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Westlake High School seniors Shawn Celestine and Aster Haileyesus collect recycled trash as part of school’s recycling program in March. The school placed first in a national recycling competition last school year.

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The seven-member Board of Education of Charles County establishes educational and fiscal policy, provides overall direction and governs CCPS. Registered voters elect Board Members to four-year terms. The next election is November 2014. The Board meets the second Tuesday of most months during the school year at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meetings begins at 1 p.m. Student and employee recognition is generally held at 4:30 p.m., and Public Forum is at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and televised live on the school system’s educational channels, Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12. Executive sessions may precede or follow regular and special meetings. Special meetings are scheduled throughSee SCHOOLS, Page 7


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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) provides students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. CCPS has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education. The school system expects more than 26,700 students during the 2013-14 school year. The system has 21 elementary schools (prekindergarten through grade 5), eight middle schools (grades 6-8) and six high schools (grades 9-12). A seventh high school is under construction and expected to open in August 2014. Additionally, there are a number of special centers within the system, including an environmental educational center; a learning evaluation and adult services center; a special education center; and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, an alternative school. CCPS has a 24-hour recorded information line that gives updated information concerning the county’s

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Welcome to Charles County! In an effort to help current and new residents get to know Charles County, the Maryland Independent publishes its annual Welcome Guide. Designed to serve as a reference tool, the guide offers information about the many programs, organizations, educational opportunities, recreation and more offered locally. Charles County has much to offer its citizens, and we have tried to include as many varied entries as possible. Every effort has been made to ensure infor-

mation is accurate, but please see suggested links and phone numbers for details and additional resources. To make suggestions for next year’s guide, contact special sections at the Maryland Independent by emailing editor Megan Snider at msnider@ Special thanks to Kelly Carroll and the members of our community who make this guide possible every year. Their time and effort are greatly appreciated.

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At top, participants in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Regency Furniture Stadium in 2012. A rainbow illuminates Waldorf last September, above. At left, cookin’ up something good at the Town of La Plata’s annual Chili Cook-off in 2012.

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out the year. The Board also holds a work session, as needed, on the fourth Monday of the month, starting at 6 p.m. Work sessions are announced in advance on the school system website, Community members are invited to participate in the meetings by giving comments on agenda items or any education-related topics during public forums. Registration for Public Forum begins 30 minutes prior to the start of a meeting. Board members are Chairman Roberta S. Wise, Vice Chairman Maura Cook, and members Jennifer Abell, Patricia Bowie, Michael Lukas, Pamela Pedersen and Donald Wade. A non-voting student board member is selected by students and advisors to represent all of the schools. Amit Patel is the Student Board Member for the 2013-14 school year. The Student Board Member works with a student liaison committee throughout the school year. Members of the student liaison committee are: Kim Jacks, junior, Henry E. Lackey High School liaison; Katherine Snee, senior, La Plata

High School liaison; Katelyn Turner, senior, Maurice J. McDonough High School liaison; Thomas Lilly, senior, North Point High School liaison and alternate student board member; Maher Bousaba, senior, Thomas Stone High School liaison; and Susan Duncan, senior, Westlake High School liaison.

Superintendent of Schools Charles County’s Superintendent of Schools is Kimberly A. Hill, Ed.D., who started her first term on July 1, 2013. The Board of Education appoints the Superintendent, who signs a four-year contract. The Superintendent’s executive staff includes: Paul Balides, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business; Keith Hettel, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services; Amy Hollstein, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction; and Sylvia Lawson, Assistant Superintendent of School Administration.

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Community clubs and organizations Volunteering for nonprofit organizations or joining groups is a great way to get active, meet new people and have fun. Whether you’re new to Charles County or a lifelong resident, there’s always something fresh to experience. The following is a list of many county organizations. Contact them for additional information.

for individuals and families in Calvert and Charles Counties. The Arc’s services are designed to meet the expressed desires and needs of the individuals and their families. For more information about The Arc of Southern Maryland in Charles County, call 301-932-7809. Visit

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AARP Meetings for the AARP Chapter 3845 are held at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center. AARP members discuss common concerns, share information and enjoy each other’s company. Call 301-843-9178.

Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, Southern Maryland office serves Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s. At the La Plata office, the association offers a variety of programs and services including caregiver support groups, information and referral services, Safe Return/Medic Alert registrations, family and caregiver meetings, on-site resource library, and workplace and community presentations. Call 800-272-3900 or 301-9345856, visit

Amateur Radio Club The Charles County Amateur Radio Club assists the county department of emergency services with various support, provides emergency radio communications between the department of emergency services and area hospitals, shelters and evacuation points. The club provides training and testing to residents seeking to get involved in amateur radio. Anyone with an interest in radios, electronics or communications is welcome — members come from a number of diverse backgrounds and are always willing to welcome and assist newcomers. Meetings are generally held the first Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic La Plata Train Station, La Plata. If that Friday happens to fall on a holiday weekend, the meeting will be moved to the second Friday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

American Legion Post 82 Harry White Wilmer American Legion Post 82 invites eligible veterans to visit and join the Post. The hall is newly renovated and hosts monthly

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Members of the Charles County Amateur Radio Club at the 2013 Field Day, an annual nationwide emergency preparedness event, at Laurel Springs Park in La Plata.

meetings, Thursday night Bingo, Friday night dinners and hall rental. Dinners and Bingo are open to the public. Post monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Auxiliary monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sons of the American Legion monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday at 7 p.m. For Thursday night bingo, doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 7 p.m.; minimum to play is $20. Dinners are held on a regular basis, see website for schedule. Post 82 is located at 6330 N. Crain Highway, La Plata. For more information, call 301-9348221 or visit

The Arc of So. Md. The Arc of Southern Maryland promotes community involvement, independence, and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its services include: Family Support and Advocacy Services — General; Residential Services, Supported Living Services, Employment and Day Activity Services — General; Community Education, Information and Referral Services, Educational Assistance, Respite Care, and Resource Library. The Arc maintains more than 30 residential homes providing staff support to more than 90 people and another 75 people who live in their own homes or apartments receive necessary support in the tri-county area. More than 85 people receive employment and day services. Additionally, the agency provides Respite Services

Indian Head’s Black Box Theatre is embarking on an exciting effort to revitalize and re-envision its current space and offerings. The new Indian Head Center for the Arts (IHCA) will serve as a multi-purpose space where residents of all ages can take instruction in the arts, view quality theatrical performances and come together as a cultural community. The ongoing renovations at the theatre seek to increase the building’s space by almost 50 percent and will add classrooms, studios and multiplepurpose meeting areas. Future plans for the space include open mic nights and arts workshops for teenagers; introductory and intermediate arts classes for younger children; and adult classes and workshops in a variety of art disciplines. The theatre will continue to produce a seasonal calendar of plays and other performances, as well as host the popular summer theatre camp. For more information, call 301743-3040 or visit

Board of Child Care/Alternatives for Youth and Families The Board of Child Care of the United Methodist Church Inc. is a nonprofit, child welfare agency that provides residential group care for children referred by state agencies. They also offer an array of communitybased programs to further support children and strengthen families, including foster care, therapeutic counseling, adoption information, special education and more. For information on how to make a referral, become a foster parent or mentor, call 301-884-0312 or visit

Business Networking International Business Networking International (BNI) is a business and professional networking organization that offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and qualified referrals.

Our ongoing education programs help members build their business through “word of mouth.” With more than 5,000 chapters worldwide and over 100 chapters in Maryland andWashington, D.C., BNI is the world’s largest networking organization. The BNI meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Mimi’s Café, 3016 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf, and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Prime Street Grille, 4680 Crain Highway, White Plains. Meetings are open to those who want to network with other professionals. For more information, call Eric Eisenberg at 240601-8930 or Peg Duchesne at 240-5771236. Visit

Catherine Foundation The Catherine Foundation provides free and confidential services including pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds and information on pregnancy options. Referrals for adoption, medical care, legal aid, housing and food are available. Free childbirth, parenting, and post abortion classes are available, as well as a fatherhood mentorship program. The Foundation also provides material assistance to clients in need – diapers, wipes, formula, baby clothes, maternity clothes, etc. A speaker’s bureau for schools, churches and civic organizations is provided to the community. Call 301-932-8811 or visit

Catholic Business Association of Charles County The Catholic Business Association of Charles County is a fellowship of Catholic business and professional men and women dedicated to promoting Catholic school education in Charles County and applying the principles of their Catholic faith in the marketplace. In furtherance of this twofold mission, members commit themselves to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and professionalism in the services they offer. The Association is introducing a new networking event held every third Thursday of the month. “Thirsty Third Thursday” will be held every third Thursday at the Port Tobacco Restaurant at 5 p.m. with appetizers are provided by the Restaurant. Lisa White, Loyola on the Potomac, is president; Lisa Case, Carousel Clothing, is vice president; Leonard C. Hale, CPA is treasurer; John Coller, Colonial Realty, is secretary; and Cyn McDermott, Hot Licks, is our media secretary. For more inforSee Groups, Page 9

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mation, call Lisa White at 301-392-0819, email or visit

Catholic Charities in So. Md. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington provides services to residents of Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Services available include assistance with food, medications, shelter placement, budget counseling, seasonal utility assistance and rent/mortgage assistance. In Charles County, call 301-274-0680. For information about the Angel’s Watch Shelter, call 301-274-0680, and for information on the Southern Maryland Food Bank, call 301-2740695. Visit

Center for Abused Persons Center for Abused Persons, 2670 Crain Highway, Suite 303,Waldorf, is dedicated to providing information, referrals and crisis intervention counseling to the community through a 24-hour, seven-day-aweek hotline (301-645-3336); professional counseling; support services and emergency shelter for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and their families; information to the community regarding sexual assault and domestic violence; an abuser intervention and support program; volunteer opportunities; and board of directors membership. The organization offers support to other agencies and organizations in the community with similar goals. Call 301-645-8994. For the 24-hour crisis hotline, call 301-645-3336. Visit

Charles County Arts Alliance The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit. Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes all the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature. The CCAA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development of the State of Maryland. In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the“umbrella” organization for the arts community in Charles County. The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals; provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs; sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community; provides arts scholarships; and ensures the Charles County’s underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities and senior citizens who have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County. The work of the Charles County Arts Alliance is made possible through funding from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Charles County government and membership contributions. The Charles County Arts Alliance headquarters is located at the United

Way building, 10250 La Plata Road, on Route 488. Call 301-392-5900 or write the Charles County Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 697, White Plains, Md. 20695. Visit

Children’s Aid Society Charles County Children’s Aid Society Inc., 3000 Huntington Circle, Waldorf, Md. 20602, is a private nonprofit human service agency. Founded in 1936, the agency provides short-term emergency assistance to families with children under the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis. Children’s Aid Society’s emergency assistance program includes assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, food, clothing, baby items, personal care items, homeless prevention assistance and prescription assistance. Educational classes including proper nutrition and financial budgeting. CAS also has a school supply program, assistance for Easter, a Thanksgiving program and a Christmas Connection program. Combined, these programs reach thousands of Charles County children annually. Information and referral services are also provided on a daily basis, giving guidance to families who require additional services beyond the scope of our mission. The food pantry at CAS is available five days a week and can provide enough food to feed a family for up to three days until other benefits are available. For client services, the society is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday — please call to schedule an appointment. The office is closed on observed holidays. Hours for donations are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday — please call ahead to confirm donations are being accepted. For more information, call 301-645-1561 or visit

Charles County Commission For Women The Charles County Commission for Women (CCCW) facilitates connections between members of the community in need of services and the community organizations that provide those services. Their membership is comprised of a non-political, non-partisan group of women leaders in the community. From diverse backgrounds, they bring their differing world views and a variety of social, economic, political and religious beliefs together to focus on family issues and women’s concerns. All members reside in Charles County and are appointed by the County Commissioners of Charles County. As a voice for women and families in Charles County, the CCCW supports and publicizes newly passed legislation that affects women and families. CCCW communicates with community members about legislative issues affecting women, children, and families and encourages women to become more informed and involved. The Family Issues Committee focuses on issues that may include educating families regarding domestic violence, financial literacy, and promoting access to support and resources for homeless families. The Health and Aging Committee focuses on issues that may include quality primary care, preventive care, immunizations, wellness care and education, and maintenance of chronic conditions regardless of ability to pay. The Education Committee focuses on enhancing the awareness and service delivery of educational and workforce training and opportunities for women in our community.

