Summer Meal Program Available for Calvert Kids

Calvert County Family Network Pilots Mobile Summer Meals Program – Summer meals being offered at the Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse. You do not have to live in the Ranch Club for your kids to be able to participate.

Calvert County Family Network Pilots Mobile Summer Meals Program

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The Calvert County Family Network (CCFN) will pilot the county’s first mobile summer meals program in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates (CRE) with support from a $6,500 No Kid Hungry Maryland grant and approximately $7,500 in Children’s Cabinet Funds from the Governor’s Office for Children. The program is an effort to provide nutritious lunches to youth during the summer months when they no longer have access to school meals.

The program will operate Monday through Thursday from June 24 through Aug. 1, with lunches prepared, delivered and served by Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) staff at the CRE clubhouse from noon to 1 p.m. No ID or proof of residency is required to participate. No registration is required and participation is first-come, first-served. The program is open to all family members but individuals must be present to receive a lunch.

For families that need transportation, LifeStyles of Maryland will transport participants within CRE to and from the clubhouse. The service requires a waiver and a participation slip signed by parents or caregivers. Passengers must be 5  years or older to ride alone; younger passengers must be accompanied by someone 13 years or older. 

Members of the Calvert County Interagency Council will provide enrichment activities during meal times. 

Every Thursday, program participants will receive backpacks containing supplemental food for Friday through Sunday, provided by Heart F.E.L.T. of Southern Maryland. 

Farming 4 Hunger donated tower gardens – a low-maintenance vertical growing system – to the meal preparation site at Mill Creek Middle School, giving CCPS food service workers access to fresh produce. Farming 4 Hunger will also coordinate a food drop with the Maryland Food Bank, providing fresh produce from the farm to program participants. Food drops will occur every Wednesday from July 3 through July 31.

For many kids, summer is the hungriest time of year. Only about 22% of Maryland children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches are also getting free meals through summer programs. Summer hunger can have a long-term impact on a child’s health, ability to learn and general well-being.

No Kid Hungry Maryland has awarded more than $75,000 in grants to allow free summer meal sites across the state to expand and improve programs to reach more youth during summer months. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org.

Operating under the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, the Calvert County Family Network partners with county leadership, public and private agencies and businesses to build a community where children and families thrive. For more information, call 410-414-5997.

Free Summer Movies

The free summer movie series offered by local movie theaters start next week. Free movies at the Flagship Cinemas in Prince Frederick are offered Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9:30 am and you can catch free movies at the R/C Lexington Exchange Movies 12 on Wednesdays and Thursdays also at 10 a.m.

Scholarship Awarded

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This year we were very excited to add a Memorial Scholarship Program. The George & Mary Lou Brezina Scholarship was open to Calvert County graduating seniors who would be pursuing a degree in Education. Our first winner of the $1,000 memorial scholarship is Huntingtown High School senior Alexis Hill.

Congratulations Alexis! We wish you the best as you attend Towson University to pursue a degree in Integrated Early Childhood and Special Education.

Holiday Happenings in Calvert County

We’ve compiled a list of Fun Holiday Happenings in Calvert County.  Have Breakfast (or several Breakfasts) with Santa, watch a parade or two, go to a Children’s Christmas Party, listen to a dramatic reading of Polar Express, visit with the Grinch and more!

November 30 – January 1, 2019

 Annmarie Garden In Lights, 6:00-9:00pm nightly (CLOSED Dec. 3, 4, 24, 25):  Join us for Annmarie Garden In Lights, a magical holiday light experience that takes visitors on a beautiful walk through the glittering woods. As you stroll the protected path, you will be surrounded by spectacular light art and “light sculptures” depicting sea creatures, wintry wonderlands, enchanted gardens, wild animals, princesses, superheroes, and much more. Don’t forget to ask for a “Holiday I Spy” program. After your walk, warm up in the Arts Building where you will find nightly entertainment, beautiful exhibits, great shopping, and a holiday cafe!  No smoking. No vaping. No pets except on Pet Night (Jan. 1). Admission (ages 3 & up): $7.00 Children 2 & under: FREE

