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The Port Tobacco River Conservancy will now meet on the first Thursday of every other month, beginning in October.

There will be meetings at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and Dec. 6. Members will be notified by email of guest speakers.

All meetings are held in the conference room of the United Way House at 10250 La Plata Road in La Plata.

Call 301-934-2025 or email

New book club launches

Two Southern Maryland businesswomen are launching a book club with the aim of starting a conversation about leadership among its participants.

“The Read 2 Lead book club is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Emily Harman in a news release announcing the group’s first meeting. Harman is starting the club with Kim Mozingo.

The group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center at 44219 Airport Road in California.

The club is designed to explore and grow leadership capabilities through discussion of literature in the field, the release states. In addition to the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, the club is supported by Leadership Southern Maryland and membership is open to the public.

Read 2 Lead’s first book will be “The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations” by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom. Future titles will be chosen by participants.

Harman and Mozingo said they anticipate the club providing a forum for leaders across the area in addition to providing learning opportunities for those seeking to enhance their leadership skills.

“We need to continue to grow our leadership capability locally,” Harman said in the release.

Call 240-416-0012, email or go to

Go cruisin’ for a cure

East Coast Prostreets Car Club will sponsor its second annual power tour for a cancer cure beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 13. Drivers will receive plaques and there will be trophies for the top 30 cars and bikes voted on by participants. New this year will be a poker run.

Registration is $25 and must be received by Oct. 1 at ECP, 40107 Dockser Drive, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Make checks payable to East Coast Prostreets.

The tour will stop from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in Hughesville at Randy’s Ribs; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in La Plata at Five Guys; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; in Leonardtown at Trophies by Design; and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Huntingtown at Old Town Automobile. Call Rick Gentry at 240-925-6465.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ reimagined

The National Players will present “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland at 8730 Mitchell Road.

Love can be a thrilling ride — it bursts the seams of young hearts, making them feel things never felt before. But it can also be a dangerous thing — it can split you open and send you past the point of no return, according to a college news release. This year, America’s longest running classical touring company brings Shakespeare's most enduring tale, reimagined, reinvigorated and irresistibly visceral to CSM.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 seniors and military with ID and youth in high school and younger. Email the CSM box office at or call 301-934-7828.

Pasture party for land conservation

P.A. Bowen Farm will hold a pasture party to educate and promote awareness for land conservation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at the farm at 15701 Dr. Bowen Road in Aquasco.

Visitors are welcome to a new-fashioned, pasture-based farm in the area to learn about initiatives to conserve and renew our natural and cultural heritage.

A potluck starts at noon and a nature scavenger hunt starts at 1 p.m.

Attractions include live music by The Swampy Bottom Boys and special guests, hoops and stilts for kids, door prizes, a prettiest cow contest, a flea and farmers market with local artisans and red bud trees for sale, a “what is it?” collection of farm and home items from the past, antique tractors and cars, a birds of prey exhibit, pottery making, a silent auction, scarecrow stuffing and displays. Agency and organizational representatives will be on hand to answer questions about voluntary land conservation methods.

Contact Joanne at or 301-502-3261. The event is free but donations are encouraged.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

What little card costs nothing at all and is one of the best back-to-school tools? A library card. Libraries have a wealth of tools and services that support students during the school year.

Charles County Public Library wants to make sure that every child has the smartest card of all. Go to