Just as the strength of tapestry depends on as many of the threads as possible being strong and interwoven well, Charles County is strengthened by the thousands of volunteer hours donated by members of Charles County Commission for Women. They bring strength and variety by design. Write to P.O. Box 2150, La Plata, Md. 20646. For more information, call 301-645-0580 or visit

Charles County Cooperative Ministry on Aging Charles County Cooperative Ministry on Aging provides two programs, Meals on Wheels and Telephone Reassurance Program. It is the single, largest non-profit volunteer organization in the county that focuses exclusively on delivering hot meals and making telephone reassurance contact/friendly visits to homebound seniors. CMA volunteers deliver hot nutritious meals five days per week to eligible homebound seniors on nine different routes within Charles County. The TRP volunteers make telephone calls, visit and/or send letters and cards to homebound seniors within the county. These labors of love provide nutrition and ensure the safety and welfare of each senior visited and/or contacted. CMA referrals come from the Office on Aging, family members, churches and other agencies that may be aware of the needs of the elderly. Volunteers are always needed. If you can give two hours a day, week or month to one of these programs, call Marie Ford at 301-392-6325. You will make a difference in someone’s life.

Charles County Genealogical Society The Charles County Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization with a purpose to promote the collection, preservation and dissemination of genealogical information. They also hope to educate and assist those interested in researching their ancestry. Membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month — except June, July and August — at the LDS Family History Center, 4560 Padgett Road, White Plains. Email or visit

Charles County Literacy Council The Charles County Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization that provides free communitybased one-on-one adult literacy tutoring. Volunteers are members of the community from all walks of life, who donate their time to help others reach their educational goals and who have completed a nine-hour tutor-training workshop. The next tutor-training workshop is October 8, 9, and 10 from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. each evening. Advanced registration and a $30 registration fee is required. Call 301-934-6488 or email to register. Adults 18 and older who are residents of Charles County and have a desire to learn reading, writing, spelling, basic math, English as a Second Language or prepare for the ASVAB, can ask for assistance from the Literacy Council and they will be paired with a volunteer trained tutor. Programs adjusted to the needs of the student are provided on a one-on-one basis and are confidential. There is a $20 fee to help See Clubs, Page 14

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man- and sophomore-level classes at CSM. To take the first step toward a degree, visit A two-time Silver Level Maryland Quality Award recipient, CSM is progressive in its delivery of high quality courses, programs and services to a growing number of students of all ages. In addition to its wide range of associate degree programs, certificate programs and continuing education courses for professional and career development, CSM offers bachelor degree opportunities locally through partnering colleges and universities. A leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of working adults, CSM offers a variety of flexible learning options, including web-based courses, self-paced courses, web-hybrid blended courses, and mini-sessions. CSM continues to expand its partnerships with bachelor-degree institutions to provide a seamless transition to local and statewide bachelor degree programs. Students who begin at CSM enjoy significant savings as they pursue higher education, particularly when they ladder their associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree. Students earning their associate’s degrees at CSM and then transferring to complete their baccalaureate degrees can save an average of

August 2013 • Charles County Welcome Guide • 11 $29,000. CSM students transferred successfully, both in-state and out-of-state, to 125 different colleges and universities in 36 states and the District of Columbia in the last year. Destinations include Maryland’s universities and other top schools, such as East Carolina University, Pennsylvania State University, The Ohio State University, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. The college offers local access to bachelor’s degree opportunities through partnerships developed with a number of colleges and universities within Maryland. These opportunities allow students to transfer easily from CSM to the partnering university while saving thousands of dollars on tuition, fees, housing and transportation. One of eight higher education centers statewide, the Waldorf Center for Higher Education combines the educational talents and resources of CSM, University of Maryland University College, and other higher education partners to provide comprehensive, high-quality associate, bachelor, graduate and professional programs and specialized workforce development training to the residents of Southern Maryland. CSM is the first-choice provider of workforce development in Southern Maryland. More than 22,000 enrollees started, maintained credentials, and/or advanced in a career over the past three years. The college’s CTET is a thriving facility, offering training that enables students to gain skills quickly to enter the workforce. In preparation for emerging See CSM, Page 37

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The mission of the Charles County Department of Health is to protect, promote and assure the health of the community and its citizens. They respond to the health care needs of Charles County by providing personal health services (both mental and physical), health education, disease detection and prevention in a safe environment, with integrity, sensitivity, and quality professional care. They carry out our mission in concert with the Charles County Government. The Charles County Department of Health is a local office of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Located at 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, the department can be reached at 301609-6900 or by visiting charlescounty

University of Maryland Charles Regional Health is a not for profit, regional, integrated health system serving Charles County and Southern Maryland. The health system includes University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC), The Center for Wound Healing at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical and University of Maryland Charles Regional OB/GYN, University of Maryland Charles Regional Surgical Care and University of Maryland Charles Regional ENT in La Plata. UM CRMC has served the community for nearly 75 years.The medical center provides 24-hour emergency care. In addition, UM CRMC provides in-house physician coverage in pediatrics and surgery. UM CRMC offers a wide array of services including an intensive care unit and a coronary care unit; acute dialysis; a family birthing center; antenatal testing; nuclear medicine services; rehabilitation services (i.e. PT, OT,

and Speech); a sleep disorders lab; telemetry; cardiac and pulmonary care and rehabilitation; laboratory services; pediatrics; EKGs and EEGs; inpatient pharmacy services; outpatient infusion center; oncological care; radiology services including: Xray, CT, MRI, mammography, and ultrasound; and surgical services including same day surgery. A state of the art lab for vascular/interventional care is available. UM CRMC is a primary stroke center. UM CRMC completed an extensive expansion and renovation project which more than doubled the size of medical center. The project included a new Emergency Department with a dedicated fast track for minor ailments; a new Surgical Services Suite comprised of operating and minor procedure rooms, a new Same Day Surgery Unit and 60 new private patient rooms. A coffee bar, gift shop, new four-story glass atrium and new entrance, and healing garden were also added. Renova-

tions to the existing medical center include the conversion of patient rooms to private accommodations. The Emergency Department (ED) has also been expanded to improve the patient experience, reduce patient waiting time and provide quicker access to lab and imaging services. The Center for Wound Healing at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical opened in the summer of 2012, offering highly specialized wound care treatments for chronic wounds. Leading edge treatments at the center will include negative pressure wound therapy, bioengineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. UM CRMC also provides a wide range of services promoting health and wellness through its health promotion programs. Services include physician referral; health screenings and assessments; support groups; and physician lectures on a wide range of health topics from asthma to yoga. For more information on UM CRMC, call 1-888-332-4847 or visit

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MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, serves the 800,000 residents of Southern Maryland. By investing in advanced technology and recruiting the region’s finest physicians, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center offers specialty medical and surgical care close to home. As a designated a Cardiac Interventional Center, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s cardiac program offers life-saving interventions for heart attack patients, elective angioplasties, and diagnostic cardiac procedures. The hospital is also renowned for orthopedic surgery and the Center for Joint Replacement. In December 2010, the hospital opened the Women and Newborns Center, an enhanced obstetrics and gynecological program that includes the area’s only Level II B NICU. The hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center and was among the first hospi-

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is a 454-bed facility providing a continuum of care for Maryland veterans and eligible spouses. Services include a 168-bed assisted living unit and a higher level of care in the 286-bed long-term care unit. Specialized care, for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, is provided in two 42-bed secured units. Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is Maryland’s only state veterans home and is proud to provide many on-site services such as dental, optometry, podiatry, rehabilitation and occupational therapy. Daily transport to the USVA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for

specialty appointments is also available. Veterans receive a subsidy from the U.S. Veterans Administration applied toward their cost of care. Charlotte Hall has a robust activities and volunteer program supported by many veteran service organizations, community groups and individuals. Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is also one of the largest employers in St. Mary’s County with more than 400 full time employees including nursing, housekeeping, dietary, housekeeping, maintenance and social services. For more information, visit or call 301-884-8171.

Health Partners Inc. Health Partners Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates a free adult primary health care clinic for uninsured and underinsured citizens of Charles County. The clinic delivers quality medical services by utilizing the skills of volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrative support staff. Health Partners’

patients, when appropriate, receive a referral for dental and specialty medical care as a result of partnerships with local physicians, dentists and other healthcare agencies. To receive service through Health Partners Inc., a person must be a resident of Charles County, provide proof of a household income not

greater than 200 percent over the federal poverty line and not have health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare. Patients are seen by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 301-6453556. The clinic is located at 3070 Crain Highway,Waldorf, and volunteers are always needed. Visit www.healthpartnersinc. org.

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tals designated as a Primary Stroke Center in Prince George’s County. Among the hospital’s other specialty services and facilities are a twenty-four hour emergency department and critical care services, outpatient radiology, surgical services, a sleep disorders lab, mental health services, an asthma and allergy center, physical (rehabilitative) medicine, and cancer services. The hospital is active in health promotion and wellness, offering the public an array of services including free screenings, support groups, and classes as well as structured wellness services including cardiac risk reduction and diabetes self management. The Southern Maryland Health System also operates a network of ancillary services including outpatient rehabilitation centers, medical offices, imaging centers and physicians’ offices in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s counties. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is a member of the Maryland and American Hospital Associations and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information, call 301-868-8000 or visit

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Garrett Avenue in La Plata, is a volunteer group of local citizens who support the library and its services through fund-raising and sponsorship programs. Giant, semi-annual used book bazaars and Saturday book sales at the La Plata branch are among the fundraisers. Book donations are welcome on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the bookstore is open. Application forms and information can be obtained by contacting your local library branch. Call the La Plata branch at 301-934-9001. Visit

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defray the cost of the assessment. The Literacy Council is funded primarily by United Way of Charles County through CFC donations. The Charles County Government provides additional funding. In addition, the Literacy Council receives private donations and grants and conducts fundraisers. Literacy Council meetings are open to the public. They’re held on the first Tuesday of each month, September through June, at 7 p.m. at the United Way meeting room, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata. For more information, contact the Literacy Council at 301-934-6488 or email Visit www.charlescountyliteracy .org.