December 1, 2018

 Singperation of Christmas Carols  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Union Church in North Beach 8912 Chesapeake Av, North Beach 20714:  Do you like to sing? Do you like to listen? Here’s your chance to do both. The Union Church in North Beach will host the annual Singperation featuring local choirs and talent and you and me.. All are welcome. The Church is located next to the Town Hall at 8912 Chesapeake Avenue. Questions may be directed to (410)257-3555

Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade, 12:00 pm

Bay Avenue, North Beach:  This festive parade draws spectators from afar! The boardwalk is lined with hundreds of people viewing the parade. The best part is when the jolly-old-fat man arrives by fire truck!

Santa & Christmas on the Beach, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

North Beach:  Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and give them a special treat. Tell the kids to bring their wish list to share with Santa! Warm up around the campfire as you roast marshmallows!

December 2, 2018

Holiday Parade, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Fox Run Shopping Center, Prince Frederick:  Join the Optimist Club of Calvert County and the Calvert County Fair Board as they herald in the holiday season with the 27th annual Prince Frederick Holiday Parade. Parade participants include school marching bands, ROTC groups, scouts, soccer and baseball teams, 4-H clubs, fire engines and, of course, the main attraction – Santa Claus.

December 4, 2018

Gingerbread Decorating,  10:00 – 10:45 am

Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Harriet E. Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick:  Come join us as we decorate several types of gingerbread items. We’ll have lots of different decorations for you to create the perfect holiday delight!  $3

December 7, 2018

Solomons Christmas Walk/First FREE Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm:  Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, Santa, holiday crafts, and shopping in the museum store on both nights. Santa’s Coffee House will be open on Saturday with complimentary hot tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. The museum is open free from 6 – 9 p.m. Museum members will save 20% off in the Museum Store all weekend!

December 9, 2018

Breakfast with Santa, 9 am – Noon

Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department, 13150 HG Trueman Road:  Annual Breakfast with Santa.  Entry donation accepted at the door: $7 adults, $4 Children

December 13, 2018

Breakfast with Santa, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Mt. Hope Community Center:   Enjoy pancakes, bacon, fruit and more highlighted by a special visit from Santa Claus! Don’t forget your camera! All participants who intend on eating breakfast must register for this event.  $5

 December 15, 2018 

Breakfast with Santa, 8 am – 12 pm or while supplies last, 755 Solomons Island Road, S :  The Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad is back at home in our new building and we want to invite you and your family to enjoy a home cooked breakfast.  We are serving bacon, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes, hash browns, juices, milk, and coffee. Bring your camera or phone and get a picture with Santa!  Admission by donation.

December 16, 2018

An Old Fashioned Christmas at the One-Room Schoolhouse, 11:00 am – 1:30 p.m.

One-Room Schoolhouse, 3080 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD:  Come and celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas in the original Port Republic One-Room Schoolhouse, which will be decorated for the holidays. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Make popcorn/cranberry strings and Christmas stars, and help to decorate a Christmas Tree. Play some old-time games and practice writing on a slate with a slate pencil. Enjoy Christmas music and a guest flutist.

 Afternoon with the Grinch, 2:00 4:00 p.m

Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill, 13200 Dowell Road, Dowell:  Join us on Sunday, December 16th for our 8th Annual Afternoon with the Grinch! Holiday Crafts in our Private Dining room available from 2-4pm. Photos with the Grinch from 2:30 to 3:45pm! Photos graciously provided by Southern Maryland Entertainment. Southern Maryland Entertainment provides an “out of the box” photo booth experience! Book them for your special event or view your photos on their website: http://www.somdentertainment.com Pictures will take place in the bar area with a blue screen. Parents are welcome to take photos of their little ones with the Grinch and will also receive a digital copy of the photo (free of charge) on the spot from Mike with Southern Maryland Entertainment! The photos from SOMD Entertainment will have a beautiful holiday background imposed to complete this holiday photo shoot! Additional photo prints will be available for purchase on their website.

