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Mattawoman Creek Art Center, in a unique collaboration with the Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, opened its Winter Open All-Media Exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 24. Called Art Prompt, the collaboration produced an exhibition which combines stories written by local wri…

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Before I had kids, I famously (or infamously, perhaps) told a friend I’d hang with her newborn son when he was old enough to color.

Having young children means getting comfortable with chaos.

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This is a reprinting of a column from March 18, 2016. Megan will be back on Friday.

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Solomons resident Dennis Poremski of Team Asbury was recognized for his fundraising totals last month when the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter recognized community members across the region for their outstanding efforts in fundraising at a special reception held Feb. 8 …

Karen Lovejoy and The Lovejoy Group will perform 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 S. Solomons Island Road in Solomons. The concert, which is part of the Maritime Performance Series and is the first of the spring season, is a tribute to Nat King Cole that a press r…

Jim Ritter’s Creole Gumbo Jazz Band will celebrate its 10th anniversary 7:300 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave. in North Beach. The evening will have a Mardi-Gras theme. The Creole Gumbo Jazz Band was founded in 2009 by Jim Ritter, a cornetist with a l…

Retired Lt. Col Vernon Garner was awarded a Quilt of Valor by the Faith and Freedom Chapter in celebration of his military service March 3 at Asbury Solomons. Garner shared stories about his experiences flying aircraft in Japan. After learning how to fly both the B-17s and B-29s, Garner ende…

An Our Lady Star of the Sea School third-grade class recently made several donations to the Calvert Animal Welfare League as part of its school year-long effort to assist the local animal shelter.

The Calvert County 4-H Club held its Achievement Night awards Feb. 23 at the Calvert County Fairgrounds.

A new African-American history book by College of Southern Maryland professor Cicero Fain III will be released by the University of Illinois Press this spring.

Seanna Smallwood was born in Fort Belvoir, Va., but moved to Waldorf in 1983. She attended Thomas Stone High School and attended the College of Southern Maryland, but transferred to Walden University online. She later launched a lucrative career in real estate and mortgage finance.

Calvert County native Gordon Lore announces the publication of his book, “Flying Saucers From Beyond the Earth: A UFO Researcher’s Odyssey,” which is scheduled to be published Oct. 1 by BearManor Media.

Amy Schisler, a 1988 graduate of Northern High School who grew up in Owings but now lives on the Eastern Shore recently published her latest children’s book, “The Greatest Gift.” She is also the author of five novels and two children’s books. Her books, “Picture Me” and “Whispering Vines,” r…

Prince Frederick author Sharon Parker recently published her memoir “True Synergy Works — Leading Within...Seven Defining Principles of Knowing Self to Birth Greatness.” It tells her story of being a “Civil Rights baby” and her “recovery-to-discovery” life experiences.

Don Thomas of Virginia is a freelance history researcher and author of the self-published book, “The Reason Lincoln Had to Die.” His interpretation of historical events is off the beaten path of the mainstream narrative and has Southern Maryland at its epicenter.

Brenda Scott-Coleman, of Huntingtown, recently self-published her second book, “THE GIRL WITH MANY FACES.” The book was written to give encouragement to children who may have difficulties making friends because they look different.

Lusby resident Shelton Johnson recently published “Thankful for my Family,” a comedic novel about the family ties that bind us all. The story focuses on a young man who introduces his older girlfriend to his family for the first time, knowing the experience will make or break the relationship.

Andy Rickert, of Mechanicsville, recently published “TOMORROW,” a memoir of love, family and his experience helping his sister, Edna, with dementia in St. Louis, Mo. The book shares Rickert’s experience starting with the initial suspicion of abnormal behavior through the actual diagnosis and…

Lusby author Julia Maki recently published “From the Sky,” an educational book for children based on her experiences as a U.S. Navy Aircrewman. The books gives readers a taste of flight. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprised, the book is available through bookstores nationwide.

Edward Davenport of Lusby has written his first book, “Eleven Minutes,” which he says is the first and only in-depth account of the bombing of United Airlines flight 629 in 1995 and the associated investigations and manhunt that led to the capture of the man who planted dynamite in his mothe…