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Charles County Right to Life

Charles County Woman’s Club

Charles County Right to Life is a chapter of Maryland Right to Life, Inc. They teach that that all human life — from conception to natural death — has inherent value and is entitled to protection under the law. Their aim is to inform the public of pro-life issues, thereby discouraging abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, etc., and encouraging the enactment of pro-life laws and election of pro-life candidates. Charles County Right to Life informs and educates members and the public on pro-life issues through email and Facebook, information booths at the Charles County Fair, College of Southern Maryland and Juneteenth celebrations, attending the March for Life inWashington, D.C., and the Maryland March for Life in Annapolis, and sponsoring a pro-life speech and essay contest in schools. There are no dues; our funding comes from donations. Write to Charles County Right to Life, P.O. Box 908, White Plains, Md. 20695, call 301-645-1122 or email

Federated in 1954, the Charles County Woman’s Club is an organization dedicated to serving the community in art, conservation, education, home life, and international and public affairs. CCWC is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the oldest and largest organizations of volunteer women in the world. The club meets the second Thursday of each month, September through June. Call Mary Thompson at 301-753-9146 or email

Charles County Technology Council The Charles County Technology Council is a membership-based organization recognizing the crucial role of technology in the successful development of our community. CCTC’s programs and initiatives include networking and educational events, the promotion of technology as a driver of economic development, the support of workforce initiatives and STEM education. Members have the opportunity to win the Charles CountyTechnology Company of the Year award, presented annually by CCTC at the Leading Edge Awards ceremony. CCTC is a major supporter of STEM through the funding of robotics events and a scholarship program for students pursuing STEM careers. CCTC was instrumental in bringing business and local government partners together to develop Charles County’s first network of electric vehicle chargers. CCTC’s vision is “The future of our community is Technology, the essential core element to its continued growth and success.” CCTC’s Mission is to “Encourage and promote the use, growth, and development of technology in Charles County and the Southern Maryland Region.” For more information, visit, call 877-282-5734, find us on Facebook at or follow on Twitter @cctc.

Christmas in April Christmas in April Charles County is a year-round project devoted to planning, promoting and preparing for a one-day blitz of repairing the homes of elderly, low-income and/or physically disabled homeowners who are unable to do the work. Call for income requirements. The event is held the last Saturday in April. The success of the project depends solely on contributions of money, materials, equipment and labor by local companies, organizations, churches and individuals. For more information about donations, applications and volunteering, call the Christmas in April voicemail at 301-392-0202 or email Visit

Citizens for a Better Charles County Citizens for a Better Charles County is a countywide non-partisan, not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1977 to maintain and improve the quality of life for residents of Charles County. It is interested in all forms of county activities and in the promotion of good government. The groups studies and takes reasoned positions supporting our schools, economic development, land use, the protection of our water resources and the environment, and similar topics. Public informational meetings are held periodically on timely issues of concern. It operates under a board of directors that holds monthly meetings. Citizens are invited to join the organization and to bring matters of concern to the Board. Call Julie Simpson 301-743-9243 or visit

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Community Foundation of Charles County, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) public charity, is the eleventh community foundation established in Maryland, aimed to improve the quality of life for the community of Charles County by aligning philanthropic interests with community needs through stewardship and collaboration. We do this in many ways: providing grants; encourage people to invest in the future of nonprofits by creating endowments for nonprofits; collaborating on community grassroots projects; providing leadership for special programs; and more. Our giving is focused on six areas: arts and culture; education and scholarship; environment; general community improvement; health and wellness; and youth initiatives. Our vision is to make Charles County the best place to live and give. The foundation is located at 2960 Technology Place, Suite 102-B, Waldorf. Call Gretchen Heinze Hardman, executive director, at 301-885-0108 or visit

Daughters of the American Revolution The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education. Founded on Oct. 11, 1890, the mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Any woman is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution if they are 18 or older and are descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of American independence, served as a sailor, soldier, civil officer, recognized patriot or rendered material aid in one of the colonies or states. The Port Tobacco Chapter was chartered in Charles County on Dec. 6, 1965. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month from September through May. Sometimes, events are held on Saturdays instead. For more information, call Pam Donahue at 301-392-5827, email porttobaccodar@ or visit

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Society Inc. The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Society, Inc., located at 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf, owns and operates the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House. The property consists of 197 acres with the house museum, gift shop, exhibit building, farm museum, tobacco museum and civil war museum open to the public. Guides dressed in period clothing from the 1850s to 1911 give tours of the house and grounds. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on WednesSee Organizations, Page 18

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CSM Arts The Arts are alive and well at the College of Southern Maryland with programs and performances taking place on all three campuses. Activities include theater productions, concerts, dance performances, gallery exhibits and talks, and ensemble opportunities for the entire community as well as Kids’ and Teen College Classes in the Arts. Your source of information on the Arts at CSM is The College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center celebrates its 30th anniversary this year on the La Plata Campus. The Fine Arts Center plays an essential role in the community as a place where poetry, theater, music and the visual arts are passionately pursued and enjoyed by the community. Since its beginnings, CSM’s arts program has enlightened and entertained the Southern Maryland community with diverse cultural and educational experiences as well as has provided


opportunities to expand and develop musical, performing and visual arts through classroom, studio and performance. Among the newest additions are Dinner Theatre, Cause Theatre and Renaissance Festival. Centrally located on the La Plata Campus, the Fine Arts Center houses a 400-seat professional theater, the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, the Walter Grove II Memorial Art Gallery, art studios, a computer art lab, both color and black-and-white processing labs and a ceramic arts studio, in addition to classrooms and faculty offices. Auditions to perform in the various productions offered by the CSM Theatre Company, CSM’s Children’s The-

families picnic on CSM’s lawns. Performances are held rain or shine with indoor facilities available on each campus. CSM’s Arts strives to provide Southern Maryland with highquality arts experiences in the classroom as well as on stage or in a gallery. As the programs expand and diversify, CSM will continue to be the cultural focal point and artistic heartbeat of Southern Maryland and serve as a catalyst for artistic Photos courtesy of the College of Southern Maryland development for all residents. For performance schedule, season ticket discounts and atre and CSM’s Cause Theatre are open audition information, visit to the community. or connect Music ensembles include CSM’s Chorale, Barbershop Chorus, the Latin online on Facebook at College of Ensemble, Solid Brass Jazz Ensemble Southern Maryland Performing Arts or and Concert Band. The Ward Virts on Twitter at CSMDArts. To reach the Concert Series features professional box office, call 301-934-7828 or email guest artists on a world-class hand- For CSM’s TDD crafted Bösendorfer Grand Piano, phone, call 301-934-7788. CSM is accessible to patrons with located on the Prince Frederick Camdisabilities. Audio description for the pus. Now in its seventh year, the college’s visually impaired and sign language popular outdoor “Twilight Perfor- interpretation for the hearing impaired mance Series” is a family-friendly and are available with a minimum two free weekly program available at each week advanced notice. If interested in campus throughout the summer. A these services, contact the academic variety of performances and concerts support/ADA coordinator at 301-934offer entertainment while friends and 7614.

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day and Saturday and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday. The last house tour is at 3:30 p.m. Special tours of 15 or more may call 301-274-9358. The grounds open in late March and are closed the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Closed on Easter Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-16. Society members can tour free of charge. Credit cards not accepted. The 12th annualVictorian Christmas Celebration will be held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7-8 and will include walk-through tours, entertainment and refreshments. Cost is $8 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-16. Call 301-274-9358 or visit

Gabriel Network The Gabriel Project is a grass-roots, faith-based non-profit support network which provides practical, emotional and spiritual support to women and families facing crisis pregnancies, in a spirit of Christian solidarity. The Gabriel Project was established to provide hands-on support to mostly below-poverty income women facing unplanned (crisis) pregnancies. A variety of services are offered including transitional maternity housing, 24-hour referral line support and a very special and personalized “Angel Friend” program — basically a “big sister” style program for pregnant women whereby one of our volunteers is assigned as a sponsor for each woman served. Other services offered include transportation to and from doctor’s

appointments. The adoption-certified staff promotes adoption through community events and activities, such as the “Adoption Awareness Night” programs which are sponsored throughout Maryland. The Gabriel Project also offers education/scholarships, job training, financial counseling and computer training. The project serves a socially, economically and culturally diverse group of women from urban/suburban/rural communities alike, offering assistance over the longterm and personalized one-on-one care. The Gabriel Project is active in Charles County. To call the office during business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, call 1-800-264-3565, ext. 301. For immediate help with a crisis pregnancy, please call the 24-hour referral line at 1-800-ANGEL-OK (264-3565). Visit

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital serves girls throughout the region with informal educational and fun programs designed to help girls put into practice the fundamental principles of the Girl Scout’s Promise and Law. Those principles are inspired by the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service. It is carried out in troops with adult leadership and provides a wide range of activities developed around the interests and needs of the girls. Girl Scouts is open to all girls between the ages of 5 and 17. The strength of the movement rests in the See Community, Page 20

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The Humane Society of Charles County The Humane Society of Charles County is located at 71 Industrial Park Drive, St. Charles, Waldorf. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and have extended hours from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The Humane Society accepts stray and unwanted pets and offers pets for adoption. They also offer low cost spay/neuter services to the general public with no income or residency restrictions. If your household income is below $45,000, you may be eligible for additional discounts. They also offer low cost vaccine clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets and spay and neuter services. Please call 301-645-8181 for information. The Humane Society also offers positive reinforcement dog training classes on an on-going basis. The

training program is designed to teach dogs good manners to assist them at home and out and about. They also offer dog boarding on a limited space basis. Reservations are required and your dog must be current on distemper, rabies and Bordatella (bring your vaccination receipt or travel health certificate). Their educational programs are available free of charge to citizen groups ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizen. Programs cover a wide range of topics from basic pet care to endangered species. Additional programs are offered in the summer months. All of the programs are designed to teach kindness for all livings things and a respect for the environment. Call 301-645-8181 for information about any of the above programs or visit The Humane Society of Charles County is an independent shelter proudly serving Southern Maryland since 1978, and a 501(c)3 non-profit funded by donations and grants. They receive no support from national humane associations. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Last Chance Animal Rescue Last Chance Animal Rescue, located at 4499 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf, operates in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. They primarily take in cats from more than 25 high-kill shelters in five states and provide disasterrelief services for small pets. They’re partnered with more than 30 PetSmart and Petco stores in the region and provide full service in-store cat adoptions. Last Chance annually rescues and re-homes some 10,000 pets and, since 1999, have provided loving homes for more than 100,000 cats and dogs. The rescue brings many dogs and puppies looking for homes to adoption events every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations and dog lists are posted Friday and Saturday mornings on their Facebook page at www.facebook .com/LCARMD. Last Chance’s The Spay Spot offers walk-in, no appointment needed clinics held the first and third Thursday of every month, 12

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Monique Nathan of Last Chance Animal Rescue checks on litters that await sterilization before being put up for adoption in May.

p.m. to 3 p.m. They offer rabies, FVRCP (feline distemper), DHLPP (canine distemper), kennel cough, lyme and feline leukemia vaccines as well as heartworm and FELV/AIDS testing and more. The clinic is located at 3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro. Call the office at 301-274-9409, the clinic at 301-885-0263 or visit, where pre-approval forms for dog adoptions are also available.

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Pet care facilities Applejack K-9 Academy Located in Charlotte Hall, Applejack K-9 Academy offers training courses for all breeds, boarding and more. Dogs who complete the basic training package are eligible for boarding in a professionally-staffed, clean environment. Training services include basic behavioral modification, off-leash obedience, personal and family protection and more. The academy is located at 14655 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall. Call 301-884-7547 or visit

Blue Spring Kennel Designed to be a “home away from home” for dogs, Blue Spring Kennel is a climate-controlled building located at 14200 Meadow Creek Lane, Waldorf. The kennel is divided into three areas based on the size of dog, and all dogs are given clean blankets and pillows to sleep on. The building is located by a 6 ft. privacy fence. Call 301-705-7704 or visit

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voluntary leadership of adults — men and women 18 and older. Training is provided free to our volunteers and there are many opportunities to work with girls and/or other adults to deliver the Girl Scout program. For information on joining or volunteering, email, call 1-800-523-7898 or 301-638-5373 or visit To serve Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland, the Girl Scout Waldorf office is located at 2670 Crain Highway, Suite 101, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-5373 or 1-800-834-1702.

