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Crime is not welcome in Calvert County and the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse wants to stop would-be criminals before they have an opportunity to commit a crime.

CAASA is looking for communities in Calvert County to sign up before April 30 for this year’s National Night Out on Aug. 6.

“[National Night Out] provides people in the communities the opportunities to meet neighbors and helps them identify strangers,” CAASA Coordinator Candice D’Agostino said.

The event will take place around the United States and in Calvert County. D’Agostino expects 14 to 15 communities to be involved this year.

“[The number of involved communities] is slowly increasing,” D’Agostino said.

The purpose of National Night Out is to “heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,” “generate support for local anti-crime efforts,” “strengthen neighborhood spirit” and “send a message to the criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” according to a CAASA press release.

“In our community, it certainly does help,” D’Agostino said.

Communities involved will receive an advertising banner, volunteer T-shirts, hats and giveaway items, according to the press release. Law enforcement officers come to the neighborhoods to meet citizens during the event.

CAASA is also involved in other crime fighting and substance abuse programs, D’Agostino said. It sponsors Neighborhood Watch programs, the Prescription Drug Abuse Abatement Council and an underage drinking campaign in Calvert County.

For more information about National Night Out or other CAASA sponsored events, call 410-535-3733, or go to www.co.cal.md.us/CAASA.

Open house to detail Armory Road improvement project

The Calvert County Department of Public Works is planning a major road improvement project for Armory and Dares Beach roads in Prince Frederick, with construction set to start in late spring. Details of the project will be shared during a public open house scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the lower level of Courthouse Square, 205 Main St. in Prince Frederick.

As part of the project, the Armory Road name will be changed to Chesapeake Boulevard and a number of improvements will be made. Property owners on the road have been notified that their addresses will change. Road enhancements include new sidewalks, wider shoulders, pedestrian lights and a traffic circle at the intersection of Chesapeake Boulevard and Dares Beach Road.

During the open house, participants will be able to see maps of the project and ask any questions they have for project engineers.

The maps and information are available at www.co.cal.md.us/roadproject. For more information about the project, contact Karl Deugwillo at deugwikr@co.cal.md.us, or 410-535-1600, ext. 2546.

U.S. Navy Band to perform

The U.S. Navy Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Mary D. Harrison Cultural Arts Center at Northern High School in Owings. A variety of music from the concert band and soloists from the group will be featured. The concert is free, but tickets are required.

For more information, email the Navy Band public affairs at NavyBand.Public.Affairs@navy.mil, or call 202-433-4777.

CSM spring mini sessions begin

Credit students at the College of Southern Maryland will be on spring break the week of March 17.

All campuses and facilities will be closed Wednesday, March 20, through Sunday, March 24. The college will resume its normal schedule Monday, March 25.

Access to the college’s online services will remain available at www.csmd.edu through my.CSMD services.

Spring Mini Session II starts March 25. Registration for Summer I session is open for returning students and opens April 1 for new students; registration for Summer II session opens April 22 for returning students and June 3 for new students. Registration for summer continuing education classes begins April 3.

Cancer research study comes to region

Residents have the opportunity to help save lives by participating in a nationwide American Cancer Society research study known as Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3).

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join CPS-3. Two sites in Charles County were selected as local centralized locations to hold enrollment for CPS-3. Interested residents can register online at http://www.CPS3CharlesCounty.org, and then attend one of the enrollments.

Enrollment will be available from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Bel Alton High School Community Development Center, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton.

Arts council hosts poetry open mic happy hour

The Arts Council of Calvert County will host a poetry open mic happy hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick. The event will feature Michael S. Glaser, poet laureate of Maryland from August 2004 to 2009. His original works will be read. There will be appetizers and beverages provided by Dreamweaver Events and Catering. Calvert High School sophomore Andrea Kelson will open for Glaser. All local poets are welcome to share their poems or prose in the open mic session afterward. For more information, call 410-257-7005.

