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For the past year, a Chesapeake Beach Committee has been working on an event that they hope will teach children that Memorial Day weekend is about more than barbecues and pools opening.
The first Chesapeake Beach Memorial Day Stars and Stripes Festival will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend all through the town.
“It’s pretty much everywhere,” said the event’s secretary Stephanie Zanelotti.
The event will feature music, speakers, carnival activities with patriotic-themed prizes, a Vietnam War slide-show, military fire and rescue displays, the movie “Operation Petticoat,” and more, all of which ends with a closing ceremony on Memorial Day.
Zanelotti said all of these events are free of charge and open to all ages.
The one “adult event,” she explained, will be a “USO Show” presented by the Twin Beach Players at 7 p.m. on Friday at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
Zanelotti said the show tickets are $30 per adult.
“We just wanted it to be an evening for adults everything else is kid oriented,” she said.
“We want to educate the community, especially the youth, about the true meaning of Memorial Day besides ‘we get a day off’ or ‘we get to have cookouts,’” Zanelotti said, continuing that she hopes people come out “just for the patriotism of it and hearing what our military people deal with whether it’s a Vietnam vet or someone who was recently deployed to Afghanistan.”
Zanelotti said there will be no craft or food vendors during the event, which she was sponsored by the Chesapeake Beach Town Council and local businesses.
“We’re encouraging people to use our restaurants,” she said.
Business Appreciation Week set
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Economic Development observe Business Appreciation Week each year to showcase and celebrate local businesses. This year Business Appreciation Week will be held May 7-11 and will feature a host of special events and activities to thank businesses of all sizes for their contributions to the county’s economy and quality of life.
This year’s theme, “Celebrating Calvert County’s Local Treasures,” will highlight restaurant and retail businesses and their employees. The week will include special events, workshops and networking activities and personal visits with county business owners by the BOCC and staff from the Department of Economic Development.
Schedule of events (note that seating is limited at most events and advanced online registration is required at www.ecalvert.com.)
Monday, May 7Ÿ BAW Evening Kick-Off Reception, invitation only, Boardwalk Café at the Chesapeake Resort & Spa, Chesapeake Beach.
Tuesday, May 8Ÿ 12:30-4:30 p.m., Company site visits with Ambassador Teams, including BOCC, at various locations;
Ÿ 6:30-8:30 p.m., Open House Networking Event, hosted by the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance and the Wilson Ennis Clubhouse; free. Wilson Ennis Clubhouse, 3150 Solomons Island Road North, Huntingtown. Call 866-517-0477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 9Ÿ 6-8 p.m., Women’s Business Roundtable Networking Event, co-hosted by the Small Business Development Center; free, but seating is limited. College of Southern Maryland, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Room 119, Prince Frederick. Call 301-535-4583 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, May 10Ÿ 9:30 a.m.-noon, “Social Media Marketing Made Simple,” hosted by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development; free, but seating is limited. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Call 410-535-4583, or email firstname.lastname@example.org;
Ÿ 5:30-7:30 p.m., Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer, hosted by Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty LLC, 132 Main Street, Prince Frederick. Fee: $5. Call 410-535-2577, or go to www.calvertchamber.org.
For more information on Calvert County’s BAW, including updates on planned activities and events, or to learn about the many services the county offers the business community, contact the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583, 800-331-9771 or 301-855-1880; by email at email@example.com; or on the web at www.ecalvert.com.
Dunkirk eighth-grader gets second place in Great Lakes tournament
Christian Chorbajian of Dunkirk won two silver medals in the 13- through 17-year-old brown belt category at the Kuk Sool Won karate tournament in Akron, Ohio, on April 14.
According to a press release, Chorbajian has been a member of the Kuk Sool Won school in Dunkirk for five years. Chorbajian is also a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, Annapolis Squadron, and attends Cardinal Hickey Academy in Owings.
Business survey going on now
The Calvert County Department of Economic Development is conducting the 2012 business survey and seeks input from county business owners. The survey helps the department learn more about county businesses, offers insight into business concerns and suggests steps that can be taken to provide assistance.
Data collected from the survey will be used to support local businesses, enhance the programs and services that are currently available and report trends to the board of county commissioners. All responses are confidential and the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Final aggregate results will be made available to the public online Aug. 15.
Any Calvert County business owner who wishes to complete the survey may do so online at www.ecalvert.com or by calling 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880. The deadline for completion is June 15.
Auditions setThe Port Tobacco Players is holding auditions next month for “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which will be performed Sept. 12 through Oct. 7.
Auditions for the children’s parts will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 19. Adults will audition starting at 10:30 May 19 and then starting at 7 p.m. May 22. Callbacks will begin at 7 p.m. May 24.
Auditions will be held at the PTP Theater at 508 Charles Street, La Plata.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.