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Two local women’s organizations are giving middle and high school aged females an evening of tradition, history and three religions.

The Daughters of Abraham of Southern Maryland and the Calvert County Commission for Women are holding “An Evening of Girl Talk about Women in Three Great World Religions,” focusing on Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Southern Maryland Islamic Center and will count as community service hours for high schoolers.

One of the event’s coordinators, Roberta Safer, explained that the event is one of the county’s initiatives to reaffirm its commitment to Title IX, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Title IX, signed into law June 23, 1972, by President Richard Nixon, guarantees equal opportunities to women and girls “under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance,” the law states.

Safer said she wanted teenagers to be the target audience for this event to familiarize them with religions outside of their own.

“A lot of people don’t know what the Islam religion is or who Jews are. ... We want them to know what we bring to the table,” said Safer, who said she and fellow Daughters of Abraham member Norma Imershein will present at the Judaism table.

Safer said the event will be run with all three religions having their own tables and the attendees rotating from station to station.

She said the religions will discuss faith, tradition and practice with emphasis on items like Muslim clothing, Jewish rituals and Christian services.

Because “there’s no way you can have an event without food,” Safer said pizza will be provided to the attendees.

“It’s a good thing to bring to kids. It’s a good understanding that people aren’t all that different,” she said.

Come to a Neighborhood Watch training session

The Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc. invites the community to a free Neighborhood Watch Program training session from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Courthouse Square conference room on Main Street in Prince Frederick. Financially supported by CAASA and taught by Sgt. Mike Bomgardner of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, this specialized training will provide neighborhoods with the necessary information to set up a crime watch program. Those interested in participating should contact CAASA Coordinator Candice D’Agostino at 410-535-3733.

United Way taking grant applicants

The United Way of Calvert County has announced the 2013 Basic Needs Grant opportunity for 501(c)3 organizations that provide emergency food and shelter to people in crisis in Calvert County. According to a press release from United Way, the goals of the grant are to help individuals and families meet their nutritional and housing needs. Average grant amounts will range from $1,000 to $3,000, the release said.

Eligible organizations must be nonprofit; follow the guidelines of the Patriot Act; practice non-discrimination; have an accounting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); and demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs.

Qualifying organizations should go to www.unitedwaycalvert.org for grant terms and forms. For additional questions or to request a mailed application, contact Jennifer Moreland, director of community impact, at 410-286-0103, or email impact@unitedwaycalvert.org. Completed grant applications are due by Friday, Nov. 2.

Domestic violence awareness events coming up

The Crisis Intervention Center and the Calvert County Commission for Women announced via press release the following October events to support those who are living with domestic violence and to honor those who have left abusive relationships:

The Clothesline Project, which is displayed throughout Calvert County, honors those who live in or have escaped domestic violence. According to the release, the Clothesline Project is a program where T-shirts are made by domestic violence survivors with positive affirmations that life does get better. Previous locations for the Clothesline Projects include College of Southern Maryland, the Calvert County Health Department, District Court, Circuit Court and the Calvert libraries in Prince Frederick, Chesapeake Beach and Lusby.

Also, on Oct. 16, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month during its public meeting.

Hills named Calvert Hospice campaign chairs

Huntingtown resident and ABC7/WJLA-TV Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill and his wife, Mary-Ann, have been named Calvert Hospice Annual Campaign Honorary Chairs, according to a press release from Calvert Hospice. The press release said that the Hills had firsthand experience with Calvert Hospice during the last few weeks of Mary-Ann’s mother’s life.

For more information about Calvert Hospice programs and services, call 410-535-0892, or go to www.calverthospice.org.

ldukes@somdnews.com