Greater Waldorf Jaycees The Waldorf Jaycees is a group of young leaders between 21 and 40. The nonprofit organization offers members a chance to enjoy fun and fellowship while developing personal and leadership skills and providing community services.

doggie day care, pet camp and day spa as well as shuttle service and more. The Playful Pup offers day care, boarding, grooming and training. The property is located at 10533 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains. Call 301-3057282 or visit or

Paw Prints Animal Hospital/ Waldorf Well Pet Clinic Offering low-cost vaccinations and full service veterinary exams to both animals adopted from Last Chance Animal Rescue and the general public, Paw Prints has an on-site radiology machine as well as on-site medical diagnostic equipment, vaccinations and more. The clinic is located at 4499 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf. To make an appointment, call 301-885-0263 or visit www.lastchanceanimalrescue .org.

in Southern Maryland since 1978. A board certified veterinarian at their hospital serves you, as well as three other highly qualified veterinarians. The hospital is located at 11685 Doolittle Drive, Waldorf. Call 301-645-2550 or visit

Tidewater Veterinary Hospital Whether your pets are large or small, Tidewater — founded in 1958 — takes pride in providing healthcare with a personal touch. Doctors provide routine healthcare six days a week, and 24-hour emergency services are available for small and large animals. Routine surgeries may also be performed, and farm calls are available by appointment. The facility is located at 30079 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall. Call 301-884-3231 or visit

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At Waldorf Animal Clinic, the staff is committed to providing the best possible care and services for small animals with superior

The Jaycees’ community development efforts include Muscular Dystrophy, community improvements, youth recreation, senior citizens’ programs, Toys for Tots, government involvement and assisting other community groups. Members’ individual development efforts include leadership training, stress management, communication training, time management, speak-up/write-up, family activities, personal and professional skills and Junior Jaycees (12- to 17-year-olds). The Jaycees also holds craft bazaars, bingo socials, competitions, Las Vegas casino nights, chapter visitation and state sporting events. Membership meetings are held at 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center on the corner of U.S. 301 and Route 5 in Waldorf. Call 301-843-2233.

wildlife. IWLA’s strength lies in its grassroots commonsense approach to solving local, regional and national conservation issues. The major goal is to protect and use sustainably America’s rich resources to ensure a high quality of life for all people, now and in the future. The purpose of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the IWLA shall be to engage in educational, philanthropic and cultural activities, which will contribute to individual and community betterment. The league is located at 4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf. For information on the chapter or the Outdoor Education Center, visit To join, call Thomas Scheid at 301-843-1709.

The Izaak Walton League of America, So. Md. Chapter The Izaak Walton League of America is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting the nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and

Kiwanis Club of La Plata Organized in 2002 and chartered in 2003, the Kiwanis Club of La Plata is in Division 22/Potomac Region of the Capital District Kiwanis, a part of Kiwanis International. The KCLP was formed in 2002 after the La Plata tornado devastated the town. Today, they sponsor Kiwanis-family organizations that provide young people with oppor-

client communication, excellent medical and surgical skills, and — above all — compassion and understanding. The clinic offers preventative care, medical and surgical services, dental care, boarding and grooming. Waldorf Animal Clinic was named one of the top 50 best places for pet care in Maryland by Washingtonian Magazine (Feb. 2011). Visit the clinic at 2242 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. Call 301-8432666 or visit

VCA Southern Maryland Veterinary Referral Center Located at 3485 Rockefeller Court, Waldorf, the center is a 24hour emergency veterinary hospital as well as a referral center. They have specialists on hand to work with your regular veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your pet, and the center operates as an extension of your regular veterinarian. Call 301-6380988 or visit w w w. v c a s

tunities to perform community service and develop leadership skills through the LPHS Key Club, MSMS Builders Club, and WJM Elementary K-Kids. They also sponsor the Terrific Kids and Bringing Up Grades (BUG) programs at Matula and Mitchell elementary schools, paint wall murals at many non-profit organizations and provide scholarships annually to a high school senior. A worldwide service organization for people who desire to become personally involved in making their communities better places to live, Kiwanians come from all walks of life and have one defining common interest: a desire and willingness to serve their communities. Kiwanis Club of La Plata meets twice a month: the second Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Ouzo’s Restaurant (68 Drury Drive, La Plata), and the fourth Saturday at 10 a.m. at the La Plata Public library. Visit their Facebook page at wanis-Club-of-La-Plata/ 162005770524184?ref=hl and their website at See Join, Page 41

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Plenty to see, eat and drink in Charles County Live shows and theatre

Let us entertain you! If you’re starving for dinner or just good tunes, Charles County’s restaurants and shows won’t send you home disappointed.

Dining out Whether you’re hungry for Mexican, Italian, Chinese, all-American fare or something in between, Charles County offers plenty of dining options to whet your appetite — and keep you coming back for more. For seafood lovers, crab houses in Cobb Island and Newburg offer delicious crustacean treats, cold beverages and water views. Famous Maryland blue crabs are steamed and ready to pick, and many locals swear by the delight of a bowl of piping-hot cream of crab soup. Go at sunset for a relaxing taste of summer’s vibrant colors. Waldorf and La Plata are hubs for good eats. The towns offer both well-loved chain restaurants and unique, local dining experiences — many right off Crain Highway. FollowWaldorf’s Route 925 for access to hidden gems like Silver Skewers, which serves delectable Persian fare and the most refreshing iced tea around.

Friday night concerts Live music takes center stage in Charles County. Waldorf and La Plata welcome local acts every Friday night in summer during their free concert series.

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The Port Tobacco Pickers, a local bluegrass band, perform as part of the La Plata Summer Concert Series at La Plata Town Hall in 2012.

On O’Donnell Lake in St. Charles, bands and entertainers perform live at 7 p.m. throughout the summer. Visit Further south, come to La Plata Town Hall every Friday night at 7 p.m. for the town’s summer concert series. Bring your own lawn chair or blankets. Performances continue through Sept. 27. Visit


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The Port Tobacco Players have been delighting audiences for 65 years. Located at 508 Charles Street, La Plata, PTP performs many shows annually — with a number of well-known classics. “Fiddler on the Roof” will hit the stage Sept. 27-Oct. 20. Visit At the College of Southern Maryland, activities include theatre productions, dance performances, concerts and more. The La Plata campus hosts a range of events all year long — and even offers Kids’ and Teen College classes in the arts. Visit Charles County’s public high schools stage productions in the fall and spring. Reasonably-priced tickets gain you admittance to an evening’s entertainment, and these family-friendly productions can make for a fun night out. And if you see a familiar face in the crowd (or up on stage!), all the better. For the year’s production schedules, contact each high school or visit


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With its 84 seat intimate setting and 450 square foot stage, the Black Box Theatre provides a professional venue for performance artists of all types. The Black Box Theatre in the Indian Head Center for the Arts’ provides a small, intimate setting for producing plays, musicals, recitals, exhibits, literacy readings and workshops. Additionally the theatre is available for rental by outside performing groups and individuals. The theatre may function as a small meeting or presentation hall of for receptions or small events.

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• When: Open all year • Hours: Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Where: The courthouse/government center parking lot offWashington Avenue and Charles Street, La Plata • Contact: Visit or call 301-934-8421

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Historic sites and attractions Charles County has a rich heritage of history. Located less than one hour from historic Annapolis, history buffs still find Charles County’s vicinity as convenient to the nation’s capital — as did other “visitors” through many eras. The small town of Benedict is the only spot in the United States where foreign troops have invaded our shores. It is the site where British troops landed during the War of 1812, marched to Washington, D.C., and burned the city. Two of the wounded British soldiers died and were buried at Old Fields Chapel cemetery in Hughesville. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Staff photo by MEGAN SNIDER Wilkes Booth, stopped at the home of a country doctor, Dr. Samuel A. Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House with a Civil War encampment at the annual Victorian Mudd, to have his injured leg set Christmas in December. before continuing his escape into Virginia. Had it not been for this unexpected visitor to Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Charles County, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd would have remained an anonymous figure in America’s history. Location: 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf Come experience the Charles County of yester- Phone: 301-274-9358 year. The sites provide a memorable visit and show- Website: case our rich history and heritage as well as our Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. The grounds open in late Southern Maryland hospitality.

March and are closed the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Guides dressed in period clothing from the 1850s to 1911 give tours of the house and grounds. The last daily house tour is at 3:30 p.m. Special tours of 15 or more may call 301-274-9358. The 12th annual Victorian Christmas Celebration will be held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 2013. Closed Easter Sunday. Entrance fee: $8 adults, $2 children ages 6 to 16; children 5 and younger are free.

American Indian Cultural Center/ Piscataway Indian Museum Location: 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf Phone: 240-432-7878 Website: Hours: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday of the month Entrance fee: $12 for visitors 12 and older; $5 for ages 6-11; free for children under 6.

African-American Heritage Society Location: 7485 Crain Highway, La Plata (currently undergoing renovations) Phone: 301-609-9099 Hours: By appointment. Entrance fee: Donations accepted.

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magine living in a place where you can grab breakfast on a quiet main street, go to work in a busy office park and cap off your day with dinner and a show in a world-class international city. Think such places don’t exist? Think again. The people of Charles County enjoy this kind of “best of both worlds” lifestyle every day. The county is home to small towns such as La Plata, where tree-lined streets link apartments, shops and offices. There are also fashionable suburbs such as Waldorf and St. Charles boasting comfortable homes, bustling office parks, shopping centers and good schools. Charles County is 461 square miles and has 10,400 acres of public parkland, 400 farms and more than 150 miles of pristine shoreline along the Potomac River, where its most famous delicacy — the Chesapeake Bay blue crab — originates. It has a mild, continental climate of four well-defined seasons. The average summer temperature is 73.9 degrees

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Fahrenheit and the average winter temperature is 37.6 degrees Fahrenheit, according to state data. It is a community rich in character. The county is steeped in more than 350

years of history, with native sons as diverse as Thomas Stone, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Joel and Benji Madden, the founders of rock band Good Charlotte.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site welcomes visitors into the past By MEGAN SNIDER Staff writer

It’s hard to imagine an ugly day at Haberdeventure. Set amidst gently rolling hills, the stately home of a famous Charles County resident rises from an open field. Thomas Stone, a prominent Maryland lawyer

and signer of the Declaration of Independence, once called this 322-acre estate in Port Tobacco home. When I visited in 2011 and 2012, park rangers were on hand to guide us around Stone’s colonial home — but we didn’t make it there until we’d set off on one of the site’s trails, meandering through the fields and past the Stone family cemetery. Though hot on a normal July day in Southern Maryland, a wind kept us cool as we emerged from a shadowy trail to a view of the house itself. No wonder Haberdeventure has been called a “dwelling place in the winds.” In the 18th century, Haberdeventure supported 25 to 35 people, including Stone’s extended family and slaves, according to literature from the National Park Service. Stone enlarged the original 442-acre plantation to 1,077 acres and connected the cenStaff photo by MEGAN SNIDER

