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Bringing together the area’s most skilled holistic practitioners and a curriculum rich in folk herbalism tradition, Centro Ashé Farm announces the launch of its six-month Grassroots Herbal and Holistic Wellness program, beginning in April.

By exploring nature’s ability to support health, strength and vitality, the program will empower participants with basic knowledge and practical skills to incorporate herbs into diets and make basic herbal remedies.

Organizers will offer a second year of the program for those seeking to deepen their knowledge and work with their communities.

Registration is open through April 1 at www.CentroAshe.org.

The series includes one weekend intensive each month with local and renowned herbalists and will cover herbal healing traditions, medicinal plants and plant walks, fermentation, nourishing herbs, herbal gardening and permaculture, anatomy and physiology — Western and energetic — body system therapeutics, plant allies, plant spirit medicine, herbal medicine making, herbal body care, nutritional healing and kitchen herbalism.

Instructors will include Molly Meehan of Centro Ashé; Mimi Hernandez, executive director of the American Herbalist Guild; Suzanna Stone of Owlcraft Healing Ways; Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red-Bird Botanicals; and Ayo Ngozi, a clinical herbalist.

Ngozi and Meehan will lead the second-year program.

“It is an honor and a blessing to continue to gather in community for our Grassroots Herbal and Holistic Wellness journey,” Meehan said in a news release. “We strive to continue to deepen and improve the program each year and feel blessed to have an incredible program to offer again this year.

“We truly believe that herbs and food are the medicine of the people with rich long standing traditions from cultures across the planet, through this program we connect with local plants as our medicine, and together we are empowered to care for ourselves, our families, our communities,” she said.

The series costs $888 and includes all in-class materials with work-trade options available.

For more information, go to www.centroashe.org.

Arts scholarships will be granted

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance awards $1,000 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in the county and one graduating student from the College of Southern Maryland, who plan to continue studying the arts — performing, visual or literary — at a four-year college or university.

For more information, email scholarship.ccaa@gmail.com or contact the arts alliance at 301-392-5900 or info@charlescountyarts.org.

Vendors sought for Indian Head event

Taste of Indian Head will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at the town’s Village Green.

There will be games, food, story telling and a pie-eating contest.

Organizers are seeking vendors to participate. Indoor and outdoor spaces rent for $20 each.

Restaurants, crafters, artisans, businesses, youth groups and churches can sign up to be a part of the event.

Entertainment will be provided by the Black Box Theatre, Hope You Dance and the Doc Stevens Band.

Call Kay Cotton at 240-508-0090 to volunteer to provide entertainment.

The Village Green is at 100 Walter Thomas Road.

To rent a vendor space, call Pam Hundley at 301-743-6777.

For more information, go to www.townofindianhead.org or email indianheadbiz4u2@aol.com.

CSM robotics team finalist competition

The College of Southern Maryland’s Robotics Team, the Talons, was named a finalist in the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation 2014 Online Challenge.

To raise awareness of the team and upcoming competitions, the Talons created two videos.

The video, “Autonomous Selector Switch,” was part of a challenge to teach a new robotics team something about robotics engineering that the Talons team learned from experience.

Talons who participated in the making of the video are David Farrell of Newburg, Jonathan Frank of Indian Head, John Hamel of Mechanicsville and Emily Subocz of Waldorf.

The video, “An Electrifying Evening With the Arts & Sciences,” was created with the help of CSM digital media production student Lacy Davis of Accokeek and showed how the team is involved in community outreach.

Videos can be viewed at http://forum.robotevents.com/design/challenge/detail/219.

Online Challenge winners were announced March 5.

The Talons will compete at the World Championship VEX U Robotics Challenge in Anaheim, Calif., from April 23 to 26.

For information about the robotics team, go to www.csmd.edu/istem/events_csmroboticsVEX.html.

Bike ride to benefit nonprofits

Charles County Sheriff’s Office annual bike ride will be March 22. Everyone is welcome to ride all or a portion of the 26-mile, Indian Head Rail Trail.

Inline skaters are welcome. Backpacks, lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided to participants. Ride will kick off at the Village Green Pavilion at 100 Walter Thomas Road in Indian Head, with check-in at 9 a.m. and a flex-start time of 10 a.m.

Registration forms are available at www.unitedwaycharles.org or call 301-609-4844 to have one mailed. The event will benefit Spring Dell Center and United Way of Charles County.

Your vote helps more than you think

Two of the eight finalists in the Metamucil “Do More Than You Think” national essay contest are from Charles County.

Mary Ann Yeckley of La Plata and Kimberly Rodriguez of Waldorf wrote essays for the contest which has a grand prize of a visit to the “Dr. Oz Show” and $100,000 to donate to the winner’s favorite charity.

Rodriguez, a volunteer with Health Partners for almost four years, entered an essay about the time and dedication volunteers and staff contribute at the nonprofit that offers medical and dental care in Waldorf for the uninsured or the underinsured.

Yeckley wants to help COMPASS Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides group homes for adults with special needs in Charles, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

View the Metamucil “Do More Than You Think” essay contest finalists and vote at www.domorethanyouthink.com. Each person can vote once per day until 11:15 p.m. March 14. The winner’s name will be available after March 24.