Free Children’s Christmas Party, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach:   Annual free Children’s Christmas party hosted by the American Legion Auxillary in the upper level Party Hall of the Stallings-Williams Post 206.  All are Welcome. Santa may drop by to see who’s been good. For information call (410) 257-9878.

December 20, 2018

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Harriet E. Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick:  We’re welcoming Santa Claus to town. We will enjoy Christmas music and have cookies and ice cream for all who attend. The highlight of the evening will be the arrival of Santa. He will be available for visits and pictures for all who attend. Don’t miss visiting with Santa and letting him know of any last-minute gifts you would like for Christmas!

 December 21, 2018

Dramatic Polar Express Reading, 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm

Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum, 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach:  Families are invited to attend the reading of the Polar Express inside the museum. Carols and holiday crafts with sing-alongs will also be part of the night’s activities. This event is free and open to the public.  There will be two readings on December 21, 2018: 5:30pm and 7pm.

December 22, 2018

Chronicles of Christmas Bus Tour, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum, 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach:   Get in the holiday spirit with a ride around Chesapeake Beach to see the light displays while historians entertain with tales of holiday traditions through the years since Chesapeake Beach was founded over 100 years ago! This is a free, family-friendly event.  Bus Tours are 45 minutes long. There are FOUR separate tours on December 22, 2018, at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm

SoMD CAN: A Resource for Parents of High School Students

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We are lucky to have an awesome organization here in our area: Southern Maryland College Access Network or SoMD CAN.  Their mission is to increase the college-going rate among the region’s high school students with a specific focus on those students who are first generation college-bound, underserved populations and who are academically talented. Their goals are to offer opportunities through our curriculum-based program to build awareness of and preparedness for the college admissions and financial aid process.

Need more information about Financial Aid for your 11th and 12th grader? SoMD CAN is partnering with CCPS to facilitate Financial Aid Night at local high schools.

Session times are 6:30-8:30pm :
October 24th- Huntingtown High School
November 9th- Patuxent High School

Additionally, SoMD CAN’s website offers

College 101: Part I: Best Fit  and College 101: Part II: How Much Am I Responsible For?

Check them out!  http://somdcan.org/

 

Free Halloween Parties, Costume Contests and Trunk or Treats in Calvert County

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Free Halloween Parties, Costume Contests, and Trunk or Treats to take your Ghosts, Goblins, Superheroes and Princesses to in Calvert County

Sunday, October 23

Halloween Family Fun Night, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m
North East Community Center  & Chesapeake Beach Water Park, Chesapeake Beach
Sunday, October 23 the Town of Chesapeake Beach will co-sponsor, along with Calvert County Parks & Recs, this very exciting night at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. The County will have all of their fun activities such as face painting, inflatables, and other games begin at 5:00pm at the North East Community Center located next door to the Water Park. The Trick or Treat Trail will take place at the Water Park from 6:30pm to 8:30pm where many of the Town’s local businesses will be giving out candy and treats. New this year we will feature Keith Hicks as DJ, and two magic shows by D’s Magician Dave Thomen. The theme this year is “Star Wars” where we will transform our cave into a Star Wars galactic zone with many of your favorite characters. We will again take the scary out of Halloween! No witches and no ghouls, only enjoyable and family-friendly characters, games, and fun for all. Bring your children dressed in their favorite costumes, and celebrate with us. Admittance is free to the community, and it offers an opportunity for a safe and happy Halloween celebration. If the weather is inclement, the entire event will be moved indoors at the Community Center. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Friday, October 28     

Trunk or Treat, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church @ 9463 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby
Come on out for a night of free Halloween fun for the entire family. Once again Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is holding its popular Trunk or Treat. This year it’ll be Friday, October 28, 6:30-8 p.m. on the parking lot of the church at 9463 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby. The lot will be lined with cars and trucks with their open trunks filled with Halloween treats. Come in costume for sweets, treats and games! For more information, call 410-231-2075, go to our website http://www.shepherdofthebay.com or find us on Facebook.

