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For Calvert County diners, there is even more excitement to follow this week’s Restaurant Week.

The Prince Frederick restaurant Saphron will be holding a five-course meal with wine pairings to benefit Calvert Hospice at 6 p.m. Friday, March 22. The dinner will feature some of the cooking of Hospice supporter Torben Huge-Jensen and Dr. Ray Noble, the medical director of Calvert Hospice.

Noble said he and Huge-Jensen actually got the idea for the event while having drinks at Saphron, where he said they are both regular customers. Noble said Huge-Jensen had received assistance through hospice during a family illness and was looking for a way to give back.

“We thought, why not pair our various interests together for an event like this?” Noble said, continuing that he has enjoyed cooking for the past 20 years and particularly enjoys it now that he is a grandfather.

“They like to come over and have Papa Ray’s meals,” he said.

Huge-Jensen’s contribution to the meal will be his “Grandma’s Pork Tenderloin” with paprika, dill with a port wine glaze. Noble will cook a spicy cauliflower-coconut soup with baked Alaskan salmon with creole sauce. The meal will also include appetizers, salad and dessert with a wine pairing for each course. Noble said he also expects there to be some type of entertainment throughout the dinner.

The cost of the dinner is $100, half of which will go directly to Calvert Hospice.

“The people who purchase a meal will get a receipt on the spot for the contribution,” Noble said. He explained that since the addition of Hospice House, Calvert Hospice has run into year budget deficits.

“Monies raised go to help deflate that expense. … Hospice is such an incredible service to the community,” he said.

Grants available for women with a dream

The Patuxent River Branch of the American Association of University Women has announced that “Dare to Dream” program applications are being accepted through April 15.

According to a press release, the grants are designed to enhance a woman’s personal growth, artistic skills, educational enrichment or community service. Women 18 and older who are living in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties are eligible for grants and may request up to $300 to help them reach their goals. After applications are reviewed, the recipients will be notified by early May and will be honored at the branch’s annual meeting in Solomons in May, the release said.

To apply, send an email to, or see the Dare to Dream information page and application on the branch website,

CMH to host Casino Night

Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation will host a Casino Night benefit from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. John Vianney Church Vianney Room in Prince Frederick to raise funds for the purchase of fetal monitors for the hospital’s birth center. According to a press release from the hospital, the advanced system will provide CMH with the latest technology for measuring fetal well-being and assessing labor progress.

Tickets for those 21 and older cost $75 and include games like blackjack, Texas Hold’em, roulette and craps provided by Fantasy World Entertainment in addition to enjoying lite fare, beer and wine.

Tickets are available by calling 410-535-8178, or by going to

Bugeye Ball happening Saturday

Calvert Marine Museum’s annual Bugeye Ball will be held this Saturday, Feb. 9, and will feature a “Pacific Rim” theme with dining, dancing and casino gaming. A press release from CMM said Ken’s Creative Kitchen will prepare a menu inspired by the cuisines of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul, and music will be provided by the Big Money Band.

Tickets to the event are $150 each and proceeds will benefit the preservation efforts of the museum. Business and personal sponsorships ranging from $500 to $5,000 are also available. Go to, or call 410-326-2042, ext. 16 or 18, for more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships.

JPPM Visitor Center open weekdays

The Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Visitor Center in St. Leonard is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until mid-April, when it will resume its regular Wednesday through Sunday schedule. The center includes permanent and temporary exhibits, a theater room, a “Discovery Room,” an information center, a museum shop and public facilities.

Women of the World program coming in March

The Calvert County Commission for Women will host its annual “Women of the World Awards Luncheon” on Saturday, March 16, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Prince Frederick. According to a press release from the commission, the event honors outstanding Calvert County women and girls for their accomplishments and contributions. The keynote speaker will be Zaida Arguedas, deputy executive director of the League of Women Voters of the United States.

The event begins with registration and networking from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The luncheon and awards program will run from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $27 per person. For more information, contact Anne Mychalus at 410-326-6784 or