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Southern Maryland residents are invited to take part in a community forum on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Potomac Branch Library, at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive in Indian Head.

The forum will provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to come together to ask questions about the disease, share their personal experiences, learn about available resources and discover volunteer opportunities to support families affected by the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association believes no individual or family should navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease alone. Community forums hosted by the Association bring together families affected by the disease with dedicated staff and volunteers to open conversation in an effort to bolster resources, programs and services to support families in their communities.

Working together with Southern Maryland volunteers, the Alzheimer’s Association can ensure families have the resources needed to face the many challenges associated with the disease. Community volunteers are essential in helping the Alzheimer’s Association best serve the needs of families affected by the disease, in driving awareness and in mobilizing the community in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/nca.

Maryland Humanities presents living history program

Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, Arctic explorer Matthew Henson, and “Pirate Queen” Grace O’Malley come to life with Maryland Humanities’ Chautauqua living history performance series. Actor-scholars portraying these trailblazers will travel to eight counties throughout the state, from July 5 until July 20.

Keith Henley will portray Charles County native and explorer Matthew Henson on Tuesday, July 9. Doug Mishler will portray oceanographer Jacques Cousteau on Wednesday July 10.

Mary Ann Jung will portray Irish “pirate queen” Grace O’Malley on Thursday, July 11. All three performances begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater in the Fine Arts Center at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

Living history performances by actor-scholars are followed by question-and-answer sessions, which spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun. Every Chautauqua performance is free and open to the public and begins with live musical and theatrical acts.

More information about the performances can be found at www.mdhumanities.org/chautauqua.

Chautauqua is supported in part by Old Line Bank, the Citizens of Baltimore County via the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, Karen and Langley Shook, and Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Catholic Charities DC launches service campaign

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington launched recently the third annual Catholic Charities DC Summer of Service, an initiative created to encourage and emphasize the importance of giving back during the summer months. This year’s initiative focuses on volunteers who contribute their professional services and expertise to help empower those in need. Starting today, Catholic Charities will invite Washington-area residents to donate their much-needed time and professional skills during the three-month-long campaign.

Summer of Service was developed in 2017 to combat a traditional decrease in volunteer rates over the summer months while fostering a sense of community engagement throughout the region. Catholic Charities features a number of programs (including legal and healthcare networks) in a variety of locations that concentrate on connecting clients in need with professional service providers who donate their services on a pro bono basis. These volunteers include attorneys, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and many more, who offer critical support to amplify the agency’s efforts to serve and lift the most vulnerable in our community. In 2018 alone, these volunteers contributed more than $20 million in pro bono services directly to clients.

Catholic Charities welcomes any professionals from a wide variety of specialty areas and features many opportunities where their work can help those around the District and Southern Maryland.

Catholic Charities also has many opportunities for anyone to volunteer throughout the summer. For more information about Catholic Charities DC Summer of Service, or to register for volunteer opportunities, visit catholiccharitiesdc.org/volunteer. Stay tuned to Catholic Charities DC’s social channels for Summer of Service news and updates.

Chesapeake license plate selected Best Plate of 2018

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration and the Chesapeake Bay Trust were recently honored by the Automobile License Plate Collector’s Association with its Best Plate of 2018 Award for the new Protect the Chesapeake license plate design. The award recognizes how license plates serve an important role in identifying vehicles and also provide a colorful snapshot of state geography and culture.

The 2018 Protect the Chesapeake license plate was unveiled in October and can be purchased through MDOT MVA and the Bay Trust websites. The award-winning design was the culmination of a process that engaged Maryland-based artists and incorporated input from thousands of Marylanders, resulting in more than 250 potential designs. TM Designs, a Frederick-based design firm and member of the Maryland State Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, created the winning design. More than 30,000 of the plates have been sold, with proceeds benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Trust as it works to restore Maryland’s shorelines, provide environmental education for students and fund the beautification of local rivers and streams.

Funds raised through the sale of the Chesapeake Bay Plate help the Chesapeake Bay Trust provide about 400 grants per year to schools, faith-based organizations, civic associations, homeowners associations, watershed groups, environmental organizations and others. For more information on the Bay Trust, go to cbtrust.org/.

NCSA’s CyberTrip Advisor’s top tech travel tips

June means school’s out and family trips are in. In fact, nearly two thirds of American families will head out of town this summer. Theme parks, cruises and international travel top the 2019 summer travel list. As everyone knows, no matter where you’re headed — a new or familiar location — being continuously connected is part of the plan. While having family fun is the goal, the National Cyber Security Alliance also urges travelers to be cyber safe while away from home by following some simple practices to help keep your devices safe and your vacation plans from going awry.

NCSA’s Top Tech Travel Tips:

Enable Security Features to Protect and “Find My Phone”: Misplacing or having your devices stolen can put a damper on vacation plans. It can easily happen to anyone.

• Set up the “find my phone” feature on your devices. This will allow you to find, remotely wipe data and/or disable the device if it gets into the wrong hands.

• Make sure all devices are password protected. Use a passcode or security feature (like a finger swipe) to lock your phone or mobile device in case either are misplaced or stolen.