Community development block grants available

The application process for Calvert County organizations interested in applying for a Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant has opened and notifications of potential applications are due to the Calvert County Department of Community Resources by March 25.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development oversees the program. In order to apply, organizations are required to submit a Notification of Potential Application to the Calvert County Department of Community Resources and then attend mandatory CDBG training.

The completed notification must be submitted by close of business March 25 to Maureen Hoffman, director of the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, P.O. Box 90, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. For a notification form or more information, contact Curt Hules, CDBG coordinator, at 410-535-4370. The form is available online at www.co.cal.md.us/CDBG.

US Postal Service to hold public meeting

The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to move some mail processing operations from the Southern Maryland Processing and Distribution Center into the Suburban Maryland Processing and Distribution Center. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Annabelle E. Ferguson Auditorium, Suitland High School, 5200 Silver Hill Road, Forestville. Postal Service managers will give an overview of the reasons for the proposal and its possible outcomes, and will listen to community input and concerns.

A summary of the proposal and presentation materials will be made available on www.usps.com one week before the meeting date. Anyone who wishes to submit comments in writing can send them to: Customer and Industry, Contact Manager, Capital District, P.O. Box 16, Washington, DC 20066-7203. Public comments will be accepted through April 12.

Northern High FBLA seeks musicians

The Northern High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is hosting a benefit concert, “A Symphony for the Shelter,” on May 24 to support homeless animals at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville. Those interested in performing can email sheltersymphony@gmail.com for more information.

Calvert Amateur Radio Association offering class

Calvert Amateur Radio Association (CARA) will hold a technician class for entry-level ham radio. This class will cover technician license exam, basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Morse code is not required for this license.

Classes are April 17 through June 5. The class will meet once a week for eight weeks. The final test will be given Saturday, June 10. The class will be held at the County Services Plaza at 150 Main St., Prince Frederick. Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Contact David Weaver at 240-882-0484 or Bill Hackett at 443-404-1047 before April 17 to sign up for classes, or go to www.K3CAL@org.

Motorcycle training will be April 14

On Sunday, April 14, riders, road captains, emergency response persons and advocates are encouraged to attend Motorcycle Emergency Incident Management Training/Bystander Care. The training starts at 8 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. It will be held rain or shine. The class is hosted by the Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally Safety Task Force and Red Knights MD 4. The training will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department bingo hall, 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, Md. There will be a 1½-hour break.

Instruction will include scene safety, scene management, a mock scenario and patient triage. All participants will receive certification in CPR/AED and first aid. The training is presented in part by Southern Maryland CPS and First Aid Training at www.somdcpr.com. Registration is $65 per person and is on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Kim Welling at 443-532-4409, kwelling@comcast.net; Jonathan Riffe at 443-532-5315, jonriffe@yahoo.com; or Kim Jones at 443-532-8516, jonesks@co.cal.md.us for more information, or go to Southern Maryland Motorcycle Safety Rally on Facebook.

Learn how to write grant proposals

Caroline Herbert of the Foundation Center, Washington, D.C., will present a two-hour workshop on finding, funding and writing a grant proposal for a nonprofit organization from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. This workshop provides an introduction to the steps involved in finding funders and preparing grant proposals. Learn tips for effective funding research and the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Registration is required. Contact Cathey Moffatt-Bush or Robbie McGaughran at 410-535-0291.

CMM offers otter package

The otter lover’s package offered by the Calvert Marine Museum is an opportunity for up to six guests. It includes a one-hour, behind-the-scenes tour with an estuarine biology staff member scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time and date, watching the otters feast on their breakfast while practicing their art skills, and an authentic otter artwork original in colors of one’s choosing. This package is $250 and is on a first come, first serve basis. Contact David Moyer, curator of Estuarine Biology, for more information at 410-326-2042, ext. 33, or email moyerde@co.cal.md.us.