Residents and tourists alike know Charles County for its many historical sites, golf courses, world-class fishing, antique shops, produce stands and famous seafood and barbecue restaurants. But the amenities within Charles County’s borders only paint half the picture. The county lies just 23 miles south of the capital of the free world: Washington, D.C. This means most Charles countians are never more than a 40minute drive away from everything the international city has to offer. Many residents are also employed by the federal government and work downtown. Since 1970, the county’s population has more than doubled, climbing from 47,678 in 1970 to 120,546 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census data. Its population was 146,551 in 2010, an increase of 21.6 percent over a decade. And Charles County is predicted to be home to 177,200 residents in 2020. The county’s 2,701 businesses employed more than 32,000 workers in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

tral block of the house with wings, thus creating a fivepart colonial home. After Thomas Stone’s death in 1787, five generations of Stones lived on the plantation until its sale in 1936. After fire destroyed the central block in 1977, the home was restored to its configuration as seen in a 1902 photograph. The National Park Service purchased the site in 1981 and opened it to the public as a National Historic Site in 1997. As a graduate of Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, it was powerful to see the “dwelling place” of my alma mater’s namesake. A ranger-led tour of the home allowed us to soak up the interesting, nostalgic atmosphere of the time period. Old maps of Charles County let visitors peek at what life in Port Tobacco was once like, and the other visitors on our tour — a couple from Maine, and a local mother and daughter — asked questions about Stone’s role in the fight for America’s freedom. It was a long, arduous and dangerous journey. Sightseeing isn’t limited to vacations. We live in an area rich with history and intriguing figures; it’s just about taking the time to explore them on our own. Grab your camera and set aside an afternoon for Haberdeventure — it’s more than worth a stop. Thomas Stone National Historic Site is located at 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco, four miles west of La Plata. The site is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday and is closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Admission is free and guided tours of the house are available. For more information, call 301392-1776 or visit

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Religious groups in Charles County Charles County is home to people of many faiths and backgrounds, and boasts historic churches dating back centuries. Regardless of your religious affiliation, parishes and worship centers abound. Below listings are alphabetical. Please know this list is not allinclusive; we apologize if we have missed your place of worship.

dorf, Calvary Gospel Church is a friendly, family-oriented church that is evangelical in doctrine and serves Southern Maryland and beyond. Call 301-843-5588 or visit

Bethel Baptist Church

Located at 3235 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, Calvary United Methodist Church is a family unified in Christ, transformed and empowered by the love of God and guided by the Holy Spirit. Call 301-645-5247 or visit

Located at 6705 Boots Lane, La Plata, Bethel Baptist Church is a conservative, people-minded Independent Baptist Church where people are loved as they are and encouraged to grow in accordance with the Word of God, according to their website. Call 301-743-2363 or visit

Calvary United Methodist Church

Bible Baptist Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, White Plains

Located at 2941 St. Peters Church Road, Waldorf, Bible Baptist Church meets for Sunday School and Worship Service at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Call 301-645-6265.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, White Plains, is located at 4560 Padgett Road, White Plains. Call 301-932-0423 or learn more by visiting

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Indian Head, the church can be reached at 301-743-5768.

Christ Church, Durham Parish Established in 1661 and the home parish of General William Smallwood, Christ Church, Durham Parish is proud of its place in the history of both Southern Maryland and the Episcopal Church. The church is located at 8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy. Call 301743-7099 or visit

Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish Christ Church, Port Tobacco Parish was established in 1692 as part of the Anglican Church in the Colony of Maryland. Weekly services and more are available at 112 East Charles Street, La Plata. Call 301-392-1051 or visit

Christian Unity Baptist Church Located at 11822 ParkWaldorf Lane,

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Sacred Heart Church’s statue of Jesus Christ illuminated in 2012.

Waldorf, Christian Unity Baptist Church is dedicated to guiding believers in growing toward Christian maturity. Call 301-638-3866 or visit

Congregation Sha’are Shalom Congregation Sha’are Shalom (Gates of Peace) is a vibrant Reform congregation led by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman, meeting the needs of a See Religious, Page 29

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growing and diverse Jewish population in Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and southern Prince George’s counties. They provide Jewish religious, social, cultural, and educational opportunities in Southern Maryland. They also provide the opportunity for all Jewish families to perpetuate their heritage and share a sense of belonging. Sha’are Shalom welcomes interfaith families. The temple is located at 18 Henry Ford Circle, Waldorf. Call 301-645-4606 or visit

Congregation Shaare Tikvah Congregation Shaare Tikvah, a Conservative Congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, originated in June 1965 through the merger of Congregation B’nai Jacob-Beth Israel and Congregation Aitz Chayim (formerly the Washington Highlands Jewish Center). The congregation is located at 50 Post Office Road, Suite 101, Waldorf. Call 301-885-0226 or visit

Cross County Baptist Church Cross County Baptist Church is a

body of Christ centered group of born again believers. They invite you and your family to stop for a moment and get out of the “rat race” of the world and visit with people just like you. The church is located at 3822 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. Visit

Crossroads Apostolic Church Located at 10725 Willetts Crossing Road, White Plains, Crossroads Apostolic Church has Sunday morning services, Thursday Bible study and more. Call 301-934-0305 or visit

First Baptist Church of La Plata Looking for a strong Bible believing, Bible teaching, Southern Baptist church? First Baptist Church encourages visitors to study and worship. The church is located at 9070 Hawthorne Road, La Plata. Call 301934-9040 or visit

dorf. Call 301-645-4060 or visit

First Baptist Church of Waldorf First Baptist Church of Waldorf receives as members those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and have been baptized in the manner taught by New Testament. The church is located at 10045 Bunker Hill Road, Waldorf. Call 301645-6966 or visit

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Good Shepherd Church is a vibrant and living congregation that is committed to proclaiming the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ. The church is located at 305 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf. Call 301-843-6797 or See Congregations, Page 34

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pose is to connect with God and other believers; grow in their walk with God; and serve God and the community. The church is located at 12995 Church Road, Waldorf. Call 301-645-4212 or visit

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Get pampered in Charles County After a long work week or before a special event, getting pampered can be pretty relaxing. Charles County offers many venues to help you look and feel your best. Here are just some of many local options:

Signature Salon, Bel Alton Located just five miles south of La Plata at 9390 Irving Road, Bel Alton, Signature Salon is the perfect place to relax. The salon is a full service beauty salon and spa offering the latest techniques and services. Call 301-392-1567 or visit

LemonJelly Salon, Indian Head LemonJelly features haircuts, comprehensive color and style options and more to a diverse community. The salon is located at 5095 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head. Call 301-743-3344 or visit

Centennial Street Salon, La Plata At Centennial Street Salon, staff is trained in the most up-to-the-minute technology in hair, nail and skin care. You’ll find their variety of products to always be gentle and effective. Services include skin care, hair care, makeup, waxing, massage and nail care. The salon is located at 6780 Crain Highway, La Plata. Call 301-392-0370 or visit

Color Couture, La Plata From contemporary hair designs to classic styles, Color Couture Salon has an eye for cuttingedge beauty and the latest hair designs. The salon is located at 505 Charles Street, La Plata. Call 301392-9005 or visit

Illusions Hair & Nail Salon Located at 404 Charles Street, La Plata, Illusions is a full service hair and nail salon with stylists trained in the latest cuts and coloring techniques. Nail technicians are up-to-date with the latest nail art trends. Call 301-392-1080.

Mr. & Ms. Haircutters, La Plata Located at 6639 Crain Highway, La Plata, Mr & Ms Haircutters offers styling services for women and men. Call 301-934-4264.

Studio M Salon, La Plata Located in the heart of La Plata, Studio M Salon offers an array of services including hair care, waxing, makeup, airbrush tanning, nail care and more. Wedding and birthday packages are available, too. Call 301-392-9600 or visit

L’Amour Nails & Tan, La Plata Located at 6549 Crain Highway, La Plata,

L’Amour offers nail services, tanning beds and more — all in a tranquil setting. Call 301-392-9299 or visit

Classic Image Salon and Spa, Waldorf Classic Image has been serving clients since 1985 and offers hair care, nail services, waxing, makeup, massage, facials and more. Located at 146 Village Street, Waldorf, the salon also features air brush tanning. Call 301-843-8434 or visit

Exclusively Amanda, Waldorf Stylist and owner Amanda Pritchett specializes in ethnic hair care but loves doing all hair types. Dedicated to providing fast, quality service while promoting healthy and strong hair therapy, Exclusively Amanda offers a variety of services at 2785 Old Washington Road, Waldorf. Call 301-6435911 or visit

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range of beauty and pampering services designed to create a healthier and happier you. Their full service salon and spa creates a unique experience for each individual by customizing styling and relaxation services to fit your lifestyle. Rejuvenate your look by visiting their creative hairstylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, manicurists, make-up artist and spray tan technicians. The salon is located at 2210 Crain Highway, Waldorf. Call 301885-3027 or visit

Galleria Salon & Spa is the largest locally owned salon and day spa in the Southern Maryland area. Founded in 1976, the Galleria Salon & Spa has grown from a small family-owned hair salon to a trendy, full service day spa. At Galleria, guests may choose from hair care, nail care, massage or skin care packages, all offered in a tranquil setting. The salon is located at 161 St. Patrick’s Drive, Waldorf. Call 301-8433434 or visit

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Reducing stress

Stress is a daily part of many people’s lives. Despite its detriments to health and well-being, stress seems to be something most people can’t shake. Pick any number of surveys and you’re likely to find that the general public is stressed out. A survey by Northwestern Natural Life indicates that 40 percent of workers report that their job is “very or extremely” stressful. After a long week, consider a few tips to help you unwind — for both your physical and emotional health.

dorf, where many massage services are available to fit your schedule and budget. Skin care and facials are offered, too. The spa is located at 3031 Festival Way, Waldorf. Call 301-6456697 or visit clinics/MD/Waldorf.aspx.

Natural Touch Hair Loss and Hair Extension Studio, Waldorf Natural Touch Hair Salon prides itself in being the best certified hair extension specialist and is located at 1144 Smallwood Drive, Suite D5, Waldorf. Many services are offered. Call 301-645-7287 or visit sion as well as standard antidepressant medication. Stress and depression are often linked. Exercise releases endorphins into the body, which can banish the blues. Other studies have shown that as little as 10 minutes of brisk walking raises the mood and increases the energy level of people for up to two hours after the walk.

Massage Few things can reduce stress as much as the feeling of human hands working the kinks out of tense muscles. Massage can alleviate pain, reduce anxiety and may even improve immune system function. There are many different types of massages available, and many prefer to visit a spa or rehabilitation center and rely on a trained professional.

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Having a stationary bike, treadmill or elliptical trainer in the home can entice people to get moving. Exercise is a known mood-booster. In a 2007 study at Duke University, exercise was shown to reduce major depres-

A pool, much like a hot tub, can foster feelings of relaxation. Swimming combines the stress-relief of water with the benefits of exercise. Daily swimming can shake off the stress of work and family life.

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Congregations Continued from Page 29

Charles Street, La Plata, the church celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. Call 301-932-0963 or visit

are held at Port Tobacco Players Theater, 508 Charles Street, La Plata. Call 301-934-2705 or visit


Hughesville Baptist Church

La Plata United Methodist Church

Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church Located at 13025 Good Samaritan Drive, Waldorf, Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church was founded in 1977. The church is a family of believers, each trying to build a closer relationship with God and to follow the Biblical “Great Commandments” in this time and place. Call 301-843-1335 or visit

Grace Brethren Church Located at 13000 Zekiah Drive, Waldorf, Grace Brethren Church holds weekly adult Bible study fellowship, children/youth Sunday School, worship service and Sunday evening programs. Call 301-645-0407 or visit

Grace Lutheran Church “Growing with God’s grace, through Jesus Christ, to save the lost, strengthen the saved and serve God always and in all ways,” reads Grace Lutheran Church’s website. Located at 1200

Hughesville Baptist Church exists to engage our community and world with the gospel of Jesus Christ and enable His followers to grow in an authentic relationship with Him, according to their website. The church is located at 8505 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville. Call 301-274-3672 or visit

La Plata United Methodist Church is a dynamic, welcoming and diverse congregation encompassing people of every age group and many ethnicities. The church is located at 3 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata. Call 301-934-2288 or visit

Journey of Faith Church

LIFEpoint Church

Located at 2900 Smallwood Drive West, Waldorf, Journey of Faith Church aims to learn, live and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Call 301-645-0846 or visit

Offering weekly Sunday services, youth programs, ministries and more, LIFEpoint Church worships at 9690 Shepherd’s Creek Place, La Plata. Call 301-705-9996 or visit

La Plata Church of Christ La Plata Church of Christ, located at 10495 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains, offers weekly worship times, Bible classes and more. Call 301932-3533 or visit

La Plata Community Church La Plata Community Church wants to help people become joyful worshippers of God. Weekly Sunday services

Light of Glory Ministries Light of Glory Ministries is a nondenominational Christian church designed to meet the needs of the community. Their culture and dress is relaxed and casual, and they have fun. Worship services are held at 10559 Middleport Lane, White Plains. Call 301-653-4671 or visit

The Lutheran Church of Our Savior Located at 7365 Indian Head Highway, Bryans Road, the Lutheran Church of Our Savior is comprised of brothers and sisters in Christ gathered around Jesus Christ to grow in our faith relationship with Him. Call 301-3757507 or visit

Maryland Point Baptist Church Located at 11790 Maryland Point Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland Point Baptist Church is a friendly, loving church where worshippers are invited to grow, laugh, cry, learn and make lifelong friendships. Call 301-643-4969 or visit w w w. m a r y l a n d p o i n t b a p t i s t .com.

