing. An “On Watch” application is available at the  online to www.co.cal.md.us/onwatch. To learn more, call Melinda Donnelly at 410-535-1600, ext. 2565. The “On Watch” Memorial Statue is an 8-foot-tall bronze statue unveiled in 2007 by Maryland artist Antonio Tobias Mendez. The statue commemorates the people and work at the Solomons Amphibious Training Base, the nation’s first, during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, around 68,000 sailors, marines, coast guardsmen and soldiers trained to make beach landings; these forces had major roles at landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and the Pacific Solomons Islands.
CASA of Southern Maryland will hold information sessions for interested volunteers to learn about the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties Southern Maryland to providing support to abused and neglected children in foster care, and to be their voice within the Social Services and Court Systems. Not only does a CASA have the opportunity to form a meaningful relationship with a child, but they will also get to know the child’s case and offer valuable input to the court for the best interest of the child. “Advocates don’t need any previous experience or training to volunteer. Our volunteers participate in a 32 hour training program that is a combination of online and classroom learning that will prepare them to carry out their duties as CASA.”, says Tonya Kennerly, CASA of Southern Maryland Program Manager. Interested? Stop by an information session in your county to learn more about the CASA program, how to get involved, and even participate in on-the-spot interviews. Contact Jodie Taylor at jtaylor@center-for-children.org or 410-535-3047 for more information. Calvert County-January 9, 2018 from 5-7:30 Calvert County Central Library-Prince Frederick 850 Costley Way Prince Frederick, MD 20678 St. Mary’s County-January 16, 2018 from 5-7:30 Leonardtown Library 23250 Hollywood Rd Leonardtown MD 20650 Charles County-January 23, 2018 from 5-7:30 Waldorf West Library 10405 O’Donnell Pl Waldorf, MD 20603
Do you live in the Tri-County Area of Southern Maryland? If Yes!! Then this message is for you. The Charles County Department of Social Services, Calvert County Department of Social Services and St Mary’s County Department of Social Services are looking for individuals like you to become foster parents to children in the tri-county area. Foster parents offer temporary/short-term care and supportive services to children who are unable to live at home due to abusive and/or neglectful situations. Each Local Department of Social Service (DSS) depends on foster parents to carry out the day-to-day parenting for these children by opening their homes and providing emotional wellness and enrichment activities until they can either return safely to their own homes or until the children are adopted. Each local Department of Social Service will provide the training and resources you need to be a successful foster parent.  For more information on how to become a foster parent, please contact the Tri-County Recruiter at 301-392-6727 or via email at cclarke@maryland.gov.
Remember, we are counting on you Southern Maryland to help the children in your county.