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Dominion Apostolic Ministries in Lexington Park is organizing a march.

The 500 Soul March will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, at 9:30 a.m., starting at St. Mary’s Square and following Great Mills Road up to Great Mills High School. According to Corey Dyson of Mechanicsville, a member of the church who is helping organize the event, the march is part of a three-day event that was envisioned by Dominion Apostolic’s pastor, the Rev. Michael P. Barber, to encourage spiritual revival in Lexington Park and in the rest of St. Mary’s County.

The original target was 500 marchers, but as Barber has been talking to churches with connections to Dominion Apostolic, “he’s thinking we will exceed that number by double,” Dyson said Friday. In anticipation of the larger turnout, Dyson is in negotiations with the county about potentially allowing the walk to take up one lane of Great Mills Road for what is expected to be about a 45-minute walk.

A live gospel concert will follow the march from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Square and will feature The Briscoe Brothers, Posse4Christ and Simply Glory. There will also be free food and games, a moon bounce and local vendors and free haircuts for boys.

“He wants us to band together with one voice,” Dyson said. “There’s another path. We’re offering something positive.”

Two other days of events will precede the march. On Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Lexington Park Baptist Church, the Rev. Dante King of Greater Mt. Zion Church in Prince Frederick will offer a message and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Choir will sing. On Friday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Park Baptist Church, Barber will give a message. Praise and worship will be led by Grace Apostolic in Washington, D.C., and Free to Worship of Whole Counsel of God Ministries.

For more information or to confirm plans to participate in the march, email dominionapostolic@dominionapostolic.com or call 301-905-7757.

Senior Forum set for Sept. 27

On Friday, Sept. 27, the St. Mary’s County commissioners will address topics related to the senior community at a forum sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, Commission on Aging. The forum begins at 10 a.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, located at 44219 Airport Road in California.

To reserve a seat, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Show off your vampire skills

The Newtowne Players announce open auditions for the upcoming mystery-thriller “Dracula.” The show will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 10. There are roles for six men and two women.

In “Dracula,” dramatized by Hamilton Dean and John L. Balderston and based on the novel by Bram Stoker, Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by a mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner.

Auditions continue today, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be held July 18. All auditions will be held at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Those who cannot make these audition dates/times but wish to work either onstage or backstage for this production, are asked to contact Producer Millie Coryer-Dhu at 301-863-0396 or milliedhu@gmail.com.

For more information visit www.newtowneplayers.org.

Exchange student host families needed

World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit organization operated under the sponsorship of ASSE International, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from a variety of foreign countries for the 2013-2014 academic school year or semester.

Host families provide room, board and guidance for the visiting teenager. Couple, single parents and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.

Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

To learn more, contact area representative Lyrel Byrne at 301-884-7438 or visit www.whHosts.com.

Expo to focus on senior housing in Southern Maryland

On Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the SoMD Senior Housing and Service Provider Networking Group and the St. Mary’s Department of Aging will host a free Senior Housing Expo at the Northern Senior Activity Center, located at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road in Charlotte Hall. This event will showcase exhibitors from the SoMD Senior Housing Networking Group as well as representatives from the departments of aging and housing authorities from the tri-county area, which will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Attendees can visit with representatives from the different facilities and agencies to get the latest information on housing options available for those 55 and older in the tri-county area. Exhibitors will include Morningside House of St. Charles, Cedar Lane Senior Living Community, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, The Hermitage at St. John’s Creek, Fenwick Landing Senior Care Community, CCNRC Family of Care, Victory Woods, Southwinds Active Adult Community, The Villages at Wildewood, Autumn Assisted Living, St. Mary’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and representatives from the department of aging and/or housing authority from Charles and St. Mary’s counties.

The first 200 attendees to the expo will receive a gift bag upon arrival. Attendees can also enjoy refreshments beginning at 11:30 a.m., guest speakers and can register to win door prizes, including a 32-inch flat panel television. Those who bring a nonperishable food donation for the Southern Maryland Food Bank will be entered into a separate special drawing for additional prizes.

This free expo is made possible through sponsors, including MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, Southern Maryland Oil, Unity Titles Services LLC and Del. John F. Wood Jr. (D-St. Mary’s, Charles). For more on the expo, contact Janice Pruett at Cedar Lane Apartments at 301-475-8966, ext. 32, or jpruett@cedarlaneapts.com or Pam Chicchirichi at Fenwick Landing Adult Medical Day Care at 301-638-4100 or pam@seniornetwork.org.