Nanjemoy Baptist Church The mother church of the Baptist movement in Maryland is Nanjemoy Baptist Church. The church was established in 1793, making it one of the oldest and continuous Baptist churches in Maryland. The church is located at 3030 Baptist Church Road, Nanjemoy. Call 301-246-4926 or visit See Spiritual, Page 38

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Website: Hours: 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment. Reservations accepted and required for large groups to ensure docent availability. Entrance fee: $2 adults, $1 children

Port Tobacco One-Room School House Location: 7215 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco Phone: 301-934-4313 Website: Port_Tobacco_School/school.html Hours: By appointment only. Call Dale Cornette at 301-934-9483. Entrance fee: Donations accepted.

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Just a walk in the park Whether you’re looking to admire nature or volley a few rounds of tennis with a friend, Southern Maryland’s parks offer fun, beauty and relaxation – at little or no cost to visitors. More than 700,000 people visit Charles County parks each year, according to their website, and many locations offer recreational opportunities, scenic views and more. Grab the kids, a fishing pole, your camera or just yourself — you never know what you’ll find.

Bensville Park • 6980 Bensville Road, White Plains Athletic playing fields, playground and small pavilion. Sports fields available by permit only, with the exception of a separate field designated for general community use.

Chapman State Park • 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head Take in Southern Maryland’s pastoral heritage at Chapman State Park, which features hiking trails, mature forests, rare plants, opportunities for bird-watching and more. Discover the

Mt. Aventine Mansion, the historic home of the Chapman family.

Chapel Point State Park • Five miles south of La Plata. (From the Route 6 and Route 301 intersection, take Route 301 south to Chapel Point Road. Follow Chapel Point Road in a westerly direction for approximately 2.3 miles to park entrance.) Located on the Port Tobacco River, Chapel Point is an undeveloped multiuse park that allows hunting, fishing and camping by permit only.

Friendship Farm Park • 4705 Friendship Landing Road, Nanjemoy Overlooks the Nanjemoy Creek and offers opportunities to hike, fish and kayak. More than 7 miles of recreational trails provide public access to the park’s 382 acres. Trail includes interpretive signs, benches and observation decks.

Gilbert Run Park • 13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall

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This scenic wooded parkland contains hiking and nature trails, picnic areas and pavilions, playground areas and fishing piers. The 60-acre freshwater lake is its main attraction with opportunities to fish, rowboat or canoe.

Laurel Springs Regional Park • 5940 Radio Station Road, La Plata Athletic playing areas (official league use by permit only), as well as a See Parks, Page 50


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energy careers, the center integrates renewable energy technologies into its curriculum. At CTET, National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) or American Welding Society (AWS) certified instructors offer hands-on experience for trade students. Instructors come from the field and maintain a journeyman or master’s license or AWS certification(s), if applicable. CTET is also a NCCER and an AWS accredited facility. In preparation of emerging technologies, the college integrates renewable energy technologies into their curriculum. CTET delivers Maryland Apprenticeship Council approved related instruction for electrical and HVAC apprentices, a host of career starters and essential certifications, and many advancedlevel skills training. Programs at CTET include construction/trades to include but not limited to building maintenance, carpentry, electric, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and welding. These construction training programs are a part of CSM’s non-credit Career Starter training programs offered in 10 to 16 weeks for hands-on, job-specific skills. Other Career Starter program areas include business, early childhood, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, real estate, transportation and veterinarian. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available. These training programs provide the skills required for immediate hire. Additionally, through Career Starters, students receive assistance in building a resume and developing solid interview skills as well as have access to the college’s online Job Connections employment database. To learn more, visit The college offers interactive personal enrichment classes for all ages, driver education and motorcycle training, and Kids’ and Teen College as well as more than 100 summer enrichment programs. High school students who want to extend their learning opportunities can enroll at CSM through dual or concurrent enrollment. Dual enrollment allows students to attend classes and earn credit toward the completion of their high school diploma while earning college credit and receiving a 50 percent reduction on their CSM tuition. Concurrent enrollment allows students to enhance their education and take college classes while they are completing their high school studies. While concurrent enrollment credits

cannot be applied towards high school graduation, the credits earned are transferable to degrees at other colleges. Students need to have all necessary paperwork and placement materials submitted to the college prior to June 30 for the fall semester and by Dec. 15 for the spring session. For a list of requirement and application forms, visit CSM is growing to meet the community’s needs, with its newly dedicated Business Classroom (BU) Building on the La Plata Campus providing classrooms, general purpose rooms, computer labs and administrative offices. Renovation of the Career Education Building on the La Plata Campus is underway, and construction of the second building on the Prince Frederick Campus will open this fall. The college is also planning for a fourth campus in Hughesville that will initially house the CTET. CSM facilitates workforce development and a strong connection to the region’s business community through its Corporate Center, which has a history of addressing the specialized needs of the local business community. Local businesses and individuals who are in need of professional, convenient and reasonably priced training will discover the Corporate Center is ideal for their training needs. Various training options are conveniently delivered in ways to fit a busy schedule, and can be tailored to meet specific business performance needs. CSM has formed two community institutes to address critical individual and community needs within the region. As collaborative efforts bringing together various agencies and individuals and with funding provided by the Charles County Commissioners, the college is coordinating the efforts of the newly formed Diversity Institute at CSM, and with support provided by the Charles County Commissioners and by the St. Mary’s County Commissioner, the college is coordinating the Nonprofit Institute at CSM. No matter what your occupation, interest or age, there is something at CSM for you. Realize your potential at CSM. For information, call 301-9347765 or visit

CSM Conference Center The Center for Business and Industry’s Conference Center at the College of Southern Maryland provides premier accommodations for educational and training opportunities. CSM conference staff is devoted to providing the environment, technology and expertise that ensures a highly creative and effective meeting experience. The Conference Center offers more than 10,000 square feet of meeting

space, including the Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room, the Chaney Enterprises Conference Room, the Besche Oil Conference Room, the Francis Leo Middleton Computer Lab, the Southern Maryland Oil Boardroom, the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Conference Room and the John D. Mitchell Classroom. With its customized general session rooms, breakout rooms and computer lab with 20 work stations, the Conference Center can accommodate groups from 3 to 300. On-site catering services are available. For information or to make a reservation, contact the Conference Center Manager, 301-934-7661, 301-870-2309, Ext. 7661, e-mail Sch& or

CSM Alumni and Friends Connection The College of Southern Maryland Alumni and Friends Connection provides a gateway for alumni, former students and supporters to strengthen their ties to CSM, the community and one another. Being a part of the connection keeps graduates and friends in the know with what is going on at CSM and what the college has to offer. The alumni and friends connection is a valuable resource for networking and staying connected to friends, faculty and programs at the college. Opportunities are designed to promote lifelong learning and networking through e-newsletters, class notes, events and continuing education. CSM alumni and friends may find a niche in volunteering with students, or decide it is time to take a class to enhance their skills, or find their next job by meeting a fellow alumnus or a CSM supporter through the connection. The alumni and friends connection is free. Eligibility to join is based on if the alumni has received a degree or a certificate from CSM, or has earned a minimum of 25 credits from the college. To receive information about upcoming events, visit or call 301-934-7647, 301-870-2309, ext. 7647, or e-mail

CSM Foundation Investing in the College of Southern Maryland through the CSM Foundation is an investment in our community. All gifts, regardless the size, transform the lives of CSM students by providing lifelong learning opportunities to meet the educational, employment and enrichment needs of our community. The CSM Foundation is helping to solve the challenge of attracting, retraining and replenishing a work-

force that will meet the needs of our growing regional economy. Community support helps build the landscape of learning at CSM and also maintains the college our community believes in. CSM is committed to proving affordable education for all Southern Maryland students. The foundation has been dedicated to its mission to raise and manage funds, and to provide support to strengthen and develop the college and its objectives. From the award of its first scholarship, to the purchase of high-tech equipment, to funding the building of an entire facility, the CSM Foundation has raised millions of dollars for scholarships, programs, construction, technology and equipment. Support provided through the foundation is a way to assure the health and vitality of CSM. With the generosity of faculty, staff, alumni, friends, parents and students, as well as businesses, foundations and corporations, the CSM Foundation is able to support the education of our talented Southern Maryland students. To learn how to support CSM and the community, contact the Development Department at 301-934-7649.

CSM Kids’ and Teen College Kids and teens looking for fun, constructive and challenging activities as well as a place to make new friends have plenty of options at CSM’s Kids’ and Teen College. CSM believes in nurturing children’s potential year round, and provides exciting youth programming for children ages 5 to 17 years old the opportunity to explore their interests on a college campus while discovering themselves. With a strong history of offering summer enrichment to children for more than 20 years, the college offers more than 100 classes designed to relieve summer boredom and to provide a meaningful experience for Little Kids, ages 5-6; Kids’ College, ages 7-10; and Teens’ College, ages 11-14. There’s also a high school program for ages 15 and up. Little Kids can choose from art to science, while high school students can participate in fine art or digital photography, or improve research and study skills. Students can spend mornings, afternoons or all day at CSM for a week, two weeks or all summer long. Children are supervised all day including breaks, lunches and classes. Courses are offered at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. Also, available at the La Plata and Leonardtown Campus is Warm Up/Cool Down as extended care options. See College, Page 56

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Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church Offering a Saturday vigil, Sunday mass, preschool, a youth group and much more, Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church is located at 100 Village Street, Waldorf. Call 301-6457112 or visit

Peace Lutheran Church Peace Lutheran Church was organized in 1978 under the leadership of a mission developer and is now led by Pastor Craig Endicott. The church is located at 401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf. Call 301-843-1832 or visit

Sacred Heart Church Located at 201 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, Sacred Heart Parish was canonically established in 1901 and offers Saturday vigil Masses, daily Masses, Sunday services and more. Call 301-9342261 or visit

South Potomac Church According to their website, South Potomac Church honors God by loving people as they develop fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. The church is located at 4915 Crain Highway South, White Plains. Call 301-392-5730 or visit

Dove to help found an English Colony. St. Ignatius is located at 8855 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco. Call 301934-8245 or visit

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Piney Parish Located at 4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Piney Parish is one of the oldest Episcopal churches in Southern Maryland in the Diocese of Washington. Call 301-645-5000 or visit

St. Peter’s Catholic Church Established in 1700, St. Peter’s has a sacred legacy of faith handed down through generations by men and women helped found the parish and our country. The parish is located at 3320 St. Peter’s Drive,Waldorf. Call 301843-8916 or visit

St. Ignatius Catholic Church

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Founded in 1641, St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Chapel Point is the oldest continually active Catholic parish in the U.S. Fr. AndrewWhite and other Jesuits sailed on the Ark and the

St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church is a pan-Orthodox parish worshipping at 4419 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf. Call 301-638-5035 or visit

Waldorf Church of Christ Waldorf Church of Christ offers weekly worship and fellowship at 30 Village Street, Waldorf. Call 240-2223242 or visit waldorfchurchofchrist .org.

