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The Charles County Arts Alliance will present an exhibit of artists from the Spring Dell Center at the Commissioners’ Gallery in the county government building at 200 Baltimore St. in La Plata.

The exhibit will be held through March.

Spring Dell assists people with disabilities in achieving their highest level of independence by providing support and opportunities for the quality of life they desire within their community, according to an arts alliance news release.

The exhibit fits with the mission.

“What an exciting opportunity this has been for individuals here at the center to see their artwork displayed in a public setting. It has been [a] great confidence-builder for them and a wonderful chance to connect with the public,” said Susan Burek , aSpring Dell training specialist.

The exhibition includes paintings from artists Mike Affron, John Bell, Lacy Bullard, Dave Bunnell, Pam Burke, Kenny Bruce, Donald Dunnington, Anne Edelen, Mary Jean Garner, Joel Lunsford and Ryan Raba.

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Writers’ group wants to start local chapter

The Maryland Writers’ Association, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art, business and craft of writing, is planning to launch a St. Mary’s County chapter.

An organizational meeting is being coordinated by Nancy Smay, a local technical writer and professional author who publishes under the pen name Delancey Stewart.

“I am looking forward to organizing a variety of events for local writers and authors, whether they are interested in fiction, nonfiction or business writing. A community, like that offered by the MWA, brings people with like interests together for readings, promotions, workshops and social gatherings,” Smay said in a news release. “There are a lot of writers working in Southern Maryland, and I hope that they’ll be excited about coming out to share their work and their goals with other writers. Writers are by nature a solitary bunch — a community like this is a great way to help us find a sounding board and a group of supporters to help further our goal.”

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Lexington Park library at 21677 FDR Blvd.

Contact Smay at 619-865-5392 or

Library hosting Valentine event

Spend the afternoon from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Waldorf West library at 10405 O’Donnell Place making Valentine’s Day crafts.

Call Glenda Fields or Patricia Bowie at 301-645-1395.

Library to offer Black History Month story time and craft

The Potomac branch of the Charles County Public Library will host a story time featuring books by and about African-Americans at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the library at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive in Indian Head.

Celebrate Black History Month and make a craft to take home. For children 6 to 11. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 26.

Contact Candyce Offer at 301-375-7375.

Animal shelter to feature ‘My Furry Valentine’

Forget flowers and boxes of candy. Come to the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville to pick out your very own “furry Valentine.”

The shelter will hold the “My Furry Valentine” adoption event Feb. 11 through 28. Adopt a new pet for a sweetheart of a deal.

Cats will be available for adoption for a reduced fee of $5, and adoption fees for dogs are reduced to $50.

The shelter is at 6707 Animal Shelter Road. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992.

Adoption hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. To view animals available for adoption, go to or

Big show, little guy

Port Tobacco Players will present its first foray into children’s theater with two performances of “Stuart Little (The Musical)” at 2 and 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Port Tobacco Theater at 508 Charles St. in La Plata.

A troupe of veteran actors brings to life a musical version of E.B. White’s classic tale about a little mouse born into a human New York family.

Enchanting music further enhances the story of a determined “underdog” trying to survive in a “real people’s world.”

From melodic ballads to exciting chorus numbers, the score by England’s Ronna Frank features “Paddle Your Own Canoe,” “Feed Him Up,” “Size,” “Stuart Little,” “I’m Headed in the Right Direction” and “Nighttime in New York” (sung by a quartet of cats).

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Lions club holds annual spaghetti dinner

La Plata Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner 4 to 8 p.m. March 1 at La Plata United Methodist Church at 3 Port Tobacco Road in La Plata.

Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12; children 5 and younger eat for free. Carryouts available.

Proceeds benefit Lions-supported charities, including sight, scholarships, youth activities and Lions Camp Merrick.

Chaney, community foundation offer beautification grants

To encourage beautiful, sustainable landscapes, beautification grants are awarded annually to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions by the Chaney Beautification Fund, a field-of-interest fund held at the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland that provides a connection between Chaney Enterprises and the communities in which it operates.

Funding is available in Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel, Caroline or southern Prince George’s counties.

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Applicants should submit projects that incorporate “green” gardening practices, such as water conservation measures, organic fertilizers and native plant species. Schools can use the grant to incorporate beautification projects into the curriculum.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 1.

Applicants must be an educational institution, government agency or qualified nonprofit organization to receive funds to be used for their projects. Grant awards will be $1,000 or less, and will be announced in April. Applications are available online or by calling the community foundation office at 301-885-0108.

Kohl’s accepting scholarship applications

The Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes this year.

Ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships, prizes will be given to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations for children ages 6 to 18 will be accepted at

Nominations are accepted through March 15, and nominators must be 21 or older. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide, including in Lexington Park and Waldorf, will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education.

Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf, according to a Kohl’s news release.

Kids urged to read

Southern Maryland children are being challenged to read 500 books by the time they turn 5.

The program, 500x5, is a partnership among Charles County Public Library, Calvert Library, St. Mary’s County Library and the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association to challenge young children and their parents to make reading a fun, family habit, according to an SMRLA news release.

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