Saturday, October 29 

17th Annual Halloween in the Garden,  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell  $1 Per Person
Looking for something SPOOKtackular to do for Halloween? Annmarie Garden will host the 17th Annual Halloween in the Garden on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. More than 70 community organizations and businesses will decorate booths, don costumes, and hand out candy and treats to all the children. Some free activities will be provided and devilishly delicious food vendors will be present. Admission of $1.00 per person will benefit local charities including the Holiday Food Basket Program, the Annmarie Program Fund, and other others. Parking is free and will be located in the field adjacent to the garden—follow signs. Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera— there are always unique photo opportunities with the boo-tiful decorations!  FREE trick or treat bags handed out to every guest!

7th Annual Boo Bash,  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
North Beach Boardwalk
Children’s Costume Contest – Registration from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. on the pavilion.  Two age groups: Infant – five and six to young teen.  Parade and judging to follow.  Trick or treat at local businesses after judging.  Rain date:  October 30, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick
Join us for an exciting FREE afternoon of games, a cake walk, food and of course CANDY!  It’s sure to be a HOOOT!

Trunk or Treat,  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad, 755 Solomons Island Road S.
Come and go trunk or treating, then visit us inside for refreshments, then go inside our spooky haunted house!

Sunday, October 30

Halloween Party and Costume Parade, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  (Ages 1-13)
Calvert County Fairgrounds (Main Building), 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick
The Optimist Club of Calvert is hosting our annual Halloween Party and Parade for children ages 1-13 on Sunday, October 30th.  Join us for an afternoon of fun and games, crafts, treats and a special Halloween Parade! Goody bags and medals for all plus trophies awarded for First, Second and Third place costume winners in five age categories. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m.; please register onsite by 1:45 p.m. to participate in the costume parade. This free event will be held from 1:00—3:00 pm in the Main Building of the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick.

Children’s Costume Halloween Party, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m
American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, 3330 Ches. Beach Road in Chesapeake Beach.
Free children’s costume Halloween Party from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the upper level hall of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. Hosted by the Auxiliary. All are Welcome. First Annual Poppy Poster Contest will be introduced. For information call (301)855-6466.

2nd Annual Communiy Kids Trick or Treating Night of Fun, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Chesapeake Beach Resort, 4165 Mears Ave. Chesapeake Beach
Wear your costumes and enjoy music, fun, free pizza and snacks!

Monday October 31   

Trunk or Treat, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cove Point Park  – Field #2, , 750 Cove Point Road, Lusby
Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Solomons Boys and Girls Club featuring a DJ, Photo Booth, popcorn, hotdogs, hot chocolate and more.

Pumpkin Patch Party, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Church, 6201 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown
This community event is designed to offer a positive, upbeat, family-friendly, spook-free MEGA BLOCK PARTY venue where we turn the trunks of cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles into the largest Trunk N’ Treat candy maze in the county! Everything is absolutely FREE.  This is our gift to the Community!

The BIGGEST Trunk N’ Treat Maze in Southern Maryland

  • FREE Kettle Corn, Hot Chocolate & Coffee
  • Great DJ with great music
  • Moon Bounces, Face Painting & Corn Hole
  • Dance Party
  • Red Carpet Costume Runway
  • 6:00 PM Party Begins & Amusements Open
  • 6:30 PM Trunk N’ Treat Begins
  • 7:15 PM Red Carpet Costume Parade
  • 8:00 PM Party Ends

Letting Go: Advice for college-bound freshman and their parents

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For the recently graduated high school senior, this month may mark the beginning of an entirely new and exciting chapter in life — heading off to college.  For the proud parents of these soon-to-be college freshmen, this month also may mark a new chapter in life — “letting go” of your college-bound young adult child.

For the proud parents of these soon-to-be college freshman, this August also may mark a new chapter in life — “letting go” of your college-bound young adult child.  For both teen and parent, this transition can be exciting, character-building and fulfilling. It can also be a challenging new time that may yield a sense of loss and some emotional discomfort.

Amy Drucker, MS, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University recently published an article offering some helpful hints for families to remember as they navigate and adapt to this new developmental chapter.