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A job fair to be held from 9 a.m. to noon next Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the St. Joseph’s Community Center on Kavanagh Road near Mechanicsville will give job seekers a chance to suit up, show up and meet with prospective employers.

“We have McDonald’s, McKay’s, the Center for Life Enrichment and the Ford dealership in Lexington Park,” Carolyn Miller, treasurer of the center’s nonprofit organization, said this week of the businesses that have signed up to attend. “There are other ones who said they will let me know if they will be there,” she said, “or give us some information to pass out on what openings they have.”

Prospective employees are advised to dress appropriately as they seek opportunity.

“We’re asking people to bring their resumes and be prepared for an interview,” Miller said.

Southern Maryland Job Sources will have a trailer on site to put job seekers’ resumes online, to reach out to businesses.

Hear political humor Saturday at college

Jimmy Tingle, a political comedian, will share his take on what’s going on as part of the The Center for the Study of Democracy’s Twain Lecture Series, with Historic St. Mary’s City, at 8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Mary’s Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. For more information, call 240-895-2021 or 240-895-4215.

Dance Saturday in Chaptico

A Contra Dance sponsored by Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, featuring caller Greg Frock, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 13, at Christ Episcopal Church’s parish hall at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the dancing will begin a half-hour later. Contra is a traditional American style of social dance, and beginners are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to get some instruction in the various dances. There will be an ice cream social following the dance. For more information and directions, go online to

Baseball author to sign books Monday in Leonardtown

Ronnie Joyner, a Charlotte Hall resident and author of the baseball book “Hardball Legends and Journeymen and Short-Timers,” will take part in a Republican Women of St. Mary’s book-signing and wine-tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. next Monday, Oct. 15, at Guenther's Bistro and Fine Wines and Spirits off Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. For more information, call Liz Govier at 301-994-0425 or Mary Lou Rose at 301-863-8896.

Delegate to hold town hall meetings

Del. John Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s) will hold town hall meetings at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the 2nd District Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee. For more information, call 301-866-4000 or send email to

Learn erosion control on Oct. 18

The St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District will sponsor the Responsible Personnel Certification for Erosion and Sediment Control “Green Card” Class at 8:30 a.m. next Thursday, Oct. 18, at the St. Mary’s Agricultural Service Center Conference Room, at Suite C 26737 Radio Station Way in Leonardtown.

State law requires that any responsible personnel involved in grading or other soil-disturbing activities be knowledgeable about erosion and sediment control principles, specifications and implementation, and that they have a certificate of attendance at a Maryland Department of the Environment approved training program. For more information, call 301-475-8402, ext. 3, by next Monday, Oct. 15, or send email to

Ghost tours begin Oct. 19 at Sotterley

This year’s Ghost of Sotterley tours, titled “1918: Influenza, War, and Restless Spirits,” will take place on Oct. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at the historic plantation in Hollywood. The tours will begin each day at 7 p.m. and another one will start every 10 minutes. Advance reservations will be required for attending this year’s production, which will take guests back in time to the year 1918. The story line reveals that while restoring Sotterley Plantation to its former glory, owner Herbert Satterlee disturbs more than the bricks and mortar, as the country is in the midst of a flu pandemic and the remains of the Great War. Visitors should prepare to encounter both the earthly inhabitants of the time, and those not of this earth, during the outdoor walking tour.

Dawna Diaz, who has been actively involved in all aspects of the Ghosts of Sotterley for the past 10 years, has returned as director, producer and makeup artist for this year’s production, after recently directing Sotterley’s War of 1812 living history events. James LePore returns as the playwright and assistant director of the Ghosts of Sotterley for the fourth year.

Tickets may be purchased online at Group rates are available by calling 301-373-2280.

Yard sale set for Oct. 20

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the rescue squad building in Mechanicsville. Tables can be rented for $10 each. To donate items for the sale, call 240-298-0216.

Sheriff to host Oct. 20 open house

The St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, currently celebrating 375 years of service, will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at its headquarters in Leonardtown. Displays, demonstrations and activities will include a Ridge fire safety trailer, DWI simulator, child safety seat installation checks, a National Guard obstacle course, state fire marshal’s explosives robot, child identification kits, facepainting, a police dog demonstration, Taser demonstration, Internet safety, Jeopardy game, emergency services team demonstration, mock police pursuit and an adult detention center tour.

Victims’ center to hold Oct. 20 fundraiser

The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center will hold its 9th annual Chocolate Affair fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Heritage Room, located at 12010 Woodmore Road in Mitchellville. Reservations by credit card may be made by calling 301-952-0063.

Bingo planned for Oct. 20

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring a Super Basket Bingo starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the firehouse. A raffle will benefit Mother Catherine Spalding School. Make reservations by calling 301-884-5680, and be entered in the drawing for a haunted house basket.

Enjoy comedy mystery on Nov. 2 and 3

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church at Route 235 in Laurel Grove near Mechanicsville will present a comedy mystery dinner theater, “The Ultimate Server” by Nancy Bond, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, with a menu featuring pulled pork and barbecued chicken. For reservations, call 301-655-0522. Proceeds will be donated to the Hungry Team in memory of Johnnie Mae Sawyer, “The Ultimate Server.” There will also be a silent auction.

Speaker series ends Nov. 2 at Sotterley

Michael W. Kauffman will speak on the topic of “American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in the barn at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, to discuss the layers of myth, folklore, and disinformation surrounding the assassination in 1865 of President Abraham Lincoln.

Kauffman’s book on the subject was the basis of “The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth,” a two-hour documentary on the History Channel. Kauffman, the guide for Booth Escape Route bus tours, he is also a frequent contributor to television and radio documentaries. When the Baltimore Circuit Court heard a lawsuit to force the exhumation of Booth’s remains, he was called as an expert witness. And when the remains of another conspirator were discovered in 1993, it was Kauffman who helped the FBI laboratory identify them. In a more recent book, “Footsteps of an Assassin,” Kauffman takes readers over the 100-mile route of Booth’s escape from Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., to the Garrett Farm in Virginia. This event is free to the public, but advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 during regular business hours to make a reservation.

Benefit basket bingo set for Nov. 4

The Charlotte Hall Rotary Club will host its 13th annual Super Holiday Basket Bingo to benefit Stephen’s Fund on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Mechanicsville firehouse. Proceeds will benefit special needs children and their families. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and bingo will start at 1:45 p.m. To reserve a table for six or more people, or to be included in a prize drawing, call 240-298-3885 or 301-904-0642, or send email to

Hear stories Nov. 9 at Sotterley

Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood will present its “Legends & Lore” program at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, with stories from three centuries of people living on the site. Advance reservations are required. Purchase tickets online at

Help with veterans’ and rescuers’ college tuition

The College of Southern Maryland’s Heroes Scholarship Campaign will continue through Nov. 11 to raise funds to support students studying to become first responders, specifically in emergency medical services, criminal justice, fire science technology or homeland security programs, or students using veteran benefits as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. For information on the CSM Heroes Campaign, contact Martina Arnold at 301-934-7649 or, or go online to For information on CSM services available to student veterans, go online to