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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is offering college scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.

Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO customers. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school. The deadline to apply for college scholarships is March 1. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to www.smeco.coop.

To be eligible for SMECO scholarships, students must have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and community and school involvement. As part of the application process, students must submit an essay on “Why is a College Education Important to Completing My Lifetime Goals?” Scholarship finalists will be interviewed March 16.

Students may obtain an application from their school’s career counselor or by calling SMECO at 888-440-3311, ext. 4340. Applications are also available online and at the customer service desk in SMECO’s Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and Hughesville offices. Completed application packages with all items together may be taken to a SMECO office or mailed to the attention of Bernadette Lewis, SMECO, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, MD, 20637.

Army band to invade CSM

At 4 p.m. Dec. 1, the 257th Army Band will play in the fine arts center at the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland at 8730 Mitchell Road.

The band is a National Guard unit in Washington, D.C. Officially recognized as “The Band of the Nation's Capital,” the 257th Army Band’s mission is unique in that it does not belong to a state. It is a federal military entity that reports directly to the president, according to information on the CSM website.

The 257th Army Band returns to CSM by popular demand. Although tickets are free, reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact bxoffc@csmd.edu or 301-934-7828.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s creative kids

Kids will create superhero costumes and a comic book, and test brains and brawn through super training 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Potomac library at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive in Indian Head.

The program is for children 6 to 12.

Registration ends at 1 p.m. Nov. 17.

Walk, run to defeat cancer

The College of Southern Maryland will host its second annual Turkey Trot 5K and Mile Walk at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 at the La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road. Start Sunday with a scenic tour of the La Plata campus on foot. The run will start and finish at the physical education center and include gentle hills, tree-lined passages and tons of fun, according to a college news release.

Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the CSM Foundation.

Trophies and raffle prizes will be awarded.

Entry fees are $25 for those who register before the event, $15 for senior citizens and children younger than 12, and $15 for mile walk participants; $35 day of race.

Contact Jane Pomponio at 301-539-4740 or Christopher Tuttle at 301-934-7706

Register online at www.active.com/running/laplata-md/2nd-annual-csm-turkey-trot-2012.

Teens get a sweet deal

Teens can have a sweet afternoon 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Potomac library at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive in Indian Head. Learn how to make candy sushi and a marshmallow catapult. Take the tape ball challenge. Watch a fun movie.

Registration ends Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.

Call 301-375-7375.

La Plata’s alive with ...

“The Sound of Music” kicks off at the Port Tobacco Players theater Nov. 23 and will run through Dec. 16 with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. at the theater at 508 Charles St. in La Plata.

When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain Von Trapp. Go to www.ptplayers.com.

Shop for art at Mattawoman

Mattawoman Creek Art Center presents Holiday Salon Shopping Days through Dec. 16, during regular business hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday at the center at 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, in Smallwood State Park.

Local artists will display work for patrons to purchase. Go to www.mattawomanart.org.

SMTCCAC seeking board members

Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee is recruiting members for its volunteer board of directors with backgrounds in finance or banking, early childhood education, economic development and community advocacy. The nonprofit's mission is to provide services for eligible citizens that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, promote upward mobility and enrich the quality of life.

Private businesses, organizations or individuals interested in being considered for membership should submit a letter of interest and resume to Board Selection and Credential Committee, SMTCCAC, P.O. Box 280, Hughesville, MD 20637 by Dec. 31. Call 301-274-4474, ext. 253.

Sustainability and pest management workshop set

Anne Arundel County Extension will host a session for pesticide recertification and nutrient applicator voucher training 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center at 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road.

The workshop will explore advanced crop production practices, focusing on sustainability, food security and integrated pest management tactics. Topics will include crop selection; integrated crop management; soil fertility; weed control; insect control; and disease control for field crops, fruits and vegetables.

To register, contact the Anne Arundel County Extension Office at 410-222-6759.

November SCOOP is out

The November 2012 Charles County Department of Community Services issue of The SCOOP is online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS. Printed copies are available at local senior centers.

The SCOOP contains news, special events and trips, and this issue features Thanksgiving events at county senior centers.

The Richard R. Clark Senior Center at 1210 Charles St. in La Plata will host an “Encore Thanksgiving,” a production from the Baltimore Senior Showcase, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15.

There will be singing, dancing and lots of laughs. Lunch will be a traditional Thanksgiving menu with all the fixings; bingo after lunch. Registration is required beforehand. The fee is $6.

The Indian Head Senior Center at 100 Cornwallis Square will have a Thanksgiving party with a Dean Martin impersonator 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15. A special performance by Eric Richardson will bring the true spirit of Deano. Fee of $8 includes entertainment, lunch and door prizes.

The Nanjemoy Community Center will have a traditional Thanksgiving feast 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Fee is $5.50, donation for those 60 and older.

The Waldorf Senior Center at 3092 Crain Highway will celebrate blessings with “Ballet Mobile” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15. An interactive ballet program reminds the audience of all the good things in their lives.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch after the program. Fee is $8.

Visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CS or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388.

Grant funds stuffed ham event at St. Mary’s City

Explore a local culinary tradition during the annual Hearth and Home in Early Maryland event at the visitor center at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in Historic St. Mary’s City 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24.

The State Arts Council recently awarded a Maryland Traditions Project Grant to the museum to bring stuffed ham into focus at HSMC’s annual exploration of Colonial foodways. The event features hands-on activities, hearth cooking and food preservation.

Contact the museum visitor center at 240-895-4990 or 800-SMC-1634.

Art, essays sought for contest

The Port Tobacco chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is accepting entries in its annual Junior American Citizens Contest.

The contest promotes good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history among school-age children.

This year’s theme is “Invest in America’s Future.”

The JAC Committee offers contests in art, creative expression and community service for all children in grades prekindergarten to 12. This includes public, private and home-schooled children.

The deadline is Jan. 16.

For entry information, email PortTobaccoDAR@gmail.com.