Charles storytellers wanted

Charles County Interactors, sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Plata, are hoping to create a collection of personal stories from long-time residents of Southern Maryland, especially those from Charles County.

Interact is eager to preserve the history of the area with stories about living in rural Maryland. Photographs are also being requested.

Interviews will be conducted through March and the project is expected to be completed by May.

For more information, email Georgia Bonney at msgeorgia@neighborhoodcreativeartscenter.org.

Seedlings available to St. Mary’s homeowners

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering free tree seedlings to St. Mary’s County landowners in several counties who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream, or other waterway on or near their property through the Backyard Buffers program.

Each “buffer in a bag” contains approximately 25 native bare-root tree and shrub seedlings with species appropriate to their region and Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree maintenance and planting techniques, in addition to suggestions of other suitable native species at the time of pickup.

Quantities are on a first-come, first-served basis and Calvert County is sold out while Charles County is not participating.

Kids in the Garden grants available

The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation is accepting applications for its Kids in the Garden Grants through Sunday, Feb. 28.

The program is open to schools and community organizations serving students in grades PreK to 12 interested in providing hands-on agricultural experiences during virtual or in-person instruction. The maximum grant award will be $500.

Award announcements will be made by March 15.

CARES funds available for fishing industry

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will accept applications for economic relief funds for the commercial seafood industry through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act through Sunday, Feb. 28. |

The funds are for those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and available to eligible members of the seafood industry on the Maryland OneStop website.

An appeals process is also available online for individuals whose applications were rejected.

AMG hosting Brisk Walk Challenge

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is hosting the February 40: Brisk Walk Challenge through Sunday, Feb. 28. Register and pick up a lanyard and complete 40 laps during the month and be entered to win prizes. The cost is $30 per person and proceeds benefit the Growing the Garden native plantings fund at Annmarie.

AMG accepting Fairies in the Garden

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is accepting entries for the 12th annual outdoor exhibit through Monday, March 15. Fairy and gnome homes, dragon lairs, magical creatures, fairy gardens, elf abodes, goblin grottos and more are welcome. All creations will be placed in the woods, lawn areas and trails of the sculpture garden to create a magical experience for guests of all ages. This is a non-juried, open show. The show is open to all ages. There are two categories; Fairies in the Garden and Children’s Fairy Garden.

Emergency food, shelter funds available

Calvert County has been awarded $16,278 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement food and shelter programs in the county.

Agencies must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary, have a voluntary board.

Applications will be accepted until 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 19.

To obtain an application, contact Christine Michelsen at 410-535-2000 or uwadmin@unitedwaycalvert.org and mail them to United Way House, 530 Main St., PO Box 560, Prince Frederick. Md. 20678.

Calvert to host paper shredding

The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, will host free paper shredding events for county residents to help prevent identity theft by destroying confidential or sensitive documents 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at Appeal Landfill located at 401 Sweetwater Road in Lusby. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect. Shredding events are held monthly throughout the year. Call 410-326-0210 or go to www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Recycle.

SSCC accepting district supervisor nominations

The St. Mary’s Soil Conservation Committee is accepting nominations for a district supervisor through Tuesday, March 30.

The appointment will fill the expired term of Donald Ocker and run through March 30, 2026.

A supervisor must be a resident of the district. District boundaries are the same as county boundaries. Anyone recommended should be able to attend monthly meetings of the Board of Supervisors, and have a knowledge of and a sincere interest in proper land use and the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources.

Nomination forms are available at the the St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District Office, 26737 Radio Station Way, Suite B in Leonardtown or at www.mda.maryland.gov

Nominations should be sent to State Soil Conservation Committee, Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Room 306, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

CRSPA sponsoring fundraiser

The Calvert Retired School Personnel Association, Inc. is sponsoring a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels through Thursday, April 1.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at any Community Bank of the Chesapeake.

Go to lynncox1.wixsite.com or the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association, Inc. Facebook page.

Brendan Sailing accepting registration

Brendan Sailing is currently accepting registrations for the 2021 summer camp season.

There are one and two weekday camp programs at their Bembe Beach location in Annapolis, while St Mary’s College of Maryland will host a 10-day residential camp and a week-long day camp in Southern Maryland. A discount of $100 will be offered for registrations before April 1. Scholarships are available.

“We are excited to get back on the water,” said Brendan Sailing Executive Director Charlie Arms.

SMECO offering scholarships

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for college scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year through Tuesday, April 6.

Four high school seniors will be awarded $2,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO members. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university, or trade school.

To be eligible, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

For more information or to apply, go to smeco.coop/scholarships.