As a thank you to U.S. troops and veterans, and as a way to give back to the community, Melwood Recreation Center will host its second annual Armed Forces Day event 10 a.m to 4 p.m. May 18 at the center at 9035 Ironsides Road in Nanjemoy.
Last year, more than 200 active duty military and vets and their families turned out, and more are expected this year, according to a Melwood news release.
They are invited to enjoy a day of free food, beverages, ice cream and family activities, including swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, a climbing wall, face painting and horticulture activity.
There also will be a small resource display for military-friendly businesses and community resources to share their offerings and help connect service members with job opportunities.
Call 301-870-3226 or go to www.melwoodrecreation.org/calendar. Like Melwood’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/362469913862031.
Judge Wells to address CSM’s spring graduates
The College of Southern Maryland will celebrate its 54th spring commencement May 16 with the keynote address to be provided by Calvert County Circuit Associate Judge Gregory Wells.
CSM’s graduation activities will begin with an honors convocation at 6 p.m. May 15 on the administration lawn of the La Plata campus at 8730 Mitchell Road.
A nurses’ recognition program begins at 1 p.m. May 16 in the Physical Education Center, with a reception following on the upper level. The college’s commencement ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. May 16 on the lawn. The rain location for honors convocation and commencement is the PE Center, and tickets are required. Students have been provided tickets for guests to use in the event of inclement weather. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Center for Business and Industry Building.
Wells was appointed to the 7th Judicial Circuit by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in November 2012.
Wells served on the District Court of Maryland since 2008. Prior to his first judicial appointment, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Attorney General’s Office and as state’s attorney for Calvert County, the first African-American to serve in that position, according to a college news release. Earlier in his career, he served as the domestic relations master in Calvert County, as a deputy state’s attorney for Calvert County and in various positions with the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County.
Wells is a member of CSM’s Advisory Board and an adjunct faculty member.
For information, go to www.csmd.edu/commencement.
House and garden tour scheduled
The final tour on the statewide Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage of historic homes and gardens will be in Charles County on May 18.
There are eight properties on display, many of them with fascinating War of 1812 history, according to a pilgrimage news release. Profits from the tour go to Historic Oldfields Chapel in Hughesville. The Caleb W. Jones skipjack will be docked in Benedict. One of only a handful of operating skipjacks in the world, local historians will be on hand to discuss the life of watermen on the Chesapeake Bay and 1812 history. Another attraction is the Manor of Truman’s Place in Waldorf.
Pilgrims can take a catered bus tour offered by the Charles County Garden Club. Go to www.charlescountygardenclub.org. Lunch, $15, will be offered at Oldfields Episcopal Church in Hughesville with advance reservations. The 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tour is $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour, with tickets available in each of the homes on tour. For tickets and information, go to mhgp.org or call 410-821-6933.
The skipjack will be docked in Benedict, the site of the War of 1812 landing by British troops in 1814 on their way to Washington to burn the Capitol and the White House.
The Manor of Truman’s Place boasts stained glass windows, a Federal design and a rear sunken garden with koi pond and gazebo.
The bus tour will pick up passengers in La Plata for a daylong visit to all eight stops on the tour. Advance reservations are needed for the $70 bus tour which includes the bus, tour tickets, lunch and snacks. Go to www.charlescountygardenclub.org) or call Betty Levering at 301-934-8487.
ArtsFest set for June 8
It’s not too late to register for ArtsFest 2013 ,scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. June 8 at the La Plata Town Hall at 305 Queen Anne St.
The event is the largest outdoor arts festival in Charles County, according to a news release from the Charles County Arts Alliance, which puts on the festival. Last year more than 2,000 attended ArtsFest, and this year organizers promise it will be bigger and better.
The event celebrates all the arts in Charles County, music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.
Visual artists of all media are invited to display and sell artworks at the event, and arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their activities. Also invited as exhibitors are historical, heritage, multicultural and environmental organizations.
There is no charge to the public to attend. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Two concert series kick off
The St. Charles summer concert series and the town of La Plata series kick off this month with plenty of local and regional talent.
The St. Charles concerts will be held at O’Donnell Lake at 10400 O’Donnell Lake Park in the St. Charles section of Waldorf at 7 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30.
Upcoming concerts include May 10, Little Paul and Company; May 17, U.S. Navy Band Cruisers; May 24, U.S. Air Force band Max Impact; and May 31, Anthony “Swampdog” Clark.
The concerts are free and open to the public. Go to www.stcharlesmd.com/summer-concert-series.html.
The La Plata series takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays from May 24 through September on the lawn at La Plata Town Hall at 305 Queen Anne Street.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but the town asks that no alcohol be brought to the events. Food, ice cream and beverages will be available to purchase. A play area, the Kids’ Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on their children.
The concert schedule includes the 25th Hour Band playing Motown, jazz, and classic and contemporary rock May 24; Family Night with performances from local groups the Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids, La Plata High School Show Troupe and Island Music on May 31; the John Luskey Band playing pop, country and rock June 7; Max Impact on June 14; Four of a Kind playing oldies, classic rock, country, funk and blues June 21; and the U.S. Navy band Country Current playing country and bluegrass June 28.
Go to www.townoflaplata.org under the events tab for a complete schedule.
Tee off for a good cause
The Arc of Southern Maryland’s 11th annual Pat Collins Golf Classic will be May 23 at the Twin Shields Golf Club at 2425 Roarty Road in Dunkirk. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Opportunities for sponsorship and teams are available. The Arc’s goal is a minimum of 25 teams and to raise more than $40,000.
To register a team or to become a sponsor, go to www.arcsomd.org.
The tournament is named in honor of Pat Collins, a former board president of The Arc. He worked to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc supports children and adults with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and many other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Retreat planned in Faulkner
The annual Father Vince O’Brien Memorial Day retreat for separated and divorced Catholics will be May 24 through 26 at Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner.
At the retreat, a separation, divorce and beyond course will include topics such as self-image, stress, anger, blame and guilt, loneliness and forgiveness.
The sessions will run from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon with a Mass on Saturday evening.
The cost of the retreat is $235 for the three-day room and board option, which is from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, or $127 for the two-day room and board option, which is from Saturday lunch to Sunday lunch. To register, go to www.rc.net/washington/sdc/SDC_2013_Retreat.pdf.