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.

 

 

 

 

Shop Maryland Tax-free Week

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The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included. The Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week for 2016 is Sunday, August 14 – Saturday, August 20.  For a detailed list of what is taxable vs exempt, check out this list provided by the State Comptroller’s office.

Struggles That Make Kids Stronger

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Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, and speaker, based in Princeton, NJ recently posted an excellent piece in Psychology Today about  how kids learn resilience by overcoming ordinary suffering:

“It’s natural for us parents to want to protect our children from pain and suffering, but if we rush to rescue children from problems that they could solve on their own, we prevent them from learning how to cope. Well-intentioned comments like, “Here, let me do it,” “I’ll talk to the teacher for you,” or “I’ll take care of it,” tell children, “You can’t handle this.”

Sometimes the best thing we can do for our kids is to allow them to struggle. This helps our children develop important life skills, and it also shows our faith in their ability to grow and learn.

Here are five character-building struggles that our kids can and should handle on their own. We can help by asking relevant questions or expressing support and understanding, but the solutions for these problems need to come from children themselves.”

The full article can be read here.

 

Crayons and Pencils and Glue Sticks, oh My!

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It’s that time of year again.  We’ve kicked off the “Supplies for Sucess” drive to support our Operation Backpack

School supply donations with be accepted through August 15, 2016, at the Office Depot in Prince Frederick, Gentle Family Dentistry in Dunkirk, Michelangelo’s Salons in Huntingtown and Lusby and all three World Gym locations: Lusby, Owings, and Prince Frederick.

All donations should be new and unopened.

Fun Ways to Create Lasting Family Traditions

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(ARA) – Whether you’re a family of two or 10, there is no time like the present to create lasting family traditions. Like families, traditions come in many forms — from cooking to storytelling — and making new memories is easy and fun. Here is a variety of creative ways to get started.

Gather for a family baking day
Help ensure your tried and true family recipes continue on for generations with a family baking day. Have everyone meet in a central location and bring their favorite recipe and the ingredients to make it. Everyone will have the chance to learn about cherished recipes and leave with a goodie bag of treats.

Plan a family reunion
annually, or every few years, gather relatives far and wide for an enjoyable time to reminisce, share photos, cook and eat together. Use the time to share favorite family stories and swap recipes. Make sure to take a group photo and share it with the participants and those who couldn’t be there.

Get tech-savvy
Get everyone involved in building and contributing to a family Web page or blog that highlights recent get-togethers, news, photos and favorite recipes. Online sites provide a great way to connect and keep long-distance relatives up-to-date and involved year round.

Host international family dinners
Pick one night a week to take the family on a culinary journey to another part of the world. From France to Italy to Greece to Thailand, there are countless meal options waiting to be explored. Experience more of the culture by learning some phrases associated with the meal, play authentic music and include some decorations. Bon appetit.

Make movie magic
Host monthly movie nights as a way for the family to catch up and experience old classics and the latest blockbusters together. Include an ice cream sundae bar and movie snacks and schedule intermissions to talk about the movie and characters.

The J.M. Smucker Company believes in bringing families together to share memorable meals and moments and often sponsors recipe contests.  Last year’s winning recipe in the “Spreading Smucker’s Traditions” contest is Nana’s Apple Butter Cake, a recipe that has been passed down for three generations.

Nana’s Apple Butter Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup water
3 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup Smucker’s Apple Butter
2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into about 16 wedges
1 teaspoon cinnamon combined with 1/4 cup sugar

Streusel topping:
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup baking mix
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix, water, eggs, oil and apple butter. Beat at low speed for one minute, to blend ingredients, and two minutes at high speed. Pour mix into greased/floured 9- by 13-inch pan.

Slice apples into a bowl and add cinnamon/sugar mixture, mixing until apples are well coated. Place apple slices (round side out/core side in) in the batter until just the top shows, in two rows of eight, the length of the pan.

Make streusel topping by combining brown sugar, baking mix, cinnamon, and butter. Cut butter into mixture with pastry blender until crumbly.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle streusel topping over cake and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cake cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

For more recipes, visit http://www.Smuckers.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Would You Rather Communicate Only With an Etch-a-Sketch or a Lite Brite?

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Busy schedules of both parents and children make it harder to have “family dinners.” But families may not be aware of the benefits that come with regularly eating together at the table.

Research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.

Conversation

Eating dinner together as a family provides the opportunity for conversation. This lets parents teach healthy communication without distractions from smart phones, television, computers, and mobile devices.

By engaging your children in conversation, you teach them how to listen and provide them with a chance to express their own opinions. This allows your children to have an active voice within the family.

Conversations at the dinner table expand the vocabulary and reading ability of children, regardless of socioeconomic status. Family dinners allow every family member to discuss his or her day and share any exciting news.

Use these tips to encourage conversation:

  • Let all family members talk. Be an active listener and be sure your child learns to listen as well.
  • Encourage your child to participate. Do not underestimate your child’s ability to hold a conversation.
  • Discuss the child’s day. Express an interest in your child’s daily life.
  • Discuss current events. Bring up news that’s appropriate for your child’s age.
  • Conversation starter questions:
      • What was the best part of your day?
      • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
      • If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?
      • If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
      • If you had one wish (and you can’t wish for more wishes), what would you wish for and why?
      • 50 Family Dinner Conversation Starters
  • Kids love a round or two of “Would You Rather.”
      • Would you rather drive a beautiful, sleek sports car that was unreliable OR an ugly, dented, rust-covered beater that never broke down?
      • Would you rather never eat your favorite five foods again or ONLY eat your favorite five foods for the rest of your life?
      • Would you rather communicate only with an Etch-a-Sketch or a Lite Brite?
      • 100 Would You Rather Questions for Kids