CSM service learning project taking collections up to Nov. 20


Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

A College of Southern Maryland communication class is involved in a service-learning project to help three local groups through a donation drive.

The collection continues through Nov. 20 for items to benefit a food pantry, military care packages and animal welfare.

Through Friday, collection boxes will be located at CSM's libraries at the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses as well as at CSM's Waldorf Center at 3261 Old Washington Road, and CSM's Center for Trades and Energy Training at 17 Irongate Drive in Waldorf.

Additional locations are the Charles County Humane Society at 71 Industrial Park Drive and Calvary Gospel Church at 11150 Berry Road, both in Waldorf and Pisgah Seventh Day Adventist Church at 5830 Bumpy Oak Road in Bryans Road.

Items needed are used ink or toner cartridges, non-perishable food, disposal razors, wet and dry cat food, cat treats, clumping cat litter, small travel or sample-sized personal care products, hard candy, and used books or magazines in good condition.

For more information, e-mail service.learn@gmail.com or call 301-934-7868 or view the student video of "A Month of Giving for Three in Need" at http://www.youtube.com/csmdtube.

Festival of Trees needs volunteers

Get into the holiday spirit while helping a worthy cause.

Volunteers are needed to assist with this year's Hospice Festival of Trees which will be held Nov. 27 through, Nov. 30. All festival activities will take place at the Jaycees center at 3090 Crain Highway in Waldorf.

A press release stated that volunteers are the heart and soul of Hospice of Charles County and its volunteers who make the Festival of Trees a success.

Volunteer opportunities include tree decorating, pre-event set-up, event breakdown and other duties.

Call Colleen Wilson at 301-934-1268, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by e-mail at cwilson@hospiceofcharlescounty.org.

Recycled art show

Black Box Theatre in the Indian Head Center for the Arts and Art Smart Studio of Bryans Road will hold Charles County's Got Talent at the Arts Show and Recycle Art Contest Nov. 20 and 21 at the theater at 4185 Indian Head Highway in Indian Head.

Shows will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. .

The talent show — it's not a contest — will be Nov. 20 at the theater with the recycled art contest Nov. 21. The show will feature the works of those who can turn trash into treasure.

The contest will consist of a team of judges sifting through the creative designs, which must contain 50 percent or more of items that are reused, recycled or otherwise saved from the landfills to become either an object of beauty or a functional work of art to be cherished for many years to come.

For more information go to www.art-smart-studio.com or call 240-377-8785.

Holiday trip scheduled

A trip is being planned to see the U.S. Army Band perform in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13.

Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season with the U.S. Army Band and Chorale at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

After the concert a quick dinner stop Union Station is planned. There will be time to do a little shopping too.

The cost of the trip is $40 with a registration deadline of Nov. 23.

For more information on either trip or to sign up, go to www.charlescountyparks.com or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, ext. 5151.

Do you stencil?

Work on cars?

The Southern Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross in La Plata has two cargo transport trailers that need the organization's toll-free numbers stenciled on them. Willing to create a stencil and paint the numbers? Call Bob "Bunky" Gretton at 888-276-2767 or e-mail BobG@SOMDRedCross.org.

The Red Cross also needs a mechanic willing to donate expertise to help maintain the organizations' vehicles.

Call Gretton for more information.

Alliance wants to hang you

The Charles County Arts Alliance is looking for artists who want their work to be shown in one of the many galleries sponsored by the group.

Think your paintings are show-off worthy? Call the alliance at 301-356-8920 or e-mail info@charlescountyarts.org to find out.

Eleven to 16 pieces are needed to fill a gallery — at the Charles County Government building, Civista Medical Center, the Richard R. Clark Senior Center — with three to five pieces to be featured at United Way of Charles County.

Art will be featured for two months. So go ahead, all you Monets and Van Goghs, send photos of your work and a brief biography to the alliance and you might get famous yet.

House and garden tour

Tickets are on sale now for the May 2010 Charles County House and Garden Tour.

They make great stocking stuffers, according to Courtenay Wilson, publicity chairwoman for the club.

The tour is held every three years in Charles County. Homes in the southern part of the county were featured in 2007. The upcoming tour will highlight homes in the western area of the county, including the Thomas Stone Historical Site and Carmel of Port Tobacco.

To get tickets, call 301-934-8036.