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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause for cancer deaths in Maryland and the Calvert County Health Department wants the community to support a cause to fight it.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23, a 5K benefit run, “Keep Your Colon Rollin’,” will be held at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum to raise awareness about colon cancer and its effects.

According to Tammy Halterman, Calvert County Health Department supervisor of health promotions, the benefit will feature other activities. At least one colon cancer survivor will be in attendance at the benefit and will speak to the crowd about their experience.

Calvert County has the sixth highest mortality rate for colorectal cancer in the state, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 2012 Cancer Report. The county has a 10 to 25 percent higher mortality rate than the rest of the U.S. for colon cancer.

According to Halterman, the money raised at the 5K benefit will go to Calvert Healthcare Solutions. The program is available to those who have low incomes and yet make too much money to receive other health benefits.

The program “gives more people access to affordable care,” Halterman said. The end result is that more people will see the doctor often and get the referrals they need.

The 5K benefit run is accepting applications for the race from now until March 16. The entry fee for the benefit is $25 and $35 the day of the race. Online preregistration can be completed at www.active.com (search “Colon Rollin in Maryland”) by March 17. To obtain a mail-in registration form, go to www.calverthealth.org. Make checks payable to Calvert Healthcare Solutions.

Luxury vacation silent auction set for March 16

Patuxent High School Future Business Leaders of America will host a luxury vacation silent auction from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa.

People can bid on a luxury package, which include trips to Hawaii, the Grammy Awards, the Country Music Awards and after-party, Las Vegas, California, New York, Canada and more. Package highlights include accommodations at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Club & Lodge and the Ritz-Carlton. Premier golf and spa packages, cooking classes, private winery tours, gift cards and adventure experiences will also be auctioned.

An entry donation of $10 is appreciated but not required. For more information, contact Jessica Moses at mosesj@calvertnet.k12.md.us.

Annmarie Garden classes to include pottery basics

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center’s upcoming classes include pottery basics, an introduction to glass bead making and “Girls’ Night Out: Wine and Dish.” The pottery basics class will be from March 6 to April 17. The class will be held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $175 for members and $185 for nonmembers. There is also a $40 material fee for the six hour class. During the class, students will learn a comprehensive skill set for working in clay.

Bead making will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The cost of the class is $120 for members and $135 for nonmembers. Each student will make several beads of various shapes and surface decorations, including stringer use and application.

“Girls’ Night Out: Wine and Dish” will be held March 11 and 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The two-class series is $65 for members and $70 for nonmembers. An additional $15 will be required for materials.

CSM’s Corporate Center seeking CEO nominees

The College of Southern Maryland’s Corporate Center is searching for the 2013 Chief Executive Officer of the Year to be honored at the 13th annual Leading Edge Awards (LEA) on Wednesday, June 12. Recognizing outstanding leadership within Southern Maryland, the Corporate Center is seeking nominations for the top honor by April 1.

Nominees include CEOs who inspire their organizations, exude success and make a difference in Southern Maryland.

To qualify, nominees must work for a business located within Charles, Calvert or St. Mary’s counties, be in a position of leadership in a Southern Maryland business (private sector) and be available to attend the ceremony from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 12 at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.

For more information, call 301-934-7837, or email blahman@csmd.edu.

Local children’s center seeks businesses to support fundraiser

Barstow Acres Children’s Center is looking for buinsesses to vend, advertise, sponsor or donate for an upcoming fundraiser. The Fashion and Talent Show Extravaganza will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Huntingtown High School. Proceeds from the event will support the children’s center.

School system accepting applications for 2013-2014 pre-K

Calvert County Public Schools is now accepting applications for pre-kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year. The pre-kindergarten program was developed by the Maryland State Department of Education to meet the needs of low-income students who may not have the necessary readiness skills to be successful in school. Students are selected based on the criteria and guidelines set by MSDE and CCPS.

Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2013, to be considered for the pre-kindergarten program and meet one of the criteria which can be found on the CCPS website, www.calvertnet.k12.md.us. Applications can be obtained from any elementary school, the CCPS central office or the website.

For more information, contact Cheryl Yates, supervisor of Early Childhood and Adult Education, at 410-535-7264.

Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park Chat will be March 24

There will be a Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park Chat on Sunday, March 24, at the North Beach Town Hall, 8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Some local people who grew up in the era of the Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park (1946-1972) will be leading an informal discussion about their memories of the park. People are welcome to attend and bring any photos they may have of their time at the park. Learn about a tradition shared by the resort towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach.

Contact Hilary Dailey, president of the Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, at 301-855-4028 or hilarydailey@gmail.com.



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