Get Wise About Public Wi-Fi: Using public Wi-Fi at the airport or hotel is very convenient, but wireless networks and hotspots are not secure. This means that anyone using the same Wi-Fi network could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected.

• Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging in to accounts that have sensitive information such as banking and email.

• Consider using a trusted virtual private network or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.

• Set your device settings to ask permission before connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

Be in the know about how to secure your continuously connected life by signing up for NCSA’s newsletters at staysafeonline.org/email-signup/.

AG joins partnership to combat elder financial abuse

To assist Marylanders in identifying and combating fraud, especially against seniors and other vulnerable adults, the Office of the Attorney General is participating in a statewide public awareness campaign during PROTECT Week (Protecting Older Americans from Financial Exploitation), June 10 to 15. Other partners of this campaign include AARP Maryland, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland, the Maryland Department of Aging, the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, the Office of the Comptroller and other consumer protection groups.

PROTECT Week events include anti-fraud workshops and opportunities to shred sensitive documents to keep them out of the hands of identity thieves.

On June 14, from 10 to 11 a.m., AARP Maryland will host a telephone town hall with Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), Commissioner of Financial Regulation Antonio Salazar, Office of Adult Services Director Dorinda Adams and CCCSMD President Helene Raynaud. Callers will learn how to identify, prevent and report fraud and have the opportunity to ask the panel of experts questions about fraud prevention.

In Maryland more than 54,000 cases of fraud were reported in 2018, according to the Federal Trade Commission, with losses totaling more than $18 million. An increasingly common scheme is the “grandparent” scam, in which callers pretend the victim’s relative is in jail and needs bail money wired. Other popular cons include “lottery scams,” in which victims are persuaded that they have won a contest and have to send money upfront to pay the taxes before receiving their winnings, and “tech support” scams, in which thieves seek to gain access to the victim’s personal computer through phone calls, emails or pop-up ads on the computer.

Reporting financial exploitation of elders can help put a stop to this kind of abuse. For additional information, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 410-528-8662.

Registration now open for ‘Little Pirates’

Registration is now open for the popular “Little Pirates” program at Historic St. Mary’s City, at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in St. Mary’s City. The program, designed for children ages 3 to 6, is offered from 10 to 11 a.m. in two sessions, July 17 or 18. As a part of the morning, children will “become” a pirate, play games, go on a treasure hunt and storm Maryland Dove, a representation of a 17th century tall ship. Admission is $10 per child ($8 for Friends members) with one accompanying adult free. The fee includes full-day admission to the museum. Payment in full is required at time of registration, which will close on July 10.

For more information or registration, contact 240-895-4990 or email Info@HSMCdigsHistory.org.

Marine wildlife returning to Maryland waters

Marine wildlife — dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, whales and others — are making their seasonal return to both the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries, as well as the coastal bays. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone who has seen either a marine mammal or sea turtle in Maryland waters to report it to the state Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding program at 1-800-628-9944.

In addition to calling the hotline, anyone who finds a stranded marine mammal, alive or dead, should follow these steps if possible:

• Do not touch the animal.

• Record your location using latitude/longitude, street address, and/or description with landmarks.

• Estimate and record the length, size, color, noticeable body parts and movements (if alive).

• Take photos of the animal.

• Stand by the animal at a safe distance until stranding staff are able to reach you.

While the most common visitors are the bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead sea turtles, more than 25 other marine mammals and four species of sea turtles have been recorded in Maryland waters.

The department’s Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding program works in conjunction with the National Aquarium in responding to reports of marine animals throughout Maryland’s waters and coastlines.

Marine mammals are specifically protected by federal law, the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In addition, sea turtles and whales are both protected under the 1973 Endangered Species Act. It is illegal to harass, capture or collect these marine species, alive or dead, including their bones or any body parts.

School system earns workplace wellness award

Charles County Public Schools reached the bronze level in the Healthiest Maryland Businesses Wellness at Work awards. HMB is a statewide initiative through the Maryland Department of Health that supports and promotes wellness in the workplace, according to a press release.

“A healthy workforce is a productive one,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said in the release. “By supporting healthy lifestyle choices and providing weight management and fitness options for employees, we believe the long-term effects will benefit CCPS and its staff.”

The CCPS wellness initiative includes an at-work Weight Watchers program for employees and their families, and emails highlighting health-related topics sent each month to employees with information about the flu, skin cancer, physical activity, sleep and other topics. Earlier in the year, four Webinar Wednesdays were offered covering topics such as diabetes awareness, raising healthy children, brain health and creating a work-life balance.

Healthy cooking classes taught by the culinary arts instructor at North Point High School are offered to CCPS employees on a first-come, first-served basis and immediately fill up with a waiting list. A produce stand was open during summer and fall at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building to allow employees and visitors an opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce. The stand reopened this month.

Fitness classes were offered in spring and fall 2018 with 223 participants in the fall and 244 in the spring — an increase of almost 10%. Classes were offered again in Spring 2019. The Keep Well Program partners with CCPS to provide discounted World Gym memberships to employees. Participation among CCPS employees and their families jumped by 15% in the 2018-19 school year from 310 participants to 356. Future plans include a CCPS 5K race slated to be held in the fall.

Award recipients will be recognized June 7 at the 10th annual Worksite Health and Wellness Symposium in Baltimore.