Kids’ and Teen College at the College of Southern Maryland continues with its tradition of offering comprehensive, summer enrichment programs for children ages 6 to 17 years old.

CSM’s half-day or full-day programs allow kids and teens to design a summer experience specific to their interests, while assuring parents that their child is receiving memorable lessons with trusted instructors.

CSM’s new 2019 Summer Flight Academy offers a fun week of aviation classroom experiences at its Leonardtown Campus with flight skills development, confidence building and teamwork in a flight simulation setting. The flight simulator flying will include: ground operations, takeoff and basics of flight, approaching an airport and landing, navigation and finding your way, loading and flying local area navigation missions, executing Inspired to Soar and Guardians of the Game missions, and Free Play in an aircraft of choice. Special reduced pricing is being made available to students thanks to grant funding from The Patuxent Partnership.

Some of the many new programs being offered this summer are Harry Potter: Hogwarts Express; Live to Dance; Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnight Style Video Game; and the ABC’s of Ethical Hacking. Also new this summer and offered at the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses is the Taste of Mexico — a cooking class for ages 10 to 13 that explores the traditions and culture of a fiesta-worthy menu of Mexican dishes and the techniques on how to prepare them.

Registration for CSM Kids’ and Teen College classes and programs can occur up until the week before the start of each program, however parents are encouraged to register children and teenagers as early as possible to guarantee a slot in the class.

Before and after care is available.

For information about all available courses and to register for CSM’s Kids’ and Teen College, visit

To view a week-to-week schedule by campus, visit

Charles County announces holiday operating schedule

The county administrator made changes to normal operating schedules for the month of July. All offices, facilities and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.

Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day)

• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.

• The Charles County Landfill and all recycling centers will be closed.

• Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the remaining week, Friday, July 5, through Saturday, July 6.

• VanGO services will not be operating.

• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, Elite Gymnastics and all school based community centers are closed.

• All pools will be open noon to 5 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, North Point, McDonough, La Plata and Thomas Stone).

• Charles County Public Library is closed (all branches).

• Charles County Department of Health is closed.

For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or

SMADC releases new meat, seafood guide

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, recently announced the release of the new Southern Maryland Meat and Seafood Guide.

Last published in 2012, the Meat and Seafood Guide is one of SMADC’s top consumer resources in print and online. The newly updated 36-page, full-color booklet showcases 78 Southern Maryland meat producers and seafood businesses where consumers can buy locally raised and harvested meats, poultry and seafood fresh from the region’s farms and waterways.

The guide’s reader-friendly format dedicates separate sections to each industry that include summarized introductions for each farm/producer, easy to see at-a-glance livestock and seafood icons indicating which meats/seafood are offered, as well as details on individual raising practices, how to buy and order options (cuts, custom, CSA’s) and contact information. Available in print and to view or download online, the digital version of the guide features an interactive map of all the listed producers, plus additional links to county websites for more ‘find a farm’ resources throughout Southern Maryland.

The Southern Maryland Meat and Seafood Guide is available free to the public at regional libraries, welcome centers and participating producers. View or download the guide on the ‘Get the Guides’ page and see a list of regional pick-up sites at ‘What’s New/News and Announcements’ at

The Southern Maryland Meat and Seafood Guide is made possible in part by the Rural Maryland Council through a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund grant.

Post office debuts new frog stamps

USPS will debut a new stamp collection highlighting North American frogs on July 9. The four frog species being honored include:

• The squirrel tree frog (Hyla squirella), found from southeastern Virginia through Florida and along the Gulf Coast to Texas.

• The American green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) is also dubbed the cowbell frog for the sound of its short call when heard from a distance.

• The northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) is commonly identified by its highly distinctive call.

• The tiny Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) — often nicknamed the “Hollywood frog” because countless television shows and movies have used its rib-bit, rib-bit call in nighttime scenes.

More information can be found at