Yard sale items to go for a penny

On Sunday, July 28, Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Center will host its summer Piggy Bank Indoor Yard Sale. Every item will be on sale for just a penny from 2 to 6 p.m. at this one-day only event. The Piggy Bank Indoor Yard Sale is open to the public.

“We had our first Piggy Bank Indoor Yard Sale last December, and it was a great success,” said Laura Webb, resource engagement coordinator, in a statement. “We got some wonderful donations and made it possible for many individuals and families who were struggling be able to acquire some needed clothes, household items, appliances and other yard sale treasures. … So, we decided to make it a twice a year event. We invite anyone looking for a great bargain in a wonderful environment to come with their spare change and do some shopping.”

Walden is accepting tax-deductible donations of items in good/excellent condition for the Piggy Bank Indoor Yard Sale. All donations must be arranged in advance by contacting Walden at 301-997-1300, ext. 804.

Beacon of Hope is located in Millison Plaza, two doors down from the Well Pet Clinic and beside Underground Tattoo, behind Family Dollar.

Wounded veterans to be honored

On Saturday, Aug. 17, between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., a bus of wounded veterans from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda will be escorted by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department from the county line to the Rod N Reel parking lot in Chesapeake Beach.

Area residents are asked to join others for the Seventh Annual Operation Hope on the Chesapeake, to honor the veterans, to show we have not forgotten those who have risked their lives to protect the country’s freedom. Participants are encouraged to bring flags, banners and signs for the arrival of our heroes at the Rod N Reel Marina or gather along Route 260 at any of the following intersections: routes 260 and 2 at the Calvert Arundel Medical Center; Route 260 and Woodlawn Way at the Quince View neighborhood; Route 260 and Wesley Stinnett Boulevard at American Legion Post 206; and routes 260 and 261 at Veterans Memorial Park.

To learn more about Operation Hope on the Chesapeake, contact Mary Mathis at 410-610-2710 or marymathis502@comcast.net. Tax-deductible donations can be made payable to Operation Second Chance: Tax# 20-2624345, CFC# 93327 and mailed to Operation Hope on the Chesapeake, c/o Mary Mathis, P.O. Box 993, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Checks may also be directly deposited at any PNC Bank to account 5570744004.

Grants for tourism projects funded

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium announced July 12 that several area projects will receive funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

These funds are made available to nonprofits and government organizations that seek to promote heritage tourism and economic development. Heritage tourism is defined as traveling to experience the places that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present — including historic, cultural and natural resources. The Southern Maryland Heritage Area funds both capital and non-capital projects for sites that support cultural heritage activities across the three counties of Southern Maryland. T

The project grant awards in Southern Maryland include three in St. Mary’s County. The St. Mary’s County commissioners were awarded $90,000 for Three Notch Trail Phase VI. Historic Sotterley was awarded $6,000 for its slave cabin exhibit, and Historic St. Mary’s City Commission was awarded $30,000 for its burial crypt at the Brick Chapel.

Other Southern Maryland projects that were awarded grants are $90,000 for the Port Tobacco Property Acquisition, $22,500 for the exhibits building HVAC at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, $25,000 to the Calvert Marine Museum Society for the museum’s River to Bay: Reflection and Connections exhibit and $30,000 to Calvert County government for interpretive resources at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm.

The SMHAC office also received $65,000 funding for support of the Heritage Area office for the year. These funds will also support the position of the byway manager for the Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway. The total of all grants awarded for Fiscal 2014 in the region will be $358,500.

To learn about membership or future grant offerings, contact the consortium at SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org or 301-274-4083. Additional information about the Southern Maryland Heritage Area is available at www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com.

Summerstock to present ‘Hairspray’

The Summerstock musical performance of “Hairspray” begins this week. Show dates are Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21, and Friday, July 26, to Sunday, July 28. Friday and Saturday evening shows will begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday evening performances will start at 3 p.m. Matinees will be on Saturdays, July 20 and 27, at 1 p.m. All shows will take place at the Great Mills High School auditorium.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and $6 for children 10 and younger. Matinee tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/summerstock or in person at the recreation and parks main office in Leonardtown. Patrons purchasing tickets online must print their tickets and bring them to the show for admittance. Online ticket purchases are highly encouraged due to the possibility of shows selling out. Tickets must be purchased no later than 10 p.m. the day before the show.

Doors to the school will open one hour before each performance for ticket sales, and patrons will enter the auditorium for general seating 30 minutes before each show time. Cash only will be accepted for ticket sales at the door. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1800.

scraton@somdnews.com