White Plains Baptist Church Located at 8470 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret, White Plains Baptist Church is a community of believers in Jesus who have joined together to worship God, to encourage and build up one another, and to carry the Good News about Jesus Christ to the world. Call 301-932-3994 or visit

The Worship Center The Worship Center is a multi-racial congregation that is active in the community, as well as reaching out overseas. They’re a community of real people working together to make a difference in our world for Christ, according to their website. The center is located at 3075 Livingston Road, Bryans Road. Call 301-375-8655 or visit

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Southern Maryland Association of Realtors The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors, Inc. is a trade association comprised of Realtors and affiliate members in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. Located in Hughesville, SMAR offers support, services and training for its members; provides community outreach; fosters a proactive relationship with local and state legislative leaders and is the leading advocate of the real estate industry, private property rights and the issues that most affect the members’ ability to serve the public with competency, integrity, and professionalism. For more information, visit, email information@ or call 301-8702323.


Water, sewer services The Charles County government supplies water and sewer services to the Waldorf, Swan Point, Bryans Road, Strawberry Hills, Mount Carmel Woods and Cliffton areas and to other parts of the county. The Mattawoman Interceptor Sewer and Treatment Plant permits sewer service to be extended to a large portion of upper Charles County and parts of Southern Prince George’s County. In addition, the Cobb Island area, Mount Carmel Woods, Cliffton and Swan Point have sewer service. The towns of La Plata and Indian Head have central water supply and sewage systems. There are several smaller communities also served by central water or sewage systems privately owned or operated through homeowners associations. Water supply and sewage needs in other areas of the county are met through individual wells and septic tank systems. Construction of major water supply and sewage facility projects is planned for other areas of the county. Call the utilities office at 301609-7400.


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tions of the Encore Kids touring companies. Show times, unless otherwise noted, are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets for all main stage shows are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors, students and military. For ticket reservations, call the theater box office at 301-932-6819. For online ticket sales or additional information, visit

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Kiwanis Club of Waldorf The Kiwanis Club of Waldorf serves residents throughout the county through service projects and direct donations. They operate and participate in numerous ongoing service projects. For more information, visit

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Last Chance Animal Rescue Last Chance Animal Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization that rescues dogs and cats from shelters prior to their imminent euthanasia.What started in a garage in 1999 has blossomed into a life-saving network of clinics and adoption centers across the District, Maryland and Virginia areas. Since its incorporation in 2001, Last Chance has rescued, spay/neutered and re-homed more than 100,000 animals. In 2006, Last Chance relocated from Aquasco to 4499 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf. They opened the Paw Prints Animal Hospital/WaldorfWell Pet Clinic to provide high-quality, low-cost veterinary care in addition to offering spay/neuter relief to the public. Their full-service hospital provides everything necessary to keep pets healthy at a rate that is budget friendly. For more information, call 301-274-9409. To schedule an appointment at the clinic, call 301-885-0263. Visit

Mattawoman Creek Art Center Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Smallwood State Park, Marbury, is a not-for-profit organization seeking to encourage the practice and appreciation of the visual arts in the Southern Maryland community through their permanent facility for exhibitions, workshop space and much more. Admission is free, though donations are greatly appreciated. Call 301-7435159 or visit

MD Volt Inc. Founded in 2011, MDVolt Inc. is the largest non-profit of electric vehicle (EV) owners and enthusiasts in Maryland, with more than 150 members. It also celebrates the expanding EV infrastructure in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Based inWaldorf, the group has monthly Meetups at various locations in and around the D.C. and Baltimore Beltways with a focus on

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The cast of the “Schoolhouse Rock!” production, including, from left, Zach Ball, Cierra Nicole Wilson, Rebecca Raymond and Kaitlin Harbin perform one of 21 songs from the children’s education-inspired original television show. The show was held at the Port Tobacco Theater in La Plata in March and April.

educating the public about the benefits of electric drive. MD Volt Inc. helps organize the two largest events for electric vehicles in our area, National Plug In Day ( and the Electric Sociability Run ( For more information, visit, follow on Twitter @mdvolt or contact director Mark Czajka at

Music Teachers Association of Charles County The Music Teachers Association of Charles County is an organization comprised of music teachers that meets monthly, offering enrichment activities for teachers and students, including recitals, festivals, scholarship opportunities and testing events. It is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association and the Maryland State Music Teachers Association. For additional information, call Mary G. Wolf at 301-934-6376 or visit

National Active and Retired Federal Employees National Active and Retired Federal Employees is a nationwide association of 300,000 active federal workers, retirees, spouses and survivors who meet in local chapters, and is the only organization devoted exclusively to protecting their earned entitlements, rights and benefits. Chapter 126 Western Charles/Indian Head meets at 1 p.m. at Mama Stella’s Restaurant in Bryans Road for Italian-style buffet for $12/person, all inclusive, paid in advance. For a 12:20 p.m. lunch, arrive by noon, or arrive by 12:45 p.m. for the meeting only. Call

Connie at 301-934-6881 for mailing address for check and to be sure of sufficient seating. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month, September through June. Chapter 1972 Waldorf/La Plata meets at 1 p.m. at the Waldorf West Library on Smallwood Drive West in Waldorf on the third Thursday of the month, September through June. Call President Neil McGrath at 301-2592244. The national chapter can be reached by calling 703-838-7760 or visit

Planned Parenthood of Maryland Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Waldorf Health Center, Gateway Plaza, 3975 St. Charles Parkway, provides a full range of quality, confidential and affordable reproductive health care services to both males and females including treatment for sexually transmitted infections, annual gynecologic examinations, Pap tests, treatment of vaginal infections, birth control counseling and supplies, emergency contraception and educational workshops. For more information, call 301645-6800 or visit plannedparenthood .org/maryland.

Port Tobacco Players Inc. Founded in 1947 and at their downtown La Plata location since 1974, the Port Tobacco Players are dedicated to providing quality theater to the citizens of Southern Maryland. Today, the Players are a cultural staple in Charles County’s historic landscape, performing six shows annually on their main stage and travelling with road produc-

The Re-Use Barn is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 12- 5 p.m. Sundays. The barn is located at the Bargain Barn in Hughesville. Typical items at the barn are used furniture, lamps, linens, toys, games, crafts, cabinets, bikes, books, old/classical records, collectibles, metal and wood desks, and much more. This is a cooperative effort between the Southern Maryland Chapter of The Izaak Walton League of America and the Charles County Commissioners to keep usable items out of the landfill. Proceeds will be reinvested in the community. For more information or to donate items, call Ellen Heilmeier at 301-645-9451. Visit

Sons of the American Revolution The Thomas Stone Chapter, Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution is a patriotic organization dedicated to perpetuating American ideals and traditions and protecting the Constitution. The chapter’s namesake, Thomas Stone, was one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence from Maryland, and the local chapter is the first in the state to create its own color guard. Thomas Stone National Historic Site encompasses Stone’s historic estate, Habredeventure. The park is on Rose Hill Road in Port Tobacco and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Wednesday through Sunday. Home tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during park hours. For more information about Habredeventure, call 301-932-1776. For more information about SAR, email or visit

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Charles County Fair Every September, the Charles County Fair Board is proud to put on an old-fashioned county fair with farm animals, displays, food and more. This year’s event takes place Sept. 12-15 at the Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata. The fair celebrates Charles County's long agricultural heritage and his-

tory on more than 30 acres of land. Exhibits as varied as livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flowers are shown in the Greens area. Entertainment, special events, and activities for all ages add up to fun for the whole family.The carnival midway is full of rides and contests for all ages. If you get hungry, there are many choices from traditional county fair food to more healthy alternatives — even crab cakes. The community’s continuing support allows them to upgrade the fair each year and to pay for the annual Fourth of July fireworks. The grounds are located at 8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata. Free parking is available on site and at their satellite location at the government building in La Plata. This year, fair tickets for those age 11 and older are $5; attendees age 10 and under are free. A fourday pass is $12. For more information and to participate or contribute, visit Staff photos by MEGAN SNIDER


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Regular car maintenance can save you from side-of-the-road blues By MEGAN SNIDER Staff writer


n a hot and humid Southern Maryland morning, I ran outside to move my car. Key in the ignition. Seat belt secure. Ready to go. Or was I? I’m used to the noises my old car makes when the engine roars to life, but the silence in that sticky air was deafening. After a series of clicks and pops, nothing happened. Or, I should say, something did happen — but nothing good. The “check engine” light was on. All I could do was thank my lucky stars that I was sitting in my own driveway and not in the middle of Crain Highway. I’ve dodged many frightening vehicle moments over the years — and can only hope my spate of fortune continues. Of course, now that I’ve written that, keep an eye out for a frizzy-haired writer on the side of the road. I always thought — incorrectly, of course — that your car was more likely to act up in winter than summer. But with our region’s extreme heat and vari-

able temperatures, the wear and tear on your vehicle is as serious in the summer months as in the cooler ones. The Bethesda-based Car Care Council offered tips on keeping your car running during the dog days of summer —

and beyond. Remember that keeping up with regular car maintenance can save you from more costly repairs down the road. • Schedule a vehicle tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance

of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions. Check your brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power. Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.

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natural surface running/walking trail that loops through the wooded perimeter of the park. A playground emphasizes special needs play and two small picnic pavilions and informal picnic table areas are available.

Mallows Bay Park • 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy Many outdoor recreation opportunities, wildlife viewing areas, small boating access to the Potomac River, a kayak launching, fishing and a hiking trail. Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet, the largest ship graveyard in the Northern Hemisphere.

Maxwell Hall Park • 6680 Maxwell Hall Drive, Hughesville Open to members, this park offers 14.2 miles of trails at Maxwell Hall for hikers and

nature enthusiasts. Equestrians will find diverse riding trails, open fields, wood areas and more.

Oak Ridge Park • 13675 Oaks Road, Hughesville A field for community pickup play is available at Oak Ridge, which also features athletic fields for official league use with permit. Wooded trails and two show rings are open to equestrians on a first come, first served basis, unless events are scheduled.

Pisgah Park • 6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata Located 6.5 miles southwest of Indian Head and 14 miles west of La Plata, this park is physically located in Pisgah. Includes a .75 mile paved walking/fitness trail, playground, picnic pavilion and restrooms. Sports fields open for organized league use except one softball field, available for drop-in play.

Purse State Park • On the Potomac River on Wades Bay. (Follow 301 south to Route 225 west. At intersection of Route 225 and Route 224, take left on Route 224. Stay on Route 224 for approximately 15 miles. Purse has a dirt parking lot along the road side. Beach trail is across the road from parking lot.) Purse State Park is a wooded, undeveloped area used for hunting, bird watching, fishing (license required) and fossil hunting.

Smallwood State Park • 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury This large, historic park boasts a recycled tire playground, fishing (license required), picnicking, hiking and more. Located on Mattawoman Creek, it’s also home to Sweden Point Marina, Mattawoman Creek Art Center and Smallwood’s Retreat House.

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Scenic views of the Potomac River and a variety of recreational activities.

