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The Community Mediation Center of Calvert County is holding its first fundraiser in the northern end of the county, and it is one that they’re hoping wine lovers will appreciate.

The event, “Let’s Party at Friday’s Creek Winery,” will include an afternoon of live music and wine tasting with seafood and appetizers provided by Flavorful Impressions Catering of Dunkirk.

The event will be held rain or shine from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Friday’s Creek Winery, located at 3485 Chaneyville Road in Owings.

“We thought this would be a fun way to gather folks from the north end of the county,” Community Mediation Center Executive Director Susan Rork said.

Attendance for the event costs $30 per person and tickets can be purchased in advance through PayPal at www.calvert-mediation.org.

Rork explained that the center is funded by a grant from The Maryland Judiciary, and the Community Medication Center has to raise matching grant funds “to demonstrate community support for our free services.”

She said during the last grant year, which ended in March, the center did 173 mediations with its 24 “dedicated, highly skilled volunteer mediators.”

“The process is totally confidential and that’s everything,” Rork said.

Though the group’s office is located at 28 Duke St. in Prince Frederick, Rork said mediations have been done at different locations during evenings and weekends, if necessary.

She said the mediations have a 73 percent agreement rate.

“It’s our belief that through mediation, people can gain clarity and information and the ability to work out their own conflict,” Rork said.

For more information, go to www.calvert-mediation.org or the organization’s Facebook page.

Voting registration deadline is Oct. 16

The deadline to register to vote or update address information is 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to a press release from the Calvert County Board of Elections. Eligible residents can now register to vote or update their address at www.elections.state.md.us. The release said paper applications are also available at locations, including the MVA, post offices, public libraries, as well as the election board office.

Hand-delivered and online applications must be received in the local election board office by 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.16, and a mailed application must be postmarked by the same date. This is also the deadline for registered voters to provide updated information.

The 2012 Presidential General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. Starting Saturday, Oct. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 1, voters can vote in person at the early voting center located at 30 Duke St. in Prince Frederick.

For more information, contact the Calvert County Board of Elections at 410-535-2214 or 301-855-1376, or the Maryland Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683), or go to www.elections.state.md.us.

County government facilities to close for Columbus Day

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners have announced the following office and facility closures for the Columbus Day holiday:

Ÿ All Calvert County government offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day.

Ÿ The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed Oct. 8. Meals on Wheels will be delivered to clients.

Ÿ All Calvert Library locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 8.

Ÿ There will be no public transportation services Oct. 8. Regular service will resume Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Ÿ All Solid Waste facilities will be open and operating on normal business hours on Monday, Oct. 8.

For more information, go to the Calvert County website at www.co.cal.md.us, or call the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583.

Musicians, authors to present at PRAD

Calvert Marine Museum is hosting several local musicians and book authors Oct. 6 and 7 during Patuxent River Appreciation Days. Performers will include Joseph Norris, Pond Scum, Southern Maryland Jazz Band, Bob Pfeiffer and Eric Skow and California Ramblers.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the local authors presenting and doing book signings include Jennifer Keats Curtis, Mickey Brown, Lois Szymanski, Donald Shomette, Susan Glick, John Into and Nancy Price. On Sunday, Oct. 7 the local authors include Kristina Henry, Angelique Clark, Elaine Allen, Jennifer Bodine, Rebecca Jones, Katherine Kenny and Eleanor Randrup.

For additional details and to check times, go to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/edit/uploads/Authors-Poster-2012.jpg.

CalvART hosts Patrons’ Show

The CalvART Gallery is holding a special Patrons’ Show in honor of Pat Carpenter, the former executive director of the Arts Council of Calvert County who died last spring. According to a press release from the organization, for each ticket drawn, the ticket-holders go home with a work of art valued anywhere from $300 on up. These tickets cost $300 each and will be on sale starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at The CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick. To those interested in just attending, $10 tickets will also be available.

The press release said the event features 10 to 15 works of original fine art or fine art services donated by CalvART Gallery members, and the number of tickets sold matches the number of works donated. Tickets will be randomly drawn, and when the name of each ticket-holder is announced, he or she may select a work of art from the show to take home. All proceeds go to benefit The CalvART Gallery, exhibits and community outreach programs. For more information, contact The CalvART Gallery at 410-535-9252, or go to www.calvartgallery.com.

Farmers, watermen invited to share history

The College of Southern Maryland’s Southern Maryland Studies Center, in partnership with the Calvert County Historical Society and the Calvert Marine Museum, is hosting “Share Your History Day: Working the Land and Water,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Prince Frederick Campus.

According to a press release from the college, farmers and watermen from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties are invited to bring historical documents and artifacts, including photos, records, receipts, association or club minutes, catalogs, ledgers, family correspondence, scrapbooks and other related materials to be scanned into digital files by SMSC staff at no cost. All items will be returned.

Vendors wanted for Christmas Bazaar

Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons is looking for vendors for its upcoming Christmas Bazaar next month. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the school. Each space costs $35. Interested vendors are asked to call Diane Allen at 443-226-5575.

Adult Day Care continuing current food services

According to a press release, Adult Day Care of Calvert County is continuing its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federal program available to help adult day care providers in Maryland serve healthy, nutritious meals to adult day services participants. The press release said Adult Day Care of Calvert County’s structured program includes two snacks and lunch daily for each participant enrolled in the program.

For more information about Adult Day Care of Calvert County located in Prince Frederick, go to www.adcofcalvertcounty.org, or call 410-535-0133.

Motorcycle event to benefit March of Dimes

A Bikers for Babies fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek. A press release said Bikers for Babies is a 45-mile motorcycle ride that raises funds to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies.

The proceeds from the event will help to fund research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives, the press release said. For more information, go to www.bikersforbabies.org, or call 571-257-2310.

School board candidate hosts fundraiser

Calvert County Board of Education candidate Joe Chenelly is holding a fundraiser and discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Holiday Inn in Prince Frederick. According to a press release from Chenelly, the event will include wine, cheese and conversation about Calvert County Public Schools. Chenelly listed his goals as a board member as including the school system budget, bullying and suicide prevention and addressing student drug use. For more information, go to www.ChooseJoe.com.

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