Ruth B. Swann Memorial Park • 3100 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Bryans Road Borders Pomonkey Creek and the Potomac River. Picnic areas and playground available on a first come, first served basis. Hikers can traverse a mile of foot trails passing through woodland on their way to the Potomac. Sports fields available by permit only.

Tilghman Lake Park • 10598 Box Elder Road, La Plata Recently opened, this 61acre park is the largest within town limits.

Turkey Hill Park • 9430 Turkey Hill Road, La Plata Off-leash enclosed dog park, sports fields (by permit only) and a half-mile oval roadway for runners/walkers.

Picnic pavilions are also available.

White Plains Regional Park • 1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains An 18-hole golf course, lighted tennis courts, tot lot, playground and dog park. Athletic fields by permit only.

White Plains Skatepark • 1015 St. Charles Parkway, White Plains This concrete park boasts 17,000 square feet of fun for skaters.

Charlie Wright Park • 101 Dr. Mitchell Lane, Indian Head Features soccer fields, little league baseball fields and more. Adjacent to an elementary school which allows evening use of playground and basketball facilities.

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cated to insuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved. The Pvt. Wallace Bowling Camp 1400 in La Plata meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month. From April to October, it meets at the Port Tobacco courthouse; from November to March, it meets at the La Plata library. The Orphan Brigade Camp 2166 in Waldorf meets at 4 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum, Waldorf. For more information, visit

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The Southern Maryland Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and is the largest citizen group involved in nature study and natural resource conservation issues in Southern Maryland in the counties of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and southwest Prince George’s. SMAS, founded in 1971, is a non-profit organization incorporated in Maryland with its activities financed by a membership-dues-sharing arrangement with NAS and by SMAS fundraising activities. The Audubon Society sponsors bird-watching trips throughout the year and meets about 10 times per year, September through June. Call Mike Callahan at 240-765-5192 or visit


Post Cana is an organization that reaches out to widows and widowers of all ages and faith in the Greater Washington area, offering support and social activities. There are currently about 13 groups in the Northern area and one in Southern Maryland. The Southern Maryland group meets at

11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Marie’s Diner in La Plata. For more information, call president Ann Gillespie at 301-643-9347.

So. Md. Tri-County Community Action Committee Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee Inc., a private nonprofit organization based in Hughesville, provides comprehensive services and referral to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, promote upward mobility and enrich the quality of life for eligible citizens in the community. SMTCCAC administers a number of programs and operates a Maryland Higher Education Commission approved private career school for Commercial Drivers License training (Class B with air brake and passenger endorsement), as well as Southern Maryland Area Rural Transportation (SMART), helping Charles County residents reach needed services such as mental health appointments. The organization is very active in the area of housing, aiding low and moderate income families become first-time homeowners. SMTCCAC would like to involve more community volunteers in its efforts. Call 301-274-4474 or visit

Special Olympics Charles County Special Olympics is a year-round program of athletic conditioning, training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through United Way, local fund-raising efforts, and the donation of many hours by local volunteers, Special Olympic activities are free. A minimum of eight training sessions is offered for all sports programs in which Special Olympics athletes compete. Sports offered in Charles County include skiing-alpine, skiing-snowshoeing, basketball unified and basketball 5v5 in winter. In spring/summer, sports include bocce, tennis, cheerleading, aquatics, athletics and softball. Golf skills, golf, kayaking, bowling, bowling unified and soccer are offered in the fall. For information, call 301-9349305 or visit

Spring Dell Center Dedicated to assisting adults with disabilities, Spring Dell Center, Inc. offers a variety of services that focus on enhancing the quality of life individuals desire within their community. See Involved, Page 57

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Senior Services of Charles County Senior Services of Charles County, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 1995 to assist Charles County senior citizens with programs and services which enhance their quality of life, support their independence and encourage involvement in and with the community. They accomplish this through a number of fund-raising events and activities with assistance from our supporters, generous donors and community organizations. Senior Services of Charles County is an approved United Way of Charles County, Inc. partner agency. We receive no government subsidies but continue to welcome donations from individuals, businesses, the Charles County Arts Alliance, the Combined Federal Campaign, member number #74449, and other organizations who support Charles County seniors and our endeavors on their behalf. The purpose of Senior Services of

Charles County, Inc. is to: • Secure funds to support the needs of the senior citizens of Charles County; • Distribute funds through designated senior centers, to provide assistance, services and program support to senior citizens which are not otherwise available to them; • Provide emergency assistance through the Charles County Senior Information and Assistance Program; • Improve seniors’ quality of life and assist them to remain independent and self supporting; • Provide outreach and education to the community regarding senior center activities and SSCC activities. For more information, write to P.O. Box 1416, La Plata, Md. 20646, call 301934-5423 or 301-870-2015 or visit

CCNRC Family of Care Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (CCNRC) Family of Care, located in La Plata, is on a mission to provide excellence in rehabilitation and aging services delivered by employees that reflect their values, according to their website. With a vision to be the desired provider for

persons and families seeking these services, CCNRC is dedicated to providing compassionate care to customers and families. The staff is concerned with the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those trusted to their care. Services include long term care, an onsite dialysis center,

Local senior centers Richard R. Clark Senior Center 1210 Charles Street, La Plata 301-934-5423

Nanjemoy Senior Center 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy 301-246-9612

Indian Head Senior Center 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head 301-743-2125

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activities, rehabilitation, day services and more. CCNRC is located at 10200 La Plata Road, La Plata. For more information, call 301-9341900 or visit

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Department of Community Services The Department of Community Services is responsible for county services involving aging, child care, housing, recreation, local management board and public transportation. Community Services administers various community and senior centers, which include: • Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 301-934-5423 • Indian Head Senior Center, 301-743-2125 • Nanjemoy Community Center, 301-246-9612 • Waldorf Senior Center, 301638-4420

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Senior citizens including Anna Kasper, left, and Mary Shaffer, party July 3, a day ahead of Independence Day, at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata during their weekly activity day.

The Department of Community Services welcomes the participation of individuals with disabilities. As with all county government, they comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations to encourage involvement. If you require special assistance, and would like to participate in our programs, please contact the Department of Community Services. For information on any of the many

programs and opportunities offered, visit Additional information is available at aging-and-senior-programs. The main office is located at 8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco, and can be reached by calling 301-9349305 or 301-870-3388. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Director Eileen B. Minnick heads the Department. Dina Barclay is chief of aging and senior programs. 1895525

Assisted Living at Hawkins Gate LLC Assisted Living at Hawkins Gate LLC is a residential facility for seniors who value their independence, yet need some help with daily activities, such as meal preparation, bathing, dressing and medication reminders and/or assistance. The facility is located in La Plata on 3.5 acres and offers spacious, beautifully decorated private rooms.

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The range of camps and workshops is exhaustive, including classes in arts and crafts, business, dance, engineering, foreign languages, health and medical, information technology, language arts, math, music, personal development, photography, science, theater and more. For information about all programs offered through Kids’ or Teen College at CSM, call 301-539-4760 or visit

CSM Physical Education, Wellness Centers, Athletics The Physical Education Center (PE) on the La Plata Campus houses Community Education, Wellness, Fitness and Aquatics (WFA), Safe Communities, Athletics offices, gymnasium, indoor pool, group fitness studio, and fitness center. In addition to the indoor facilities, the PE Center and adjacent fields and surfaces support physical education credit and continuing education classes, and a variety of recreational and sports programs. The facilities are used for community swim-


ming, indoor FUTSOL and soccer leagues, summer youth camps and sports programs. The Fitness Center is fully equipped with modern fitness and circuit training equipment, comparable to highend gyms, making wellness readily available and affordable. Under the guidance of a Certified Fitness Professional, participants can improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and general health. Students, staff and the community can take one of the many group exercise courses or register for passport, which is a group class exercise program in which the participant pays one price and unlimited access to a variety of classes, including aquatic classes. Personal training sessions are now available, and another option is the fitness exercise lab, which provides a comfortable, “no-fuss” exercise alternative and includes services such as orientations, nutritional information, fitness assessments and body composition testing. Specialty classes are also available for seniors or those who have been inactive. For information contact Jane Pomponio,, 301-934-7500, extension 7220 or visit The indoor pool offers year-round

swimming. Adult swimming includes aquatic exercise and senior programs. Infants, tots, youth and adult swimming lessons and clinics for competitive swimmers are offered each semester at the pool, and the pool is also available as a rental practice site for area swim teams. Daily open swim times are available each semester. For information, contact Christopher Tuttle,, 301-934-7706 or 301-870-2309, Ext. 7706. This year introduces annual individual and family memberships which allow participation in the fitness center, aquatic center (La Plata or Leonardtown campuses), and Group Ex passport (group fitness classes) activities. Members have access to open hours in the fitness center and pool, a free equipment orientation, monthly wellness programs, and all Group Ex Passport classes. Pool access includes use of the pool during scheduled open/lap swim times. Membership is valid at all three CSM campus locations of La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick. The Plus Fifty Encore Individual Fitness and Aquatics Membership allows participants ages 50 years of age and older to use the fitness center and pool. CSM has a pool at its Leonardtown and La Plata campuses only. Members have

access to open hours in the fitness center and pool, a free equipment orientation and monthly wellness programs. Pool access includes use of the pool during scheduled open/lap swim times. Membership is valid only at the campus for which it is purchased. For information, contact Vickie Grow, 301934-7725 or

CSM Athletics CSM has a rich athletic history, having earned 40 MDJUCO titles, 19 Region XX championships and one National Champion, Roger Welch in golf. The college’s athletes have participated in national tournaments in volleyball, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and golf. CSM’s latest advance at the national level was the 2011 men’s soccer team. CSM has produced numerous AllAmericans, with former Hawks going on to successful athletic careers. CSM offers programs in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and golf, and is launching its NJCAA Cross Country team for women for Fall 2013 season and its NJCAA Lacrosse team for men for Spring 2014 season. For information or schedules, visit

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Through continuous support and opportunities, services are designed in consideration of a participant’s interests, preferences, strengths and challenges to ensure each person achieves the highest level of independence possible. Established in 1967, the center has grown to assist more than 200 Charles County residents annually with services geared towards employment, housing, transportation, day-today activities and advocacy. Keeping with the organization’s motto “community first,” programs also incorporate community integrated supports in which individuals have an opportunity to actively participate in programs such as Meals on Wheels, food pick up and deliveries for local food banks, as well as other community driven projects.With assistance from the Hooks & Hangers Quality Resale stores, the agency is also able to provide additional services, while teaching work skills to individuals with disabilities and providing revenue for continued and expanding services. For more information about Spring Dell Center and how you can get involved, call 301934-4561 or visit

United Way United Way of Charles County Inc., P.O. Box 2141, La Plata, Md. 20646, raises funds for 40 partner agencies and provide programs which serve the health and human service needs of the local community. Agencies funded by the United Way of Charles County meet stringent annual review criteria. Funds are raised through payroll deduction at the workplace and through corporate gifts and grants. Funds raised by United Way of Charles County remain in the county unless specifically directed elsewhere by the donor. The organization also produces the Charles County Directory of Human Services, copies of which are available free. Call 301-609-4844 or email unitedwaycharlesco@comcast .net. Visit

Veterans of Foreign Wars The Veterans of Foreign Wars invites eligible veterans to join a local VFW Post. The objectives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are: fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational, to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members, to assist worthy comrades, to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans, to maintain true allegiance to the government of the

United States of America and fidelity to its Constitution and laws, to foster true patriotism, to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever. To find a VFW Post nearest you and learn the latest VFW Department of Maryland news, visit Questions regarding the VFW and tri-county posts in general, please contact VFW Past District 1 Commander Edward Holland at 301848-3476 or email hollandnmd@


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